Summer Photos//feat. Random Things About My Summer

Hey Everyone!

I’ve taken a bunch of pictures this summer and I am (of course) excited to share them with you all as I tell you a bit about my summer. So let’s not bother with a meaningless intro.


I got to spend an amazing week at summer camp. I am so thankful for the wonderful memories I made and the time I got to spend there.

My grandparents visited, It was good to see them and the time flew by as it always does.

I have gotten to go (big) blueberry picking twice. Although I do not enjoy it as much as strawberry picking it is still something I love.

Reading everyday for several hours is my favorite part of summer. I have read more books than I can count, well not quite but close. One of my favorite places to read is in my wonderful Wise Owl hammock, that I got for Christmas last year.

As I have mentioned before I love fresh, local veggies, and being able to work with them has definitely been a highlight of my summer. I love making salads for my mom, using whatever fresh veggies we have around.

Life here on the farm has been as crazy and wonderful as it always is during the summer, non-stop work for my parents and lots of sunshine.

It is so hard for me to believe that the summer is already so close to being over. Summer always flies by, unlike winter, unfortunately.

I keep having to remind myself to enjoy August and not constantly be thinking about how sad I am that it is August.

I love fall and I love spring and sometimes I enjoy winter, but nothing ever compares to summer, ever. In some ways all fall and winter we live for spring and summer, especially if you are a farmer. We have to prepare for calving and then cheesemaking and then haying and markets and the list goes on and on.

It’s always hard to come to August and realize that summer is almost over, you look at your summer goals and are amazed by all that you haven’t accomplished and all you want to do before summer is over.

Honestly, I am nowhere near ready for the new school year to start and whatever challenges it will bring my way, so I am going to enjoy every last moment and hour day of my summer.

I challenge you to enjoy every last minute, day and hour of your summer (or at least as much of it as possible). 🙂


How has your summer been? What are some things you are hoping to accomplish this month? Do you have a favorite picture from this post?

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Summer Reading//Mini-Reviews #2

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Wow, it seems like it has been forever since I’ve posted! I started out the summer planning to post at least weekly maybe more and here I am at the end of July having only posted twice.

This summer has been busy and awesome so far! Camp was a really amazing experience, I met new people, had some adventures (like camping out when it was pouring rain and everything was soaking wet), learned more about Jesus and had a good week away from home. I am so thankful that I was able to go. Thank you to my grandparents for helping to fund it

I have been loving having fresh veggies to cook with. Summer food is the best! Sadly we don’t have a garden this year, but I am so thankful for the local vegetable farms who grow amazing and healthy food. Hopefully sometime soon I will share some of my favorite, super easy, summer dishes with all of you.

The weather has mostly been pretty good for haying this year. We finally got some much needed rain this week. There is nothing like summer rain, especially long, steady, summer rain showers. When I was younger thunder storms really freaked me out, now I love them. love watching the rain pour down, hearing the thunder crash and seeing the lightning streak across the sky. I also love how clean and fresh the air always smells after a storm, there is nothing like it.

Something I have been doing alot of this summer is reading. I am so grateful for our wonderful library system and our kind, if at times scatterbrained, librarian. One of my favorite feelings is when I look at my desk and I see a stack of fifteen or so new books, just waiting to be read. Sometimes it is overwhelming to think about everything those wonderful pages hold, but most of all it is exciting. Reading will always be my first love, nothing else comes close enough to challenge its place in my heart. 🙂

All that said, let’s jump into these reviews.


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Title: Heist Society

Author: Ally Carter

Published: 2010

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I’ve seen this book around, but never really considered reading it until recently. This book was the first book I read by Ally Carter and I was pleasantly surprised by how clean and enjoyable it was. Kat and her crew are so much fun to read about! I always love reading about kids who accomplish things adults failed to.

The Heist society books are perfect for curling up with on a hot summer day, wherever you are.


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Title: A Note Yet Unsung

Author: Tamera Alexander

Published: 2017

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I stumbled across A Lasting Impression a couple months ago and I loved it! I also read the second Belmont Mansion novel and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was really excited about the third book. It managed to fulfill most of my expectations.

I loved reading about Rebekah and Tate’s passion for the music they played and wrote. It was beautiful and I could almost hear violins playing while I was reading it. That alone made this a worthwhile read for me.


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Title: The Lady of Bolton Hill

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Published: 2011

Rating: ✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I really loved Daniel and Clara’s relationship. It is always nice when the characters have known each other for a long time before falling in love. It was enjoyable to read about them bonding over music, that they played and wrote.

Bane’s transformation seemed a bit rushed to me, but he added a lot to the story. I am looking forward to reading more about him.


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Title: Wished

Author: Jen Calonita

Published: 2019

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

This next book in the FTRS series is just as fun and entertaining as the others. I have always loved Gilly and still do. Even though it is definitely an easy read for me it is quite enjoyable.


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Title: Starring Me

Author: Krista McGee

Published: 2012

Rating: ✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

After reading First Date, I was excited to find out there was a book about Kara. I really love Kara and Chad as individuals and together. They are both really fun to read about and get to know. I totally recommend this as a fun summer read.


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Title: The Lieutenant’s Bargain

Author: Regina Jennings

Published: 2018

Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I love Hattie and Jack! For such a common plot, two people who don’t love each other, are forced to get married and end up falling in love, but think that the other doesn’t love them, until the end when they realize they both love each other, it was a fresh and fun story. Totally worth the time spent reading it.


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Title: Through Waters Deep

Author: Sarah Sundin

Published: 2015

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

If you are someone who enjoys christian WW2 romances, then Sarah Sundin’s books are for you. Through Waters Deep started out slow, but toward the middle of the book I couldn’t put it down. The mystery element kept the story interesting. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.


How has your summer been? What have you been reading? Do any of these books sound interesting to you?

Music and Creation

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I bet you weren’t expecting to hear from me so soon, but here I am, and jumping right into my post as always. I don’t really see the point of long intros, especially if you aren’t good at writing them. 😀

Two things that I have done quite a bit of this summer are, taking pictures of nature and listening to music. So why not put together a post with both. I thought that instead of just doing another summer playlist, I would focus on both my photography and the music I am enjoying. I will admit though that even this isn’t exactly original, but I’m still having fun putting this together so……………..here you go.

Rescue ~ Lauren Daigle

Remember ~ Riley Clemmons

i don’t know if we can be friends ~ Hollyn

Obsession ~ Switch

All the Things ~ Catie Hurst

Fighting For Me (Piano Version) ~ Riley Clemmons

Die Daily ~ Eris + Evan

Human Condition ~ Unspoken

You’ve Always Been ~ Unspoken

King ~ Becka Shae

Dear No One ~ Tori Kelly

Burn The Ships ~ For King and Country

Every Little Thing (feat. Andy Mineo) ~ Hillsong Young and Free

When I Grow Up ~ NF

Pioneers ~ For King and Country

Clean ~ Hillsong UNITED

Brother (feat. Gavin Degraw) ~ NeedToBreathe

What are some songs that you have on repeat right now? Have you heard any of these songs? Do you have a favorite picture?

Strawberry Picking Adventures

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I am back from my brief hiatus and I have several posts that I am excited about, but I had to write this one first.

So let’s jump right in!


I love strawberry picking. Absolutely love it. I think that my favorite part of summer is having fresh strawberries and sitting out in the hot sun for hours while picking them.

We have gone twice and we are thinking about going again. The first time we went the berries were huge ( my pictures don’t do them justice :)! We picked about eighty-five quarts, that day.

Strawberries are so beautiful! I love how the seeds are so defined in this picture. There is nothing like eating a strawberry right off the plant, when it still tastes like sunshine.

When I was younger, my dad worked at this farm, and we go back every year to pick strawberries. The farm is a very special place to us and it still feels like home in a way, even though it has been almost six years since we lived there.

We have been talking about making it a family tradition to always go strawberry picking together. It’s fun to imagine bringing my kids to this special farm and sharing the wonderful experience of stawberry picking with them.

The second time we went picking we picked 110 quarts! Our family record. 😀

I spent the entire next morning bagging these beautiful berries.

After my third (or was it fourth) flat I kind of thought I was going to go crazy or maybe already was crazy. When you look all around you and there are strawberries everywhere you just start to wonder.

My hands are still stained around my nails, but it was so worth it. Now we have bags and bags of strawberries to help get us through the winter and the satisfaction of knowing that we have more than last year so hopefully they will last at least as long.


Have you gone strawberry picking this year? What is one of your favorite summer activities?

Summer Goals + Bucket List 2019

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I am so excited to share my summer goals and bucket-list with you guys! I have been waiting for summer since January, and I am sure I am not the only one. To be honest though it really doesn’t seem possible that it is already June even though it has been around 80 degrees and super sunny the past couple days. Perfect laundry days! I have hung so much laundry the past few days it is absolutely ridiculous! How do my brothers go through so much clothes!? 😀

We just finished school! I can’t believe that I am already done (I do still have a reading that I have to do but otherwise)!! One of my favorite parts of being homeschooled is that we get to stop whenever we are done, I feel bad for all of you who still have another week or two left of school. Hang in there!

Anyway, without further ado, here we go!


Update On My Spring Goals

(1) Go barefoot outside while the ground is still spongy and cold. ✔️

(2) Take more walks. Yes and no. For most of the spring I wasn’t much more active then I was all winter, but in the past month or so I have been making more of an effort and taking quite a few more walks.

(3) Stay consistently active on my blog. Nope, definitely not. I am quite happy with all of my posts this spring, though. That counts for something, right?

(4) Make homemade pasta. I was really hoping to get to this but wasn’t able to.

(5) Finish school. YES! I did it. ✔️

(6) Read and review at least three YA contemporary novels. Sort of completed, I read and rated them. ✔️

(7) Get back into the stretching every night. Unfortunately, no. I just haven’t been motivated.

(8) Take at least one picture everyday. I took many, many pictures this spring, probably on average it was about one a day. ✔️

(9) Read my Bible more often. I feel so sad realizing that I totally forgot about this goal.

(10)Work on writing about things that I am passionate about. I did do a little bit of writing about things I am passionate about, like cooking and Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. ✔️


Summer Goals

Life:

(1) Keep up with my very small outdoor chores.

(2) Take pictures daily or at least often.

(3) Take walks three to four times a week.

(4) spend time with our dogs.

Blogging:

(1) Post weekly throughout the summer.

(2) Post at least one book review.

(3) Write a farm tour post.

(4) Introduce some of our animals to you all.

Reading:

(1) Read and review three YA contemporary novels.

(2) Read about 75 to 100 books, bringing me close to completing my Goodreads reading challenge.

(3) Find a few new authors.

(4) Read two biographies.

(5) Write three actual book reviews.


Summer Bucket-List

(1) Go to summer camp (I literally can’t wait)!

(2) Take a day trip to the ocean.

(3) Have smores.

(4) Sleep outside in my hammock at least twice.

(5) Have friends visit our farm.

(6) Have a outdoor sleepover with my closest friend and siblings.

(7) Do a photo-shoot with my sister.

(8) Watch the sunrise from our front yard.

(9) Watch the sun set on Kite Hill.

(10) Make chocolate ice cream a few times.


Thank you so much for following, reading, liking and commenting on my blog throughout this school year! I have absolutely loved every minute of it, I am so thankful for all of you who write such kind and encouraging comments on my blog!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I am going to be taking a week or two off from blogging. I haven’t decided yet if I will still be commenting and reading all of your posts. Don’t worry! I will be back soon, I have quite a few posts that I am really excited to write and share with you all!

What is on your summer bucket-list? Do you have any summer goals? Do you have any fun plans for your summer? When do you finish school?

A Little Adventure

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I can’t believe it is June first!! May flew by for me, filled with school and lots of rain (and reading). It was a pretty good month in a lot of ways, but I am very glad it is June.

School is almost over for my siblings and I. Our last official day of school was this past Friday. We just have some random stuff to finish up. I really cannot believe that my first year of high school is just about over and that every year I get closer and closer to being done with school for good, I am not far away from being totally done, especially if I don’t go to college. Anway, summer vacation here I come!

Well, by now I am sure you are wondering what my title “a little adventure” is all about, so I guess I should tell you. So about a month ago, my mom took my sisters, littlest brother and I too Rhode Island for a day trip. We had so much fun and I am thrilled to share some of the pictures I took!

We stopped in Newport to see the ocean. Where we went first there was basically just a huge space of rock by the ocean.

There were some little tidal pools that my younger siblings loved looking in. I think they found a couple little snails in one of them.

The rock was absolutely beautiful, the colors and all the little ridges and lines.

My sister Catherine and I had a wonderful time taking pictures of each other the whole day. I love this picture of me and one my sisters looking out at the ocean!

After we ate lunch we went the cliff walk in Newport.

I love the rocks and the ocean together!!!

Here a couple of the pictures I took of Catherine. I love how the wind it playing with her hair!

It was really amazing to drive by some of the really old (and new) mansions in Newport. what a beautiful place and so full of history ( like just about everywhere in New England).

I LOVE the ocean, about as much as I love chocolate and that is really saying something. One of my semi-attainable dreams is to spend some time living by the ocean. I just can’t get over the beauty of the ocean. It always makes me feel so small and insignificant and brings fresh amazement to me that the God who created the vast ocean actually cares about me.

The last stop of our “little adventure” was at a really cool tulip farm. They have a bunch of amazing different types! Every color you can imagine! They have pick-your-own tulips and also what they call their show garden, where I took all these pictures.

We heard about it from one of my uncles and his family. My aunt likes to take pictures of my cousins there and after seeing some of her pictures my mom couldn’t wait to go! I am so glad we made it, I have never seen so many tulips in my life! It was really an amazing experience.

I think this might be my new favorite color. Isn’t it amazing how the edges are lighter and as it goes to the center the color darkens and deepens?!

If I ever get married I want to have a spring wedding and I want my flowers to be white tulips and purple lilacs. The white tulips are just so white and clean looking, I can’t get over them.

Doesn’t this look more like a peony then a tulip?!

On the sides of the show garden there were these flower beds with all of the different tulips mixed together. I think that was my favorite part of the garden.

Wow, that was a long post with lots of photos. I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner! I really hope that you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed putting it together (not sure that’s possible though)!

Do you love the ocean? Can you pick a favorite tulip picture? What is a semi-attainable dream of yours? Do you ever do photo-shoots with your siblings?

Poetry and Pictures

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I put this together the other day after reading through quite a few of of Emily Dickinson’s poems for school. I had to do some writing about her poems and I randomly thought that it would look cool to put pictures I had taken with one of her poems.

I hope you like this little demonstration of the fact that I do actually have some creativity in me. (Just kidding, well sort of kidding.)


Day’s Parlor by Emily Dickinson

Photography by Susana Wells-Tolley

The day came, slow till five o’clock,

       then sprang before the hills

like hindered rubies or the light

a sudden musket spills

       the purple could not keep the East

the sunrise shook from fold

       like breadths of topaz packed the night

       the lady just unrolled

the happy winds their timbrels shook

       the birds in docile rows

arranged themselves around their prince

       (of which the prince of those)

       the orchard sparkled like a Jew-

       how mighty’ t was, to stay

       a guest in this stupendous place,

       the parlor of the day!


So sorry this post is late (again)! Our internet has been extremely finicky recently. I am hoping to post at least one more time before taking a short blogging break at the end of school.

What did you think of this poem and these pictures? Did anything in the poem interest you or were you completely bored? Have you heard of Emily Dickinson? Have you read any of her other work?