Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New School Year for Teachers

As the new school year begins, I find myself in contemplation quite often.
I feel myself rapidly approaching a new phase of life. 
I've been reflecting on the pasts 5 years since graduating from college and getting married, and I was thinking that sometimes I feel like I live in a dramatic T.V. series...not because my life is dramatic, but because it seems like each year I am greeted with a new challenge. Just like in a T.V. series, each season there is a new conflict to be solved. I start to adjust to life being one way and then a wrench is thrown in my path and everything is shook up. For the average person, these things that stress me out and give me anxiety would probably not be a big deal at all. 
One slightly unkind interaction with another human causes me to wish, quite often, that I could just disengage from society and go be a hermit in the mountains (with my husband of course). Unfortunately, life doesn't work that way. People are going to hurt you, change is going to happen. Sometimes it will be for the better, sometimes it won't. But one thing that is for certain is, that life goes on. I am grateful to have such supportive family, friends and co-workers in my life that God has gifted me to help me along this journey.
While most people tend to reflect and set goals in January when the official "new year" starts, to me, the new year will always be in September.
This year the word that is on my heart is Grace.
I have been given grace in abounds, and I pray that God would help me to show it to others when I am feeling spiteful or bitter, or hurt or angry. Because, ultimately, grace is what matters.

Happy New School Year!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yellow Bottom Camping 2017

Every year, Joel and I camp at Yellow Bottom Campground in Quartzville. 
This was our 3rd annual trip and the first time we have brought friends with us!
This is my happy place.
We only stayed a couple of nights this time. Our first afternoon there, we spent time doing one of my favorite things: floating under the sun!
There were so many butterflies! One landed on my floatie :)
We drove back a way (for cell service) to make a phone call, and we practically had to drive almost all the way back to Green Peter Reservoir, but look how beautiful it was! It was so quiet and the color was so pure!
On our phone stop, we got out and gathered some things for our Nature Mandala's. 
We also challenged our hubbies to find us some things. I so wanted a picture of the two of our guys picking flowers for us, but I couldn't snap it in time!
The idea for making mandala's came from the book "How to be a Wildflower" by one of my favorite artists, Katie Daisy.
Oh yeah, getting crafty!
Mine.
 Jeannine's
Van's.
Van's x2.
Joel's.
Joel found these fox gloves for me :)
Reading and playing games are a must when camping.
We may have brought to many sausages.
We experimented with melting glass.
I made my husband take some tent selfies with me before bed :)
All the extra sausages made for some delicious breakfast burritos!
Our glass experiments.
We left a floral arrangement for the next campers to come to our site.
Before we left, we floated and explored the creek one last time.
Some jumping happened.
Rock art.

One of the best views in the world.
Good times with good friends! 
Until next summer Yellow Bottom!
Do you have any favorite camp sites?
Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Crafting: Hand Painted Signs!

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I went to a sign making party.
My friend found a local Etsy dealer (mycolorfullifeshop) who hosts sign making parties for $45 dollars a person.
We had our choice of 4 different signs to paint, and we both chose to do a floral monogram.
Each person attending the party got a sweet free little gift from Pink Robyn Decor.
The shop owner created our sign designs on a cricket ahead of time and printed them on to vinyl. We then had to put it on transfer paper and then stick it on to the sign to use as a stencil. With all of the details in the floral part, it was a little meticulous to get everything punched out and stuck down, but it was worth it! 
After all that work, we got to pick our colors and paint!
I love how my sign turned out!
Everybody's signs.
It was super fun, I'm so glad my friend foundthis and invited me to go with her.
We're both feeling pretty inspired to do more crafting now!
Happy Wednesday :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Opal Creek Wilderness Hike; In the Rain & Shine!

A friend and I went on the Opal Creek Wilderness Hike late last August. We went later in the day by ourselves, and it was a little rainy. We made it to Jawbone Flats, but then we turned around because it was getting late, and we didn't want to be out by ourselves as it was getting darker. 
Jawbone Flats
We got rained on :) No umbrellas or jackets--We're Oregonians!
Flash forward almost a year later!
Joel & I went with some friends on a Sunny day and hiked past Jawbone Flats to the Opal Pool.
Opal Creek Pool
Everything looked a lot different in the Sun!
I love hiking, and I love Oregon!
What's your favorite Oregon hike?
Happy Tuesday :)