Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thankful for… {Bigger Picture Moments 24 November}

During the month of November, we’ve taking our Bigger Picture Moments and turning them into moments of thankfulness — a chance to reflect on all those things that we are thankful for, both big and small.
This week our community was thankful for:

The first Thanksgiving. {Stephanie}

Everything He’s given. {Maria}

A Year Survived. {Jade}

Grace Never-ending. {Lucy}

Simple Gifts. {Ginny}

What are you thankful for this week? Share with us tomorrow at Lenae’s


In this family {Melissa}

Welcome to part two of Writing Me, our community writing project intended to inspire our creativity collectively and individually.

During the next eight weeks — through the end of 2011 — we’ll be writing our In This Family prose.

In this family we do messy.
Messy food, messy crafts, messy hair and messy people.

We do fun, and laughter and music.
We sing silly songs.
We make up the words as we go.

In this family we do rough.
Rough housing, rough playing, rough paths walked.

We do grace.
We do forgivness
We do LOVE.

In this family we do LOUD.
We also do REALLY LOUD.
We rarely do quiet.

We do our part.
Everyone has a part and a place.
We pitch in, we help one another, we hug.

We create.
We dream BIG.

In this family we live life to the fullest.
We go barefoot in the grass
We jump in puddles
We eat outside.

We get dirty.

In this family we do warmth
(but not the thermostat kind because we do frugal too)
We do kind and generous
Helpful and gracious

We open doors.

Create bonds.
Share knowledge and wisdom.

In this family we travel the road less traveled.

Hand in Hand

Always together.

Always faithful.

Melissa is mom to 3 kids (9mo-6yrs) and 1 angel. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She writes about all the sticky bits of motherhood at Peanut Butter in my Hair, and hides from her children on Twitter (@PBinmyHair).


What do you do in your house?

The only real requirement for linking up with this meme is to write out your In This Family prose.

Also, we’ll be featuring three In This Family prose pieces here! Please fill out this form if you would like to be featured here.

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T’was the Write Before Christmas: Sharing the Gifts of Stories

T’was the Write Before Christmas: Sharing the Gift of Stories

Remember the joy and wonder that accompanied the holidays of childhood?
The days seemed magical. Glittery lights twinkling in the night, sparkling fresh snow, presents stacked under a tree.
Sometimes as adults, we forget to take the time to see the joy, the magic and the wonder of the season. We get too caught up in the day- to-day tasks that go into creating that magic for our children.

“Stories are gifts to be shared”

As we move into this busy holiday season, we at Bigger Picture Blogs wanted to sponsor an outlet, an escape from the hectic planning. A chance to take the time to see, remember, feel the magic of the holiday.

A chance to create some magic of your own.

You are invited to breathe in the wonder and creativity of the holidays with us during:

T’was the Write Before Christmas

5-11 December 2011

A chance for you to remember holidays past, present and future. To share your creative view of the holidays through memories, stories, photos, crafts whatever inspires you.

Each day for an entire week we will post a prompt in a thought, a word, a quote or a photo inspired by the season. We will host a linky list here on the Bigger Pictures Blogs site so we can can share our stories with each other. The linky will be left up until December 31 so you can join in during the week or anytime you find time during the month.

A story can be anything you are inspired to share; a poem, a fiction piece, free writing, a memory.

Words aren’t the only way to share stories.

“A picture is worth a thousand words” applies here. We welcome sharing a photo, a painting or a craft you have made. There are no rules —  just inspiration and creativity!

Where ever the prompts take you is where you should go.

We hope you will be as inspired as us to see, read and share the magic of the season.

So get your creative juices flowing, grab our button and come back on Monday for your first prompt!

As always, we’ll be visiting each other and everyone who links for support and encouragement. We hope you’ll do the same.

Happy storytelling!

– Alita, Hyacynth, Lenae,  Melissa, & Sarah