Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Do this.

 My friend Carol posted her favorite quotes on her blog last week and I found one that I loved so much that I wanted to share it with you.
I had never read it before.
Thanks Carol!

First, here is the link to Carol's blog;

Quotes I Copied


Drink your wine. Laugh from your gut. Burden your moments with thankfulness. Be as empty as you can be when that clock winds down. Spend your life. And if time is a river, you may leave a wake.  
 ~N.D. Wilson in Death by Living


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I took some pictures of Katie the other day.



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And yes.  She can take a bad picture.



Hello Opposite Day!!!  #megood #katiewhat?

I call this one, "Hello, Opposite Day."


Did I show you the finished hat?

Hat. Finished. #win

The pattern is Elizabeth by Jane Richmond


We survived the Polar Vortex.  Katie had school this morning even tho it was still -11º.
I am thankful for dependable cars and heaters.

Wishing you warm memories and happy times and lots of wake leaving.

Encourage one another,
Donna








32 comments:

  1. How many times do I need to tell you that I want to borrow Katie to photograph....again. Some of my favorite pictures I've taken are of her! Love you Katie girl!!! And your mama too!!! xoxo

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  2. Such pretty pictures - and such big gorgeous eyes! That quote is alot like my favorite - "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow - What a Ride!" - Unknown. Fitting for us, since we live on a ranch.

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    1. Anonymous4:35 PM

      {{{Like}}}
      jep

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  3. Beautiful Katie. I think all of us kids have begrudgingly (at first) tried on and tested your hats and socks, and then eventually, not-so-secretly, love them & they become our favorite cozies.

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  4. Chrystal9:40 AM

    You photos are (as always) beautiful!

    I didn't see an email for you, so I will ask my question here. I hope you don't mind.
    I know that you have in the past offered a photography class. Do you plan to do this in 2014? We are planning a trip to Wisconsin and wouldn't it be perfect if I could learn from you at the same time? :)

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    1. Hi Chrystal,
      I don't plan on giving a group workshop. But if you would like a private lesson. I 'mentor' one on one quite a bit.
      booshay6@charter.net

      That's my email if you ever want to write and inquire further!
      Donna

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  5. Love the mascara. :) I've been thinking about Katie's lips in this cold snap... Looks like she's been taking good care of them!!

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  6. Anonymous10:02 AM

    Oh, charming Katie. : )

    We finally went back to school today, also. I haven't went anywhere since Friday. My blue van started right up this morning. Thankful!

    Sarah P. from Iowa

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  7. Happy that she was able to attend school.

    I LOVE the quote - there were several on that post that I really liked. The one you borrowed is golden.

    Upon seeing the lovely pics of Katie, it occurred to me that perhaps we haven't seen too many recently and I've kinda missed them. She looks wonderful. Even the backwards day photo isn't too bad. She's a peach :-)

    I agree with Steph, seems like her lips have endured the arctic blast. I have an EOS in every room now -- just in cases.

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  8. Yup. She applies her Eos and Baby Lips regularly and it shows!!

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    1. I keep my Eos in the car. I love it!!

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    2. Googling EOS now. To me EOS means a type of Canon Camera. I use Bonnie Bell lip smackers. I keep one in my pocket, one in my purse, some in my nightstand, some in the junk drawer in the kitchen, and one by the computer. I buy them in bulk at Target.

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    3. I stock up on EOS when in the States at Target also. I love the round shape, makes it easy to just lay it on thick! and I love the scents and how it feels. Whatever works, as long as us gals take care of our one and only pair of lips :-)

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  9. It is funny that Katie's lips were mentioned. I have many times been grateful that you asked for chapped lip help because I LOVE eos lip balm. Next time I hit Costco I will get the multi-pack.

    Emma's comment is so sweet..."favorite cozies". The hat is beautiful!!!

    I highly recommend ND Wilson's books. His children's fictiin is some of the most original work I have read in a long time. Loveable charachters. Great wordsmith! Death by Living and Notes from a Tilt-a-Whirl are both favorite non-fiction books of mine.

    Happy day to all!
    Di

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    1. I was thinking I needed to look into his writing -- thanks for the tip.

      Yes, I lurve EOS. I can't decide which I like best, but it might be the mint.

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    2. Mint is my first love, but I am enjoying pomegranate now, too.

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    3. I have mint in the kitchen, pomegranate in the living room, and honeydew next to my bed! Plus another mint in my travel bag :-) LOVE this stuff!!

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    4. I think mine might be called "summer fruit" or something like that -- it tastes briefly like watermelon and celery. But it fades quickly...

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  10. Anonymous11:23 AM

    So many good things here today. Carol's blog and quotes, Katie's eyes, cozy hats and children who appreciate them…just warms my heart…all of it. Always great to find out about new authors, too. Thank you all! love and prayers, jep

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    1. Anonymous1:10 PM

      Going through book shelves here at home today I found a book I had forgotten. For all you quote lovers: What The Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-ups from Children's Books collected by Amy Gash. Includes quotes from Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter. Here is one from Natalie Babbitt's 1975 book Tuck Everlasting…"Dying's part of the wheel, right there next to being born….Being part of the whole thing, that's the blessing." jep

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    2. Sounds like a book worth finding, jep!!!

      Di

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  11. She is just gorgeous. Stunningly beautiful. EOS???? Must look up!

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  12. Anonymous12:43 PM

    That last black and white of Katie is absolutely stunning. Talk about gorgeous eyes. So glad to hear you are surviving the cold and Katie got to go back to school. We have been hearing all about the Wisconsin weather on the news and my heart goes out to you. My heart also goes out to you regarding the Packers loss on Sunday- I was rooting for them and it just wasn't right that San Francisco won.

    Debbie Z.

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  13. Anonymous4:28 PM

    Gorgeous Katie! Never tire of looking at that pretty girl -- in your pretty pictures!!

    Glad the worst of the cold snap is over -- Greg and Molly both back to school today after 2 1/2 weeks of break. Reality is setting in and not easily. But it's all part of the ride we should be enjoying, right?? :)

    Stay warm, everyone!

    Mary Z

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  14. its minus 13 here and I was so delighted to get out of the house today. Yeah. Excited to have my blood drawn , excited to go to Walgreens, (but I love to go there anyhow, IM weird) and excited to go to the library!
    Katie cannot take a bad picture….seriously

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  15. Oh Donna, *the one day* in fifty that I miss your blog (year-end accounting work)!! Thank you for the link and for sharing the quote.

    I have heard N.D. Wilson compared to Anne Lamott; but I haven't read Anne yet, so I can't comment. I do know that there are two eulogies in this book: one Nate wrote for his grandmother and one for his granddad. Worth the price right there.

    When I finished this book I told myself that if I was given a terminal diagnosis this is one book I'd read. His perspective on death is amazing.

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    1. Anonymous10:19 PM

      Carol, because of your comment above regarding a diagnosis, I will be praying for you. Perhaps it is none of my business and just so say if that is the case, but it sounds as though you may be going through some hard things. Please know that I will be praying for God's watch and loving care over you.

      Debbie Z.

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    2. Thank you, Debbie. You are very kind. I'm healthy and fine right now; but enough people I love have heard those words, "You have cancer" that I feel it is appropriate to prepare for that possibility in my life.

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    3. Anonymous9:58 PM

      Oh, Carol, I am so glad that you are healthy! I am a breast cancer survivor so I guess I am ultra-sensitive to that topic and the possibility that people need prayer. So many prayed for me and God so graciously was with me through that journey. I am forever grateful. May you stay healthy always and God bless you- I always enjoy your Quiet Life comments.

      Debbie Z.

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