Thursday, December 29, 2016

In Between


We have turned Christmas into a week long celebration here!
It's all good...we'll be wrapping up Christmas, with the opening of the New Year. :)
There is a little twinge of sadness that the season/year will soon be over.
AND... there is excitement and anticipation of what is to come in a sparkling New Year.
In the in-between time...












I haven't been getting much scratched off of my to do list....
but it's what I have been doing that matters.

For this New Year...
I *pray that we can all let go of:
 old hurts
past grudges
failures
and 
disappointments.
That we:
 pay attention to the little things...
& enjoy all the little moments that make life grand
love with every fiber of our being
and 
let God surprise you !
Don't try to figure Him out...
just let him WOW you sometimes !!

Wishing you all a HEALTHY, HEALING, PEACEFUL and HAPPY 
New Year !!!

*loving...
warm December days
hope
prayer
that my family is well
the little gifts I received from home
traditions
my hubby's strength and reassurance
having a new computer
having a smart, funny, thoughtful.... young man to help me with the aforementioned
stretching out the holidays
living in this sweet little town
taking walks around the lake
little ones 

XOXO

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas

" Seeing is believing, but sometimes
 the most real things in the world
are the things we can't see."





We all know the season is really about celebrating the birth of Jesus.
And enjoying our family and friends.
It's not what we plan, or what we buy 
that makes this time of year special.
It's the time that we give.
The time we are given.
The precious moments that we share.
The joy in the tiny, unplanned wonders
that sneak in and make the season bright.

Those are the moments I love and cherish the most !

From our family to yours...
We wish you lots of love...and Very Merry Christmas !!

*loving....
the snowflakes Brandon and I made our first Christmas alone. (10 years ago)
having my first big tree....I usually go for the Charlie Brown type
having Brandon home...and Bun :)
my family
my friends
Oliver's first Christmas :)
the One that was sent as a baby that day....so long ago.
the Gift of Jesus. Giver of all gifts.

XOXO

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Celebration


" Happiness [is] only real when shared."











Capturing...freezing in time these special little moments.
To keep forever.

*loving...
having another Mrs. Whitesell in the family :)
family and friends that come together and *love BIG
young love
children always being a reminder of uninhibited play, dance, & love.
being a part of this magical day
new beginnings
the amusement of sliding down a ice covered parking lot...in dress clothes...
while holding hands with my hubby. *visual*  :)
a beautiful December wedding
our first snow

XOXO


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Blessed



Today was a really good day.
I feel so humbled and so blessed.
God is with us.
Always.



*loving...
hubby getting good test results at the Dr.
family and friends lifting us in prayer
being comforted by family and friends lifting us in prayer 
Santa waiting in the waiting room with us
twinkle lights and sunsets
Pentatonix 
God's goodness and grace.

XOXO


Monday, December 12, 2016

Sweetness


" Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film, is captured forever...
it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything."













It may have not been an ordinary day, or a "typical" moment...
because we had our sweet girl along....
and that TOTALLY spikes our happy meter.
It was however a routine drive out to the farm.
A daily check on the cows.
Time to feed the herd.
And woven into all the little "ordinary" moments...
 were these sweet and simple moments.
Moments that made me just want to push pause 
and savor them for a little while longer.
Moments FULL of ordinary magic.
The ones I love to capture.
Those are the moments that always...and truly...
ROCK my world !

*loving...
how special going to the farm becomes when we have our little farm girl along
the way she mimics her PaPa...watching his every move
holding hands
laughing enough to produce hiccups
dancing to the radio
seeing our routine through the eyes of a child
getting excited over the simple things
standing out in the rain...and enjoying it !
family. family. family.
all the simple little "ordinary" things

XOXO



Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sundown


" Do not wait for life. Do not long for it.
Be aware, always and at every moment,
that the miracle is here and now. "






I was sitting here thinking of the right words for my post.
 I have been busy lately...
so I am posting photos from a few days ago.
And I can't think of the words that go with the feeling,
that I am trying to find the words for...so I'll share the moment.
Hubby was feeding the cows...
it was sundown on the farm.
The air was cool...and everything was quiet.
Surreal.
I had been having one of those..."the grass is always greener" days.
You know...
when you think you should be somewhere else...
doing something else ?
Standing there...taking it all in...
I was suddenly humbled.
I became acutely aware of how perfect it all was!
There was nowhere I would have rather been,
than at the farm, with my dear hubby...
at that moment.
AND I realized...
the grass was the greenest RIGHT where I was standing. :)

*loving....
twinkle light and snowflakes
cold nights and cozy blankets
a warm mug of soup and grilled cheese
fuzzy socks
digging out my favorite mittens

XOXO


Monday, December 5, 2016

Meditation



" So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life,
you just think about adding additional good things.
One at a time.
Just let your pile of good things grow."



I'm making time for yoga.
mindfulness, and other
"hippy" pursuits
that make me a calmer, more peaceful person.
Adding one good thing !!!
Meditation.
I attempt it every morning.
First thing.
10 minutes.
Before I have coffee.
I am amazed at how many thoughts run through my head.
Before coffee !!!
It's a lot.
I can't say that I am any good at  just letting the thoughts float by.
I don't always.
But that's okay.
Sometimes you've got to be horrible at something before your good at it ...right ?
It takes practice.
It's only been a week.

*loving...
my new early morning ritual
anything that helps with monkey brain
living near the lake
longer evenings with my dear hubby
our Christmas tree
getting Christmas cards ready to send
hot chocolate with marshmallows
Charlie Brown Christmas music...I always think of them dancing :)
the beautiful sunsets we have been having
the amazing talent on the Voice this season.

XOXO


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Redneck


You might be a redneck....
if you have a goat in your backyard.
And your goat has a shack. 

before
And when you look in the backyard...
 you hear theme music from Sanford and Son.

after
I am dreaming of an upgrade.
BUT for now..
just tidying up a bit.

confused


*loving...
getting rid of crap
the smell of good alfalfa hay
hard work, and getting dirty...it's therapeutic
simplifying...simplifying...simplifying...[ also therapeutic ]
K-love radio
Oliver searching for...and talking to the DJ's between songs
mowing and mulching the leaves...[ I come by it naturally...*Dad]
a gorgeous day to get 'er done.
my inner redneck

XOXO




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