Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

January 7, 2011


Loving Anna doing yoga.

Loving me doing yoga.

Loving how many times The Wizard of Oz has been watched since Christmas.

Loving the community that’s developing around One Little Word (the class has open enrollment throughout the year so it’s definitely not too late if you’re interested in joining).

Loving that Project Life is now on my kitchen counter. I’ll give an update in a post next week.

Loving reading through Karen Maezen Miller’s blog archives and being inspired in all sorts of ways.

Loving commitments that I’m making to myself and keeping.

Loving that I roasted beets as a side dish for dinner the other night and Simon liked them (the kind of like where you can’t help but smile when asked).

Loving that my parents will be here for Simon’s birthday later this month. He will be 9.

Loving that I’ve got a date with a friend next week.

Loving that I’m almost done with the book Sabbath and I’ve enjoyed it so much I want to start it again.

Loving that it’s almost the weekend and Simon and I are planning to take a test-run at doing some stop-animation with his legos.

Hope you have a great weekend!


  • 1.
    katrina said…

    loving that picture of Anna!i did my first yoga class of the new year last night – so good.

  • 2.
    kelly said…

    love roasted beets. sometimes i buy a jar of pickled beets and just slurp them all up.

    and love this list. some really good loves.

  • 3.
    Jo said…

    Great photo of Anna. Can’t wait to hear how your weekend Lego animation goes. That’s something I’ve talked about with my boys. We’ve made scenes and taken photos for stories, but haven’t yet done stop animation. Hope you have lots of fun!

  • 4.
    alexa said…

    And loving that photo, too! Looking forward to seeing your project in the kitchen :) .

  • 5.

    Love that pic of Anna! Oh, to be that flexible!

  • 6.
    Leora Henkin said…

    I LOVE this post. And I am loving the OLW community, too!

  • 7.
    Lisa W. said…

    Loving the picture of Anna…shes SOOOOOOOOO sweet:) Loving your blog…keep it coming!!!!!

  • 8.
    RellyAB said…

    Just in case you haven’t run across it, give the demo of iStopMotion a go:

    As you’ll see, they rather like lego animations themselves :)

  • 9.
    Amanda Smith said…

    I love how you inspire and create. You’re truly a jem, Mrs. Edwards!!!!

  • 10.
    dawn said…

    I’m loving this post today and that adorable picture. Think I will lift this loving idea to my blog today if you don’t mind. The chat for OLW last night was fun and so many creative ideas to see. Can’t wait to see your Project Life next week, starting mine this Sunday.Have a great weekend.

    Can you please tell me what you mean about the legos? animation? Not sure I understand….thank you

  • 11.
    dawn said…

    I just did a loving post on my blog if anyone wants to check it out, sorry my pictures won’t upload but I like it this way too. Thanks Ali for the reminder to remember these little moments we love right now. My link is

    Happy Friday everyone!

  • 12.
    janie said…

    Ali: Thanks for the book information, I am going to get this. I grew up keeping Sabbath and it was our family night. Friday night we would all sleep in the living room (6 kids) on the floor and pull out couch. My dad loved candles and it made such a safe atmosphere. I think he knew it would seem like a safe place for us kids to talk about our struggles that we had during the week and stuff. That was the time we would ask for “favors” because of the closeness and connection. We would play soft christian music or listen to stories or read books. It was often the “wind down” time. It peacefully brought in rest and reflection.
    I did this same ritual with my kids growing up and they loved it. We had a fireplace so along with candles we would have it going too. We would do puzzles, read books, listen to Uncle Arthurs Bedtime stories, or Odyssey tapes. As they got older, the last tapes we listened to were the Narnia series. Then we watched our videos of when they were little but they would end up going to their bedrooms after…. They are now teenagers, and the only time we do this now, is when the Christmas tree is in the living room…(my tree isn’t down yet, one last night of it tonight)
    Then Saturday we would go to church and have family day after… a big lunch with friends or just us. Using the good dishes. It was so nice to have Sabbath and not worry about the TV being on. Back in the day, when a family just had 1 TV, this is what caused a lot of the fighting, especially with 6 kids. Sabbath was a nice break from it…. Kids are just over stimulated, and need a break too.
    Anyways, there is a really good soothing CD I played for my kids. It is called 20 Years of Hope…. Last time I looked at the store, they didn’t have it, I didn’t check Amazon, but if you want I can send you a copy of it.
    I am sure Simon would love the Narnia series in CD too. I got mine from the Christian Book Store, but I see on the package it says from Focus on the Family (I know they have a website that you could probably purchase them on)… Just thought I would offer the suggestion… Have a wonderful weekend!

    • ….
      Verona H said…

      I found “20 Years of Hope” on Amazon and ordered a used copy. Thank you for reccommending it. My copy is by Marantha Singers and I have some of their other music. What you said caught my eye, because my work is ‘Hope”.

  • 13.
    kellystar said…

    loving that you highlighted what my “one little word” is…LOVING. Negative feelings can just fly out the window when you tell yourself to go write 10 sentences that start with “loving”. Today, I am loving some blog browsing time.

  • 14.
    Kim said…

    I am loving knowing that another mom will be sharing lego moments with their son. Let the animation roll says, “My little lego guy.” :)

  • 15.
    Stacey said…

    You talk about the community of OLW. I feel like it is a “movement.” I’m so inspired by everyone – it makes me feel like I am participating in Pay it Forward, or something similar…where thought and action creates your own reality…the way you want it to be, by doing…


  • 16.
    Cheri Andrews said…

    Loving that pic of Anna! She is really a pro at down dog – one pose I am incapable of as yet!

  • 17.
    tara pollard pakosta said…

    my girls have been doing the stop motion videos with their american girl dolls and it’s so much fun to watch what they make!
    my ava turned 9 in july, just a bit older than Simon!!!
    I have the project life too! I just need to make sure I follow through! I have been journaling as I go, and hopefully can order photos every 2 weeks or 1x per month!
    you inspire me Ali!

  • 18.
    Jodee said…

    Love the photo! Wish I was still that flexible! LOL!

  • 19.
    Trisha Harrison said…

    That’s Awesome !! I just signed myself up for HOT yoga + I put Ava in a tot yoga Class. Anna is so cute in that photo !! Go Anna !!

  • 20.
    heather said…

    What a nice way to head into the weekend…thinking of things to appreciate.

  • 21.
    Jen said…

    The photo of Anna is too cute. I agree that I am loving your one little word class. The community has been wonderfully inspiring.

  • 22.
    Kirsten H said…

    I just signed up for the class last night and NEED to get the stuff picked up because the inspiration is flowing out! I’m motivation for 2011, it’s going to be a year of change, a year of growth and year of good. Motion is my word.

    • ….
      Jan Davis from Canada said…

      Welcome to the OLW family Kirsten :)

      Love your word!


  • 23.
    Liz said…

    Great post Ali. I’ll have to read that. Here’s to promises kept! Love that too.

  • 24.
    Megan said…

    cutest. ever. picture of your girlie.

  • 25.
    Jan Davis from Canada said…


    Seeing the wee Anna’s pose reminded me of one of my favorites quotes…

    “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”
    Dr. Suess

  • 26.
    Katrina Kennedy said…

    Loving the flexibility of children! If only we could keep that as adults! LOVE your LOVE list :)

  • 27.
    Jen said…

    Thanks for sharing these little loves. I went to Karen’s blog and I love Karen’s recent quote “Attention can do anything, because attention is love.” Exactly right. I remember a post you did about making snacks and how you thought about all the time your mom spent doing that type of thing. How it was what needed to be done even though your mind might be wanting to run other directions and you had all these things “you” wanted to do. That whole discussion was so poignant to me. Again thanks for helping me remember how life can be lived.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh I love that – thanks for saying it again. I need to write that down.

  • 28.
    Karen said…

    Loving the One Little Word fun. Loving that sweet flexible kidlet you’ve got there. Loving a wee girl playing with my ear & ‘reading’ blog posts over my shoulder. Loving that its Friday. And glad I came by to ‘visit’ this morning! :>

  • 29.
    Gerrianne Clare said…

    Loving your loving blog.
    Loving that you are excited about lego and roasted beets
    Loving my life
    Loving the sunshine
    Loving that my 3 beautiful adult children
    Loving my 10 month old grandson – so much fun
    Loving the mirrors in my life-my daughter,my husband,my in-laws
    Loving my awareness
    Loving my body
    Thanks for the inspiration

  • 30.
    Heather H said…

    I’m loving the OLW community too! We have a really inspiring teacher. ;)

    I hope you’ll share some of the Lego stop-animation. Sounds like fun! Do you have to have a certain software to do that? (I have a PC.)

    I’m ready to put away my Christmas scrap stuff too – but I really feel like I should finish my DecDaily album first. lol Can’t wait to see yours completed! :)

  • 31.
    Chris said…

    You have the absolute best pictures of Anna. I thought nothing could top the picture of her and your husband in your December daily album where she looks so surprised, but this one is close second. How fun!

  • 32.
    Tammy B said…

    I so love my yoga class. It can be so hard but I always feel good after. And I really needed it the other day. From the moment I woke up everything seemed out of order and wrong. My yoga class put it all back into perspective and calmed every part of me down – something that was really required that day!!

  • 33.
    MK said…

    I have spread the buzz about One Little Word, in fact a graphic designer I work alongside was blown away by your website. He dug the whole idea of the OLW concept, I could see the wheels in his head turning. As far as Yoga, I have considered and may just break out of my fear of the anything related to exercise and go to a class at our local community center.
    I suggest roasting brussel sprouts and carrots-they are delicious. A little olive oil, salt and pepper. Yummy.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think roasting brussel sprouts is the only way to go!

  • 34.
    Rebekah said…

    Aw, all your loving sounds wonderful! I’m loving the One Little Word community too. Almost done with my first few pages and will post on my blog soon! It’s been a rich experience thus far.

  • 35.
    Erika Bates said…

    i love these posts! can’t believe Simon is almost 9! Let us know how the animation tries go. I have a 19 year old brother with Aspergers that is way into legos too and wants to try some stop action films with his Bionicles :)

  • 36.

    All feelings are mutual. Loving you in return.

  • 37.
    Queen Mary said…

    Ali, I don’t know how else to get to you — love the pic of A doing yoga by the way. Went to a cool presentation last night with Charlie by his prof (who will hopefully direct his PhD). It was at the “Creative Cauldron” in Falls Church, she’s on the board of directors. She believes our brain wants/needs stories; she uses some research she did with the Great Apes in Iowa — bonobos — apparently you can find Youtube videos — we saw one last night. Her research is with “twice exceptional” children — high IQs + some learning disability, her specialty is autism. Anyway, her work is neuroscience and since you do so much with story telling I wanted to share this, her name is Layne Kalbenfleish (or some spelling close to that). Charlie is thinking of doing his research on the brain needing stories as its only way to actually learn. OK, you can let me know if you are interested in more. Bestests, Mary

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for the info Mary – I will definitely look her up.

  • 38.

    Loving your blog post for today, and what a beautiful photo! I am planning to post an entry on my blog this weekend and have been tossing around ideas for the theme. Your post has inspired me!

    Loving the fact that I am part of the OLW community this year. I am so very thankful that I happened to come across information about the class through Michelle Wooderson’s blog:


  • 39.
    Christine S said…

    Anna is so cute!

  • 40.

    Loving Karen Maezen Miller’s book, “Hand Wash Cold: Instructions For an Ordinary Life”!!!

    Loving that I found your blog!

    Loving that I just received a treasure trove of family history from my uncle after my grandma’s passing.

    Loving all doors that are open to me in 2011.

  • 41.
    Jill said…

    Loving Anna can touch her heels to the floor in downward dog. . . and so wishing I was so limber. . . almost, but not quite there yet ;)

  • 42.
    Pam said…

    Both my sons used to do this, and I SO wish I knew then what I know now that getting down on the floor and taking that once-in-a-lifetime, always-to-be-cherished photo is priceless. Better late than never! Your picture of Anna reminded me of this. Thanks!

  • 43.
    Tamara said…

    loving that i read this post tonight! i clicked on your link to karen maezen miller’s blog and was thrilled with what appeared on my screen. just the type of blog i’ve been looking for…and she mentioned a retreat, near to me, that i think i’ll take my mom to for her birthday! thank you!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That’s awesome!

  • 44.
    Tona said…

    That photo of Anna is just too adorable! Thanks for the smile.

  • 45.
    Kerry said…

    What a lovely post and a gorgeous photo as well xx

  • 46.
    Dona B said…

    I love this photo of Anna. So sweet. I started pre-natal yoga this week (yeah, little late, but at least I’ll get a few weeks) and it felt SO GOOD. I have missed the mat.

  • 47.
    Denise said…

    Yea Simon! Roasted beets (with added roasted sweet potatoes and roasted carrots) are my fav…yummy!

  • 48.
    Alisa said…

    Loving that photo. Too cute!

  • 49.
    Bec Kilgore said…

    I am another one wishing I had that kind of flexibility. One of those use it or lose it kind of things.

    Precious photo.

  • 50.
    Margaret said…

    My son, who is 9 next month, and I did a stop motion video with his toys. All I did was push the shutter release. He did everything else. We loved it and want to do more. I hope you share yours.

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