Monday, February 19, 2018

February Slow and Still Life

A variety of photos have turned up in my February folder that don't really merit an entire post each themselves. However, they are full of life and slow and simplicity and memories so I want to include them. Thus, I am grouping several of them into a post of their own!

If I had to describe February so far, I would say that it has felt full of margin. This was one of my goals for this month and I'll be posting more - but for now, I'm enjoying the white space both on our calendar and in my mind and heart.

One afternoon, Samuel and Rachel were home with me while Emily was at a Math class. They sourced supplies from the recycle bin and art cabinet and created a cardboard piano and Viking ship! Scout looks a little less than thrilled to be first mate!

One Sunday afternoon, I made sugar cookies which my children and I decorated. This ended up being one of my favorite photos of the cookies because it shows the view in real time that is typically cropped to something more aesthetically pleasing. Real life all around the fringes!

Here are some others that I took at the same time:

Next, a little Sunday selfie - I've been a little wardrobe weary lately, but this is a new piece that I added from the sale rack at the Ann Taylor outlet. I love it because it feels Springy and also for how it pulls together a thrifted cardigan and yard sale $1 skirt!

As a bonus, once I got it home, I realized the little designs were cotton plants and blooms. This is so exciting because I've been helping with our church and the upcoming missions conference and one of our themes is including cotton and this verse. Not only that, but the color scheme provided by the church is blue and green which this top is also! I just love when little things like that happen, to me, it is God just reminding me of His presence in the little details of life!

We also found Rachel a cute springy dress and here she is pacing in front of my bedroom window talking to Grammie and telling her all about it!

When we hung up, I saw this cardinal on the rose bush by our porch. We have had SO many cardinals lately - it has been fun to watch!

Well that was fun and I have more, so I'll be back with another set!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Simple Weekend Beauty: Stay Home!

That is grape juice, not coffee for anyone wondering! :) Staying home is such a delight and really helps the day to last longer!

Simple Weekend Beauty: Girls Lunch

We had a fun girls day out last Saturday - lunch, thrift store, hitting the outlets. It was relaxing and a sweet time together!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sky Watching

The girls ballet studio is near the water and since it is in the evening, frequently the sky is mesmerizing as I sit and wait. Last Thursday, I brought my camera and I'm so glad I did. I would read a few pages, snap a photo, read a few pages, snap a photo. I had to keep rolling the window up and down because it was a little too cool to leave down and let's face it - that near the water - the gnats are usually dreadful.

Hope you enjoy this little photo progression of the sky - these were taken over about a 30 minute time frame.

"Lift up your eyes to the sky, Then look to the earth beneath; For the sky will vanish like smoke, And the earth will wear out like a garment And its inhabitants will die in like manner; But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not wane."  ~ Isaiah 51:6

Monday, February 12, 2018

Celebrating New Life

Last week, we celebrated Rachel's 7th Christian Birthday! I love having this on the calendar but unlike other holidays and celebrations, I have never landed on what is just the right thing to do to honor this day. So this means we usually end up doing something different every time.

It usually involves flowers {life} and something sweet as a treat {celebration} - this year, I did not plan ahead at all. The night before the idea came to mind to do a New Life walk where we simply went around our neighborhood looking for signs of new life.

A quick trip to the grocery store yielded tulips and Little Debbie snack cakes. Setting a fun lunch table before our walk was fun and simple! The little butterflies were left from an Easter dinner some years ago {free printable found here} and a few Scrabble letters to create a meaningful message!