when you need rest~lindsay letters new art & SRT

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26 photo sessions including but not limited to~

1 live birth session

5 newborn in-home sessions

6 senior sessions

1 wedding reception session

1 sorority graduation session

1 engagement session

3 noonday trunk shows

1 high school graduation

1 graduation party

1 college graduation

1 prom

1 8th grade banquet

1 8th grade awards night

1 high school senior awards night

1 totaled car

my birthday

our anniversary

mother’s day

brinkley surgery

& just life. a very busy, full, good, exhausting, emotional life.

all in the last 60 days.

all the above in the last 60 days.

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let me tell you what there’s not been in the last 60 days.

waking early with my soul rising to Him.

oh i’ve been waking early alright. but only to come down to my studio & get things rolling. answering emails, scheduling sessions, placing noonday orders, making sure all forms & such were filled out for my girls-each in four different schools. waking early to head to the gym or back out to work.

but no real time with jesus in the morning.

and no sabbath as many sundays not only did i shoot, but many i missed church so i could get in a rescheduled-due-to rain session.

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sabbath:

not only is sabbath defined as a day of rest in the jewish or christian culture, it’s also defined as a period of rest.

my heart & soul have not been at rest. not because of worry or fear as many times that is what i allow to rob my heart & soul of rest, but just because of busy-ness and perhaps a tad of me overcommitting.  did you get that? stress, whether good or bad, will always be a part of lives. but we can choose how we’ll filter those into our day.

while this week marks the end of may which each year i sorta think will take. me. out. ha! and while a restful vacation is not on the calendar in the next several weeks, i will make a few changes to how i spend some of my morning time.

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this week, she reads truth dropped a 5 song EP on itunes. it goes along with their current Hymms plan both available on line as well as via their app. ya’ll. these are beautiful. i can promise you if your soul is dry, listening to these powerful hymms will help usher you into a place of worship. a place where your soul can be nourished.

because i may never be able to say the following line again….when we were in africa together (still pinch me that trip occurred) raechel & i were sitting together at dinner while on the other side of the globe, the she reads truth app was launching!! ( raechel & amanda are two of the amazing gifted women behind SRT!). i have watched in AWE as this app & this website have made spending time in the word so easy. so relevant. and gosh, they even add beauty to go along with the studies. i text her often with stories from friends, young & old, of women who have been changed because of it! when she sent the preview of the EP i was running out the door to another session. my inbox was full & my floors were dirty. i probably should have shampooed my hair & spent some time with jesus first anyways. but i sat down. downloaded the file and mentally “shut-out” everything else. as ellie holcomb began to sing Amazing Grace i truly felt His grace just blanket me. blanket my busy mind. blanket my soul that was over-due for sabbath. blanket my failures & flaws. blanket my calendar of just so much the last 60 days.

grace.

i’m not sure what your calendar or your hair looks like but i’m betting this morning you can use some grace as well.

its there for the taking my friend. it’s there for the taking.

It is because of God’s grace that I am able to see my weakness, my pride, and my not-enough. It is His grace that is more than enough to meet and cover me in all my broken, messy places (2 Cor 12:9). And it is His grace that brings me rest, as He tenderly instructs my heart to worship Him alone (Ps 86:11).” ellie.SRT-Music_launch_share

 

so with the help of a few classic hymms, an amazing app on my iphone, as well as the inspiration from all the lovely art from my favorite, lindsay letters, i feel a total refreshing of my heart. i may not be resting on a chaise near the water or a beautiful woven hammock out back, but my heart can find rest.

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i’d love to take a moment to give a shout out to lindsay. i found lindsay’s site a couple years ago & fell completely in love with her art. as i’ve gotten to know her a little more, i’m now completely smitten with her! she’s tender & generous. wildly talented. loves her little family & honestly, each season blows me away with her releases.  today i’m sharing pieces from her delicious spring line! the “my soul will rise” as well as the “peppermint moss abstract” canvases may be found here. shown in both of those are the largest options. & the “sweet sweet sabbath” print is on sale!

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May 27, 2015 - 9:59 am

Lori H - Wow, those were crazy busy 60 days! So glad you have found a way to refresh. Hope your summer flows more slowly :)

May 27, 2015 - 1:12 pm

chrissi - probably because i am always late to the party, i had not heard of srt until you blogged about it. now i am a true addict. truly the best way for me to stop each morning and take a few minutes to gather my thoughts and heart in one place.
last night as i read ellie holcomb’s words and listened to her sing amazing grace i could not stop the tears. my cute husband thought i was upset with something at home. no, i was trapped in a minute of quiet gathering thoughts and trying to find grace. again.
thanks so much for sharing srt. life changer♥

May 27, 2015 - 2:25 pm

texasaggiemom - You’ll never know how much I needed this when I was doing my reading this morning. Praying for peace and rest and sabbath for you!
http://www.bluejeansandturquoise.com/2015/05/o-there-are-ten-thousand-charm-she-reads-truth.html

May 28, 2015 - 9:54 am

Mimi - A servant’s heart yearns to be with God and what a wonderful gift that is — to miss Him. Your blog and honesty are a blessing to share your heart and yearning for Him. God bless!

June 21, 2015 - 7:22 am

tara - i am absolutely digging the color you’ve added to your home.
it makes such a statement with the clean white backdrop.

thankful for rest after a busy season. april and may looked very similar for us.
i felt like i was coming into the last day of school crawling on hot pavement with my fingernails dug in deep….thankful to be enjoying summer with the kids and andy.

ps. i’m SO late to the party, but where did you find your salt and pepper jars? i’ve seen them all over IG but never paid attention to where they came from.

she’s backpacking europe!

trouble arrives

(janet hill. trouble arrives)

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i think they started loosely planning their post-grad adventure to europe sometime perhaps during their sophomore year of high school. savannah mentioned to me several months ago, “you know we’re serious about this don’t you mom?”.

so she has diligently saved her pennies ( her dream trip is financed by her hard work over the past few summers) , her airfare is purchased & she and her lifelong best friend bailey are jetting off to backpack through europe for 5 weeks!!

savannah & bailey will be in London, Dublin, Edinburgh. then off to Paris, Nice, all through Italy (cinque terra, Florence, Rome, Venice, Tuscany) then all through Germany (Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin) and probably Switzerland and Prague. if any of you guys are live abroad and would love to house a couple of adorable, very well-mannered grads they would be so appreciative.(wink)  or if you have any wonderful traveling or “must do” tips for them, that would be fantastic!!

dan has traveled europe extensively & lived in russia while serving with crusade. i think savannah got her wanderlust spirit from her daddy gregg who loved to travel as well.

the last several weeks i’ve pondered the blessings that have come her way and i would be remiss if i didn’t share the following. she was only 3 1/2 when gregg died. i spent many a day wondering what life would be like for her and her sisters to grow up without a dad. (obviously having no idea i’d marry a few years later). i wondered if his spirit would be alive in their hearts as they began school as kindergarteners. i could barely even dream about their future including college and boys. etc.

as they’ve grown up i’ve been blessed to see gregg in each of them. differently of course. but i see him. i want to share a little more about this in the next few weeks. but if you are a young single mama who can barely dream about the future of young children, you just keep on pouring into them and loving them and championing them every day. just like you already are!!  i’m telling you, i think there lies within them a special drive and dare i say, a special dose of determination. and it’s incredible to watch them grow and develop into amazing young people who will far surpass any dream you dared to dream.

& then perhaps one day they’ll save their pennies up & board a plane with their “person”, cross over the ocean & live the dreams they dared to dream.

and it’ll be an awesome moment friend. it’ll be a very awesome moment indeed.

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May 20, 2015 - 10:08 am

Veronica Guajardo - My daughter is going to Europe in the Fall, I am so excited for her,she also did it all on her own. She will be going to Paris, Barcelona and London. We are so proud of her as I am sure you know the feeling, watching these girls yours, mine and beautiful young women from every walk of life, grow and make dreams become reality is a blessing. I have shared your blog with my daughter many times and I just want to thank you what you share is beautiful. I hope you can share a little peek into their experience with us. I wish them safe travels!!!

May 20, 2015 - 10:22 am

Chrissi - many of us dream and scheme about such an adventure when we are young. few of us have the determination to see it through. happy travels sweet girls. enjoy the adventure❤️

May 20, 2015 - 10:30 am

Gina - Wow!! How fabulous!! I do hope you’ll share so I can live vicariously through her. 😉 Prayers for God’s protection on their trip of a lifetime!! 😀

May 20, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Allison - My husband and I traveled to England and Scotland last year for 2 weeks. My suggestions are to use Air B&B to rent apartments or flats in the cities you are visiting. Much cheaper than hotels and some include a washer and dryer. Also if traveling for several days between England and Scotland, but a rail pass.

May 20, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Amanda - Amazing! Good for her for making it happen!!!

May 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Jenny Cornfield - Hello! I read your blog all the way from Edinburgh! It is THE most beautiful city. If the girls would like to stay here (if dates work etc!) they would be most welcome. I can tell you more about us via email. It sounds as though they are going to have a trip of a lifetime. So exciting! Jenny x

May 20, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Cécile Sauvage - Hello, I’m French and I’ve been following your posts for a while, so it’s like I’d know you and your family. If Savannah and her friend would like to stay here, in Provence (South of France) and if dates work, they would be very welcome ! Contact me via email. Cécile

May 20, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Heidi Ferguson - oH, how very special! I know they will build memories to last forever! These pictures convey what a beautiful friendship they have. Such a blessing!

May 20, 2015 - 6:08 pm

Brantlee - This is great Paige! So many memories will be made. Can’t wait to follow along this adventure.

May 20, 2015 - 9:33 pm

Karen Choat - My cousin’s son and his wife are about halfway through a year long backpacking trip. They spent a few months in the Middle East and are now in Europe. She writes a travel blog and has written about how to handle different things and budget and such. You can follow her on Facebook. It is called Foreign Loren. Hope you can check it out and see if there are any suggestions that might come in handy.

May 21, 2015 - 10:51 am

Julie C. - Yay for them! I have visited Ireland, and started at Dublin then drove to the west coast to the south coast and back up to Dublin. I will say that I wasn’t too impressed with Dublin. It felt like just another city in America. Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Brewery were fun. However, I highly recommend them renting a car (if they can), and drive to Galway and see the Cliffs of Moher, and then head to Killarney to view the National Park. Dingle, Kinsale, Baltimore and Wicklow were super cute towns too. And, they MUST stay in a B&B! They are all over Ireland and are adorable :)

May 22, 2015 - 1:34 am

Lisa - If your travelers aren’t already familiar with Rick Steves travel guide books, I would highly suggest they check them out. We have never been steered wrong with his information. What a great experience for them! I wish them Bon Voyage!

May 23, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Suzie - Sounds like fun!! When are the girls travelling? We live in Manchester England although I will be in our holiday home near Avranches in France (near Mont St Michel…one of biggest and best abbeys in France) from June til End of August. They are welcome to come to us!!https://www.facebook.com/groups/868792873200021/permalink/886070421472266/

May 27, 2015 - 9:30 pm

erica - So fun! love the pictures of them, can you share where her white/pink dress is from?

May 29, 2015 - 2:40 pm

bethanie - My girls took a trip from Germany to London over Christmas. I missed them so stinkin much (One had been living in Germany as a nanny)but they had the time of their lives!! I just lived vicariously thru their pictures. I know Savannah will have an amazing time. Oh, to be young and carefree again.