This is the woods here on our farm, Little Foot loves going out and exploring them, he's even found some doggy friends to play with while out scouting around.
These woods are absolutely beautiful in the summer with their amazing emerald colors everywhere.
They also look quite beautiful when it snows, too. I guess they even possess a certain mystical beauty now even with the leaves gone, you can manage to see some green moss poking out here and there and just a little bit of green left from the spruces and pines.
This is the quaint little town of Mount Airy, North Carolina where I've been living the past few years. The top photo is Main Street, one of my favorite places to go. It has so many adorable little shops, bakeries, restaurants, antique stores, etc. The big clock is attached to the museum on Main Street and the water tower you can see from almost all over town. It's right across from the house that Andy Griffith grew up in.
This was quite a challenge to photograph. There was no one at the camera to get Little Foots attention, so I just had to keep trying to turn him around the best I could and aim him toward the camera. I like the way the photo of me turned out best in the bottom right, but Little Foot looks like he's not happy at all and my hand looks like it's pulling his hair out! (I promise, no animals were harmed in the making of this photo shoot.) I ended up choosing the photo that Little Foot looked best in, which was the top photo. I have a piece of hair blowing across my chin so my chin looks a little funky in it, but this was as good as it gets for now.
When the colorful leaves of a beautiful season is erased
by dreary cold and lifeless surroundings...
the dawn still paints the backdrop in a new season
that's filled with beauty and life if you look
toward the horizon.
Sometimes we feel as though our world becomes lifeless when we lose loved ones, lose friends, lose jobs, lose homes, but life still goes on and there is still hope. We just have to trust that there is something bigger than ourselves taking place, that God a loving Father, has a greater love for us that outshines any problems we have. I can still see His love shining even when I look around at the sadness in the world and my life is not so empty because of Him; I can only extend that love to others because of Him, and I think that is how He brings hope to a lifeless world.
Mom and I are hanging in there. We are still just taking each day as it comes. I recently just spent a couple of weeks down in Florida looking at homes, which 2 weeks isn't a lot of time to find one.
I loved the warmth and just getting away and being able to sink my toes into the sand and ocean again. I feel so at home when I'm near the coast.
Since I didn't find anything, not even a rental to stay in so we can look, I guess right now is just not the right timing and I don't want to fight against something that just isn't working out right now. I will do things in God's time and not my own. Like I said in a previous post... no more forcing plans of my own to work, especially since that hasn't seemed to work for me in the past.
So this post is to let everyone know, my mom and I are considering moving to Florida. Central Florida's east coast. We've also thrown around the idea of moving to Nashville, TN. So I'm a little excited to see where we will finally end up. My mom even joked with me the other day and said she's ready to move to Thailand with me!
I took quite a few pictures while I was in FL and will post some of the pics in the next couple of posts. The photo above was taken by my friend Lou of me photographing the ocean.
One of the things I love about photography is you could be going out to shoot something in particular and end up finding something unexpected when you get there. I was at a photography club the other night and one of the men there said when you shoot photos, always have a goal and a subject in mind and go to that place with an intent to shoot exactly that because that is where your best photos will be. But, I find, life sort of has this way of giving you the unexpected, which in the end could turn out to be better than your original goal. Anyway, that is just my 2 cents. :)
I've never been one to follow the *rules*.
I set out to take photos of a certain thing today and was very disappointed with the outcome and we unexpectedly saw this amazing horse farm on the way home and stopped and got these pictures instead.
This horse was coming out of the barn and decided to start flipping around on his back. It was really beautiful to watch this large animal rolling around like that. I started walking away when I noticed it and had to grab my camera and quickly try capturing the moment.
I love these photos of Little Foot playing catch. He absolutely loves catching the ball and running off with it. That's why I don't call it fetch. He won't bring it back! In the first photo of Little Foot, by accident I hit the button and it took a picture of me holding the ball out in front. It was a complete accident, but I actually liked the way it turned out.
Log Cabin in the woods.
This is a log cabin some friends of ours live in. You can't really tell it's a cabin from the front, but it's really adorable. We use to live right next door to them in a log cabin of our own about 15 years ago.
Autumn Tree Reflection
The leaves are turning colors slowly but surely this year. I thought I would capture this pretty fall colored tree in my side view mirror while I was sitting in my Jeep at the park.
Here is the little apartment I'm staying in right now. It's the apartment over the garage at my mom's house. It has it's own little living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Little Foot's not allowed in the other part of the house, so he stays up here in the apartment with me. I'm pretty much living out of a suitcase right now until I can get my own place again. I took what clothes fit in my suitcase and my computer/office things and a few kitchen-wares from my house and have them here to use. The rest of my things are packed away in the basement. I read something the other day that gave me a great idea to do. It said that when you move, put all of your boxes in your new house. Don't unpack! Keep your boxes packed up and only get what you need out of them 1 thing at a the time as you need it. After a month or so, whatever you haven't taken out of the boxes, you probably don't really need. Then go through your boxes and divide the things into two piles: one for donation and one to sell. A great idea to cut clutter and unnecessary things out of your life! You can even do this if you aren't moving.
I didn't have to clean up any papers for this pic at all.
The insane amount of stuff I have stored in the basement.
I really don't need this much stuff.
I'm enjoying living more simple.
With less stuff taking up my life, I have more time to devote towards more important things.
We're having company coming in for the next few days, so I can focus on family and friends instead of thinking of something that needs to be done.
One of the things I keep thinking about is how Jesus lived a simple life. He didn't own any possessions yet was rich as one can be. When he told the rich young man to go and sell all his things and then come and follow him, he was trying to set this young man free. But he was captive of his things. Letting go is very freeing indeed. :)
These are my dads toy tractors. His favorite tractor was Farmall. He even liked these little miniature versions of them. I know a lot of my posts and photos are sentimental at the moment, but please bare with me. I read somewhere that instead of trying to keep all of a loved ones possessions that has passed on, is to take photographs of the items instead. This way, you still have the memories you can look back on instead of having boxes of physical stuff just sitting around. I grew up on tractors so I actually feel quite at home on them. Here's an old photo I just found of me bailing hay here on the farm, I know it's hard to tell it's me, but I was having fun! :)
Why is it then that I complicate things? I've just experienced a life changing event and it has caused me to look at and examine my life. My dad passing away has had a tremendous effect on me. It has shown me that some things in life are important when what I really thought was important, really wasn't at all. Things are not important. People are.
I once sold all of my belongings and moved to Thailand. It was a very freeing experience. I let go of things and learned to embrace a culture and the people of Thailand. Then I came home and started to embrace things again. Our American culture encourages it and I was caught in it's trap once again. Now with one of the most important people in my life being taken away from me, it has put me back on the right course, the course of knowing that people are all that really count. I have started purging my things in order to set my priorities right and make sure my life is full of people and not full of things.
We need things... food, clothes, shelter... I know, so I have decided to start purging things that are not necessities. I've been going through clothes, shoes, everything I own and just weeding out the unnecessary parts that don't need to be there. One of my biggest problems has always been paper. Notes, post its, mail, un-filed papers, the messy desk that I was forever organizing. I stumbled upon a site that shows you how to get rid of paper. It worked. The answer? A journal. Take every single important post-it, to do list, etc. and write those things down in a journal and throw away the loose pieces of paper. Then you have a clean desk with no stray papers anywhere. Everything is inside the Journal. Write your to do lists, reminders, phone msgs, everything, inside the journal from now on.
It's so simple!
I'm learning to just be simple. Live in the moment. If you ask me what my big goals or plans are next, I don't have the answer because I'm not there. I am here, in the moment and I am going to learn to live in this moment.
Someone once said, think of your favorite possession, the thing you own that you like the most...
now is this the thing you would want to be holding as you lay dying?
On the day my dad passed away during his last moments, my dad was holding something in each hand. My mothers hand in one and my hand in his other.
This is all that is important. This and not one thing more.
Everything is different now, I am different.
The world is different now, the world seems changed.
This Florida native is back! I love the beach, sand, sun and anything fun, so I just purchased a little house not far from the beach.
Don't worry, it's very casual here, I don't care if sand is tracked in or if you spill your drink, no worries, just get another one~
The style is tropical island eclectic casual, so enjoy as I post each remodel room by room.