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favorite things

favorite things

1.  My French Family Table: Recipes for a Life Filled with Food, Love, and Joie de Vivre by Beatrice Peltre.  Gotta keep that connection to Paris going somehow.

2.  Tulle We Meet Again Skirt.  Am I the only one who dreams of owning a pink tulle skirt?

3.  Baker Stripe Dishtowel Set.  Love the colorful stripes.  Perfect splash of color for dark autumn days.

4.  Hood If I Could Cape in Saffron.  A D O R A B L E.

5.  Fox Run Nativity Cookie Cutter Bake Set.  Okay, I know it’s a little early BUT now is the time to grab it!  I love, LOVE this sweet take on the traditional gingerbread house.  Share the story of the birth of Christ while decorating and create a new holiday tradition.

6.  Walking in this World: The Practical Art of Creativity by Julia Cameron.  I am a huge fan of Julia Cameron after working through her book The Artist’s Way several years ago.  LOVE this one almost as much!  Perfect for this season in my life.

Happy Friday!!!

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seasons | big ramblings on a little blog

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I decided to skip my usual audio book during yesterday’s walk, opting instead to let my head wander with my feet.  With autumn knocking at nature’s door, I settled on my favorite George Winston album so aptly named.  A wave of deep sadness swept over me with the music.  Then I remembered.  This was the same album I immersed myself in during labor with our firstborn (Emilio is now in college, his 19th birthday just days away).  And the same album I immersed myself in when hospitalized with a kidney infection in college; this album was my escape in the painful, preceding hours.

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Two vastly different situations with two vastly different meanings attached.  Yet both, somehow intertwined.  I spent the next hour trying to figure it out before the answer hit like a ton of bricks.  The connection?  Changing seasons.

Life can be measured in seasons, both physically and spiritually:

Spring (from birth-25 years old). New life and growth; a time of identify formation and stepping into the world; carving out your spot.

Summer (from 25-50 years old). Playtime; energy is consumed by career, marriage, and/or children; living the thing fully (i.e. busy); beauty most easily seen.

Fall (from 50-75 years old). The great slow down as we transition to less busy; our bodies beginning to show signs of wear; the loss of parents and other loved ones alters our perspective; our children moving into a summer of their own; we make time to enjoy the life we have built.

Winter (from 75-end of earthly life). Beauty still surrounds us but can be more challenging to see; our bodies are tired and worn; we move inward towards a state of dormancy the older we get; a time of rest and reflection.

We can get stuck during times of transition if we are unwilling to let go of the former season and move into the new.  That’s what happened to me in college.  My future was uncertain and sense of identity was threatened; I longed for security.  Instead of forging ahead, I buried my worries and fears in addiction.  Transitioning from spring to summer (the ten years between adolescence and adulthood) were the most difficult of my life.  Yet at the same time, I realize the pain was a necessary part of the process – making me who I am today.

It dawned on my during my walk that I am on the verge of another seasonal transition, this time moving from summer to fall.  The future is uncertain as our kids move on with their own lives.  The story is changing and instead of trying to hold onto the last chapter, I must move forward.  Giving our children freedom to fly, accepting wrinkles and other signs of maturity as badges of honor, giving myself permission to slow down, crafting yummy dinners for two, and making plans for a future no longer bound to school calendars.

How about you?  Which season are you currently in?  What changes do you need to make to fully embrace this place in time?  If you are close to a transition, spend some time thinking about what you would like the next season to look like.  What are you most looking forward to?

It is not length of life, but depth of life. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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asya | minnesota high school senior session

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I met Asya a few weeks ago after getting connected by way of her friend (and another recently photographed senior) Connor.

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And we spent a couple of hours working our way around the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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It was a beautiful day and Asya, a beautiful model.

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Here are several more of my favorites from our time together:

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Enjoy the rest of your senior year, Asya!!!

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lexi | minnesota high school senior session

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I met Lexi a couple of weeks ago and knew immediately we were in for a great evening.

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She brought along a few family members to help with outfit changes and props.  Her Uncle Joe offered all sorts inspiration.

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And her momma brought along some ADORABLE props.

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Lexi recently moved to Minnesota from Nevada and has been involved with dance for a number of years, both here and there.

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She was simply joy to work with.

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Beautiful inside and out.

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Here are several more of my favorites:

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I hope you have an incredible senior year, Lexi!!!

Tina Eddy - September 16, 2016 - 10:32 pm

LEXI THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!! SOOOOOO CUTE!!! <3 <3 <3

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kate | minnesota high school senior session

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I met Kate a couple of weeks ago after getting connected through her friend (and neighbor) Zoe.

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Kate is a beautiful young woman with a bright, infectious smile.

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One of the words her momma used to describe her was strong.

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I can only imagine how that plays out on the soccer field.

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Here are a few more of my favorites from our time together:

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It was a pleasure working with you, Kate.  I hope you have a fantastic senior year!!!

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