Wednesday, October 29, 2014

57 Kinds of Awesome, part 2

an new picture of Sloane, and my newest favorite

No matter what is going on in my life, if I count my blessings, "It's all good."    

57 Kinds of Awesome, part two
12.   Moms that cry when they see my photos of their children
13.   shopping Pinterest for teaching ideas
14.   seeing my nieces this weekend
15.    sweet, beautiful Sloane and the way she shrugs off life's annoyances
16.    getting things done
17.    a good night's sleep
18.   a new plummy red lipstick
19.   paying for Pandora - no ads, ever
20.  the giddiness children feel at leaf pile jumping
21.   surprise sunflowers that pop up in the yard 
22.  the way Jeffrey always keeps my bird feeder filled
23.  small group every Tuesday night

Monday, October 27, 2014

57 Kinds of Awesome

an old picture of Sloane, and my favorite

I have to confess, I don't feel especially awesome today.  I woke up counting all the things I had not accomplished this weekend that I needed to.  I began my day feeling slightly panicked at how behind I already was and it wasn't even 6:00 a.m. yet.

Well, I have a few no-fail habits for times like this.  The first thing I do is spend time in prayer and commit my time and my priorities to the Lord.  I spent my getting ready time singing worship songs instead of running around frantically trying to get another thing done.  Then, I did what I always do when the going gets tough - I began to count my blessings.  57 was the random number that popped into my head, so I present you with a new list...

57 Kinds of Awesome, part one

  1. The sunrise for about two weeks now has been completely awe inspiring.  
  2. Friends who really know me and love me anyway
  3. I have a little boy in my class who brings me a flower from his mother's garden every time the current one fades. 
  4. I love my job, even when there is too much to do. 
  5. I serve a Father who cares deeply when I am overwhelmed and tired.  When I feel that way, He has promised to let me soar like the eagles if I simply rest in Him.  (Isaiah 40:31)
  6. I have so many photoshoots this autumn that I am well on my way to the new camera I've been saving for.
  7. Sloane turns 13 in two weeks. I am so excited about the surprises we have planned for her!
  8. Music
  9. Understanding, helpful friends
  10. These oh-so-amazing leaves!
  11. The bone deep knowledge that God is faithful.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Faves

* Quote of the Week: "Know what I love?  When I look at my email and your name is there on my list." ~ Jeffrey Lawson

* Blogspiration: Honest to Nod

* Song of the Week: Blues Before Sunrise by John Lee Hooker

* Images of the Week: out the airplane window, compiled by Buzz Feed

* I Dare You Not to Squeal: Giving Medicine to Pandas

* To Make You Smile: Me Without You by Bethany Rubin

* Anticipating: Time with Jeffrey this weekend.  We've both been working crazy hours.  This week I've missed talking to him, holding his hand, laughing together, marveling at Sloane.  I just miss him. 

* PINspiration: Love is in the Air, curated by Isabella εїз

* Some Things I Love: the way Jeffrey always makes my breakfast, my perfectly clean computer desk top, the polka dotted decal on the front of my laptop, gold paint pens, larkspur and ranunculus, the drive through window at our local library, bright pink straws at Braums, new makeup, art fairs, chiming clock towers, watching a single leaf glide to earth

Happy weekend, friends.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

a little bit of awesome

We spent the day with my parents on Saturday.  My Dad said, "You really love photographing flowers, don't you?"  I hadn't thought much about it, but he is exactly right.  I do. And, I love that he noticed.  Doesn't it make you feel loved when people notice things about you?

My Dad's is right, I do love photographing flowers.  The problem is, I don't love gardening.  I hate being on the ground - achy knees.  I don't like the dirt under my nails or on my hands.   And, I hate the worms.  So.  What's a girl to do?  Affordable supermarket flowers aren't usually pretty enough for the pictures I want to take.  Local florists are wildly expensive and don't have much variety.

Enter my newest fave:

The Bouqs Company is absolutely amazing!  The flowers are grown on the side of a volcano - really.  They ship quickly and the customer service is amazing. As you can see, the flowers are stunning.  I am not a florist and have no fancy tricks or vases.  The flowers are just that gorgeous.  Look how beautiful the ranunculus and larkspur are.  I think the price is very reasonable for the quality you get.  Whether you are treating yourself or a friend, I think you would love the Bouqs. I know I do.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Faves

Relyn & Sloane at the theater for my birthday.  Note the scary lady in the accidental photo bomb. 

* Quote of the Week: "What's the point of eating spicy food if it doesn't make your nose run?" ~ Sloane Lawson after I complained that the salsa was making my nose run. 

* Several Songs: You Are Greater by Brad and Rebekah

* Image of the Week: Intanto un Mistico by Massimillano Morrone

* To Inspire You: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian

* Anticipating: spending more time on my blog posting more than Friday Faves

  * In Case You Missed It: Aren't We All Such a Wonder?

* Some Things I Love: rainy days with nowhere to go and a really good book, Pandora, polka dot office supply gifts out of the blue from friends who know me, postcards from far away, picking up loved ones at the airport, that feeling of relief when you parents are finally back home where they belong, my new Brighton lanyard, the Grand Canyon, trains, weekends

Happy weekend, friends.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Faves

* A Song: "Something New" by Tom Fletcher (must watch)

* Things I Love: candlesticks with tall white tapers, birthday flowers that are still blooming nearly two weeks later, faded old blue jeans, Hobby Lobby, magazines, thoughtful friends, clock faces, Roman numerals, black and white movies, the soundtrack to this film, the way Jeffrey and Sloane always buy me a perfect gift, theater tickets, art shows, October, Friday Fun Days at school

* To Make You Think: 10 Ways You're Making Your Life Harder 

* A Perfect Post: Small Gestures by Rhayne

* Quote of the Week: "Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness in you, even when you don't see it yourself."  ~ Edmund Lee

* Images of the Week: 60 Years Project by Ana Oliveira

* To Make You Cringe: crazy risk-takers

* In Case You Missed It: Classroom Unphotographable

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

a friend's tattoo

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

Oldies, but Goodies