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I am here with our week 52 eye candy for the theme “Rejoice.”

So here we are, friends. 52 weeks. You have done it. And even if you haven’t managed ALL 52 weeks (like myself) you started something good and you now have a fresh opportunity to go forward and give it another attempt if you wish. My resolution this year is actually just to photograph my family more and organically and ditch all the projects in hopes that I end up with more images that way. I personally am a stickler for starting these things and losing steam and then giving up all together and our family albums suffer for it. If that is you too, be sure to give yourself some grace and do what you can do and what works for you. Either way stay inspired and I will miss you all! It has been a privilege to host this so long. I have other special things in the works and will share. They are more mini projects as i get time so I can manage and not get over my head but they will be popping up on my fan page now and then and it is a fun way to keep a community going and share the love so if that sounds exciting keep an eye out. These will be more along the lines of inspirational “prompts” to follow in a VERY short term manner to keep you on your toes maybe. I also hope to have more tutorials and some fun educational tidbits blogged now that I will have just a tiny bit more time. I am admittedly always brain storming because being still isn’t a quality I have haha. Working on that though.

It has been an amazing four years of Project 52. That is 208 weeks of themes, blog posts, images, new friendships and more and come next Monday I am sure it is going to fill a bit empty with out my cup of coffee and the couple of hours I generally take to peruse our galleries and love on our images. I am still hopeful we will be able to resurrect things in the future but just having our sixth baby, I know this year somethings have to give to make extra time in my schedule for our little ones. I have to give my own memories a voice and a face and I truly appreciate all the kindness and the warm sentiments and messages I have received since we announced we were taking time off. Your little bit of kindness has gone such a long way. My heart is fit to bursting. I will continue to follow many of you I have grown attached to over the months and years. I am also coming away with SO many friendships I am grateful for. I am not taking the group down on facebook but we are not accepting new members and until we are able to come back it will be set so that only admins can post so that I don’t lost track of add to the workload and end up moderating. I am a bit of a control freak if you haven’t been able to tell yet lol!

I want to personally thank everyone again that has participated this past year and ALL four years of our project. If you haven’t learned of it as of yet in the group or in the past blog posts, this coming year we will not be hosting Project 52 for a fifth year for personal family reasons and to really find a better work/family balance (I am a one woman show and a mother of almost six children), so our group has now been moved to “Secret.” Since we are now in Secret we won’t be accepting new members. There may be a return in 2017, but I will mostly be playing it by ear. My hopes are for sure being able to resume this though because I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to do host this group. Either way I will keep you updated at the end of 2016 if we get to resume. I also have some other things in the works so please do keep an eye out though. Once I know for sure how things will go I will make a huge announcement via fan page and get the group buzzing again (hopefully haha).

SO much love to you all!!

Our last Eye Candy Post. (For now);)

By: Eileen Critchley

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52 of 52: Rejoice. Rejoicing over friendships. My daughter and I love to get together with Melisa Anger and her children. We don’t do it nearly often enough! But both my daughter and I are thankful to have them in our lives. We met online through the photography community and happened to live close enough to get together! And we always have a great time when we do.

I have really enjoyed being a part of this group this year. Thanks, Sarah, for hosting. I wish you all the best for the New Year

By: Sarah Gates

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P52 – Week 52

Theme: Rejoice

[ri-jois] to be glad; take delight.

Simple, delightful, black and white.

I have participated in this project for four years and have loved every minute of it.

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By: Jennifer Chase

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52/52 – Rejoice
My kids always rejoice when we get to go to this hour-away discovery center where they can paint on the windows to their hearts’ content!

By: Elena Trodden

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52.52 “Rejoice”
2015 was undoubtedly quite a year. I battled pancreatic cancer, tried to make time for the things and people most important to me, and I literally stopped to smell the roses. I also took some time to spend some time with my camera and see the world in a new way. Thank you for an incredible year and many blessings to you and your families.

By: Amanda Moorehead Trent

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52_52 {rejoice} What an incredible theme for the last week of this project. After a tumultous day of labor complications our sweet grand baby Evelyn Rose arrived safe and sound by c-section last night. I can think of no better way to celebrate the end of 2015

By: Mark Hughes

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Week 52/ P52 – Rejoice – Final submission after two years (I don’t think I missed a week) – Sunset in the mountains after a day of skiing, no better way to rejoice the start of a new year. – Thanks a lot Sarah

By: Elizabeth Willson

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Rejoice (52/52)
It’s the end of an era. A consistent participant since it’s inception. 4 years of one photo per week (ok, I missed a few when I gave birth to my 4th
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. Flickr tells me 240 photos posted to the M4H group. With a bit of nostalgia, I rejoice. I am a different person. A changed photographer. I’ve expanded and enhanced my vision yet I’ve also developed relationships. I’ve felt challenged. Inspired. Encouraged. I’ve experienced beauty. So, with thankfulness, I celebrate. Sarah, it is with appreciation and joy that I thank you for your dedication in facilitating this project, for your endless hours you pour into creating such a loving, inspiring community, for your kind and generous heart, for your care and concern for others and your craft, and for sharing your expertise and gorgeous art to fuel our passions. May God richly bless you as your nurture His gifts of your family and your talent as a photographer. And thanks to the fellow photographers who have made this space incredible.
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Rejoice with me!

By: Katrina Lear

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52/52 {rejoice}
I honestly thought she might never get the hang of the bike but today something finally clicked and she was flying along with the wind in her hair.

By: Staci Miller‎

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Rejoice…Today and every day I rejoice in having 4 beautiful girls under 6 who keep me on my toes and make me strive to be someone they can be proud of. I stumble everyday in my journey as a mom but I hope to show them how to be kind, true, and brave. For everyone who says “wow 4 girls, your poor husband” There is nothing poor about these girlies…rather something very magical and blessed!!!

By: Laura Polito

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52/52 Rejoice.

Rejoice in the simple pleasures, for they are some of life’s greatest gifts…

By: Coleen Hodges‎

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I can’t believe this is the last week….Although it makes me a little sad, I Rejoice in the fact that I’ve met all of you and hopefully I’ve become a better photographer because of this group. Sarah, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to this inspirational task. I know we all appreciate you.

By: Nadia Moreau Stone‎

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“rejoice” Nadia Stone Photography …. I was wondering how my little girl will be with the arrival of a new little one .. she amaze me ..She is such a good helper , changing nappies , cuddles .. she is a little mama and she is so proud to be a big sister

I am here with our week 51 eye candy for the theme “Reflections.”

This time of year, I notice our group starts to wane down a bit and become a bit more intimate. As there aren’t as many submissions are there are in the group at the beginning of the year (understandably so), there also are less images to feature so you may notice our eye candy posts getting a bit smaller as well. That is totally common so don’t get discouraged if there aren’t as many images chosen.

I want to personally thank everyone again that has participated this past year and ALL four years of our project. If you haven’t learned of it as of yet in the group or in the past blog posts, this coming year we will not be hosting Project 52 for a fifth year for personal family reasons and to really find a better work/family balance (I am a one woman show and a mother of almost six children), so our group has now been moved to “Secret.” Since we are now in Secret we won’t be accepting new members. There may be a return in 2017, but I will mostly be playing it by ear. My hopes are for sure being able to resume this though because I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to do host this group. Either way I will keep you updated at the end of 2016 if we get to resume. I also have some other things in the works so please do keep an eye out though.

Here is our Monday Eye Candy!

By: Jessica Wynder

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51/52 “Reflections”
Calm water and night {reflections}

By: Mel Karlberg

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By: Michelle Westling

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Week 51/52 {Reflections}

Admiring the many reflections found in nature.

By: Michelle Vinnacombe

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#M4H15WK51 REFLECTIONS
My girls got some funky glasses from Santa today that turn light reflections into a psychodelic light show! I think I have more fun playing with them than they do!

By: Jenny Swan Smith

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Week 51/52 {Reflections}: Every year I look forward to this moment at church, where we each light a candle, and reflect on the meaning of Christmas. We stop for a moment…and remember the true gift. We reflect on our blessings, which are so many. Our reflections ground us in our faith, and bring us together as a family.
Merry Christmas!

By: Ryan Elizabeth Ward

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51/52 {reflections}
So much to reflect on at the end of each year. But I believe it is the simple moments captured that stay with us the longest.

By: Anita Cline‎

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m4h p52 51/52 {reflections}
This time of year, I always reflect back on the many blessings in my life. My husband and I celebrated our 26th anniversary yesterday. We were best friends in high school. Nothing more..we hung out, went to parties and dances talked, laughed and got into maybe a little trouble, but nothing too crazy, lol. I think that made for such an amazing “base” to our relationship when we met up many years later. Now here we are with 3 sons and 2 grandchildren!! It’s all so good and I’m so very blessed. This is my card from him..I love our love story too
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Merry Christmas everyone!! xo

By: Lisa Erickson‎

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51/52|reflections| i’ve been out of town for the last 2 weeks for training with no camera and no kids. it felt good to get both back
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my oldest looking at her reflection (in my brand new car after driving around a beat up minivan for 11 years

I am here with our week 50 eye candy for the theme “Self Portrait.”

This time of year, I notice our group starts to wane down a bit and become a bit more intimate. As there aren’t as many submissions are there are in the group at the beginning of the year (understandably so), there also are less images to feature so you may notice our eye candy posts getting a bit smaller as well. That is totally common so don’t get discouraged if there aren’t as many images chosen.

I want to personally thank everyone again that has participated this past year and ALL four years of our project. If you haven’t learned of it as of yet in the group or in the past blog posts, this coming year we will not be hosting Project 52 for a fifth year for personal family reasons and to really find a better work/family balance (I am a one woman show and a mother of almost six children), so our group has now been moved to “Secret.” Since we are now in Secret we won’t be accepting new members. There may be a return in 2017, but I will mostly be playing it by ear. My hopes are for sure being able to resume this though because I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to do host this group. Either way I will keep you updated at the end of 2016 if we get to resume. I also have some other things in the works so please do keep an eye out though.

Here is our Monday Eye Candy!

By: Sarah Harnish

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{self portrait} I never imagined how blessed I would be at the age of 29. I turn the big 3-0 in less than two weeks and I can honestly say I wasn’t thrilled about this birthday until I sat and reflected on all my achievements and blessings. I think I have finally found peace with aging another year… Bring on the 30′s!!

By: Nowelle Ledebuhr

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50/52- {Self Portrait} I said I wasn’t going to do this week and even now that I’m posting this I’m still second guessing. However, this is how I will remember myself in 2015. In the past 19 months I have busted my butt, worked out so hard that several times I’ve puked and generally realized that at 33 I am stronger than I ever was at 21. I’ve lost over 75 pounds and gained so much perspective on the thousands on miles I’ve logged. So this morning after a hard 10 miles in the pouring rain followed by an intense P90x workout I decided to get my own self portrait for 2015. I kicked 2015′s ass and I’m pretty proud of it! (Also I can’t believe I’m posting a post workout shot with ZERO touch ups! It’ll be a miracle if I don’t pull it before the end of the week!)

By: Becky Ann

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{self-portrait} with my love
Tags: Capturing Life Photography

By: Elizabeth Willson

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Self-Portrait (50/52)
I’m pretty sure every week she randomly grabs me and says, “Mommy, am I up to your shoulders yet? I know I grew.” For all the growing pains this girl endures you’d think she’d be a giant! But the answer is, “Not yet, sweetheart.” Pretty soon. I see so much of myself in her, the first-born girl. Yet I adore her heart – one like no other – and her confidence to find joy and flourish in her distinctiveness.

By: Janelle Gerling

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50/52: Self Portrait

By: Mark Hughes

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Week 50/ P52 – Self portrait – I don’t normally like images of myself, but I needed one for a golf tournament that I organize and like the way it turned out. Goofy but okay

By: Elizabeth Sallee Bauer

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52/50 “Self Portrait”
I, like many mama photographers hate to be in pictures so I was contemplating skipping this one but fortunately my own mother ( who looked identical to me when she was 36) was in town so I couldn’t pass it up. Myself and my future self when I am 74. Oh how I love this woman and I would be so grateful and honored to look like her in my future, every smile line, every silver hair. I am her past, she is my future.

By: Cristen Harmon

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50/52 | Self Portrait

What if we saw ourselves the way our loved ones see us?

What if we didn’t see our insecurities first?

What if we criticized our appearance less and valued our inner health more?

What if we looked in mirror and didn’t see our age but our accomplishments?

What if we stopped comparing ourselves to others and appreciated our own individual talents?

Your hair and body will change over the years, and your skin will wrinkle. See yourself for more than your physical appearance. No matter what the face staring back at you in the mirror looks like, it doesn’t define you. Your character, values, and spirit are what attract people to you throughout your life. Love and cherish who you are. Self acceptance and confidence are sexier than any shade of lipstick.

By: Cyndi Greenwalt‎

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50/52 Self Portrait and my two youngest babes

By: Aj Jensen

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50/52 Self Portrait – Getting creative juices flowing.

By: Angee Manns‎

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50/52 Self Portrait

By: Jennifer Ritter‎

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50 – Self Portrait

I had to think long and hard as to how I wanted to approach this theme this week. I was definitely panicking a bit as I considered putting myself in front of the camera at all, as this entire project has been me capturing images of my children. Through that process, I hope that people can see who I am. But beyond that, in my everyday life, sometimes I wish I could be seen for more than a just a mom.