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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Yellow in my Home

Currently I seem to have a thing for yellow when it comes to decorating. I love how it adds a sunny feel to everything, but at the same time can also help us transition to fall. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Collecting Beauty and Savoring Summer

Although there were items on my "to-do" list waiting to be checked off, I set off on a neighborhood walk after dinner last night. Camera in hand, my mission was to collect beauty. I was hoping at least one other family member would join me, but it ended up being a lone mission.

I know there are atrocities and injustices occurring all over the world as I live my very sheltered, very safe life. As my heart aches to understand what others are enduring, I find myself needing to hunt for and collect the beauty that surrounds me and points right back to God - the giver and author of Life.

Each glimpse of beauty reminds me to give God the glory for the life I am able to life here... a life of freedom. I don't ever want to take it for granted.

Here's what I found in an hour....

linking up with the Whatever is Lovely and  Weekend Brew

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Turning 40

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

It was my birthday over the weekend and it was a big one....
It was a lovely day spent with family and friends.
I loved spending the first half of the day with my church family.


After church we went out for lunch and walked some trails.
There was tree climbing, wine tasting, cat petting and photo taking.

There was also some silliness...naturally.

When we finally got home there was a house full of people waiting to surprise me and help me celebrate the new decade I've entered. Can I really be 40? 

Friday, August 22, 2014


May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, 
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer,
Psalm 19:14

What we say matters. The words we choose when we are talking matter. Whether we are describing something, promising to do something or simply talking to another person...we need to use words that are kind, honest or necessary.

Sometimes we throw words around flippantly and the words lose their meaning. 

How about the word AWESOME. 

We use it to describe our lunch or a movie we just saw. The Bible uses it to describe God and his deeds - the Creator of the Universe.

Do not be terrified by them, for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God. Deuteronomy 7:21
Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind! Psalm 66:5 
Go ahead...go to BibleGateway and put in the word awesome and read the results.

I'm trying hard to teach my girls (and model to them) a kind, honest and necessary use of words. To say what I mean and mean what I say.

My prayer is that my words would be pleasing to God in all situations.

linking up with the Whatever is Lovely and  Weekend Brew

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fun in My Backyard

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

August is by far my favorite month for my garden. The sunflowers and zinnias are blooming and everything is so beautiful and full. I'm especially pleased with my honeysuckle this year. I love all the hummingbirds it attracts.

We were pleasantly surprised to find this guy on one of our plants this week. 


Our patio is full of chalk art and I love it. Both girls enjoy creating scenes and pictures. My younger daughter draws rainbows and flowers while my older daughter draws dragons!

Over the weekend there was a chalk art contest in our town and each girl entered. I enjoy watching my oldest draw so much. She is quite talented. She did this quick dragon drawing in about 5 minutes and ended up winning "mayor's choice" - a plaque and a $50 gift card to a local store!

One of our silly family traditions is to have the "August fairy" birthday is in August and the girls (mostly my younger one) leaves me notes and chocolate and makes my bed. Here are the notes I've gotten so far.

And sometimes when I'm sitting at the computer I think I catch glimpses of a fairy (or two) fluttering about the room). I grabbed my camera the other day and here's what I got....

This particular fairy looks suspiciously like my youngest daughter....

Although I had seen the holes these guys dig, I hadn't actually seen a skunk in my yard until this week. I've seen him several times now, and it's always still light out. I can go outside and make noise and walk around and it doesn't even phase him. It's a tad bit disconcerting and discourages me from hanging out in my yard in the evenings. zucchini plants are sick. They were doing so well, but it's been a week now since I got any zucchini from them. There are a few growing and I hope they continue because I haven't had my fill of zucchini yet.