Oct 22, 2014

October Photo Challenge - Day 22 - A Favourite Place


Yes, I'm one of those people...one of those bath people!

I hear that a lot - "Oh, I'm not a bath person!"  but phooey I say - if you are not a bath person, it's because you are doing it all wrong!  You see, a bath is not about getting clean...so no, I'm not soaking in my own filth (I hear that a lot too!)  Showers are for getting clean.  But for me, the bath is an escape.  A place of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.....and to warm up on those crazy cold days...!

I love my bathtub!! Seriously - it's crazy deep and super long!! And we got it for a steal!!!  I'm not a whirlpool jet person and I'm not a spa person.  I'm just a lady who loves the tub!

Yes, taking a bath, dear friends, (and here you either are with me or against me) is a full on event!  It's solitude time, bubbles time, grab a drink, a snack (preferable of the chocolate variety), a real good book and sink on in, time.   Sink on in, beneath the warmth, letting the waters flow around you, envelope you and ...and letting the bubbles...hide you! *wink!* hahah!! 

Grab your good read, sip you drink, close out the world and disappear into tub land....for a good long while!  And don't resurface until you are a wrinkled prune!

And well...if you see all of that as just plain silly, then that's fine with me - keep your showers but I'll be soaking away the coming long winter nights....and I won't be saving you any chocolate!

Tomorrow - Day 23 - THE VIEW FROM HERE


Oct 21, 2014

October Photo Challenge - Day 21 - Calm

Ironically (and no, I don't believe in irony...unless you are referring to God's sense of humour on occasion!)  today's word prompt was very timely. 

Today was one of those super fall feeling days.  The howling wind, rains pouring down, the sky grey and dreary and I hunkered down indoors, warm and sung.  Well...not before having to go out this morning for the ladies bible study that I am apart of.  Okay, so how does calm fit so timely?

Well, in the last couple of days, my husband was super sick, then the breaks went on our van, our neighbour came to pump up the slow leaking tire on our car so we could drive the girls to school Monday, (hubby's compressor is lent out at the moment), I took the girls to school, came home then followed hubby while he drove the somewhat able to break van to the mechanics, but there wasn't enough time to make it there and get to my husband's (last minute) doctor appointment, so we dropped it (the van) off at the kid's school until we could come back, took hub to the Dr., got a prescription for his Strep A condition, spent a half hour in Wal-Mart to fill the script, (never a good idea to meander in that place....never!), got the van, dropped it off, came home, ate lunch, went back to pick up the girls.  Then last night, the baby and Joe were up various times for various reasons, then Joe woke up today, not himself...we clued in on that when our usually up at 5:00/5:30am little man was still in bed at 7:00!  Then he didn't eat much today, he ended up with a fever of 100 degrees, he took a nap and I think the fever broke! He's been resting and lethargic all afternoon!  During nap time, Hubby decided to fix a hole in the living room ceiling (oh there's a good story on that, I'll fill you in another day!) and so the living room is all torn apart and basically the house is in shambles! ....and so it's homemade pita pizzas and a movie tonight - because it's also a pseudo Friday here as the girls are off school for the next five days!

So today's word was calm.  My picture for today (the first one above) was taken this afternoon - between bible study and picking the girls up from school.  I think it reflects calm nicely, but I also think it is a reflection of my heart these last few days.  The 'storm' is raging around us, oh, nothing major, these things happen and over all things are well (the van is fixed and the men folk will be okay) but it's still 'blustery' out.  But my heart is calm.  It's a warm cup of tea, soft candle light, sweet smells, and a delicious bite of pumpkin cookie (okay, not literally! lol!) while the winds howl around us.

But this calmness is not of my own.  No, it's from the comforting words of my husband, the wise counsel of friends (who have taught us the importance of an emergency fund for just such an occasion), from truths hidden in my heart, and more then anything, the calm in the storms of life, come from our Lord!

Even though I wonder at why He allows these things to come, that often it feels like, when it rains it pours, I know that He is in control!  My God loves us and cares for us and I know I can rest in that.  That is what calm truly looks like!

Tomorrow - Day 22 - A FAVOURITE PLACE


Oct 20, 2014

October Photo Challenge - Day 20 - 4 O'Clock

Ah 4'Oclock, that busy, chatty, organized chaosy, supper readying, family filled time of day!!  I really wanted to take a shot of the going ons in our house at this hour...but in the end I snapped a shot of the clock...the only thing that stands still, even if it's only for a minute, during that hour!

I had to laugh, as Bevy posted a similar image and post!  Her feelings differ slightly then mine but I imagine our households feel very much the same during this time of day.  Though most days, my hubby would be coming in the door with the older two gals - now, since he is on parental leave, either one of us is coming in or all of us - as he and I will often go pick the girls up from school together these days.

Wow - day 20 today people!! Only eleven days left!!  Hang in there, the time will fly by!

Tomorrow - Day 21 - CALM


Oct 19, 2014

October Photo Challenge - Day 19 - Letters

I don't always love the English language but I do love these 26 letters and all that they can do!

And as I was walking around my house, deciding what to take a picture of, I suddenly realized all the letters and words that I use in decorating my home!  The letter pictured above are from a stamp set that my hubby got me a couple of years ago.  I've broken them out a few times for helping to create a new piece of art...but I believe this is the first time that they were the art!

Tomorrow - Day 20 - FOUR O'CLOCK


Oct 18, 2014

October Photo Challenge - Day 18 - Made You Smile Today

...okay so first off...apparently photos of bananas in black and white...do not make people smile...or even comment for that matter - guessing those were not a hit among my readers eh?! Ah well, can't win 'em all! But I liked it...at least a whole lot more then I like to eat them!

Anywho....moving along....today's prompt...well that was hard because a lot of things made me smile today!!  But this moment, captured at a birthday party this afternoon, certainly had me grinning!

What I would have given for a birds eye view for this shot!!! 

Did any of you play with the parachute while in school?!  I remember it from way back! It was always a favourite thing for us kids and that seemed to ring true today!   Back then though, we used a beach ball but today there was a giant balloon!! The biggest balloon I have ever seen!  It was fantastic!!

But something today, that I did not smile about, was the fact that my hubby is sick!  He's never sick, never!  And last night he woke up feeling pretty bad and so he has spent most of the day in bed - other then when he mustered up the energy to come to the birthday part - but since he has spent most of the day in bed - I've had some pretty serious, "one on one" time with four special Littles that I love!

So what made me smile about each of them today....

I smile because of the baby, who loves her feet!  Not as much as I do, mind you, but it's adorable to watch her grab and pull and tug at them and all the while I know that all she wants to do is eat them!!!  Can you blame her?? Baby feet...nom, nom, nom!!!


I smile because of my boy and his new found love of colouring!!  Though throwing his crayons down into the basement seems to be more enjoyable then colouring, he still seems to like it - especially when Daddy colours with him!

I seriously had to smile because of my oldest two gals, as I asked to take a picture of them....and well...got the varied results you see here;

I smile because of my eldest.  Her sweet, innocent, joy filled approach to life is something we could all take lessons from!  And though she is certainly maturing and yes, there was not all smiles today between her and I (attitude already?!?!) she's a precious gem and I am learning more from her then I think she will ever learn from me!


And I smile because of my second little lady.  For her ability to strike a pose as soon as she sees the camera!  For her servant heart, pray-warrior attitude and love of hugs!!  She makes me smile because she loves to chatter so....but that chatter can often tire me out.....but...I know that she comes by it honestly...so what can you do?! Hahahah!


And like I said, today there were many things that made me smile!  No, not hubby being sick - we came home from the party and he went straight to bed...in fact he's still sleeping as I type this...and supper has long since been over and the kids in bed for over an hour...poor man!!  But over all is was a smile filled day - some reasons to smile today were captured by the camera...and others...they were just captured in my heart! ♥

Tomorrow - Day 19 - LETTERS



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