"If you want to communicate value and love, listen to another's stories. If you want to feel valued and loved, spend time with someone who will listen to yours." ~D. Voccola
There are so many things to consider when you downsize.
I had no idea just how much demolition it would take!
We survived the first month!
I never thought of writing as a career choice.
My mom always said if you want to get a job done, give it to a busy person.
Summer is wrapping up.
Such special moments this week.
We are a little late in posting our May photos!
Well, there's nothing like a deadline to get us moving here at The Boxmoor!
I love books and babies.
I want to be the grandmother that leaves stories for her grandchildren to tell.
Our three-week trip out West cost less than I thought. And it was worth every penny!
elections, eats, enos: enough
We just keep making memories.
To me, the best part of any event is the staging.
It was Easter with family and friends.
simple things, as always
You can't stop a bird from landing on your head, but you can stop it from making a nest there.
We love books and want to share some of our favorites that you may not be familiar with.
Bennett, bands, and breakfast: The Bs have it this week.
So, your friend has written a book.
Her room is neat again now that she is back at college.
When children are young, it is easy to provide the right conditions for walking in perceived truth.
Snow made us smile this week, along with art, of course.
Since the first couple weeks of school, I've been drawing on the dry erase board on my dorm door.
I've never been a planner kind of girl.
Things we must always do: eat, swim, and have adventures.
Every year I vow to not bring one more Christmas item into the house.
Lots of smiles this week.
Fall is our favorite season for so many reasons.
Jett turned five and we partied in Neverland.
We love expressing ourselves through art.
Cabin, College, and Camping
I've been away at college for a month, and all I have to say is I'm in love. The people, the place, the community, the atmosphere, everything.
This weekend was jammed pack with Jett's fifth birthday party, Arts in the Park, and a surprise visit from the college girl.
So many moments times three.
Are you wondering what to get the photography buffs in your family? Well, look no farther.
Treasures, treasures everywhere.
I have a few regrets in life, one being that I never learned geography when I was young--you know, when my mind was sharp.
from preschool to college this week
I really am not enjoying the aging process all that much.
Food, Fun, and Flowers
College, Camp Concert, and Chattanooga.
Since the accident I have made a point to display a lot more pictures and art.
I will be seeing my youngest, Tessa, off to college this week, which has made me very reminiscent and maybe a little weepy.
And here is what we are up to.
I'm at a place in my creative life where I am figuring out who I am as a photographer.
This weekend I hosted a Campstameet, which is basically an Instameet and a camping trip smashed together in a gigantic mess of epic-ness.
Summer is winding down, and we don't like it one little bit.
Sometimes you land on a blog, and you end up staying much longer than you planned.
We all kind of went our separate ways this past week.
I pride myself on being clever, and I do not make any apologies about it.
Today we are sharing a story that has inspired all three of us. We hope it does the same for you.
Has anyone every told you that you are an inspiration?
One of the great advantages of having two households under one roof is the convenience it provides when it comes to borrowing--especially food items.
We experienced a lot in the past week or so. Some might say entirely too much.
July unleashes a ton of emotions for us, but we realize that life still goes on and on and on.
It really didn't seem appropriate to post on any random topic this week. It's been three years.
The stories of summer 2015 continue.
We, like most people, get sick of the same old meals.
Summer fun continues.
We love to thrift, but we also love to shop-see (kind of like sightsee) in order take in the latest trends in fashion and decorating.
Several weeks ago, we tried to encourage you to add characters to your stories by talking to strangers.
Well, we're over a week into this thing I'm calling #thewestquest2015 and I must say it's been pretty amazing thus far. From sand dunes, to trips to New Mexico, to meeting amazing people it's kept us busy.
Photos from California, Arizona, and Tennessee this week!
The list of shows that either all or one of us have watched from beginning to end as best we can remember in no particular order is as follows:
The three of us have recently taken male companions with us on our trips. And they have not been our significant others.
Whose idea was it to limit the photos to three a week?
I learned a lot this week. Lord, have mercy.
The memories made on and the stories generated from family vacations are some of our favorites.
So much is changing all at once and my heart wants to burst with the fullness of it all. My class graduated today.
The crazy, busy week continues. Today, Michael, the oldest son/brother, gets married to Hannah. And on Tuesday, Tessa and I leave on our three-week quest to the West! I can't wait to share those photos!
Who doesn't love Pinterest? It's a happy place!
My family came this weekend for Tessa's graduation.
It's a busy week at the Boxmoor with graduation celebrations, fun in the sun, and preparing for the wedding next week.
We are all suckers for before and after photos of rooms, closets, painting projects, weight-loss, hairdos, etc.
If you believe that, then it just makes sense to live in one--even a small one.
Three things that made us smile this week.
We are all avid readers. From fluff to philosophical, we read it all.
If you want to make a memory, talk to a stranger.
We stuck pretty close to home this week.
If you aren't growing, you aren't really living. That's how we feel about it.
We are collectors of treasures.
We are delighted that you are here.
POSTS IMPORTED FROM OUR OTHER BLOGS
Jett is so easy to photograph. Between his adorable face, his hair, and his attitude, it's a win-win.
We become who we are because of the passions we hold and the people who believe (and sometimes those who don't believe) in those passions.
Now talent is an interesting topic. Most people--and I am one of them--are impressed with four main areas of talent: art, music, sports, and academics.
It was Thanksgiving, 1980. I had a three-year-old and a six-week-old baby; and for some strange reason, I volunteered to host Thanksgiving for my husband's family.
What I now conclude is that cleaning out emotional clutter takes a fair amount of courage, a good bit of introspection--and, of course, the grace of God.
I want to live an uncluttered life.
It is a lot harder than it sounds. I don't really understand why making and keeping things simple is so complicated and challenging. Simple should just be that: simple.
Am I the only one who finds it difficult to just say "thank you" when somebody offers a compliment? For years my husband has told me that I cannot take a compliment. And I suppose he's right.
GET YOUR CHRISTMAS ON 2015 POSTS
We have more ideas for the kids in your life!
Well, because I have failed you greatly this week, I am going to bless you big time with today's post because it's going to be a three-in-one!
Kelly and I came up with 25 things to stuff in those stockings!
This week's goal is to make plans to celebrate Advent.
I am thrilled to pieces because things are getting done!
It is already week seven, and if you are sticking with the plan, you should be well on your way to a stress-free Christmas this year.
This week, we get to have a little fun and start Christmas crafting!
We cannot believe how much we are accomplishing with Christmas on our minds so early!
This is week three and it's going to leave you with plenty of time to keep working your lists.
Your challenge this week--should you choose to accept it--is to work the lists, specifically the gift and craft ones.