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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Early Winter

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

Like many other Americans, we experienced some pretty cold weather this past week from the arctic blast that came through. We got a wee bit of snow which quickly turned into ice and created a wonderful mix of autumn and winter. 

My girls will take any opportunity they get to play in the snow...even if it's not much!

I don't even know...this is how I found her practicing this week.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Black and White Wednesday ~ Autumn

One of the things I love most about autumn are the colors....

reds, greens, yellows, oranges, warm and vibrant and beautiful.

I decided to take the color out of some of my favorite fall photos and found a different kind of beauty. 
When an image is lacking color, I often notice new details. I love how these images turned out.

Linking up with  Black and White Wednesday 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Manifesto ~ Drawing Near

This is the seventh installment in this series. 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'll be sharing each idea individually in an attempt to get myself to focus more intently on that idea during the week.

Today, the moment when I am most repelled by a child's behavior, that is my sign to draw the very closest to that child.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Six Word Friday ~ Cross

What happens when two seasons cross?

You don't have the gradual change

Instead you get bright, vivid colors
made brighter by the contrasting white
of unexpected, beautiful mess.

linking up with Six Word Fridays

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I Love November

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

The beginning of November is peak around these parts for autumnal glory. I was feeling rather sorry for myself that my oldest didn't feel up to going hiking on Saturday. I really wanted to get out there and enjoy the beauty of fall, not stay at home and nurse a sick child. But she and I stayed home until she mentioned wanting to walk to the park for a picnic. I'm so glad we went...we found so much beauty and happiness right in our own neighborhood.


Spending time one on one with my girls always makes me happy. I spend LOTS of time with both of them, but when I just get to hang out with one it's a whole new level of happiness.

We put together our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child!

I got the most wonderful, thoughtful surprise in the mail this week. Adrienne of My Memory Art, followed my instagram series of Violin ABCs and was inspired to put together this memory book to send me. I've ordered my prints and am eager to put this book together. THANK YOU for blessing me, Adrienne!

Look'll see she used the actual number as the first letter in the words five and forth : )

It's been a little windy here the past couple days.

These photos could easily have gone under the category pretty or happy. I remember seeing some mushrooms last year, but this year we have TONS! Maybe I'm taking more notice or maybe there really are more. At any rate, I find them very interesting and wonderful subjects to photograph. Like flowers and leaves, there are so many different kinds!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

More Life at Home ~ Black and White Wednesday

II had so much fun linking up to Black and White Wednesday that I wanted to do it again this week and share a few more photos from my #lifeathome series.

These are regular sights at our home...reading and violin playing.

Linking up with  Black and White Wednesday