October 27, 2011


"I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.  That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been..."  Ecclesiastes 3:14-15

October 26, 2011

persimmon picking

We went persimmon picking with my grandma this morning. Even with school hanging over my shoulder, my mom urged me to go and take pictures.  I'm so glad I did.  She taught me that the best persimmons are found nestled in the grass.  And I got some of the most valuable photographs I've ever taken.

October 23, 2011

these people

>>these people make my heart happy

It's been an eventful weekend.  I spent the day with a wonderful friend and her sisters yesterday.  Now, today, my family is celebrating my dad's birthday.  We saw Courageous (which is really good), and are about to sit down to some fried chicken and ice cream cake.  I love birthdays.

Even with all the stress of school, and the disappointment of no fall break, life has been good.  Good in a challenging, strengthening way.  And that's the best way, I think.

I have so many posts swirling through my head currently.  I promise I'll write them all down and share them this week.  (Hint:  a new lens review, a possible link up, etc.)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

p.s. 201 followers?  You guys rock!  I love you all.

October 17, 2011

pondering on life

like a piece of glass, suddenly shattered,
swept up and forgotten.  in a blink.  so fast.
is that life?  or is it more?

we went camping this weekend.  without the distractions of technology or schedules, the hours passed in laughter, play, and conversation.  and when the weekend was over, and sunday night arrived, along with the shocking death of such a young dreamer, i was so thankful, so blessed, for the weekend i had.

it makes me think about my life.  am i living as i have been called?  am i living for the moment, the temporary, or the eternal, the ultimate?

that's why i try to share with you these struggles and these joys.  you and so many other keep me accountable.  your words and comments bring me so much hope.  it's like a little note of encouragement is slipped in my hand every time you write beautiful blog posts and write lovely comments.  thank you for that.  from deep in my heart.

there is so much more that i could say and tell you how i feel, but i want to know: what about you?  what do you live for?  tell me!

p.s.  Only three days left to enter the self-portrait contest!

October 14, 2011

yesterday's stills

>>a rainy day means late night movies and pot roast for dinner.

p.s. Don't forget to enter the self-portrait contest!

p.p.s  I guestposted over here yesterday!

October 08, 2011

just life

1. a tree...no really?  2. fall's arrival  3. fruit does not last in my family  4. sweet baby girl's new red shoes  5. sweet baby girl herself...posing like a drama queen  6. antique paint box=love  7. my new moccasins.  i love them very much

p.s. want to be an october sponsor?  email me!  

October 07, 2011


In the blink of an eye, it seems, the trees have turned all glorious fall hues.
In the blink of an eye, if feels, the rakes need to be pulled out and piles of soft crispness jumped into.
And, in the blink of an eye, definitely, this little girl has begun to talk like a seven year old.

I've been struggling with time and the finding of it, and yet, I'm sitting here, writing this, instead of doing literature and history or enjoying the fall weather.

The song Viva La Vida sums up my feelings... "one minute i held the key//next the walls were closed on me//and i discovered that my castles stand//upon pillars or salt and pillars of sand"

Remember being able to choose when I had free time?  Remember when school was just another activity?  With the arrival of highschool, came a different mindest, and now, after two years, I'm just now starting to figure that out.  (OK, I might be a little slow...)

Today, though, I was determined not to let October slip through my grasp like I feel September did.  Multitasking (because I can do that), I simultaneously read about Theodore Roosevelt and breathed in the fall air.  I took notes while the sounds of little children playing in the background brought a smile to my face.

And, yes, I even stopped so that I could take pictures and simply watch them play and learn and laugh.  That brings me so much joy, seeing them play.

For instance, did you know that snow shovels make marvelous leaf bulldozers?  And did you know that little brothers just might respond better if you jump into the leaves too?

It's true.

The best times of my life have been when I was spending time with my family.  I did that today, and in a way more than just being in the same house with them.

Life is like a blink.  Seasons change and children grow.  Enjoy it now.  I promise it's worth it.

October 03, 2011

apples & honey

>>hand-grown and hand-picked apples
>>carefully tended and jarred honey