Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Spell Check

For my readers who assume I never use spell check, I feel the need to explain my unique spelling of certain names.

I've always been that kind of speller who writes words exactly as they sound and that doesn't always work in my favor!

I've certainly gotten better over time and automatic spell check is my BFF. My earliest diaries are almost impossible to read because the spelling is so bad!!

So when I was a little girl and learning to spell, I wrote certain names like they sounded to me:


Most of you would spell those:


I've considered adjusting my spelling, but it feels so wrong! It would be like me starting to spell my name "Katie". Umm...NOT going to happen!

So, when you run across a post with a bunch of funky spelled names, just bare with the 5 year old that's still stuck inside me!

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Porch Party {baby edition}

I was super blessed and excited to be able to host two baby showers (one was joint!) this month for three close friends!  All three babies...Hudson, Percy and Sunday...had all been prayed for and will be welcomed with much love. 

Last week, we celebrated with Brittni and Jennifer with a fun evening porch party!

I had seen so many craft projects on Pinterest and had fun making a banner out of scrapbook paper, a wreath out of diapers and turning silver trays into chalk boards to decorate the gift table.  Here's a panoramic view of the porch, compliments of a great setting on my new camera!

Brittni will welcome Hudson in July...

And Jennifer will welcome Sunday in early October...

My co-hostesses brought all the yummy food...

 (from left to right, me, Jessica, Kim, Brittni, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Jenny & Emily)

Here are the girls seeing the cute cupcakes for the first time. Kim and Emily had baked pink and blue cupcakes and Jenny made adorable toppers with the babies' monograms!

Now for the fun part...the presents!

Each guest took home a mason jar of white trash, but I assured the honorees not to take offense...
I made it because I thought it fit with my mason jar-shabby chic theme, not because I think they're white trash! 


Sarah's brunch shower was this morning and we had a blast celebrating baby Percy!

Sarah's mom and sister came from Mississippi to help us party!

I so enjoyed planning today's brunch menu!  I made hot ham biscuits, mini cinnamon rolls and my mom brought her famous and amazing sausage balls and peach cobbler...

...and if all that wasn't enough I made deviled eggs TOPPED WITH BACON!  Please, don't storm my house for leftovers...there aren't any!

For both showers, I revitalized this cute rocking horse I got for under $2 at a thrift store!  After a can of spray paint, he was a new man!

Here's another panoramic, catching the porch mid-party!

Baby gifts are so much fun!

For each of my friends, I made a name plaque for each baby room using Tagxedo, a website that let me customize each name, using Psalm 139 to form the letters.


"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in Your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed."

Celebrating such happy arrivals with my friends is truly an honor and I can't wait for all the babies to get here so I can start spoiling them!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Recent Highlights

I take soooo many pictures on my iPhone and most don't warrant a full blog post, so here are some random pictures from the last few weeks:

Hilarious movie!

My mom went to school with me one day...but just for the shopping in downtown Rogersville!

I saw two dogs in trucks today and it makes me ridiculously happy!

Here are Moma and Meg being all coordinated and cute!

Several of us met up to go to Suzanne Matthew's art studio opening tonight...she's so gifted!

Getting a sneak preview of Suzanne's newest Bible study!

Strike that pose!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Sweet Dreams

While I'm trying to go to sleep tonight, I can hear the crickets chirping. Usually the hustle and bustled of the city overwhelm them, but tonight I feel like I'm back at Camp Victory, on a steamy, South Alabama night, watching the moon rise over Lake Victory and feeling so close to the Lord, my prayers tumble out...or I'm tucked in next to Abby on VI Ranch Road in Momall & Popall's living room floor, waiting for morning and layered biscuits...or on a porch swing in the middle of no where, completely caught up in the moment...or sitting next to Nanny & Popa watching the dusk settle over the pasture.

I'm not sure why I hear the crickets tonight, but I'm thankful for their chirping. As I drift off, the sweet peace of days gone by fills me...and they lull me to sleep.

Sweet dreams, friends...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Joys of Hostessing

There's something about those last few minutes of party prep is so exciting...the party can never start soon enough for me! I get so excited to see in person what my mind has been planning for so long.

For the last month, I have been preparing for two very special baby showers, the first one being tonight.

I've spent my month between class, painting, deep cleaning, rearranging, crafting, wrapping, cooking and shopping. Plus I'm that crazy type of girl who has trial runs of parties, so my house has been party-ready and decorated for 6 days. The tablecloth run-through was held earlier in the month!

When I'm planning such a big party, every tiny detail is important to me...from the themed play list to the party favors to my gift wrap matching the tablecloth!

For those of you who think all this micro-planning zaps the fun out of the event, be assured it enhances my experience! I try extremely hard to relax when the party starts and not "bless" everyone with my OCD.

For this first shower I'm not the only hostess, so there are several girls helping with the food aspect and I'm pretty sure most of them thought I was crazy when I started coordinating serving dishes!

The measure of a good party to me is if it looks effortless to the guests and the honorees get lost in the atmosphere and create many memories.

Here's hoping that happens tonight...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Georgia on my mind

My parents have been in the process of fixing up my dad's homeplace, located in the close-knit community of Cloverdale, Ga.  The property is nestled at the foot of Lookout Mountain...that's the house you can barely see, but I thought the fog off the mountain was beautiful.

The house has been empty for several years so they've had their work cut out for them!  It's been quite an emotional journey for us since this is the house my dad grew up in and we all miss Nanny and Popa so much.

I hadn't been to the house for a while and I was taken back by the beauty of the property and by all the work my parents have done.

I was flooded with wonderful memories of my childhood and was reminded again how blessed my family is to have such a legacy of love.

After checking out the house, we headed over to the church for a family reunion.  All my aunts and cousins had cooked a delicious array of food...I might just drive over every Sunday for lunch!

(I will neither confirm or deny if all this food was consumed!)

From left to right: My dad, me, Gabe & Shane (Natalie's sons, my second cousins), Natalie (my first cousin), Abby, Tiny (Natalie & Angie's grandmother), Angie (my first cousin) & my mom

Here we are with Patsy and Linda, our second cousins...but I secretly call them my aunts!

One of my most vivid memories at Nanny and Popa's is climbing "my" dogwood tree.  It's a lot bigger than it was when I was climbing it 25 years ago, but Shane and Gabe had to give it a go!

I really enjoyed my visit to Georgia and reconnecting with family that I don't see often enough.  I'll leave you with my favorite picture of day...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Birthday Celebration

I didn't intend for my 31st birthday to have a theme, but if it did, it would have to be "fried pickles."  Not a bad way to celebrate another year though!

My first basket of fried goodness was at lunch with my family at Beauregard's.

After lunch we headed to my parents' house for birthday cake!  This year I requested what I call "Popall's Cake" since my mom used to make it for her dad when I was growing up.  She hasn't it made it probably 15 years but it was BETTER than I remembered it!  Oh, in case you're wondering, it's a lemon bundt cake made with apricot nectar...SO yummy and moist!

My second basket of fried pickles were compliments of my dear friends, the Phillips, at The Freight House, a cute place they had discovered in Hartselle. 

I love trying new places and the food was delish and we all loved drinking out of the huge Mason jars! 

Though I got several fun and thoughtful gifts, my love language is quality time so the fact that I had a whole day where my family and friends purposely spent time with me meant so much and is the best gift I could have gotten!