today is PERFECT

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I was going to wait until I wrote the PERFECT post to publish this photo.

It's my favorite from our recent family photo shoot.

Our girls were standing on a sloped hill of dried winter leaves. I was a little worried that our youngest might fall. But then our 4-year-old said, "If she falls, I will catch her and save her." (And I believed her).

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Do you ever find yourself waiting for things to be "perfect" before you take action?

I'm learning to let go of that.

  • I may not be able to go on a 3-mile run today, but I CAN go on a walk before dinner.
  • I may not be able to give a hundred dollars to a cause I care about, but I CAN give ten dollars.
  • I may not be able to read all 25 books that are sitting in my to-read pile, but I CAN read a chapter in one of them.
  • I may not be able to buy my friend a $100 pair of jeans, but I CAN buy her a $5 Starbucks card.

Today IS the perfect day to do what I've been wanting to do. (And today is your perfect day too).

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25 comments on “today is PERFECT”

  1. GORGEOUS photo - love the colors!
    Erg - yes, I am always waiting for things to be 'just so' - I tend to use this as a way to procrastinate when I am nervous about just jumping in!

  2. I find myself always putting things off until the "perfect time to start". I bet there's a lot of that going around these days...(January and all).

    You guys got some really great photos!

  3. Beautiful post, amazing pictures! I used to be more of an all or nothing kind of person but with having kids have learned the value of doing something little each day. Thank you for the encouragement to do something for others rather than waiting to do the "perfect" thing I've been waiting on.

  4. Like I said, your girls are gorgeous. And your firstborn, oh so amazing......she seems to be her sister's best friend.

  5. Beautiful kids, beautiful photos and a beautiful post. Thanks for the reminder that "perfect" isn't about everything being just so but about us doing the things that God has told us to do today.

  6. those are such adorable photos.

    yes, I am constantly waiting until the "perfect" moment to do many things- waiting for the perfect moment to quit my job, start a portrait studio, sell our house, go on a trip... you name it, i tend to wait until it is the perfect moment. great advice and hopefully soon i'll be able to say perfect isn't going to happen and just take the risk.

  7. They are so adorable! And you're right, it's good letting go of "waiting for the perfect time" because if you keep waiting, that time will never come. It's best to live life as you can!

  8. That picture really is fantastic. They look so happy and full of life and fun. Thank you for the reminder that every day is a perfect day!

  9. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! This post and the pictures. Thanks for the inspiration to act, regardless of whether or not we think it is 'enough' is something. Small things are not small when they are from the heart.

    Your girls are just lovely...and even though I haven't seen all of your pictures, that first one is my favorite too. It is just perfect!

  10. I just love the girls outfits in these photos.

    I also really appreciate what you said about TODAY being perfect, and no being able to conquer the entire world today, but being able to take a step toward that. I read a blog ( and the writer of the blog had a major stroke last week. Out of nowhere. She is young and healthy and fit and has two girls and a husband. It has really been hitting me hard even though I don't 'know' her in real life. We really need to seize the moments that we are gifted with and stop waiting for things to be just right. So thank you for putting that into words.

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