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the ING journal | January 2016

I finally pulled out my ING journal and sat down for about ten minutes to jot down the little things that are going on at this moment in my life. It’s been about six months since I last wrote in it, but it’s all good. I flipped back through my other entries and smiled thinking about what I was doing on those days. So glad I have those little tidbits to remind me of where I’ve been, the things I was doing, reading, eating, etc. months ago.

Here’s the full entry. Click to see it larger. I didn’t mess up the new year, but I did mess up what date it was. haha!

If you’re interested in a copy, they are available at the below links in three colors:

ING Journal | June

Mom, Chloe and I took a long walk this morning. It seems like I always end up sitting down after one of our walks to write in my ING Journal. It’s been a couple months since my last entry, so I took about ten to fifteen minutes to jot down what I’ve been seeing, making, watching, feeling, etc. Just a quick little snapshot of life at the moment.

Still using the blank pages throughout for quotes I come across that I really like. This month, I’ve been reading “On Writing” by Stephen King so I had to include a favorite I came across the other day. I have to say I was unsure if I would like this book or not, even though several people recommended it, including my husband. I have never read a Stephen King novel. I just don’t care for those kinds of stories. I had read some articles he wrote in Entertainment Weekly years ago and liked those. I am happy to say that I love “On Writing”. So much of what he says about the way he writes is the way I already do it, which makes me feel like I’m doing something right, I guess. Like my writing instincts are similar to someone like him, who has had such great success in his writing career.

I glanced back through the last few entries in the journal and loved seeing other things I was reading this year, stuff I was thinking about, planning for, dreaming of. It’s fun!

Here’s my entry for this month.

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April ING Journal | doctors and dentists

After a nice morning walk with my Mom, I pulled out my ING Journal and took about 10 minutes to jot down what’s been going on in my head and heart and life lately. I didn’t write in the journal in March, but that’s OK. It can be done whenever, as often as you want. No rules. What matters is jotting down these little snippets of your life, a simple record of what’s happening on that day.

My life lately has been full of a lot of book preparation, but there have been other things going on in our daily life as well. Things that, to me, are stressful. Doctor and dentist appointments, especially, which I mentioned in the journal.

I’m not very good when it comes to needles. When I had my blood drawn or had an IV during my pregnancy, I could not watch. I had to look away. Last week, I took Chloe to the doctor because she had a bump on her eyelid that the doctor thought was a simple cyst that could be drained. He had to numb her eyelid and make an incision then stitch her back up, all with me sitting across the room. She was so brave, but I could see her legs tense up every time she felt pain and I felt so helpless. It took the doctor forever to stitch her eye, too, and I was starting to feel very queasy. Thankfully, there was no fainting on my part. But it was not just a simple cyst. It was more of a hard bump that needs to be removed surgically, so we have to take her back again. :(

I also had to face my fear of the dentist this week. I’m embarrassed to admit that it has been many years since I last went, due to childhood fears. The hygienist was so wonderful and got me through it with a lot of kindness and patience. She was very happy with the condition of my teeth and gums. I told her I can’t stand to start and end my day without brushing and I floss fairly regularly, so I know that helped. My teeth were not free of cavities, though, which I pretty much expected. But there was only one that needed immediate attention, so I go back … tomorrow to have that taken care of. If you think of it, say a little prayer for me. I could use it. One of my big fears is that needle. I’m also going to try to do it without the “laughing gas”. Last time I had the nitrous, it made me super dizzy afterwards, which I did not like. So I’m going to attempt it without. Extra prayers that I can make it through without, but the doctor said it’s there if I need it. ;)

Today, we go back to the doctor to get Chloe’s stitches removed. That should be an easier appointment than the last one. I hope.

Here is the full ING Journal page. Click for larger image.

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You’re here! I’m so excited! On February 26, 2005, I started this blog, and for the next two weeks, I will be looking back at the past TEN YEARS of blogging!

Ten years has gone by in the blink of an eye. At least, it seems so at times. I’ve been browsing back through old posts and, while the style of my photos (lots of borders and filters in the early days) has changed, the core of the posts has not. It started with a few posts about my kids and that’s pretty much the same today. I wrote about things we did, places we traveled, movies I loved, following my love of photography into a business, family, friends, parties, scrapbooking, memories, happy times, sad times, publishing my novel. So much of our life.

Ten years is a really long time.

So, for the next TEN DAYS, I will be looking back, sharing old photos and favorite posts, and there will be GIVEAWAYS!!!

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)


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february ING Journal

This has been a busy week, but I squeezed in about ten minutes on Wednesday to sit down and write out my ing list for February. This journal can be used as often as you like, but I chose to do this once a month. And as I mentioned before, I’m jotting down favorite quotes and verses that I find throughout the month on the blank journaling pages, but you can use them for regular journaling or doodling or nothing at all if you want.

Already I’m looking back at the past two entries I made (November and January) and seeing how much of my routine has changed in just a few months. Seasons change and things come and go, and it’s fun to have a list like this to document that.

Here’s my February list. Click the image below for a closer look. There just might be a little hint in there as to what’s kicking off on MONDAY here on the blog. ;) Fun stuff, guys!

Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! SEE YA MONDAY!

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Chloe’s ING Journal

When I walked into Chloe’s room this morning, this is what I saw on top of her bookshelf. The ING Journal that I gave her for Christmas. ;) The other night she brought it downstairs and asked me how to do it. I told her all she has to do is think about each word and write the first thing that comes to mind. I read the first word, “hearing”, to her and asked, “So, what are you hearing right now?” She jotted down that she was hearing her dad and brother talking. Then I asked about the next word. “What are you seeing right now or what kinds of things did you see today?” She wrote about the snow outside. Then she was like, “Hmmm. What am I making?” I replied, “A lot of hot chocolate lately.” So that’s what she wrote. And then she kept going on her own once she got the hang of it.

Chloe gave me permission to take photos of her journal and share them. There wasn’t anything secret or embarrassing in there, so she was OK with it. ;) I just love that she’s using it. One day, she’ll read back through it and laugh and love that she has the little details like this documented. I hope it will lead to her wanting to document her life in regular journals or diaries (I got her one of those for Christmas, too) or even Project Life with me. Yeah!

You can purchase your own copy of The ING Journal. Available in these colors:
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Have a wonderful weekend!

ING Journal | January 2015

Again, WELCOME to everyone stopping by from the BLOG HOP (scroll down a couple posts for that or click HERE). :)

Using my ING Journal this week. It took probably five minutes or so to jot down all my “ings”. ;) On the opposite page, I jotted down one of the quotes from this week. Great place to store quotes, but I already assigned THIS notebook to my daily quotes and verses this year. I think I will continue to jot down my very favorites in the ING Journal, too. I’m not using it as a regular journal right now since I use my computer for that, but there’s plenty of space in there for journaling between the list pages.

Here’s my first list of the year. January 12, 2015:

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the ING journals

They’re ready! You guys, I have been working really hard on these, designing the pages, laying them out, resizing, uploading, proofing, fixing issues, proofing again, fixing more issues, proofing again. And they are finally good to go!

I’ve had it in my head and my overflowing idea notebook to make a journal of some kind for a while now. I jotted down a list of a zillion different ones I could make and one of those ideas was inspired by bloggers posting “ing” lists or “Around Here” or “Today” or whatever they call their lists. I’ve called mine various things. But I thought “What about people who don’t have blogs?” and then I thought it might be fun to put together a list of “ing” words in book form. So, I decided to JUST GO FOR IT!

I sat down and wrote out as many “ing” words as I could think of and narrowed it down to my 14 favorites for this journal. There are 24 “ing” lists amidst blank pages for journaling or making your own lists or traditional journaling or thoughts or ideas or whatever you want to use them for. I think the most important thing is just documenting where you’re at on one day in your life. And you don’t have to be a writer or spend a ton of time on it. Just a few minutes to jot down what you’re doing, reading, eating, watching, thinking, planning, feeling, etc. Easy peasy!

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If you have ANY questions, please write me HERE. I will be offline a bit over the next few days for the Thanksgiving holiday, but I will reply as soon as I can.

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I will also be releasing little 4×6’ish (they are a tad bigger than that), pocket size Month-at-a-Glance calendars in the same colors as the journals. Those are still in the proofing process, though, so it might be a little longer before they’re ready to go. Here’s a little peek at what those will look like.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Love you guys!


photo taken october 2005. frederik meijer gardens.

Thinking about my book. I spent several hours last night editing, which left me in a great big puddle of tears. Though Maggie’s heartbreak is very much drawn from my own, she is much stronger than I ever was. To be able to photograph a wedding just days after breaking up with her fiancé … well, there’s no way I ever would have been able to do that. Like I said. So strong. So when she breaks down in the book, I break down right along with her.

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Hoping the upcoming holidays will be stress-free and full of family time. Chloe already has her Halloween costume, so no worries over rushing to get her one at the last minute. Jake is planning some vacation time around Thanksgiving and Christmas, which makes me happy. Already thinking and planning for Christmas shopping, so I feel like mentally I’m more prepared than in past years.

Making lots of lists. I have a new blog in the works (like I need another thing to take up my time) and I’ve been filling my notebook with idea after idea. I’ll share more as the idea develops into something a little more solid. Too many ideas bouncing around in my brain, so for now, it’s best to get them all out of there and then organize those thoughts into something real and doable.

Wearing jeans, a dark grey/blk striped v-neck tee, and my grey moccasin slippers.

Hearing the hum of my computer fan and an occasional car driving by on the street. It’s very quiet today.

Reading my daily devotions on She Reads Truth and not much else right now. We’re studying I & II Peter this month. If you are looking for something to help you dive into God’s word, I highly recommend this site. I discovered it within the past year and it has really helped me to get back into seeking God’s guidance daily in His Word. For many years, I didn’t even open my Bible. Sad to admit, but it’s true. In recent years, I’ve felt that nudge within to learn more. I started reading my Bible front to back, but only got halfway through the Old Testament. But then I discovered She Reads Truth and I already feel like God has showed me so much in just the last few months. Yay for the girls at She Reads Truth, who God is using in such a wonderful way in so many women’s lives.

Praying for friends and family going through losses right now and for my “almost family” as they remember their son and brother lost a year ago.

Remembering is hard. Enough said.

Happy Wednesday!

around here

the quiet moments I have while waiting to pick the kids up from school or this or that activity. I’ve finished reading Bread & Wine, listened to music or one of Elise’s podcasts, made lists and brainstormed ideas for the book’s interior layout, talked to God about everything that’s in my heart and mind right now, or just been still and soaked in the silence. Some days I feel like a chauffeur, but most of the time, I’m OK with it. Especially when I get to enjoy nights like the one above.

the cover of my new book, Goodbye, Magnolia, due out in the Spring of 2015. Very excited about this one, but also nervous. I love the story and the characters so much. But it’s also personal. For this story, I’ve really drawn from my own life, my own heartbreak, and that’s kind of scary to both deal with as you’re writing it and to share with the whole world.

I drank apple/carrot/ginger juice, apple/cucumber/kale/celery juice, and banana/orange/apple/spinach smoothies for three days this week. The worst part about cutting out every other food but juiced veggies and fruits is the horrible caffeine withdrawal headache. That was tough. But I made it through and now I’m moving forward with healthier meals. Although, I did eat a couple pieces of pizza my hubby brought home from a work party yesterday and I immediately regretted it. My mouth said “yum”, but my stomach said, “What have you done?” :D

our nephew’s wedding this weekend. Looking forward to spending time with family and welcoming Shalea officially into our family.

you all a lovely weekend, wherever you are and whatever you do. <3

AJAXed with AWP