hello, 2016.



Thank you, thank you for all of your patience while this space has been down the last couple of weeks. The re-organization here certainly took longer than I intended and often mirrored the tidying process in our physical home–clearing one pantry shelf only to find myself emptying and scrubbing all of the cabinets with all the contents on the floor. Needless to say, there were many cobwebs in the underbelly of this space, and I’m grateful to my brother-in-law, Tim, for helping me clear them.

For clarity, you’ll now find the categories in the top menu and even subcategories within a few of the larger topics, ideally making it easier to seek and find. I’m still tweaking several details, including organizing or correcting image files that didn’t quite transfer properly, but nothing too distracting. It takes time to comb and fix hundreds of posts, so if something looks off, chances are I just haven’t gotten to that one quite yet. Wink.

Typically, in my first post of the new year, I might talk about my personal or household goals as I did here and here, but this year feels somehow different. Although in one hand it holds a typical sense of expectation, in the other I feel less need to define what I ought to do with it. This is new for me, as I more often use blank life pages to form TO DO lists and goals. With growing children and work, life has become quite full over here, a different sort of busy from our early family years, and even with all of our intentional choices to live in an unhurried/slow manner, some busyness is unavoidable. Entering 2016, I’m breathing a little deeper and simply hoping to embrace this full season as it comes.

Happy New Year, friends––a little belated, of course. Also, winter has been mild enough for trees an plants to bloom here. These, I thought, looked like fireworks, a celebratory welcome to January.

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  1. So good to have you back…I always look forward to reading your posts.

  2. one more question if you don’t mind!! is the 1.8 your go- to lens for most of your pics? Even on the indoor ones? I’m long time lurker and love your pictures :)

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      Yes, it’s currently my go-to lens, and most of the photos shared here have been shot with it. Occasionally, I borrow lenses from my sister, so there may be a few where I used a 24mm or 35mm, but mostly this is it. Also, those first numbers were my manual camera settings. ;)

  3. Thank you! Oh I really want a 1.8 for my new camera! The one it came with is not the best…I wish I knew what the rest meant ;0)

  4. Gorgeous photo! Would you mind sharing what lens you used and mode etc? I’m a newbie! :) :)

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