Sunday, November 27, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
♡ Scribbled by ~Isabel at 12:04 PM
Thursday, November 24, 2011
♡ Scribbled by ~Isabel at 11:55 AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I love, love, love to bake.
My Father loved to bake.
So did my Mama.
And my Grandmother loved to bake, too.
I've always wanted to bake with a child. Back in the "old days" when i didn't think a family was going to be in the plans for my life
due to my black sheep mentality and just not trusting that the Lord would put in my life whatever HE had planned, and not ME, i would dream of baking cookies with my daughter. Sugar cookies. With lots of icing and candy decorations. We would laugh and giggle as we baked, making a special plate for Dada....after a while, i shoved that dream to the farest reaches of my head. It was painful to think that i would never re-marry, or have a family. And so, dreams of baking with my future daughter faded...i threw myself into working and that did help a lot.
I still baked, mostly during the holidays or to bring treats to work. And i baked when i went home for the holidays to my parent's house. The smells, the laughter in our kitchen are what made the holidays for me. My sister's growing family would also come to our parent's home and i loved on my niece and nephews....trying desperately to block out the ache of dreams not realized in my life.
I wasn't sad, mind you, as i knew that there WAS a plan for my life. I made peace with the fact that God would show me where to walk; i just had to have patience. God may not have a husband or children in my life plan. Maybe he wanted me to travel to other countries, to serve. Or maybe to stay where i was already planted and just grown. Letting go of my dreams for husband/family was hard, but freeing. It's hard to trust God and let go; especially when you always think you need a plan and you need it N.O.W. I have always pictured the Lord looking down on me while i make plans and make my 'to-do' lists and 'must-do' list, shaking His head, smiling, almost giggling at me. I must ask about that when i get to heaven...
(Many years later, i did meet my husband....that's a whole 'nother amazing, sweet, beautiful story, so back to baking cookies!)
These Turkey Cookies were so easy and fun to do with Emma! I saw them on Pinterest and thought "Oh, yes, THAT'S THE COOKIE!" The supplies were easy to gather and we actually already had them in the pantry. The candy corn was leftover from Halloween. So all you needed was a sugar cookie recipe (or you can go buy already baked cookies if you're short on time), lots of icing, and leftover candy corn. I baked earlier in the morning to give the cookies time to cool, but both Emma and i iced and put on the candy corn.
Emma and i both ate way too many Turkey Cookies....and lots of good, sweet memories were made.
It was a perfect afternoon.
Those cookies were really, really cute. Next year, i think that we will bake a batch and have a little Thanksgiving Cookie Decorating Party with some friends. Or maybe decorate some Turkey Cookies and give to neighbors, friends, teachers, and such. I do think that i need to come up with a different name, though....how about Gobble Cookies?
I hope that Emma remembers these moments when she grows up. I hope that these kind of memories make her smile when she thinks back on them. Doing things together as a family, after all, are what the most cherished memories are made of....
♡ Scribbled by ~Isabel at 11:14 AM
I took these photos with my cell phone. I don't mean to sound like a geek, but i love that camera on my cell phone! It makes it so much easier to snap a pic at any moment you'd like to capture....true, the file isn't that large, but i've taken some photos with my cell phone that i truly just love. There are also apps that you can use to change your photos! Amazing, i know....lol
I won't even go into how much easier it is to carry a cell phone than it is to carry Larry; not to mention how i don't worry about Larry being dropped or lost or worse, stolen---> Larry is my Canon 7D. :)
I prefer Dena's photos, but i do love our Butterfly Garden that Emma is playing in as i snapped these quick pics....a lot of love has gone into that little Butterfly Garden and Emma and i love it out there. To hear her giggle as she tries to catch butterflies makes my heart smile. If she's not giggling, she's watering, asking me for birdseed or smelling/picking flowers.
Everyone should have a Butterfly Garden....everyone.
♡ Scribbled by ~Isabel at 10:40 AM
Monday, November 21, 2011
Every year, around October/November, i try to get Emma to Dena SanMiguel. She is an amazing woman and photographer and i always come away from a session with her pleased. Usually, these photos are for Christmas cards or calendar gifts, which during the busy time of year, well, makes things so much easier for me.
On this session, the fact that Dena was able to get any shots of Emma surprised me. It was a cold morning and of course, that made my little four year old a very unhappy camper. Thankfully, Dena brought suckers! I don't know how she managed to get any good shots of Emma, but thankfully, she did. Being a child photographer is a hard job and Dena really knows her stuff.
Thank you, Dena, and we'll see you again in the Spring!
♡ Scribbled by ~Isabel at 9:44 AM
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I made these cupcakes this year for Emma's preschool class. The class had a Thanksgiving Meal that parents could attend and i wanted to do a special cupcake. I wasn't sure if i wanted to make these or Turkey Cookies; somehow, Acorn Cupcakes seemed a bit too grown up for a class of four year olds. And they were...i'm afraid that the horrid looking Turkey Cookies that tasted icky were a hit in looks, but the cupcakes were eaten. What wasn't eaten, i made sure did not come home with me. With the week that i've had, i would have eaten every one of the left-over cupcakes before i had even made it home....
Preschool is a challenge for my Emma. Not sure why, but we are working to find ways to make things better. I spent the day in class with her last Thursday and she was so very good the entire day, so i'm not sure what exactly is going on in her mind. I don't know if spending so much time with me alone is the issue, if she has listening issues (she did fantastic on Thursday), or if it's something else. I can tell that she knows what she's suppose to do and how she is suppose to act...yet, she's having problems. I'm thankful for her two teachers...they are gems and i'm grateful that they are willing to work with her.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We'll be staying home this year, just the three of us. Robert has been doing a bit of traveling lately, so we truly need this time together. I do wish that we had some family or some company, but i am looking forward to having Emma and Robert all to myself for a few days. I'm planning on doing some photos; i really haven't had much time to shoot lately.
I'm working on a few things, but it's too early to talk about that just yet. Better to just concentrate on the holidays, i think...
♡ Scribbled by ~Isabel at 7:59 PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Forgive me for these photos...they were taken with my phone camera. To be honest, no camera (maybe even my Canon 7D!), i think, can truly show just how breath-taking beautiful Tennessee is in the Fall. Fall has always been one of my most favorite times of year, and since moving to Tennessee a few years ago, Fall has taken my breath away.
My photos just don't do the beauty of Tennessee any justice, especially in the Fall. The colors are simply amazing. From the reds, oranges, greens, browns and amazing yellows of the leaves, i just can't seem to capture to majesty of the beauty. It may just be a season that one has to see in order to appreciate the beauty. I walk around most of Fall in wonder of the trees that are around, in their changing season. It seems as though every day brings a new shade of color to my little area of the world. God truly out-did himself when he created Tennessee in the Fall.
I am sure that more camera time outside would help me capture the beauty that surrounds me. My new camera is still a learning experience and i imagine it will be that way for some time. My trusty older Canon and i, however, have things down pat and do mangage to get some shots together. I just always wonder, though, if the person looking at my tree photos truly, truly can see and feel the beauty.
by: Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
♡ Scribbled by ~Isabel at 10:57 AM