instagram round-up april 2017

I love Instagram.

It's my favorite social media gathering place.

If you're not already there, come join me!

Here are some of my favorite captured moments from the month:

Early in April, the girls were on their spring break trip, so I spent all day in the studio painting on canvas, and experimenting with paint on scrapbooking paper.

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. - Thomas Merton

Holy Week and the dogwood we planted for Heather bloomed in the Mary garden. 

I always feel like she's near when the flowers unfold.

On Holy Saturday and we got a visit with our dear friends the Schoenfelds. Jene was in town running in a 5K to benefit Kentuckiana Pug Rescue. Afterwards, we met for lunch at Puccini's, then we hung out at the house so the girls could play with our boys.

That afternoon, we went to Crank and Boom for ice cream. I didn't have any because, you know, Lent, but I enjoyed being there and checking out the flavors.  

I mean, who doesn't love an ice cream lounge?

The flowers on the table were delicate and beautiful.

That night was Easter Vigil.

It took a while to get the fire going, but once it was lit, it was glorious. This is one of my favorite liturgies of the year. I love the symbolism of brining the light of Christ back into the church.

Easter Day. I made no-bake cookies for my brother and we all had a lovely family dinner at my parents' house.

I'm not going to lie. 

I loved my shoes.

I have an Easter Day tradition - after church and lunch and pretty dresses, I light the candle on the front porch table and serve coffee. In years past, this tradition has also included the eating of Cadbury Eggs, but not this year. 

I was walking home with Emme one day when we discovered these flowers blooming in her neighbor's yard.

(She took this photo.)

One Friday, Emme and her friend had an early dismissal, so they spent the afternoon at my house.

They left some sidewalk messages complete with dandelions.

Rocky is such a faithful studio companion.

It took me a while to convince him to sleep in this dog bed instead of my chair (which is not at all big enough for the two of us!)

Spring really got away from me this year. I haven't planted anything in the back or the front. I haven't built my fairy garden. And I haven't done anything to my poor forlorn meditation hut. I'm really hoping this is the year I can transform it into a usable space.

One of the delights of this season has been going to Ava's track meets. This was her first year on the track team and I've had fun eating high school concession stand food and watching middle schoolers run (some of them are bionic!) 

I'm not an athlete and I've never enjoyed competition, so watching Ava in run relays and throw shot put is a little bit like watching a beautiful magical unicorn prance across a field.

 

While I love branded cohesive Instagram feeds where the filters and color palette and content is carefully curated, I'm not that sort of Instagram user.

My feed is like a little visual diary. I snap pictures of things I love, things I find beautiful, or interesting, things I'm working on...moments.

Maybe someday it will be cohesive.

For now, it is what it is.

These were my April highlights.

How about you?

Did you see anything beautiful this month?