Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Faves

maybe my favorite photo this year

* Quote of the Week: "Adopt the pace of nature.  Her secret is patience."  ~ Ralph W. Emerson

* Blogspiration: Would be writer's guild

* Song of the Week: Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry, Be Happy by the Pentatonix 

* Images of the Week: untitled by *Nishe

* Feeling Crafty: Freebies by the Cottage Market

* Anticipating: We leave for Oregon tomorrow morning!

* PINspiration: Photography, curated by Narcisa Eichin

* Some Things I Love: Shutterfly photography books, my new ring, laughing with Sloane, holding hands, that I have my Christmas cards ready to address, pen cups, writing in colored pen, door prizes, travel, family, Thanksgiving!

Happy weekend, friends.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Faves

Look up!

* Quote of the Week: "When you have exhausted all the possibilities remember this: you haven't." ~ Thomas Edison

* Blogspiration: Style Me Pretty

* Song of the Week: How Great Thou Art by Vince and Carrie

* Images of the Week: The Little Giraffe by Diaper Style Memoirs

* Anticipating: We leave one week from tomorrow for Thanksgiving with Jeffrey's family in Oregon.  We haven't had Thanksgiving all together since all our kids were born.  I can hardly wait!

* In Case You Missed It: Small Delights

* Some Things I Love: Ferris wheels, clock faces, domed cake plates, holding towels that are still warm from the dryer, American muscle cars, the way Sloane spent a good bit of her birthday budget buying presents for her friends, perfect eyebrows, ELF make up products, hosting sleepovers with too much pizza and lots of giggling girls

Happy weekend, friends.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

In the Woods

My loves, in their element.
A single photo capturing a simple moment.  
A reminder to slow down our always busy lives and to savor this moment. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

another year older...

autumn in the Ozarks

Sloane turns thirteen tomorrow, and we've spent the weekend doing all her favorite things.  Her big party with friends will be next weekend because she hates to celebrate early.  Last night we played games, baked a complicated cake, and had pizza with my parents.  Today we spent the day in the woods, the place where Sloane is happiest.  She loves the woods the way I love water and Jeffrey loves the mountains.  Tomorrow we'll have a big family dinner and celebration.  And, tonight?

Tonight she sleeps sweetly while her Daddy and I wrap gifts and write a card.  Soon I'll sneak them into her room.  Sloane has woken to a pile of gifts every November 9 since she turned one.  I try to make that single day of each year absolutely perfect.  I think having one perfect day that is all about her is such a nice way to say, "I love you.  You're special to me.  I'm so glad to be your Momma."

Each year I place the gifts oh, so carefully and then I sit on the floor beside her bed and pray over her.  I thank God for another magical year with my precious girl.  Yes, I cry.  Every year.  Every single time I pray her birthday prayer, I cry.  I have so much to thank Him for, my heart just overflows in tears.

Sloane, nearly two, November 2003 ~ photograph by Jim Mayfield

People always tell me how beautiful Sloane is.  And she is.  She always has been.  But I always want to tell them, "You should see her heart.  You should take a peek at her soul.  That's her real beauty."

Sloane, last day of 6th grade, June 2014

Yes, she has long, golden hair and blue, blue eyes.  Yes she is tall and well proportioned and walks with a certain grace.  But, that's not it.  I think people find her pretty because she is kind.  She is lovely because she listens to people and cares about them.  Her eyes are beautiful, not because they are the same shade as ripe blueberries, but because she really looks at you when she speaks to you.  She pays attention.  Sloane knows each one of my students by name and temperament.  She hugs them good-bye every day when they head to the bus; not because she likes hugs.  She really doesn't.  She hugs them because they like hugs.  Sloane is beautiful because her amazing heart shines right out of her eyes, her smile, even her hair glows with it.  She shines.

Tonight, I'll pray that shine never dims.  I'll pray she remains kind no matter how cruel life can be.  I'll pray she continues to love people whether or not they love her back.  I'll pray that she is always beautiful, no matter what time does to her body and face.  I'll pray that she always shines.  And, I'll thank God for every miracle day I have to be her Momma.

Happy birthday, to my darling girl.  Momma loves you.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Faves

my niece, Persephone

* To Make You Smile: The Loveliest Short Story...

* Something to Buy: a fantastic wall calendar by Flapperdoodle

* Song of the Week: All of Me by John Legend & Lindsey Stirling

* Something to Read: "Emily" set by L.M. Montgomery

* Because It's Finally Cold Enough: Decadent Hot Chocolate

* PINspiration: Creative Spaces, curated by Diary of Dave's Wife

  * In Case You Missed It: Autumn Thoughts

* Some Things I Love: VistaPrint iPhone cases, pinning my hair back as soon as I get home, Family Fun Nights, labeling things, a super-clean kitchen, kaleidoscopes, collecting watercolor originals, Jimeale products, sweater weather, the quiet tinkle of wind chimes in the morning, fresh flowers on the table, autumn, autumn, autumn

Happy weekend, friends.  

Monday, November 3, 2014

this moment

A single photo capturing a simple moment.  
A reminder to slow down our always busy lives and to savor this moment. 

57 Kinds of Awesome, part three

my favorite from yesterday's senior photoshoot

57 Kinds of Awesome, part three
24.   taking senior pictures
25.   especially, taking former students' senior pictures
26.   all the gorgeous architecture in Savannah, Georgia
27.    saving for a better camera 
28.    planning Sloane's birthday party early and anticipating all the fun
29.    the giddy feeling you have when you get close to your goal
30.   navy blue and pale pink, a perfect color combination
31.   chicken and dumplings at Cracker Barrel
32.  the first whiff of a burning leaf pile in late October
33.   the way the dogs always run to greet us when we get home
34.  being met in the driveway by someone eager to see you
35.  cutting open the make up bottle to get out the last drops of goodness
          36.  pocket-sized LED flashlights

          37.  time spent in the woods

         38.  Sloane always wants the same panda cake she had for her fifth birthday

         39.  an unhurried trip to the library

         40.  giving yourself a pedicure and spending that $25 on books

What about you?  What awesomeness have you been noticing lately?

Oldies, but Goodies