Monday, November 3, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 44

Motivational Monday, Week 44

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I just love watching him, wondering what he's thinking
as he plays so intently. I can see his wheels turning.
It's one of my many small pleasures in life.
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 40

Motivational Monday, Week 40
There is a great difference between knowing a thing and understanding it.
-Charles Kettering and T.A. Boyd
Thru the eyes of a child.
He knows rocks are a hoot to throw, but he doesn't understand why.
And that's ok.
Give him a pile of rocks and he's a happy camper (literally).
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 39

Motivational Monday, Week 39
There is no pillow so soft as clear conscience.
-French Proverb
(iPhone photo)
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 38

The older you get, the more important it is to not act your age.
-Asleigh Brilliant
I hopped on the swing at the park the other night.
Photo creds to my oldest daughter.
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 37

Motivational Monday, Week 37
Take the attititude of a student, never be too big to ask questions,
never know too much to learn something new.
-Og Mandino
This past weekend, I had the chance to travel to a photography convention with three friends.
We spent three days learning,
and having a good time.
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 36

Motivational Monday, Week 36
You never know when you're making a memory.
-Rickie Lee Jones
Within the past month, I was asked thru Etsy if I'd be willing and able
 to make 350 blankets for the Maple Grove Hospital's Baby Ball Event.
(It's a small world. Maple Grove is near where I grew up.)
After consulting my husband, I agreed to do it.
Once I had ordered all the fabric I needed,
I only had two weeks to get them all done.
Once I thought I was ready to start, I ran into a few hiccups.
I forgot to order more able mabel tags to put on each blanket.
One whole bolt of fabric went thru the wash with an ink pen, ruining it, so I had to order more.
My wholesale supplier of green minky didn't have enough in stock
so I had to order it from a different source, adding a week to the ship time.
So realistically, once I really was ready to start,
I was down to a week before my deadline.
I put in several long days at my sewing machine.
Luckily, on the last day I had my oldest girls help me.
We got them all done in no time!
This picture didn't show up very well on the blog.
I took it from my instagram account.
Click here to see it more clearly.

The finished stack, all ready to box up and ship out!
The stacks went up past my knees when I stood next to them.
Oh, the things you learn when you take on a project
of this magnitude with such a short turnaround time!
But, I got it done and I'll always remember it!

Someone else is happy I'm done!
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 34

Motivational Monday, Week 34

When you finally go back to your old hometown,
 you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood.
-Sam Ewing
And the things that bring back memories of your childhood.
Party Pizza = slumber party and all the awesome memories that go with it.
Linking up to Rachael.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 33

Motivational Monday, Week 33
Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
-Leo Buscaglia

Some talents start young.
This little Loves is always singing.
I hope it's something she never stop doing.
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 32

Motivation Monday, Week 32
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
-Pioneer Girls Leaders Handbook
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 31

Motivational Monday, Week 31

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
-Ed Cunningham

Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 30

Motivational Monday, Week 30
When I was a child, love to me was what the sea is to fish;
 something you swim in while you are going about the important affairs of life.
-P.L. Travers
Love doesn't just come from parents.
It comes from siblings and those all around you.
(You should see the amount of love this sweet baby boy is shown
and the amount of love he returns to each of us.)
Linking up to Maaret.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 29

Motivational Monday, Week 29
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.
-Mother Teresa
Linking up to Maaret

Monday, July 14, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 28

Motivational Monday, Week 28
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
-Thomas Jefferson
This quote is especially true when I get back from vacation to many orders
waiting in my shop for me. In order to get all caught up,
I need to keep moving so I can get them all done.
Linking up to Maaret.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Motivational Monday Week 24

Motivational Monday
Week 24

Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.
-Maggie Kuhn

For the past two years, our daughter has taken part in the
Girls on the Run program thru her school.
This quote fits quite well with the concept behind the program.
It teaches the girls confidence, the power of telling the truth,
courage, speaking up for themselves and others,
kindness, friendship, etc.
They would get together after school and go over these concepts
and then they'd run with the goal of training for a 5k at the end of the school year.
Linking up to Gloria.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 23

Motivational Monday, Week 23
Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today,
because if you enjoy it today you can do it again tomorrow.
-James A. Michener
This past Monday, I went on a morning hike with some friends.
It was so much fun, I took some of my kids the next day on a different hike.
We met friends at the trail head and had an enjoyable morning together!

Linking up to Gloria this month.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 22

Motivational Monday, Week 22
There are a thousand tiny things from which one can weave a bright necklace of little pleasures of one's life.
-Hermann Hesse

Nature and sunsets are definitely part of that necklace.
I'm linking up to Gloria this month.

Oops, I never published this one. It was sitting in my draft folder.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 21

Motivational Monday, Week 21
Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.
-Catherine Deneuve
When you go on the same hike more than once,
and at different times of the day,
it's gives you an opportunity to see things you may not have seen all the times before.
Linking up to Rachael

Monday, May 19, 2014

Motivational Monday Week 20

Motivational Monday Week 20
I don't know what the big deal is about old age.
Old people who shine from the inside look 10 to 20 years younger.
-Dolly Parton
As I was out and about this past week,
I came across this group of sweet old ladies.
They agreed to let me take some pictures of them.
I had to pause for a bit because they each had a spasm in their back but,
it all ended well and boy, did they shine from the inside!
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 19

Motivational Monday, Week 19

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds.
Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.
-Kate Douglas Wiggin
 (another iPhone picture)
For some, the mothering instinct comes so naturally to them
and it comes early in their life.
Linking up to Rachael.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Motivation Monday, Week 18

Motivational Monday, Week 18
The glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fail.
-Chinese Proverb
(I seem to have gotten really good a failing to get a blog post done on time.
I should have used that for my pictures this week. :) )
At the skate park last week, the kids were sliding down the half pipe.
Baby Girl couldn't quite bring herself to sliding down by herself,
but someone was always willing to go back up
and help her down.
(These quotes are proving to be quite difficult to work into a photograph.
Maybe that's why I'm procrastinating so horribly this year.
I'm not always so certain my pictures fit the quote correctly
but at least I got one more post done.)
Linking up to Rachael this month.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Motivational Monday Week 17
When you have nothing to laugh about, laugh anyway.
Soon you'll feel the healing power of joy and laughter
 bringing new energy and life to your weary, frustrating day.
-Thelma Wells
This girl has been getting into so much mischief lately,
it's hard not to get irritated at her.
This quote is perfect for those days when she is going non-stop.
All I can do is throw my hands up and laugh,
(because it's either laugh or cry.)
and grab my camera so I have later proof of what she was up to.
Linking up to Maaret.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 16
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
-Thomas A. Edison
This quote is so true for me when it comes to
 mountain biking on technical trails.
When I get to a hard spot, I am so quick to put my foot down
or get off my bike and walk.
If I would just try one more time or try a little harder,
I could ride a more of the trails.
(Picture taken with my phone when I brought my daughter
out for an evening bike ride this past week.)
Linking up to Maaret.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 15

Motivational Monday, Week 15
When someone cares
It is easier to speak
It is easier to listen
It is easier to play
It is easier to work
When someone cares it is easier to laugh
-Susan Polis Schutz

(Picture taken last summer with my daughter's camera.)
This post is a week late.
We have been busy the last two weeks with a move to a new house
so I didn't get around to blogging.
When I saw this quote, I immediately thought about my husband.
But after giving it some more thought,
I realized it could easily fit for a sibling or a friend.
Linking up to Maaret.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 14

Motivational Monday
Week 14
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
-Og Mandino
I messed a bit on this week's quote.
I read it once at the beginning of the week
and then didn't double check it to make sure I had it correctly.
I missed the Always do your best part of it,
and just did the rest of it.
When we first moved into our house almost 5 years ago,
this tree was a dead stick with a few tiny green branches
 coming out of the base of it.
We started watering it to see if it would come back to life.
It did.
Several times a year, my husband prunes and shapes the tree.
It is now a tree the kids can climb in,
have a picnic under,
it's starting to provide shade to our house,
we can wrap one end of the slack line around it.
All it took was a little bit of TLC.
Linking up to Maaret.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 13

Motivational Monday, Week 13
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
-Victor Kiam
 Have you ever watched a baby learn how to crawl?
Especially when they try get up on their knees?
Time after time, they fall on their face,
but as long as they are still moving forward,
they are happy.
(and fast when they're trying to get Mom's camera.)
Linking up to Maaret this week.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 12

Motivational Monday
Week 12
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
-Robin Williams
One of our favorite spring activites is mountain biking.
It's a party to get out on the trail,
feel the breeze on your face and
admire the gorgeous scenery all around.
It's something we can do as a family
or as a date for just the two of us.
Linking up to Amber.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 11

Motivational Monday
Week 11
Just because it hasn't been done before doesn't mean you shouldn't try it.
-Howard Schultz
I interpreted this quote along the lines of "doing your own thing"
or "pushing the limits".
This child does her own thing when it comes to her clothes and fashion.
I never know what kind of outfit she is going to come up with each day.
She layers up with as many layer as she possibly can,
not caring what goes with what and what matches.
If she feels like wearing it, it goes on.
(like a sleeveless dress backwards over a long sleeve shirt)
Gotta love a girl who knows her own mind!
Linking up to Amber.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Motivational Monday Week 10

Motivational Monday
Week 10
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
-C.S. Lewis
You are never too old to get down on the floor
and play with your granddaughter.
Linking up with Amber.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Motivational Monday Week 9

Motivational Monday Week 9
"Promise me you'll always remember. You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
Christopher Robin to Pooh
This girl is our "I can't" child.
She is the one who needs a little boost of encouragement,
the reassurance that perfection is not requirement of life,
and just because you can't do something on the first try doesn't mean you should give up.
(This was the 2nd Grade class snake we "babysat" over Winter Break.)
I am linking to Amber this month.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Motivational Monday Week 8

Motivational Monday Week 8
We cannot solve problems with the same thinking that created the problem.
We must change the way we think.
-Mary Marx ... adaptation from Einstein

Sometimes changing the way you think is asking someone else for help.
Together you can figure out the right answer to the math problem.
Linking up to Marcy.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Motivational Monday Week 7

Motivational Monday, Week 7
Whatever comes from the heart carries the heat and color of its birthplace.
-Oliver Wendall Holmes Sr.
I'm not entirely sure what this quote was intended to mean.
I even Googled it but didn't come up with anything.
I kept coming back to the thought
that is was a symbol of something coming from the heart.

Our wedding rings are a constant reminder our pledge of love
and vows we made on our wedding day.
Linking up to Marcy.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Project 52, Motivational Monday, Week 6
After a storm comes a calm.
-Matthew Henry
We had got a fresh layer of snow last week.
I went out in the morning to take a few pictures of the calm...

before the 2nd "storm".
I love when the kids will go outside and play in the snow.
As much as I love the look of a fresh snow fall,
the peacefulness of it,
the feeling of the calm it brings,
I'd way rather have a yard torn up by the kids enjoying the snow.
Linking up to Marcy.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Motivational Monday, Week 5

Project 52, Motivational Monday, Week 5
Probably he who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
-Samuel Smiles
I kept mulling over this quote in my mind and always came back to
this precious little boy as I watch him discover new things.
I suppose the argument could be made that as he learns new things,
such as rolling over,
it's more of an instinct, not a mistake.
But as I watch him accidently roll over, I can see his little mind working 
as he figures out how he got there and he tries to do it again.

(Maybe I'm just looking for an excuse to post a picture of this perfect little face!)
I'm linking up to Marcy this month. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Project 52, Week 4

Project 52, Week 4
Motivational Monday
Never, never, never give up.
-Winston Churchill
Because the end result is usually worth the effort!
Linking up to Anita.