Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Faves


*Favorite Moment: I loved spotting my mom walking toward us in the airport.  She's been gone for two weeks.

*In Case You Missed It: Artful Living

*Pinspiration: I Want to Go There by Carolyn Cakir

*To Make You Think: The March by Chez Danisse

*Quote of the Week: " You can't do a good job if your job is all you do." ~ Katie Thurmes

*Great Read: Lucy Crisp and the Vanishing House by Janet Hill

*Image of the Week: Cute by Ray Jennings

*A Song: I love this happy song: "Color In You" by Copperlily 

*Interiors Inspiration: Oh. My. Goodness!  Julie Blanner's home

*A Wish: May all your leaves start to turn, your weather begin to cool, and your schedule slow enough to enjoy it all.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Faves

an old, old image - I took this one before I even owned a DSLR

* Film Fancies: Monsters, a music video by Sarah MacLachlan

* To Try: 17 Small Tweaks

* Song of the Week: Autumn Leaves by Nat King Cole, of course

* Great Read: Slightly Foxed a Reader's Quarterly for the bookish among us

* Anticipating: My Mom has been traveling for two weeks.  I can't wait for her to get home on Tuesday!

* To Make You Think: Someday by The Minimalists

  * In Case You Missed It: This One's For Jaime

* Some Things I Love: the way my heart starts skipping as the temperatures start dropping, the Harvest Moon, Nat King Cole and other crooners, words, dictionaries, ordering a new planner, my new 85mm lens, beautiful films, bokeh, the way pumpkins and mums are beginning to pop up on porches

Happy weekend, friends!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Faves

Missouri beauty

* Quote of the Week: "But people are oceans.  You can not know them by their surfaces."  ~ Beau Taplin

* Something to Read: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

* Song of the Week: Sometimes He Whispers by Adam Crabb

* Images of the Week: the work of Matt Molloy  

* Learn Something: "Less Stuff = More Happiness" by Graham Hill

* To Touch Your Heart: A New Perspective

* Anticipating: Autumn!

* PINspiration: Photographs: Beautiful Faces, curated by me

  * In Case You Missed It: Sloane's Zoo

* Some Things I Love: how excited my students were to be generous and thoughtful on my birthday, singing video messages, when Jeffrey wears a bandanna, when a friends stops you just to tell you about a great song, ordering in lunch for colleagues every Friday, purple and pink Bic crystal pens, drinking lots of water, my new camera bag - sized for my bigger camera, birthdays that last for a week...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

thoughts on my mid-life birthday

birthday gifts at school from students and colleagues
I turned 45 today.

In the week or so leading up to this birthday, I was a bit bothered by it.  I kept thinking, "Any way you look at it, I'm at least half way to dead."  Not very romantic, but very likely true.  Not many people live past 90.  How could half my life already be over?

Have I done enough with the blessings I've been given?  Have a made a difference in enough lives?  Have I shared Christ like I should have?  Have I loved enough?  Do I have enough time to do all the things I still want to do?  Am I really half way to dead?

But then, Jeffrey my love, like he always does, gave me the perfect gift.  Last weekend the three of us went to Bull Shoals Lake.  No wifi, no tv, no appointments, no taking work with us.  Just time.  Time to laugh.  Time to think.  Time to sing and write and play and swim in the warm, beautiful lake.  Time to read and read and talk and talk and talk.  Time to kiss and hug and hang out on our porch.  Just what I needed.

on the porch at the lake

And, while I was sitting on that porch last Saturday morning thinking about the birthday that was just around the corner, it hit me.  Forty-five isn't half way to dead.  It's half a life still to live.  It's more than four decades.  It's so   much   time.  Yes, yes, I know.  I haven't been promised 45 more years.  I know.

That's not my point.  My point is that there is so much living and loving still to be done.  I don't need to waste time wondering if I've done enough loving, teaching, sharing, impacting.  I just need to get busy doing it now.  Now.  Because today is the only day I can be sure of.

So this year, no worries about the future, no regrets about the past.  Just more joy.  More laughter.  More love.  More sharing Christ.  More learning to love like He does.  More forgiving.  More writing.  More reading.  More talking.  More picture taking.  More time spent well.  More family dinners.  More long walks holding hands.  More time enjoying my students and less grading their papers.  More engaging lesson plans and less test prep.  More poetry.  More love letters.  More porch sitting.  More lake trips.  More love.

... I've said it before.  The answer is always to love more.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Faves

at Crystal Bridges

* Something to Make: a giant picture

* Terrific Tips: If your camera ever gets stolen...

* Image of the Week: this autumn window

* Anticipating: Jeffrey and Sloane have planned a weekend getaway for my birthday.  I can't wait to get to our cabin beside a big Arkansas lake.  No wifi, no tv, just books, boats, and the beautiful outdoors.

* Song of the Week: "All of Me" by John Legend and Lindsey Stirling

* Quote of the Week: "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."  ~ Winston Churchill

* Film Fancies: "You're More Beautiful Than You Think"

* BLOGspiration: Phyllis Florin

* In Case You Missed It: Things to do this fall

Happy Weekend, friends. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Faves

from an engagement shoot yesterday

* Quote of the Week: "The happiness of your life depends upon the qualities of your thoughts.~ Marcus Aurelius

* Blogspiration: Hello Emilie

* Song of the Week: Poison and Wine by the Civil Wars

* Images of the Week: The Child Within by Jamie Frith

* To Make You Think: Ten Easy Things To Make You Happier

* In Case You Missed It: September 12

* Truth: Less Stuff, More Happiness on TED

* A Perfect Post: Night Rain by Gigi

* Some Things I Love: photoshoots, making new friends, compliments, Netflix binges, foot massages, zinnias, Chi straightener, weekends, charm bracelets, Hershey's chocolate bar with almonds, nachos, third graders...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Faves

my loves: Sloane and Jeffrey

* To Make You Think:  Faithful  by my friend, Susan Jones

* Great Read: Unwrapping Summer  series hosted by Anne Voskamp

* Something to Make: fun and free printables from Lacee Swan

* Terrific Tips: Useful Life Hacks

* Image of the Week: Full Circle by  Zev

* Anticipating: Tuesday, when I give my students the tie-dye shirts we made today.  They will be so excited. 

* A Song: "Whisper on My Skin" by Jamie Wilson

* Quote of the Week: "When we see calendars not so much as rows of boxes to fill up with things to do - but as boxes that we get to unwrap - the present moment always becomes a gift."  ~ Anne Voskamp

* Film Fancies: "The Power of Words"

* BLOGspiration: 15 Minute Beauty

* In Case You Missed It: Making Time to Drive

Happy weekend, friends.

Oldies, but Goodies