Take a picture. It will last longer.

This I find to be true with just about any and all pretty organization I accomplish in my home.

We start back in our regular school routine next week, which means I got to stock up on new school supplies. Organizing school supplies makes me really happy, even if the pretty doesn’t last long.  A couple of years ago I bought an old bread baking tin (pretty sure that is not the correct name, but you get the picture). I spray painted it white and put art supplies in it. I decided to give it a another facelift and add some buckets for more order.



The buckets are from IKEA. I wish I had I bought 4 more. Next visit. A little spray paint and I was done. Yay for spray paint.8.14supplies-028.14supplies-038.14supplies-058.14supplies-06

I like being able to move all the supplies to the table at one time or just a bucket. Anything to bring more order and simplicity to our days is welcomed by me!

I took a picture. It will last longer.

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  • Lisa | Winter Heights - Haha, I so love this. Happy new school year!

  • the inadvertent farmer - We start next week too! Organizing is not my thing but I have also learned after years and years of homeschooling that a neat well organized school space is key to my sanity! Now the rest of the house all bet are off… Kim

  • Amanda - It’s called a strap loaf pan, and I can’t resist well organized art supplies. cute idea!

  • christina larsen - I Love organization!!! It makes me smile. I also love the buckets. I may have to add them to my Ikea list. Hoping to go sometime in Oct. Good luck with school. We started Challenge this week. 1st seminar is today, hoping my little man does well.

  • Emily - Oh, I do love a good organization project. That’s so pretty!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I completely agree! There is not much better than a freshly sharpened pencil.

  • carrie - Ha Ha! I have never heard that before; but truly, taking a picture will last longer! Have fun with homeschooling – what a joy and privilege it is to our family.

  • Shannon - Your supplies and school area make me want to homeschool my kid! :-)

  • jenny - excellent idea! i love it when you share ideas like this :) organizing school supplies makes me happy too. there is nothing like a bunch of brand new crayons next to freshly sharpened pencils ;)

  • elizabeth H - OH this makes me ALL KINDS OF HAPPY!!!

  • Brittany Fry - This is so cute and I love the color you chose!!! I love organized craft supplies!!!

  • danielle - That is so cute! Hobby Lobby has a lot of buckets and stuff usually. That is where I get mine.

  • Carrie Rowe - I want to live in this room.

  • Danielle - Your blog is such a happy place to come! Thank you so much for sharing! My husband and I don’t have kids yet, but I often find myself racing with my laptop to show him your blog and pictures. Your blog always serves as a reminder to be grateful for our present and to be excited about what is to come. Thanks, Ashley! You inspire me to keep blogging our story.

  • SedaSD - It looks very pretty. But do you need those many pens and pencils even for 5 kids? I find that the fewer we have of anything and everything around the house, the tidier and much organized are we.

    I also find that when we have too many supplies and stuff around, it’s harder for the kids to concentrate on something. But again, it sure looks very pretty!

  • Rebecca - I love this! I just did something similar. I had a wire holder that used to hold tempura paint. I busted out the spray paint and covered some tin cans in scrap book paper. Eight little spots to hold pencils, scissors crayons, etc.!

Before we left Colorado, I thought we should take advantage of all those yellow rose petals from the vow renewal. The boys didn’t want them, but I knew a little girl that would be pretty excited to throw them in the air. I grabbed a hanging planter (picked up from IKEA on a quick stop in Denver) and filled it with the petals. We were staying in a home with a beautiful view, so that made it easy. From there I told her she could throw them however she wanted. She chose to stand on a tall tree stump, began singing songs she made up and delighted herself in the fun of it all.

8.14CO5-018.14CO5-028.14CO5-048.14CO5-058.14CO5-06“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  • Jennifer - Absolutely beautiful.

  • Debbie - She has such a beautiful spirit.

  • danielle - These are precious!

  • rachelzana - I love these pictures! This was such a good idea!

  • Anna @ A Good Home - My goodness, that last picture is one of the most perfect I’ve ever seen. Her face, the petals, the mountains…so beautiful.

  • Michelle Hill - She is your mini me! I wish I could hear the lyrics to her songs. they must be inspired by thoughts of innocence, beauty and happiness.

  • Jenny L. - So precious and so Sound of Music-like. First thing I thought of.

  • Bird - This pics are beautiful… wonderful ideas! I could imagine it for weddings or birthdays too!

    Love from Germany and the -fatcatconnection-

  • Jenny - So sweet!!! :)

  • Angela - I am in awe, of how you document everyday tasks so stunningly. Your road trips pics were so beautiful, that even though I stay on the otherside of your world in Kuwait, I just wanted to rev up the car and take the similar route you did. You are blessed. Thank you for sharing your passion with us.

  • Mary J - You can feel her exuberance through the screen.

    PS: I would love to know your Fstop on the last photo, I am working on my photography and having a hard time getting action shots in focus with a shallow depth of field.

  • Kate Blehar - Beautiful! I am a loyal reader of your blog and fellow lover of photography. I couldn’t believe it when I saw your post today because I took a series of pictures of my little girl just last night throwing up rose petals. It was my daughters idea and when she saw the pictures, she exclaimed that she “looked like a rose fairy with powers to suspend petals in the air.”

    Photography is magic. ;-)

    I attached the photos here, but not sure if they will show up.


    Many thanks for your blog and for inspiring me to live a full, creative life with my family.

  • Molly Quigley - Ya made my day, woman. Thanks.

  • Julie - Delightful!!! She’s a cutie for sure!

  • kimberly oyler - you are a good mama. what a treasure these are.

  • Michelle - This post makes me heart smile. Beautiful on so man levels. :-)

  • Seamingly Sarah - That last one is just perfect!

  • Heather - I just love your photos and had to share with you that we ordered a print from Katie Daisy with the Laura Ingalls Wilder quote on it. My girls love Little House and it is hanging in our kitchen with a few family photos. Thanks for the inspirational pictures…they really get my creative juices flowing when I pick up my camera.

  • Laura S. - Laura Ingalls Wilder…my favorite author of all time. While on an 8 hour drive with my Dad and brother in the backseat, I read the biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder outloud to my Dad. He loved it.

    Firecracker needs to go into acting classes. The way she holds herself is incredible. Look at her hands! So poised.

  • Izzy - These photos are just so beautiful, and I love that quote!

  • Natalie - I love the joy you captured on her face! And the beautiful view isn’t too shabby either. :)

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Dear Firecracker – you did such a great job! I’m smiling all the way in Arizona!

  • elizabeth H - {LOVE} her joy filled spirit & the way she delights in life!!

  • victoria - haven’t checked your blog in a while. this pic of your sweet girl – she looks so grown up!

  • Treva Super - Ashley! I’ve spent some time catching up with you through your blog tonight. I love seeing all the pretty pictures and hearing the Lord’s work in your life, woven throughout all the commentary!!!!Love you, old friend. -Treva

Chris’ parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year….part of that celebration was a family trip to Colorado. Chris is the youngest of 4 and we don’t get to see his family nearly enough. My boys have 3 cousins close to their ages, which is so much fun for them. My girls get spoiled by their older girl cousins. Time with Chris’ family is such a gift for all of us. I’m incredibly thankful that Chris and I not only get along with both of our families, but we genuinely love being around them.

During our week together, my in-laws renewed their wedding vows. It was a beautiful night. Seeing them surrounded by all of their kids and all their grandkids was pretty wonderful.


Little One thinks it is hilarious to close her eyes and smile when we are trying to take pictures now.8.14CO4-07

The rest of the kids ran off and then she decided she’d open her eyes for photos. Stinker.8.14CO4-108.14CO4-11

Happy Anniversary Campbells! I am so thankful for the love you shower upon me and my family. I’m thankful that marrying Chris also meant I got to join your family. What a gift you all are to me.

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  • Bird - This little girl of yours makes me laugh laud so hard… she is so cute and smart and beautiful!

    I am glad, that you show her smile to the world!

    Love from Germany and the -fatcatconnection-

  • Monica - Beautiful pictures! Your family is a precious gift from GOD to you.

  • Ashley - Little One praying… so precious!

  • Ashley - Also, where did you find her adorable denim jacket? Looking for one for my two year old!

  • Ashley - how incredibly special!!! you are so blessed to have such a strong couple witnessing to you two!

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen - Gorgeous photos! Your family is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing ;-)

  • Jennifer - Such a beautiful post! My in-laws have only shown me how much love can grow when two families are joined together. They are such a beautiful blessing to me, as yours are to you.

  • kimberly oyler - what a beautiful setting for a vow renewal. and girl your hair is so long!

  • Amy Espinosa - Ashley, these photos are just breathtaking! I hope that my 50th is half as beautiful!

  • Sprite - What a blessing to have such a sweet family! Congratulations to your in-laws! Also, I love your yellow dress, Ashley. You look beautiful!

  • Christina - Little One praying! So beautiful

  • AshleyAnn - Ashley – BabyGap

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - That last photo = heart melted

  • elizabeth H - Your boys in their blue shirts + little flowers are super cute!
    i too hope to share a 50 yr anniversary w/ my love!
    so very sweet & encouraging…

  • ellen patton - what a nice post.

  • Diamend Bianco - Oh my goodness! I’ve been following your blog for a while, but I just saw this photo and realized I know your brother-in-law! I grew up and went to college in Illinois and also worked as an Admin at the Illinois Baptist Convention – I know Charles Campbell. What a crazy small world that I’ve been following you and your story and praying over you and your family and now I feel even closer to you!
    Always praying for you and your family.

  • AshleyAnn - Diamend – that is so crazy and fun!!