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Buffalo River highs… and the truth about the lows

As much as I enjoy taking photographs of our family’s memories, I enjoy taking videos just as much!
I love being able to document highlights from our trips, vacations and milestones.  My kids also love choosing a few to watch at bedtime.

But there IS a problem with our family videos.  It’s the same problem that forces me to take a long break from social media several times each year.

The problem with choosing the best-of-the-best highlights to share is it’s not always 100% accurate of our real life.  And if anyone struggles with the same thing I do on social media, perceiving that other’s lives are always fun, perfect or incredibly adventurous does nothing but create feelings of jealously, insecurity and judgement.

Although you SEE a fun family photo of a big tent securely fastened in the ground, what you do NOT see is:
…me placing unrealistic expectations on Matthew to finish work early.
…leaving late and everyone being a little grouchy.
…campgrounds being full when we arrived.
…no phone service (aka: not getting to camp with our cousins as planned).
…and, as always with camping, no sleep!

Did we have fun?  YES!
But did I completely choose to ONLY post the best-of-the-best (NOT highlighting sweet Ruthie crying hysterically before we could even get the canoe wet)?  YES on that one too!


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September 10, 2017 - 11:40 am

Becky Carlson - Christy,
I too share your same struggle. Although, using “fake book” to stay connected to all my family and friends that live miles away, I find myself becoming envious of others. I try to pull away but with my kids grown and being basically empty nesters it’s hard not to stay connected through this source. I absolutely love seeing your family grow and venture thru life, ever since you and Matt left AZ with that fun, little Ross and sweet, baby Rayna. You and Matt are such a beautiful example even if it took you several “takes”. I can see Jesus in your lives and that is the ultimate goal. Don’t even be jealous for one minute of others because your humbleness and love sparkles in every beautiful portrait! Keep posting your family pics, they are so encouraging, sweet and an example of real love!
Blessings, Bec

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