Little Feet

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These days there is less of the pitter patter of little feet around our house and more of the pounding of little feet! The kids are growing up so quickly it’s hard to remember how small they were just a few years ago. Recently we’ve been enjoying the simple pleasures of things like flower-picking, woods walking, popsicle eating and just hanging out in the sunshine. These are some of my favorite pictures of them enjoying being “big.”

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On a photo walk with Aunty Heather.

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The fairy queen of the woods in her mossy crown and leafy bower.

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The self titled image “Connor eating popicle!”

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Open wide!

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Learning the art of the fan.

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My little ballerina.

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May Flowers

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It has been much too long since I’ve posted here. The hubby and I have been running ourselves into the ground every day for the past month to get our house ready to sell so we can move to Bible School this fall! I think (hopefully) that things are finally starting to calm down a little now. Today I’m bringing a bouquet of May flowers to cheer the heart.

Spring Blooms

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In the last few weeks spring has sprung! Our flowers are in full bloom and the baby leaves are starting to show. I’ve collected my favorites here, starting with the carpet of green on the woodland floor. We also had a morning last week that was quite cold so there are some frosty flowers as well!

 

 

Snow Day

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It’s hard to believe just a few weeks ago it was snowing. We woke up on Monday morning to a sparkling blanket of fluffy white snow. I asked Jasmine if she wanted to have a snow day (from pre-school) and she said no! However when I mentioned sledding everyone got excited. We ended up having our first (and hopefully last) successful sledding of the year in March!

 

And of course no snow day is complete without hot chocolate. The kids got theirs out of espresso cups for novelty and to keep excess sugar out of their systems!

After our sledding the snow melted quickly and we’ve had mostly 70s and a few 80s in the last two weeks. All the trees are in full bloom and we’re starting to mow lawns already. Stay tuned for spring pictures soon!

-Erin

 

Lucky Irish Green

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Erin Beutel Photography

Happy St. Patricks Day! In honor of this beautiful day and my Irish heritage I’m bringing a few of my favorite greens from Etsy to share with you.

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To see more spring greens from Etsy here is a treasury I made today.

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May your troubles be less,
And your blessing be more.
And nothing but happiness,
Come through your door.

Sláinte!

-Erin

 

Rainy Monday

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Well, it’s a gray and rainy Monday here in Ohio and this is where I’d like to be. In bed with a cup of tea and a stack of books. It also doesn’t help that we changed time this weekend. Since I couldn’t stay in bed be lazy, I decided to do the next best thing – take pictures that make me feel cozy!

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Alaska has the right idea!

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I hope you enjoyed (or are enjoying) your Monday.

A Walk Down Memory Lane

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Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten to rediscover some of my favorite moments of childhood. Growing up on an 85 acre tree farm with three girl cousins of stair-stepping age, we spent most of our days adventuring through the woods. We were princesses escaping to save our kingdoms, adventurers discovering new lands, and wanderers trying to survive in the wilderness. Our favorite spots got fanciful names and permanent footpaths.

One day at Mom and Dad’s I took Connor for a walk down the foggy lane and he was hooked!

Ever since he wants to go on walks every day we’re at Grandma’s. The second walk we took Sissy and explored some logs off the side of the lane.

The third time I took them down the steep hill to walk the (currently) dry creek bed,  which fascinated them. Connor got to do his favorite activity – throwing rocks into puddles, Jasmine collected bits of moss and rocks for “science,” and Mommy got to take pictures!

 

On our third walk we teamed up with Grandma to go through the woods to the creek and hike up it for a while (yes our pants and shoes were quite wet)!

Whoa, check that out, Mom!

This week it’s supposed to be quite warm here so I’m hoping to explore a little farther into the woods. We haven’t been to The Park, The Sylvan, or The Ruins in the south woods yet!

A Tartan Christmas Birthday

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My lovely Mother’s birthday is in the beginning of December, which is easy to lose somewhat in the busy holiday season. This year, since we now spend three days a week at their house while Adam’s working in the shop with Dad, I decided that we should have a fancy dinner. At first I thought I’d do a red and gold table since the centerpiece was already there, but those are the colors I’m planning for Christmas dinner at our house. I found the dark green tablecloth and the smaller plaid one and at that point it became a Tartan Christmas Birthday.

The best way to build the table was to add layers of color and texture without making it too busy. I started with a forest green tablecloth, then added the dark green plaid cloth next, finished with a small green and gold embroidered runner. The centerpiece is a small ruby red vase with holly berries and frosty white greenery.

The plates are a simple but woodsy pattern with dark green borders. At first I thought the olive patterned napkins would clash, but the other options were much too busy, and since they weren’t touching the tablecloth it worked visually. Layered  on top is a cut glass bowl topped with a spray of pine and a sprig of holly.

To finish the look each person got a (non-matching) china teacup! Because no meal is complete without several cups of tea.

August Calender Page

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I know this is a little late but hopefully I’ll be more on top of things now. I’ll admit this summer has been a bit of a wild ride with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. I believe that God is using these experiences to lead us towards new places and exciting changes to come. So for now it’s time to buckle down and do what needs to be done in the present while looking forward to all the possibilities beckoning from the not so distant future!

But on to other things. Here is the August calendar page featuring the photo “Branching Out.”

To print the calendar, click on the image which will open it in it’s own window. Right click and “save image”, so you can print it however you prefer from your computer. The document is sized at 4×6. This is a non-editable file for personal use only.