a NEW awareness of gratitude – Day 19


Happy November 19th!  I am grateful for the touch of a child’s arms around my neck as they squeeze with all their tiny little might!

Have a great day! Find something NEW to be grateful for!


a NEW reflection photo of my week #50


Reflection.  Such a good thing! This bridge was just outside our hotel room in Portland, Oregon last week.  I hope this photo will remind me to stop and reflect more often.

Also…I’ve been very excited lately to learn some close friends and family are expecting babies soon.  I LOVE children!  They are such a blessing!…and I whole-heartedly agreed with this video’s message:

Having Children In Faith

Happy Sunday!  Do or learn something NEW!






a NEW exploring experience

exploritorium {source}

I’m SUPER excited to do some NEW exploring in the next several months! I’ll be volunteering at at NEW exhibit in our area that’s all about exploring science and art. It’s a traveling exhibit and last week I went to a training so I could help “facilitate” learning when I volunteer. The trainers were from The Exploritorium in San Francisco and they did a really good job!

Have any of you been to The Exploritorium in SF? It’s now on my list for when we visit there next (not sure when that will be! :o)  But I went to their website and poked around.  It looked like they have some fun online activities and a couple of free apps for iPad that I’m going to check out.

So, it will be a fun NEW experience to watch children (and others)  explore at this new exhibit! It’s called  “The Tinkering Exhibit” and it’s  VERY hands-on!  I’m gonna have FUN!  What NEW thing will you do or learn today?  Hope it’s an awesome day!

NEW Photo of my week #12

lamp post with aspens

As I left for my Sunday shoot this morning, I mentioned to my hubby that I hoped to get some good shots from the car!  So when I returned, he asked me if I had to get out of the car.  The answer was…..yes……once!  I love, loVE, LOVE these statues of children!  To  me, they express the joy that children are in our lives!  I thought it was interesting, since these two statues were in totally separate locations on my Sunday shooting drive this morning!  Best wishes for a great week ahead, everyone!

children statuemother daughter statue

Linking to:

Simple As That

Sunny Simple Life

Project Alicia’s Wordless Wednesdays

NEW snowman ideas


It’s snowing!….Still!  :o)  We’ve had a few days of this white stuff, and I’ve noticed more than a few snowmen in my travels.  My wonderful neighbor, a man (I’m guessing in his late 60’s), was out building a snowman on Saturday with his grandchildren.  In prior years, I’ve seen him across the street building one all by himself!  He’s COOL like that! :o)  Then I saw a few really great snowmen ideas on my travels around the internet, so I thought I’d share.   How fun are these???







Try building something NEW with your white stuff today!  (If you’re lucky enough to have some)  Happy Tuesday!