And I’m back with more pictures from the past couple months. This year we have had more flowers than ever and I am, unsurprisingly, enjoying taking pictures of them all. The roses have been particularly beautiful along with the irises. Every year I am amazed by how much beauty flowers can bring to spaces that are not exactly beautiful in themselves.
I wanted to share Protector with you all because it has been serving as an important reminder to me to put my complete trust in Jesus, because despite my frustrations and struggles He will never leave me. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed Kim Walker-Smith’s music and the fact that she is putting out an entire new album is really exciting to me. 😀
On a completely unrelated note, I have actually been reading again! It has been wonderful to be able to read without feeling guilty or at least as guilty. I’m currently in the middle of Kara Isaac’s newest book (!!!) Start With Me, so far I love it, and Kellyn Roth’s The Dressmaker’s Secret, I have mixed feelings about this one. Full reviews to come soon. 😀
Have you heard Protector yet? What have you been reading?
It’s been awhile, just about a whole month. I didn’t plan on taking the month of June (and most of May) off of blogging, but that’s what ended up happening. When does life go as planned anyway, especially not this year. Taking a break was needed and simply because I just didn’t have time to put a post together. June was a crazy busy month and I know July will be crazy as well. I don’t know if I’m back for good or just for the week, I guess that only time will tell.
July is usually my favorite month of the year. Mainly because it is when I have gone to camp (it’s also my birthday month :). This year camp was canceled, just like so many of the other things we were all looking forward to, and I’ve been missing it every day. It’s hard to not focus on the many things that are not happening this year, but I am trying to choose to focus on the things that I can do (read, go for walks, spend time with my family) instead of the things that can’t do. I am so thankful for all of the space that I have to move around and for the books that I have access to. Although my summer doesn’t look like I planned, that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy it fully.
I have a bunch of post ideas (Hamilton themed!! Introducing Animals) and I hope that I end up with enough time to put them together. 🙂
I hope that you are all well and staying safe and healthy.
Who else literally cannot contain their excitement that Hamilton is coming to Disney+ this Friday!? How have you been filling your summer break free time? How are you?
It is really beginning to feel like spring here. The winter already is starting to feel like a memory (other then the fact that we had snow earlier this week). The crocuses have popped up and they are so beautiful, the first flowers of the spring. I have, of course, taken quite a few pictures of the crocuses in our front yard. I won’t share them all, but I will share some of my favorites.
Music is such a powerful thing, it can affect and at times completely change the mood of the listeners. With this in mind, I’ve put together a playlist of some songs that I think are really encouraging during this difficult time and that are the reminder that we need to trust God. These are all great songs to put on repeat in the background of your life at home right now.
I hope that these pictures are a bit of fresh air to you and that these songs are even slightly encouraging and help to bring you some hope during this intense and difficult time.
I have had a wonderful summer. It was fun and chaotic and amazing. I spent hours every day reading and my love of books has only grown, which I didn’t even know was possible!
We took a day trip to the ocean with my amazing Tia and had an awesome time! I haven’t ever had so much fun at the ocean, we played in the waves and had a picnic lunch, it was just a wonderful day.
My dad grilled so many times this summer! I don’t think I will ever get tired of grilled food, just about everything just tastes so much better when you cook it on the grill. Summer squash and zucchini covered in olive oil with some garlic and salt grilled is to die for. I already miss it.
I fell in love with my hammock. Not necessarily for sleeping in, but definitely for reading, boondoggling, resting and listening to music in. It was where I did most of summertime reading.
My summer was sort of split in half, before camp and after camp. Before camp I was productive, I walked, jogged or something every day, I wrote and took pictures and baked. After camp I did my chores, made bread, slept, ate and read and read some more. Honestly I liked the second half of my summer best (who wouldn’t :), which surprises me, because usually I like to get things done and to be productive. I am glad that I let myself just relax and read for awhile, it made it easier in some ways to start school again.
All that said, let’s get on to finding out how I did on my summer goals!
(1) Keep up with my very small outdoor chores. ✔️
(2) Take pictures daily or at least often. I took pictures in spurts, sometimes taking many and often taking none, so I guess I did it…sort of. ✔️
(3) Take walks three to four times a week. Nope, I definitely did not take walk daily or even weekly, after June.
(4) Spend time with our dogs. Sort of. I mean, I spent a couple of afternoons in our basement during thunderstorms, with one of our livestock guard dogs, Zip. ✔️
(1) Post weekly throughout the summer. X
(2) Post at least one book review. I posted the mini-reviews at the beginning of the summer. ✔️
(3) Write a farm tour post. X
(4) Introduce some of our animals to you all.X
(1) Read and review three YA contemporary novels. I read three Ya contemporary novels, but I didn’t review them (at least not yet).
(2) Read about 75 to 100 books, bringing me close to completing my Goodreads reading challenge. I’m not exactly sure how many books I read this summer, bu I am currently at 210 books read in 2019 on Goodreads (which i think is pretty good :).
(3) Find a few new authors.✔️
(4) Read two biographies.X
(5) Write three actual book reviews.X
(1) Go to summer camp (I literally can’t wait)!✔️
(2) Take a day trip to the ocean. It was amazing! ✔️
(3) Have smores. I had smores a bunch of times. ✔️
(4) Sleep outside in my hammock at least twice. I did it! Once at camp and once with my siblings and Tia! ✔️
(5) Have friends visit our farm. ✔️
(6) Have a outdoor sleepover with my closest friend and siblings. I’m counting sleeping in my hammock with my siblings!✔️
(7) Do a photo-shoot with my sister.X
(8) Watch the sunrise from our front yard. ✔️ (sort of)
(9) Watch the sun set on Kite Hill. X
(10) Make chocolate ice cream a few times.X
I am really excited to be getting back to blogging. This summer was a break I hadn’t realized I needed until I stopped. I am looking forward to getting back into blogging as this school year is starting, thanks for being patient and understanding when I didn’t do the all the posting I had hoped to.
This year I am hoping and planning to be sharing more book related and more actual writing alongside of my photography. At the moment I thinking that I will be posting weekly, maybe a bit more as I post pictures from the summer.
I am really excited to be beginning my second year of blogging! Thank you to all of you who have been following me from the very beginning. I love reading and responding to your comments!
How was your summer? What was a highlight of your summer? Has school started for you?
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?