Monday, January 30, 2012

The Camera Is My Friend

I have been wanting a new camera for awhile, and this weekend my husband bought me one.  The zoom-in lens is amazing on it.  Our family took a little trip to Encinitas, and I thought "what better way to test my camera out than a trip to the Pacific Ocean?"

Surfers trying to catch the perfect wave.

Browsing through all the shops in town.

This Starbucks is one of the most charming ones I've been to.

These signs caught my eye.

We love Bob Marley.  Aren't these skateboards cool?

"Don't gain the world and lose your soul,
Wisdom is better than silver or gold."
~Bob Marley

My favorite shop in Encinitas.

A great day in Encinitas.  I love my camera, and now I can have fun with this wonderful hobby of mine.

Have a good week, my friends.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekend Time

After a long hectic week, nothing sounds so fine...
as pizza and wine.  

My soft robe awaits me.

I can kick up my feet and relax.

For now we're on weekend time.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day Of Love

Valentine's Day is a special holiday for me.  Red and pink, hearts, chocolate, and LOVE...what a great day it is.  Here are a few lovelies that I have around my house.

And Now
These Three Remain:
Faith, Hope, and Love,
And The Greatest of
These is

Have you decorated for Valentine's Day yet?


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Color In My World

I'm not one to make new years resolutions; I just try to be the best me that I can, but I did decide to buy myself more flowers this year.  When me and my husband were dating, he used to buy me Carnations all the time.  I just bought a beautiful bouquet of them.  Carnations have the best smell, and they last for a very long time.  These are so colorful, and I love them.  Here's a few more colorful pictures as well.

My kids like to draw in their spare time.  I don't know where they get their talent from - I can't draw at all.

Some of my stationery cards.

I've always wanted to go up in one of these...maybe someday.

Isn't this the coolest butterfly?

We all need a little color in our lives to brighten our day.

Love you!!


Friday, January 20, 2012

"Wherever you go,
go with all your heart."

Have a good weekend.


Monday, January 16, 2012


My niece, Lillie, wrote an essay when she was 11 years old about Faith.  I thought it was a beautiful story about a little girl and her love for God, and I wanted to share it with you.  After reading it, my heart was full of joy, and I remember thinking to myself, "how special it is that she has an understanding of this at such a young age."

Faith is a strong loyalty to God in every situation.  We all have good and bad times in life.  During the good times it's easy for everyone to believe in God.  But, during the bad times it's not that easy for everyone.  During our bad times is when we  need to keep our faith more than ever.

I don't believe that God tests our faith by giving us bad times in life.  The bad things that happen to us are always a learning experience.  It feels that the bad things may never go away, but we must have faith that good things will happen.  During my bad times I do alot of praying, and God always helps me get through it.  Prayer shows my faith and it's a way for me to talk to God.

I have faith that God listens to me no matter how small my prayers are.  During a bad time in my brother's life, my mom told us all to pray for him.  We prayed very hard and God has answered our prayers.  I knew He would.  Through this hard time we learned alot about how great our life really is.  We always knew we loved each other, but now we appreciate our lives together.

Everyone in the world is free to have faith.  No one can take it away from you.  Faith is something in your heart.  It is God speaking to you.  We all need to listen.

Lillie is 23 years old now, and I still have her sweet little letter tucked away in a box that I keep all my treasured keepsakes in.   Thank you, Lillie, for reminding me of the light of Faith, and that all we have to do is be still and hear God whispering in our hearts.


Saturday, January 14, 2012


May you find a bright moment in a dreary day.

May you have the opportunity to open one of life's unexpected doors.

May you reach far for your dreams, no matter the distance.

May you find happiness in the world's simple pleasures.

May you have a lovely weekend.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"The woman who follows
the crowd will usually go
no further than the crowd.
The woman who walks alone
is likely to find herself in places
no one has ever been before."
~Albert Einstein


Saturday, January 7, 2012

French Nostalgia

Oh Paris...

I love you, and I miss you:

Your beautiful architecture...


Your exquisite art...

Your elegant dialect...

Your striking sense of style...

Your outdoor caf├ęs...

Your mouthwatering cuisine...

Your delightful neighborhoods...

Even your countless stairs...

One day we will meet again and pick up right where we left off ;-) 

Je T'aime!