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Nikole Sarvay
Richmond, VA (USA)
one mama doing her best to appreciate all of the little moments in a big life
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feeling grateful... for cooler nights and open windows for an evening meal shared with friends on a picnic blanket for apple season for weekends to spend with my little family for Caroline's good health for clean laundry for two shining souls who have welcomed our sweet girl into their kindergarten classroom what are you feeling grateful for today? >>----------------------------> Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2013 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for nearly a full day with a dear friend who moved away. she's surely one of the sweetest souls ever. for afternoon drives on country roads. for the peace of pulling weeds. for an afternoon of play with my girl. for iced tea. and ice cream. for puzzles. for goldfinches. what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for the power and wisdom held within a circle of women. for rhubarb soda. for sweet baby girls. for good milk for my coffee. for daisies. for precious time with our godson, one of the sweetest fellas there ever was. what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for big hugs from good friends. for the sense of community in this city. I continue to be amazed. for good neighbors. (especially ones that deliver chocolate). for Miss Terry at the Lakeside Farmers Market. for afternoons with my girl. for boat rides and good food and my mister whose initiative makes it happen (otherwise I'd sit in the garden pulling weeds all day). what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at :: a happy nest ::
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This spring, we've been working hard on our back yard garden. It's my happy place right now. I've been getting a lot of questions about it, so I thought I'd offer a little photo tour. Pictured above is the patio just outside our sunroom. John laid the patio himself, just after we moved into the house ten years ago. We've always had containers on the patio, but this year, we added an herb bed along the edge of the patio. It has added so much character to this part of our space. In the bed & pots, we have sage,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for the men and women who have served our country - past and present - and for the sacrifices made by their families. for a day spent with my brother and his family. for the opportunity to celebrate my grandfather's 90th birthday. for my mister taking such good care of me while I was super-sick last week. for walks to the ice cream shop. for eight years (tomorrow) of marriage. I'm a lucky lady. for morning snuggles with my girl. what are you feeling grateful for today? >> don't forget to enter the giveaway in my last post.... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for afternoons spent painting with my girl. for craft store adventures. for plant exchanges. for sore muscles after a good run. for salads made with greens from our own backyard garden. for clean clothes. for bubbles - especially in the afternoon sunshine. what are you feeling grateful for today? tonight, I'm keeping those in Oklahoma close in my heart. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for spring sunshine, and garden dirt on my hands. for a good job doing good work, with really good people. for kale. and coconut chips. (though usually not together). for this. and her. and her. for good books. for new projects (more details soon, I promise). what are you feeling grateful for? Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for last week's conversation with a wise friend. for fresh greens from the garden. for time with my grandfather, who turns 90 later this month. for our neighborhood grocery store. for seeds bursting from the soil. it's a miracle every single time. for my mother, and every thing she did & sacrificed to raise me well and with love. { so grateful } what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at :: a happy nest ::
beautiful post.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2012 on crash at Sea + Prairie
beautiful post.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2012 on crash at Sea + Prairie
Nikole Sarvay is now following Eren Hays
Oct 17, 2012
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feeling grateful... for the stories my mister tells our wee girl. for golden autumn sunlight. for cool nights, and summer giving way to autumn. for meals shared with dear friends. for new routines. for all of the extra snuggles my we girl gives when she's under the weather. that this weekend's sickness is passing {for her, anyway}. for sweet, sweet friends. what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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I finished this wreath last night, and now it's happily hanging on our front door. Whenever I post pictures of a craft project, I'm often asked how I do it all. Every time I'm asked this, I have to laugh, because it often takes a monumental effort to finish anything around here {just ask my mister}. In the spirit of this post, I thought I'd share a little of how this wreath came to be. There were: 5 days of working on this 15 minutes at a time - between snacks and coloring and playdates and cleaning up + 2... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for the rain & puddle jumping. for my mama. for fresh farm eggs. for afternoon walks in the sunshine. for my mister. for our amazing vet who was so compassionate and supportive as we said goodbye to our sweet cat Harvey {it has been an emotional weekend}. for unexpected flowers from the sweetest of friends. what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
lovely. {and I adore your new header}.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2012 on saturday evening post at Live Free
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I grew up spending weekends at the river. I remember us packing up every Friday night: piling into our van, and heading to Deltaville to stay until Sunday afternoon. My brother and I each had our own seat and a sleeping bag, and I would no doubt fall asleep on the way. Often, I would wake up briefly as our van bounced across the old bridge into West Point, and I'd know that we were almost there. We spent the weekends swimming, crabbing, fishing, exploring the creek in the dinghy, and taking rides on the boat. Far away from the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for a {somewhat} clean house. for fresh, local, healthy food to fill our bellies & nourish our bodies. for a week of morning walks. for flowers that continue to smile at me, despite my neglect. for happy days with my girl. for my husband's words. for my cozy bed {that I'm about to collapse into}. what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for weekends away by the water. for endless hours of floating with my girl. for sunrises and sunsets over the water. for sparklers and sunset swims. for my girl's love of puzzles, which reminds me so much of puzzling with my own mom. for the support & love of our families. for evening walks. for summer rainshowers. for our happy flowers leaning over the back fence. what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for a { somewhat } normal summer week, with no illnesses or trips to the hospital. for watermelon and playdates on hot afternoons. for pig tails. for my husband: his wisdom, his humor, and his steady supportive presence. for a good night's sleep { finally }. for Thea's first home-grown watermelon. for our first garden sunflowers & for all of the happy flowers that have survived this summer's unbearable heat. what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... to be physically feeling a bit better as I finish weaning off of my SSRI medication { more to share about this soon - it has been a very long few months }. for my mister taking such good care of me and our girl while I have been { mostly } resting in bed for the past week. to have had a lovely weekend getaway with my loves. that the thermometer only read 90 degrees today instead of 100+ that my sweet girl was okay after her big fall on July 4th - and that she has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for homemade bubble goodness. that our family and home are safe after a wild storm passed through yesterday afternoon. for dear friends moving into the our neighborhood. for good neighbors. for sweet teachers who take such good care of my girl when she's away from me. for a beautiful cool summer day and time outside with my girl (and a heart friend) to enjoy it. to live so close to my mama. to wake up next to my mister each morning. what are you feeling grateful for today? Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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For father's day, Thea and I wanted to make something really special for her dad. After she spent a couple of afternoons creating pictures of things she likes to do with her dad, I had the idea to make a little book out of her drawings. The mister sure loves books, and he loves things made by his little miss, so we figured it would be the perfect gift. I cut sheets of watercolor paper into rectangles and then folded them in half. Thea went crazy drawing her pictures: fishing with daddy, roasting marshmallows with daddy, making music with daddy,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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feeling grateful... for my wee girl's sense of style (pictured above is her father's day ensemble). for a few quiet moments to sit and reflect. for a morning's hard work, resulting in a { m o s t l y } clean house. for my family's health: my mother is home from the hospital and recovering, and my grandfather is home, and has regained some of his strength too. for my handsome, funny, hard-working mister. for swimming pools on hot afternoons. for the love and support of dear friends and family, who took such good care of me and my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::
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The past few weeks have been so full, I've barely had a quiet moment to just sit and breathe. Here are a few {verbal} snapshots of what's been keeping me occupied : I was in a minor car accident that ended up causing a good bit of neck pain. I have begun the process of { s l o w l y } weaning off of my medication for anxiety and depression. This has brought a number of side effects ranging from annoying to concerning. My 89-year-old grandfather had a week-long hospital stay {he is home now, and doing so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at :: a happy nest ::