Wednesday, June 24, 2015

a (very late) New Year's Letter to Me

I've posted this image before, but it is one of my favorites. 

I had intended to post this back in early January, but it somehow got missed.  As summer school ends tomorrow and a new school year begins in 5 weeks, it feels a bit like a new year to me.  Late or not, I thought it was worth posting.  Take care, friends.

Dear Relyn,

It feels a little strange to sit here writing while my students write their own letters.  Usually I roam the room helping, correcting, answering, encouraging.  Today, I told them that I would be writing with them.  (Which they loved, by the way.)  I have the big picture up on the smart board that I made for the blog.  They keep looking at it.  And looking at it.  It blows their minds to think, to realize, that they have a say in who they will become.  I can see it in their faces, in the concentration on their faces - they feel powerful.  Maybe more powerful than they've ever been.  And, it's so true - we are in charge of who we become.  It's the first time most of them have ever had that thought.  It absolutely stuns them. 

Really, it blows my mind too.  Think of it - I am an adult, but I am not grown.  I am not finished.  In fact, I am only beginning.  I have so much more becoming to do.  So much more.  It strikes me that my becoming is tied directly to my choices.  How often do I remember that fact?  How often do I make choices that lead me in the direction of growth instead of sticking tight to the path of habits I might have outgrown?  What do I want to change about my life?  I think I must start by changing my choices. 

Happy New Year, Relyn.  I hope this time next year, you will find yourself different, in all the right ways.

Are you all making new choices?  Tell me about them.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Faves

I love the "behind the scenes" photos I catch at family photoshoots.

* Quote of the Week: "One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted.  Do it now." ~ Paul Coelho

* Blogspiration: Whimsicalities by Michelleums

* Song of the Week: Country Girl by Carolina Chocolate Drops

* Something to Read: The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan

* Something to Watch: an adorable interview

* Amazingness: What I have to Say hosted by The Define School

* A Perfect Post: And I was wondering..., by Beth

* In Case You Missed It: Magic in Their Pockets

Happy weekend, friends.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

in a garden

 the perfection of a poppy

A single photo capturing a simple moment.  
A reminder to slow down our always busy lives and to savor this moment. 

Happy day, friends. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Morning Poetry

Ode, 1874
We are the music makers.
And we are the dreamers of dreams.
Wandering by the lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams; -
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy
Happy Sunday, friends.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Faves

go fly a kite
Quote of the Week: "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less that the one you are capable of living."  ~ Nelson Mandela

* Song of the Week: In Christ Alone by Lauren Daigle

* Blogspiration: Hello Emilie

* Book of the Week: Read This!  Handpicked Favorites From America's Indie Bookstores byHans Weyandt

* Images of the Week: Astrophotography by Rich Hammar

* a Short Film: Elgin Park

* Some Things I Love: kids' squeals when the ice cream truck comes by, catching a bad case of the giggles, discovering a new author to love, family kite flying adventures, banana splits, rereading favorite books every other summer, watching the fireflies dance, long evenings, family movie nights, this movie, laughing, recess duty, cool summer mornings

Happy weekend, friends.  What delights do you have planned this weekend?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

army blankets

  cots in the Ft. Sill museum barracks

A single photo capturing a simple moment.  
A reminder to slow down our always busy lives and to savor this moment. 

Happy Monday, friends. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Faves

an outtake from a recent photoshoot

* Quote of the Week: "The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best." ~ Henry VanDyke

* Blogspiration: Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker

* Song of the Week: No Place That Far by Sara Evans

* Bookish Thoughts: And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

* Perfect Post: Of Whispers, Words, and Wonder by Jennifer of Ripplespeak

* Images of the Week: a collection of lonely roads by Andy Lee

* To Make You Smile: Eddie Redmayne's Oscar acceptance

* PINspiration: Exactly!, curated by Sloane Lawson

* In Case You Missed It:  Brave in Lace

Happy Friday, friends.

Oldies, but Goodies