Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

{day 30} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: Clothes

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Today and Tomorrow!
The 31 days, 5 minute Free Writes and Photography Challenge are about to come to an end.
Thank you, so much for hanging in here, with me!

Don't forget - The GIVEAWAY that I posted about HERE - will also end tomorrow!  I'm excited to see who the blessed winner will be! ;) There is still time to get in on the action... by reading back through any posts in the 31 days series on HOME you can still add your thoughts and comments.  The more comments you leave, the better chance you'll have at winning!  Personally, I would love to see more names in the lineup.  All comments, in the month of October, will be retrospectively counted.

Today's Photo Challenge prompt is Clothes.

What a great day for this one to come around.  How timely!  It is the season, is it not, where it is time to change the clothes around - out of closets and drawers?   What fits and what doesn't?  Packing it up and handing it off to others or to our local thrift... I'll be honest, this is not my favoritist of home-keeping chores.
But, it is rather necessary.  Particularly, as the seasons change..and as my children grow.
Again, this prompt is quite fitting with my own theme of Home
{Home Quotes and Sentiments}!
Love it!

:: Clothes ::

Wow!  These photos sure do and are keeping it real.  Nothing to hide around here...
We have more than enough... by the looks of things.
It's amazing.
And, it's almost down-right shameful to me.

At this point in time, our three children share a bedroom.
Each dresser drawer is for one child.
The closet is shared by all three and is also a "storage closet"!
Even still...

We really are blessed!

I am beginning to be convinced - LESS IS MORE!!
Would you agree?

One of the things I do find myself doing - while daily hanging or folding clothes is to pray...
I will pray for my kids, each one, as I come across their particular clothes.  It keeps me mindful..
I found it to be a beautiful time...in prayer... throughout my day.

Is it ALWAYS, each and every time?  No...
But, for sure, often enough.

One day I had an epiphany!


If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly.  ~ Thomas S. Monson

She is clothed with strength and dignity. She can laugh at the days to come... ~ Proverbs 31:25
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Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.

I'll be daily updating this link, HERE, so that you can keep up with any entries you may have missed!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{day 29} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: Moon

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Wherever you are...
Wherever I am...
Whoever is now...
Whoever - back then.
It's all under the same moon.


I talk about this sometimes, with my children.

We like to sing that little ditty -
I see the moon, 
and the moon sees me
The moon sees somebody I'd like to see... 
- especially, my youngest daughter, Jayne!  I mean, one of our most favoritest of things to do is to find the moon, in the night-time skies!!

Well, I was reminding my children the other evening... that the VERY same moon and stars we see now (today!) - is the VERY SAME MOON and STARS that Abraham (in the Bible) saw - you know, back in his day and time.

Their little minds try to wrap around this reality...

Here is a quote I pulled from Ann Voskamp's book:

Every time you feel in God's Creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, by passing them by, transfer your thoughts to God and say:
"Oh my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
~ Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, selected from, One Thousand Gifts


I want my children to know BEST and to joy, MOST, in the Creator of all of earth's beauty!  I want them to notice the simple and beautiful, the majestic and amazing... the awe of creation He has created... but really, ultimately HIM!

He is the LIGHT and in HIM is no darkness!
May our Hearts and HOME be filled with the light of
His LOVE, His PEACE, His Blessings!

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Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.

I'll be daily updating this link, HERE, so that you can keep up with any entries you may have missed!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{day 28} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: Black & White

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Perhaps my favorite photos of all, throughout this whole photo challenge.  These photos are not edited... at least for a "black & white" setting.  They're about as real - in the moment - as you can get.

Jayne and I were out blowing bubbles, one afternoon.
They landed randomly, and I noticed.  So, snapping a few photos, I began laughing out loud at how black and white these photos were, especially when I wasn't even looking for it...nor trying to make them happen.

In trying to think how I could possibly meld these challenges together:
the Photo Challenge...
the 5 Minute Free Write...
And, all on my selected topic of HOME --
all while throwing in a few quotes and sentiments...
I was puzzled.

How was this going to work?  I got to thinking...

Here is what came to mind.

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While keeping home particularly as Mothers, as Homemakers, we all have our days; our moments.
Things are coming at us all the time.
We know the right thing to do.
But sometimes we're just empty.
We wish to stay to ourselves and protect; our hearts.  We're tired.

Sometimes we need, though, to reach out and through and be part of the bigger picture, even when we resist with everything in us.

Is this always a black and white thing?  Is it always with clear vision and direction?
No.
This is where I really appreciate the words to this first quote below.
We truly need Grace to meet us first, in order to give and go beyond ourselves...

I'm thankful for many a dear friend who were willing to burst the bubble of my life - in the recent - and in the past...
Just to come alongside.

What an act of kindness!

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Ministry is giving when you feel like keeping,
Praying for others when you need to be prayed for,
Feeding others when your own soul is hungry,
Living truth before people even when you can't see results.
Ministry is hurting with others when your own hurt can't be spoken,
Keeping your word when it is not convenient,
It is being faithful when your flesh wants to run away. ~ Unknown

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. ~ George Alliston

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Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.

I'll be daily updating this link, HERE, so that you can keep up with any entries you may have missed!

Monday, October 27, 2014

{day 27} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: Morning

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:: Morning ::

Those footprints say a lot.
Morning after morning...
As my son waits for the bus, we take note of these markings
leading out of the house...
of someone diligent.
Determined.
Willing!

Heading off to work every morning...
Providing!
Being intentional..
Going forth ...
Being responsible.

These are the steps of a hard-working man!

Though these are the steps of our next-door neighbor, my brother, his uncle.
The same thoughts are true and can be said of my husband, except that "my daddy, he uses the sidewalk!" :)

The idea of my husband's faithfulness for the sake benefit and provision of and for his family...
speaks volumes.
We as a family remain ever so grateful!!

These are footsteps that are hard to fill, but easy to follow...

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.
~James Russell Lowell
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“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” 
― Jimmy Johnson
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The dedicated life is the life worth living.
You must give with your whole heart.
~ Annie Dillard

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Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.

I'll be daily updating this link, HERE, so that you can keep up with any entries you may have missed!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

{day 26} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: Listening to...

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Listening to??

You mean...
Listening for -- right??

That is what I would like to twist this word-prompt around to say, today...
The reason... being...is that my hubby has been away all weekend - camping!
He took the two older children with him - as part of the FALL FEST Weekend with Cub Scouts!
((Aubrey, our daughter! was quite privileged, in the tagging along department, to say the least!))

I'm listening for their return and when it does... I'm sure we'll be listening to "lots of stories" and tale upon tales will be exchanged of the weekend happenings...
as Jayne and I have had a few of our own. :)

Their return, later this afternoon or evening, should look something like this...


Granted, these photos were all taken last weekend - as he had been away, camping then, too!  AND... well...even the weekend, before that!!

WELCOME HOME - MY LOVE!!

And then... I can't wait to sing and say - Happy Birthday to my Mr. Handsome!
Scott's Birthday is actually, today!!

Only to follow that up with our snuggling up close, my head on his chest - listening to him breathe; So sweet!   His heart beating steady with mine as we fall off asleep in each others arms!

Oh, so much to listen for...
So much to listen to!
Hopefully, our crazy will calm down -- for awhile -- here shortly!!  And, we can just be...
a family... at home!
Welcome HOME - to my two little Campers!!

{{BIG HUGS}} all around!
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Don't let yourself get so busy that you miss those little but important extras in life --
the beauty of a day...
the smile of a friend...
the serenity of a quiet
moment alone.  ~ Unknown
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Let your boat of life be light,
packed with only what you need
a homely home and simple pleasures, 
one or two friends worth the name,
someone to love and someone to love you...
enough to eat and enough to wear.
~ Jerome K. Jerome
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Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.

I'll be daily updating this link, HERE, so that you can keep up with any entries you may have missed!
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