Weekending || A Change of Pace

Several months ago I read something that truly struck the blogging chord in me. Sadly, I cannot remember where I read what I read, but it still runs through my mind to this day. The author said something about how each blog post was, to her, a work of art. 'Yes!', I stammered out loud in agreement. I didn't take her words as prideful or perfectionistic ones. Rather, her words seemed to carry full intentionality, a conscious care for even simple tasks like stringing words together or capturing memories of her children through a lens. But here's the problem with those artful posts-- they take time.  

Over the last several weeks, I've found myself spending more hours here than I'd like. And it always goes something like this-- I think that I've captured a slew of beautiful images and then I sit down and think 'these really aren't anything special!'. Or, I happily discover that the northwest lighting gods (oh, I kid!) smiled upon me and the pictures are wonderful but the words won't come. There I sit. And sit. And twirl my hair some more.



I love to write, mostly because I am not a talker. Oh, I'm a talker, but I'm not a talker. You know what I mean, right? It's like my synapses begin to stutter the minute I open my mouth. Writing is so much easier. I love that backspace button and time is on my side. Or is it? I wholeheartedly agree with the unfindable author's words above. I, however odd it might be to some, find joy in creating artful blog posts. But I'd like to change the pace around here for a little while. I've decided to post only once a week over the next couple of months (with maybe an extra Project 52 or Heart Art post thrown in here and there!), partly because I think a few extra evening hours would benefit my family at this time and mostly because busyness and traveling are headed our way! (Have I mentioned how over-the-moon excited I am about our upcoming trip down the Oregon + California coast? So! Excited!)




So, I guess all that is left to say is this: thank you. Thank you for following along here and sharing life with me and for understanding my need to catch a deep breath away from the keyboard. I'll see you next Monday!

p.s. Congratulations to Becky Richied, the winner of the Easy Canvas Prints giveaway!
p.s.s. This past weekend, we ventured to a new-to-us hiking spot literally only twenty minutes from our doorstep. On Saturday, I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of God's creation!

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  1. What a beautiful place!! If you get time on your trip down the coast, would love to meet up with you!

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    1. Amy, yes! That park is breathtaking and literally in our 'backyard'. We would love to see as many people as we can. We haven't exactly planned out every day yet, but I know we'll end up in San Francisco and then make our way back, via I-5. We'll keep you posted : )

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  2. LOVE...the photos....and that last one of Graeme cheesing it up on the log is absolutely adorable! Can't wait to kiss those cheeks and ruffle that hair! Jobie is going to get his cheeks eaten off too! 11 days!!!!!! xoxo

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    1. ((lucky duck)) : <>

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    2. Barb,
      We are very excited about getting off the airplane and spending time with you all! You might want to pencil in a nap for the day after we leave-- these boys will keep you busy : )

      p.s. Erin, we are very, very lucky ducks!

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  3. Have great trips!! Look forward to hearing about & seeing about them. :)

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    1. Danielle,
      Thank you! We plan to-- although, I am really dreading the flights. I'm travelling alone with the boys and I am tired just thinking about it! : ) I probably won't have a free hand for a chai either, so looks like it's time to put my big girl panties on and deal with it, ha! : )

      p.s. I plan to share lots and lots of pictures. Cannot wait!

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  4. About once a week, at some point, I have a little moment where I feel very sentimental and wish I had kept up with my blog. To think it's hanging out there, collecting world wide cobwebs, and not proclaiming the dailiness of our lives, makes me sad. But there has been such a freedom in letting it sit on the shelf for a (long) while. Like when I gave up facebook, instagram, and blogs completely for one whole week (whoopie)--but was surprised at how very freeing that week was for me--made me realize it was what was needful. For right now. And I know you're not closing this "book" or anything, but although your frequency will be missed...it is good. :) I'm glad to know I'm not the only one to not be able to spit out a post in 45 seconds. :) And in due time, life will turn another corner, and we will know just what to do. Because the road signs always help us.

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    1. I knew it. I *knew* you would get this.
      I love you, friend!

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    2. I am learning to graciously say no (often to myself), and finding that more is not always best. xo

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    3. I love that you are steps ahead of me in this journey of life-- mothering especially. Thankful for this space to share thoughts and encouragement too! Love to you today!

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  5. I always appreciate your posts -- their honesty and beauty alike. I find I go through phases with blogging, times with many words and then other times with a only select few. The ebb and flow mimics real life in that way. Just keep on! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Bethany,
      Thank you so much. Your words about blogging are so true and I couldn't agree more about the ebb and flow mimicking real life. Thank you for the encouragement to keep on keepin' on : ) And, thank you for your sharing space too!

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  6. Sarah, I will miss your frequent blogs but I understand the need to catch your breath. You are a blessing to follow and I enjoy how you share your life, thoughts, and memories being made with your precious family. Looking forward to your next post!

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    1. Thank you so much for understanding! I appreciate that so much about my friends and readers and take a lot of encouragement from it as well. Give Nana a hug from us!

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  7. I love this. I love the writing, the photos, and the thoughts that you so beautifully share. Seriously, you inspire me and remind me of the beauty that is in front of and around me--the life that goes on without me when I spend time behind my computer screen (that's not to say that blogging and such aren't beautiful!).

    p.s. Your upcoming trip sounds amazing. The coast + roadtrips are two of my favorite things. :)

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    1. Kiki,
      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! I think we've talked, or typed!, about Ann Voskamp's book before, but seriously, that book has been such a gift during the last couple of months. It has definitely challenged me to see the beauty of 'now' and to thank God for all of it.

      p.s. Can't wait to share photos of our coast trip! Ah! So excited!

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  8. Love your pictures from the hike! I always enjoy your perspective and eye...simply beautiful.

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  9. Hello,
    I just saw on here that I won this giveaway, I didn't see this until now!! This is great news!! Please let me know what I need to do to get this..You are awesome for having this giveaway! my email is classy_mommie@yahoo.com

    Becky :)

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    1. Becky! Yes! I will forward your email on to Easy Canvas Prints-- you should be hearing from them soon! So happy for you!

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    2. Thank you so much...I look forward to it...and thank you so much for your generosity :)

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    3. I wanted to check back and find out when or if they had already sent this email to me, I have been checking everyday including my spam folder and I haven't seen it yet...just don't want to miss it :) Thanks :)
      Becky
      classy_mommie@yahoo.com

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    4. Becky! I feel so terrible! We have been traveling over the last couple of weeks and my internet has been here and there. Tonight, I will email them and you should hear from them on Monday. If not, let me know! I'm doing another giveaway with them on Monday, so I'll be in contact with them a lot over the next couple of weeks. So I'll make sure you get your canvas! : ) So sorry about the delay!

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  10. Hello :)
    I am sorry to say that I still haven't received any email. I have been watching pretty closely :)
    Thanks
    Becky

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    1. Becky!

      This makes me so sad! I've sent two emails and will send another today and will copy you on the email! Hoping this gets resolved for you ASAP so that you can enjoy a canvas!

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  11. I did receive a copy on that email you did send but I haven't heard back from them so I wanted to check and see if you had?? I so hate to be a bother just trying to follow up and excited to get a pic of my grandkids for my walls :) thanks for keeping me in the loop.
    Becky

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    1. Becky,

      I think I am going to just write Olivia, which is who I worked with for the most recent giveaway with ECP. I still haven't heard back either, on the other email, which is really strange. I've always had wonderful service from ECP, but this has totally stumped me. Olivia, on the other hand, is incredibly kind and I'm betting she'll get to the bottom of it tomorrow! : ) I'll keep you on the email thread that I send as well!

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  12. Yay! Becky! I had an idea that Olivia would take care of it for you! So glad that it's been resolved!

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  13. yay!!! thank you so much I am very appreciative that you didn't give up :) and I thank Olivia also :) now for my choice for pic :) LOL

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