One Little Word Blog Hop

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It’s time again for the monthly 2012 One Little Word Blog Hop!  I’m so excited to see what everyone has captured in photographs!

My word for this year is Nurture, so I found myself looking for ways to capture a glimpse of some of the things I’d like to nurture in myself and my family this year.  Here is what I came up with:

With nine photos to capture, I used my word as the center (it needs tweaked a bit yet to fit the pocket better) and used eight additional words to support it.  My current thoughts on these words:
  • Love – This one is and always will be at the top of my list.  A love for eternal things and a love for others is in the very foundation of our home as a family.
  • Beauty – Not in a vain sense, but rather, an awareness and appreciation for the beauty in our surroundings and within other people.  Sometimes this takes some looking, but I think it’s always present.
  • Simplicity – To enjoy the simple things in life.  The less noticed.  To take notice of the simple moments of life and really appreciate them.  Notice the mini marshmallows?  Something so simple makes such a big difference, doesn’t it (at least to my boys, it does…)?  🙂
  • Health – So many times we take this for granted.  I want to nurture healthy habits so that we can enjoy good health now and in the years yet ahead.
  • Nature – There is something about nature that brings a sense of calm whenever I am surrounded by it.  We don’t get out in it enough.  With all the technology that’s in the world today, we get so wrapped up in the tasks that need completed.  I think we need to go take a few more lessons from Mother Nature.
  • Laugh – This one seems to come more easily for children.  I have fond memories of those “laugh until you cry” moments in childhood and, thankfully, I’ve had a handful of those moments since “growing up!”  I want to have more of those moments, to have my children carry similar memories into adulthood.  To find the humor in things more often!  To truly be able to laugh at myself during those awkward moments.
  • Creativity – A little creativity goes a long way in life and I want to nurture this in my children.  Not only to enjoy creativity in the form of art, but to find solutions to everyday problems by putting a little thought into things. 
  • Positive – I really enjoy being around positive people.  They lift me up.  They help me smile.  They help me laugh.  I want to be one of those people who can be a positive influence on my family and others who I meet along life’s way.  I want to encourage a positive attitude in my family.  “Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses.”  ~Proverb

Now head on over to the next stop, Donna’s blog, for more OLW inspiration!
Here is this month’s blog hop order if you get lost:
Melissa C (You are here.)


  • Catherine Posted Thursday, 03/01/2012 5:46 pm

    Enjoyed your photo collage and the words for each category you choose. A lovely way to present Nurture.

  • Cynthia Posted Thursday, 03/01/2012 6:12 pm

    I love your post Melissa! You are seriously focused on the word Nurture in it's most essential aspects. I so appreciated the positive aspect and nurturing that side of life (so easy to nurture negativity without even being aware of it). Love your photos. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ruth Posted Thursday, 03/01/2012 6:39 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your post, thanks for sharing.

  • Kimberlee Gerstmann Posted Thursday, 03/01/2012 6:54 pm

    Such a nice way to document your word and the daily life around you. Great job. 🙂

  • Missus Wookie Posted Thursday, 03/01/2012 7:53 pm

    Great collection of words and images. Hey – tell your boys that for many years there were NO mini marshmallows in England and the recipe was different so marshmallows didn't melt (no s'mores either) I ended up importing such important things. These days they are thankfully. But every time I buy them I remember (in a similar vein, its only been in the last three years I can buy semi sweet chocolate chips…)

  • Rebekah Posted Thursday, 03/01/2012 8:01 pm

    Looks like a great collection! Speaking of creativity, I found some Lego Creator stuff today just for girls! 🙂

  • Cheri Posted Friday, 03/02/2012 2:15 am

    beautiful list!

  • Donna Posted Friday, 03/02/2012 2:34 am

    Beautiful list of words and photos. Hot chocolate is big at our house, too.

  • kelly Posted Friday, 03/02/2012 3:46 am

    your photos really reflect how you are manifesting your OLW in your life. just beautiful! oh and btw – mini-marshmallows are an absolute, must-have necessity at my house too. a simple pleasure for sure. 🙂 love, kelly

  • Jen Posted Friday, 03/02/2012 5:35 am

    such great things to nurture!

  • Coley Posted Friday, 03/02/2012 8:43 am

    Great collection of photos!

  • Audrey Pettit Posted Friday, 03/02/2012 12:33 pm

    Such a fabulous project, Melissa! Love your photos. 🙂

  • Lisa Posted Saturday, 03/03/2012 4:36 pm

    Great photos,Melissa! I especially love the icy tree and the hot cocoa 🙂

  • K. Hutson Posted Wednesday, 03/07/2012 3:43 am

    Love how you used the other words to illustrate your OLW…. love love love this idea.
    Thanks for sharing part of your journey.

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