Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Life is Full

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

My morning glories have taken over the sunflowers and are just beautiful. I have many blooms in four different colors...white, deep purple, pink and blue. They are a bit invasive, though, and they've gone through the fence into my neighbor's yard. I told him he could pull them out, but he said he didn't mind. 

Last week we went to homeschool days at Philip Foster farm. It was a step back in time and the girls seemed to enjoy it. They have asked several times if we can go back. I was fascinated by this beautiful, old piano found in the house.

This sign on the bathroom made me giggle...comfort ye, comfort ye...

I haven't been blogging much...I'm really trying to use my time wisely. My life is full and I don't want it to become busy, so often I choose to read or play my violin over blogging. We have a birthday coming up. Our church finally got it's occupancy permit for our new building, so we'll be helping with the final move from our current location to our new location. We had a musical gig this past week and four more coming up between now and Thanksgiving. life is full.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hello Fall

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

still so much pretty in my backyard

and it's glorious to see the leaves changing!

We finally took the time to paint some more rocks for our front garden. We did this a lot last summer, but it's been a while since we put painted rocks out for passers-by to take. We put our favorites off to one side, then put the ones we are happy to share with others on the other side with a sign that says "take one".

the ones we are sharing....

You can't really tell from this photo, but this was an adult kickball game happening in the park on Sunday. Isn't kickball a gradeschool game? I remember playing it in elementary school during gym class.



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Black and White Wednesday ~ Church Steeple

Out for a walk recently I looked up and saw this church steeple silhouetted by the bright sun. I hesitated to take a picture because I was a little worried what others passing by would think. I even saw a few people turn their heads and look at what I was trying to capture. 

It's silly for me to worry about what others think. In fact, I want inspire those around me to look for beauty in everything....especially in their ordinary, everyday settings. 

Linking up with  Black and White Wednesday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Documenting Our Days...

On Friday I took a photo each hour in an effort to document one of our days. It was fun and it will give you a pretty good look into what a normal day looks like for us...

my personal quiet time to pray, study, drink coffee and read
(this is my most cherished and important time of the day)

7 am
girls wake up and feed the rabbits

8 am

9 am
school has begun and we are working hard on math

10 am
read aloud (currently reading The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley)

11 am
The girls ended up on the floor due to the desk having turned into an art studio during the read aloud.

laundry....always laundry (and lunch)

1 pm
violin practice

2 pm
time to run errands, but first we must get the mail

3 pm

Jamba Juice for a treat (because it was Friday and the girls had earned it)

time to run and get some exercise in
(as an introvert I really need time alone in the morning and time alone in the 
afternoon to reboot and have the energy to interact with my family)

Taking the photos and then posting them hourly was time consuming, but I hope to do this at least twice a year for documentation. Not only did I enjoy the documenting part, I also enjoyed trying to creatively capture our day through my lens. 

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 39

the GOOD
autumn is here and there are so many reasons to love this season...
blue skies, colorful leaves, crisp air, gorgeous light and long shadows

so many things on my sunflowers....
a green bee! pink morning glories! a frog!

the FUN
violin beauties all lined up, prickly chestnuts, dahlias and my girl

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

Rare Bird- a memoir of loss and love is a beautiful yet heart-breaking story about how one family survived the loss of a beloved son and brother. Anna Whiston-Donaldson recounts the tragedy of losing her 12 year old son in a freak accident. She shares her emotions very openly and honestly, allowing the reader to get a glimpse of the confusion, hurt, anger, grief and fear she experienced.

I love reading memoirs, but the subject matter of this one was a little unsettling for me. Hearing her story did make me want to hold my children a little longer and hug them a few more times than normal. As a mother I cannot begin to fathom the loss this family continues to experience because of this tragedy.

In addition to sharing how she and her family coped and found hope, Anna manages to create a beautiful tribute to her extraordinary son. I feel like I had the privilege of meeting Jack through her stories and recollections. The book is a message of hope - a glimmer of good that can come from unthinkable circumstances.

For more info about the book, go HERE. For more info about the author, go HERE.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Autumn Begins....

Our days are getting cooler and we are beginning to see the earliest stages of fall in these parts. I do love fall here in the Pacific Northwest as it seems to linger through November, with some of our greatest color happening in November. 

I went for a walk the other day and took my camera favorite sort of activity - exercise and beauty all rolled into one!

Beauty can be as simple as fallen leaves or free pumpkins on the side of the road. I try to keep my eyes wide open so I don't miss any of it.

Hope you have a beautiful day!

I'm linking up with   Little Things Thursday