Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Slowing Down for Christmas

It's almost here...are you ready? On this fourth Sunday of Advent...the first day of winter...the longest day of the year...I'm lighting candles and preparing my heart for the week.



Part of my family has been down this weekend with whatever nasty bug is going around. It's not fun to be sick, but sometimes slowing down is just what we need. Forced to stay home, I was able to catch up on housework and other miscellaneous things. I had time to be productive, time to create and time to relax. 

I'm ready for Christmas. I'm ready to truly enjoy the next few days and weeks. This is GOOD.



Sometimes when I'm out running my creative juices start flowing and I get ideas of what to photograph and how. On my run yesterday I had the idea to make a Christ"moss" tree....a bit RANDOM, but FUN.




I also played around a bit with my violin (one of my favorite subjects to photograph) and bokeh. I got some great black and white shots as well, but you'll have to wait a couple days for those.







I'm linking up with Tamar for some Good, Random, Fun

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}












{happy}








{funny and real}
I'll admit that these photos look pretty enough to be in the {pretty} category but there's a pretty funny story behind these. I saw this idea on pinterest and got really excited about doing it. I had wanted to decorate our tree outside but didn't really want to go buy ornaments that would likely get weathered or blown away so this idea was perfect. I had friends coming over that day and called my friend to see if she'd stop by the store on her way to pick up the supplies. 

She did...we made them...they were cute and great. 


The next morning I noticed 2 of the 6 had blown and fallen down. Still, there was a bird eating off one so that was ok. Then the next morning all 6 were completely gone. The only thing left were the ribbons, hanging on the trees. I'm sure there are some very happy squirrels somewhere. 

And now my tree is bare again. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Black and White ~ Holidays





This one's not completely black and white, but I think it's fun so I'm including it!



Linking up with  Black and White Wednesday 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Just Another Week


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}










{happy}
While out walking near our favorite river, we noticed a carriage ride. It turned out to be free (accepting donations for a local charity) and the line wasn't too long so we waited our turn. 



Look how close the deer is...this was in the middle of a neighborhood




It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! We have decorated our violins and are busy practicing our favorite Christmas carols and hymns to share with nursing home residents and our church family in the next couple weeks.






{funny}
We went to a fundraiser for a local shelter for homeless families and it was a wine tasting event. There was a silent auction and we won the giant bottle of wine! I guess I need to have a party....


{real}
I don't have any of my out-of-town gifts ready to mail. At this point, it's not my fault. I'm waiting for what I ordered to be finished and shipped to me. 



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Black and White Wednesday ~ My Violin

Last week I shared some photos of my violin that I did as an ABCs of violin series during the month of October. Today I have a few more to share from that series....


T is for tailpiece



Y is for young....with the popularization of the Suzuki method, children as young as 3 can play the violin. A violin can be made to size, thus allowing little ones to play. Picture above is a 1/32 violin (smallest size) and a 4/4 violin (full size).

S is for scroll (do you see the initials RS carved into my scroll?)


P is for purfling...inlaid into hand made instruments


F is for a frog sitting on the frog





Linking up with  Black and White Wednesday 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Monday Manifesto ~ Laughter and Joy


A couple years ago I ran across a list called "a parenting manifesto of joy" on Ann Voskamp's site. It's a beautiful list of essentials when it comes to parenting, and as a homeschooling mom, I desperately need to inhale and exhale and absorb this list. Each Monday, I've been sharing each idea individually in an attempt to get myself to focus more intently on that idea during the week. This is the final installment.



Today, I will laugh! And I will let the children laugh!
I will create a culture of JOY

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy December


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}







it's all about the bokeh....



{happy}
So fun to share adventures with  my family. 



Lately my older daughter has been reading the Mistmantle series to her sister. She lures her into story time by making hot chocolate and inviting her to get comfortable and cozy on the couch. I believe strongly in the value of sharing stories and this warms my heart to see these sisters sharing stories without my initiation.



Advent...some new resources and our beautiful wreath.



{real}
My house is in such disarray right now. We put our tree up, but no ornaments. And I've gotten a few decorations (new plants, candles), but haven't arranged or decorated anything. I just keep setting them down. I really, really, really want something Christ-centered to hang above my mantel but I've been drawing a blank. I don't want to buy anything that I'll have to store. Last year I made a wreath from grape vines. But then threw it out after Christmas so I wouldn't have to store it. My dream would be to have some old wood I could paint on..."O Come Emmanuel...."