Hey moms, how was your summer?
Ours was fabulous! Except if I had to be more specific, the best words to describe are probably, um….long, dry, hot, messy, chaotic, and boring. You’d think that boredom and chaos would cancel each other out, but they don’t. Haha, sigh! The plain truth is that 1) Thane started a new job and was traveling quite a bit 2) there was no fun-filled family vacation to the beach + suburban dry-rot was at an all time high 3) there just wasn’t much we could get out and do between the crazy heat and the hectic nature of having all four kids home. In other words, it was a just-get-through-the-day, every day, kind of summer.
A PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIAL BY SARAH KELLER
Hello photo-taking parents! I’m excited to write about one of my all-time favorite topics; how to take better indoor photos of your children. As a stay at home mom with four young kids, we take a lot of photos inside our home because naturally that’s where we spend most of our time. Indoor photography can be challenging though. For those of you who love photographing your children but are struggling to capture pictures that you really love, this is for you!
It’s no secret that winter is not my favorite thing, but this year I’m taking a little more time to enjoy the abundance of indoor time by reading. Like, actual books and articles–not just social media captions, hahaha! I just finished reading a full novel for the first time in years, and now I can’t wait to get the library or dig through my dusty stash to find another one. I forgot how much I enjoyed a good story! So, in case you’re looking for some good reading material to keep you occupied, here are a handful that I’ve been busy with lately. I’ve mentioned some of these in other places recently, sorry for the redundancy.
For so long it felt like art was just something I didn’t have the time for–and frankly, I didn’t. But this is what fuels me; actively appreciating all the beauty that God created in His world, and using the gift of artistry that He gave me for His glory in whatever simple, humble ways I can. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate those of you who’ve encouraged me to keep painting by commissioning work from me. Mothers and busy people of the world–do everything you can to make time to enjoy your passions and gifts!
Here we are, smack-dab in the dead of winter again, but praise God that winter in the mid-west is proving to be a pretty tolerable one. I couldn’t help but think of Genesis 8:21, the promise of the seasons. January through March is always hard on me, but without these months I suppose I wouldn’t appreciate all of the other ones nearly as much.
As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night,
shall not cease.
It’s been a curl-up-with-a-good-book kind of month, with a few unseasonably warm t-shirt wearing days and enough sunshine to keep the winter blues away. I haven’t taken many photos this month, we’re sort of cooped up in our little coat, boot, hat, glove cluttered, candlelit house–I’m convinced that lit candles are one of the few indoor glories of winter, so I’ve had mine going for the better part of the days. And we’re finally out of a month long bout of sicknesses and just taking life one day at a time.
For all of you out there who’ve waited, pined, nearly died, and are at-this-moment on the very razor edge of your seats for a vegan chocolate milk recipe, this is for you.
Haha, yes, I do realize that maybe one person is interested…perhaps nobody. All the same, I feel compelled to share this recipe because this frothy almond & date & cocoa flavored vegan chocolate milk is my afternoon indulgence and it is so easy and so totally guilt-free! I’m not sure where this recipe comes from, but I tried it for the first time years ago when a family member made it for me. But I’ll be honest with you, the first time I had it I thought it was terrible. Like, really bad.