2016 in review

It seems like the multitudes are waiting for 2016 to end and to start fresh with 2017. For many 2016 was the year everyone hoped to forget. I disagree.

My feelings are subjective because I know 2016 was unpleasant for a large populace and there was a lot of hurting around the world. However, outside of being barraged by constant political ranting, 2016 has been a pretty good year, for me. For us.

2016 seems to be the year where life’s journey started making sense once again. Have you ever stopped to think about how decisions big and small or life’s disappointments that may not make sense at the time are simply the unfoldings of better things? How each thing is a thread in the evolving story? Things you only understand as you faithfully keep turning the page to discover the gifts? This year I have had more “ah ha moments” that have reassured me that God is writing this story. And He has allowed me the privilege of seeing a bit of foreshadowing along the way, which has been a blessing after such a season of walking with just the very next step visible.

While each day is still a discovery, I feel reassured that God knows what He is doing. He knows where we need to be, and where we need to invest our time, talents, and treasures. He knows exactly who we need on our team and who we are better off without. He is good. All the time. It’s good to just stop and marvel at the unexpected gifts he bestows upon us. Seriously, take just a second and think about one or two unexpected gifts of this year and what an act of grace it has been to you.  Never stop marveling at how much God loves you and hears the desires of your heart.

I could go on…instead, how about a photo round-up of some of my favorites of the year?






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pouring tea in the woods 01-750

pomston on bed 01-750

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Atlanta Beltline East

Atlanta Beltline East

So, on to 2017…I usually do a word of the year and some goals. I’m keeping it simple this year. I purpose to take more photos of people I(we)love. I just think that is so important. I kind of bombed this year with consistency and I just want to make sure that I am more mindful. Other than that, I purpose to savor, enjoy, and say yes to all the things that truly matter.

Happy New Year, Friends! So glad you are part of my life.


Wat Pho

I’m determined to blog my trip to Thailand fully, yet I have struggled to get through culling and editing images. I’ve decided to lower my editing expectations and just dive in. I’m not sure why this has been so hard to do this go around. I think it is just that life hasn’t slowed since stepping off the plane in October. In many ways, I am so grateful for the inability to think too much about this trip. Not because it didn’t mean anything, but because it always does.

In my limited processing moments, the one gift has been seeing some of the why of being right where we are. The why? People we would miss doing life with. That alone brings me so much peace and confidence.

Doesn’t mean I want to miss out on these trips every two years, though. Still totally down for that.  With that…some images from Wat Pho.

Thailand 2016

Thailand 2016

Thailand 2016

Thailand 2016

Thailand 2016

Thailand 2016

Thailand 2016

Thankful for these awesome travel buddies, too!



Is this thing on? It’s been a minute since I’ve been in this space. Two months, I think. I hit a blogging wall after summer, and I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to continue here after 10 solid years of faithful blogging. Rather than making that decision, I took a break.

I didn’t realize how much I needed to step back from this space. While it has been such a fun way to journal our lives, I felt like content generation was becoming a chore rather than a joy. I’m still not sure how long I am going to keep going, but I feel like the finish line isn’t here yet.

If you follow me on Instagram, you maybe saw that I took a little trip last month to Thailand. I was pretty quiet about it leading up to departure.

I think I’m ready to start talking about it.


It’s going to take some time to sort through my images and thoughts, but I will say that this trip was incredible. Those that know me well, or who have read here for any length of time know that Thailand is a huge portion of my life and heart. I’ve either traveled to or lived in Bangkok since 1994. Nothing has changed for me; I still love it so.

While it’s always hard for me to leave after trips such as these, I am grateful for those that traveled with me. It’s such a gift to have women from our church here that now get it. One struggle that I have had over the years since moving back to the states is not really having anyone who could empathize with the heartbreak of leaving. One of the greatest balms to my soul during the week was one fellow traveler who asked me, “How in the world are you able to live around Peachtree City after this?” Yeah. That. She got it. Peachtree City is affectionately known as “The Bubble” and Thailand is so not “The Bubble”.  I hadn’t realized how badly I needed someone to understand that after all these years. It healed me, in an unexpected way.

And on healing…when I returned back to the states a few weeks ago, I could tell that a huge shift had taken place and that right here is where I am supposed to be. It’s hard to explain, but as much as I would drop everything and fly back to Thailand tomorrow, I can see the wisdom of this time and space that we are in. I don’t have all the answers, by any means, but these last three weeks have shown me how much our presence is needed right here. There are people both old and brand-new that God is asking us to do life with, and love fiercely.

My prayer is to be able to continue visits to Thailand as God allows. What a gift that would be. However, this next phase of life right here is pretty promising, too.





Things to do in Altanta : Atlanta Beltline

We didn’t have any real plans for Labor Day, so we decided to go do something we have never done before.  We headed to midtown and walked the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside trail near Piedmont Park. Sometimes I question if we have even covered the tip of the iceberg of things to do in Atlanta. And as “native” Atlantans we should probably be ashamed. I am, but that just means we have new things to enjoy, so it’s kind of a win, right?

The Beltline is a 33-mile old railroad corridor that has been turned into trails for walking, biking, and let’s face it, people watching. It’s a fascinating redevelopment program which links major city parks and neighborhoods. What’s even better is that it is a place for temporary art to be created by local artists and enjoyed by the public.

There are green spaces.

Atlanta Beltline East

Graffiti abounds.

Atlanta Beltline East

It’s an artist’s canvas.

Atlanta Beltline East

Atlanta Beltline East
Altanta Beltline East

Our strolls lead us to Ponce City Market where we discovered several new eateries that we cannot wait to try. While we had already eaten Indian prior to arrival, we did not pass up the chance to visit King of Pops. Seriously fabulous Popsicles. We all had the raspberry lime, as seen on my Instagram account, which was refreshing and delightfully full of sweet and tart flavor. I also had my eye on Pineapple Habenero but decided to wait for that one. We will be back, though.

I love that there are four main trails on the Beltline, which means a new adventure the next few times we visit. I’m already looking forward to visiting again this fall when the weather cools.


So this happened today…

As of today, we have a student driver…

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I’m not really ready for this, but here we go.


Sophomore Year

Last year at this time, I was anxious about Gracyn beginning her high school journey. There was definitely a learning curve figuring out time management, and other junior adulting aspects of life. Freshman year was more than survived and I am so glad that as we begin the Sophomore year that we have some experience behind that will gird us for the year ahead.

I can’t stop thinking about how in just three short years she will launch!

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And that fuels my anxiety on a whole new level. It’s amazing how you can go from worrying about starting to high school to getting ready for college in just 365 days. I’m learning that each year of high school is filled with steps on the road to higher education. Every step counts. I’m not sure I understood that when I was on my own road, the way I do now.

One thing I’m sure of is the need to pray that God would guide us as only He can in this process. He knows what’s ahead and while there is work to be done on our end, we can trust.

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She’s grown a lot in the last year, not only in stature but in so many other ways. This year will be challenging, but we know she can meet the challenge head on. Every high schooler is required to write and publish a book this year. I’m so glad this wasn’t on tap for Freshman year! Gah! Thank you, Jesus!

By spring, she’ll have penned a book. This makes me want to break out in hives just thinking about it, but we have confidence in our teachers who will guide them each step of the way.

She is also, to my delight, going to be taking a film photography class with a top notch film photographer in the area. I’m probably going to peek at the notes. Shhhh… But, really I’m excited to see what photography becomes for her. This isn’t about my love for it.

There is just so much ahead that excites and scares and so many other feels. It just feels like a ball has been thrown into motion that can’t be stopped.

Know what I mean?



So, what’s been going on?

I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since I blogged. That alone shows me that giving up Little Things Thursday was the hard, but right decision for this season of my life.  I want to thank everyone who stopped by to thank me for the 4 years of hosting and those who just generally gave a few words of understanding. Each Thursday since I have missed our little community here, but am so thankful that Tamar is carrying the torch!

I don’t plan to let weeks roll by between blogging like these past couple weeks, but I did just need some time to focus on being the mom and helping my family get started with the new school year.

So, what’s been going on around here lately?

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Our 2016-2017 homeschool year is now in the second week. We’ve started well, but I tell ya, those 6:30 mornings have been hard! Coffee, coffee…and lots of it.

Gracyn begins in September, but she has plenty to work on before the first day.

I’ve also been getting back into a meal planning and cooking routine. I don’t know what it is about summer that makes me say, “meh” to having a plan, but once school begins I become more proactive with making sure I’ve thought through our food situation. Tomato pies with homegrown tomatoes have been on the rotation, and I even attempted a Thai dish this past week. I have some skills to develop on that, but it was a valiant effort.

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We also busied ourselves fulfilling a birthday request for an updated room for Gracyn’s 15th birthday. We realized that this is most likely the last big re-do before decorating a college dorm room. Gah! Seriously?

I mean, we do have 3 full years before we need to send one off to college, but I know how this time thing works. Tapestry and bedding are from Urban outfitters. There are fairy lights around the perimeter of the room, and a desk to the right of the door for all those studying days ahead.

And speaking of studying…the PSAT is October 15th and Gracyn is studying for her driver’s permit. I truly am in some alternate universe, it seems. I’ve definitely turned a parenting bend in the road and have no idea what I am doing or how to make sure we are on top of all the stuff! #firstkid

We are figuring it all out and starting to talk colleges and degrees and scholarships. We are trying to verse ourselves in all of it to make sure we make the most out of each step in the process.

We bought study guides and SAT vocabulary cards to get going on prep.  Got tips? Send them my way.

That’s our slice of the world these last couple weeks and it surely feels like new territory in so many ways. I guess that will be lots of blog about in the days ahead!


Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday! I’m sorry I missed last week while on vacation, but I truly lost track of the days of the week during our week away.

We had a great time resting up before the school year begins on Monday. We’ve actually had a very full summer with little joys that make beginning a new school year a little more palatable. It’s important to enter the new year with a full tank, don’t you agree?

I’m still editing some of our vacation images, but here are 3 that I’ve had time to fiddle with.

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I did way better using Instagram for capturing most of our adventures. I’m always scared to bring my dSLR to the pool or beach. I’m looking into getting waterproof housing for the next trip.

In other news…this week will be our last Little Things Thursday… While I’m really sad to let it go, it is time. It’s been a great 4 years hosting this linky and I have come to adore so many of you who faithfully join in each week. I’m still going to blog, but I’m realizing that having set themes to shoot for, set days to post and link, and such is getting harder and harder for me to keep up with. I want to be fair to all of you and I feel badly that I haven’t been able to link up with some of you hosting your own parties. Without hosting my own party, I may be able to join in more.

I have been agonizing over this decision for about 6 months, but was unwilling to throw up the white flag because I have enjoyed this highlight of the week so much. However, my kiddos are getting older and their needs, surprisingly, are increasing.  There are way more carpool trips and activities than ever. With one child just 3 short years away from college, I need to focus on getting her ready to launch. Also, because of college, I need to spend time growing my photography biz to help support those college fees. The two boys are homeschooling at 4th to 6th grade levels which can also require a lot of me and them.  The writing has been on the wall for awhile, but I was too stubborn to accept what I saw. I’m finally accepting the limitations before me and the end of summer just feels like a nice time to wrap things up.

So, while I still intend to blog, it has to be organic by fitting in with the rhythm of our days. I’ve blogged 10+ years now, and this blog feels like a sacred journal of sorts, so I’m not ready to give it up just yet!

I’m so thankful for micro-blogging tools like Instagram that does help me stay connected with many of you who truly have become dear to me over the years. I’ll still be keeping up with you in all formats that I can.

Thank you all for the amazing support you have given to me and this linky over the years. I’m truly grateful for your friendships, inspiring posts and work!

I do have some fun stuff coming up this fall, so I hope to still see you around the blogosphere, IG, and other places!

**edit** Tamar of Random-osity has graciously agreed to continue hosting Little Things Thursday over on her blog! So, please join her next week and let’s keep this party going. Thank you Tamar!

For one last time, let’s link up below…


Summer Vacation

We are back from our summer vacation, also known as our last hoorah before school begins in one week! This time away was much needed for all of us. It was good to scoot out of town and away from home following having to put our Gigi down.  Leaving allowed us to separate ourselves from that hard decision and start healing from the loss.

If you follow on Instagram you’ve seen these, but indulge me to show some scenes of our time here as well. My in-laws live in North Port, Florida inside Sarasota County. They are so close to some truly beautiful beaches like Siesta Key, which is the biggest beach I have ever seen.

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My favorite of all the beaches is Gasparilla Island in Boca Grande. You may have heard me mention it before. It’s a quaint little barrier island with low numbers of visitors, essentially perfect in that respect. While it’s fun to visit other beaches, I’m always drawn right back to Gasparilla.

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Can you see the difference between the top two Gasparilla images and the bottom two of Siesta Key? Gasparilla is just paradise, to me. The shallow waters are teeming with fish, and even sweet manatee who swam along the shore all day long. The kids were able to snorkel alongside the manatee for up close encounters…but without touching them, per the law.

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We also enjoyed the pool at the grandparents’ house. We jokingly bought our daughter the dolphin float when she requested swimming with the dolphins for her birthday. Little did she know that she would receive a free gift of swimming with manatee instead. Such a beautiful gift from the Lord!

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See where my daughter is standing? The manatee swam in that depth of water right by our feet near that rock outcrop. Of course, my phone was put away when that happened. We were able to look right down and see the huge bodies. Their noses were so cutely covered in barnacles. It was so fun to watch them swim circles around the pier and the beach every thirty minutes or so. Each time the kids grabbed a mask and swam with them. I do have a little video clip on my IG account @kim_littlebylittle of one encounter with the manatee.

The beach is pretty much filled with shark teeth, though, which means what you think it means. There are shark swimming along Gasparilla pass on the other side of the island. So you do need to be watchful and stay out of the waters flowing with the current. We stayed in standing areas only on the other side of the pass.

The waters are amazing. They were delightfully warm and clear.

It’s a fun treat to lunch at South Beach on the right side of the pier and rocks. It’s becoming a tradition for us. The town of Gasparilla is filled with gorgeous homes, restaurants, cute shops, and even has a Pikachu near 1st street for Pokemon Go players. I caught mine!

I definitely recommend this destination for beach goers, but I do hope it stays just as quaint and idyllic as it is now.

Linking up with Good.Random.Fun. this Monday morning!


Little Things Thursday

If you follow on Instagram, you saw that we had to put our pug, Gigi, down yesterday. Gigi was to turn 11 this September, which is pretty old for pugs. Her health was beginning to deteriorate as well as her overall happiness. So, we made that hard call.

We bought Gigi at a little pet shop in Bangkok in 2005. We had talked about getting a family pet prior to the day, and we happened upon this shop the day they had two baby pugs. Gigi was the smallest of the two, and most likely the runt of the litter. She was just so cute, so we brought her home. We named her after our home state of Georgia, but decided to call her Gigi.

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Gigi was a rambunctious puppy with a strong mind of her own. She was funny and playful until about year three when she began having clusters of seizures every 6 months or so for almost 8 years. She was never fully the same after her first episodes and each cluster most likely brought about some damage to her body. She became less and less playful and more prone to just lounge the days away. She was a sweet companion, even so.

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Her favorite winter lounging place was by the fire.


She was the ever hopeful dog for whatever morsels of food she could find, or beg for though. She guarded her food like nothing else. “Treat” was her favorite word.

Gigi wants a treat

Summer Days

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Thank you to those who left sweet words on my Instagram feed yesterday. That means so much! We are sorrowful over the loss of our Geege, but happy that she is no longer feeling the effects of age and health issues. She was a good friend to us for 10+ years. We are heading out today to take in some sweet time of fun and rest in Florida with family before the school year crazy begins.

We will miss you Gigi…

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