Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Faves

Reposting an old favorite: The Road Ahead

* A Favorite YouTube Channel: Living BIG in a Tiny House

* Something to Buy: Urbanears Plattan headphones

* Song of the Week: You Send Me by Sam Cooke

* Something to Read: Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

* I'm Grateful For: This was a week of quiet contentment.  There were no standout moments, but the week was full of family time.  Isn't that the greatest gift of all?    

* ARTspiration: Fictionalized Landscapes, by j.frede

  * In Case You Missed It: M is For... by me

* Some Things I Love:   weekend family time, long walks, YouTube, bookstagrammers, the new watch I got for Christmas, sending postcards, receiving postcards, Glacier National Park, dreaming of retiring and working at Disney, the way that winter evenings are perfect for rereading old favorites, listening in on impromptu jam sessions, fresh flowers, laughing... 

Happy weekend, friends.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Faves

January weather
* Film Fancies: The Most Beautiful Thing

* I've Got a Thing For: harmonicas

* Song of the Week: Bluestone Alley; This gorgeous music was composed by Congfei Wei for Piano Tiles2

* Book Love:  The Book Thief, my review

* Anticipating: a quiet weekend at home, letting Sloane rest and recover from her recent concussion

* To Make You Think: Why I'm Doing Something I Don't Like Doing Today by Jon Acuff

  * In Case You Missed It: Twenty One Years

* Some Things I Love: Wasabi almonds, orthodontists and the smiles they make, the new Shutterfly calendar I just made of some of my favorite images, when my class is piled up reading, thoughtful friends, tidiness, intentionality, Flair pens, weekends...
Happy weekend, friends.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Faves

photographing light in the oddest places

* A Song: "Amazing Grace" by Alaska Reid

* Things I Love: snow days you can plan for, getting stuff done, the gallery wall in my laundry room, typography, bifocals with no line, big rings, lots of bangle bracelets, Milkyway Dark Minis, the feel of freshly shaved legs, kissing, kids who are glad to be back to school, morning tutoring sessions complete with breakfast snacks...

* To Make You Laugh: Chicago's Magical Piano

* Story Corp: Are you familiar with the Story Corp project?  I love it!  Here is Sloane's interview of me, in case you've been dying to hear my voice. ;O)

* Quote of the Week: "Nothing is so necessary for man as the company of intelligent women."  ~ Leo Tolstoy

* Images of the Week: Castello di Padernello by Goethe58

* Pinspiration: Wisdom: Intentional Parenting curated by me

* In Case You Missed It: Of Plums and Delight

Happy weekend, friends.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Faves

my most liked nine of 2016 on Instagram

* Quote of the Week: "Once a year, go someplace you've never been." ~ Dalai Lama

* Song of the Week: an old favorite, The World Is New by Save Ferris

* Pinspiration: Blur is Beautiful curated by Robin Laws

* Blogspiration: Hulaseventy, another old favorite 

* Useful Information: How to Never Kill a Houseplant Again on Apartment Therapy

* Images of the Week: animal print shop by Sharon Montrose

* I can Relate: Book Nerd Problems by Epic Read

* To Listen: Unfurl, by Meghan Genge

* In Case You Missed It: I'm Still It

Happy new year, friends. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday Faves

Christmas parade at Silver Dollar City

* Quote of the Week: "“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” Charlotte Brontë , Jane Eyre

* Something to Buy: cell phone car mount

* Something to Make: origami paper stars

* A Song: Silent Night sung by Katherine Jenkins

* Images of the Week: the work of Ray Jennings

* Great Read: Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, read by Liam Neeson.  This is so much better than the movie. 

* To Make You Laugh: Pinky the cat

* PINspiration: Joyeux Noel by Theresa L

* In Case You Missed It: My Kind of People

* Some Things I Love: homemade snowman kit, Robert Sabuda's pop-up Christmas books, Christmas parades, making popcorn chains with Sloane for her tree, red and white mittens, mint Oreos, moving the pictures around our walls, old lace, making stockings, the color of old copper, handmade cards...

Happy weekend, friends.

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.

Oldies, but Goodies