Book Review: The Day is Waiting


The Day is Waiting. Illustrated by Don Freeman, words by Linda Zuckerman. Appropriate for any age child.

“What do you see when you look outside?” What are you going to do with it? What are you going to do with this day that has been given to you? How will you spend it? Will you spend it outdoors exploring? Visiting new places? Experiencing new things?

The truth is, you could do any of these. Sometimes you have to actually get up and go, and some times it just takes a little imagination.

This picture book, illustrated by Don Freeman, creator of Corduroy, is full of these imaginative things that one could accomplish in any given day, if only we’d take the time to experience them. The words are simple. I believe that they’re telling us, though, to seize the opportunities presented in any given day, even if it’s something as simple as going out to smell the flowers.

The message I get from this book is to simply “be” in God’s creation and to enjoy it. Sometimes I think we’re all a bit too rushed to enjoy things as they’re presented, and this is a very calming, relaxing, beautiful book to remember to just stop sometimes and take a little break.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Project 366: Week 3 {017-023}

017 – Just leaving dinner at Grandma’s. Must play in the snow!
018 – Made this crochet afghan for Jared. (Two+ years to make, several more months to get hung up.)
019 – Passed 30 weeks with the baby!!! Mini update: all is going well!
020 – Zachary emptied his bookshelf onto my belly
021 – Doing puzzles with daddy.
022 – Playing video games with daddy.
023 – More outside snow fun.


Real camera photos this week: 0
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Simplify {TT}

Simplify. Something I’ve been trying to do lately mostly as it relates to “clothes in the house”. There’s just so much. Clothes that are too small. Clothes that are too abundant. Clothes saved for some sewing or craft project (that most likely will not get done… or even if it will, has 10x the amount of scraps of clothes needed to accomplish said project).

I have been slowly going through old baby girl clothes to donate. I thought it would be harder. I thought I would be more sad. I thought I would be sentimentally attached to everything. The first box was the hardest. But I saved only the special things, like Kat’s baptism outfit and a few things that belonged to me (or my mom or MIL) when we were little. It amounted to half a dozen outfits. The next boxes have been even less saved.

It’s been so freeing. Seeing the bags leaving. Seeing the space on the shelves open up. Having it be easier to just walk in the attic… Mentally not having to deal with the stuff. Simplify. Such a beautiful thing.

…Which I was thinking about in terms of photography too, at least a little bit.

I don’t do very well with planning ahead. I mean, I wrote the prompt down on the calendar – because, checking the phone for it just doesn’t cut it at all – and I still wait until “day of” to do the pictures for the weekly Theme Thursday at Michaela’s

Today’s prompt: Simplify.

Should be easy, right?


I took a look around the house, this is basically what I saw…. errrhmmmm… everywhere:


{This is just daily living guys.}
Believe it or not you can see examples of me “simplifying” in this photo.
The coloring pages: saved from last summer for no good reason. Brought out this past weekend, and have been being used up ever since. I plan to not return them to the school shelf.
The candles: broken rejects from the Advent wreath. Burning them at breakfast (and sometimes dinner) just to add a little more “ambiance” to our meals.
{See, simplifying.}

But moving on….

So, instead of cleaning (because who wants to do *that* just to take a few photos?) I decided to see if I could maybe, possibly get something “simplified” out of this chaos.

Miss K. was first:


No edits. Exposure set for her face which {nearly} whited out the background.

Johny was quite a bit more difficult due to where he was sitting (both photos edited a little):

Karl’s was my favorite of this little impromptu photo-shoot:


No edits.

Anyway, there you have it guys. A blog post with a few more words than pictures, a rarity these days.

What “simplify” photos or things do you have this week?

Project 366: Week 2 {010-016}


010 – Raindrops on a leaf {Olloclip fun}
011 – Must play in the sandbox if at all possible.
012 – Ice on the windshield – at least it was pretty.
013 – Karl turned 4! Finally!
014 – They are pretty much obsessed with breaking up ice puddles.
015 – At the pediatricians. So much concentration.
016 – Dried hydrangeas {more Olloclip fun}


Update on my goal to use my real camera: Two days for this week’s photo-a-day project. 🙂
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Siblings {January}

Here they are folks

All the group shots I managed from last post until this one:

Siblings- Jan

Christmas Eve, where the temperatures were completely unseasonable around 60°…

I turned one from that shoot into our “Christmas Card” {Which I had every intention of posting up here on the blog….. but…..}

Merry Christmas 2015

Siblings- Jan-3

Every year since Karl was born we’ve done a picture of the kids in the fireplace with the stockings. This is the first year they haven’t fit!

Siblings- Jan-2

Some “seasonable” weather. (They were breaking the ice patches with the hoes).

Would love to say they’ve all been getting along splendidly, but, that’s not been the case much. I mean, sometimes yes, they’re great…. then someone will turn around and punch someone in the stomach… ??? So, hopefully things will be turning around soon 🙂


This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Intro’s here

dear beautiful