1 - It's A Good Day
Hearing my E sing 'It's a good day to have a good day', caught my attention, and made my day just a bit sweeter. He'd only heard this song, by Hilary Weeks once or twice, but he had the message, and sings it to himself, and us, at random.
2 - 7 Deadly Sins
This week I began reading a new book I found while back home. It was my dad's. I am already eating it up and underlining words. It's called 'Christ's Ideals for Living' by Obert C. Tanner. Right there in the preface, right as I started, were these words...
True, so true. This has been on my mind this week.
3 - Spa Day
After so much running around and playing I just needed one day, just one day, here at home to get work done, mostly here in my office. I got photos edited, clothes put away, things tidied.
The kids were so good yesterday entertaining themselves and playing together. They had a spa day together, complete with foot scrubs and massages. There always seems to be some sort of sport being played with all of my boys. I appreciated yesterday, that they all would do something Q likes. They all enjoyed it too!
4 - Put the Camera Down
I took a million photos in UT, I came home then took a ton of photos for girls camp, then went right into photoing a wedding, another bunch of photos! Last night I had another shoot as well.
When I take so many pictures, for other people, I get tired of picking up my camera, and capturing my own life, my family's life. I haven't picked up my camera much this week. I have not wanted to!
I suppose it's like running w/o my Garmin. I should do it occasionally, just to gut check, run because I love it, keeping no record.
Going a week w/o my camera may be the same. Just live, relax, enjoy being, w/o recording it.
5 - Elastic Heart
This is my good friend Melissa. In this photo she is planting her goodbye gift in my flower bed. What a good gift. I will think of her every time I look at it.
I have lost some very close friends this past year. One to old age, the other two to distance. My heart has been sliced and diced as I have had to say goodbye, over and over again. SLICED. AND. DICED I tell you!
Still I am amazed that despite so much pain I can be happy. When the pain subsides, (which it does, over time) I am left with treasured memories, years of friendship that have changed and shaped me, blessings, so many blessings, a heart that is still full of love, and the promise of friendship, really good friendship.
I'm so glad I had just a little sliver of Melissa's time at camp. We went paddle boarding, sat down and cried together. I got to tell her just how much I love her, how I have loved seeing our kids grow up together, how I have appreciated being able to lean on each other, her service, her selfless heart, her great faith. It was terribly hard to say goodbye, for both Q and I.
6 - Wallpaper
I am planning projects! I have to concentrate my efforts and finish one thing at a time! I started painting G's room a long time ago. I suppose that should be the first thing I bring to a finish!
I am thinking and planning though. I think the laundry room will be next. I have already bought paint for the cabinets. I am looking through wallpaper. Here are some that I like.
all images via - Wallpaper Warehouse
7 - Party Time
I'm thinking I'm going to throw myself a party for my 39th birthday. It's in a couple of weeks. I'm thinking a progressive party. Yep, gonna do that!
8 - Cavity Free
I took the kids to the dentist this morning. They are all cavity free! G has to get two baby teeth pulled. He's not so happy about that. We love our pediatric dentist. He really is so good, relaxed. The kids love him!
Actually, I have known Dr. Suketu Patel for years! I've taken photos of his family, we have known the same people, all of that. It was after a shoot a couple of years ago that I realized he works a couple days a week by me, at University Pediatric Dentistry. Duh! I'm such a goon! I quickly switched us over to see him! He made a call and put us on his schedule. I felt pretty special! Duh, if you know fabulous people, use their services! We are totally happy!
9 - Thank You World Market
While in UT I went to World Market for the first time. We don't have one here in the Buff. It was quite the delightful place, and I did go home with some treasures! I had to buy 2 bags to get all my 'treasures' (from our UT trip) back home!
I found the perfect hardware for a cabinet I've made over. I haven't posted it yet, because I've been undecided whether it's done or not. The current hardware is ok, but, BUT, when I found this, with the long pull that matched, I knew I'd found it! Yea! Now I can finish that and post it for you to see. It is totes adorbs!
10 - Leather and Pearls
I made these bracelets for the young women in our ward - for church. They went with a thought about an oyster, who made a pearl out a grain of sand. I will share both how to make this bracelet, as well as the thought it goes with. Promise!