Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend full of memories...

Hello everyone!

First of all, for those of you who are in the track of Sandy or know someone who is I'm praying for those affected by the storm!

Secondly, I was blessed with a wonderful weekend full of memory making times.
And, I have pictures to share!

I was blessed to go cheer Luke on as he approached the finish line for the half marathon on Saturday morning! I'm so proud of him for running the race!


Run...

(For the record, that picture is obviously not Luke. It was a cool picture that I ended up taking of a runner and her shadow.)

After the half marathon Momma and I went and got a quick bite to eat. We also went to quickly change out of "half-marathon-watching/cheering" clothes to "wedding-appropriate" clothes. We had an outfit quick change at Quick Trip.

QT...

Then my Momma and I headed to my childhood best friend's wedding. It was beautiful. I've known her most of my life and that day was the happiest I've ever seen her. She married a wonderful young man. I'm so very, very, very happy for her!

Rachel and Adam

Wedding bells...

After the wedding momma and I enjoyed some time together. She gave me a "little hat" that she found on the ground and we enjoyed wonderful talks. I'm so thankful for my sweet Momma and how close we are. I'm thankful that I can enjoy our relationship and cherish our times together.

Little hat...

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This weekend was full of wonderful memory making times!

And, my Monday has had a bit of Magnificence too.
These sweet little daisies brought a smile to my face and magnificence to my Monday!



My dear friend Sara Beth texted me this picture today because she knew it would make me smile. Spontaneous "this made me think of you" texts are amazing.

I had a full Monday and presented my persuasive speech today. I have a feeling there will be a more in depth post on that speech later this week...

All in all, I arrived home ate dinner and I'm now about to head to bed.

I hope you're Monday has been Magnificent!

How was the weekend for you, friends?

As always, I hope your Monday has been magnificent!

Simply,
Sarah

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Yellow and blue make me think of you...

Yellow and blue make me think  of you...

Sunshine gracing...

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Smile

Every time I look at the blue and yellow pictures above I smile.
Many weeks ago my sweet friend Sara Beth surprised me with a yellow sunflower and greenery bouquet. She also wrote a kind note and blessed me greatly. The gifts showed that she was thinking of me during the week and blessed me very much.

Life is very busy these days. Very full. On one hand I miss the freedom to be creative more and having more time to truly put into this blog. But, on the other hand, I know that right now I'm in the season of school and I'm very excited about hopefully becoming a reference librarian someday. The more I learn about the job the more I realize it would be a great fit!

So, amidst a day full of History class and working on my persuasive speech I'm currently taking a few minutes to write this post before I head to bed. Because, this blog is still special to me. Even amidst this new season I want to take time every now and then to write in this space.

Tomorrow I have a job opportunity and a speech to memorize.
Then, Saturday I get to cheer Luke on as he runs a half marathon! I'm so proud of him.
Plus, that same day my childhood best friend is getting married.  I'm so happy for her!

It is going to be a full weekend, but there will also be so many memory making moments to cherish.

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Simply,
Sarah

Monday, October 22, 2012

The tired daisy...

This tired daisy is a bit like me.

Tired Daisy...

I'm going to be honest, this was not a good weekend.
I started "crashing" and having a terrible Fibro flare-up on Friday. The majority of Saturday and Sunday were spent in bed sleeping, sleeping, and sleeping some more. I didn't leave the house at all over the weekend.

I think the bad symptom flare-up has been due to a few different things. (Some of which I will address with habit changes going forward.) I realized that stairs need to be avoided as much as possible and that no matter how energetic I feel I need to come home and rest at least an hour after my 7:15am class on Thursdays and Tuesdays.

In regards to the crash/flare-up this weekend there is bad news and good news...

The bad news is that the crash/flare-up really took a lot out of me and I was feeling so poorly that I was unable to work on my speech for this week.

The good news is that I'm feeling improvement today, I somehow managed to complete an evaluation essay while being crashed, and my speech may be extended to be presented a week from today.

Amidst still having some fibro pain today there was some magnificence to my Monday!
I turned in a release form and had my photo taken today. The reason? An essay I submitted for consideration has been selected to be published in the college's magazine! I'm very excited.

I truly hope that you have had a Magnificent Monday!

Even when things are difficult there is hope.
And, even amidst the unpleasant times, there is still magnificence to be appreciated.

Simply,
Sarah

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Characteristics of a Daydreamer...

Hello everyone!

I'm sad that I didn't post yesterday But, I do hope your Monday was magnificent!
I honestly just had a hard time taking time to write a post yesterday. But, today I'm feeling very inspired and have a fun story post to share with you. I hope you enjoy it and the photography within it.

Characteristics of a Daydreamer 

A daydreamer. Yes, this is the story of a daydreamer. She has an imagination amidst the daily things of life. She is a writer of poetry, a daughter, and one who loves because she was first loved.

You can spot her often with a book in hand on adventures in a wordy land.

Daydreamer=book reader...

You can spot her with eyes turned to the sky and ears tuned-in to the bird songs.

Daydreamer

Sometimes she imagines a giant flower garden when she jots down words onto a page...

Daydreamer1

Sometimes she holds pine-cones in her hands and imagines each one having a story...

Autumn within grasp...

Sometimes she has whimsical creative times to bring fairytale pictures to life.
She might recreate the scene of Little Red on her way to see her Grandmother...

LittleRedonher way...

LittleRed

Or, she could portray Snow White...

SnowWhite

Snow and the apple...

She could imagine many a character and many a scene as she stands before the stone wall stage.

Yes, she is a daydreamer. But, she knows that there are times to be creative and play and times to focus on the practical things too.

She will continue to be creative even amidst the busy times of life.
She will take time to dream, to play, and time to write.

Do you daydream too?

Simply,
Sarah 

P.S. My sweet brother helped take some of these pictures for me. Without his help, I wouldn't have had these great photos to edit. Thanks again, Micah. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Speaking by giving…

Love in giving...

Lately I've realized more and more how much the act of giving gifts is a language of love for me. When I give a gift I've realized all the more that I put a great deal of thought into the gift. I've noticed that I'm constantly storing facts away in my brain in regards to relationships for future gift giving clues. Throughout daily conversation there are facts that can be stored up to use later to give a meaningful gift. The reference of a favorite color, knowing a persons dreams or hopes, or even knowing how much someone enjoys their favorite item of clothing are all clues that can be stored up. The clues can be the smallest things or something much larger, but each one creates the possibility of a creative and meaningful gift.

Gifts express love to me. When one of the little girls I watch drew me a purple picture of she and I together my heart melted. When my sister brought me home three daisies as a surprise I smiled so brightly. When my sweet friend Sara Beth brought me a note, earrings, and a sunflower my heart was full of thankfulness. When someone writes me a note of kindness I'm overwhelmed.

Gifts aren't just for special occasions or celebrations, they can be amidst the middle of a week or any other "ordinary" day. You see, gifts tell me that the giver was thinking about me. When a gift is thoughtful it means that time, love, and so on were put into it. When a gift is given with true love, I'm overwhelmed. The treasure of a gift is not in the cost. No, it is in the value of all the love, all the memories, and all the thoughtfulness that wrap around it like invisible ribbons. For example not a single other person may know how much value my little daisy necklace has. Not in monetary, but in true treasure. But, you see, every time I look at it or feel it about my neck I see and touch invisible ribbons of memories that are wrapped around the gift. The unseen ribbons are wrapped around so many little and bigger things around my room.

Gift giving can be a beautiful way to speak love to someone.

Does gift giving speak love to you?
Who could you show love to by giving a gift today?

Remember, the treasure is not the monetary worth, it is in the "I'm thinking of you when you're not around" and thoughtfulness of the giving.

Simply,
Sarah

Friday, October 12, 2012

Kinfolk...

Months ago I discovered Kinfolk Magazine and in turn their videos. I've yet to read one of their magazines, but the descriptions and previews look interesting. Someday I would like to purchase one of their magazines. (I think I would purchase this one first.) But, for now I enjoy some of their videos.

In fact, I have two favorites.

The first favorite video is 44 seconds long and called Breakfast for Two. It makes me smile.


Kinfolk: Breakfast for Two from Kinfolk on Vimeo.


My second favorite is called Autumn Senses. It reminds me to take a deep breath and enjoy the simple things.


Autumn Senses | Vol. 5 from Kinfolk on Vimeo.

What do you think of the videos?

Which is your favorite?

Simply,
Sarah

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tired...

Has it really and truly been over a week since I last wrote upon these digital pages?

That is what the date tells me on the blog. Goodness.

I'm really and truly still here. Really. I simply have a very full schedule these days. Sometimes it takes creative organizing to spend time with people I love in real life much less visiting all of my friends here in the blog-sphere.

I still log on often. I've even begun to write a post many times. I've sat and looked at the blank screen only to realize how tired I am. I've sat and realized that I'm weary and lacking energy to write.

I'm tired.

Restful flowers

School is going well, but it is a busy time. Currently my grades are great and I enjoy each of my teachers. Yet, I lack energy for the creative beatings of my heart.

So, I savor little moments here and there. They are the moments before math class when I write poetry while sitting on a red chair. (I've written four or five there.) They are the moments that I take time to journal a page or two or three of thoughts and prayers. They are the moments I whisper thanks or remember to sing even just one song. They are the moments I buy flowers at the store to bring home and photograph. They are the moments like this one when I write and the moments that I put together creative gifts for others. They are the moments that I photograph the same flowers throughout the afternoon/evening in many ways.

Today I share pictures of creativity with you. I hope amidst the busy that you'll take time to be still and enjoy moments of creativity in your own life.

Enjoy these glimpses...

Be Still a moment

Red Rose...

Restful flowers1

Red rose....

Restful flowers2

Restful flowers and blue sky

Simply,
Sarah


Monday, October 1, 2012

Seasons' Greetings: October...

Seasons' Greatings

Seasons’ Greetings- A whimsical series of letters to the calendar months.  

Hello everyone! A very Magnificent Monday to you! Today I'm writing another post in the series Seasons' Greetings. Are you glad that October has arrived?

May your Mondays be Magnificent!

Dear October

October 1st, 2012
Dear October,

Welcome, welcome. You've arrived.

You certainly know how to start the month off well in regards to the weather. It actually feels like autumn! It doesn't quite look like autumn yet, but that is okay. You can bring that when the time is right.

Today was a busy time of college work. I gave a speech and it went well. (Though, I did forget to show my last slide in the power point. Oh well!) In fact, the speech went so well that I felt like doing another "happy rainboot dance" to celebrate. I'll provide a picture for your amusement...

HappyRainbootDance

I also received the grade for my first college paper and it was great!

I communicated with someone dear to me and took steps to better communicate in the future. Relationships are learning experiences, October. They  really, really are. I'm learning on a whole new level how much the life of one person can affect another. Decisions and choices never simply impact oneself.

October, I'll be honest, I've been stressed. I allowed myself to focus too much on the stressful feelings and the busy things. I've allowed the stress, change, and busy times to draw me away from Daddy God instead of viewing them as reminders of how desperately I need Him. I'm daily in need of grace. Oh, October, how daily I'm in need of grace. I'm reminded of that again today.

My dear October, I hope that you will be a time of continued arrival of autumn. I hope while you're around that I'll bake chocolate pumpkin bars, attend the wedding of a beloved friend, cheer on runners in a half marathon, grow in grace, love well, learn diligently, and maybe even play in autumn leaves. There is a possibility that I may ride a ferris wheel at last, but we'll see if that works out. (If it does I'll be sure to write about it.) I also hope that while you're around I spend even more blessed time with my family.

I'm glad you're here, October. Yes, indeed I am. I look forward to your stay and writing you another letter (God willing) come this month's end.

Simply,
Sarah