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farm & garden, moments, Winter

Surprise Snow Day

This December we were treated to a beautiful snow day. This happens so rarely in our little corner of the Deep South. The forecast said we might get a tiny bit, and so I told Harper not to get her hopes up too much. The next morning she woke up just after dawn and ran to look out the window. She came dashing back in to the bedroom and said “MAMA!!!! There’s SNOW ON THE GROUND and it’s everywhere!” I jumped up to go look (as I get as excited about seeing snow as she does!) and indeed, there was snow already sticking, and it was still coming down. We waited just until there was enough light out before heading out for the first play of the day.  We had some mishaps with the power going off and on all day, but all in all it was a wonderfully awesome day. We built a snowman, made snow cream, and snow angels. All the things we talk about when we daydream about snow. And if it doesn’t happen again for a few more years, we’ll have these sweet memories to look back on to hold us over. 

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fall, farm & garden, moments

October Fields

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”
-Katie Thurmes
Each year in the fall, the field in front of our home turns yellow with flowers. On this evening last October, as the sunset was just beginning and the golden light was just so beautiful, I ran inside and grabbed my camera and bribed my child with promises of a popsicle in return for a quick photo session in the flowers. 
She’s usually a willing participant for my picture taking, so we set off to the field, not even bothering to brush her tangly hair or wipe the dirt from her face. I wanted to capture her just as she is; a free spirit, a farm kid, living a mostly unplugged childhood. 
These are some of my most favorite pictures ever. They capture the essence of early fall on the farm.
moments, spring

Gone Fishing

Once upon a time, I used to add all my pictures from daily events, to birthdays, to crafts I was making, to Facebook’s albums; but lately the desire to even log in to fb has been very low. 

Over the last few years, I’ve migrated to Instagram, where it seems like the happy people go to play. Between the pictures, messages, & quotes, everyone seems to be so much more inspirational and uplifting on that platform.
The only caveat, is that the “story” is harder to tell with only one photo. And often, I have a whole collection of pictures to go with an event.
Rather than let these little memories get tucked away on a hard drive only to be viewed once or twice, if ever, I have found myself in this space again, wanting to share my pictures and a little story behind them. Mostly for myself. And for my mom (hi, mom) because I’m pretty sure we’re the only two here. 🙂 And of course, for my daughter. One day I hope she looks back here and sees a priceless recording of memories from her childhood. 
This little collection is from last weekend. We were all a bit tired and not feeling great, but we decided we’d been cooped up enough in the house, and Bill announced “let’s go fishing!” and it sounded like just the pick me up we needed.
We usually fish at our own lakes, and this evening we headed down to the big one to see what was biting. 
I fished a bit, but didn’t catch a single thing, so I sat back with my camera to capture the magic. Bill caught a ton of fish (filled up 1 1/2 buckets!) and Harper played to heart’s content with a paddle and some lures. Not a device or screen to be found to play with, she occupied herself for over two hours with just those things. 
Isn’t her crown just the cutest? Yes, she dressed herself. 
She decided to kick those socks and shoes off for a feet dip in the water, even though it was a bit chilly for that! Bill dipped her toes in. You’ll see her delight on her face! 








We spent the rest of the evening cleaning fish. We ate fish dinners for the next 3 days! Including frying up enough fish and hush puppies to go and share with Bill’s parents, and sister’s family.  I made a dessert and they prepared sides and we had the best dinner! I always love when we get to share a meal with family, and home grown and caught fish seem to make it even better. 
We’re already looking forward to our next trip. I’m hoping to put up enough fish to not have to purchase any at the store for the rest of the year! 

















farm & garden, moments, Winter

I have loved the stars….

We’ve had some very warm January nights. A few of them we’ve spent on the front porch, watching the moon rise and the stars appear. This particular night was so lovely, I ran inside to grab my camera and tripod to capture the beauty of it. 
I love watching the night sky. I’ve always felt that I “come alive” so to speak once the sun sets. My creativity seems to flourish and my mind starts spinning with ideas. 
One of my favorite quotes is listed in the title “I have loved the stars to fondly to be fearful of the night” by Sarah Williams. 
I hope you enjoy these photos. Perhaps they’ll encourage you to get out on that next starry night and find your own inspiration from the heavens! 


farm & garden, moments, Winter

Snow Day!

It’s not often we get a snow (or ice day) in the deep south. But last night Old Man Winter brought us a storm, and we woke up to an iced glazed farm. 
Harper and I didn’t even bother changing out of our pajamas; we just bundled up and headed outside to traipse in the ice before it melted. 
The animals were all curious about the cold stuff on the ground. Such a lovely morning! 

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