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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Capturing Blessings ~ Week 3


Continuing to find and capture the blessings God puts in my path...


Lisa came up with the prompts, God provided the blessings.


day 15 {magenta}



day 16 {navy}




day 17{lime green}



day 18 {yellow}



day 19 {sky blue}



day 20 {peach}




linking up with Life Through the Lens



if you want to see my other 31 day photo challenge...the ABCs of violin

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday Manifesto ~ Gratitude


This is the fourth installment in this series. A couple years ago I ran across a list called "a parenting manifesto of joy" on Ann Voskamp's site. It's a beautiful list of essentials when it comes to parenting, and as a homeschooling mom, I desperately need to inhale and exhale and absorb this list. Each Monday, I'll be sharing each idea individually in an attempt to get myself to focus more intently on that idea during the week.



Today, when stress mounts, I pray to dismount it with gratitude.


My stress management plan will be intervention with verbal thanks. 
I can only feel one feeling at a time, and I choose to give thanks at all times. Fight feeling with feeling!

A couple years ago, I began listing and naming everything I was thankful for. It's been a beautiful way to count and name all the blessings God brings into my life each and every day. Even the hard ones. We really can give thanks in all circumstances if we choose to.

Still working on prayer, beauty and no emergencies...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Apples and Pumpkins and a Birthday Girl


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}
Over the weekend we headed to one of our favorite towns (Hood River) and did our annual apple and pumpkin picking. There are several fun farms to visit in Hood River and it's so picturesque. It was cloudy, but we were treated to beautiful views of Mt. Hood to the south and Mt. Adams (in Washington) to the north. It was cool to stand in the pumpkin field and look at one mountain, then turn around and look at the other. Beautiful setting...













{happy}
this girl...my youngest
She turned 8 on Sunday and we had a great day celebrating her. 
Her name...Kayleigh...means celebration





At the back of the apple orchard we saw a pasture with sheep and an alpaca.






{funny}
For some reason my oldest was stomping on fallen apples



And this was a birthday "hug" (attack) that I caught on camera



We were curious if the sheep would like apples, so we gave them one we found on the ground.



They actually fought over them and would push each other out of the way.

{real}
See that dot in the middle of the photo? I've got a dirty lens and I can't seem to get rid of it. Yesterday I had to take my camera in to be cleaned and it can take up to a week. So I'm camera-less...sad and a little expensive. But I want to get it cleaned before our upcoming trip to San Francisco. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Capturing Blessings ~ Week 2

Continuing to find and capture the blessings God puts in my path...


Lisa came up with the prompts, God provided the blessings.



day 8 {red}
red leaves are my favorites of fall



day 9 {jet black}
love black eyed susans



day 10 {pink}
frogs gathering on my pink zinnia



day 11 {coffee brown}
fall gatherings from our walk through the park



day 12 {lavender}
the sweet birthday girl



day 13 {cream}
my daughter captured this beautiful dahlia blooming at the apple orchard



day 14 {silver}
a silver bucket full of delicious, fresh picked apples




linking up with Life Through the Lens



if you want to see my other 31 day photo challenge...the ABCs of violin



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday Manifesto ~ No Emergencies


This is the third installment in this series. A couple years ago I ran across a list called "a parenting manifesto of joy" on Ann Voskamp's site. It's a beautiful list of essentials when it comes to parenting, and as a homeschooling mom, I desperately need to inhale and exhale and absorb this list. Each Monday, I'll be sharing each idea individually in an attempt to get myself to focus more intently on that idea during the week.



Today, I will not have any emergencies.
There are no emergencies!
Only amateurs hurry.


Life is not an emergency. 
I will eliminate the word "hurry" from my vocabulary.

I've tried really hard the past couple of years to build time into our days. To take the time we need to get ready so we don't have to rush. Being in a hurry only produces stress, and I'd much rather my children remember a peaceful and slow childhood.

I think that if we are inviting our children into set times for prayer and seeking to transform everything into beauty, we will naturally find a slower, less hectic pace to live out our days. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}
Fall here in the PNW is spectacular! We've had blue skies and sunshine...perfect for hiking. (although I would argue that gray skies and rain is perfect for hiking, too, because I think hiking in any weather is fabulous!)

Check out the beauty we saw on Saturday's hike...that's Mt. Hood - looks so different from this view point.







and around the yard and house...






{happy}
My husband bought me an electric violin for my birthday. It was being custom made in Czech Republic and it finally arrived this past week! Eek!!


Also...still have lots of garden friends hanging around.





{funny and real}
The REAL real going on in my life is too heavy to post about so I'll just stick with books. The only way I can seem to understand and keep reading a "classic" is to also read a children's version. Is it just me?



Also...I've got to stop listening to podcasts and reading blog posts that recommend books.
This is my current stack of books to read.