she’s got the look {#OneBeautifulThing}

I don’t know ya’ll, but I’m pretty sure that dude (dude-ette?) is lookin right at me.


My husband and I went to the beach alone for a few days several years ago (I know, right??). Aside from getting so burnt the first day we were there that we couldn’t even touch each other (true story), one of the highlights of our trip was watching a sweet blond-headed boy chase seagulls on the beach.

He was about the same age as our oldest son and had a slight lisp like our youngest. And apparently, somewhere in his educational pursuits someone had forgotten to explain to him that the birds he was chasing were called seagulls. He called them chickens…or, to be more correct…


For about an hour each afternoon, little blond-headed boy chased “schickens” screaming, “Get that schicken! Get that schicken!” It was a sight. The whole beach was delighted by his delight.

So you’re wondering what seagulls and “schickens” have to do with this little lady? (I think it’s a girl…but really, who’s checking? I didn’t grow up on a farm…I don’t know these things).

Our neighbors have an ever-expanding farm-like backyard. And these birds (plus some very cocky turkeys) mozy their way over onto our property at least once a day (leaving nice little “gifts” if you know what I mean). On this particular day, I decided to try to chase this bird to get evidence, er…I mean, get a close-up.

The bird didn’t like our little dance.

And the whole time I was chasing it, all I could thing of was that adorable little blonde-haired boy at the beach screaming, “Get that schicken! Get that schicken!”

I got the “schicken.” It’s my one beautiful thing this week friends. What’s yours?


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  • Jessica @ Muthering Heights

    What a FUN link up!!

    We have a very handsome rooster living on the street behind us. He never comes over, but if the windows are open, we can hear him crow every morning. :)

    {I actually live in the suburbs, but in this hippie town, you can keep chickens for the purpose of having your own organic, free range eggs. I’m not sure why the neighbors want a rooster, though…}

  • Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates

    What a great story! And love that you have a big yard like that where you can run after Schickens! :) Thanks for hosting Brooke!

  • Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up

    I can not wait to join you in this! We too experienced miscarriage and the loss of our third baby last October, and since then my eyes have been opened to the beauty all around us.

  • Kaye Swain

    Oh what a fun photo. It reminded me of the giggles we enjoyed a year or so ago when a wild turkey ran through the yard. What fun that you got to capture the shot of it. Thanks for sharing this adorable “schicken!”

  • Julie Anne

    oh, this makes me a little sad… I would definitely say it’s a girl. Roosters have very ploomy tails. Right now I have 2 hens and rooster in my backyard (it was supposed to be a hen), but because we are surrounded by woods, we have had some issues with bear this spring and it’s stressing me out too much so we are getting rid of the chickens. I love your beautiful thing…

    ps… my neighbors weren’t too happy when we let them free range, either!