Monday, March 26, 2012

And Breathe...

I've been reading a lot of blog posts lately about time management, about being successful at getting stuff done, about multi-tasking in a "controlled way". And what I've discovered in all of them is the reminder to take time to breathe. So this has brought up the question of, "Am I remembering to breathe?" Am I really taking time to just sit and enjoy God's presence in the midst of all of the stuff I "have to" get done?

Just this morning I found myself trying to do 3 things all at once and by the time I was done I was frazzled and feeling overwhelmed. Why? Because I was trying to do too much. Now I'm not saying that multi-tasking doesn't work. It definitely does and helps productivity - but only to a point. If I'm so caught up in doing laundry while cooking dinner while packing lunches for the next day that I fail to look up when my toddler discovers a new word or my husband wants to tell me about his day or my Savior is calling me to His Word, then there's a problem. Because its in those moments that I believe God can shine the brightest and show us his glory.

So let's challenge ourselves to breathe. To not be overwhelmed by the worries of tomorrow and focus on what's in store for us today. And at the end of the day, if there are a few dishes in the sink, it won't kill us because what's most important is that we were able to have those moments with our LORD because we remembered to breathe.

Friday, February 24, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - Inspired by SouleMama. A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Fresh Weekend

We've had a pretty busy last couple of weeks and this weekend we finally got a chance to breathe. It was so nice to spend time together around the house while doing what we love. There was much baking, playing, crafting and cuddling. And the weather was actually decent enough for a brisk walk outside. (A much needed event for those of us with cabin fever).
This book and these ovenmits were my kitchen companions this weekend.

Making maple syrup apple sauce.

My little taste tester.

These banana raisin muffins were definitely Little Man approved.

There were even fun moments of learning while cooking. This is a super easy recipe for homemade fruit snacks without all of the sugar. (They actually taste just like gummy bears).

And of course there was much play in between the cooking.
As well as time for softness and rest...

And working on projects around the house.

I hope your weekend was filled with many blessings of productivity, rest and family time.

Friday, February 17, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - Inspired by SouleMama. A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

For Miss Charlotte

This past weekend was pure bliss in my studio. It's been so long since I've completed a quilt and I was finally able to make that happen. I found this fabulous pattern for a log cabin quilt in the January 2011 Martha Stewart Living and I've been wanting to make it since I first laid eyes on it. The entire front of the quilt is one large log cabin block. So I just had to make it for a dear friend's daughter Charlotte who just celebrated her first birthday. And don't you just love Amy Butler's Love fabric collection in this pattern? I've had fat quarters of each colorway since it first came out and I've been waiting to use it until I found the perfect quilt.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sending Some Love Your Way

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Have I shared with you all just how much I love Pinterest? (You can follow my boards here).
Well, I do. I love it. It has honestly boosted my desire to be more creative and try more things than anything else in the social media world.

And...I just discovered something even more amazing about it...

The oh so amazing, Design*Sponge, is on Pinterest. (Read her announcement post here). If you were ever looking for the best boards to follow on Pinterest, Design*Sponge would be the one to follow. For those of you who are not familiar with Design*Sponge you must check it out. It's fabulous. That's the only word for it. And now that she's on Pinterest - oh my goodness - look out creative inspiration world!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February Photo a Day

This month I've decided to participate in the February Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram. I've always wanted to do it, so why not start this month. Now I didn't get started until February 3rd, but it's been fun nonetheless. Here's what I've captured so far.

P.S. You can participate, too. Just visit Fat Mum Slim to follow along with this month's list.

Day 3: Hands (from the summer time)

Day 6: Dinner (with a side of yellow and orange)

Day 7: Button (in my studio)
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