Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankfulness Day 20

Today, I'm thankful for the little kids I watch each Thursday. I help out at a homeschool co-op and right now I have 2 little boys I watch.

I love their facial expressions and the funny things they sayy. 

And how excited they get about bubbles. 

Thankfulness Day 19

Today I'm thankful for sunsets. There is such incredible beauty at the end of the Day.

Florence, Italy

NC mountains




And near my home.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thankfulness Day 18

 Today, I'm thankful for the incredibly beautiful place where I live. People travel hundreds of miles to have a vacation at our beach, and I get to live here!

This is truly what the light looked like one evening. The air seemed to glow, it was incredible.

Emily and Mallory describing my feelings toward the beach. :)

And this is what it can look like in the summer: turquoise and clear.

 It's like the Caribbean, but a whole lot closer.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thankfulness Day 17

Today, I'm thankful that God has allowed me to travel all over the world, I've been to 4 continents and 14 countries. hardly anyone has done that, yet God has blessed me in that way. 


We visit the lake country part of Canada and rent a cottage on a lake


 One of the most beautiful places on earth


I hardly spent anytime here, but I would love to go back.


The part I saw was green, rolling hills with adorable farm houses


This is a country still recovering from the war, it is visible in all the dirty buildings that just need some cleaning up to be beautiful again


We spent 1 month here and had lots of adventures!


This was one of my favorite places to visit since I've seen so many famous pictures of it and read numerous books that are set in London


Visiting missionary friends

Vatican City 

Yes it is a country, the people who live there have passports


Probably my all time favorite country, the history is absolutely breath taking!

South Korea


And I've also been to Mexico, but I don't have any pictures of it on the computer I'm writing this post on.

I am also planning on visiting 4 new countries next year. I am incredibly blessed!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thankfulness Day 16

To me, a math person, this video is absolutely fascinating. There are so many things in nature and in art that we take for granted that they just look good. But so many of these actually have a math formula built into them. How interesting is that!?

a/b = (a+b)/a

Here are two examples of the golden ratio in architecture: 

I'm so thankful for a God who hides math in everything. :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankfulness Day 14


That's is the expected high temperature for tomorrow. 


I love cold weather, today was in the 70s...

Today I'm thankful for cold weather.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thankfulness Day 13

Today, I'm thankful for vitamins. Last year I was sick at some point in November, December, January, February, March, and April. My colds lasted 1-2 weeks and during the summer I could easily take an hour nap every day. I finally got sick (no pun intended) of this and started taking a multivitamin and garlic/oregano pills. 

I'm happy to say that I now have a good deal more energy and haven't gotten sick since I've started taking them! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thankfulness Day 12

Today, I'm thankful for friends who let me practice taking pictures of them. Including putting them in really weird poses and making them sit in the road and in the dirt and not letting them wear a coat when it was cold outside.

They just love it. :)

Thank you Mallory and Emily!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thankfulness Day 11

Today, I'm thankful for homemade apple pie. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thankfulness Day 10

Tonight, Charlotte and I went to Coldstone for ice cream. In my opinion, next to homemade strawberry, Coldstone's cake batter ice cream is the. best. ice cream. ever


Especially when you mix in a butterfinger candy bar. 

Delicious, rich, creamy, and amazing.


*Picture not taken by me*

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thankfulness Day 9

I don't have a picture of tonight but I am thankful for the wonderful time I had with friends tonight. We had a game night and I had a lovely time playing a wild game of Dutch Blitz, one of my favorites games. It's fast, crazy and involves lots of laughter! It's even more fun with good friends. 

This is a picture from the same game but taken at a different time.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thankfulness Day 8

Today, I am thankful for potential new life. Only God can create new life, and it's absolutely amazing and breathtaking if you think about God creating life out of an egg, similar to the ones I eat for breakfast.

These are the eggs that Mom's zebra finches have laid. They should be hatching any day now!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankfulness Day 6&7

I didn't get a chance to do a post yesterday so here is day 6&7 of thankfulness.

Thanks to Common Scents Mom I won a giveaway! I received a Thieves scented sanitizer and hand sanitizer. For those who don't know, they are made of all essential oils and don't contain any synthetic materials. They also smell better than any unnatural scent you'll ever find!

If you have known me for a while you will know that I can't stand talking on the phone, I will do everything possible before I have to call someone. But there are exceptions. For example, when my dear friend who moved away calls to talk, I'm very, very happy to talk so I can hear her sweet voice, laugh with her, and hear how excited she is about the little baby growing inside of her. :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thankfulness Day 5

Today I'm thankful for my hammered dulcimer.
 Last weekend while I was in the mountains at the conference, I stopped in a dulcimer store. I had already researched hammered dulcimers and I chose the one I wanted that day. I've only had it for a week but Emily, Charlotte and I can all play it now. We are having a lovely time learning different songs on it. 

I've named it Irene

Here is a beautiful piece played on the hammered dulcimer.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thankfulness Day 4

 Today I'm thankful for colorful trees. Even though the leaves are dying, they are dying in vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. God didn't have to make them colorful, yet He did.

"He has made everything beautiful in its time."

Ecclesiastes 3:11

And here is a sneekpeak for tomorrow.  I'm really excited about showing ya'll Irene. :)

Thankfulness Day 3

 Today, I'm thankful for being able to attend the Gospel-Centered Marriages conference last weekend in Asheville, NC. My family was unable to attend because of Carter's Ironman race, but thankfully some friends generously offered to take me with them. 

Kevin Swanson

Friday was cold, rainy, and foggy. Just lovely. 

Paul Washer

But Sunday was bright and sunny.

The cute little cabin where we stayed. 

We had 1/2 an hour to kill on Saturday night, so my friend and I drove up to Montreat to look around.

Yes, it's a bad expression, and the camera shadow is on our faces, but I still like it. 

Our last night there we went out to dinner with the lovely M. family. We talked non-stop for ages and still could have kept going for hours! 

The conference was incredibly inspiring and challenging. 
I don't have time just now to write what I learned, but I will do so before long. :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thankfulness Day 2

Today, I'm thankful for my brother, Carter who is celebrating 18 years of life today. 

Carter on his bike ride in an Ironman he did last week. 2 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run. 

Finishing in 11 hours 52 minutes!

On his marathon

Playing a game of cards with friends

Snowboarding in Colorado