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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tulips, Bubbles and Bridges


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}
We took our annual visit to the tulip farm and it was gorgeous!











Over the weekend we explored some new to us places of our city....
like the St. John's Bridge and Cathedral Park.




{happy}
Plenty of mud at the tulip field to make my girls happy!

and plenty of tulips to make me happy!


I've been wearing my Grandma's ring the past few weeks - I always loved it as a little girl and when I was 16 my Grandma gave it to me. I've been saving it to pass on to one of my girls when they are older, but have started wearing it again. I had it on at the tulip field and decided to take some photos of it.


We discovered a lovely new (to us) walk along the river in Portland. It was fun to walk under the bridges and see a different perspective of the city.






 At the park, under the bridge there was a guy making HUGE bubbles and my girls had so much fun chasing them and popping them.





{funny}
At the tulip farm my girls talked me into going on the "very bumpy" cow ride. There were several other kids, but I was the only adult. After 10 seconds I realized why...."very bumpy" means "very bumpy"...something only a kid would like.


{real}
I think I found the tulip graveyard at the tulip field...I wanted to ask if I could bring them home with me because even dying tulips are pretty!






Monday, March 30, 2015

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 12


the GOOD
we visited the tulip farm this past week and it was glorious



the RANDOM
the doogwoods are blooming, a camellia bloom, art lessons
a gorgeous sunset, frogs in my yard, macro of the text on my violin bridge



the FUN
more rainbow fun for my month long instagram challenge


I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Big Things and Little Things



taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}
We went for a short hike on Saturday and it was the perfect day for rainbow sightings.



I'm also continuing to enjoy all the blooms of spring. There is such a huge variety of what grows here in the Pacific Northwest and it seems every time I go for a walk or run, there is something new that is in bloom.








{happy}
We found a couple tiny bird nests on our hike this weekend. It was a pretty windy day and I'm guessing these blew right out of the trees because they were on the ground. I told the girls a few weeks ago that I was wanting a read bird nest so I was happy to discover these.





Also making me very happy this week...Compassion put out a new app for iphone. If you sponsor a child through Compassion and have an iphone, you will love this. I talk more about all that's offered on this app HERE.



{funny}
Usually after a trip to the library my girls will curl up on the couch or beanbag to read the books we brought home. This past week, however, they disappeared into my bathroom and when I went looking for them, this is what I found...I guess the big tub is good for something. Maybe I should line it with pillows and blankets for comfort.



{real}
It's been a long, emotional week for me. My grandma (who is 99) has suffered a stroke and has been slowly slipping away. Last week we thought she was in her last hours, but here it is a week later and she's still lingering. I know she's in God's hands and am thankful that she's resting peacefully, but it's been hard on all of us. My mom is there with her and my brother and I are both far away, waiting and trying to figure out what to do. On Sunday I played my violin for her (through the phone) and was even joined by my girls for a couple songs. I come from a small family and have always been very close to my Grandma. She's been such a constant in our lives and it's hard to imagine her gone. I'm so thankful for the wonderful memories I have of her. She has loved us well.





Monday, March 23, 2015

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 11

the GOOD
We went to the coast last Monday and it was glorious! I love going on a weekday because you end up having the beach to yourself. We had a great time flying kites, exploring tide pools and soaking up the sun.



the RANDOM
school work, Saturday hike (with a rainbow sighting), my Irish fiddle
Spring blooms


the FUN
Building my rainbow continues....





I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Friday, March 20, 2015

Random 5 Friday

 

1. Spring is here officially and I'm very excited about that. Spring came to the Pacific Northwest early this year, but it's still nice to know that soon I can plant the garden and that the trees will have leaves. 



2. It's also ant season. On our walk the other evening we passed several thousand ants.



3. There is a house in our neighborhood that has what we call the humming bird hotel. We've walked by a few times now and each time there are multiple hummingbirds hanging out on the front porch. We've counted as many as 9 at a time. 




 4. One year ago today we arrived in Thailand and spent the day with our sponsored child, Orm.




5. Been thinking about my grandma a lot this week. She's 99 (100 in June) and is slipping away quickly. We think she had a stroke earlier this week. She's not talking anymore, and is hardly eating and drinking. I'm so thankful for the wonderful memories I have and that I've had her in my life this long.



linking up with A Rural Journal for Random 5 Friday