Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week has been a challenge. For some reason I have just felt stressed out and frustrated in pretty much all aspects of life. But today is a day to slow down and set all of that aside. It is a day to spend time with family and reflect on all of the good things and all of the people we are blessed to have in our lives. I hope you are fortunate to be able to spend this day with people who matter - people who care about you and who you care about in return.

So, despite having a bit of a rough week, here is what I am thankful for...

1. Music

 I am so grateful to having been blessed with the ability to play my piano, regardless of how well that may be...

2. The sunset

With the setting of the sun comes the end of the day, and the chance to do things differently tomorrow.

3. Mr. Fixit

I can't begin to count the number of times Tristan has had to fix little things on my car . . . even just this week!

4. Holidays

 Maybe not the best portrayal of the holidays - but I
am pretty excited to start making Christmas Cookies!!!

5. Fun

What is the point of life if you can't have a little fun?!?

I hope you all have a chance to spend today with your loved ones.  Just slow down with me and enjoy.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Friday, November 16, 2012


Sadly, I don't have any pictures to post today.  However, I just saw that 
overnight, I reached 1000 PAGE VIEWS!!

I was pretty excited about that and just wanted to share.  Now - if I can get my followers up a bit, maybe we can do a little giveaway!  Let's 100 followers!

So, tell your friends to start following and let's see how quickly we can get there!!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012


I am excited to be announcing the launch of my new website, promoting my photography services.  I have mentioned in previous posts that I am working on moving in to portrait photography and this is one step towards that goal.  Living in the Northwest, there are a lot of local sites that are perfect for capturing beautiful photos.

Be sure to go check it out and refer any friends who may be interested in scheduling a session.

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Thankful Thursday

This week has flown by, it feels!  Next week is Thanksgiving, and soon it will be 
Christmas and in comes 2013!
It's crazy how quickly time passes sometimes.

1. My Job

I work with some really great people and everyday brings something new.

2. A Beautiful Morning

My drive in this morning required a last minute change in my planned post.  Although it was cold, this fall sunshine was just beautiful.

3. Not going hungry

It may sound silly, but really - people all over the world go hungry for days, weeks and months on end.  It really is sad and I feel fortunate that I live in a place where I don't have to worry about that.

4. Opportunities to Travel

Visiting new places is one of my favorite things to do.  My mother and father-in-law were gracious enough to send us to Jamaica for our honeymoon last year and it 
was a really amazing trip.

5. My Camera

This last year I have really jumped in with my photography.  I love this camera and can't wait to get some more "toys" for it!

I once read a question that went something like this: If you woke up each morning, with only the things you thanked God for the day before, what would your life look like?

What about you...would there be much there if tomorrow you only had the things you were thankful for today?  Just something to think about...for me especially.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Does anyone else start to feel lazy, tired and just kind of detached from life when the cold weather starts to set in?  I have started to notice that I don't really feel like doing much of anything these last few days.  Looks like I'm going to have to start battling my mind and dig deep for some motivation.  There are lots of things that I WANT to do - plan our housewarming party, make some banana bread and finish hanging pictures to start.  So we will see how much of that I can actually get done this week.

Last Saturday, I did fight the cold for a little while and met up with a friend to take what might be the last set of fall leaf photos.  Over the last week I have noticed that the majority of the leaves are now on the ground and beginning to disintegrate back into earth.

Here's some of my favorites - and yes, we found some pigs :)


As I mentioned a few weeks ago when I did my first post, I contribute once a month at A Beautiful Day.  Julie, the author, is currently hosting an awesome giveaway to celebrate exceeding 200 followers.  I've contributed to the giveaway and am excited to help spread the word.  The total value is worth over $100 and there are some great prizes.  If you click on the photo below, you can enter to win...good luck!!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Six Word Friday

Some days are just too crazy
In my mind I will escape
Pretend I am back in Jamaica
Where all I have to do
Is sit in my beach chair
And sip my cold PiƱa Colada

Each week Adrienne at My Memory Art hosts "Six Word Fridays".  She provides a word as a prompt and you write a post using only six words - either all together, or per line.  So - I am trying it out!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful Thursday

This week has flown by.  I'm afraid it is going to be 2013 before long and I won't even know how we got there!  Anyways - there is so much to be thankful for, but here are my 5 things for this week.


In the NW, we are fortunate to actually get four distinct seasons.
I think this is something that I would
really miss if we were to ever move somewhere else.

2. HOME:

We are really fortunate that we were chosen among several applicants 
to move into this house, and I have enjoyed the last couple of 
weeks of making it "home".


I love being surrounded by friends and we have
some pretty amazing ones...


Many people in the U.S. and around the world go to bed cold every night.  It's
a sad truth...and I am so glad that I am fortunate
to be able to go to sleep in a warm bed.

Yes...this was taken early this morning, so cut me a little slack :)


We all make mistakes.  I'm not sure where I would be if it weren't for second chances...or third and fourth :)

Again...some of these are from my phone, and some I dug up from the past.  At any rate, you get the idea!  Please comment below and let me know what you are thankful for this week...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


How beautiful has this fall been?  On the mornings that there is enough light to see, I can't help but notice all the different colors of leaves along the side of my street.  There is one tree that I pass on my way home from work in the evenings that caught my attention the last few days.  At the bottom, it still shows signs of green.  Then, there is almost a diagonal line where it switches to yellow leaves, then another diagonal to the top section that is red.  It is really beautiful, but now that the time has changed there is not enough light to take a picture after work...

I did bring my camera with me yesterday morning, though, to capture some of trees down the street before the city came to sweep the leaves away (they already did that on one street I was planning on photographing!).

Sometimes I like to play with the colors of my pictures during processing.  They may not be the original photo, but they turn out really fun.

I'd love to see some of your fall photos as well!!  If you have them posted, feel free to leave the link in a comment and I will be sure to check them out!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Awhile back, someone challenged me to think of three things that I am grateful for every day.  For about two weeks, I wrote down these three things in a notebook as a reminder of all the wonderful things I have in my life.  Like a lot of "challenges" or "resolutions", I eventually stopped making an effort to think of these things on a regular basis.

The month of November holds the Thanksgiving holiday.  So, I want to take time over the next four weeks leading up to and including Thanksgiving to talk about some of the things I am thankful for in my life.  They are not necessarily going to come in any specific order, and while some will be serious others may be kind of silly.  None-the-less, they are all things I am thankful for.

Each week, I will post five things that I am thankful for.  There will be pictures to accompany each item and while I am going to try to take original pictures as much as possible, I may have to dig into my archives a bit for some.  Also, this week the pictures that ARE original are taken from my cell phone :)  Since we still don't have internet at home yet I have no way to upload new pictures from my camera.  So, there is going to be a bit of a mix!


I may be a borderline coffee addict (I think that's what it is when you get 
headaches from not having coffee on a daily basis!).


Every relationship has its ups and downs - but this guy makes my world go
around.  Not only is he pretty good looking ;), but he makes
me laugh, is encouraging and supportive and knows me probably better than I do.
We have come a long ways together 
and I don't know where I would be without him!

3. MY CAR:

Yes - I am thankful that I can have a decent car that I actually like and
is dependable.


I have said it before, but the coast is my safe haven.  That is the place I turn to 
when I need a bit of peace, quiet and serenity, or just to 
get away for a couple of days.


Admiring our newest niece, Tealyn, just hours after she was born last
spring.  She's just as cute as her two older sisters.

5 down, 15 more to come!!  Stay tuned...
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