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favorite things {may 2016}

1. Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket.  I love the earthy tones of this picnic blanket and think it would be perfect for the beach or park!

2. Prima Donna Cold Shoulder Top.  The layers make this look.

3. Mini 7s/8 Colored Lens Filters.  There are SO MANY fun accessories out there now for Instax cameras.  These colorful filters would be great fun to play with over the summer months!

4. Blow Your Mind Indigo Jeans.  I have a total weakness for ruffles.

5. Mudder Close-up Lens with Self-Portrait Mirror.  It hate shooting blind when trying to capture selfies with my Instax camera.  Film is so expensive, I had to waste even one shot!  This inexpensive attachment is a MUST.

6. Woods of Wisdom Lunch Box.  You could also use this sweet bag as a mini cooler for days at the beach or pool.  Super cute!

Happy Friday!

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friday breakfast date {scotty b’s restaurant & gale woods farm}

Tony and I made our way west again.  First stop was breakfast at Scotty B’s Restaurant in Mound.

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I ordered the Spanish Skillet, which featured some of the crispiest American fries I have ever had.  Delicious.  Then we made our way over to Gale Woods Farm to check out the location.

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When I first checked into purchasing an annual photography permit with the Three Rivers Park District, this was one location that wooed me.  With the barn, green space, and animals it had the makings of a great family session location.

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It was so incredibly peaceful.  [Click HERE for a video peek.]

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I especially love the class offerings on site AND that you can purchase meats, produce, and other items grown right there on the farm!

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If you are interested in scheduling a photography session with me at Gale Woods Farm, a reservation is required at least two weeks in advance so plan accordingly!

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living with intention – nourishing body & spirit

 

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Nourish:  To provide (someone or something) with food and other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition; to cause something to develop or grow stronger.

Synonyms => Cherish. Cultivate. Sustain. Comfort. Encourage. Support.

Antonyms => Abandon. Ignore. Neglect. Condemn. Deprive. Hurt. Starve.

For nearly a decade I eliminated entire food groups and exercised to the nth degree, the underlying motivation always the same – to lose weight. I told myself it was about “being healthy” but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. What I was doing to myself was nothing short of abuse.

Abandon. Ignore. Neglect. Condemn. Deprive. Hurt. Starve.

During the healing process, I discovered that in addition to having a body that must be cared for and nourished I also have a spirit requiring the same. And to flourish and grow, both body and spirit needed tending:

    1) I learned to nourish my body with the help of a registered dietitian and food exchange meal plan.  Forever abandoning my scale and the notion of “good” and “bad” foods.

    2) With the help of a specialized therapist, I learned how to make changes to my thinking (we don’t live differently until we think differently).  Self Talk, Soul Talk: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Jennifer Rothschild is an EXCELLENT resource on this subject.

    3) I began watching bible teacher Joyce Meyer on television and applying biblical truths to my thinking.

As my body and spirit healed, a new way of thinking took root.

Cherish. Cultivate. Sustain. Comfort. Encourage. Support.

And nourishing others became the overflow of learning how to nourish myself.

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Such a beautiful thing that lines up so beautifully with scripture:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion – to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit – that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. Isaiah 61:1-4 (AMPC)

Jesus was sent for the broken and blind, to bring freedom to physical and spiritual captives.  To raise something beautiful from the ruins, bring joy instead of mourning, and praise in place of a burdened spirit.  Best of all, He helps rebuild what was broken – all for the glory of God.

This week I want you to take a look at your own life story, specifically hidden or broken parts in need of rebuilding. In what ways is your life impacted today by those hidden or broken parts? Where are you longing for freedom? Are you open to the idea of rebuilding?  If so, your journal can be a great place to begin a dialog with God. Track movement, growth, and signs of life – keep your eyes peeled for beauty in the rubble.

[If you are interested in learning more about living with intention, work through the weekly assignments and check out Intentional Gatherings for further inspiration.]

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so this happened | prom 2016

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It’s almost the end of May and we are quickly approaching graduation!  It’s been a beautiful month so far, filled to the brim with school-related concerts and activities.

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With lots more still to come in the next couple of weeks!  [Be sure to follow along on Instagram; he and I will be heading to Madison on Saturday for his Wisconsin Singers audition!!!]

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friday breakfast date {woody’s grille & bryant lake regional park}

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We made it out last week despite the rain and cold.  And boy, was it COLD.  First stop was breakfast at Woody’s Grille in Eden Prairie, a cute little place with lovely patio that had me dreaming of summer.  (We sat at a booth inside with a direct view, away from the elements.)  I ordered the New York Nasty.

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Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, sweet red onions, and mozzarella served on top of hash browns.  It was absolutely delicious.  Then we made our way over to Bryant Lake Regional Park to check out the location.

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And I loved it the second we pulled up.

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I can only imagine how beautiful it would be on a bright summer day.  The beach would be great start for an Everyday Family Session.  Playing in the sand and water.  A little picnic perhaps.

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Then onto the playground and beyond!

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Lots of textures, colors, and paths in a relatively small area.  (Click HERE for a little video clip I posted to IG that day as well.)  If you’re interested in booking a session at Bryant Lake Regional Park, my permit requires a reservation be made two weeks in advance so be sure to plan accordingly!

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