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Check Point

I’m twenty days into my “365 Reasons To Give Thanks” challenge. I can’t believe it has only been twenty days. Sometimes I question my own judgement–what have I gotten myself into? Other days, I’m quite pleased with myself because I know I am finally pushing myself to use my camera more. I can’t deny that I’ve already had some trouble. I got behind on the editing process and found myself backed up with a slew of unorganized photos. I’ve also struggled to find inspiration on some days. Or effort. Or even just time.

But regardless of my excuses, I am thankful that I was able to take this challenge on. I’ve taken more photos of random things in the past twenty days than I probably have over the previous six months. I just wanted to share some of the photos that didn’t make the cut (and a few that did too) in celebration of my twenty day mark. Here’s to 345 more.

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Have a beautiful and inspired week!

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Weekly Round-Up: Past, Present, and Future

It’s been a while since I have posted a Weekly Round-Up. I can’t deny that I have been a pretty bad blogger these past few months. School, friends, church, work…life has caught up with me and sadly my blogging hasn’t been a part of it. But you can bet that I’ve been hoarding instagram photos for months on end so I have finally decided to share some.

These past few months have been chaotic. Crazy actually. But they’ve also been incredible! I am so blessed with some of the world’s most fabulous people in my life who help me get through each day with a smile on my face. These photos are just a tiny peak into the large and small moments that have kept me sane in the past little while.

ONE: A photo taken on my iPhone of an iPhone taking a picture of an iPone taking a picture of a cowboy and some pretty ladies. Still with me? TWO: My kitty was pretty sick for a few weeks but she is starting to look and feel much better! THREE: I officially started a Paper Crane Project. I hope to talk about it in more detail at a later point. FOUR: I baked peanut butter lattice brownies for the first time. And even more exciting–I got to share them with my friends! FIVE: On our walk, my friend pointed out this pattern left on the sidewalk from the decaying leaves. We took a moment to mourn autumn. SIX: I finished knitting my first scarf of the season! I used this pattern that I posted on here last winter. SEVEN: I found a handful of old half-finished drawings in my desk. So many flowers… EIGHT: I recently came across this passage again and was reminded of how encouraging God’s promises are. NINE: I am knee-deep in a series of receipt prints. I cannot wait to just be finished already! TEN: One of my best friends is getting married so I got to accompany her to the wedding dress store to choose her dress. I got to practice my MOH duties by helping her get into the dresses. And yes, she said yes to a dress!

The seasons are changing (in more way that one) and I’m excited for what’s up next. Who’s excited to ditch their light jackets and scarecrow decorations for hot cocoa, ice skates, and nights spent laughing around the fireplace?

Happy November 15th, friends!

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A Couple Weeks Worth of Round-Ups: Spring Has Sprung!

Can you believe that the May long weekend has already arrived? I’m off to do a little bit of camping (with some great people!) so I wanted to give a quick update on some of the happenings of my past few weeks before I go. I hope to be full force ahead with my posts when I return (I have a sewing project to show you, a few DIY’s and recipes up my sleeve, and the second part of the Sustainable Living series to post) but until then, I will leave you with some instagram photos.

ONE: I was so thankful to finally have a need to wear my sunnies! The weather has been beautiful around here and I’ve been soaking in every minute. TWO: A couple years ago, my cousin gave me these Pocahontas inspired sandals for my birthday and I just recently found them again. I’ve been loving wearing them every chance I get. THREE: The town restored my dad’s childhood farm house and turned it into a youth center. We had the opportunity to go to an open house and explore. This was such a highlight for me because I got to hear all of my dad’s childhood stories. This is the big staircase in the house. FOUR: I finally discovered that I can sew–my problems were just with my mom’s sewing machine! My grandma lent me hers so I refashioned this white t-shirt. There will be a DIY post coming as soon as possible. FIVE: The urge hit and I just had to pull out my markers and doodle. SIX: I had lots of cookie orders to do. These are the first order of four within three days. They were for a ladies tea social (hence the teapots). SEVEN: My kitty found a tower of boxes so she didn’t hesitate to claim her kingdom. EIGHT: I finally have time to do some reading for sheer enjoyment. It’s been a while–I appreciate school but it really does take the enjoyment out of reading for you. NINE: For my sister’s 23rd birthday, we hit up a local Mexican restaurant for dinner (her choice). All of a sudden the music cranked up really loud, we were all donned with sombreros, and all the employees surrounded us with their loud singing. This photo is my mom and dad enjoying the moment. It is definitely my favourite photo out of all of these! TEN: My mom and I went to an independently owned fabric and wool store. I was in heaven! They had so many incredible fabrics that I am absolutely in love with. ELEVEN: This little sign greets you when you walk onto our front porch. It’s such a simple but great reminder. TWELVE: I had to pre-pump my air mattress for this weekend to make sure it had no holes in it. It took a long time with the hand pump but I don’t care. I’m willing to pump all night…an air mattress is a must for camping!

I hope that you all have an incredible long weekend. Take the time to enjoy the sunshine (it’s supposed to be ridiculously beautiful!), enjoy your company, and enjoy the little moments. Many blessings!

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Top Five Friday: “My Week in Photos” Edition

I can’t believe another week has come and gone already. My oh my, how time flies. As I pondered what I wanted to post about in this week’s TOP FIVE FRIDAY post, I realized how enjoyable and special my week really has been. Since I finished school for the summer, I have had oodles of free time. I have been maxin’ and relaxin’, knitting, crafting, and enjoying the sunshine. Oh yeah, and in case you haven’t realized, I have also been updating more regularly (which I am so happy to be able to do!).

This week has provided me with many opportunities to do some of the things that bring me joy. I am going to share with you some of the special moments from the past week in the form of photographs. Ready for a countdown?

NUMBER FIVE

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to go to one of the cutest little towns in my area. This picture shows a small section of Main Street Unionville. It is one of the cutest little historic main streets, making it a tourist hot spot. It is full of little specialty shops and cafes in historical homes and buildings. On the day that I went, the sun was shining and there was a beautiful breeze, making it that much more enjoyable. This is where I dream of opening up my bake shop. One day…

NUMBER FOUR

One of my favourite foods is potato leek soup. I love tackling anything “home-made” (I think it is just so much better than packaged food) and potato leek soup has been on my radar for the longest time. I finally got around to asking my grandparents for their delicious recipe and so yesterday I decided to take it on. To be honest, I had no idea what leeks even were. But I am happy to announce that the soup turned out delicious and it is almost completely gone. I was so happy to be able to get that off my “to try” list.

NUMBER THREE 

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to take a nice little stroll through the park. I love going for leisurely walks (especially with great people!) so this was a nice highlight. I came across this beautiful tree along the path. Although you can’t really tell in this photograph, it was a massive tree. It was so thick around and so tall–I could tell that it has been around for a long time. There’s something encouraging about that. Our earth is constantly changing and that’s not always for the better. Massive amounts of deforestation are occurring and ecosystems are being destroyed. Although this tree was not really in a forest, it was encouraging to see that it was still standing strong. It made me wonder how many little critters and organisms call this beautiful tree “home”.

NUMBER TWO

My sister and I went to our Grandma and Grampa’s house for lunch on Wednesday. I love hanging out with my grandparents. They always share so many wonderful stories of their past. One of my favourite things to do is look through my Grandma’s old photo albums. She can always tell me a story with every photo. I’m a lot like her in that I appreciate our family history. I ask her so many questions and she is always so happy to answer them. I cherish these memories because unless they’re passed on, they don’t last forever. I can’t wait to share them with my grandkids (when that time comes around). The photograph on the left is from my grandparent’s honeymoon. I believe it was taken in Chicago, but I just thought the composition was so interesting. The photograph on the right is of my Grandma’s sister with her kittens. In our time and culture, photographs are so meaningless sometimes. There are so many that they lose their uniqueness and story. I love that these photographs are one-of-a-kind and hold a special value. Even though they’re so simple and black and white, they are also so special.

NUMBER ONE

My sister and I have always been really close (one room + two sisters = about as close as you can get). We are called sisters, but I’d say we are more like best friends! As we’ve gotten older, our lives have gotten busier and busier. She works really hard at school and work and juggles lots of extra things that take up her time. But this week, we had the chance to hang out for an afternoon and just appreciate each other. We did a little photo shoot (as you may have seen with the DIY: Elbow Patch Cardigan post) and then enjoyed the rest of the day in Unionville. She is a beautiful person (as I’m sure you can tell from the photo above) both inside and out! We always laugh because people never know that we are sisters because we look so completely different. But we are close in spirit and in love. She is seriously the best!

Well that’s it. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and enjoy all of the small (but special) moments that it brings. Many blessings!

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