Friday, August 30, 2013

In The Shire.

This  post is all about the beauty of a summer that's finally sprung. As in, there is HEAT out there. Finally. Not that I love sweating and swatting mosquitoes, but sunshine is happy. :) Gloominess has it's place, but mostly when there is tea and a yummy book like 'The Marquise Secret' to curl up with. [note that George MacDonald is currently my favorite author next to C.S. Lewis and L.M. Montgomery. TOTAL.brilliance.] Lately, I'm in a Shireful-of-goldenrod's kinda mood, and you need summer sunshine for that. Perfect opportunity for an impromptu photo shoot--in The Shire of course. aka, the field-behind-our-house. Gotta love having a photographer sister. That girl is amazing, just sayin'. I'm a bundle of happy, happy happy. . .excited for my big weekend (annual homeschool grad event,) and praising an awesome God! Sooo. . .without further ado, why not celebrate with me?
"Little by little, one travels far." J.R.R Tolkien 
"But these are the days that we dream about when the sunlight paints us gold"

"Her heart was a secret garden, and the walls were very high." 
"We are the music makers / And we are the dreamers of dreams / Wandering by lone sea-breakers / And sitting by desolate streams / World losers and world-forsakers / On whom the pale moon gleams / Yet we are the movers and shakers / Of the world forever, it seems."

"We do not want merely to see beauty, we want to be united with the beauty. 
To pass into it, to become a part of it." C.S. Lewis

"Watch a sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of  marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can't put your feet on, never pass a chance to jump on a trampoline, don't overlook life's small joys while searching for the big ones." 
"I am on a journey. . .with my work, my explorations, and a few sad stories. I travel with a suitcase full of outrageous blessings. I am on a quest for truth, beauty, and quiet joy. I am an artist, a writer, and explorer." 

Photos © Anna Olivia 


  1. This post is beautiful. I love your posts because they are like a breath of fresh air...very much needed, too. Love ya!

  2. There is magic in this post! But summer is magic in so many ways. I love the photos.

    Can't wait to meet you, dear…for real…in six whole days!

  3. Beautiful post, gorgeous lady. Thank you for sharing this... it was so very warm and summery!

    Love to you!

  4. Wow Michaela! Your post is lovely and amazing, as usual, and my favorite parts are the pictures. :o D Living in what must be the hottest part of the Mojave Desert, I do not enjoy the summer, but you are free to. ;o ) I'm going to say again how much I love your blog!!! :o )

  5. Love these pictures! Anna is such a good photographer (and she has a lovely model, too. =)

  6. I loved this so much, Mich. <3 It's so peaceful and whimsical and loverly. (Also, Anna has gotten to be quite the photographer. These photos are ka-yoot.)

    Love ya,

  7. So pretty! I absolutely love that sentence about not overlooking the little joys! Isn't that what we do all too often?! I'm always excited to see a new post, knowing that it's sure to be an encouragement and blessing! Oh, and beautiful pictures too! You are so lovely :)
    ❤ Madi

  8. This is wonderful! You are so lovely, and the quotes you chose fit so perfectly!

  9. I love the quotes and the pictures!

  10. oh my gosh, can i just say YOU LOOK LIKE SUSAN PEVENSIE. seriously. but you are just darling, Mich, and gorgeous, and lovely and graceful... and these quotes are my favorites. evah. m'kay. we need to chat soon, because i think (no, i know) it has been too long. ;)

    also, goodbye summer. where did it go, eh?


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