1440 {103} :: Fading Green

we’ve been back in school for over a week here in east tennessee…

my youngest is a sophomore, and showing her growing independence every day.

and my second born is off to college saturday {deep sigh}. my momma said, we raised you to be independent, but when we realize you are… it’s terribly sad.

seasons, for sure.



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Dina - August 15, 2014 - 11:50 am

LOVE a dewy southern morning!

Barbara Hurst - August 15, 2014 - 12:45 pm

I really like all the images of the changing of seasons in such a way that it really shows. I understand also the showing of independence hummm hard time for a mama.

Sheila - August 15, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Love your images! The signs of independence is hard, but it can also be start of some really proud mama moments too.

Dotti - August 15, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Beautiful! Each image has its own beauty and your thoughts blend perfectly with them. Yes … we raise our children to be independent … and then are not sure we like it when they achieve that.

Molly - August 15, 2014 - 11:57 pm

Looks like the 1st glimmers of autumn colours there


Diane Baker-Williams - August 16, 2014 - 9:15 am

In Michigan we now start school after Labor Day, a government mandate in hopes of promoting tourism. As a teacher i simply want to get the year started! Photos are so lovely. The design in the green field is so unusual. Not ready for autumn to arrive yet it seems to be starting early this year.

Sarah - August 17, 2014 - 11:47 am

All that letting go is so hard.


when you satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
your night will become like the noonday

~ isaiah 58:10

i sat one evening in my car waiting for my son to finish his soccer practice, when a friend was sharing stories of his and his daughter’s mission trip. i shared with him that for as long as i can remember, i’ve wanted to travel abroad and serve others. i also shared that i feel strongly that my family needs me here. my husband’s job is demanding and there have been times that i function physically like a single parent. he smiled and said to me,

these are your mission fields.


i can’t explain how that comment satisfied my soul.

there are so many ways i can serve my family, and there are also so many ways i can serve others. right.here. in my own community and abroad, all the while, demonstrating love and service to my own children. and i would love to encourage you to do the same. consider volunteering, both formally for organizations and informally, for those whom you have personal knowledge are in need.

another, simple way to serve others? use your buying power to enhance the lives of others.

Noonday is a company that purchases artisans’ work at fair wages, creating the means for them to provide for their families. many of these artisans then create jobs for others in their community, passing on fair wage employment- and providing for even more families. 

the pieces are beautiful and fashionable {think anthropology}, backed by stories of the artists who made them, making this jewelry and these accessories even more fun to wear.

i hosted my first show last thursday and was {grateful!} for the excuse to invite my friends into my home again. i enjoyed our ambassador, and we saw videos about noonday and the impact our investments have on communities i might never step into. we were also able to see and try on pieces just launched for this fall’s line. {my 15 year old handed me her wishlist after trying on almost .every.piece.}:)

if you would like to order from my trunk show, click here to shop, and put my name in the ‘hostess’ box.  and if you happen across this post after my party has closed, consider supporting noonday and her artisans by shopping or hosting your own trunk show.

i created a pinterest board called shop for a cause that will give you some more ideas on using your buying power… consider it as you shop for school and later this season as you shop for the holidays… there’s nothing better than a gift that keeps on giving… or that simply gives more.



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Lori - August 12, 2014 - 11:02 am

Beautiful shots, love the first one.

Sue - August 14, 2014 - 12:12 am

Such striking photos – well shot! Great captures!
Please share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2014/08/frooms-with-linky.html

1440 {102} :: Summer’s End

today is the first full day of school in east tennessee… so hard to believe our summer is over.  it’s been a challenging one for me, but i’ve learned so much, life and other people being my school. almost 50, and i’m stunned by the lessons life has battered me with these last few months. i read somewhere that these things we endure are necessary to grow… that they help us become the person we’re supposed to be. that’s sometimes a difficult thought to swallow, especially in the moment, but with a little time and change in perspective, i believe it’s true. it’s not just what life teaches us passively {the things that happen to us}, as we sit back and watch life unfold. it’s also, and maybe especially, what we learn about ourselves when we make choices… choices we are forced to make-even when we don’t want to, because life requires it-teach us more than we might ever want to know about ourselves. but after? after the lessons are learned and the experiences incorporated into who we are…in those moments when we can breathe and eat and sleep again normally… we realize it’s true, that we have grown and that we just might be better for it.

i’m a new person after a long summer that has flown by.


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ps: i know i said it last week:obut i really mean it this time!:)

please come back monday… i will be posting on supporting those less fortunate in a very easy, very fun way!



Dina - August 8, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Love your outlook, Patty!

Viv @ within the Frame - August 8, 2014 - 2:15 pm

A very thoughtful post…

Rese - August 8, 2014 - 2:35 pm

I wonder, aren’t we supposed to sort of have it figured out by now at almost 50? I’m almost 50 and I don’t think my heart/brain/life can handle any issues right now – hee hee – but I guess you are right, we get what we need to further ourselves.

Leesha - August 8, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Lovely photo…life can be bittersweet sometimes… :)

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Roxi - August 8, 2014 - 6:54 pm

can’t believe your school stetted already! ours is two weeks away. too soon for me.

sarah - August 8, 2014 - 9:12 pm

So beautiful.

kim klassen - August 9, 2014 - 2:36 am

where did the summer go…. your image is beautiful…and your words… so wise…

thank you for sharing with FF….

1440 {101} :: Moments of Beauty

i am almost stunned to imagine that we’ve already had 101 fridays together… that’s almost two years

i hope in that time you’ve seen that it’s these opportunities to observe moments of beauty,
1440 each day,
that bring a little more joy to life

{because i almost forgot}


happy friday, y’all~
i’ll be back monday with a late post  ;)
{come back to see what i mean}


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Michelle B - August 1, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Beautiful colors! Thank you for reminding me to see beauty in every moment.

Kathy - August 1, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Holy Moly THOSE are some vibrant colors! Gorgeous!

Kathy - August 1, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Holy moly those are some gorgeously vibrant colors!

Carol Carson - August 1, 2014 - 5:24 pm

You brought out the mystery and drama of flowers in these wonderful photographs.

Rosanna - August 2, 2014 - 9:36 am

What a great idea – to use some of those 1440 minutes to find special things!

Kristy Lifenreflection - August 2, 2014 - 12:00 pm

That is something to celebrate!

1440 {100} :: About Marriage {23 + 3}

they sat down next to me at a black jack table in las vegas, a small band of friends out to celebrate his up-coming marriage. they were young, though not too young, respectable and professional looking, and kind. and i still regret that i didn’t tell him a few things i know about marriage.

i should have asked him if he was as committed to the idea of marriage as much as he is committed to his fiancé right now, in this dream-like time when he sees nothing but love and possibility for them

because that commitment to marriage will keep them together even when they don’t like each other,
and there will be those times.

i should have told him it’s hard. maybe the hardest thing he’ll ever do.
{but also, that it only starts being hard when you stop serving each other.}

 i would’ve told him that if they  treat each other like friends, 

they will have more joys…

more fun…

more blessings…

photo: our costa rica rios photographer matt

more adventures
than they know how to count.

i would have told him to remember to always be kind

and to never stop flirting with each other.

i should have told him to not forget about her dreams,

and to remember to bring her along,
as he pursues his.

i should have told him to work hard to be a good provider and to set a good example for his children.

i should have told him to protect her, and to respect her.

and to love her right in front of their children,
so that they learn this real love thing, too.

i should have told him to celebrate her,

to remember anniversaries and birthdays and moments that are meaningful to her,
so that she knows how much she means to him.

i should have told him to ask her to help him find what works for them…
to remember patience and forgiveness…
{and again, kindness}
to work as a team
and to always have each other’s back

i should have told him that it won’t always be equal,
that some days he will have to move closer to her
and some days she will have to move closer to him.

and i really should have told him to hold on tight, because it goes so terribly fast.


 we celebrate our 23rd anniversary this sunday, and these are a few things we’ve learned along the way. and there are a few more that worked for us:

let her sleep in occasionally
thank her for dinner, even if it’s peanut butter and jelly, again
be sure he always has clean work shirts and boxers
reminisce at bedtime, and be uninhibited with laughter
always hold her for the first few minutes of sleep, before you turn over because of that bum shoulder
make her get up early for early morning wake-boarding sessions (she’ll not want to do it, but will always be glad she did)
give him a few minutes to unwind after work
let each other keep his or her own interests

spend time together

encourage each other

share your fears
and your hopes
{and your secret moments of pride}

appreciate each other
really appreciate each other

so thank-you, hon, for all of these things and more.

happy anniversary



And to y’all, forgive me these selfies… it’s such a wonderful experience to ‘flip’ through old photos and memories of a life build together.

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Marty - July 25, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Your photos were adorable and brought true joy! Such sweet memories of a wonderful relationship and family. Thanks for sharing. You have such a gift….

Rese - July 25, 2014 - 2:20 pm

this was beautiful – I’m printing your words out and giving to my husband . . . he forgets A LOT of these things A LOT of the time!!

Kathy - July 25, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Happy anniversary, and to many many more!

Dina - July 25, 2014 - 3:04 pm

I love this so much, Patty!

Jessica Winstead - July 25, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Oh, love this…I admit…I cried reading it. Great post. Happy Anniversary.

Jen - July 25, 2014 - 3:16 pm

This is wonderful! It’s a lot of what *I* need to remember with regard to my husband. Thank you for sharing this.

Dawn - July 25, 2014 - 7:27 pm

What a beautiful message so filled with truths.I only made it half way through before I was in tears. You have such a blessed life because of the special way you live it. Happy Anniversary!

Kim Cunningham - July 25, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Such wisdom here. You have it nailed. I think this is something that only comes through time, but it is good to clue the newlies in one how hard it is to serve, and serve. But truly, that’s where the magic happens. Each serving. One wise man told us upon our engagement that marriage wasn’t give and take. It was give and give. So true.

Molly - July 25, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Congratulations on your anniversary… I think two pieces of advice I would have is… ‘if it’s not fun, don’t do’ and ‘if it was easy anyone could do’


Heather - July 26, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Beautiful words . Here’s to both you and Ron….. And many many more memories and anniversaries. XO

Lisa @ FSL - July 31, 2014 - 11:05 pm

What a beautiful post. Happy Anniversary.

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