Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Creative minds have an interesting way of understanding the world. We must create in order to feel happy and centered, at peace with a world we are ever-learning about. For my creative mind, I've found I must write in order to achieve such peace. It's more than just a hobby or something nice I like to do. It's essential. It's as if the ideas floating around in my mind plague me until I write them down. I feel a literal pressure if I can't "release" them into printed words.

But such an environment where I can write freely and quietly is pretty hard to come by these days! So I've taken up Instagram.

I've been anti-Instagram in the past. I didn't really understand the point (doesn't it serve the same purpose as Facebook?) and I didn't want another time-sucker. Plus, none of my immediate family members are on there, so it didn't help me share with the people I love most.

But as I've gotten to know this forum better, I thought it would be a great solution to my current problem of being pressed for time. Instagram allows you to post ONE photo at a time, with a short description.

It's been a great solution for me. It pushes me to pull out my "real" camera more (when I know I only get to post one picture, I want it to be a good one) and connect the photos with some of these ideas that have been swirling around in my head. I tell myself to post one picture a day. So sometimes I simply post a picture of something I love, and other times I connect it with an idea I've been thinking about or an event I've been meaning to document. It's a good creative exercise, giving myself the boundaries of one picture and one day.

There's a couple of things I don't like about Instagram. It's all on your phone (I hate having to "compose" stuff on my phone, and using the on-screen keyboard). And since I use my "real" camera to take pictures, I have to download them all to my phone, which is annoying. But other than that it is a great way to record little thoughts and daily ideas you don't want to forget.

So follow me on Instagram! @ourgoldtoharvest I still plan to blog over here as often as I can (I can't fit all my thoughts on those little descriptions), and for those who don't do Instagram I will post synopsis-type posts on the blog occasionally so nothing will get lost. Hooray for technology allowing us creative people more ways to keep our sanity!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Welcome Summer

My dad wears his pants notoriously high. Ben loves to teach our kids to "pull your pants up like Grandpa."

The basement is dry (hooray!) and our kids have gotten back to riding their bikes around down there. Ephraim's favorite is this motorized 4-wheeler he calls his "tractor."

I completely missed the girls' preschool program since I had just had Frank the day before. Ben took some videos for me, including this one. Cheyenne asks a LOT of questions, that's our girl.

I don't know what the letters are about, but cute girls and boy!

This boy loves tractors and trucks of all kinds. He prays every night that his brother will love tractors too so they can play together!

This is an old photo obviously, but I forgot to post it. These kids love to climb backwards on the porch like this. It's one of their favorite things. It's the simple joys that make like great, isn't it?

Ben's Father's Day gift was a long time coming... a wood pellet smoker! He's already put it to good use.

Ben finished the kids' table. It is beautiful!

First brisket on our new smoker. Welcome summer!

Frank will often rest with his legs up like this.. he surely sat just like that in the womb. When Delaney was born, she literally had her legs crossed and I would always find her like that as a newborn.

Sometimes when Ben sees Frank's "beady little eyes" he thinks Frank doesn't look like our other kids and he calls him the Postman's baby. Cheyenne was wondering if the postman "delivered" our baby since he "delivers" everything else!

I've got about a million pictures of this kid on my phone. I know I'm his mom but I just think he is so adorable!!

This kid's new trick is...messes. It's a good thing he's cute!

One of my very favorite things in the entire world is the soft beautiful light on summer nights.