charlotte rose | two & three months

These are some of Charlotte's two/three month photos. She's so so so so so so so cute. It's amazing how in just a couple months Charlotte has gone from a tiny newborn to a chubby baby that smiles at you, goos, and makes the cutest/funniest facial expressions. She's really really really adorable....but I guess I've already said that. ;)


books, books, etc.

If you all didn't know...I really like reading. I'm constantly finding new books I want to read. I thought I'd share some new books/series are that new or old-time favorites. (I use Goodreads to keep track of books I've read, want to read, or have read. It's pretty handy and I'd recommend it! See my account here.)

First off, I'm currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I was reading Tom Sawyer (which I must say was rather surprising) when I found Pride and Prejudice in a box in our house. So I'm kind of in limbo between reading both here and there (whichever is closest). I seem to be making habit of reading more than one book at a time lately. I'm reading The Hobbit aloud to my sister.
For books I've read, I started keeping track of them with this chart last year. It's fun because at the end of the year you can count up the number of books you've read.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis >> My grandpa loaned these to me recently and I loved them.

The Anne of Green Gables Novels by L.M. Montgomery >> I read these sometime last year and am hoping to re-read them this summer.

The Love Comes Softly Series by Janette Oke

Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt >> I read this book a few years ago and remember really enjoying it, I'm looking forward to re-reading it sometime.

The Viking Quest Series by Lois Walfrid Johnson >> One of my favorite series. (I've read them, like, three or four times. Seriously.)

Seasons of the Heart Series by Janette Oke

Millie Keith, A Life of Faith by Martha Finely >> Another one of my very favorites and one I hope to read again soon.

Books I want to read would be...

The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren

The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë >> This one was mutually liked by you all when I asked for classic book recommendations.

The Elsie Dinsmore Series (the orignial ones) by Martha Finely

The Milred Keith Series (the orignial ones) by Martha Finely

Ivanhoe by Walter Scott

Pligrim's Progress by John Bunyan

The Song of Acadia Series by Janette Oke

The Bonnets and Bugles Series by Gilbert Morris

The Story Girl Books by L.M. Montgomery

Emma by Jane Austen

What are your favorite books? Happy weekend. xo.


addyson grace: portraits

Addyson Grace (or Addy or Ad)
Reddish brown hair
Blue eyes
Laughs a lot
Has some freckles
Is now a big sister & a little sister
Is bright
Is motivated
Is determined


These are the rest of the pictures  from the photoshoot  did with Addy last week. Ghere to see the preview


preview: addyson grace: portraits

These are a few photos of Addy from a little photoshoot we did this week. Full post to come soon.

Happy weekend. xo.


tulips & ramblings

some pictures of mother's day tulips

Yesterday evening I started not feeling so well, and today "it" turned into a full out head-cold. Thankfully, though, I have a nice supply of library books on hand. And so, I've been reading more than I have in awhile, and turned out a canvas painting and a watercolor today.

Things that have been going on recently include...

the lilac bush blooming
the grass getting cut for the first time this year (all green and velvety)
charlotte has learned how to goo and gurgle and make all sorts of noises
i got my hair cut (about 4 1/2 to 5 inches off)
we have 15 new baby chicks
my instagram has been overtaken by pictures of flowers and new paintings (which are of flowers)

What have you been doing recently? Happy Sunday.

PS // I hope to offer an update on Charlotte soon (and perhaps some two month photos), and also one on the baby chicks.


5 on 5: may

I must say,
there is hardly ever (hardly) a better
feeling than
that first day when
the sun beats through the winter wind,
finally finally.
There's a wind blown look to your hair
and your face feels stretched
(in the best way possible) ,
from seeing the sun again.
And though you've just
of spring,
summer is coming through.


I missed posting five pictures on the fifth this month, so here's five on the ninth. These are [grainy] ipod photos from when it was a nice, warm, eighty degrees outside. I sat outside on the porch swing and drank lemonade (+ a lime) and read The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (superb books, by the way).

Happy Thursday. xo.


a walk in the woods

Last Sunday evening, Dad and I took a walk to find some mushrooms in the woods. I can't say that I did much mushroom-hunting, but I did take quite a few pictures. The sky was clear, almost everything was green, and the water was sparkling. Here's some (or a lot of) pictures from then.
hey look, we found some.
The end.