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How to Add More Beauty to Your Morning


Mornings can be hectic.

Everyone’s trying to wake up.  Breakfast needs to be eaten.  Some of the family might be trying to make their way out the door.  Even those who are staying at home likely have a to-do list a mile long.


Let’s talk about the beauty in this photo.

The morning sun shining through those petals?

The tiny bit of blue vase exploding with light?

Who wouldn’t want to be greeted by these beauties on their morning breakfast table?


Beautiful flowers.

Soft music.

Family prayer.

This is what graced our dining room last week.



Here are some tips to add more beauty to your mornings:

1) Set the tone by playing classical music or calm praise and worship music.  I have a Pandora station of Gungor music that I like to play to gently wake us up.

2) Add some fresh flowers to the table.  I generally do this the day before. Truthfully, who has time to run out in their pajamas and cut fresh flowers?  Even dandelions picked by small hands will add beauty.

3) Take a few moments to notice:   the beautiful faces that have gathered around your table or in your kitchen. The sun streaming through your windows or the raindrops gathering on the windowpane.  The peace in the routine.

4) If you are a praying family, gather for a quick prayer before everyone scatters for the day.

These suggestions are not made to cause guilt.  Most only take a few moments of intention to implement, even with a baby on the hip.  I hope they cause you to think about your mornings.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you add beauty to your mornings.

Thank you for visiting!  I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Pink Tulips






The sun has decided to come out and play.  Dark cloudy days have given way to sunshine that pours through our windows and warms our homes.  The winter, in all of its beauty, felt too long.  And yet, it is about the same as it always is here in Ohio.  We could have snow well into April.

A week or two ago, in the midst of the cold and gray, I went to my local grocery store and purchased a huge armful of flowers.  I splurged for the sole purpose of photographing them for the blog.  Afterwards, I filled different vases and spread them throughout my home.  The alstroemerias were placed  in a pale green vase and taken to a bookshelf in the living room.  The dyed daises, in a small blue vase, found a new home in J.‘s room.  The pink tulips lived for a day or two on my kitchen counter.  The white daisies remained in their large blue glass vase and are still sitting at the kitchen window.

These flowers are bringing me so much joy!  Every time I catch a glimpse of them, I am reminded of the incredible beauty that God created.  Just look at the color of those tulips!  And the texture in the petals.  The way the light glows through the center.  The pollen on the stamen.   Such beauty.  Such magnificence. I really can’t wait to see Spring unfold outside my door!

I hope you have a beautiful day!

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The Beauty of a Quiet Life

White daisies.  The Beauty of a Quiet Life from Beautyobserve.com

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White daisies.  The Beauty of a Quiet Life from Beautyobserve.com

White daisies.  The Beauty of a Quiet Life from Beautyobserve.com

White daisy petals.  The Beauty of a Quiet Life from Beautyobserve.com

White daisy petals.  The Beauty of a Quiet Life from Beautyobserve.com

I just love daisies, don’t you?  I have some growing in my garden which I’m sure will make their appearance here some day.  These, however, are from the grocery store.  You can buy a bit of beauty for only $4.28.

Daisies remind me of simple times and simple pleasures.  A few years ago, I came across these verses in I Thessalonians 4:11-12.

… and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life:
You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as
we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders
and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Ed and I made this one of our family verses.  We’ve tried to rid our lives and our children’s lives of lots of extra activities that take us all out of the home and away from each other.  It’s now become a family habit, but there have been many times over the years where we have thought something seemed like a good idea and we have asked  “Does this make our lives simple and quiet or busy and complicated?”  I feel like I have so much freedom when these questions are answered.

I’ve always wanted my children to have time to be bored.  I believe that when you have enough time to be bored, your creativity will be sparked.  Children and adults alike will be able to explore, build, create, read, and write.  There is time to rest and not be rushed.  Their is time to be quiet and time to contemplate.

It’s so easy to forget this ideal of simplicity.  I’ll find myself busy, rushing around, exhausted.  After all, life makes its demands. Flowers are sometimes just what it takes to remind me, cliche as it is, to stop and smell the roses.  What about you?  Do you desire more simplicity?  Do you have any tips for Beauty Observed readers to help us slow down?

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 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.  I Thessalonians 4:11  Daisy
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