Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Faves

* Quote of the Week: "Be useful." ~ Scott Adams

* Blogspiration: Compulsively Compiled, a now-defunct blog whose images will still inspire you

* Song of the Week: Though You Slay Me by Shane & Shane

* Images of the Week: Flickr photographer Mikael Jarnasen

* Good Ideas: Cheap Date Night Ideas from And Then We Saved

* In Case You Missed It: Conversations About Love

* Good To Know: Wrist Exercises to Prevent Carpal Tunnel

* PINspiration: Typography, curated by me

* Some Things I Love: Thanksgiving, typography, poetry, family photoshoots, Sloane's friends, setting a pretty table, laughing, watching old movies with Jeffrey, making Christmas plans with Sloane

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Nearly 14

This is my beautiful girl a few months ago at the start of eighth grade.  Now, Sloane will be 14 in just a few hours.  Each year I kneel by her bedside and remember all the sweetness from the previous year.  I pray and thank God for all His many blessings.  I cry.  I commit her and her next year into His care.  Every year for fourteen years, I've spent a small part of November 8th crying.

Someone once asked me why I cry so easily.  I told her, my heart is just so full. Sometimes it just overflows in tears.  And, that's about right.  When I think of my darling girl, my heart is so full that sometimes I just can't help but cry.

This year instead of sneaking into her room long after she's asleep, I lay beside her in her bed and played with her hair and shared my prayer with her.  She's a quiet, thoughtful, pondering kind of girl, so I don't know really what she thought of it.    But I know this.  She has no doubt her momma loves her.  She knows for certain I trust God to meet her needs and help her grow.  I don't know if she will even remember a single specific part of my prayer for her.  Really, that's not what matters.  What matters, is that she knows that I pray for her.  She knows that I love her.  She knows that I trust God to meet all her needs.  And that, I think, is the very best gift I can give her as she begins her fourteenth year.

Happy birthday, my darling girl.  Your momma loves you so much.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Faves

wanna flowa?

* Quote of the Week: "Courage is grace under pressure." ~ Ernest Hemmingway

* Blogspiration: Simply Darlene

* Song of the Week: The Holiday film score by Hans Zimmer

* Images of the Week: Teacups by Teresa

* A Poem of a Post: The Space Between by Rhayne

* In Case You Missed It: Silly Celebrations, Take 6
* To Make You Think: from Joyfully Weary
* Some Things I Love: my new prints from this amazing company, photographing three year olds, opening all the windows to the chilly weather, holding hands with students as we walk to the bus, loving texts from friends, family hikes among the turning leaves

Happy weekend, friends.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Faves


*Favorite Moment: I loved spotting my mom walking toward us in the airport.  She's been gone for two weeks.

*In Case You Missed It: Artful Living

*Pinspiration: I Want to Go There by Carolyn Cakir

*To Make You Think: The March by Chez Danisse

*Quote of the Week: " You can't do a good job if your job is all you do." ~ Katie Thurmes

*Great Read: Lucy Crisp and the Vanishing House by Janet Hill

*Image of the Week: Cute by Ray Jennings

*A Song: I love this happy song: "Color In You" by Copperlily 

*Interiors Inspiration: Oh. My. Goodness!  Julie Blanner's home

*A Wish: May all your leaves start to turn, your weather begin to cool, and your schedule slow enough to enjoy it all.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Faves

an old, old image - I took this one before I even owned a DSLR

* Film Fancies: Monsters, a music video by Sarah MacLachlan

* To Try: 17 Small Tweaks

* Song of the Week: Autumn Leaves by Nat King Cole, of course

* Great Read: Slightly Foxed a Reader's Quarterly for the bookish among us

* Anticipating: My Mom has been traveling for two weeks.  I can't wait for her to get home on Tuesday!

* To Make You Think: Someday by The Minimalists

  * In Case You Missed It: This One's For Jaime

* Some Things I Love: the way my heart starts skipping as the temperatures start dropping, the Harvest Moon, Nat King Cole and other crooners, words, dictionaries, ordering a new planner, my new 85mm lens, beautiful films, bokeh, the way pumpkins and mums are beginning to pop up on porches

Happy weekend, friends!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Faves

Missouri beauty

* Quote of the Week: "But people are oceans.  You can not know them by their surfaces."  ~ Beau Taplin

* Something to Read: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

* Song of the Week: Sometimes He Whispers by Adam Crabb

* Images of the Week: the work of Matt Molloy  

* Learn Something: "Less Stuff = More Happiness" by Graham Hill

* To Touch Your Heart: A New Perspective

* Anticipating: Autumn!

* PINspiration: Photographs: Beautiful Faces, curated by me

  * In Case You Missed It: Sloane's Zoo

* Some Things I Love: how excited my students were to be generous and thoughtful on my birthday, singing video messages, when Jeffrey wears a bandanna, when a friends stops you just to tell you about a great song, ordering in lunch for colleagues every Friday, purple and pink Bic crystal pens, drinking lots of water, my new camera bag - sized for my bigger camera, birthdays that last for a week...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

thoughts on my mid-life birthday

birthday gifts at school from students and colleagues
I turned 45 today.

In the week or so leading up to this birthday, I was a bit bothered by it.  I kept thinking, "Any way you look at it, I'm at least half way to dead."  Not very romantic, but very likely true.  Not many people live past 90.  How could half my life already be over?

Have I done enough with the blessings I've been given?  Have a made a difference in enough lives?  Have I shared Christ like I should have?  Have I loved enough?  Do I have enough time to do all the things I still want to do?  Am I really half way to dead?

But then, Jeffrey my love, like he always does, gave me the perfect gift.  Last weekend the three of us went to Bull Shoals Lake.  No wifi, no tv, no appointments, no taking work with us.  Just time.  Time to laugh.  Time to think.  Time to sing and write and play and swim in the warm, beautiful lake.  Time to read and read and talk and talk and talk.  Time to kiss and hug and hang out on our porch.  Just what I needed.

on the porch at the lake

And, while I was sitting on that porch last Saturday morning thinking about the birthday that was just around the corner, it hit me.  Forty-five isn't half way to dead.  It's half a life still to live.  It's more than four decades.  It's so   much   time.  Yes, yes, I know.  I haven't been promised 45 more years.  I know.

That's not my point.  My point is that there is so much living and loving still to be done.  I don't need to waste time wondering if I've done enough loving, teaching, sharing, impacting.  I just need to get busy doing it now.  Now.  Because today is the only day I can be sure of.

So this year, no worries about the future, no regrets about the past.  Just more joy.  More laughter.  More love.  More sharing Christ.  More learning to love like He does.  More forgiving.  More writing.  More reading.  More talking.  More picture taking.  More time spent well.  More family dinners.  More long walks holding hands.  More time enjoying my students and less grading their papers.  More engaging lesson plans and less test prep.  More poetry.  More love letters.  More porch sitting.  More lake trips.  More love.

... I've said it before.  The answer is always to love more.

Oldies, but Goodies