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

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Not Back to School...

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

I'm still posting pictures of dahlias....we visited a dahlia farm earlier this week and we saw hundreds of varitieis. To see more of my photos, go HERE and HERE.

I celebrated another trip around the sun - I've been around 41 times now. When I came downstairs the morning of my birthday, I was greeted by several displays and reminders of my new age. It was such a fun surprise!

I had an early morning phone call with my mom, then a morning visit by my friend and her two sons. Then the girls and I headed out to the dahlia farm. It was a feast for our eyes!

I'm sure with over 300 varieties of flowers to name, you have to get pretty creative. Here are a few that made us chuckle.


Our church is in the final weeks of getting our new building completed and ready. We have a wedding scheduled there in less than two weeks and I've been ironing table cloths in preparation. Lots and lots of table cloths. 

We also helped level the wedding garden area and laid sod over the weekend. 

So even though school is on the horizon for us, it's nice to be able to hold off a bit and help out where it's needed. 

Oh and that wedding....I'm playing violin for it so I'm also getting ready in that way. It's been a LONG time since I was a wedding violinist!


I heard this song on the radio the other day and fell in love with this band (I Am They)...totally new to me. I'm excited because I don't usually find new favorite music on Christian radio. The whole album is good. So along with my fairly recent discovery of Rend Collective, I'm enjoying some great new music. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Black and White Wednesday ~ Dahlias

There were so many different varieties of dahlias at the dahlia farm I visited earlier this week, but there was something special about this one. From the way it opened, to the way it's completely round when in full's just so tidy and organized...perfection in nature.

Linking up with  Black and White Wednesday

Dahlia Farm

I love how fertile the PNW is and everything that grows here. We can visit tulip farms in the spring, landscape nurseries and vineyards in the summer and orchards in the fall.

We have the rainforest, rose gardens, japanese gardens and more! But one of my favorite places to visit in late summer is the dahlia farm.

The Swan Island Dahlia farm grows over 360 varieties of dahlias and they let the public walk the rows for free during the blooming season.

For a flower lover like me, it's a little slice of heaven....all different shapes, sizes and colors

Here are just a few of the photos I took... (come back for more later in the week!)

I'm linking up with Wordless Wednesday,

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 33

the GOOD
water drops, macro lens and flowers.....

another hummingbird, dewy wisps, cloudy skies
ladybugs and horses

the FUN
lemonade stand, making potholders, baking cookies,
school supplies, two rings (one from each grandma), frog in my bucket

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Friday, August 21, 2015

Six Word Friday ~ Rock

a little prayer for each day....

may the words of my mouth,
and the meditations of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, O
Lord, my ROCK and my Redeemer

Psalm 19:14

linking up with Six Word Fridays

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Savoring Summer

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

A quick walk around the neighborhood filled my camera roll with beauty...

Now that all our summer trips and activities are officially over, we can get to some of those things on our summer bucket list. (we don't really have a list, but there are several things the girls have been wanting to do...) They had a very successful lemonade and cookie stand this week....sold out of cookies and potholders! We had some very generous neighbors who gave some pretty good tips!

And here is a glimpse at the current display in our front garden. As my daughter and I were setting it up, several neighbors walked by and commented on how much they enjoy our creations. One man was walking his dog and talking on his phone, but he stopped to thank us for bringing a smile to his face every day when he walks by.

For some odd reason my husband felt the need to play fruit ninja in real life at our house this week. He really wanted to cut something open with his sword and the zucchini I gave him just didn't satisfy his urge, so he took to the watermelon.

It's been a couple days now, and I'm still finding watermelon juice splattered on the wall, cabinets and floor.

 The August fairy has arrived and has left me daily notes and chocolate! Even the bunny got in on the action!

Homeschool planning for the 2015-16 school year has begun in earnest in these parts. I haven't set an official start date yet, but I think it will Sept 8 - right after Labor Day.

Can I just give a shout out to school supplies? In some ways it feels like the most wonderful time of the year because of all the good deals. I'm trying really hard to exercise some self-control and not over buy, but I couldn't pass up the colorful multi-pack of post-it notes. We were completely out and now we have enough for the next 3 years (or more!)