Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Break 12

Treasures and Tallulah
Today's prompt: treasures

Susannah's prompt today was interesting and thought-provoking.  She said, "Today's prompt is relatively simple and definitely illuminating: what inanimate objects do you treasure? Think about the items that mean the most to you. The objects that hold significance. "  I learned so much about myself from participating today.  

For one thing, I am not very sentimental or attached to things.  Yes, I love my books and have a TON of them.  I also have a thing for paper and have amassed a small art collection.  No, I'm not a minimalist.  I have more sets of dishes than I am willing to admit to. It's just that I have things for the purpose of using and enjoying them.  I choose them for their beauty and functionality.  I have very few things simply because someone I love owned or gave them. 

I knew this to be true.  At least until I went to my jewelry box to get my Dad's signet ring to photograph.  I hereby admit it.  I am sentimental.  I do keep and cherish things because someone I love owned or gave it to me.  And, nearly every bit of it lives in my jewelry box.  

My jewelry treasures are chronologically numbered. Number one is the oldest.
  1. My mom has the most wonderful charm bracelet that she began as a teenager.  By the time I was ten, playing with hers just wasn't enough.  I had to collect charms and create one, too.  I love it.  It's the story of my life, and I can wear it on my wrist.  Sloane has quite a few charms on hers already.  But you knew that, didn't you? 
  2. I used every bit of my spending money to purchase this Egyptian cartouche when I was in Cairo at 19.  It's solid gold, handmade, and is my phonetic name in hieroglyphics.  I spent the next week and a half and the plane ride home nearly penniless, but it was worth every cent.
  3. I have worn this ring nearly every day since I purchased it my sophomore year in college.  The seven interlocking rings was pretty expensive.  Seventy five dollars back in 1989.  I ate a lot of mac 'n cheese to pay for it, and it still took three months on lay-a-way.  I'm glad that I did every time I wear at it. 
  4. My second year of teaching I had a student whose mom made beautiful jewelry.  She told her son how much I liked a similar necklace when I saw it at her jewelry show.  Ryan told her he wanted to give it to me for my birthday the next week.  Only, not the one she made.  He wanted to make one for me with his own hands.  It's the only jewelry he ever made, and it's still one of my  favorite gifts.  Ever.
  5. When my Papaw lost his beloved wife, he gave me her string of pearls.  I had it strung into a triple strand bracelet.  I've always loved it, but kind of wished I hadn't restrung it.  I wanted a pearl necklace, but knew I would never spend the money on a quality one.  Still, I adore this bracelet. 
  6. I never told him, but my Dad knew how much I loved my bracelet.  I never told him I wanted a necklace either, but one Christmas my Dad surprised me with this perfect strand.  He choose them from me himself when he was in Japan.  
  7. My Mom and Dad brought this bangle back for me from one of their trips to Africa.  The black you see is actually giraffe hair.  My favorite souvenir?  Jewelry, especially silver bangle bracelets.  My favorite color?  Black.  My favorite animal?  Giraffe.  
  8. This fabulous ring is amber.  My Mom brought it back from Russia for me.  Oh, she really knows me. 
  9. This jade bracelet traveled in my Dad's briefcase all the way from China.  My mom and sister-in-law each have one, too.
  10. This signet ring and one unphotographed bracelet are two of my most treasured possessions.  Those are my Dad's initials.  He wore this ring every day of my childhood and young adult life.  He purchased it on a trip that he and mom took before I was born.  I asked Dad if I could have the ring and his sermon Bible some day.  I received them both as Christmas gifts a few years ago.  
  11. When I sold my first photograph, I wanted to use the money to buy something lasting.  If you look closely you'll see that my silver bangle is inscribed euchristeo and the dangles say give thanks.  Those words are a steady reminder to live out my beliefs and be grateful.
What about you?  What objects are your treasures? 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August Break 11

Today's prompt: peaceful

Ten days ago was the August super moon.  I have a long term love affair with the moon.  I love each of her phases and faces, but there is no denying the special beauty of a full moon.  The moon on August 10th was beyond beautiful.  It is commonly called a super moon, and that's a perfect name for it.

The super moon is a new term used to describe an extra large, extra bright full moon.  (more technical explanation here)  Astronomers call them perigee full moons.  The moon on August 10th was the closest and largest full moon of 2014.  It was also the closest the moon will be to Earth until September 28, 2015.

We have a beautiful view of the moon rising over the trees from our back deck each evening.  That Sunday found us all on the deck talking in hushed voices, playing with the dogs, and watching the moon rise.  I didn't have my tripod, but I couldn't resist trying to record it.  I spent a half hour playing with light and basking in her peaceful glow.  Oh, what an amazing creation He has given!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August Break, 10

Today's prompt: black and white

Jeffrey and Sloane.  My two loves.  I love the look of quiet contentment on his face.  And, the feeling of safety apparent on hers.  My heart - right there on display for you to see. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August Break, 9

 the living room
Today's prompt: book shelf
I wanted to take pictures for you last night.  I really did.  But, I just couldn't get it finished.  Too much school work calling.  Instead, here's a pretty old picture of a corner of my our living room.  Since then we've gotten a coffee table and switched out the pillows and the art.  As you can see, we do love our books.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Faves

 * Quote of the Week: "There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; tue nobility is being superior to your former self." ~ Ernest Hemmingway
* Something to Read: The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
* Song of the Week: Tiny Desk Concert by Holly Williams
* Images of the Week: Souk Spices by ShorehamBoy
* DESIGNspiration: grey and white bedroom by Myquillyn

* In Case You Missed It: Just So You Know

* Some Things I Love: the weird things that are sprouting under our bird feeder, too many tomatoes, Fun Fridays at school, ID pictures that aren't embarassing to wear, Sloane's excitement after each day of Jr. High, new school supplies, lamps, helping friends decorate, the tiny frog at the back of the class right now, our first Scholastic book order, back to school!

Happy weekend, friends.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Break 8

too many tomatoes
Today's prompt: guilty pleasures

Instead of a guilty pleasure, I photographed what gave me the most pleasure this evening.  I had planned to arrange and photograph a too-young-for-me-movie, a book I rarely admit to enjoying, and a great big cupcake.  But, Sloane asked me to hang out with her.  The answer to that question is always, "Yes."  We ended up in our garden picking, and picking, and picking tomatoes and zinnias.  Our counters are full of so much beautiful red.  We have paper sacks, and plastic bags, and tubs, and ziplocks full of tomatoes to give away tomorrow.  I have vases full of zinnias in every room in the house - even the bathroom.  Talk about pleasure.  

I could have arranged all this bounty prettily and worked on making a gorgeous image.  But, I just snapped the photo and hung out with Sloane for a little while longer instead.  So, tonight, my pleasure is time with Sloane, marveling at our garden, and getting ready to share the bounty.  No guilt about it. 

Do tell.  What are your most recent pleasures? 
By the way, you still have time to get in on the giveaway here.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

a prayer for my daughter

Sloane, first day of Kindergarten

Sloane begins Jr. High this morning.  It's a big milestone, and it feels as though Jeffrey and I are beginning a new chapter in our lives as parents.  I feel excited for Sloane and proud of the young woman she is becoming.  I also feel the heavy weight of raising a godly woman in today's sexually aware, quickly mature society.  More than ever, I feel the need to cover my child with prayer.  I know in my heart that God's will is the only real safety we ever have.  But, I feel that to be truer than it has ever been.  Like every morning of her life, I pray for Sloane, and I commit her into the Father's keeping.  This is my prayer for my daughter.  It is my prayer for your daughters, too.

I ask you to keep Sloane safe in mind and spirit and body.  Most of all, I ask you to keep her faith strong as she seeks to serve you in a world that doesn't believe.  Help her to be like Jesus so that her life will be her witness.  
As she walks the halls of her Jr. High, I know she will encounter unkindness.  She will feel ignored, left out, and misunderstood.  Help her to give love in return for hate, kindness in return for meanness, and forgiveness even when it is not sought.  
I know she will be asked to give up her innocence in exchange for acceptance.  She will be tempted to disobey, to curse, and to mock.  Help her to cling to your Word.  Help her to "think on these things."  Philippians 4:8 
As she grows older, she will like boys and be liked by them in return.  Help her to give her heart carefully and to save her body completely.  Help her to remember that you already know who she is to marry, if she remains in your plan.  Help her to choose to "do him good... all the days of her life."  Proverbs 31:12
As she begins to grow into womanhood, I know she will question who she is and who she wants to become.  Help her to know, bone deep, that you have a plan for her.  Jeremiah 29:11  Help her to seek your will and to follow you all of her days.  
Thank you for my daughter, Lord.  Thank you for the very great joy of being her mother.  Make me worthy of such a gift.  Make me into the mother that she needs.  Give me wisdom.  Help me to show Sloane every day of her life that she is my greatest blessing, exactly as she is.
Sloane, first day of Jr. High

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