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

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites...


As I was enjoying some quiet time this morning, I realized that three of the things I'm most grateful for right now were right in front of me.


  1. Scripture journal - I know that Bible journalling is all the rage right now, but it's just not for me (neither are the coloring books that are also quite trendy). That being said, I do love to write out Scripture word for word. I think Bible illiteracy is a big problem among many Christians, and I've found that writing out Scripture by hand helps me learn Scripture in a different way than just reading it.
  2. Hot tea -  If I had to choose between coffee and tea in the morning, I'd always choose coffee...except when I'm sick. Although I'm feeling much better than I was earlier this week, I'm still drinking tea in the morning and it's a nice change. I really like peach flavored tea...do you have a favorite flavor?
  3. Fresh flowers from my garden - I love bringing fresh flowers inside to enjoy. Sometimes I feel bad about cutting them and removing them from the garden, but I definitely enjoy them more often if they are on my dining room table or by my kitchen sink. I don't like to spend money on flower arrangements, so being able to grow them in my backyard and then bring them inside to enjoy brings me much joy!




What are some favorite things of your this week?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Garden


It's been quite a week for me...I've spent the majority of it in bed with a horrible sinus infection. I had grand plans for gardening this week, but instead I've been inside sleeping and watching Downton Abbey (thankful for the dvds of season 6 from the library!)

Nature is doing it's thing without me, and my garden is just bursting with life!


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}

 













{happy}

I did manage to plant my veggies before falling sick, so at least they are in. 



And I'm so happy to see multiple buds on my peony bushes!


We are going to have a great raspberry harvest this year.




{funny}

I bought this clematis on clearance last week and it still lays where I set it down a week ago.



and here's the "line-up" of ferns and foxgloves waiting to be planted...




{real}

Aphids....


all over my lupine



I bought an organic spray that is supposed to kill them but I don't think it works.



I'm linking up with  {pretty, happy, funny, real},

Monday, April 25, 2016

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 17


the GOOD
In 2016 I'm attempting to do #52weeksofstorytelling with a different theme each week.
Week 16/52 - Curiosity

Macro photography has piqued my curiosity and opened my eyes to another world. There are so many interesting and amazing things we don't bother to see because we either don't take the time or they aren't obvious to us. Macro photography is training me to notice the small things (literally). 






the RANDOM
Macro beauty in my backyard...






the FUN
new family photo, redbud tree, fun finds in my garden (frog and moth), beauty in nearby parks



I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Backyard Shenanigans


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}














{happy}
We went to not one, but two concerts over the weekend. The first was an Amy Grant concert - she's been a personal favorite of mine since I was young and I still love her music. It was fun to share the experience with my girls.

On Saturday we headed up to the Washington State Fair grounds to hear my youngest daughter's favorite group, The Gothard Sisters. We've seen them one other time and have been waiting for another opportunity to hear and see them perform. Each of the three girls (who are truly sisters), plays more than one instrument and they all sing and Irish step dance. 




Here are some video clips I took...








{funny}
Our neighborhood has a new magazine publication and we are going to be featured in an upcoming issue. We were taking some family photos and got a little silly on some.





{real}
We've had some amazing, summer like weather which is causing the garden and yard to grow like crazy. As we do school each day I look out the window wondering when I'll get around to taming the raspberries. I fully intended to better "organize" this patch last fall and never got around to it. 



I'm linking up with  {pretty, happy, funny, real},










Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Black and White Wednesday ~ Macro

I take most of my macro photos using my iphone and olloclip macro lens, 
but this morning I got out my macro lens for my dslr and 
played around a bit with some blooms in my garden.


Enjoy









 Linking up with  Black and White Wednesday 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 16


the GOOD
In 2016 I'm attempting to do #52weeksofstorytelling with a different theme each week.
Week 15/52 - Frustration


Clutter in my own house frustrates me to no end. I'm a minimalist, but the rest of the family doesn't necessarily embrace the concept. My oldest daughter is amazingly talented when it comes to art, and she's always working on something. I want to give her the space and time to develop her skills on a daily basis (so glad we homeschool!), but I also want clear surfaces (especially since her art space doubles as her school desk). Then I look around and see my own stuff strewn everywhere and remember to extend grace and encouragement. (I have a pic that shows more of the clutter, but I prefer to focus on the beautiful artist instead). 







more GOOD
Beauty everywhere I look....







the RANDOM
frog friends, golden hour light, dandelion macro
big trees, a fun concert, blue skies and clouds
fiddleheads, front yard blooms, slugs






the FUN
Beverly Cleary, beloved children's author, turned 100 this past week. She's best known for her fun-loving character, Ramona - a series my own girls love. We first read this series shortly after moving to Portland, OR and discovered the stories were set here in Portland because Beverly is from Oregon. It was fun to learn more about our new home through the stories. There is a real Klikitat street, and many tributes around the city to Ms. Cleary (like the statues in Grant Park). We celebrated the day in the most appropriate way - D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read). This was a concept introduced in the stories. 





I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens