365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge : Day 81

Black and white photography is amazing to me because you can change the whole look and feel of a picture. I think it’s because in color photography, you need less of an imagination because red is red and you don’t question it. Black and white photos leave everything up to the viewer’s imagination and maybe that’s why it seems more in-depth to me.

365 Snap Shots of Life: Day 64


When my kids were all at the age when they think you can do anything, they asked me to make them a horse. At that time they were all in love with Zorro and anything to do with horses. I am not at all handy with tools,but I did try to assemble a horse out of scrap wood their dad kept in the shed. Needless to say, it was a huge failure. When their dad came home that night, I turned the project over to him and he looked at me as if I had lost my mind. He laughed at my poor attempt but then he went to the shed and brought out more wood and he made a horse as our kids watched him. When he finished it a short while later, they all squealed in delight. That wood horse brought many smiles to my kids for a long time after that. Happy Sunday everyone

-Eva Santiago copyright 2012

365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 61

Reading is fundamental to a good education. Homeschooling allows kids to explore the wonderful world of books on their own and at leisure. I’ve yet to meet a home schooled kid who says they hate reading. On the other hand, I’ve met countless of public school kids that hate reading and they associate reading with school only. I once had a small group of my kid’s friends over at my house and they asked me what I was working on. I told them I was writing my first book and they wanted to know more about it. I had an excerpt of the book printed out and I asked them if they’d like me to read some. There were some takers, and others said,” But this isn’t school.” WOW! that was an eye opener for me back then. I find it amazing that in many homes today, people have more shelves filled with DVDs than with books. I know about the Kindle and all of those devices that can store a gazillion books. However  I still believe nothing beats the feel of holding a book in your hands and turning the pages.   Get ahold of that book you’ve been putting off and read it today!

Let's Read!

-Eva Santiago copyright 2012

365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 60

Technology is simply amazing. I wonder at times what heights technology will reach by the time I have grand children. I have a lot of family I have never met; some are in the USA, others in Colombia, my country of birth.  I really didn’t think I’d ever  meet some of these relatives. That is until recently when I traded in my lap top for a new one with a web cam. When I brought it home my kids were so excited because they informed me that now I’d be able to Skype. I decided right away to Skype my brother whom I have not seen since I was 2 years old. After that I couldn’t stop. Last night I met my niece for the very first time. Another miracle because up to this point I only knew of her by being friends on Facebook. It’s such an amazing feeling to look at someone I’m related to and it’s like they just dropped in for a cup of coffee and a chat. They say technology is shrinking our world and I agree. No longer do I write a letter and snail mail it to Colombia and wonder if the person will ever get it. Now, if I want to, I can chat face to face with the ghosts from the past. Now, that’s the kind of progress I like. So I dedicate this post to my beautiful niece  Johanna…it is so GREAT to finally meet you!

-Eva Santiago copyright 2012


365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 59

Childhood is such a fleeting time in a person’s life. Mine wasn’t all that great and instead of being bitter about it I chose to give my kids what I didn’t get. I’m not referring to material things. All kids want is to be shown is love, affection affirmation and validation,  consistently and unconditionally. Children ought not to have to perform to earn these. Give a child these and you would have won their heart, molded their soul and caused their spirit to awaken so they can go and be all they were created for. Have you hugged your kid(s) today and told them you love them no matter what?


-EVA SANTIAGO copyright 2012

365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 57

When my kids were really young I’d make time to sit back and watch them play. One day on a cold and dreary Georgia winter day I took apart  some shoe boxes. My two girls asked me what I was doing and I told them to get their markers because we were going to make some masks. I don’t remember why I ended up tracing out dinosaur heads that afternoon. They had such a fun time coloring the masks after I cut them out for them. Then for days after, they put on their masks and chased each other all over the place. Enjoy your Sunday and look back on  pictures of your kids when they were smaller and see what good memories come back.


365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 53

The Grand Canyon

This is one of several shots I took of The Grand Canyon when I was there in 1998. The most amazing thing I discovered while I was there in the late afternoon, is that no matter where you stand, you feel tiny. I had never seen so many hues pop out all over,out of seemingly nowhere . The grand canyon defies description. I’m going to be so bold to use one word in a feeble attempt to describe it  : CAPTIVATING.

-EVA SANTIAGO copyright 2012