hello trying something new!

Hello friends! We are back from England and trying to get back in our rhythm–I always forget how long jet lag hangs on. We are getting there slowly but surely.

I am taking an online ‘abstract floral painting” class and it’s fun–and also stretching and frustrating and inspiring. Below is my first painting. I don’t hate it–so I figure that’s a good start!

It’s a brand new week, how about some hellos?

Hello trying to get my suitcase all the way unpacked so I can put it away.

Hello trying some new recipes and having fun setting the table. I feel inspired.

Hello registering David for HIGH SCHOOL Oh my gosh. David will be at a new school and I’m a little nervous. And also a little excited.

Hello getting ready to homeschool Matthias in the fall. He’s looking forward to it and so are we.

Hello breezy cool weather after a week of tropical heat. So unusual for the central coast of California.

Hello making a list of all the doctors David needs to see. I’ll be honest, it’s overwhelming.

Hello fresh plums and peaches from the grocery store that are sooooo yummy. I love this season!

Hello watching this series–so good!

Hello reading this book–full of good reminders.

Hello looking forward to time with my sisters this week. Hooray!

What are you saying hello to this week?


  1. Although I, too, like your painting, I am commenting on your poem you posted.
    This was perfect timing for ME! My husband has taken a 2 year contract in Saudi & my worries have been over-
    whelming me. He has a year left & I am putting your poem on my mirror as a daily reminder that you really can’t control certain situations & just pray it ALL works out. I am happy your husband is having a healthy recovery & THANK YOU!

  2. Beautiful painting! I look forward to seeing more of your art.

    I love Matthew Kelly. His books are great and if you ever get a chance to see him speak in person, nab it (I love that Australian accent 🙂

  3. I love that you are taking an art class! It’s good to be a student every once in a while–I’m usually the teacher, so it’s a good reminder how challenging learning can be.

  4. Your painting is absolutely beautiful! I never would have guessed that was your very first one; it’s so fun to try new things. On a side note, I am an early intervention/early childhood special education teacher in the Portland, Oregon area, and I have really enjoyed reading your blog about your family and business. You are an inspiration to me and many others as you vulnerably share your life. Many blessings to you and your family as you start some new adventures this year with high school and home schooling!

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