When I started homeschooling, I discovered Nature Journaling.  I thought what an amazing thing.  For someone that loves Nature as much as myself, I figured this was a definite for us.  The only thing is I am not great at drawing.  Which doesn’t matter.  I’ve still done some Nature Journaling pages that I love.  It doesn’t have to be perfect and it can be done however you like it.

For instance, along with our regular Nature Journals, I am currently working on a journal that will be filled with photography.  So many of the photos I’ve taken while on our Nature Walks.  It will be a cool and different tool for us to use in the future.

Here are some of the bird photos I’ve recently taken that will find their way into the journal.









That bird in the middle was a complete surprise and I feel very lucky I saw it.  It only graced my backyard for a few days and now it’s gone.  I had never seen one in my life and definitely not in my backyard.  It is a rose-breasted grosbeak.  Such a beautiful bird.

I am really going to enjoy this journal.  I feel the kids will enjoy it as a reference also.

Love, Jess


We have lived in our house for seven years, but we are just now painting.  And putting some new flooring in.  I’d like to think we’re on top of it like that!



I thought I was going to go with white in the living room and kitchen, but I changed my mind at the last minute and went with Sea Salt.  Because, everyone loves the colors of the sea.

Or is that just me?

Love, Jess

Be Astonished.

I am pretty sure Mary Oliver has it right.

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.



I am astonished.  Every day I slow down and take the time to pay attention.  And every day, I am astonished.

And usually my way to tell about it is to share photos I’ve taken.  It may not be in words, but to me it is a poetry of a different kind.  A visual kind of poetry that makes me come alive.

Love, Jess

It’s been so long.

It’s been a minute since I shared a post here.  I miss this space.  You see, an occasional reader may stop by and I do enjoy that, but I feel that if someone takes the time to find this blog and comment, it is so personal.  I have always loved Instagram, but since they’ve changed all, I do not enjoy going to that space as much.

I’ve been so busy homeschooling and just trying to stay on top of things, it’s seemed so much harder to get here.  But I would love to get back to this space for me.  Even if it’s only once a week or two.  I want to get back to sharing our journey homeschooling.  I want to share photos that make me so happy.  I want to have a place of my own to share. Even if nobody but me ever sees it.


Recently I lost a lot of photos.  My computer was old and kept crashing and I couldn’t get everything backed up in time.  I lost a lot of editing actions for photoshop that I had purchased over the years.  I won’t say much about it, because it’s over now, but I was upset.  Fast forward to yesterday.  Immediately after I took this photo, I knew it would be one of my favorites.  I did very simple editing in photoshop and I don’t want to stop looking at it.

It makes me feel peaceful.  Just like this space.

Love, Jess

Ridiculously Happy.

I’m not sure where I came across it, but a long time ago I came across someone on Instagram that was taking photos each day of something that make you ridiculously happy.  Can you imagine?  Every day finding something that makes you ridiculously happy?

Well, I can.

I am not saying I take a photo every day, but I do more than I don’t.  No matter what’s going on, I try to find something that makes me so happy I can’t stand it.  It’s kind of a passion for life thing, kind of a gratitude practice.  I am very aware of how grateful I am to be living this life.

So just a random photo of something that made me ridiculously happy the other day.

colored pencil shavings and the final product.



So, what’s making you happy today?

Love, Jess