To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common–this is my symphony.~William Henry Channing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DPP ~ Days Sixteen and Seventeen

Don't worry, I didn't eat them all!


I had to unwrap them so I could make these delicious of my very first pinterest test kitchen's and a favorite recipe. Did I mention they're also simple to make and perfect for a holiday cookie exchange? Really! You should go check them out and make a batch. Your family will thank you.

I wish I could just say that I am so on top of things because today's picture ready and it's barely eight o'clock in the morning. Truth be told though, the moment just came early today :-) My mother-in-law is staying with a us a few days and Milo just curled up on her lap first thing this morning and it was such a peaceful moment that just needed to be captured with the camera. And just like that DPP for today is done!

DPP 2014 milo kitty

Monday, December 15, 2014

DPP ~ Days Thirteen, Fourteen, and Fifteen

There was a wedding, some Christmas cookies were baked, and spent some time with a precious little newborn. That's a busy three days but full of such goodness!

Day 13 ~
DPP 2014, wedding details, bridal bouquet, flowers

Day 14 ~
Taken with my cell phone and not nearly as lovely as Saturday or Monday's picture. But after shooting a large event like a wedding I have to give my eyes a break :-)

Day 15 ~ But today my eyes weren't as tired and the thought of lifting my camera didn't make me wince. Plus I still had the fabulous 35mm 1:4 that I had rented for the wedding and it shoots like a dream and oh my I wish I could keep it forever and ever. And then of course there was this sweetness going on.
newborn portraits

Just so precious. The wedding was beautiful and Emily's cookies were tasty so I guess we can count these three days as a success.

Friday, December 12, 2014

DPP ~ Day Twelve

We're readers in our home. We love good books and good stories.

DPP 2014 Photo project Day Twelve

The only thing better than a good book is a good book with beautiful illustrations.

My son will be reading Tolkien's The Hobbit over the Christmas break. I was delighted to thumb through it and see such lovely illustrations.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DPP ~ Day Eleven

A lovely visit to the beach with a sweet friend today to say farewell to a favorite restaurant. (The first image is for DPP and the second is to commemorate the local business that will be shutting it's doors at the end of the month.)

DPP 2014 Day Eleven Pensacola Beach

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DPP ~ Day Ten

Pretty enough on their own...but not as lovely as they will be on our tree...their beauty is best seen when they're connected to something else.

Kind of like us...we may do okay on our own...and as the image bearer of God there is beauty seen in each of us...but we're not made to be alone...and our beauty shines brightest when we're a part of something else...when we adorn the lives of those around us.

DPP 2014 Day Ten Christmas Advent

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DPP ~ Day Nine

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
     Everywhere you go...

Finally! I realize it seems ridiculous to feel like I am late in getting my Christmas decorations up and it's only December 9th but for some reason I just feel like I am running behind. And really, I'm not. I never start putting things out until December.

True story. All my life we'd start decorating within the first couple of weeks of December and Christmas night it would all get taken down and put away.


Until we started celebrating Advent I did the same thing. I was ready to get my house back in order...ready for calm...and blank space. Decorating comes slower now though and somehow I just don't mind the tree being up until Epiphany. Although I will admit that when it's all said and done I am glad for the quiet barrenness that inevitably follows.

This year has been different in that I couldn't wait to get the stuff out of the attic so I was pretty happy to at least get the mantle decorated today. It's also been different in that I may or may not have actually listened to Christmas music before Thanksgiving...a major rule I have enforced with all the gusto of a drill sergeant with new recruits on the first day of basic training. I will neither confirm nor deny this though, lest my children find out and I never hear the end of it.

DPP 2014 Advent Christmas