Showing posts with label Finding Beauty In It. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Finding Beauty In It. Show all posts

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Internal Struggle of Homemaking

Okay. Don't pass out. Yes, I realize it has been since last September that I posted at this blog. Oh, I wish I could promise more, but alas, life is full ... and pulling me in new and beautiful directions.

But, I just had to share this post with my WorthWalkingToward subscribers. It is a post I wrote over at my new and bustling-busy blog: Fieldstone Hill Design. I really think it will bless you, if you have ever struggled with the balance between making a home, and helping others who don't even have a home!!!

Here is just a part of the post. I invite you to click over to the actual post here, and you might even want to subscribe so that you can follow along with the series.


I am so excited to dive into my new series: "Overcoming Decorating Paralysis." You can read all about the concepts I will be tackling in the intro post here. I think we are going to learn a lot from each other!

This one is wordy. Bear with me as I hash this out...
Before I go on.

I have something I want to share that I don't want to dance around:

I want to tell you what I really truly think about decorating.

1. I love it with a passion. So much so that I write about it and work on it almost every day.

and, also:

2. It is a totally unnecessary luxury, one with which me must strive to seek careful balance.


For two solid years I wrestled with God about even writing this blog and sharing my business with "the world" {*smile* that's you!}.

Why the struggle?

For one, I have seen desperate poverty with my own eyes. Fed people under bridges. Stared in the eyes of begging children. Heard from orphans. Seen small children walk through sewage and live in filth. And even here, in America. And through God's grace, He has not allowed me to forget a single one of these things. I know, from the depths of my being, how insignificant home decorating is in the grandest scheme of things.

And secondly, I believe to my core, and daily hope to live, these things:

"Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred." - {from the Bible, Proverbs 15:17}

"“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - {from the Bible, Matthew 6:19-21}

I don't believe we should live casually by these truths, but deeply and intentionally.

Hence, my wrestle... Would Fieldstone Hill be glorifying the very things that moth and rust destroy? The answer is: it could. It certainly could. And on some days... it probably does. And worse. It has probably discouraged someone. Or frustrated someone. Or defeated someone.

To read the rest of this post, please click HERE.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

playing in the snow

my hubby had a 2 hour delay at work today. Have you ever heard of anything so wonderful... for an engineer, I mean??
because his company is amazing, and they care that kids also had a delay. {you see, God blessed our trials in amazing ways, and continues to bless us... especially with more time together! you know, to live this thing. the best blessing!}

so. while Matt was home, I bundled up, and headed out to play - with my new camera - in the snow!

..................I'm really still learning, but I had fun playing anyway.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Capture them. today.

You cannot imagine how God has blessed our family during our current time of trial, in SO many tangible and intangible ways.  I have been vague about what has happened, out of respect to my family, but I will be sharing more over the next week or so;
For one reason, and one reason alone:
To give God the Glory He is due.

All this to say, one of the ways that God has blessed my family during this time, believe it or not, has been through winning two huge things. I know that sounds crazy. But it is true.

Since the rug got pulled out from under us, and money has been tight (too tight to give Christmas gifts or buy a much-needed camera), I have actually won an iPad and a complete family photo-session with all photos included. The iPad made my hubby really happy, but , I... I was thrilled about the photo session. It is actually what I wanted for my anniversary gift from Matt before this all went down.  But instead, we got it as a gift from God. No price-tag attached.

Any mother knows that nothing replaces the gift of a captured memory. Nothing. Time with these little ones is far too fleeting.

So, today, I am writing to brag on Amy of Allenaim Photography, the sweetest, most amazing, talented photographer. She did not ask me to blog about her, or go on and on about her! But I can't help it. I just think that her work is amazing and I hope her business grows. 'Cause, she rocks.
But I don't have to tell you about. You can see it for yourself.

seriously. amazing.

One of my favorite things about our photo session was that it was actually an amazing family memory. We had SO. MUCH. FUN!

Thank you, Amy! May you and your family be richly blessed.
And thanks be to God for Your Provision. You are the Only Thing Worth Walking Toward! And You are just. so. cool.

And if you need to catch up on taking some treasured family photos, click here to hop over and visit Amy's Allenaim blog or here to visit her website, and bask in her talent.
Capture those fleeting moments.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Inspired to paint.

I need to find some time...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Have you met my Third Child?

The minute I laid eyes on her, I knew she belonged to me.
That she was a part of me.
That I always knew her....

And, while I will never have to stop 'changing her diapers,'
I will always love her.

For her deep, rich history.
For her inspiration.
For her purity.
For her warmth and her shade.
For the creativity she stirs in me.

Our third child:: our home:
Fieldstone Hill.

For more posts about our home, Fieldstone Hill, click away:

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A gift I rarely use

I am rediscovering, slowly but surely, my love for painting.

I am newly-discovering my love for painting flowers.

Here is the flower I painted for Tammy's wedding present:
I miss painting.
With each passing year, I promise myself that I will paint more....
but alas. It does not seem to happen.

Maybe now that I need to be more resourceful, I should start up again.
.... ah, but they are not called "starving artists" for no reason.

But I am longing for some canvas time. where I can study each detail of God's beautiful creation.

{While on the subject of Tammy's wedding...
I thought I would throw in this picture of me and my precious sis.
Her wedding.... was just awesome.
I have not had that much fun in years.
I am so happy for you, Tam.}

Do tell.

What joy or gift do you have that you rarely get a chance to use?

Do you miss it??

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Come to our creek

It may be 100 degrees today,

but our creek is always cold........

would you like to come over and dip in your feet with us?

Psalm 1:2-4 "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My first "Walking the Runway": Copy Couture

I love Beautiful things. It seems to be a part of my soul to seek beauty in my surroundings.

With God's help alone, I don't covet them... I just seek to copy them with the best of my God given abilities.
And when it comes to copying clothing, I try my best: preferably with T.J. Maxx finds, mixed with a very few full price accessories.

All this to say that, in the event that you too love to find the Beauty in all things...
and you like to copy Haute Couture and Haute Design on a shoestring, may I offer up some of the things that inspire me?

I am SO going to copy these:

I love this entire easy to emulate. And I am officially on the hunt for high platforms with classic brown leather strappy-ness:
check out the stunning belt with a basic drab cotton jacket. Shorts and heels are for the brave:
wow. not sure I can pull it off, but I LOVE it. Drapey jacket with short clingy dress and belt:
Ralph Lauren:
there are those heels again. I love the ease of this outfit. who knew it was runway??:
so. I would personally go with a bra. but I adore the basic tee with the silk fatigue pants and brown belt. I have a pair from Target that would be perfect (not so flowy); A very do-able look!:
not sure what I will be able to copy from this look, but you had better believe that if T.J.Maxx has orange suede thigh boots, I will seriously consider it:
I love everything about this look, but I especially adore the chain necklace, a gold top (maybe not a bikini, per se), and the orange belt. LOVE IT:
soooo..... are you going to copy any of these?

p.s. this post was inspired by the Cup of Couture posts of this beautiful lady!!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Just dreaming....

My mind is ready for some rest.
for some warmth.

I am ready to be saturated in beauty.

I am dreaming.....
of vacation.

And this is where I wish I could be right this moment.......


maybe again someday .....