Blog Bonanza

Just for fun, I decided that I’d share with you all a few of my favorite blogs. No idea what kinds of tastes/interests are out there, but maybe you’ll find something you like as much as I do!

For funny spiritual stuff:

For serious, challenging spiritual stuff:

For challenging, funny spiritual stuff:

*There is a bit of a language warning with this one – but if you can get past that, she’s got some really amazing things to say!

For photography:

For photography and scrapbooking stuff :

For Project Life, photography, and crafty stuff:

For the yummiest-looking recipes ever:


Have fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with a “Been Thinking About” post. See you then!


So I know that some of my friends and/or family think that I am slightly crazy when it comes to the projects I take on with my pictures.

I started scrapbooking when we moved to camp, because that is what ladies do here on Monday nights, and I’ve always kind of enjoyed that kind of thing. So I decided to make a scrapbook of our first year here at camp.

It has over 100 pages in it. I won’t be doing that again with the pictures from any of our other years here, because… that would be crazy.

Then I started blogging, at first on the camp blog, and I wrote “365 Things I Love About Camp” and took a ton of pictures all year for that. Won’t do that again, either. It was fun while it lasted, but it was a pretty time-consuming commitment.

My project for this year was something called “Project Life.

It’s this big kit that I bought, and the idea is that you take a picture every day for a year, and write down something about that picture on a little card, and put everything all together in one big book. And I have loved it. I can’t keep a journal worth anything, but I can write little cards. And I can take pictures!

People think it sounds hard to take one picture a day, but really, I’ve got small children in the house. I’m taking pictures all the time, anyway. If I happen to miss a day, I take pictures of my favorite food, or the shoes I’m wearing all the time, or the books I’m reading, or a room in our house and what it looks like right now, or anything that would work for any day.

And when this year is over, I will have all of my pictures, plus my journaling, in one (honkin’ huge) book. I already love looking back to the beginning of the year, because Kaylia has changed so much, and it’s just interesting to remember life stuff, even from a few months ago. (That makes it sound like I just lounge around on my couch all day, looking at pictures of our family, but I don’t. Really. I’m too busy taking more pictures…)

Anyway. I’ve started a new project. It’s called “A Week in the Life.” It could possibly drive my family nuts by the end of the week. We’ll see. The idea is that you take a picture of everything you do all day, for a week straight.

I took 140 pictures yesterday. Which sounds like an insane amount, but it isn’t my fault. Think about it – I’m taking pictures of a very active and unpredictable toddler, a girl with a mind of her own who has decided she doesn’t want her picture taken anymore (wonder why??? 🙂 ) and a husband who loves to make really dumb faces in pictures to wreck them. And then I have to keep taking pictures until I get a good one.

See? Not my fault. So out of those 140 pictures, I deleted at least half of them.

And today, I only took 50! And deleted a bunch of those, too.

So, why would I do something like this? There are a number of reasons:

1) The life we live right now is not a normal one. Someday, when we’re living somewhere else and have a totally different kind of lifestyle, I want our girls to remember this time, and the unique schedule that we have right now.

2) I love the challenge of capturing pictures of things I don’t normally take pictures of. And I want to remember this stuff forever.

3) It’s all going to go into a pretty little book, and the whole project just brings joy to my life, for whatever weird reason. (My sister says, “Why would I want to remember, 20 years from now, what I ate today??” I don’t know! Maybe it will be interesting by then!)

So, for anyone who’s curious what kind of pictures I’ve taken so far, here’s a peek:


Reading “A Little Princess” to Anika:

Afternoon yoga:

Hanging pictures in Kaylia’s room:

Stew for supper:

Supper dishes:


Driving to the city:

Physiotherapy appointment:

Grocery shopping:

Filling up gas before the drive home:

Sitting in the van:

Bags of groceries to clean up:

Favorite Things Right Now Part 2

Ha! Today isn’t my birthday. I thought today was the 11th. So, tomorrow is the actual day. In the meantime, here’s another batch of favorites:

7)This Book

It’s the kind that makes me squirm and feel uncomfortable and convicts me and inspires me to change. And I’m only on chapter 5! Who knows what will happen to me by the end of it?!

8)  Scrapbooking

I’m not doing as much of it right now, but when I have the time and energy, it is still something that I love to do, and is a creative outlet for me.

9) Grapefruit Seed Extract!

Okay, I realize that this is a weird one. But for anyone out there who likes to deal with stuff “naturally”, this is the best. It does everything. Around here, we use it for diaper rash, aiding digestion, disinfecting, and gargling to get rid of a sore throat. (Seriously, it works SO much better than salt water.) It is cheap, and if you google it, you will be amazed as to how many different things it can be used for. Basically everything. It has become a very important part of my everyday life in this last year. Weird, I know.

10) Heartland!

I am really loving Heartland right now. We don’t watch movies, we don’t get TV out here, we just watch Heartland. I realize that it’s cheesy, but it’s also wholesome and clean. And it makes me want to wear a cowboy hat and boots, and ride horses, even though I hate them.

11) Matt’s Bean Dip

This is another one of my favorite things to eat right now. And extremely easy to make – Matt taught me how.

Bean Dip

Open a can of kidney beans, dump them in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Drain most of the water, mash them up, and mix in cumin and salt to taste. I love eating it with corn chips, red peppers and cucumbers. Very yummy!

12) Making Floral Arrangements!

Another new thing for me this year! My mom wanted one for their house in Sebring, so we tackled that project while we were down there on vacation, and it was so much fun! Then Ben’s mom found out, and wanted one too, so we came up with the 3 in this picture, and that was fun, too! (A little stressful because of the size, and I kind of bit off more than I could chew, but we survived, and I learned a lot!) My next project will be doing one for our house, so it was nice that the moms were willing to be the guinea pigs!