Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Family Photos: It's That Time Again!

With October already half over - it is time to think about family photos again in our house! I thought it would be fun to revisit the series I posted last year about taking your own as that is what we'll be doing again this year!

DIY Family Photos: Inspiration and Observation
DIY Family Photos: Styling Your Clothing Choices
DIY Family Photos: Location, Timing and Weather
DIY Family Photos: Embracing Your Timer

This year we'll be taking our photos in North Carolina while camping this coming week. Here is my inspiration board for this year:

Last year I discovered post cards on Vista Print and may revisit this idea again! Do you have any inspiration on family photos plus Christmas cards on the cheap?!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Simple Weekend Beauty

Wear something cozy and fall-ish! I found all the clothing pieces to this outfit at the thrift store: chambray button up shirt, nubby but not too heavy cardigan and pencil skirt. Paired with shoes and accessories and I called it the fashionable librarian look!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Slow + Craft Day

With the cool weather lingering through the week, we ate most of our meals on the porch. It was lovely and felt slow and quieting even though it was an ordinary part of our routine made lovelier by being outside.

I show pictures of things like frozen waffles and canned cinnamon rolls to be real. Sometimes this is what we as moms can do and we must show grace to ourselves as well when we are in a busy season.

Almost all the photos I took last week were taken on our porch of just regular ordinary daily things. Looking back, this shows me a couple of things. One, how much I have been craving beauty and slowing. And, two - that God has provided moments of those things for me throughout an ordinary week where there is much work to be done.

We start our days with food for the body and soul. After breakfast, we are reading through 1 Samuel together and always a story of a hero of the faith. Currently, we are reading about Martin Luther. How appropriate with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this month. I have two hymnals and we pull those out and sing a hymn together and then watch a ten minute classroom news segment.

I am grateful for the opportunity to do school at home and see my children enjoy the loveliness of home during the day while doing their school work. Yet I know that it adds a unique burden to each of us to carry this out. For children, it is hard to school at home and still be disciplined to not run off and play as this is also their place of childhood play and fun. For moms, it is our place of work and responsibility in the home and there is that ever difficult balance in juggling the two things.

In an effort to plan something fun for myself and my friends - I planned a craft evening for a night that David had to work. I have never felt this inadequate planning a craft day before - but this was really a test for me in depending on the Lord to bring it together. I wish I could say that I had done that depending with gracefulness but I know that my attitude was not in it's finest moments. Challenges that are on my plate are proving to be quite draining to me and things that used to be easy are now a struggle and difficulty.

Making time just to be with my children is really proving hard too as I feel the weight of all the things that need my attention. I try and remind myself that Mary chose the one thing that was needed and she made a good choice.

I've talked about slow all week - you can tell it is really on my heart and mind right now. Anyway, the crafty evening was fun! We made cake stands from this fun book that Emily gave me for my birthday.

And some of us painted little white pumpkins to look gingham! Rachel named the whole line of them while they were waiting for guests:

Sowfey {Sophie}


I was refreshed from the fun of fellowship with friends, crafting beauty and then a good nights sleep! These photos are not all from one day! Just some beautiful slow we've enjoyed this past week. Hope you can find some slow moments in your days, friends! The journey and pursuit of slow are worthwhile!