fresh starts, focus & intentional living

i woke this morning and once again started what i’ve started every year for the past…well, i don’t even know how many times i’ve started, only to fail miserably come april.

i began to think about this brand new, fresh start, open the new calender, year ahead of us.  i’ll be honest. 2012 was a good year for the knudsens. while there were injuries and disagreements. surgeries and hurt feelings. missed performances and multiple unexpected financial expenses. there were 4.0’s in the honors program. there was enough money for vacation. there was beginning of a new job adventure. friendships formed. relationships strengthened. clear biopsies. mission trips and seeing the hand of the Lord in our lives over and over.

i have this weird dysfunctional mind that looks back on 2012 and many of the details of 2012 and wonder will 2013 be as good? be full of blessing? will we have more trials than blessings? more expenses that cash flow?

i don’t know. but i do know one thing. my prayer is this, that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to Him. no matter what comes my way.

my goals are simple for 2013.

while i know goals are supposed to be quantifiable. “do less’ and ‘be more’ are not measurable words. but in my mind they’re gonna work for me.

sure there are more things i want to do. more things i hope to accomplish, at the end of the day, these are things that i hope to accomplish~

eat less.

drink more water.

love others well.

encourage my girls.

honor dan.

spend time with Him every. single. day.


intentional. focused. more of “them” less of “me”. identify the love languages of those i love and love them out of those. say something to build up my little women every day. honor dan in how i manage our home and manage my heart. spend quality time in His word reading His words. praying and connecting with His heart. learning His will. intentional. focused. more of “them” less of me”

happy new year my friends!



January 1, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Amy Avery - Happy New Year Miss Paige! I bet you think I am stalking you since I just commented on your FB post. I promise I am not :-). Your goals for the coming year are things I think that are very attainable yet profound and difficult too. I love that you said that you prayed over your goals. That is something I want to do more of is to pray over and listen with inteniality of what our Father wants of me not what I want of me. Thank you for sharing your goals. They are inspirational. Here’s to many more 4.0’s, family trips to the beach and many many blessings for the Knudson family in 2013!

January 1, 2013 - 12:18 pm

kimberly - Beautiful friend- you inspire me in so many ways. I love the simple yet extraordinary love that pours from you and onto those around you. Wishing you a year filled with laughter, health and the love of that wonderful family of yours~

January 1, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Diane - Happy New Year my sweet friend to you and your family!
Wishing you a fabulous year and keeping doing what you do so well, loving on everyone and inspiring all of us.
The best is yet to come!
Much love to you all!

January 1, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Christy - Happy New Year Page!! So still working on my 2013 goals & plans, yours is inspiring

January 1, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Caroline - Dear Paige, a very warm wish from across the globe to you & your beautiful family. I love your goals for 2013, we all have more than we could ever need or wish for so for me in 2013 I hope to be more mindful of that.

January 1, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - These sound a lot like my goals too. I can’t wait to see what this year brings because for me… if I’m really honest, I didn’t really enjoy the last two years. Adrain and I prayed more of a thanks that the year was finally OVER and new beginnings might be on the horizon. I know that’s bad… and I have a jar now where we will be writing GOOD things that happen throughout the year because they ARE out there. I know it.

January 1, 2013 - 10:10 pm

LLH Designs - Love your approach this year. I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Just trying to be more open and surrendered to daily change so that I might be made more like the Savior. It’s a life-long process, but one that ends with a promise of being completed by the time we meet Him! Not measurable and quantifiable on this side of heaven, but eternally rewarding! xoxo!

January 1, 2013 - 10:55 pm

Stacie - Happy New Year! Loved this post – very inspiring and timely as I sit down to reflect back on 2012 and write down my goals for 2013. On a totally different note . . . I think, as a mom to a 16 year old girl, it would be awesome if your girls had a tab on your site to voice their insight on teenage life, fashion, church, etc. Just a thought!!

January 2, 2013 - 12:29 am

dawn - Happy New year Paige…my goals this year are similar..simple but heartfelt…xo

January 2, 2013 - 10:28 pm

Julie@jam-n-jilly - Happy new year, Paige! What an awesome post! I want the same things! I wished we lived closer! I could sure use the support;)

January 7, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Jeannine - Oh my goodness, I had to laugh, because when you wrote “do less and be more,” I sort of hid my eyes, because my word of the year is “Do.” But God is so good to open each of our sets of eyes to what he has in store for each one of us as an individual soul. I need to get over my paralyzing indecisiveness and perfectionism, and so I’m just gonna “do.” But I think it will lead us to the same place! I nodded to every statement on your list. In fact, I’ve got 5 Love Languages and 5 Love Languages of Children on my to-read pile! Okay, must stop blog reading and go DO! ♥

January 10, 2013 - 7:50 am

so i gained a couple days. sorta. » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] i had big plans. not like resolutions and goals because i am keeping up with those but like all the other stuff you think you need to be doing, yeah, those things i’m not doing […]

life lately

i’m listening to kansas, the doobies and the eagles this morning. all of christmas is packed away except the tree and the lit garland outside.  a year ago today i had just received the call from the breast care center that my biopsy had come back clear. since then, i feel like this year has been so full of blessings. i want to do a little 2012 review but for now i’ll just share about lately.

at the risk of being someone who makes you wanna gag. or roll your eyes. or be all like…oh here she goes, i must say these last few weeks have been full of blessings upon blessings. savannah’s trip to kosovo was awesome. life changer for sure. i’ll share about that later too. she’s home safe & sound and i am totally loving having her here before she heads to Passion for several days. we’ve had glitch after glitch ( insert $$$$ here) occur but i’m grateful we have a home that i love, even if the fridge needs replacing. all the locks needed repair. the girls shower needs to be redone. the garage door opener is busted. and all four cars have needed repair. i’m thankful my hubby doesn’t get all knotted up each time another expense has occured.

last night we all sat together & LOVED Les Miserables. oh my word. a must see. even though dan thought the movie , done entirely in song , was maybe a bit much. and yes, little bit went. she cracked me up though….during the early sexual scene she looked over at savannah & said, “peace” and got up and left. at the end of the movie she kept saying over & over, “i wept mom, i wept”. she was spent!


so i’m going to roll through the last couple days and include some blurry iphone images too.

little bit researched & made her own white chocolate bark. delish!~

christmas eve~

enjoyed a sophisticated dinner at Waffle House~

we played our annual “find the pickle” game. each one is blindfolded while the others harass wait patiently from another room. dan times them. the winner scores  a year of declaring winning status skittles & being first up opening presents in the morning~

caroline for the win. a few years ago, savannah won. caroline cried. savannah blared played “time of my life” from david cook’s american idol win. she’s not competitive. not at all.

watched The Grinch –well some of us watched~

christmas morning~

smk brought me a beautiful ring from Kosovo~took a mid morning break for our traditional breakfast of sausage/egg strada, shrimp & grits and brown sugared bacon~

back for opening gifts, round 2~savannah blew me away with a handmade glittered canvas. i cried. “gifts” is my love language. i am always blown away to think someone thought of me. picked out or crafted a gift for me….this was the ultimate~

santa totally hit a homerun~ i mean he totally surprised me. jammies. fave fragrance. barre pants. the entire collection. tripod. hello.

christmas dinner~ honeybaked ham, honeybaked turkey, mac & cheese, & roasted brussel sprouts. rolls & fudge pie~

miscellaneous december~

she’s wanted her hair to be long enough to braid for years. finally started growing this year~sweet friend Kat delivering pioneer woman’s cinnamon rolls!! ~

i hope each of you is enjoying time with family and friends!

be back soon~~

December 28, 2012 - 1:13 pm

DNese - Loved this post and the pictures.

December 28, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Amy Avery - Awesome recap friend! I am so glad y’all had such a wonderful Christmas!Your’re girls are so beautiful! Savannah and her canary yellow dress, stunning! Love that glittered canvas she made for you too. We are knee deep in taking down all the decor today, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel. Enjoy the rest of 2012 and Happy happy New Year! xoxo

December 28, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Susan - Love your recap, sweet friend! Ours was a little wild, but sweet as well! I completely forgot about 3 gifts until Christmas afternoon! Had to search high and low for them—then wrap them! One mama has been too busy with other things! Pics are precious–my fav is Dan chillin’ on the back porch with your beautiful dog! {Sigh}….headed to clean a little bit more. Hoping to chat with you next week while Passion is going on…Austin is headed there too.

December 28, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Can I please become an honorary member of your family? Pleeeze?

December 28, 2012 - 10:56 pm

bethanie - My McKenna is going to Passion this year and is so excited!! I remember reading your posts last year when Savannah was there, I’ll be the one glued to the Live Stream right along with ya this year! So excited about what the Lord is going to do there…wish I could sneak in!! If there’s any inside info I should tell her about the time there, will you email me?! She’s going with a group that has gone several times, so I think she’ll be prepared. Happy New Year, my friend!

December 29, 2012 - 9:25 am

Kerri - I am loving the Knudsen family update! the ring smk brought back from Kosovo is amazing! I am wondering if I am a long, lost sister? what I would give to spend a Christmas with the Knudsens! it is funny that you posted pics of Christmas brunch~ I told my girls and Nick that I want to do brunch next year instead of a big dinner. wishing you a happy, healthy New Year my friend! XO

December 29, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Donna - Loved peeking at your gifts – but I would love to see what was in the other boxes for your girls!!! I see lots of anthro boxes there…lol. That glittery monogramed picture that Savannah did is priceless!!!! Did she do that with stencils? I need one. Have a Happy New Year – and once again – you people are stylin over there!!!!

December 29, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Denise - Merry Christmas! I so enjoy reading your blog!! I love the glitter art!! Did your daughter have that made for you or do it herself? Would love to know the name of the site it came from!

Thank you!
Love and Blessings :)

December 30, 2012 - 4:25 am

sophie - I just love all your pictures!! Love the monogrammed gift boxes and especially love all the girls on the stairs with their matching pajama bottoms. My house is certainly way different with 5 boys, you won’t see any pretty monogrammed gift boxes here. I do have one little princess so we do have some,small quantities, of pretty stuff around…somewhere……
Seriously, though I love your pictures, and your girls are stunning, so is their mama!!
wishing you and your family a Happy and Blessed New Year

December 30, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Kelly - Where did the precious king candleholder come from? Such a sweet family you have. Happy new year!

December 30, 2012 - 9:17 pm

Deidre - I love all the pics. Your girls are beautiful! I love the one on the stairs in their PJs. I saw a centerpiece candleholder like the one in your picture (Birthday of the King) at a specialty shop and didn’t get it. Kicked myself later. Where did you get yours?

December 31, 2012 - 3:17 pm

janae - Happy Holidays Paige to you and your family! I have enjoyed watching the girls grow and evolve into the GORGEOUS young women they are becoming! Beautiful and kind hearted – you and the mister have done an AMAZING job!

January 1, 2013 - 10:03 am

tara - everything about this family screams FAMILY.
I love that Trevor is sprinkled throughout some of your moments…

I can’t believe I’ve been out of blogland for two whole weeks….love getting caught up this morning!

January 1, 2013 - 10:05 am

tara - ps. your girls are beautiful in their Christmas Eve outfits…BEAUTIFUL.

pss. love your Christmas brunch…yummo.

January 1, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Ruth - What an awesome recap. Beautiful home & family. The joy of all being together and loving each other.

January 3, 2013 - 10:10 am

nan - paige
love your blog so uplifting
just one question the birthday for king candle holder love it where can I get one