Wednesday, July 31, 2013


I have always wondered what my grandfather and grandmother's hands looked like because there is something about hands.
( I have also decided to wrap up this "series" at the halfway point rather than the whole 30 days so this is the last shot like this...unless a major upset occurs from you all because you just cannot wait
to see the new photo of me [insert laughter here] )

Monday, July 29, 2013


hair shot...why not?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

decorating a house

Lately my mind has been trying to discover the common denominator of the homes that I find beautiful. I am not talking about houses that have my same decoration preferences.  There are always going to be houses that match ones taste, rather I am talking about homes that represent those who live inside it well. I discovered the common denominator is seeing the fingerprints of ownership. I treasure homes that are extensions of the owner's person.

 A home is a very intimate place, in my opinion, because of the fact that it is where life happens. If I do not know a person well and they invite me into their home I often walk away with a clearer picture of who that person is. This is not always the case of course, but more often than not it is. The reason for this is because we are drawn to things that communicate something to us or resonates with who we are as a person or who we want to be. I know not everyone is wired to care about the "stuff" they fill their house with, which is completely fine. I am not wired to care about many things that others get all jittery over...and I love that about humans.

However, to those of you who do get all jittery when they think about decorating their house I wanted to say this because I wish someone had said this to me when I was decorating my first place... please make your house for yourself and your family. Do not make a home that has nothing of you in it. If you glance around rooms and do not find your spirits lifted, or your tension relieved on some level then I would ask why not? Are you afraid your mother will disapprove of your mounted deer head? Are you worried that someone will secretly talk behind your back about how you have no design sense? Do you think that because your budget is tight why even bother with making things  "your own"? I understand all of these fears but want to tell you to plow ahead because really there are few things as enjoyable to me as entering a house that truly is an extension of those who dwell within the walls. A beautiful person makes a beautiful house and even the most magazine worthy homes are sterile if the homeowner has no real connection with the objects and people inside.

a shot of my home and those I love the most inside it

What are places you have really connected with because they speak the essence of the owner?


a foggy blur...that is how today has felt and that is how I want this picture to feel

Friday, July 26, 2013


finishing up our movie before we go inside

Thursday, July 25, 2013


funnel cake at the fair

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


late night car ride

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


the lower half

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013


car ride with little ones = rarely see the road (don't worry I am not the one driving)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013


Last moments before sleep.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Good Morning Face

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

a portrait a day.

I read of a challenge over on this blog and decided to sign myself up. Right now we are in the midst of selling our house and things seem a little out of the norm (maybe that is an understatement). I resonate with having something consistent in my life over the next 30 days, even if it is posting a picture of myself on the internet.

I often wish I had more photographs of my grandparents or my parents. I treasure most the shots of them doing the mundane, the ordinary parts of life because it is in those pictures that I discover more of them.  I want to capture the true reality of my days in these other words don't plan on getting makeup inspiration, outfit envy, or mom-guilt from looking at them. I want them to be honest and real enough moments that in years to come when I look back I will get a true sense of my life in each one. 

I would love for any of you to join me.