Summer Gardens

Summer Gardens

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s funny sometimes to think amidst the busyness of work, family, appointments, kids’ practices and games, about slowing...
Summer, Updates, and More Time for Fun

Summer, Updates, and More Time for Fun

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower More Time for Fun I love summer. I’ve said it before, but it’s...
Summertime and Big Changes

Summertime and Big Changes

One day she decided to stop letting her fears hold her back, and from that day on, she flew. (I love this phrase, which I first saw on House of Belonging and DeAnn Art instagram)   It’s summer! Last week, I was absent from the blog for the week, but this is...
Summer’s Day

Summer’s Day

  Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: And summer’s ease hath all too short a date; Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion...
7 Summer Colors of Inspiration

7 Summer Colors of Inspiration

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann To bring cheer to an otherwise drab world: I love that statement about the artist. Nature, especially at the peak of summer, is the best artist of all. I relish the riot of...
10 Late Summer Treasures

10 Late Summer Treasures

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.  -Celia Thaxter It’s late August, and my boys are all tucked back in to their school rhythms. 7th, 5th, and 3rd grade this year! It amazes me, every year around this time, that it really is the start of a new...
Paradise Found: My Fourth of July in the Austrian Alps

Paradise Found: My Fourth of July in the Austrian Alps

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet, 1803-1882 When I was a girl, I read all the time, and the first book I remember wanting to reread was Johanna Spyri’s HEIDI. If...