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Merry Christmas! 

Thank you everyone for journeying with me since I started this blog in June of 2017. I’m thrilled when you visit and share your thoughts and comments with me. I’m looking forward to the new year and sharing more of my writings with you.

December is almost over, but there’s still a few solid days to wind down and catch up on mundane tasks that need attention. Most urgent on my agenda: rest, uninterrupted if possible.

This year has been full, but this month seems to have taken me to another level of fullness or drama: taking care of kids and managing Ellis’ medications while Chris was on business trip, wrapping up homeschooling for this semester, readying Elliot for his winter hip-hop recital, baking Christmas treats, shopping, freaking out when car started to overheat on the freeway, replacing the car, finally completing a year-long dental issue that’s still giving me problems, taking Chris to urgent care for a stomach bug, and taking Ellis to the emergency room for unexplained vomiting after a head bump from falling out of car seat. It’s been an overwhelming month but there’s still some days left before 2018.
I’m aiming to let go and enjoy the last bit of this month as much as I can and be grateful for this imperfect life of mine. It’s not about what the world tells me I need and should be doing; this Christmas I’m learning to celebrate the meaning of Jesus’ birth and realizing how God works out his plans for my life in unexpected and extraordinary ways… although at the time I’m going through something,  I could  definitely use more faith. For a worrywart like me it’s something I have to relearn on a daily basis.

Those are just some thoughts going through my mind these days. Before Christmas morning I wanted to wish you all a merry, hope-filled, meaningful, safe, blessed, and lovely holiday season!

p.s. I wrote this post while Elliot was cleaning up his dinosaurs so Santa doesn’t slip on them and to show Santa his helpful side, Ellis finally sleeping after a long day of stomach pains, and Chris zoning out with Korean drama blaring in the background. Me typing furiously and getting annoyed that I don’t understand how to utilize all the cool features of WordPress.  What a month…What a week…What a day.

Christmas cheer. *Thanks Pexels for this free image.


Sibling adventures this autumn.

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
― Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!


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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

4 replies

  1. Esther! I love how despite all the craziness you manage to turn it around and change your viewpoint to make everything so much better. Thanks for your posts; they are uplifting and so encouraging to read. Wish we can see you soon but until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family! Love you guys!!

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    1. Thanks Sharon for the affirmation! In the thick of things I wish I could be more mindful instead of being prone to having meltdowns. I am so so happy to hear that my posts are encouraging, because that’s one of my aims in writing!
      Happy new year to you and sending you guys lots of love!!


  2. Lots of love to you all!!! I hope everyone is feeling better. Thank you for all that you do and for the amazing example you set for all of us.


    1. Hey Erin, we’re on the mend. It’s been a long week of everyone getting sick. Thankfully I was the last one to get sick.
      Thank you for running over to our place the other day and for being a great neighbor!!


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