Thursday, January 15

bright

Just when you think you can't take much more of winter, the sun shines and everything is so beautifully bright. Gosh, winter. I really want to hate you, but you're just so pretty sometimes!
These pictures are reason numero uno why I love a photo-a-day challenge. We were headed out the door to Max's piano lesson, and so I grabbed my camera. There is no way I would have taken it with us had I not had a picture to take. And just like winter shines sometimes, so does inspiration.

You have to keep grabbing your camera.

Tuesday, January 13

the one-year pillow

About a year ago Andrew and I went away for a couple days to a little cabin in the woods. It was so nice. We went out to eat and sat by the fire. I took a stack of books and a stack of fabric and started making these little English paper pieced stars. (If you don't have any idea what English paper piecing is click here!) I didn't have a plan at all, it was just because I like to have a little something to do with my hands. Eventually I decided that I would put the little stars together to make a pillow. That would come together quickly because pillows aren't very big. Ha! Fast forward to a year later and I finally got my pillow done. (And by I, I mean my mom and I. Once I got the front all sewn together and quilted my mom took it to her house and actually made the pillow.) I love it!
Now, this wouldn't have taken a whole year if I would have put some concentrated effort on it. I mostly sewed it while the kids were in the bath tub. While they soaked and played I got out my little sewing box and chatted with them. I should probably call it the "bath tub pillow". Or maybe not. One of the kids would probably think that meant that it is literally a pillow for the bath tub. No way! I took me a year to sew that together!

(In other news I have my photographing my way through January so far, one photo a day! My inspiration/creativity seems to be a little lacking, but I think that is all the more reason to do it.)

Thursday, January 1

new

Did December happen? Did I miss it? I'm kidding, a little bit. December and Christmas were a complete blur of school musicals, a birthday party, a dance recital, a big church art project and family gatherings. A total blur. I missed this little blog of mine, but something had to be put away for a while so I could make room for all the other things!

Ah, but now it is January. My favorite. Some people pick out a word to describe how they want their new year to be. Fun. I've tossed this idea around before, but it never really stuck. It might not stick this year either, but I wanted to entertain the idea anyway. New. That will be the word for this year. I know, that doesn't seem all that original, it is the new year after all. I think I love January for a few reasons, but I think mostly I love this time of year because of all the possibilities. If you want to change something, now is the time where that change seems possible. Every year I always want to change so many things about myself, my habits, my home, etc. I think I just so badly want to feel new. Don't we all?

While creating changes is wonderful, I always fall short. The new, it seems, is so very hard to maintain. The real new, the new I want for this year is springing up, I just need to see it. The new this year will come from leaning hard into God and learning His new for me. For my home. For my family. For everything.

See, I'm doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19


While I am on the subject of all this January newness, the possibility of completing a 365 day photo project seems feasible. Ha! I feel like I just wrote about this. Anyway, why not try? After I gave up on this project (again!) last year I really missed it. I felt like I was missing out on pictures that later I would have wished for. Does that make sense to anyone else? Without this project I'm just a little lazy about picking up my camera. I don't know how much I will post them, if I will even try to post all of them. I thought about taking this little photo a day project over to Facebook? Instagram? I will let you know how I am doing for sure. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year!

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Thursday, November 20

crazy

Every year about this time (really right around Halloween) things get crazy busy. Crazy. I don't think I'm alone--most other moms I talk to express the same thing. Crazy overflowing busy calendars. I personally need some margin time. I love and crave time that is free of commitments. I think that is why I love January so much. In general time is a little slower and less full then. Instead of longing for that time, I want to really enjoy all the busyness of now. Yes, there is lots to do. I would be a liar if I said I wasn't feeling a crunch. I'm feeling it! Instead of wishing for January, I'm going to celebrate now. Isn't that what all this busy stuff is? A celebration? Of God? Of family? Yep.

So, here's to attitude adjustments and full calendars. And here's a couple pictures of my girl just hanging out with her crazy hair. Just because I love them.
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, October 28

a day

When I was going through some stuff in my office the other day I found a big manilla envelope with an unfinished photo/scrapbooking project inside. It was a "week in the life" project, inspired by scrapbook guru, blogger Ali Edwards. (I think she is getting ready to do this project again soon.) Anyway, I dumped out the envelope and found a week of my life in pictures, from about 6 years ago. (Actual real life pictures! Printed on paper!) We were living in our old house, Max was a toddler, Andrew was farming, I was taking pictures. Lots of pictures. I can't tell you how awesome it was to find that little forgotten (even if it was unfinished) gift in that envelope. So many pictures of everyday stuff: the clothes we were wearing, what the house looked like, Max's toys, recipes. So neat.

I haven't photographed my life these days that extensively, but it would be so fun to do so. A couple Monday's ago I photographed some little details around here. Max is growing green beans in our kitchen window sill. We did an art project. Ada played outside in her pajamas. We had hot chocolate in my grandma's mugs. The leaves were falling, and there were mums on the porch. I even photographed the mess that is our shoe/coat fiasco in the kitchen. Little details that years from now will be so treasured.

*Note: used to things like our van in the picture of Ada bothered me because I thought it took away from the picture as a whole. Now I love details like that because I think it is something that places the picture in time. Does that make sense at all? You know when you look through really old pictures people will reminisce about times through the details. "Remember when we had that van with the broken door handle?" (Not that our van has a broken door handle or anything.)

Have a good day--capture some details!

Thursday, October 16

a sunrise

A few weeks ago I was getting ready to go work an auction. I was walking into the kitchen getting coffee or something, when I saw the most beautiful sunrise. I'm never very good at capturing sky pictures…they always seem to dissapoint me because they don't come close to the real thing. I thought I should try again. "Max! Going out to take pictures!" He was on the couch and was not surprised at all to see his mom go outside with a towel still on her head to take a picture of something.

I was initially wanting to take pictures of the horses in this beautiful fog with the sunrise, but I quickly abandoned that idea and turned my attention to just the sky itself: 
 
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.


(Psalm 19: 1-4)



Wednesday, October 8

inspired

A little random type of post today. I've been feeling a little random lately, so I thought I would just go with it!

I'm often inspired by little things. Sometimes it is even one of the kids' little things! We've had this book for a while, and it is one of my very favorites:
A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Every day Mr. McGee goes to work playing with the animals in the zoo. One day he is sick, so the animals (ride the bus!) and come to see him. I just love it, and every time I read it I feel like I want to give Mr. McGee a hug, then I want to get out all my pencils and draw something. This book was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, and that makes me like it even more. (I did a little online research about Erin E. Stead, the wife and illustrator, and she looked just like I thought she would. Funny how I could picture her just by looking at her drawings!)
Just look at Mr. McGee in his socks and pajamas! I love it. The drawings in the book are so beautiful. I was a "drawing specialization" in college, and I always love drawings more than other media. The pictures in this story are so sweet and quiet.


Such a sweet book. Go ahead and order it for your kids for Christmas!