Little Things Thursday

Well.  Here we sit waiting to see once again if we will get the much hyped up winter storm south of Atlanta.  Seriously, the forecast has been all over the spectrum for rain, wintry mix, snow and whatever else falls in between.  So far we’ve had just rain where we are. We keep hoping and checking to see if this rain changes to snow. I know, it’s laughable the way we southerners get.

My kids are going to be so disappointed if it doesn’t snow, though.  It’s not looking promising.

To take their minds off of it, I decided to make afternoon tea.  I made some blueberry muffins with the berries that needed to be used up, cut up some strawberries, and put on a pot of Earl Grey.

Tea Time

Tea Time

Tea Time

It’s nice to think about doing an afternoon tea on the regular.  Maybe we will.

It’s a little something that makes ordinary, dreary days special.

What’s your Little Thing this week?


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Own Every Second

The Only Way You Can Know, You Give It All You Had.

Woodland Musician

Woodland Musician

Own every second. Unrelentingly.

These images are from my latest photo shoot with a darling little budding violinist. Watching her play in the woodlands during our session is a great reminder of beginnings. The journey to mastery is long and arduous at times, but continuing on is what counts. Every Twinkle Twinkle is building up to something greater.

Growth comes in small steps and stages.

It comes in refusal to give-up.  It comes with vision.

It comes from spending ourselves and not being distracted by the temporal things. In other words, sacrifice.

It may be exhausting, but the rewards are sweet.

Carry On…

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*I’ll share more from this session on my professional site later this week.

 

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Little Things Thursday

Welcome Friends to Little Things Thursday! I have been a total slacker this week with blogging! In my defense, I have been working on a PDF Client Guide to gear up for my spring clients.  We all know that the photography new year typically begins as soon as the weather grows warmer, so I am feverishly trying to simplify the process for clients.

Thankfully I had a photo on deck yet to be shared.

dreams

This was just a little after bath fun involving a hair dryer and a dark closet. It works very similarly to garage lighting.

And why do boys get the best eyelashes?

Hope you are all staying warm this week.  Let’s see how you are surviving!

 


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Friends

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship- William Blake

I’m thankful for the true friendships that God has given our children over the years. I’m thankful for their encouragement, and those that seek to keep them looking upward.  Rare gems are these.

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friends 03-web

friends 02-web

I couldn’t miss the opportunity to capture one such sweet relationship yesterday!

As hubby commented yesterday: Girls sure do giggle a lot.

Linking up with Good.Random.Fun.

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Hearts

Thank you to all who wished us a speedy recovery yesterday.  It seems that the verdict is just a regular, run of the mill cold for all 3 kiddos. I think we can handle that!

We are thankful it isn’t worse as we are heading into winter break. We have no big plans, but we certainly don’t want to be sick for a week off.

Today, we decided to get ready for Valentine’s Day by making marshmallow treats. These were super easy.  I just fancied them up with heart sprinkles mixed in the Rice Crispies. You just make a batch of regular Rice Crispies, turn those onto a greased pan, flatten, and cut with a heart shaped cutter. *Don’t forget to grease your cookie cutter!

Valentines

Valentines

And then, of course, I dipped them in chocolate and added heftier sprinkles.  I knew hubby would appreciate the chocolate.  However, he can smell the “flavored” stuff a mile away, so I decided to make my own dip rather than use candy melts.  Who can blame him? I’d much rather real chocolate than something chocolate flavored.

Here is what I did: I melted a stick of butter, 10 oz of dark chocolate chips, and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.  The chocolate will become somewhat firm, but does not harden.  I dipped about 1/4 of the heart into the chocolate dip and set it on my Silpat to firm up. Easy peasy.

Valentines

My kids were super excited and I get to be a hero without a bunch of hoopla!

Valentines

Milk bubbles are a bonus.

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Little Things Thursday

I hope you are all having a great week so far! We are currently holding our collective breath to see if our kids are going to come down with something.  We have a few sniffles and sore throats this AM (Wednesday, actually) and are hoping that is all we have. We’ve avoided the dreaded flu this year and are hoping to continue that streak. The kids seem a little too cheerful for the onset of the flu, so I think we may be good. *fingers crossed*

At any rate, a quieter day means I can actually sneak a few images of them with little fuss. So all’s well that ends well.

I’m loving black and white conversion play lately.

stairway play

catch

looking up

What are you capturing this week? Share your Little Things with us!


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I can see clearly now

The rain is gone….

I can see clearly

I can see the obstacles in my way…

I can see clearly

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind…

I can see clearly

I can see clearly

It’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright, sunshine day!

Choose Joy!

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Insta-Fun

We’ve had a pretty good start to February around here. While life has been pretty mundane and steady, there is still so much beauty to be found in the ordinary. Feb1-15

There has been joy in the little things like Popsicles from the ice cream truck, friendship with our pets, and oils to help us sleep well after long days.

New recipes were tried, doodles were practiced, and gifts reminded us of how truly blessed/inspired we are by our friendships.

Knitting continued, new skills were learned in school, and coffee has stayed warm to see me through our school mornings without having to visit the microwave multiple times.  This, my friends, is a huge boon to my mornings.

Even though the month is still fresh, we have experienced so much encouragement already!

Now if we could just manage to squeeze one snow day in this month, we would truly be cheered. It’s not looking too likely, but you just never know!

It’s all Good.Random.Fun.

 

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Little Things Thursday

I’ve decided to jump feet first into Bible journaling.  Have you heard of this? It’s a way to express your faith artistically, if art speaks to your heart.   It’s sort of scrapbooking meets your quiet time.

You can buy a journaling Bible or you can just use any kind of sketchbook.  The one I am getting is currently back-ordered, and I have been waiting for several weeks to get mine. I’ve been gathering materials meanwhile.

Bible journaling

Basically whatever speaks to you during your Bible reading time can become an artistic expression in the margins. I’ve seen some amazing artwork from others in some of the communities I have found.

Bible journaling

There is something about joining creativity with faith that feels very full-circle to me.

Bible journaling

And even though I think I’m not crafty or very good at this kind of art, I am hoping it will open up more undiscovered creative spaces in me.  2015 is all about pausing to follow new rabbit trails and to discover new things along the way.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few spaces to get you started.  Shanna’s blog.  Printables and Totes. Facebook Community. ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design) <-affilitate link.  There are a variety of Bibles to order on Amazon for this purpose.

And if scripture isn’t your thing, you can do this with any written word that speaks to you. I love the way art leaves impressions on your soul whether you have natural talent, or none!

Create anyway. It’s a great Little Thing.

What are you creating this week?


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Kids Live Here

The evidence is all around. 24/7/52. My inner neat freak wrestles, but my mama’s heart takes comfort in the reminders of their presence.

They are still gonna have to clean this up, though.

kids live here

kids live here

kids live here

kids live here

kids live here

Except monkey. This one I love.

Linking up with Black and White Wednesday and Wednesdays Around the World.

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