Spring note 2018

Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer!

Last weekend felt like a bookend to the Spring. I filled my empty turquoise pots with summer flowers and Jeff poured fresh mulch down on our still empty front flower beds. 

With wobbly training wheels Oliver pedaled his way to Grandmom and Granddad's house, as we walked on the pavement behind him. Our first grill-out of the season. Hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh strawberries, cucumbers and corn on the cob. 

The day ended with a short road-trip to a kiddie park in Bartlesville with friends, where the sun set gently and slowly above the carnival lights.

Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer.

At the end of each season I like to share a special note just for you, my email subscribers! 

It's become more of a list type of note because I share the books I have been reading, projects I have been working on, favorite things and other updates!

I hope you enjoy and find something helpful or inspiring on the list.

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
— Philippians 4:5

love + hope in Christ, 

Melissa Hirshburg


what i've been reading

These are just a few of my favorite reads this past Spring. 


Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley

I can't think of a better book to start the Spring with than this one. It encouraged me so much.

When I woke up, I found a book my mom left on the nightstand. A gift. Twighlight comes Twice. It’s a children’s book about dawn and dusk, a simple reminder that the sun goes down and the sun comes up . Every day. And twice, in between, we get the gift of these golden hours, these pockets of waking up and winding down.
— Begin Again, Leeana Tankersley

The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

This one brought me inspiration and motivation for reading more with Oliver.




The Vanderbeeker's of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

A delightful children's book! Made me smile. I really like "Up-Lit" a term for literature that is uplifting!



How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

One of my favorite in the series so far! And the theme of letting light into the cracks and into the dark places really resonated with me.



The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

This is an older book, maybe somewhat of a classic? And yes, the name hooked me. It was so quirky and enchanting in surprising ways. 

Who could be angry in the middle of such gentleness?
— The Enchanted April
this was the simple happiness of complete harmony with her surroundings, the happiness that asks for nothing, that just accepts, just breathes, just is.
— Enchanted April

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

When I searched for up-lit books, this one among a list of books recommended. Two ten year old girls looking to solve a mystery, also going door to door looking for God. It was a slow read for me, and actually a more melancholy at times than I expected, BUT I did love it. I tend to like books that reference scriptures and also include honest, funny, and endearing children's characters in them.



Our most exciting update is that we are becoming a family of four! I am due the beginning of December. This Spring held joyful excitement coupled with nauseous days and nights. We are thankful.


Since I like to share a little extra just with my email subscribers, I will let you know what names we have picked out so far. These could change, but here's what we are thinking right now;

Either Ivan for a boy or Flora for a girl! Ivan is a family name (Jeff's Grandfather) and we have always loved the name Flora or Florence?!


Latest Projects

Besides completing two house portraits, it has been one of those seasons where my creative endeavors seem to have slowed or halted. Maybe it was the tiredness and nausea of being in the first trimester? But I offer myself grace and gentleness for this season and remember I can always begin again. 


Favorite Things

google photos app : mentioned this before, it frees up storage on my phone and keeps my photos organized

tomato soup from local restaurant Wild Fork : my new favorite tomato soup

Oliver in a t-ball uniform! 

fruit + yogurt

hats + headbands : I have this blue and white striped hat from JCrew I got two years ago, and I still love it. Also, I recently bought a flowery headband from Anthropologie that I am loving. My curly often unkempt hair needs all the hats and headbands for the summer months!

light-hearted shows or cheesy movies On Netflix I enjoyed Dare to be Wild because it's about whimsical gardens! American Idol. & Alex, inc. 

listening : Moments: Might Sound by Bethel Music, Atlas: Four by Sleeping At Last, The Next Right Thing Podcast by Emily P. Freeman


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