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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 30


the GOOD
In 2016 I'm attempting to do #52weeksofstorytelling with a different theme each week.
Week 29/52 - laughter

I don't really have a clever story for this photo or prompt - in fact, I was so close to skipping this one. I don't think I have enough genuine laughter in my life. Last week I laughed at something so hard that I had to sit down and wipe the tears from my eyes. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it feels so good. Personally, I think the easy ability to laugh is one of the joys of childhood.






the RANDOM

I found a rainbow in my garden!







the FUN
I had fun hosting for the first time over at @its_my_week on instagram. The theme was #myweekofmusic, and apparently it was a challenge for most because I had very few entries overall. Still, it was fun and actually pretty nice to only have 200 photos to sift through instead of 800!






I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Thursday, July 21, 2016

20 Years and Counting



taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}

my garden is still full of prettiness
















{happy}

evening walks around the neighborhood





farmer's markets



lots of time to read
 




{real and super happy}
20 years of marriage seems like such a big milestone....we celebrated our 20th on the 20th! We have a big trip planned for just the two of us in September, but we went out for dinner on the actual day to celebrate. It was a little weird having a mid-week date, but nice to get away and reminisce. Oh how the years go by...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 29


the GOOD
In 2016 I'm attempting to do #52weeksofstorytelling with a different theme each week.
Week 28/52 - bliss


This month (this week, actually), we are celebrating 20 years of wedded bliss...it hasn't all been easy, but I'm so grateful for my marriage and how good it is. 20 years ago we were so young and excited, but also cared to enter into this covenant. It feels like such a milestone to get to this point and truly still love each other. The rings may be worn and scratched, we are certainly aging and changing, but our love is rooted and mature and that is bliss!






the RANDOM
my garden brings me such joy....
I love the beauty, the unique finds, the creatures who call it home or stop for a visit, and I love how each day I'm likely to find something new.





the FUN
Some days you have to make your own sunshine and other days you step outside to find it!
Having a spot of tea and studying my music / having coffee with a friend - we were actually making a video for church because my husband preach two sermons on our excessive use of technology and what it's doing to our relationships.




more FUN
If you are on instagram, please join me over at @its_my_week for my first week hosting and moderating - the theme is music and you can tag any photo that is new and yours that fits into this theme.










I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Simple Beauty


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}
So far July has been moving along at a slower pace than June and I'm thrilled - it feels like summer is finally here and we can enjoy some lazy days at home.  And by lazy days I mean gardening, running, washing windows and more...











{happy}
My garden is making me ridiculously happy....being able to bring fresh flowers in to brighten up the house, visiting all the garden friends several times a day, and just checking daily at the progress of everything. 








{funny}
Regularly I look out the window to see if any hummingbirds are visiting the honeysuckle...last week I saw this robin all pugged up on the point of the arbor.





{real}
I know I'm her mom so I'm somewhat biased, but my 11 year old continues to blow me away with her artistic abilities. Her friend sent her some photos of her chickens and she decided to paint them. Then my mom sent a photo of her dog and she painted him, too. And then I sent her photos I had taken from the garden and she painted those. I love watching her because it's just so natural for her and she approaches it so differently than I would. 






Monday, July 11, 2016

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 28


the GOOD
In 2016 I'm attempting to do #52weeksofstorytelling with a different theme each week.
Week 27/52 - Everyday


There are a lot of things I do everyday...things like pray, read, take care of my family, housework, exercise, play violin and more. It's not a glamorous life, but it is a beautiful one. My favorite thing to do everyday is to look for the beauty around me...in nature, in my home, in people I interact with, in myself. Everyday is special and beautiful...even the hard, ugly days.







the RANDOM
ants view, tiny frog, hummingbird
backyard blooms, joining @its_my_week team!
in my hands, crowded rose, new perspective







the FUN
fourth of July fun in my backyard








I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Friday, July 8, 2016

What I'm Reading ~ Volume 6





Noah's Wife by Lindsay Starck - I stumbled on this one just browsing the library shelves. Honestly, that's my favorite way to find good books because there is no expectation, just curiosity, and yet my "to-be-read" pile (list) is just too long to allow for frequent browsing. This was a lovely story of a preacher named Noah, and his wife, who move to a town where it won't stop raining. It's not a re-telling of the Biblical story, but there are animals that take refuge in the town church. I liked it and am glad I took a chance on it.

Give Your Child the World by Jamie Martin - This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to introduce their children to stories that take place all over the globe. Mostly this is a book list, divided into age and geographical categories, but it's packed full of wonderful recommendations for your family. And as a fun little side note, I'm quoted in it (and didn't even remember submitting the quote!).

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - I waited a long time for this one and it was worth the wait. This book lived up to the hype and I loved it. It's not often that I finish a book and immediately look forward to reading it again someday. It's a beautiful story (historical fiction) that takes place during the Nazi regime - a story of bravery, courage and beauty in a desperate time. 

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny - This was the second in the Inspector Gamache series and I enjoyed it immensely. I never would have described myself as a lover of mysteries, but I'm enjoying them when I read them. There were so many interesting details and tidbits woven into the story that I'm still working out in my mind (like the title). I look forward to reading the third book in this series soon.

Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski - I think I first heard about this book on the Sorta Awesome podcast where it was described as a must read for all women. I ordered it, recommended it to a friend, then started reading it. And started wondering if I should have recommended it to my friend. This book made me blush at times and some of the homework assignments were uncomfortable (so I skipped them), but I also learned so much about female sexuality. I also watched the author's TED talk and found myself giggling at her humor. 

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo - This was our first read aloud of summer. We love Kate DiCamillo's books and this was also a fun read. It's not a tale of grand adventure - just the story of three ordinary girls who become friends. My girls thought it was fun that it was set in 1975, when I was just 1 year old.





I'd love to know if you've read any of these titles and what you think of them. I'd also love to know what you are reading now....


I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick Lit

Thursday, July 7, 2016

4th of July


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}

We had a lovely, quiet Independence Day celebration. After our girls being gone for a week at camp, it was nice to be a family again...even though we spent a good part of the day doing our own things, we were all under the same roof and that was quite comforting.













{happy}
We haven't gone to a "real" fireworks show in years...partly because of crowds, but also because we all like to sleep. However, our neighbors like to shoot fireworks all around the lake we live by so we sit out by the lake for a few minutes to enjoy the little show. Then we go home and grumble about how loud it is.  And we always do sparklers (so mom can take cool pics).












{funny}
This sign made me laugh!


and some of these pics where my subjects just couldn't and wouldn't stand still are funny






{real}
HAMILTON!!!!

I've heard about this here and there - people talking, friends obsessing - and finally decided to give it a listen. Oh my word...it's amazing. And the more I listen and learn, the more I love it. I even got my husband to listen to it while we drove to pick up the girls last weekend...I was worried because he's not a fan of musicals or hip-hop, but he liked it. We weren't able to listen to it all, but he said he wants to finish it sometime. So far we've not allowed the girls to listen as the lyrics are a bit explicit at times. 

I was happy to find a podcast that discusses each song in detail and I'm learning so much more about the genius of this musical. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can download the soundtrack free through Prime music, and I love that you can watch the lyrics as you listen. Currently I listen to a podcast, then listen carefully to the songs that were discussed in the podcast. 


I'd love to know if you are a Hamilton fan, and if you haven't yet heard it, I highly recommend you find time to listen to it.