Little Things Thursday

Taking in a new pet is certainly not a “Little Thing”.  Yet the little things like love, comfort, friendship, and provisions make such a huge difference to man and animal kind alike.

Here’s the little story about how Rosalie (Rosie) has come to be a new family member for us.

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Rosalie (nee Kitty) lives next door with our wonderful neighbors. They are going through job relocation and their home has sold quickly. They do not currently have another place to live in their new state, and will be living in a hotel for a while. 3 adults, 1 preschooler, and 1 dog in a hotel for months. You understand their situation, I’m sure.

It’s never easy to have to let go of a beloved pet, but sometimes it is necessary even when not part of the original plan. We understand because when we left Thailand there was a huge hurdle of getting Gigi home with us. It almost didn’t happen due to airline embargoes.

Our neighbors asked us to help spread the word about Rosalie needing a new home and well, it just made sense for us to take her. She knows us and is well-loved by all. The transition would probably be much harder if she were moved out of her known spaces. Everyone feels a little easier about what is to be. Still, I know this is very hard on our neighbors.

Rosalie has been coming over daily for several hours to get used to things, and goes back home in the evening. It seems to be the right thing to do. We will acquire Rosalie permanently in a couple weeks when the neighbors move.

So everyone, meet Rosalie, new doggie at Little by Little!

Everyone is happy…except the cat.

How’s your week?

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Summergrams

It’s been a really long time since I have posted any Instagram collages here and that is really just due to Adobe Flash Player not working in Internet Explorer.  Which is really Internet Explorer being a repeated pill! I have had so many techie difficulties lately.

Chrome it is.

I could back track a couple months, but I’ll stay current.

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I feel as if this summer has completely gotten away from me. It’s been such a busy little window of time. I’m fretting that school begins again in just under 4 weeks because I’m the teacher.  I don’t really feel that I have relaxed at all this summer.  A nice long vacation would have been such a balm to weary souls.  But that isn’t happening this year.

Still….there is much to be thankful for:

I’ll be traveling to Thailand in October for the first time in 7 years! I’m so excited about that!  We’ve enjoyed a summer’s bounty of tomatoes from the garden. I’m learning so much about my business and taking a few crash courses in the school of hard knocks.  Doesn’t sound pleasant does it? But learning and amending will only prove beneficial to my future. I’m so thankful for my behind the scenes support system.

We’re adopting this Pomston “mutt” pup who we are naming Rosalie.  We have a soft spot for providing succor for those in need.

We’ve slept in most days.  That has been good for recharging.

And yet in a moment of total honesty, I feel overwhelmed and drained this summer.  I’m finding it hard to see how far we have come and can only see the rocky places yet to travel at times.  Do you know what I mean?

You know life just has those rough spots that get hard to traverse at times.   Nose to the grindstone.  All work and no play…  and a thousand other cliches.

I want to thank all you friends who come here and offer kind works and encouragement.  I feel blessed to have this community, even though I have struggled to keep up lately.  I know things will even out here soon, because I need it.

I’m going to start with a bowl of ice cream and a long tub soak.  Who is with me?

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

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Newborn

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of going to my friend’s home to take a few portraits of her family with their new baby, Malcolm. I just love Newborns.  Always have.

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I love how they change so quickly!  Happy.  Not happy.  I just love capturing the real.  You can see more of this session on my website.

That’s my slice of Good.Random.Fun. this past week!

 

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Little Things Thursday: The Spidey Edition

Hello Little Things Thursday Friends! I’m glad you are here today.

The boy and I got out for a little Spidey mini-session last night as part of my potential Super Hero mini-sessions.  I thought I would show exactly what I mean.

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This little Spidey sure had fun playing the part! And now I have that dang theme song in my head.

What are you working on this week?

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Batboy

I’m working on trying to create a superhero mini-session series.  Of course I had to let my boy help model.

Just as we were heading out for a little shoot, the rains started to fall heavily.  We decided just to grab a couple shots in the garage, instead.  Maybe we will get out another day this week.

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

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Little Things Thursday

Today’s Little Things Thursday is brought to you by dandelions and real childhood.

I live in on of those communities where weeds are a sin.  One is hard pressed to find dandelions around our neighborhood.

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A little plot in our local grocery store strip mall sprouted a patch of dandelions over the last couple weeks and I have been eyeing them.  Last night I finally made a point to stop and let the boys enjoy them for a few minutes.

Yes, this was taken in a weed ridden plot of land that will probably become one more slice of suburbia in the years to come.  Last night we stopped for a little slice of childhood magic while it was still to be found.   Sometimes I wonder whatever happened to dandelions, daisy chains, fireflies, star gazing and all those other glories of summer.  Whatever happened to simple childhood magic? It seems we have replaced it with some elaborate attempt to make it more meaningful by making everything grand, but have we really achieved meaning?

I find myself turning back to simple again and again.  Isn’t it the littlest things that we remember most? Isn’t it those organic moments that become our treasures?

I think so.

What simple memories are your favorites?

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Kidecals

Kidecals reached out to me a few weeks ago about trying some of their personalized decals.  The selections were great!  I love the idea of labeling everything because if your kids are like mine, they leave their stuff everywhere.  Summer is definitely a perfect time for using Kidecals durable labels.

I’m usually a Sharpie pen girl.  However, over time even Sharpie pens start to wear off.  You can use Kidecals on any surface…even fabric! They are dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer safe.  You can be confident that these labels will keep your kid’s personal belongings labeled for the long haul.

I will use my labels on all our sporting gear that seems to get “lost”.

Kidecals is offering my readers a 15% off discount so that you can get all those labels you need for summer camps and activities. Simple use the code: fashion at checkout.  Go stock up on Kidecals for your kids!

Courtesy of: Kidecals

Kidecals provided me with their product to try and review. All opinions are my own.

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Seven Years Later…

I found out in May that I am getting the opportunity to return to Thailand briefly this October.  The team that we worked with extended an invitation for a few people from our church to come for a visit to see how the team and ministries have grown over the last seven years.  We will be meeting up with a few other churches across the States for a joint venture to go have a peek!

I’m kind of excited.  Just a bit.

Thailand has always been near and dear to my heart as so many foundational years of life were spent living and ministering in Bangkok.  I won’t be bringing my family along, but I do get to bring some ladies from our church with me!  I didn’t want to announce the trip until I knew exactly who was coming with.  God has brought such a great little team together!
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So being me, I have brought out my old language study notebooks for a quick brush up. I have been watching Thai TV through an app on my iPad…but let’s be honest, I do that anyway. Trip or no trip. So much effort was spent trying to learn the language that I have been fearful of losing what I know.  I’m hoping not to stammer through too much.

I’m also finding some cultural studies for my travel partners so they can get a feel for what to expect, though theory and reality are quite different.  Still, it’s nice to get a little feel for what Thailand is like.  We are going to spend the next few months getting ready to go. For me, this trip is such a prayed for and yet unexpected gift.

And can I admit that I’m just a little bit looking forward to having my camera with me this time? I’m looking forward to bringing a little bit of Thailand home with me through image.

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I think I even scraped up enough coins for a bowl of street noodles.
I’ll be sharing more the closer the trip comes and I hope to bring you along via Instagram when the trip is taking place.

It feels a bit unreal right now.

Linking up with Wednesdays Around The World and Black and White Wednesday (but I’m cheating).

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A wedding shot

I finally finished the wedding gallery and sent it off to my clients! It is now time for me to get a blog post going on my other site, but I thought I’d share one little image here in the meantime.
This was my back of the camera teaser, so it is only fitting to see it fully edited.

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I will be sharing more on my photography business site this week!

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Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday.  It’s been quiet here this week, and for that I apologize.  I just photographed a wedding last Friday evening and I have been super busy working on that gallery.  I couldn’t even pick up my camera for myself, until yesterday.

I love to dive right into editing my sessions rather than dragging them out over weeks, if I can help it.

Meanwhile, the men in our household have been tuning into a little FIFA World Cup action. The games are inspiring our boys to hone their footie skills.

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My boys have gotten so into the World Cup and it is fun to watch them enjoy the teams and games.  Sadly, I’ve seen a few wise cracks out there on the internet about soccer not being really a sport, not being physical, not being manly, and other nonsense like that.

I get that soccer isn’t our national pastime here, but we so value what soccer is doing in our boys’ lives.  One of the reasons we chose to put the boys into soccer is because of it being a “world sport”.   We certainly don’t know where our boys will end up in this world, but we do know that soccer is one of those things that will allow them to connect with others around the world.  We value that.

A fond memory I have is when I brought my husband, for the first time, to the school where I taught in Bangkok, Thailand.  He didn’t know any of my former students, at all.  They were playing soccer at recess, and Jack jumped in the game with these kids and began relating to them because he knew how to play.  Instant connection.

We want that for our children no matter where they go.  So, for us, soccer goes beyond just the actual sport and towards a longer term goal that we want for their adult lives.

And hey, America played a great game the other night! We’ve got some skills!

So what are you tuning into this week?

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