blueberry lemonade.

I came across a lovely recipe for blueberry lemonade on Nectar & Light’s blog — she also happens to be one of my favorite photographers.

Greg and I were in the mood for something refreshing after work today, so we squeezed some lemons, sugared some blueberries and we both had a cool glass of lemonade (with blueberries!). 

blueberry lemonade

get excited.

I’m in the mood to create something.  Greg and I are talking about crafting a baby armoir…nothing fancy, just functional.  All we need are two ingredients: a wood scrapyard + time.


patchwork quilt.

I’ve been, oh, so patiently waiting for this Pottery Barn quilt to go on sale!  It’s such a darling quilt.  I came across it while Ohio Becky was showing me the firefly quilt she got for her own daughters.  The hodgepodge of vintage colors and designs are what I like best in quilts.  It’s simple, but still quite detailed in it’s quilting.  It’s the kind of quilt I’m always drawn to in antique stores.  “This quilt is a modern take on the ancient wedding-ring quilt pattern, originally created in the fourth century, which features two interlocking rings and is known for its romantic connotation.”

While it was originally created for a wedding quilt design, it’s the kind of quilt that reminds me of family — mothers or grandmothers quilting for their children or grandchildren.  Sometimes this sort of quilt reminds me of The Underground Railroad.  Other times it reminds me of a quaint old house far out in the country surrounded by gardens, ancient trees, and an old iron-wrought fence.  Or, it could be that this quilt was designed for fall nights under the covers, drinking freshly simmered hot apple cider and reading tales of how Mrs. Pigglewiggle deals with naughty children.  It’s the kind of quilt I’d like to make history with my children.  : )


artful blogging.

art5The other day my beach mom (Greg’s mother) gave me a copy of Artful Blogging.  I never knew this magazine even existed.  (Isn’t it so fun to come across things that you never knew existed?)  This was one of those times…the magazine is really wonderful!

Artful Blogging consists of the most creative + artistic blogs out there.  Creative with regard to handmade goods, innovative fashion + home decor ideas, photography, art, sewing and the skill of wordsmithing.  I just love reading it — it’s like picking up a book of short stories and reading into the real lives of creative people everywhere.

It’s quite inspiring to say the least.  Thanks Mom!


yard sales.

Greg and I visited around eight yard sales on Saturday.  It was such a sun-shiney day that there were plenty of them to choose from on almost every other corner.  We were on the hunt for a lawnmower.  We didn’t find a mower, but I did find these fantastic pottery mugs.  They were priced at $1/piece, but we only had a total of $2 on us.  I was going to just purchase 2 mugs, but Greg said I should ask the elderly man for all 6.  So I asked the man if he would do 6 mugs for $2 — he said, “yeah, why not?”

These pretty little mugs remind me of Holland for some reason.  They remind me of the time Ohio Becky went to Holland when I was a kid, and she brought me back a little porcelain clog with blue design work.  The beautiful blue design work is so typical of Hollish designs on dinnerware, jewelery, and artwork.

Love them.


brown paper + twine.

My bestest friend, Gifty, sent a package with my sister the other day.  I just love packages like these.  They remind me of men on horseback riding through wind, hail, and storm, to get an important letter to some person who lives in a log-cabin across the country.  It was such a fantastic package…I just knew something really good would be in it.  It looked like it could hold a very cute little cake.  But, it was actually much, much better than even a very cute little cake.


IMGP2191 IMGP2195IMGP2192IMGP2194IMGP2249IMGP2246I love packages wrapped in brown and tied with twine.  I love ethnic baby stuff.  I love hand-written letters.  Hmmm…this was a good day.  Thanks Gift, you are the bestest, love you lots.  ; )

In other news, happy anniversary to my parents, Raju + Valsa (aka Alex + Mary), who celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary today!  Thank you both so much for your godly example and your diligence to follow Christ at all costs.  And moreover, thank you for not compromising in rearing your wonderful and obedient children.  : )  No, really, in all seriousness, your walk with Christ is what influenced us and made us different from the rest of the world.  You gave us Jesus in the normal, everyday life.  And for this I wouldn’t trade you for any other parents in the world.  I love you both very much.


blueberry hill.

Oilyn, the kids, and myself went to Blueberry Hill for some good old-fashioned blueberry picking.  The blueberries were actually not ready to be picked for another week (a great disappointment for the kids), so we went strawberry picking instead.  Too bad it was the tail end of strawberry season, because we got smaller berries — though, they were still tasty.  I picked about a pound of strawberries and purchased some pre-picked blueberries.

I loved how dedicated and excited the Juan kids were about berry picking.  They told me about all the various fruits they pick during the year — strawberries first, then blueberries, raspberries, and peaches.  After peaches, apples are next in line, but southern Illinois does not grow apples.  I think it’s definitely likely that my kids and I will be making field trips to local farms for fruit picking — a great springtime, summertime, and falltime activity for kids of all ages.  The kids also told me how they like putting their freshly picked blueberries in the freezer and having them frozen.  I tried this when I got home, and they were yummy.  Tasted like blueberry popsicles…only bitesized pieces of goodness.  : )



The ones below are some I picked up at the Carbondale Farmer’s Market.  They are the biggest blueberries I’ve ever seen.


journaling bible.

One of my simple delights these days is the journaling bible Greg presented me a year ago for our 6-month anniversary.  It’s a beautiful old-leather bound bible with a tie that wraps around it in journaling style.  It has wide margins on the sides for me to write in.

I didn’t put it to use very much before the internship, but in the past 10 months, it has become a dear, dear friend. : )  I love how my sermon notes, questions, thoughts, dreams, miracles and musings about The Word can go directly into the margins of the many pages of scripture.  I love paper journals and such, but my journaling bible allows me to see my revelation scribble whenever I turn to a particular passage — which is so helpful on those days when I come across a passage and see what God revealed to me in the past.  I’ve been able to see how my relationship with Him has grown through the dying to self stories and notes I’ve written to myself in the past months.  It’s truly a beautiful thing when you see how He takes you from glory to glory.

IMGP2175IMGP1791IMGP1790IMGP1794IMGP1783“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.  For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie.  If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:2-3