the quiet within.

i've immersed myself in beauty this summer- almost more than i can stand. i've revelled in all of summer's joys, yet as it comes to a close i find myself in a state of mental chaos, and i instantly know what i've done wrong. i've had headphones in my ears every single free moment and i've found myself online WAY too much. if i had recording equipment i would never leave my house and my family would be completely neglected. music has always been my idol of choice and i've let it go too far. i've usually been able to keep a decent balance, but my creative mind is in a state of unrest. i crave more yet i'm still unsatisfied.

i don't really delve too deep here at intothenest- my children, my faith are almost too precious to put into words, definitely too precious to blog about, but i feel as if i must address this and purge myself of a harsh moment of self discovery.

what do we do when we're alone? what do we think about? what do we NOURISH? it is our soul that we need to be feeding and that alone. as i enter into a phase in my life where i have more responsibilities of a spiritual nature, i am evaluating my inner self- my REAL self. it doesn't matter how people perceive you if you have them all fooled. let us be forced to take stock of the condition of our soul and let the only one nourish it who can. you have to let Him, but He will- even in this lush world full of beautiful, absorbing, empty distractions that will never satisfy no matter how hard we try.
remember this quote by the great c.s. lewis:



a second chance.

i fell in love with the brontes at a very young age.  i always held jane austen far beneath them in my esteem because she didn't seem dark enough and was "too fluffy".   i read all of her greats, but quickly tossed them aside.  well, despite myself, i managed to watch a bit of the newest version, and found myself a little intrigued at some of the nuances and story lines.  *a note aside- i am not a kiera knightley fan.  why does she have to smile so much?*  despite this distraction, i immediately re-read the book...and loved it.  i'm now going through all of them and enjoying them immensely (and finding them to be quite well written).  my first love will always be the bronte sisters, but it has been nice to rediscover jane austen. 
so, thank you kiera.  if it weren't for your cheeky smile i might not have given her a second chance. 


blood tea & red string.

hands down the strangest stop-motion film in my collection.
created by christiane cegavske.
it only took her 13 years to make.