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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summertime


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}
We had two wonderful day trips this week...the first was to the Johnston Ridge Observatory of the Mt. St. Helen's Volcanic Monument. In the seven years we've lived here, we'd never gone here and it was simply beautiful and amazing. The wildflowers were gorgeous along the Eruption Trail.








And our next day trip was actually just a short little morning hike to my favorite waterfall - Wachlella Falls. 







{happy}

 Summertime is for friends! I finally was able to meet Adrienne who blogs at My Memory Art. She was in Oregon and we managed to meet up at the airport for coffee before she flew back east. I love meeting people I "know" on social media in person, and this was so special because we've been trying to meet up for a couple years now.  What a joy!



And I got to see my friend, Marlennis, who lived here in OR for a couple years but then returned to her home country (the Dominican Republic) two years ago.  What a blessing to catch up with her again. 



And we finally started having our local friends over for tea parties in our backyard / garden.






{funny}
This chipmunk was more intent on eating the morsel of food it found than it was about me sticking my camera in its face!



Marlennis took a picture of me taking a picture of her through this hole.



And here's a peek at the waterfall through the same hole in the tree.



{real}
I'm taking big breaths and trying to fully enjoy summer. It's been crazy busy and I don't really know why. I start panicking a bit when I walk into stores and see all the back to school displays...I'm not even slightly ready to start thinking about school starting up again, but I know I have quite a bit of planning to do. So I'll do my best to find a balance between enjoying summer and planning for school during the month of August. 

I had the girls create some "bucket lists" for summer - must do / nice to do / rainy day activities and fun food. We'll choose a few to do, but I also want some lazy days at home. 

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.