Five-Minute Friday: Tree

Today I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo for Five-Minute Friday. So, grab a timer, set it for five minutes, and join me!

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, overthinking, or backtracking. Just write. Then leave some comment love for the person who linked up before you…and anyone else because that’s the fun and the heart of the community!

Today’s prompt: Tree

We’ve lived in the blue house on Wisconsin and Charles for three years. And almost a half.


It’s home…and we love it here. :)

One of my favorite things about our lot is the side yard and the big oak trees there. I’m not kidding when I tell you they tower over the entire yard. (You can see one in this pic…the other is closer to the street.)

And it may sound a little silly, but when I think of the time we’ve spent here already and the memories we’ve made, some of my favorite ones actually involve those trees. Our first October back in the States, we couldn’t get enough of the falling leaves and were total kids one late Wednesday afternoon, even taking our four month old girl outside for some leaf-playing fun.


Still one of my favorite memories…and one of my favorite photos of the two of us. :)

Then there was the sweet 4th of July spent reading books in the shade and watching our little girl melt our hearts yet another time that day. We still smile over this one. :)

mae reading

And we continue to make more memories…with swing sets and slides and snow-princess building and hide and seek. With frisbee throwing and chasing each other and being a family of three (plus two dogs) in our little place.

Under those trees.

Those trees.

Reminders of how very, very blessed we are.

Five Minute Friday



  1. That’s some beautiful memories you are building under those trees! Loved your pictures too. Your words are a great reminder for us to enjoy all the beauty God has put in our world. Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend!

  2. I love the pictures! Especially the one of you and the little one!! Thanks for sharing the memories!!

  3. Mel – love your house! I want to teleport it into our neighborhood and move in! Or maybe just teleport and your house into our neighborhood and hang out there for coffee! Always love the pictures of you and your sweet girl and hearing the memories that you’ve made and are making with her. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Oh, how fun would that be? I so hope for an (in)RL cup of coffee and a long chat with you someday! :) Blessings and hugs, sweet friend…have a beautiful weekend!

  4. So much sweetness! Those pictures of your family are priceless. You have a beautiful family (and home) and it is so good to be conscious of the many ways we are blessed.

  5. Beautiful girl :) Always love seeing you face and what amazing pictures. Have a great weekend sweet friend!

  6. Love this! I hope you have had a wonderful week!! It has been tough getting back into the swing of things after a vacation – but it is good to be home! :)

    • It sounds like you had such an awesome time, but it’s true that there really is no place like home. :) I hope you have some good down time this weekend. Miss you so much, friend! (((hugs)))

  7. It surprises me when I think about how trees canvased my childhood – and your post reminds me of the beautiful memories in the shade of my grandmother’s trees:) Beautiful house. Beautiful little ones! Warm, beautiful post!

    • Thank you so much for your sweet words, friend! You are so right…when I think back to childhood memories, a lot of them involve trees. Climbing them, hiding under the big evergreen in my friend’s yard…I love it. :) Blessings and happy weekend to you!

  8. Loved seeing your house! Amazing how meaningful & purposeful trees become in our lives! Enjoyed this post!

  9. Oh my this is just heart warming. I love the house, the trees, and those colorful leaves. I remember many a day with my young ones playing around and on trees. Those are the best memories. Thanks for bringing them to the forefront of my heart and mind today.

  10. Such contentment and joy in these words that I can’t help but smile this morning. Thanks for sharing! By the way, pretty HOT in that top pic, too! 😉

    • Haha…was wondering when you’d stop by to let me know how hot I am! 😉 Seriously, friend, I wish we’d had coffee and a long chat at Allume…you just make me smile. So thankful for you! And let’s have that coffee next year! :)

  11. Dear Mel
    I immediately recognized the picture of your blue house and the one of Maelie and you playing in the autumn leaves. They have stolen my heart many posts ago. While the trees in your country are dressed in their autumn best, our trees are budding with the new life of spring!
    Blessings XX

  12. Your words bring me into your yard. And I love that. Lovely memories, friend. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  13. Beautiful!!! Our yard is the same way and I just LOVE it!!! Trees and memory making somehow seem synonymous to me.

  14. Mel, your beautiful house on Wisconsin and Charles looks enchanting…what a whimsical place to bring up a little love girl. trees shade over some of our dearest memories. I know your little girl will love climbing up them and building forts in them one day. Sweet post

  15. Beautiful memories with the trees. Sweet pictures. Did you come back from Indonesia and move into this house? We lived overseas in Central Asia for a few years, but we did get to have the change of seasons there.
    I’m visiting from FMF.

    • Hi, Cheryl! Thanks for stopping by…so cool that you were in Asia, too! :) We did…this was our next home, and we quickly decided that the roots needed to go down here. Wonderful neighborhood with really incredible neighbors/friends…we are so blessed. We’re not closed to ever going overseas again, but I think we’ll do whatever we can to keep our home here, too, if that makes sense. :)

  16. I so want to move into your house…or at least your yard :) Such beautiful memories you’re creating. Hope we get to talk more soon, I want to hear more about the you-know-what.

    • Haha…so, friend. I seriously can’t believe I let Allume go by without us actually sitting down together for coffee. Next year…grab my arm and yank me into that lounge so we can have a heart to heart! Hope you are doing well…wishing you a beautiful week! :)

  17. Isn’t it funny how out of all the major outings we plan, the expensive toys we buy and the play dates we worry over it is the obscure Saturday playing in the leaves under the big oak trees that become our favorite memories. I love the pictures that gives us a glimpse in your live. Have a great weekend ???

    • Hey, friend! So good to see your beautiful, smiling face here! :) I hope you had a great weekend! And, so very true. A few weeks ago, Mae got a Lite Brite (remember those???) 😉 as a mommy-is-going-away, here-is-something-fun-to-do, gift. She’s played with it twice and doesn’t even care. But running through the yard, jumping in leaves? She could do it every minute of the day. It’s so good for me to remember that it’s about memory making, not about stuff. So here’s to a bzillion more memories! :) (((hugs)))

  18. Love your blue house and so thankful for your meaningful trees!

  19. Your post says welcome and love, beautiful memories made under that oak…and you have a beautiful home and family! Love to you:) Great pic!

    • Hi, friend!!! :) Thank you so much…oh, I miss you. I keep smiling when I think of that precious time we had on Sunday of Allume…so thankful for that! Have a beautiful week!

  20. That is crazy you’ve lived there so long already! I remember reading your blog when you were moving in. Wow.
    Oh and another thing I appreciate about you, bloggie friend, is your replies to everyone who comments. I think that’s a blessing for us as readers to see you acknowledge us and do it with encouragement too! It’s a double blessing! Just wanted to say thanks :)

    • You are such a blessing to me, friend…thank you for taking the time to read and comment. :) And, I know…it seems like time has just flown by…I’d better not blink! Hope you’re having a great week! :)

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