Friday, August 24, 2012

The way to my heart...

This past week was a bit of a tough one for me.  There wasn't one big, awful thing that happened.... it was more like a lot of little things.  Do you know what I mean?  Half a dozen spills and accidental dish breaking by various small people that began getting on my nerves, (which normally wouldn't) a never ending to-do list, (with school nearly ready to start) the culmination of a man working way too many hours and my missing him like crazy, a broken bike rack and two broken bikes preventing me from my daily (outlet) run... and finally a small issue in my gumline that I had surgery on years ago has re-appeared.  (The first time it wasn't cancerous but because it's back without warning, I spent a great deal of time worrying over what-ifs.)

Anyway, regardless of the reasons, I struggled.  So you know what my man did?  He came home early... I didn't ask him to, he just worked it so that he could.  He's been putting in crazy long hours this summer so this was a treat!  I may or may not have done a little dance in kitchen when he called and said he was on the freeway, headed home.
 Not only that... but I had mentioned wanting to get some cow photos so I could begin working on a painting... he was like "Hey let's hop in the car and go find some cows for you to photograph."  

People.... let me tell you something about me.  The words, "let's go" (adventure & fun) and "find something for you to photograph" are Sasha magic words.   

Um yeah.  Okay, let's do that!
 My man is a cow whisperer.  These cows were all scattered across the field when we pulled up and Adrain got up next to the fence (electric wire) and these cows started running toward him.  (Adrain says it was almost feeding time and they are motivated by food... but I like to think they just liked my man.)  He was cracking me up too talking to these cows... going, "Okay, give me stupid."  I was a little freaked out that there was only a tiny wire between them and him, and they were in some big herd.  I was afraid they were going to charge him or something.  Good thing Adrain knows cows.
 I thought this one was particularly sweet.  And soft looking. 

 Adrain took this one and it still cracks me up every time I see it.  It might have to be the one I paint...
 What really stole my heart... was this white barn.  (Of which I took 742 photos of, from all different angles.  I wonder if these people would let us take our family photos here this Fall.  Hmmmm.) 

So a crummy week turned out rather sweet all because my man chose to spend time with me, doing what I love.  Easing my fears, talking, looking into my eyes and racing all over the county making random stops for me to jump out and take pictures. 

It made me think a lot about how much/how little I do that sort of thing for others when they are hurting.  He is so good at it... does it naturally and gives of himself to others without question.  I long to be more like that. 
 And now for a few other ways to my heart... Instagram.  I know... I keep saying it... Gosh I adore it.  Here are a few recent faves in case you missed them...
 Though I just realized that I put way more photos of myself there, than on this blog.  I don't know why that is. (Do y'all notice I'm doing my hair different?  I changed my part just a bit.  Yeah.  That's all.)
And a bunch of you wanted to know about this color combo that I Instagrammed the other day.  Darling.  Do it!!  The one on the right goes first, and it's "mochachino" with the "set in stones" over that. 

What's the way to your heart? 


  1. this is so sweet.

    the way to my heart is simply remembering the things that I have told you. I just love when my family and friends remember what I have told them....kinda corny, but that's it.

    I hope all goes well with your dental health.
    and have a great weekend.

    love the photos!

  2. I do believe your husband is a keeper.

  3. What a sweet guy!

  4. Love me a cow...and a man who'll jump in the car to take pictures of them! Sigh! Hope this week is better. Love you sweet friend.

  5. i so get those crazy type of weeks...but I think God gives us those so we will appreciate the "great" weeks even more. I pray all goes well with your gums..I so jump on that worst case scenario train, when my kids or I have health issues. i pray for a peaceful heart that everything will be ok.

  6. Your man is a total keeper! Hopefully your weekend will be way better than your week :)

    I am curious to know if you would be willing to sell a copy of the second white barn photo you posted. It is EXACTLY what I have been looking for.

    Please let me know :)

    1. Yes I will. I was considering putting it into my shop... was going to sell it for the same price as my other prints, ($18 plus s/h) and same size (11x14) but if you want a different size let me know and I'll get it ordered for ya!

  7. Oh Sasha... I hear you. My husband has been away all week and in a remote area without cell phone reception so only a few random emails have connected us. I hate the silence. But I only have to make it until tomorrow and he is back. Unfortunately right back to work. Ugh.

    But I have been taking the kids on long car rides to explore towns to get that same sense of happy that you did. Love the cow photos, will be looking out for the paintings.

    Take care.

  8. Love your cow photos! Glad you got some surprise time with your hubby.

  9. what a happy cute sexy ending to a funky week. i love that he rode on home & spent some time with you & helped you photograph the cows. my lord. nothing sexier than a man walking & talking out his love

    your nail caroline does the same. teal however..
    looking good!

  10. Right there with you Sweetie! My man has been working just about all the overtime that they will let him -- because this is their busy season. I've about had it, but know that he is doing this to help make ends meet until I can find a job. He's so awesome. (Entire) family time has been at a minimum (a side-effect of having teens), and so I'm feeling a little blue about that. But there is a season for everything, so I'm trying to keep it all in perspective. Now that school has started, everyone will be staying a little closer to home, I hope.


    BIG HUGS. ~Sally

  11. So...apparently putting brackets around a prayer makes it disappear? (See first comment above) :/ Oh dear. Well, know that I'm praying for you... specifically for your gumline situation. ~Sally

  12. sometimes
    we all need a little crummy
    to appreciate the mercies that follow

    glad that cow whispering man of yours
    is so thoughtful.


  13. Can't wait to see that cow painting!!!! Beautiful pictures! And I'd give an arm and a leg to drive around with my man like that; it's been an intense summer! So glad you had that special time with him. :-)

  14. How sweet was that man???? And I can't wait to see the cow painting.

  15. love that your husband studies you and knows just what you need....those times make you fall in love with him all over again, huh?!

    my husband is very good at studying me, too.
    I'm sorry your week was rough...and I'm praying for your gum issue. keep us posted, okay?

    I had a particularly hard week, too...adjusting to the changes in our routine..getting up early and going to bed late...on top of a grumpy 12 year old. soooo grateful for the weekend.

  16. Utter sweet love (hee hee)so sweet although I'm loving that chocolate cake yum! Have a great weekend! I love your IG I'm @lm_4_bn.

  17. Sorry to hear that your week has been a little rough, I totally get you, as I have been in your shoes recently as well. You sure do have a sweet husband, and he took some pictures for you as well, I think you should nominate him for husband of the year! Will you be selling some of your cow paintings? I have been wanting some myself. Hope you have a great weekend.

  18. I am all about some rustic farm shots!! Glad you got to get out and 'de-stress'. It's a must for moms. :)

  19. Sounds like your sweet man made up for the difficult week~bless his heart!
    It's amazing how one person can do one act of kindness and melt a heart..the power of love and kindness/ I love those cow photos~too cute! And lifting you before Him and praying everything is good with you and this concern.
    Hugs and love coming your way!

    Deborah xoxooxox

  20. So sweet! Our husbands are our heros!
    Should email you some of our cow pics from the farm!
    Cows are extremely curious! They sniff/lick anything they see different around them and occasionally knock it over and stomp on it! lol
    Glad your "worry" week ended well!
    Katherine L : )

  21. Love those sweet heifers...And the white barn. I say you go up and ask those folks about the picture. What's the worst that could happen?

    What a glorious way to spend a day.

    Check out this cow

  23. Yep the soft eyes.... they get me too! Can't wait to see what you paint. Hope all is well with the gum issue :) x