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{Beautiful Things} Another week of summer

Another summer week full of good and beautiful things.

“You make beautiful things;
You make beautiful things out of dust…
You make beautiful things out of the dust.
You make me new. You are making me new.”

(from a favorite song, Beautiful Things by Gungor)


The collage above is full of beautiful things:

  • Birthday cards. I especially love homemade ones. Kathryn drew a beautiful teacup on hers, and Lindsey wrote me a very sweet note.
  • Silliness.  {Kathryn adorned with a curriculum sticker}
  • A first “real” job for Lindsey. After months of putting in applications at various places, Lindsey is now a Chick-fil-a employee. Their company vision begins, “To glorify God…” I believe this will be a very good thing for her.
  • Sisterly fun. We spent some time at the pool this week, and watching Lindsey and Kathryn play and enjoy each other’s company made my heart happy.
  • Puppy love. Those without pets may not understand, but I like when Lacy the WonderDog hangs out nearby. Like right now, stretched out by my desk, or the other morning, staying close while I wrote in my journal.
  • Flowers. I simply can’t be unhappy in my flower garden.

flower garden ~ June 2012

But so many MORE beautiful things this week…

Last Saturday was my birthday. My dad came down, and although he doesn’t like to have his picture taken anymore (because of health problems), I treasure photographs and I knew he wouldn’t refuse me on my birthday.

Dad and the girls on my birthday

We raised butterflies and ladybugs, and released both this week. Kathryn let the ladybugs go on a rainy morning. Another afternoon, we let the butterflies go with a couple of young friends (after a morning at the pool).

ladybug on hand

ladybug on leaf

releasing butterflies with friends

Blueberries = summer.
Kathryn loves to pick them, and that is a favorite thing, too, because I want her to grow up enjoying and appreciating things like homegrown veggies and beautiful berries and fruit trees and butterflies and more…


My friend Rachel has a weekly link-up for friday favorite things. This week was perfect for linking up with her, and a few of my other friends.
friday favorite things | finding joy
Also linking with:
– iHN’s Homeschool Mother’s Journal
– Kris’ Weekly Wrap-Up
– Mary’s Collage Friday

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kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing

what a wonderful birthday week! I love your favorite things – your garden is gorgeous – the girls look happy and I think the pic with your dad is a real treasure. He looks great and you all look genuinely happy. Happy Birthday month!!!!


What great pictures! I love that you have a Kathryn. I have a Kathryne, and it’s a very unusual spelling. 🙂


A perfect summertime week. Did Lindsay get a haircut too? It looks like a very cute bob in the butterfly release photo.


Jamie – I’m so happy for Lindsey! I’ve always thought a Chick Fil-A job is wonderful for teens. We just were waited on by a wonderful homeschool graduate at our Chick Fil-A last week. What an amazing company and ministry it is.

Looks like your summer is off to a good start. Flowers, pool, sisters, time with your dad — so many blessings!

Thanks for linking, friend. 🙂


Looks like a great week! Congrats to Lindsey on the new job:) I love your photos…always, but especially the photo with your dad and the last one with the blueberries. Hope you had a great birthday!

Stef Layton

looks like a great birthday and happy smiles (heart happy smiles) !!! ENJOY


Happy Belated Birthday and Congratulations to Lindsey on her first job!


what a beautiful summery-filled post!

now i want to work at chick-fil-a! what an awesome company vision!

happy birthday – birthday cards, especially the ones handmade or containing sweet notes, are the best!

Eddie - The Usual Mayhem

Jamie, your week looks wonderful! Some beautiful photographs, too.

I think you have the right idea about the photo with your dad – my Mum has been living with cancer for years now, as well as a host of other serious illnesses that have cropped up, and I take as many photos with her (and of her and my dad, and her and my kids together) as I can. I want to keep the wonderful memories. I just don’t show her because she hates to see herself!


Lovely week. I giggled at the picture of Kathryn with that sticker. Love it.
Happy belated birthday Jamie. The picture of you and your father and girls is precious.
I kept scrolling up between the 2 pictures of Lindsey. I was like, “Wait a minute she got a hair cut!” I love it. Perfect for summer. Congrats on her job, Chick-Fil-A is a wonderful place to work. They do such amazing things and are such a Godly company.


I, too, love the “Beautiful Things” song! I turn it up really loud in my van when it’s on the radio, especially the drum part. Makes me want to buy a snare drum! Your photos were gorgeous. They just scream “summer”. And you have a beautiful family! God bless you all!


Cool photos! I especially like the one with the little girl (Kathryn?) and a ladybug! Glad you got your dad to have a photo with you. My dad is 85 and I sooo want to have photos of him and with him. I appreciate every day my parents are alive! Patsy from HeARTworks


You sure did have a week full of beautiful things! Happy birthday, Jamie!

jonnia smith

Love the laughter in the pic with your dad!!! Beautiful!
Beautiful people, beautiful flowers, beautiful bugs! ;o)
That’s a favorite song which I will now have stuck in my head for days. Thank you!