November & Me | 2017


loving.  Watching Sloane learning and absorb everything she sees.

needing. A gift idea to Forest from the girls….

wanting. The girls – specifically Peyton since she’s old enough now – to understand the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

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March & Me | 2017


loving.  That I’m the obvious winner in our March Madness brackets even though the tournament isn’t over yet.

needing. Filling for a big cushion I’m making in Peyton’s room for a reading corner.

wanting. To get Peyton’s room all decorated and to get all the newborn clothes washed and in the nursery dresser.

writing. Important April dates in my planner.

reading. 2 Samuel as part of reading through the Bible in one year.

watching. Criminal Minds.

listening. I finished listening to the S-Town podcast last week.

wishing. For the rain to stay away!

feeling. A lot of baby kicks and rolls!

craving. A sonic milkshake.

cooking. Fried rice is on the menu for dinner tonight.

eating. A Reese’s peanut butter egg.

drinking. Water.

smelling. Spring rain.

working on. Backing up our pictures.

wearing. leggings, tee, and sweater.


Forest and I have another March Madness bet!

Peyton is moved into her new room!  She transitioned really well (in regards to sleeping in there) and I have a post on the way for an update on the decorating!

I joined the world of fantasy baseball, and the season started Sunday!


  1. Get all of our family pictures backed up online.
  2. Stay up to date with my 2017 photo project.
  3. Keep kitchen island clear of clutter.

Until next time — Cindy

February & Me | 2017


loving.  Getting to meet friend’s babies!

needing. To purchase batting for the baby quilt I’m making for our little girl.

wanting. A nap.  And chocolate cake.

writing. a to-do list, a grocery list, and little bits from the weekend in my planner.

reading. Finishing When the Heart Cries and looking forward to the next book in the series.

watching. Spring training.

listening. Birds chirping outside.

wishing. Warm temps would stick around – I’m ready for Spring!

feeling. Very pregnant recently.

craving. Chocolate cake with chocolate icing!

cooking. Rice with chicken is on the menu tonight.

eating. Everything in sight.

drinking. Water.

smelling. This is weird but Indie’s flea and tick medicine… It smells so weird and we just put it on her.

working on. Project 52 for 2016 AND 2017.

wearing. sweats.


I just jumped back into blogging after a 2 month hiatus so I never shared the news on here that we’re expecting a baby GIRL in June!


  1. For Peyton to be completely moved into her new room – we have a few to-do’s before we officially move her but I want her to be in her new room by the end of this month.
  2. Finish the quilt I started for our baby girl.
  3. Keep kitchen island clear of clutter.

Until next time — Cindy

*All images are original to A View from the Shore

June & Me | 2016

Beachin'! 06.25.2016 #bridgefest #Peyton


loving.  Peyton’s constant kisses, hugs (complete with a pat on the shoulder), and waves.

needing. An outfit for July 4th

wanting. Cute (and comfy!) summer wedges

writing. Blog posts!  I have several posts in the works!

reading. I started reading Outlander that I mentioned in last week’s Thoughts on Thursday.

watching. Big Brother!!  It’s back on for the summer and I am hooked!

listening. Lauren Daigle.  I should clarify it’s the Lauren Daigle Pandora station but I just love her songs!

wishing. I could be consistent with running.

feeling. Hopeful and overwhelmed and thankful.

craving.  More time outside than stuck inside at work

cooking.  Nothing.  Forest does the cooking BUT this recipe looks yummy so I think we’ll try it next week!

eating.  Watermelon!  And smoothies.  so good!

drinking. Water.  All day.  Every day.

smelling. Fresh cut grass.

working on. Editing pictures.  For our 2015 family book (it’s almost done!) AND my 2016 365 photo project.

wearing.  Summer dresses!

date night. 06.17.2016 #DashboardConfessional


Peyton turned O N E at the beginning of this month!  We had a fun little party to celebrate!

Forest’s 2nd father’s day was quiet and cool but (I think) perfect for him.

We took our family pictures this month.  Something we’ll continue for many more years.  Well, I don’t know if we will always take our own pictures but we’ll get updated family pictures.

I wrote a little letter to Peyton.  It’s something I want to do every year around her birthday.

I just found a post I had saved in my drafts from the beginning of June so I just published it this week – you can find it here.  You’ll want to check out the adorable pictures of Peyton and Indie.



  1. Dig into studying Acts. The past home group sessions have been spent diving into Acts using Wirsbe’s study guides.  I haven’t been able to go to home groups because our starts right at Peyton’s bedtime but we have the study guides at home since Forest is a leader.  I’ve started studying several times the past several months but I really need to just dig into it!
  2. Organize our books and sort our papers. I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the first step is clothing which we went through and donated 1 HUGE bag of clothing from our dressers and closets in March or April.  The next step is books and papers and I’ve been avoiding this tidying because we have papers everywhere in our house.  I know I’ll feel better and we’ll be more organized after I tackle this task but man…. It’s gonna be a tough one.
  3. Practice/get familiar with using my 70-200mm lens. I have TWO weddings that I’m photographing in July and I’ve read that this lens is critical for the ceremony as a way to stay out of guests view but still get the images you need.  I’m a little intimidated but I’m going to drag Forest and Peyton to a local park so I can get some practice using it.
  4. Visit the library.  I started reading Outlander (as I mentioned above) but I just borrowed the eBook through our library that I’m reading on my iPad.  I think I’d like to have a short, cute beach read to kinda carry along with me.

Until next time — Cindy


I’ve been working a post for the past 2 weeks and I just never sit down to finish it.  So today, instead of finishing that post, I’m going to share a couple pictures of what we’ve been up to recently.  Most of these are just straight of out my Canon camera.

Peyton & Mommy

P first bottle

P first bottle (2)

^Peyton’s first bottle – such a precious moment between daddy & daughter



backyard AM sunshine

^enjoying the morning sun peeking through the trees

P & I napping

P & I napping

P & I napping

P & I napping

P & I napping

^clearly I was disturbing her nap time

P & I napping

^guess who caught me trying to sneak of picture of her sleeping!

Life has been so good recently!  Peyton has her fussy-time from 7-10 most nights but we’ve figured out how to calm her down.  She’s not really napping more than 20 min between feedings during the day (except for right now we’re going on an hour of sleep!!).  Her big, beautiful eyes make up for it though.  She’s been cooing alot more and it’s so adorable.  Forest comes home for lunch everyday so we get to hang out with him for a little bit every afternoon.  I had my 6-week postpartum appointment and everything went well – I’ve been released to do all normal activities.  I’ve even gone out a couple times just Peyton & I – to Kmart and to a Mom’s fellowship around the pool at a friend’s house!  We’ve [obviously] had a lot of family visiting recently which has been so nice.  Of course they all come for Peyton!  Besides all of that, I just thank God every day for the precious little bundle he’s given us.  She’s the apple of our eyes and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Until next time — Cindy