Sunday, February 2, 2014

Tales from home

Each day our lives are filled with little moments that are the sum total of who we are.  One of my goals for this year is to be more intentional in capturing those little moments of our lives for us to look back on in years to come, to jog our memories of all the beautiful messes we were once immersed in.  With that in mind, I give you a peek into the heart of our home, where our bodies and souls are nourished. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Imperfection & Nostalgia - October Black & White

For the next few months I will be linking up with a fabulous group of ladies as we share so of our favorite images in Black & White.

Most of you who have been following me for some time know my love for black & white.  There is just something about it that draws me in and warms my soul.  Add a bit of sunflare to the image and well, it just makes me want to dance.   This month I'm sharing a few images that are full of all the glorious imperfections of sunflare, over exposure, haze and dust.  Images that remind me of simpler times, when all the photos were black and white, and kids played out in the yard until dark.

To see some more wonderful black and white images hop on over to Nadia's page and view her end of summer black and white images.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Little Things Thursday - The Not So Little Task

It's been awhile since I've posted.  Our family has had quite the adventure, but we are now happily settled into our new home in the midwest!

Part of that journey included the experience of doing our laundry at the laundry mat for a couple of weeks, no small task for a family of 9.  Encouraged by Kim, who was following my journey on instagram, I took my camera along to our last laundry mat visit and captured a little laundry mat lifestyle.

This week you'll find me happily doing the laundry at home in my new laundry room.  Kim, thank you for pushing me to get these images.

Linking up to today with my irl, bff, encourager friend Kim over at:

Little by Little

Monday, September 16, 2013

Letters To Our Daughters - September

Summer has come and gone all too quickly and now we are headed into fall and it's time for another letter to my daughters.  Each month I get to join in with a wonderful group of ladies as we stop and savor the moment in our parenting of our girls and reflect over our journey and share.  This month I'm linking to Kelly of Real Life Photography
"Dear M.,

Your enthusiasm and joy for life just sparkle and fill my days with sunshine.  I love your impulsiveness and how you throw yourself fully into whatever it is you are doing.  I love your sunny disposition and how nothing gets you down.  In preparation of our move you asked me if we would be in our new state for your 6th birthday and when I replied yes, you asked me if you could invite all your new friends to your party.  You never doubted for a moment that you would not have new friends.  When your sister told you, that you didn't have any friends there, you simply replied, that you did, you just didn't know their names yet.  You don't let negativity settle on you, you simply meet it with optimism, I pray that will always remain a strength in your life, for what a gift optimism is.  

I love the relationship you have with your siblings.  You hold your own place with the older ones, always dishing back whatever they give you, yet adoring them all the same despite how they tease you.   When J was teasing you and told you he was more awesome because he was taller than you, you didn't miss a beat in quipping back that you were more awesome because you were tiny.  Once again you embraced who you are with confidence!  That confidence gives you such strength.  You are also a playmate to your younger brother, leading him, as a good older sister should. 

I love how carefree you are, you really could care less what others think of you. You spin and twirl to your hearts content, no matter where we are.  You leap and jump overflowing with love, laughter, and life.

I love you sweet one and I pray you will always remain confident in who you are for you are uniquely you.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Little Things Thursday

It has been a long while, too long in fact, since I've had the opportunity to link up with one of my irl friends over at her blog for Little Things Thursday. Today I am taking the time to join back in!

When I was in Uganda I discovered the deliciousness of Coca Cola made with real cane sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. To top it off it's in glass bottles. While Coke was my favorite all the little kids their loved the treat of drinking an Orange Fanta. Wherever we drove their were advertisements pasted up for Ice Cold Coco Cola. I still laugh about that because due to the lack of electricity and refrigeration everything was a nice 80 degrees or so.

Since I've been back in the states, I have discovered that you can buy coke bottled to be sold in Mexico that is made with the same yummy sugar, so I have been a regular customer at my local Hispanic Market just for their coke.  Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon not only coke but a variety pack of fanta, sprite and coke at my local Costco.  My kids were pretty excited as well.

Little by Little

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Letters to Our Sons - August

I missed my link up deadline this month but I still wanted to take the time to celebrate boyhood.

Here's to the energy and inquisitiveness that sums up boyhood to me.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Letters To Our Daughters - August

Summer has flown by and it is time once again for me to link up with a wonderful group of ladies as we share our thoughts to our precious daughters.  This month I'm linking up to the fabulous Lauren of Three Leaves for Love make sure to check out her post.

"My Little Bear,

What a gloomy summer us sun seekers have had with all the rain.  I am thankful for the little sunshine we had, and that I had you to bask in it with me at the pool.   I am also thankful for the moments of running through puddles, dancing in the raindrops, snuggling while reading, cooking, coloring....that have filled our days.

I am thankful that you are a bright ray of sunshine in my life, with your hugs and kisses and the enthusiasm to try new things.  You are ever impatient and always ready to venture off into the unknown and embrace what life has for you and I love this about you.  You are growing up much too quickly, for I would love to keep you little forever, but time will not stand still and I must let you bloom into who you were created to be, despite my hesitation.   

No matter how old you are remember that I love you forever and always you will always be my Little Bear.