I'm Meredith, and I'm a wife to Justin, new mom to Lizzy, Lutheran, native Oregonian, photographer, aspiring cook, and lover of books.

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This weekend.

This weekend.... -We ate a lot of really GOOD food. The highlights were an *amazing* meal at a local brewery, complete with some hibiscus ginger beer ....more

Photography as Yoga Pants

A blog friend, Sara @ Running from the Law has been hosting an *awesome* series called Photography for Moms, and today I'm over there posting about getting out of auto and into Av mode.Sara and I have been following each other's blogs for quite some time, and she and I are both big fans of Av mode when we're just hanging out at home taking photos of our kids. On today's post, Sara said "[AV Mode is] quick and easy and comfortable, like a really expensive pair of yoga pants - fancier than normal, but still not full-on getting dressed and perfect to wear around the house."YES. I totally agree.If you have a dslr camera, but are shooting in auto (the green box) most of the time, and haven't been ending up with the kind of photos you were hoping for when you purchased a dslr, please go read this post.On the other hand, if you're trying to shoot in manual 100% of the time and are so frustrated that you're just not picking up your camera at all...please go read this post!'Cause I'm a firm believer that there's a time and a place for yoga pants and Av mode alike! ...more

Beauty in the Mundane- Volume 3

We had an unexpected evening at home last night with some unexpected sunshine, and it could not have been more amazing. Recently, some friends have given us some old outdoor play things that their kids had outgrown--a slide, and then some swings--which are amazing placeholders until we eventually buy or make what we'd like to have long term. The girls got to play with them for the first time today, and had a BLAST ....more

Two days ago

Two days ago, World Vision made news by announcing that they were making a change to their hiring practice in order to allow employment of those who identify themselves as Christian and are in legal same-sex marriages. Previously, the conduct requirement, as I understand it, had simply been abstinence outside of marriage, and fidelity within marriage. In addition, all employees of Word Vision were (and are) required to affirm either their Statement of Faith or the Apostle's Creed as a condition of employment.In a letter to employees about the change, the board said:"We are, as our mission statement so clearly expresses,“an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.” And it is this mission that unites us—Baptist, Pentecostal, Seventh day Adventist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Orthodox, nondenominational, etc.--more than 50 different expressions of the Christian faith represented within WVUS alone ....more

Big Guns.

When we bought our house in 2008, it was a foreclosure. We loved that it was a quarter acre lot with a pretty big backyard, but we did NOT love that the back yard and front yard were *entirely* made up of star thistle. We tackled the front yard first, because...well, curb appeal, and then we pulled up the star thistle in the backyard ....more

Book Review: The House at the End of Hope Street by Meena van Praag

From the back of the book: Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house she’s never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the house’s usual conditions: she has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in ....more

A Monday Printable (Volume 3)

Because my hyacinth popped up over the weekend.Because it is raining today.Because I'm stuck at home with no car.Because I'm practicing hand-placing flowers in Photoshop.Someday, I'll make a printable that isn't floral,but today is not that day :) To print it, just click on the image. It should take you right to Flickr. From there, click on the three dots in the lower right hand corner and select "view all sizes" ....more


Today, I am excited about an upcoming trip to Portland! My sister has been away in training to become a flight attendant, and practically our whole family is going up for her graduation soon. I can't even tell you the last time that we went somewhere or stayed in a hotel, and I am SO ....more

A Monday Printable (Volume 2)

Because it's Monday.And I'm ready for spring.And this song (Beautiful Things by Gungor) has been on my mind during Lent for the past few years.And because despite the enormity of the trend, I don't have anything chalkboard in my house thus far.Just because.... To print it, just click on the image. It should take you right to Flickr ....more