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I just returned from a morning run and somehow wanted to capture the beauty, the peace, the inspiration His great outdoors can bring.  Such a gorgeous fall day~! Words from a poem I couldn’t quite recall kept playing through my mind as I prepared for this week….this season….this Monday morning: “….The best is yet to be…” I did a quick search and was delighted to discover, and recall, this phrase is from a poem by Robert Browning, one of my favorite poets, call “Rabbi Ben Ezra.”  A faith-filled declaration of God’s design for the life of man which inspires a new perspective on youth and aging.  Here are a few lines from the first stanza~ Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand… If you need a dose of good…

I’m having one of those mornings in bed with my coffee in one hand and my phone in the other, reading inspirational blog posts about coming alive, building a creative business, and transforming barns into office spaces.  And almost everything within me wants to grab my planning journal and a pen, lock my door from all intrusion, and plan out this next stage of my creative life. This next stage would involve expressing my art…..embracing my days with a focus beyond motherhood and home….experiencing a no-holds-barred intensity that is becoming more and more appealing in this lifetime journey of self. It would involve throwing myself into DIY/home/blogging projects first thing in the morning, and working until family needs eventually won out because, after all, family is still at the core of my heart and soul. It would involve more days of transforming things like these: into things like this in,…

I couldn’t stand it another minute…I had to share my news with you: Today, I took a picture of a wall of windows.  And it was…… A SUCCESS. For those of you who don’t shoot interior room shots very often, I realize this may be very un-exciting to you.  And I get that, I really do. But for those of you who do: Either you, too, have finally taken the time to learn how to do it, or you simply avoid taking photographs which involve a sun-filled window during daylight hours (like I have done for way too long). This last Christmas, my husband graciously purchased me an online photography course through ShootFlyShoot and I’ve been giddy to work through the video tutorials of this course.  Just last week I finally scheduled an afternoon during which I knew there would still be light outside (our sun still starts to set…

Although I rarely set New Year’s Resolutions, the start of a new year always prompts me to reflect on what I’m currently doing well, what needs tweaking, and where my life is headed. For me, this always turns into a personal assessment and subsequent plan for improvement…in every area: personal growth, homeschool, meal planning, daily tasks, service, etc. This year in particular it hit me that, for me, a personal assessment ends up being more about who I want to be than what I hope to accomplish. The weekend before New Year’s Day, I spent two large chunks of time writing down ideas, to-do’s, schedules, wishes, hopes, Scriptures, and personal thoughts.  This was extremely valuable time for me.  It’s always, ALWAYS difficult for a mom to make planning and reflection a priority, so I made a point of letting the whole family know ahead of time what I was planning to do those two days, and also…