Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NEW BLOG ADDRESS



Hey there! It's been a while since I checked in on blogger, but I wanted to pop in and 
remind anyone who might still come by this blog that I've moved to wordpress.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NEW site.

Hi there friends!  
I FINALLY made the switch from blogger to Wordpress!!
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall get-aways and front doors.


Andy and I enjoyed a wonderful get away on Friday night.
It was a belated celebration of our 17 years together!
We farmed each kid out to a different friend's house and then took the short drive into Atlanta.
It felt so good to slowly make our way there.
Do you ever feel like you're rushing to school, from school, through homework and dinner and soccer practice?
Not rushing felt good.

We stopped at Atlantic Station near downtown and enjoyed lunch and shopping.
We actually picked up a few things from Ikea that we've been wanting to pick up.
...tea lights to use all during fall, a rug for the area right inside from the garage, and some new glassware.
We might have been the last people on earth still using large plastic cups from Walmart. try not to judge.
We also picked up two of their famous white, comfy chairs.  
We're making a few changes in our family room over the next couple of months, and those chairs were on the list.
They are currently sitting with white sheets sprawled out over them.  
Why? Because I didn't want to throw them into culture shock with our family.
I thought I'd ease them into life here. I sure hope it really is as easy as everyone says it is with white furniture.
*I'll keep you posted*
After we left Ikea, we headed to Buckhead to check into our hotel.
Would you believe it if I told you that we took a nap?  It was glorious.
I can't tell you the last time we were able to take a nap together.  I highly recommend it.

Afterwards, we took a long walk together and then made our way to a very nice dinner.
We always leave these weekends wondering why we don't do them more often.
So needed.  So good for our marriage.


We eased back into Athens just in time to get our kids back and pile in front of the tv for the UGA game.
In the first half, it looked like we were going to win by a landslide, and then Tennessee came back fighting.
We spent the whole second half on our feet jumping, screaming, and biting our nails.
Okay.  No one else in my family did, but I was going crazy!!!
On more than one occasion, the boys had to tell me to bring it down ten or so notches.
We pulled off a WIN in the last two minutes of the game with a score of 34-31.
I think I might have missed my calling as a sports broadcaster.

How was your weekend?  Did you rest or run ragged or a little bit of both?
Do you have your mums and pumpkins and fall wreaths outside your front door?
The look of our front door is a little deceptive...it LOOKS fall, but the past several days have been warm here.
That's October in North Georgia.  Crisp and cool in the mornings and evenings but warm in the middle.

{thankful for}
816. friends we trust, who keep our kids, while we steal away for a night.
817.  rest and relaxation.
818. a husband who makes sure we get time away together.
819. Monday mornings by myself.
820. a wonderful first quarter in school for the kids.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday Favorites

i love sheep and big windows and a comfy chair and big buckets with firewood in them.

digging shannan's gallery wall in her family room.  that cow is calling my name.


these are very cool pumpkin carving ideas.  too bad mine would rot by nightfall here in georgia.

i'm finishing up details in Luke's room, and his desk area doesn't look this cool.

i dream of selling the dining room furniture and having a library instead.


if you need some weekend reading, read this post, this post and this post.
enjoy your weekend...me and the mr. are heading to atlanta for the night to celebrate 17 years.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Introducing...the simplest fall tablescape







I'm digging this simpler approach this year.  It's working for this season of life we're in over here.
I maybe should have called this post the lazy girl's guide to tablescapes!
I didn't do much at all...
Sasha gave me the heads up on a 50% off sale that Michaels was having on their flowers, 
so I headed there one morning and picked up a couple of the leaf branches.
They look freakishly real, especially with water in the glass jar. 
The only other thing I picked up was the baby pumpkins. 
If you wanna see more tablescapes, check out Centsational Girl's party!

Here's a couple of things going on with me...
I'm thrilled that we're going to be vendors at the Country Living Fair at the end of this month.
Have I even mentioned that we're doing it?    
I feel like we're sort of aimlessly moving through the motions...we have no idea what we're doing.
I'll have to show you all the signs that are stacking up in the garage...ahem..I mean our very own sweat shop.
Making the signs isn't scary...decorating a booth seems a little overwhelming, but how hard can it be?  
If it's hard, don't tell me. Sometimes denial is good.  Surely, we'll figure it out.
Feel FREE to give suggestions.


I'm frustrated at myself that once again I'm not joining in on Nesters 31 day post series!
Every year I say I want to, and every year I don't.
I feel like there's so much more in my heart than posting pictures of my dining room,
but those posts take time for me to process and get out, and I never feel like I have the margin to commit.
If only I had started preparing those posts three months ago!


Sooooooo....Tell me what's going on in your world...

Monday, September 30, 2013

What I learned in September.


1. I learned {again} that community is one of the sweetest gifts we can build into our lives.
I promise I'm not just saying that because my husband is the director of community at our church.
I'm saying it because it matters.  It's a game changer for personal growth.
A dear friend was diagnosed with Stage 2 Ovarian cancer this month,
and the circles of community that she has built in her life joined together to love and support her.
People loving people and meeting needs for them is a beautiful thing to witness and be part of..life changing.

2.  I learned {again} that me and change aren't really into each other.
New seasons are just hard on me, and I'm hard on them, too. The end.

3.  No. Wait a minute.  I'm not done just yet.  I'm learning to let myself just be where I am.
A super natural healing happens in our hearts when we slow down and feel what our hearts are saying to us.

4.  I learned {again} that I really do like things simple.

5.  I learned  {again} to listen to myself and I painted a wall black.

6. I learned {again} that Andy is everything I never knew to even ask for in a spouse.
We celebrated 17 years together, and I had no idea what I really needed in a mate.
But God knew, and he has transformed my life through my marriage.  I'm Beyond grateful.

7.  I learned that I love looking back over a month and trying to figure out what I learned from it.
Thanks Emily for the chance to do this!

What did you learn in September?
Seriously.

{thankful for}
800. Sasha's art in my home.
801. My rekindled love affair with gold.
802. recycled jars that hold a candle and some nuts.
803. cooler weather.
804. a long walk with Andy in one of our favorite spots on Sunday evening.
805. a lazy Saturday spent watching Georgia football with my family.
806. being able to hear my boys hoot and holler like their daddy when they watch college football.
807. my parents coming for dinner tonight.
808. dinner for tonight already being made and ready to pop in the oven.
809. an upcoming get away with Andy to celebrate our 17th anniversary. 
810. friends who are gladly taking our kids so we can get away.
811. mums on the front porch.
812. only two loads of laundry to do today.
813. Sunday lunches with our friends.
814. an extra long conversation with Michele this morning...much needed.
815. coffee.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Faves for your weekend.

BrOwn EyEd fOx is back and you're gonna want to marry her laundry room.

FlowerPatchFarmGirl created quite the pad for her Ruby girl.


I dream of a gallery wall like this.


Yes.  That's a homemade floor lamp.  She said it was pretty easy!


I never think to put a mirror off center. People who do things out of the ordinary are cool to me.




I'm on a paintasmanythingsgoldaspossible mission.  This is calling my name.


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I'm so glad it's Friday!  
Andy is taking our boys to the braves game in Atlanta tonight, and Lydia and I are going to have a girl's night.
I plan to be in my pjs by 7:30 sharp.  It's gonna be awesome.

We're gonna grab breakfast with friends tomorrow morning and then hang at home 
for college football the rest of the live-long day.  

Have you got any plans this weekend?  Spill it.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A simple fall mantle.









My fall touches are very simple this year because life is calling for it.

I think I like this simple, natural look better anyway.
 Why do I ever even attempt doing anything more elaborate?  Simple is me.  I gotta remember that, huh?

Last week, Laura from finding home blew us away with fall home tours from 16 bloggers.
I was tempted to scratch my plan for simple, but then I remembered that I'm learning to listen to myself.
You know I love words, and the words that are coming to me in this season of life are:
slow down. breathe. listen. be present. 

This mantle is whispering all of those things to me!  
And, in keeping with my usual seasonal decorating philosophy, it was super easy and super cheap!
I literally had everything that you see minus the three little pumpkins.
Three cheers for simple.

Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chic is hosting a fall mantle party,
 so head over if you want to see more mantles than you know what to do with today!

{thankful for}
796. my friend's good report from her drs yesterday.
797. an extra long hug from luke this morning.
798. a great counselor.
799. a great workout when I didn't feel like going.

Friday, September 20, 2013

It's a new season.


Change always turns me inside out.  Always.
I don't know why my reaction to it ever catches me by surprise because I always respond the same.
I don't do it well.  I like routine and structure and a plan.  I like things to stay the same.
But they never do because they weren't meant to.

I'm finding that change is one of God's most useful tools in my life; 
it surfaces who I really am in the worst & best ways.
Change is absolutely a major player in the game of life.
It so often is the catalyst needed to shake things up a bit and move me nearer to God and to my most authentic self.

However, I wish it weren't so uncomfortable.
It produces waves in my heart and mind that feel bigger than what I can handle.
And I almost always find myself fighting against it, at least in the beginning.
Let me tell you...fighting against it is exhausting because it's like walking up stream...against the current.

Sometimes change happens unexpectedly, and it throws your life into a total tailspin.
But sometimes change happens because you decide for it to, and that's the change I'm in right now.
My kids all went to school this year because we knew it was time and we decided for them to.

You'd think this would be the easiest kind of change to welcome.
After all, I'm back in the gym regularly and meeting college girls for coffee and having lunch dates with friends.
I'm planning meals and grocery shopping alone and washing sheets more often than ever.
I have more time to read the books I want to read.  I'm volunteering at Athens Pregnancy Center.
I'm able to visit my parents regularly and help my mom with her house.
I've been signing up for committees at the school and reading to Lydia's class every week.

I realized this week that I've been doing it again...
I've been walking upstream during these first 6 weeks of my kids being at school.
I've been busy and hardly at home.
I have filled up nearly every hour of every day, and it's just dawning on me that the busy'ness' has been me fighting.
...walking against the current.

I've been afraid to slow down because the feelings that have come with this new season are uncomfortable.
Being a mom has been my identity.  Homeschooling kept me occupied and busy.  It gave me purpose.
I've been a mom since I was 26, and now I'm 40.
What's next?  I have no idea...that's what has me feeling vulnerable.
I was hoping to stay busy until the next thing unfolded, but that's not the way it works. Bummer.
It's in the slowing down and the giving in that we are transformed.

Change isn't a function of life's cruelty but instead a function of God's graciousness.
                                                                                  -Shauna Niequist {Bittersweet}

I'm waving my white flag...surrendering my fight.
I'm gonna sit in the uncomfortable feelings and let them have their way in me.
I know that somewhere along the way, God will draw me closer to his heart and the next thing will unfold.
As weird as this season feels for me, I'm enjoying not having anything to put my identity in except him.

{thankful for}
791. cooler weather.
792. pumpkin spice candles.
793. time to breathe and think and pray and surrender.
794. my kids thriving in school and teachers who love them.
795. God's ability to perfect his power in my weakness and cluelessness and uncomfortableness.





Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Creating Inspiration Boards for a Fall Mantle

Y'all, I've got a fall pinterest board with almost 400 pins on it,
which means there's not an excuse for me to keep things the same every year.
I wouldn't want to anyway. A little change keeps things exciting around here!

Around the middle of August, I start letting myself think about my pumpkin spice candles.
I know some of you think I'm crazy, but follow my thought process...
 My kids start school at the beginning of August, and the start of school always means fall to me.
Remember when we used to start school long after labor day?
Well, labor day has come and gone, and my kids have all been in school for 4 weeks now.
You'll be happy to know my candles are officially lit.
Not only that, but I've started gathering ideas for my mantle this year.


Remember when I showed you that extra large piece of art we bought locally to go above the mantle?
It's not exactly the kind of art I want to take down for the holidays, or at least not for fall decorating.
So, I'm on the hunt to add things to the mantle that won't take away from the art that we love so much.


I thought I'd show you some of the inspiration I found today...
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Nester

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Inspired Room




So  many great ideas, right?
All these clever people have created beautiful fall mantles with simple touches of fall.

These lovely ladies are holding their annual fall linky parties, and these parties help me get my act together.
Mark your calendars with me, and we'll ease into fallifying our homes together this year!