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hello slowing down

March 23rd | hello monday

Matthias woke up with a fever and David was up all night throwing up–so like it or not, everything came screeching to a halt and we are laying low and trying to kick the germs out of our home. My boys have been so healthy this winter, so I can’t complain. It’s good for us to take some time to regroup, rest and heal.

It’s Monday and there is so much to be thankful for!
***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello awesome sign. Things to note…
1. There is a mohawk drawn in the dust over the dog owner’s head.
2. And a tidal wave sweeping over the dog.
3. A little ‘hi’ written in the dust as well.
4. And a reminder to slow down. Love it.

Hello disinfecting. I kind of have a thing about germs and I am constantly trying to keep them away.

Hello working on new designs. I can’t be stopped–inspiration is flowing!

Hello Mother’s Day photoshoot this week. So excited!

Hello streaming the new Annie movie on Amazon. Have you seen it? I’ve seen the original at least 100x. It’s a childhood favorite.

Hello never-ending laundry.

Hello visiting Nana this weekend. Looking forward to seeing her and some friends!

Hello field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Matthias’ class. He better get well quickly!

Hello bubbles and more bubbles. David is loving the bubble machine.

Hello spring. It’s finally here! Is it showing it’s face where you live?

Hello spring break coming up in a couple weeks. We’re trying to plan something fun.

Hello to YOU. How are you today? What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

hello brand new week

March 16th | hello monday

Hello friends! We had a full weekend! Full with sunshine, laughter, good food, family, friends, tears, honest conversation, bubbles and playing with cousins. It was pretty awesome.

How about some hellos for a brand new week?  ***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello yellow flowers and blue sky.

Hello frisbee on the beach with cousins.

Hello spying the pier through the leaves.

Hello bridge that leads to the Bob Jones Trail in Avila.

Hello silly smiles and melted hearts.

Hello trying to notice the beauty and capture it.

Hello music-lover soaking up every note.

Hello bubbles in the backyard as the sun sets.

Hello dads connecting.

Hello wonder.

Hello carefully blowing a ginormous bubble.

Hello brand new week with so much to do.

Hello opportunity to start over. That’s a beautiful thing.

Hello doctor appointment, dinners to make, emails to send and clothes to fold.

Hello brand new week with beauty to be found. Are you ready? What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

hello yellow flowers

March 9th | hello monday

Hello to you. Oh friends, I am feeling more hopeful and more present than I have in quite a few weeks. We’ve been under a lot of stress with business stuff, travel and just life in general. And God has met us there. It’s been rough but I am thankful. It feels like a new beginning and I welcome it with open arms. Join me for a some hellos today?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello yellow. It’s the happiest color. And it’s rhymes with ‘hello’. So that’s awesome.

Hello happy David. He has been so engaged lately–silly, cuddly, loving and just plain FUN!

Hello trying to double recipes for dinners so we have more leftovers. It’s great for lunches and great for our budget.

Hello Scrabble. Grandma introduced Matthias to the game and he loves it! And he’s good at it!

Hello warm weather. I know some of you are freezing–and I don’t want to make you feel bad. We’re having a heat wave in Cali.

Hello trying to limit screen time in our house, it seems to take over unless we set boundaries. I hope I’m not the only one who struggles with that.

Hello creating and creating and planning and creating. We have some super fun things in the works.

Hello praying for this sweet friend.
A long hospital stay and a need for answers–this is not an easy road.

Hello sharing over at {in}courage today. We all want to matter, don’t we?

Hello making time for nothing. I’m not good at this, but my soul needs it.

Hello early out for Matthias this week.
It’s parent/teacher conference so he gets out at 1pm every day.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with so much to be grateful for! Let’s look for beauty together. Leave some hellos in the comments or leave a link to your own hello monday post there!

hello spring

March 2nd | hello monday

Hello friends! It feels like something new is coming. The trees are blooming, I have new designs to share with you this week and the days are getting longer. Spring is just around the corner–can you feel it? If spring means new beginnings and fresh starts–bring it on! It’s been a stressful few months here. Lots of transition and craziness. I’m ready for a new beginning, how about you?

It’s time for some hellos. ***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello rainy days that break to bring blue skies.

Hello pancakes for breakfast and lots of coffee.

Hello trees with pink blooms.

Hello daylight savings that begins this weekend–what?!

Hello deep breath and feeling a shift in the air.

Hello starting to think about summer plans–camps and getaways. It’s only a few months away!

Hello making time for laziness and doing nothing.

Hello soul care and making time for me.

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Hello listening to Steve play guitar. I love it!

Hello girls night out tomorrow. Can’t wait!

Hello last episode of Downton Abbey. NOOO!

Hello brand new, beautiful week with beauty waiting to be found. Join me?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or leave a link to your own hello monday post!

hello heart split in two

February 23rd | dominican republic, hello monday

Hello friends! We are back from the Dominican Republic, jet lagged and soaking up snuggles with our kiddos. I left a big part of my heart over there, but I am simultaneously so happy to be home. It’s crazy how our hearts can live in multiple places, don’t you think?

It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello waking up in my own bed. Love that.

Hello pancakes for breakfast. Our family favorite.

Hello lots and lots of cuddles on the couch and soft scratchies. We have catching up to do.

Hello editing pics from the DR. So much beauty–my heart can’t take it.

Hello missing Joely {our sponsored daughter}. She completely stole our hearts. More pics tomorrow!

Hello unpacking and catching up on laundry.

Hello packing lunches and planning dinners for the week.

Hello creating a new design for mother’s day. I love to create.

Hello photo shoot and new things to share. I can’t wait to show you!

Hello meetings and emails. So much to do. Always more it seems!

Hello crafting with Matthias. Fun!

Hello feeling THRILLED that 160 kids have been sponsored from our trip to the DR. You can see the count here!

Hello donating 10% of the proceeds from all sales this week to compassion international. So exciting!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new, beautiful week. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there!

hello color, beauty and light

February 16th | adventures, dominican republic, hello monday

We are in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic! It’s wonderful to be here. Steve and I are traveling with Compassion, International and we are looking forward to seeing a different side of the DR. Yesterday we walked and walked and walked some more. We explored the city and saw all kinds of color, beauty and light. It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello flag {bandera} hanging from the mirror in our taxi. There are flags all over–so much national pride.

Hello tree with a heart-shaped knot. Love is everywhere.

Hello palm trees, ocean and warm sun.

Hello colorful kites. It’s carnaval here and people dance and party in the streets.

Hello obelisk in the center of the city.

Hello walking with a box of chips on your head. That takes skillz.

Hello walls painted with every color of the rainbow.

Hello sidewalks with heart-shaped designs. Love.

Hello to adventures with this guy.

Hello city by the sea.

Hello living out of a suitcase and trying to be low maintenance.

Hello scorching sun and life-giving breeze.

Hello sipping some of the best coffee in the world.

Hello missing my boys.

Hello kids that are looking for sponsorship. You can change a life–more details here.

Hello heart that is falling even deeper in love with the DR.

Hello Compassion, thank you for taking us on this journey.

Hello sharing it with YOU!

Hello brand new week with beauty waiting to be found.

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

hello pain, hello joy

February 9th | hello monday

Lately it seems, everywhere I look there is pain. My heart hurts for friends who just want to bring their baby girl home from the hospital, friends who had a massive scare last week and thought their son had leukemia, friends who are on their way to UCLA for a long stay and other friends who said good-bye to a beloved dad and husband. And that’s just within the last week. So much heartache. We have ours. Those close to us seem to be suffering more than usual. You might be struggling too.

And I look around and I see beauty. I see blessings. I see actual, real-life joy. It seems impossible, but there it is. God is at work even in the muck and yuck. Today I don’t feel happy, but I still believe there is good. I believe there is beauty to be found. It’s a new week, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello praying, more than I usually do. And that’s a good thing. It’s good to need God.

Hello giving myself permission to feel sad and not have it all together. It’s real.

Hello making dinner for friends and loving them while they are recovering from a rough season.

Hello working out. It’s good for me. I feel better when I’m done.

Hello creating and sketching. I have some fun things to share this week!

Hello packing for the Dominican Republic. Next week we’ll be there with Compassion International. I can’t wait to tell you more.

Hello hugging and cuddling and sipping chai lattes and doing things that comfort me.

Hello tidying up my desk at work. Um, it’s a train wreck!

Hello thrifting. I’m on the hunt for inspiration.

Hello to YOU. I hope you are feeling joyful and whole. It’s a new week, leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

hello confused weather

February 2nd | celebrate the every day, hello monday

The weather around is here has been so warm! We had a couple rainy weeks and everything got nice and green. Then the sunshine came and persisted–so everything is in bloom. I think the weather forgot that it’s January. Last week I pulled out my camera to capture some of the beauty and send it your way. Here’s a little sunshine for those of you who are stuck inside with cold weather!

It’s Monday–a brand new week with so much to be thankful for! How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello blooming branches and blue skies. My heart can hardly take it all in.

Hello making time for quiet and making time for me. I don’t know why I have such a hard time sitting still–but I do know it’s good for my soul.

Hello play date with friends and trying to drag the kids away from video games. {after all, the sun is shining!}

Hello gift for you! If you want a copy of the above photo, just email me at lisa @ lisaleonard.com and I will send you the high res image. I think this would be so pretty on a wall!

Hello February. So nice to see you.

Hello groundhog day today. We should watch that movie–it’s such a great one!

Hello sister time. Be still my heart–I love time with my sisters!

Hello creating. I am working on some fun things and of course I can’t wait to share them with you!

Hello Valentine’s Day. It’s not far away!

Hello fighting a little cold. It’s not enough to keep me down, but it’s still annoying!

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Join me!

Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

hello sunshine and waves in avila beach

January 26th | an everyday moment, hello monday

Hello friends! We had a very mellow, happy weekend. It was much needed after a stressful week. I feel like I finally exhaled. And guess what? Today is Monday–a new beginning and a fresh start. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello Avila Beach. We are there fairly often, so on this trip, I tried to capture some fresh photos and look at things with a different perspective.

Hello saying goodbye to one of our dear friends, Peggy today. Steve is playing guitar at her celebration service and we are grieving her loss with friends.

Hello clean boys room. I went through all their drawers and I have three bags of clothes to give to friends. Feels so good!

Hello dishes done and groceries waiting to be gathered.

Hello warm weather. It’s gorgeous out. We need rain. We are enjoying the sunshine and praying for wet weather.

Hello tummy pain. David has been struggling lately. GI issues are the hardest thing for him. I think he’s having a growth spurt–he’s super hungry but then struggles with reflux when his tummy is full. It’s so hard sometimes!

Hello creating. My mind is going a mile a minute lately–and I love it.

Hello Downton Abbey. Are you watching the current season? We’re obsessed.

Hello to you, sweet friend! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link up your own hello monday post there!

hello making time

January 19th | hello monday

Hello friends! It’s Monday–a brand new week and a fresh start. Last week I was rushed and behind all week. This week I’m determined to make time. I want to make time to rest, make time to get ahead, make time to breathe and make time to be with my family. I have enough time, I just need to use it wisely and plan so that I’m not frazzled and crazy! These pics were taken over Christmas time and they represent some breathing room and time with loved ones. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello sunshine and sand. California winters are ridiculous.

Hello running and playing and having FUN!

Hello aunties and grandmas and grandpa. We’ve had some wonderful time with family lately and we are so grateful!

Hello talking and sharing and encouraging and being imperfect.

Hello day off school. Hooray for a slow morning and working from home.

Hello pictures from Matthias’ birthday to edit and share.

Hello working on a fun project with the kids.

Hello catching up on sleep and laundry.

Hello extra cup of coffee and extra grace for letting things be imperfect.

Hello determined to get the house tidy again.

Hello making time to be alone and collect my thoughts.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week and a new beginning. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there!