Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Decorating Your House with Yard Sale Finds

When we first purchased our home, finances were allotted to new homeowner expenses and  renovations that were so desperately needed.  Moving into a house with more square footage made our current furnishings look so inadequate.

Today's find: Set of 2 Gold Peacocks

The cure for a small decorating budget?  YARD SALES!!!!!

Two years later, I am still at it.  In fact, my daughter really enjoys it too, and it's become our time to hang out together.  Just the two of us on a Saturday morning. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Growing Vegetables in the Backyard

It's been so wonderful cooking dinner with vegetables from my own yard.  Feels so fresh and organic.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Earthquake Casualty

So we had a medium-sized earthquake recently.  We live near the epicenter and were quite rocked by all the little aftershocks.  Not a big deal compared to Chile or Japan, but when I grabbed my camera to get a shot of a picture of my family getting picked up by a school bus to head off on a fun birthday adventure, I was shocked!  Apparently, my camera fell off the shelf during the earthquake.  So bummed! 

Friday, February 28, 2014

10 Years

It rains very little in Southern California, but 10 years ago, we managed to get married on the rainiest day of the year.  Although it was challenging for our photographer, it made for a very romantic honeymoon  :)

10 years later, we managed to find ourselves in the biggest storm of the year!  We were, however,  able to enjoy the sunset on the first night of our stay.

We will have to come back to enjoy the beach another time :) 

This is the very same bluff where I said yes to his proposal.  
The scenery may look untouched but much transformation has occurred within the two of us.  Not just more wrinkles around the eyes or thinning of the hair, but a real appreciation for one another.  Life has brought us added responsibilities, loss of a parent, little hearts to shepherd...circumstances that have challenged us to truly get to know one another for who we really are good or bad.  And we hold each other close on this bluff and the smiles on our faces don't show two people who are giddy to start something new together, but one unit who are living life and loving one another.  Love you Mi Amor!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

With a Brimming Heart

 With a brimming heart, I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving!  We have been graced with a marriage that has seen its share of growing pains but is burgeoning into a union of increased understanding and forgiveness.  Laughter and joy from little hearts who share in the toil of growing together as one unit.  Health that causes little worry in its maintenance.  Physical needs met with comfort in this season.  And most of all, a precious Savior who does not see it a small thing to be concerned with all the details of our lives.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Autumn Mantle

 Still putting some finishing touches on my mantle and photographing in terrible lighting.  What can I say, I get my best inspiration in the late hours.  

My mom keeps giving me orange pumpkins.  She's very traditional in her decorating, so when she saw my blue and brown pumpkins, I could tell she was biting her tongue. 

Always love to have some elements of nature.

This season reminds me of how so very blessed we are our home. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Summer Vacation

 My family loves camping.  My husband enjoys being in the outdoors.  He grew up in the Northwest and counts endless tales of running through forests and climbing trees.  So camping in the mountains is a paradise for him.  My children, of course, are following in his affinity for nature as they find themselves at one with the rocks and the trees and the squirrels.  I on the other hand, don't do the best job hiding my antipathy of having a perpetual layer of dirt on me at all times or of still having to fulfill my duties of cooking and cleaning with one burner, a faucet and a bucket.  But I do understand their enchantment with the outdoors and am willingly to open up my heart to learn to "delight" right alongside them.  Afterall, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me...Philippians 4:13.

This summer, however, we came to a happy medium.  As much as my husband loves the mountains, I love the ocean.  So we packed up our camping gear and headed about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara to a place called Gaviota State Park

Honestly, I was the one fighting to stay when my husband said we were leaving one day early. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012


I have purposely been avoiding my blog for the last few months.  Even as I begin this post, the tears are welling up in my eyes.  I suppose it's because this blog has been a place for me to document the journey that we had been on with my Dad's illness.  We celebrated a wonderful Christmas together and New Years.  Things got so busy from that point on, that finding time to blog was next to impossible.  My beloved father went to be with Jesus on February 8th.  It was a glorious transition from our embrace into the everlasting arms of our heavenly Father.  I am sad, but the assurance that he is in eternity with Jesus is comforting.

Looking at this picture, reminds me of how much I wanted to make every touch count because I knew our days were numbered.  My feeble attempts still leave me with the yearning to hug him once more.  

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dark Valleys

Sometimes in the valleys that we walk through, there are areas that get so dark that you cannot even see those that are standing beside you.  I'm in a valley right now, and I can't seem to see anyone beside me.  I know that I am not alone, and because of the Lord's great comfort, strength and joy, I have not felt fear.  He is illuminating my way.

For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me...Psalm 23:4c

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path...Psalm 119:105

My Dad had brain surgery this week.  He hemorrhaged another time but he is recovering very well.  I have not had a chance to put our Thanksgiving pictures up or our preparations for Christmas.  We have been going through the Jesse Tree.  Will try to update soon.  Please keep our family in your prayers.