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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fun in My Backyard

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

August is by far my favorite month for my garden. The sunflowers and zinnias are blooming and everything is so beautiful and full. I'm especially pleased with my honeysuckle this year. I love all the hummingbirds it attracts.

We were pleasantly surprised to find this guy on one of our plants this week. 


Our patio is full of chalk art and I love it. Both girls enjoy creating scenes and pictures. My younger daughter draws rainbows and flowers while my older daughter draws dragons!

Over the weekend there was a chalk art contest in our town and each girl entered. I enjoy watching my oldest draw so much. She is quite talented. She did this quick dragon drawing in about 5 minutes and ended up winning "mayor's choice" - a plaque and a $50 gift card to a local store!

One of our silly family traditions is to have the "August fairy" birthday is in August and the girls (mostly my younger one) leaves me notes and chocolate and makes my bed. Here are the notes I've gotten so far.

And sometimes when I'm sitting at the computer I think I catch glimpses of a fairy (or two) fluttering about the room). I grabbed my camera the other day and here's what I got....

This particular fairy looks suspiciously like my youngest daughter....

Although I had seen the holes these guys dig, I hadn't actually seen a skunk in my yard until this week. I've seen him several times now, and it's always still light out. I can go outside and make noise and walk around and it doesn't even phase him. It's a tad bit disconcerting and discourages me from hanging out in my yard in the evenings. zucchini plants are sick. They were doing so well, but it's been a week now since I got any zucchini from them. There are a few growing and I hope they continue because I haven't had my fill of zucchini yet.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Facing the Son

Sunflowers, more than any other flower I can think of, tend to turn and bloom with their "face" to the sun. I've planted sunflowers along my fence for the past four years now, and without fail, the sunflowers stretch up over the fence and face east towards my neighbor's yard.

I once saw a poster that said something like...we bloom more fully when we are facing the Son

It had a field of sunflowers on it and it was playing on the words sun and Son. But there really is truth in that. Like a sunflower needs to face the sun to bloom fully and beautifully, I need to face the Son in order to bloom and become the person He created me to be. 

It might be a bit cheesy and simplified, but it's true. 

I walked around a sunflower field this past weekend and was amazed at how many different varieties of sunflowers there were. Just like people are all different. Yet with the right amount of Son in our lives, we can bloom. 

There is so much pain and injustice and suffering happening in our world right now. The best way I know to keep my face towards the Son is to dig into His Word and pray.

linking up with the Weekend Brew

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Living Adventure

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

This past week brought many new adventures to our family. We went on an amazing hike Saturday followed by a visit to a sunflower field. Then Sunday after church we set off on a backpacking/camping adventure to Mt. Adams. I'm so thankful for these opportunities to make memories with my family.

my girls spotted a pair of moths mating in our backyard - aren't they beautiful?

The view from our Saturday hike...

(does anyone know what these flowers are called? They feel dried and are so interesting.)

some pictures from the sunflower field....I'll be sharing more of these in my next post

looking up at Mt. Adams

sunset from Mt. Adams

our campsite


My sunflowers are starting to bloom! As always, they are facing my neighbor's yard, but I think he likes it that way!

This is really not a good picture of me, but this is me at "lunch counter" on Mt. Adams...approximately 9000 feet. We didn't climb any higher than this because we didn't have the gear or permits we needed.

it was a little bit windy up there!

It's always fun seeing snow in August.

me and my girls and my sunflowers


today's pickings....a teeny carrot and a gigantic green bean

I really don't know what this is about. I looked out the window and they were dressed in camouflage. When I asked them, they said they were playing something and needed to be hidden. I'm not even sure why my girls have camouflage....

A couple of my sunflowers fell down while I was out of town earlier this month. They don't seem to care one bit...they are growing straight up and one is even beginning to bloom!

Apparently it's mating season because the day after we spotted the mating moths, we spotted these mating slugs.

Whether it's mating or eating, it's pretty cool to see nature and creatures doing their thing. This little frog was enjoying a poor, unsuspecting crane fly for dinner. An hour later, I went back to take another photo of him perched on this zinnia and there was a tiny little bug that was also on the flower. In an instant this frog had dessert.