Celeste Edwards

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sunday, November 3, 2013

in his element

from the age of three we knew he was going to be a bit of a challenge to raise

he always did things his own way

he never saw punishment as a deterrent for his bad behavior

truly unconventional

always sees things in life much differently than others

the "norm" was never normal for him

seeing yellow caution tape was more of an invitation than a warning to stay away (unlike his mother)

very concrete thinker, black and white, no gray


focused on things that only interest him

says what he thinks

determined (hard-headed)

never plans anything more than 10 minutes in advance

doesn't like change but can adapt easily

puts all his eggs in one basket

always knew that whatever he chose to do we wouldn't have to worry

all the things that were most annoying about him now have become his strengths.

He's gone now. Flown the coop.  Looking for a new adventure. From the Midwest to the Pacific coast. Pursuing whats been tugging at him for a couple years now. 

I pray that all that we've taught him will be enough.
I pray that he will look to God for guidance and council.

Know that you are loved Cal.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."   Philippians 4:8

Sunday, February 3, 2013

the ultimate oatmeal experience

I think I just stumbled upon the best steel cut oats combination for breakfast ever (or at least until I get tired of it and come up with something new).

Steel cut oats are nutritionally better for you. I also prefer the texture and taste to the pasty, boring rolled or quick oats version.

1/4 cup steel cut oats, organic
1 cup water
golden raisins, preferably organic and unsulphured
whole cream (Snowville heavy whipping cream) Best ever!
stevia (or your choice of sweetener - just a bit)

Place oats and raisins in a saucepan with one cup of water.
Bring to almost a boil and reduce heat to lowest setting, cover and let simmer for 20-25 min.  If you don't have time to wait for these to cook in the morning, use the thermos method the night before.
To do so, put raisins and oats in a thermos (one preferably with a wide mouth) and add boiling water. Put lid on and let sit overnight (best to do right before going to bed). In the morning the oats will be perfectly cooked. Just warm up in a saucepan with a little added water right before eating. 

Add the rest of the ingredients: cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg (much better than already ground) cream, and sweetener.

This is oh-so good on a cold, winter morning!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Photographer's Workshop

I took an online photography class last year at this time. The instructor, Karen Russell, is asking a favor of her past students.  She is working on different ways to help whether or not The Photographer's Workshop is a workshop that new students would benefit from. She figured that her former students were the best people to help prospective students in making that decision. She asked us if we would choose one of our pictures and then tell what we learned from her workshop. She wanted us to post it wherever we could. Here is a link to Pinterest with all those that participated.

Karen is an amazing photographer who teaches you to shoot from the heart. What made me want to take her workshop are her incredible photographs and how she captures the everyday. It's quite exhaustive too, as I am going through it again on my own. I learned so much and highly recommend taking her workshop!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

no daughters, but nieces

I was blessed with three wonderful sons. I never thought I would be daughterless though (as I am the only one out of 8 children that didn't have any daughters). But, I have been blessed with many wonderful nieces. Only a few are like daughters to me. This is one of them. Her name is Audra.

I don't get to see Audra as often as I like, but when I do I always walk away happy.
She had some rough circumstances to deal with growing up but has turned out to be
one of the most beautiful people I know. Here are some of the reasons I love her so much.

- She makes me laugh...and hard!
- She's genuine; what you see is what you get
- She speaks her mind, but never in a way that makes you think
 "Why would she say that?"
- She's comfortable with who she is and never makes excuses. I love that about her.
- She's positive.  The older I get, I only want to surround myself with positive people.
- She works hard. Working a job and going to school....no easy task.
- She is an absolute joy to be around.

Like I said, whenever I walk away from being with her, I walk away happy.
No daughters for me, but she is the next best thing!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

what spring looks like

"In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of (MOTORCYCLES!) love."
                                                                                        --Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

real beauty

I took my mother to visit her sister and her best friend who both live in the nursing home. My mother was sitting next to a window in the hallway as we waited to see her friend. I pulled out my camera and snapped this picture. After I got home and had seen what I had captured I couldn't stop gazing at this photograph of her. For one, my mother doesn't like to have her picture taken, so most of the photos I have she is sporting a very unnatural smile, if I'm even fortunate enough to capture a smile from her. As I was staring at this picture of her on my computer, her words came to mind, "It's hell getting old". The journaling reads:

"It's hell getting old." That's what I've heard you say for years now. I can only imagine when I am your age, only then will I be able to have a better understanding of that phrase you use so often. No woman wants to look old. If you saw this picture I'm sure you would see more lines and wrinkles than you would care to see. But when I see them, they bring to mind stories of your life. Stories of trials. Stories of a difficult marriage. Stories of laughter with your sisters and your children and your friends. Stories of heartbreak when you lost your beloved son Phil, and your best friend and sister Betty; and even your husband. Stories of accomplishments in your life. Stories of the countless hours you spent in the sun. But most of all those lines tell they story of a woman who raised eight children lovingly and selflessly. Those lines tell the story of a life lived to the fullest. They are beautiful, and so are you mom.