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Be brave.

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Brave by Sara Bareilles

This song. These words. Such powerful speech into the lives of those that struggle with being brave. I’ve listened to this song quite often over the years. There is so much encouragement and truth in these lyrics! We live in such a harsh world with so much entitlement and careless people that have no ounce of care in how they treat others. The bullying. The gossip. The hate. I struggle deeply with needing to ‘please’ others. I say ‘yes’ instead of ‘no’ because I don’t want to upset. I never used to be this bad…. it bothers me deeply to think that someone doesn’t like me or is mad at me. These thoughts and feelings are lies from the enemy.. he knows exactly where to get me. God is trying to speak these words of bravery into my life and I struggle to hear them. I know I am not alone in this. There are lots of people out there that need to hear these words as much as I do on a regular basis. You are brave. Say what you want to say… but do it with love. Don’t be harsh. People who hurt others are deeply hurting themselves. Instead of lashing out we need to pray for them. I think of this often.. people who hurt others are deeply hurting themselves.. remember that. ❤

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Gardens.

I’m still admiring the beautiful pictures I took at the Hershey gardens yesterday. I’ve been pretty disappointed in my flower gardening this year. A lot of my flowers are dying, my hydrangea bushes never bloomed and weeds are almost to much to keep up with. I did so much research before planting what I planted so I’m a bit confused. Anyways, at least my vegetable garden is doing well! I am new to it all and I must say I’ve learned a lot about what to do and what not to do for next year!

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Butterflies.

The butterfly atrium in Hershey, PA is a must see!! Such a relaxing environment to be in with beautiful butterflies flying all around you. The room is so peaceful with the sound of water running and butterfly wings fluttering. I got my son a bug lore before leaving the gardens today and we have been in search of caterpillars all afternoon. Sadly, we didn’t find any! But tomorrow is another day and we will be in search of more. I’m so excited to fill the bug lore with caterpillars and watch them form cocoons! It will give us some excitement at home!

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Such a mess.

Lots of messes around my house lately. I’ve been really working on letting the mess go and cleaning it up later. I found myself being so stressed out and trying to keep up with the house that I felt like I was cleaning all day. It is very important to me that my main focus is on my son… playing, learning, exploring and enjoying the moments because it will and is going so fast. Too fast…. how can I do all that if I am cleaning all day?

So I need to stop apologizing to people who come over… if they want to judge, let them judge.

I need to stop being overwhelmed and stressed about my list of ‘things to do’. It will all get done.

I need to step back and look at the big picture and not worry about the ‘now’.

I need to focus on God and know that it will all get done. Knowing that he has blessed us with this home and it is a gift from him, I will take care of it… but later.

But later…..

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Poison.

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Hiding in my beautiful rose bush was this nasty beast! Poison sumac… oh, how I hate you. Sneaky… is what it is! Every year when I start to do my weeding around the house I get poison! I never knew what sumac looked like so I had no idea that it was in 4 places around my house. I have poison on both my arms and my stomach. No fun! But I am so glad that I did a little research and found this stuff because I am very allergic to all of it! 😡 Now to get rid of it… any tips are welcome!

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Rainy day.

Another rainy day… what to do? I never minded rainy days until I had my son. My almost two year old lives for the outdoors… and a day without the outdoors is often a little scary. We are starting to enter the two’s and I’ve found on days where we don’t have outside time to break up our day then things get a little more challenging. So for today… we are going to get wet! We are getting out the rain boots and little umbrellas and going on an adventure! Depending on the rain I’ll try and capture some photos! My flowers are thriving today so of course I needed a picture of those. My rose bushes are really coming along!

Even though it’s a rainy day… it will be a beautiful one.

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They survived!

There it is! My peonie Bush survived the transplant! Ahhh so beautiful! The other two transplanted bushes are looking promising as well!

After almost three years of living in our first home I am finally into making it look pretty! I have found my green thumb. It’s actually very exciting and shocking at the same time! I did research and figured out exactly what kind of plants I wanted for the front yard, what grows when and blooms for how long ect. I never realized just how exciting it all is and how happy it makes me when my plants finally bloom… (hence this post!) I also have started gardening organically as well and so far all is going well!🌷🌱 I planted kale, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers! A few pests and fur legged friends got to my tomatoes… I found that Neem oil is great for pest control and I’m not really sure how to stop the cats from getting into my garden. Funny story…. I use stakes for my tomato plants instead of cages.. so I had all the tomatoes attached to the stakes using string. One day I go out to water my garden and the strings are all gone AND one of my tomato plants… lol I couldn’t help but laugh! Cats. 🙄

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Two.

Two?! Already?! What happened? I cannot believe that in just a few short weeks my favorite little boy in the entire world will be TWO! Makes me sad to think about… this is the time in life where I want it to slow down! But instead time is moving way faster than I want. I’m also just so excited for all the many exciting ways he is growing! He learns something new every day and just soaks it all in. My adventurer. My love. My life. My motherhood adventure has been the most incredible journey this far in life and I have loved and cherished every moment of it. As I start planning the BIG TWO birthday party… I just cant help but think… in just a few short years he will be graduating high school and I’ll be asking, where did the time go?! In the meantime I am going to do my best to slow it down and soak it all in and enjoy every second, minute and hour of his amazing presence. I am so blessed that God made me his Mama.

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Peonies.

I just love peonies! Every year I get so excited when they bloom! The peonie bushes bring such beautiful flowers. I just transplanted some peonies from the bottom of my yard to the front yard. I was a little sceptical at first that they survived the transplant but they seem to be perking back up. In the mean time I will enjoy everyone else’s peonies until mine bloom again! I’m excited for all the color!! C’mon summer… I’m ready for ya!