Dear Younger Self – A Letter to the Girl I Used to be

Hey y’all! I’m back after way too long. I’ve missed talking to you guys. This summer has been crazy but I’m finally learning how to bring some sort of balance to the craziness and squeeze in some time to chat with y’all. I finished school and started working full time. Probably enough explanation. I suppose it’s something a lot of high school grads have to figure out when they enter the workforce. πŸ™‚

Today is kinda different cause I really wanted to write a note to my younger self. If you have a younger person(s) in your life (which I’m sure you do), make sure to take a minute to encourage them, inspire them, tell them the truth about themselves. You don’t know how much that can impact a young mind – world changing!

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**Above: one of my senior pictures. That’s the girl who’s talking. **

I finally got to tell the younger me what I always wished someone would have. Writing it all down was somehow incredibly healing. Almost like I was able to go back in time and give that girl the advice and encouragement she really really wanted. It meant so much to be able to be that person. Yeah, it sounds weird, but that’s okay. πŸ˜€ Continue reading “Dear Younger Self – A Letter to the Girl I Used to be”

Washington Cherry Blossom Digitals

Going to see the cherry blossoms in DC this year, was an awesome experience. The Sunday afternoon that we were there, the tidal basin was lined with thousands of people taking pictures, walking, smiling, and enjoying gorgeous weather. Yes, it was a little windy (not a very nice thing when you want the blossoms to be still so you can photograph them!), but everything considered, the weather was beautiful and the blossoms at their peak.

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Sometimes it’s the simple things in life, like staring at millions of small flowers, that bring the most blessed beauty (#itsthesimplethings).

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Parking was most certainly an issue! We drove around (…and around and around!) through the streets trying find a place to park. We ended up about three-quarters of a mile away. The picture above was taken on the way to the tidal basin. And just in case you’re wondering, those aren’t cherry blossoms – it’s a magnolia tree. πŸ˜‰ Continue reading “Washington Cherry Blossom Digitals”

A Peek into My Life…

While today was supposed to be scheduled for another How to Draw episode, I thought it would be fun to interrupt with a sneak peak into what life looks like through my eyes and a “Quote of the Day”!

In addition to being a blogger, artist, singer/songwriter/composer/pianist, and the occasional dabbling with photography, I’m also a farm girl. Yes, I was born and raised on an organic pastured chicken farm. Quite the adventure! Like yesterday morning when I was milking the family cow, and she knocked the milker over and milk started spewing everywhere! πŸ˜› Which brings us to the profound “Quote of the Day” that came to me after this particular incidence. πŸ™‚

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I’ve selected 10 semi random photos to share with ya’ll. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?! Continue reading “A Peek into My Life…”

The Sunflower Fields {Pictures}

I’ve been long in getting around to sharing these pictures, but late is better than never, right? Sunflowers are so pretty. Kinda western and rustic. I love looking at them and found out I also enjoy taking pictures of them too. πŸ˜‰ Not far from where I live there are 9 fields of sunflowers. People flock to these places in mid summer to take photos and enjoy the beauties. I visited with two of my brothers one beautiful evening.

Flowers are so fun to photograph. They’re so intricate and delicate. They add beauty all around us with their cheery little faces. Continue reading “The Sunflower Fields {Pictures}”

Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 {Pictures}

Last weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Elnora, Indiana for the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp (AOC). It was an incredibly inspiring, encouraging, and refreshing weekend both musically and spiritually. I came back a changed person. It was a blessing to see the passion and dedication in each person there at camp. Each person put forth their best for the benefit of others and the glory of God.

Some of the highlights were: listening to a live orchestra all day (seriously, what’s cooler? πŸ˜‰ ), conversations with some of the wonderful people, good food (Thank you to all the hard working cooks!), funny jokes and stories from the conductors, meeting new people, sitting in the bleachers and analyzing the music (Don’t worry musicians, I wasn’t analyzing who was making all the mistakes… :D). Continue reading “Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 {Pictures}”

Kitten Pictures {2017}

Our family has had cats since the time I was four. We had an enormous problem with rats eating the chicken feed and someone told us we should get a mama cat. So we did, or, two mama cats that is, and two kittens.

I absolutely love cats. They’re my little buddies that shadow me around. As a fact, I’ve been dubbed “the cat girl” by some people. Continue reading “Kitten Pictures {2017}”

From the Best Day of My Life {Pictures}

Which was the best day of my life? Easter. Yes, Easter of this very year. You can read why here. Actually, that post was written the day before, so I’ll explain a bit more. The reason Easter was so special, was because I had finally given everything up to God and learned who He really is. I could finally celebrate his resurrection with energy and zeal. No pangs from a guilty conscience.Β  Continue reading “From the Best Day of My Life {Pictures}”

Delaware Bay Digitals

I had never been to Delaware. Nor did I think I would ever want to. I don’t know why I felt this way, but I had a certain distaste for the state. But since I’m a person who loves new sights, I decided that it would be okay to travel down along the Delaware Bay on the way home from a recent trip (which you can also read about here and here).

We stopped at a pullover along a gravel road that ran alongside the water front close to the mouth of the bay. Several large piers extended out into the water, and would have provided an excellent place to take photos from, but due to my uneasiness of heights and the moving water below, I quickly decided I would do better with ground shots. So, I took shots of the piers themselves which, actually are an icon of waterfronts, and bring up nostalgic feelings for me.

So I ended up enjoying Delaware after all!! And though I still like Maryland better, I think it’s a beautiful state. πŸ™‚

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Longwood Gardens Digitals

My first visit to Longwood gardens. Oh yeah! It was amazing. I didn’t realize that so many beautiful plants could be packed into such wonderful gardens and pathways. Like seriously, acres!

And after spending the whole day there, we went out for supper and came back for the night show. Music and amazing light shows made for a very calming and relaxing atmosphere. (I must admit though, that I had to limp back to the van due to a very sore leg from all the walking. My dad called me an old lady. πŸ™‚ )

To say the least, it added an unexpected spice to the rest of my vacation (you can view my last post, Philadelphia Digitals). I hope I convinced you that you need to go there for a visit… πŸ˜‰

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Part of the fountain show.

The two pictures belowΒ  are only a small amount of the enormous pipe organ they have in the music hall. Seriously, over 10,000 pipes! There were five of these rooms that visitors can view through glass (and yes, that grand piano you see in the back of the second picture, really is controlled by a stop on the organ… all but three of the 88 keys!), plus a whole room of pipes below!!

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These are GIGANTIC world class mums. The one in the background stands taller than humans!! I can’t even start to imagine how much work must go into growing these perfect mums.

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Ya’ll have a wonderful and blessed fall!

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Traveling… one of my favorite things. If I were able to fly at least three times a year, it would be perfect. But I can only dream of that. In the mean time of waiting for that elusive, dreamy future, I enjoy doing some on the ground travel to closer destinations.

My most recent adventure was a nice fall vacation to Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens, and the Eastern Shore with my amazing parents and sister in tow (Okay, I gotta give most of the planning credits to my sis… πŸ˜‰ )

I don’t get much opportunity to photograph cityscapes, so I jumped on the chance. Unfortunately, most of the time I was shooting through the dirty van window which resulted in a lot of blurred or specked photos. 😦 Oh well! I was still able to capture some that I was pleased with.

(A note: I will be posting a lot more photos from Longwood gardens and the Eastern Shore, so stay tuned!)

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Building a sky scraper!
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Independence Hall

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The scope used to create the Mason-Dixon line
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The Liberty Bell with Independence Hall in the background

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