Capturing Summer


Treasures at the Park

copyright-katherine-marie-070213aRound & Round

copyright-katherine-marie-070213cFishin’ Out Back


Happy Feet


Board Games by Flash Light


Carefree Bliss



copyright-katherine-marie-070213gFlower Crown


Foot Soak in the Kiddie Pool!


Letter Writing Kit

Mason went to church camp for an entire week last month!  I tucked this “writing-kit” into his suitcase so he would have easy access to his journal and letter writing supplies.  It has little spots for secret notes, stickers, addresses and postage stamps too.  He wrote us THREE letters… which I of course, will always treasure immensely.





Hope your are enjoying a JOY filled summer!!


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“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.”  

Elizabeth Lawrence


“What did you do as a child that made hours pass like minutes?  Herein lies the keys to your earthly pursuits.”

Carl Jung


“Our whole life is but a greater and longer childhood.”

Benjamin Franklin


In these moments of simplicity, beauty and magic my heart just wants to explode with gratitude to God. I am so thankful that though my children… I see HIM.  Loud and clear these kids are hugs from our Creator.

 Thank you heavenly Father for pink princesses, soft light and unfinished dolls houses.

Thank you, God, for these quiet, playful moments.

Thank you, God, for your hugs straight from heaven.



Going on a Leaf Hunt

One of Blaise’s birthday requests was to go on leaf hunt.

Today we did just that.

Four year old birthday wishes are pretty cool.

Frankie thought leaf huntin’ was about as fun as anything in the universe.  But her leaf munching got out of control so she spent most of time in her sling.

The other day I pulled my car over and stopped to stare at the changing leaves.  Shortly after I stopped a police officer drove by and asked if I was alright.  “Yes, I’m fine! I’m just sitting here looking at the leaves.”   I’m sure he thought I was little bit crazy.  The truth is I am crazy.  I am crazy in love with this season.  I can’t get over the beauty of God’s canvas.  I’m wild about these moments.  I think every single leaf is a miracle.  (Have you ever really looked, I mean REALLY looked at a leaf??).  I am cuckcoo over Autumn colors.

I am crazy that I don’t stop and marvel at the leaves more often.

On the way home from our huntin’ we spotted a little family of Billy goats.  A surprise bonus birthday treat!   We stopped for a visit and fed them some fresh leaves.

I’m so glad I have photography in my life.  I surely cannot put words to what is in my heart in regards to all this.

 Every leaf a love note from God.

Love and blessings to you!!!



First Adventure of Fall

Okay— this really wasn’t an adventure…

but then again, maybe it was!

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. 

Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot)


Our neighborhood is surrounded by cornfields.  Once in a while I think it’s so nice to hit pause button and take an hour or so to enjoy the overlooked beauty that we are blessed enough to have in our very backyard.  (and well, we thought it would be fun to collect food for the squirrels!)  There is something so magical about the golden glow of the fields and they are really are fun to explore.

  Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. 

Stanley Horowitz

I hope you had a BEAUTIFUL first day of FALL!



Once a year my dear friend Kate and I take a trip deep into the wilderness–

all the way to KOA!!

We really know how to rough-it don’t we?!

Next year we are going to go all out and decorate the outside of our cabins.  Paper lanterns and matching banners perhaps?

Three out of six campers looking at the camera!

We can’t do a camping trip without a game or two or three!

A little pool side Instgramming.

You can see Kate’s camping pics on IG via katebogo 

A graceful kind of belly flop!

Breakfast of Champions!

   Thanks for the incredible memories Kate, Izzy and Sam! We love you guys!!!

Can’t wait until camp K & K 2013!


Six Simple Joys

6 Ways to put a little JOY in your life

1. Wear Glittery Red Shoes

2.  Leave a present for a stranger

3.  Swing

4.  Take pictures at dusk

5.  Eat a fancy cake even if it’s not your birthday

6.  Find and play a game that is as old as you are



(a note to self) and to YOU!

Be messy.

Be patient.

Be silly.

Be joyful.

Be creative.

Be goofy.

Be snuggly.

Be loving.

Be helpful.

Be happy. 

Be playful.

Be fun.


Be free.


Instagram it.

The question of the day is…

are you on Instagram yet?!

I’ve only recently discovered this craze and I love it. Really really love it.  For the longest time, because of the logo, I thought Instagram was a Poloriod sharing site!?  I’m so slow at all this kind of stuff.  For those of you who, like me, are a couple steps behind the rest of the social networking world, Instagram is like twitter with pictures.  It is a photo sharing program where you can quickly (within seconds) snap, edit and share pics from your iPhone (or Droid).

What I love most about Instagram is that it acts like a virtual mini scrapbook; it is about celebrating the little things.  Instagram has already inspired me to search for more “behind-the-scenes” magical moments.  I am so tickled to now have a home for archiving the simple, ordinary moments my heart longs to remember.  

If you’d like to follow along my followgram is HERE

or you can find me via my username: “katherinemaries

I can hardly wait to have enough pictures to print!!  These tiny boxes might need to be what I try first!  Or perhaps I need teeny tiny tiles?  So many options!