Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fantastically Homemade!

A few weeks ago, I saw this adorable thing on Pinterest.  
I posted it to facebook, I loved it so much!

My MIL saw the post and offered to make it for me.
I was so thankful and in full agreement and so excited about it.

Last night, she called me and asked if I could meet her to pick it up.
I cannot tell you how excited I was to spread this out and see it!!!
I cannot wait  to get my Christmas Tree to put this around!!!

When I arrived today, she has many more amazing surprises for me!
Just looks at these pillows she made for me.

AND these for my girls.  These are made out of the fabric from their bedding which she also made for them.  THEY were super excited about the pillows!!

 And THESE Christmas shirts for the girls.....
I know you can't see it that well, but that tree?
Its made out of their names.
And the sparkle just adds to the cuteness!

 Here is the one she made for B.
A little less frilly but just as cute!!!!  
He loves it.
In fact, they all love them so much that they are wearing them to school tomorrow!

I am so, so, so exited to show you this stuff because she is about to open her very own Etsy store.
If you are interested in any of the things you see here, you will be able to go there and order it.
It will be open next week. Be sure and be on the lookout for it. I will definitely post it for you as soon as it opens.  I know you want these amazing pillows and these adorable shirts for your kids!

Lastly, I am soooo excited about my treeskirt. 
I went ahead and got out the new stockings I got last year.
Just LOOK at how great they look together. 
I cannot wait to get all my decoration up!

But, it'll all have to wait until next week.
Why, you ask?
 Well, because I am headed to Las Vegas tomorrow.
Yep, that's right. 
This PW is headed to Las Vegas!!!
My sweet friend, Kandi, invited me to go out and visit her sister with her.

I am SUPER excited!!!  But I'm also quite nervous..
I haven't flown since my honeymoon.....11 years ago.
And these days, it's always just a little tough to leave my kids....
BUT, I know that they will be well taken care of and I am so glad to be getting away for a bit!
SO, if you don't mind, will you say a prayer for us tomorrow and next Tuesday for safe travels.
And maybe for me and my nervousness, too!

I can't wait to see Vegas decorated for Christmas!

See ya next week!!!

in HIM-

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lillie's Thankful Quilt

Lillie has been reading books from the Magic  Tree House Series at school.
Her teacher had her do a Thanksgiving Quilt like the people had in one of her books.  

Her list for this year.....

"my family, my friends, my grandparents,
my pets, my church, Jesus,
Holy Spirit, manners, everything!"

I am so proud of my sweet girl!!!
My six year old is thankful for the Holy Spirit.
The very idea that at the age of six, she thinks about the Holy Spirit amazes me.

in HIM-

Saturday, November 26, 2011


11.21.11 - Sunday....We took a trip to see my sweet friends. Great day!

11.22.11 - Monday....volunteering at school, work at church, kids to dentist.
This is my favorite picture of the day.  Brady ready for his first ever cleaning....

11.23.11 -Tuesday.....We had planned to leave for Georgia on Tuesday afternoon but things happened and we didn't get to leave. So, we went to supper at a local place.  The kids love this place because we can sit in a booth and they can watch tv.  Hubs and I love it because we can sit in a booth and keep them contained. =).....

11.23.11 - Wednesday....We finally drove to Georgia.  We hung out at my Mom's for a while and then went to supper with my dad.  My Dad had gotten Brady a new jacket for a really great price.  He loves it!

11.24.11 -Thursday....Thanksgiving was a great day.  We went to lunch at my Grandparents House.  
Then we came back to my Mom's for the evening.  My sister was unable to attend Allie's birthday party back in October so she brought Miss Allie her birthday present.  Lots of goodies from Bath and Body Works.  Allie loves it.  

11.25.11 - Friday.....Black Friday shopping was done for a bit, but we didn't leave until around 9 AM and came back at 2PM.  Then we went to  a Thanksgiving Gathering for my Dad's Family.  These cousins had a great time with each other.....I really wish they could visit and play together more often!!!

11.26.11 - Satuday....Today we drove home.  This picture was taken by Allie before my camera batteries went dead.  This is my Step Sister, Lauren.  She is expecting a baby boy in early February.  Sister and I are working hard on  baby shower for her.  We can't wait for the shower and we are even more excited about meeting this sweet baby boy!!

That's what we did this week!
What have you been up to?

in HIM --

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Blessings of Thanksgiving!

We loaded up the car early yesterday morning and headed west.....
Well, more like south west, but we landed in North Georgia with my family.
We have just finished a wonderful Thanksgiving Day lunch at my Grandparents house. 
I am so very blessed to have my Mom's parents still here with us.  My aunt said today that my Pa was looking out the window at the crowd of us and said to my Granny, "Just look out there at that bunch we made.".... My grandparents have six children, 12 grandchildren and 13 great grand's thus far.  I think they feel blessed and I know that we feel blessed to be so close as a family and to still have my grandparents here!

Today I will cook some more whoopie pies and potato salad for tomorrow, because after Sister, Mom and I do some Black Friday shopping tomorrow, it's off to be with my Dad's Family.

That's what Thanksgiving is all about!!

I loved this picture cloud of Thanksgiving Words.
You'll notice that they word Family isn't on there in written form.
But, if you look closely you'll find it. It falls into the word blessings!

I am incredibly blessed!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your blessings!!!!

in HIM-

Monday, November 21, 2011

Miscellany Monday

1.  I had an incredible weekend!  On Friday, I got to have Girls Night Out.  It was awesome.
On Saturday, I collected shoe boxes and then ran to the grocery store, and made pizza for supper.  Then it was time to get ready for Sunday.  On Sunday, a couple of friends and I drove over the river and through the woods {of the mountains} to visit our friends!  It was great time.  So blessed to have all 4 of the people in this picture in my life!!!!!
 2.  I've decided Monday's are the busiest of all days!!! 
Today, I.....
volunteered in Lillie's First Grade Class.
Collected some shoe boxes.
Went to lunch with these two and my friend, Kandi.  
These two were soooooo excited to be going to lunch together.
Though, I'm not sure the rest of the restaurant were as exited as they were.....
 After lunch, Brady and I ran to get the girls and headed to the the dentist. Yes, you read that right. I took all  four of them to the dentist at once.  It was Brady's first time to actually get his teeth cleaned.  He was so funny.  He covered his eyes every time she squirted water in his mouth. So funny.
 Then I came home and finished up supper.
All these folks plus me, and two more ate at our house.
I really enjoyed having them all here.
Even, though, as you can see....
it. was. chaos. =)

3. I am desperately trying to finish reading this book.  I'm not really enjoying it, too much.  
Having a hard time getting through it.....

4. I need some new blue jeans.  
I hate buying blue jeans.  I have had 4 children.  I cannot wear teeny bopper jeans. I do not want high waisted granny jeans.....any suggestions?

5.  I am watching The Sing Off again. I love this show.  Everything about it.
I'm wondering where they get that super sparkly, glittery eyeshadow.
And, I'm wondering if I'm too old to pull it off......
oh, and GO PENTATONIX!!!!

6. I'm linking up here....

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Now, if you'll excuse me -- I'm off to go read my book. ahem.

in HIM-

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I finally bit the bullet and went to taking pictures with my small camera.  
I miss my Nikon......
but here's what we were up to this week.......

11.13.11 - Sunday.....Busy and Business as usual.  During the 11AM service, we don't do Children's Worship  yet, and Maggie and Allie are too old to go to Children's Church, so they sat through the sermon.  These are Maggie's notes.....

11.14.11 - Monday....Monday morning I went to school and volunteered in Lillie's class. But , my day of volunteering was cut short because I went to church to help with this....
It's been a busy week of collecting shoe boxes at our church.  After shoe boxes, I worked on some house stuff, picked up the girls, walked with Courtney for some exercise, and then had a meeting at church....long day.

11.15.11 - Tuesday....I did some house cleaning, got groceries, picked up the girls and went for a walk to get some exercise with Courtney. Then it was time to cook supper and get everyone ready for the next day.... I was too busy to get any pictures apparently.....

11.16.11 - Wednesday....Wednesday was volunteering at school, lunch with great friends, and then preparing for my final meeting of Believing God with my Wednesday Night Girls.....
Here they are. I love them and appreciate them so much for sticking it out in such a hard study!!  SO, so sad to see this study end!!!
 11.17.11 - Thursday.....Lillie begged me to come and eat Thanksgiving lunch with her at school. And while I thought that $4 was a LOT for me to pay for that particular Thanksgiving meal, Brady and I went and ate lunch with Maggie and Lillie and their friend Payton.  Allie was on a field trip so I didn't get to eat with her.  
 11.18.11 - Friday..... Yesterday, I had a great girls day and NIGHT out!!!  I was lovely....
but the only picture I have to show you is this water cup from the restaurant....
sorry about that.  BUT, I will say that we had supper at the Good Girl Eatery in Asheville and then went on to the Twisted Crepe for dessert.  Where I ordered the Reese's Crepe....with peanut butter and nutella .  It was delicious!!!!  
 11.19.11 - Saturday...This morning it was back to church for more collecting shoe boxes.  These three girls were there and kept me laughing the whole day.  AND they were great shoe box collectors! My afternoon/ evening was filled with making pizza dough, getting groceries, making pizza, getting kids in bed, doing laundry, and making pumpkin whoopie pies.   Which I learned are very easy to burn....grrrr.

That's what we've been up to this week.  What have you been up to?!?!?!
in HIM-

Wednesday, November 16, 2011



....It's 38 days until Christmas.

..... 37 days until my birthday.

....30 days until our friends Christmas party.

....29 days until our neighborhood Christmas Carolling and Cookies.

....27 days until the girls Christmas Play at church.

....26 days until the Hubby's birthday.

....24 days until my Open House.

....14 days until my 5 -day Girls Vacation.

....8 days until Thanksgiving.

....6 days until we leave for Georgia to be with my family for Thanksgiving.

....4 days until Accountability Group Field Trip.

....2 days until Girls Night Out.

....exactly 24 hours until I have Thanksgiving Dinner with my girls at their school.

Now, if you'll excuse me, with only 38 days until Christmas and so many things {albeit a lot of incredibly wonderful things} in between, I've got to go get started!

Feeling a little panicky!!

in HIM-

Monday, November 14, 2011


*I woke to freshly made Pumpkin Spice coffee by Dunkin Doughnuts.  My sweet hubby makes my coffee for me everyday.  I love that he does that for me!!!  It is so good and so perfect for these cold fall mornings we are having.  I notice that they have two other seasonal flavors.  I will be trying to find those, too.

*I went to school and volunteered in Lillie's class.  We began making some turkey artwork. Today we painted the body using potatoes as stamps.  The kids loved that.  Lillie was the leader of the day.  The leader of the day gets to write  a "Leader Sentence" on the white board that they will share with the class.  Lillie's sentence was about how she got to go see Peter Pan last Thursday with just her family.  I knew  it was a great surprise!

*I left school and went to church to help with Operation Christmas Child.  We are a collection center and will be collecting all the shoeboxes from our county.  So, glad to be a part of this!!! Does your church do shoeboxes? If not, you can totally do them all by yourself and impact the lives of children around the world.  A lady who came in today and dropped off boxes that she and her family made, said that about five years ago, they got a letter back from the family who received their box.  GUESS where it came from.  Madagascar!!!  Madagascar, y'all!!! Incredible! I hope we get a letter like that!!!

* After our time was up at church for the day, Brady and I made a marathon trip to get groceries. We hit two store in one hour. Yes, we were running.  Almost.  

*Made a dash to the school to pick up the girls and headed home.

*I then got to go for a walk with my friend Courtney.  Great exercise and time out in my crazy day.

*Then we headed back to church for a meeting.  Once that meeting was over, hubs had a second meeting. So, the kids and I did the drive through at Zaxby's for supper.  Then it was bath time and bed time for all of my little people.

*I've done some laundry. Though, admittedly not enough. I will be in laundry overload tomorrow....

*I'm now watching The Sing-Off.  If you are a music lover,  and haven't yet, you MUST check out this show.  It is AH. MAZ .ING!!!! I love it.  Also, I've decided that the Pentatonix are my fav.  I hope they win.  Check out this video. 

*And, now that I know that my favorite group lives to see another week in The Sing-Off, I'm off to do my Believing God Bible Study before doing a bit of reading and heading off to bed.

It's been an ultra busy day to start out what looks like an ultra busy week in an ultra busy season in our ultra busy lives.  I enjoyed every minute of it, though.  And, hope  I can continue to enjoy the small moments in these ultra busy day.

Hope you do, too!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011


I did a TERRIBLE job taking pictures this week.  It's really hurting only having a telephoto lens.  Really, I need to go ahead and send my camera in to get an estimate on how much it will cost to fix it, but I'm having a hard time parting with it......

Anyways, here are the pictures I got this week.......

11.6.11 - Sunday.... A very normal which equals a very busy Sunday.  I didn't get any pictures that day.

11.7.11 - Monday...It was a really warm day outside on Monday, and our friend Jasper came over to play. The boys had a fantastic time playing in the front yard, riding bikes and playing  cars. These are a series of pictures of Brady racing down the hill on his "motorcycle".  LOVE these.  

 11.8.11 -Tuesday.... Hubby had the honor of going on an Honor Air Flight.  It was a wonderful thing for him but he had to leave at 4:30AM and  he didn't arrive home until midnight.  My sweet friend, Kandi, offered to watch Brady for me so I could get my house  cleaning done.  I wouldn't have finished without her!!!  So, it was a day full of cleaning and then things got super crazy when the kids got home so no pictures on  Tuesday....

11.9.11 -Wednesday.... I began the day with a meeting and then lunch with sweet friends.  After that, it was time to get the girls. Then, I got a bit of exercise and went for a walk with Courtney.  I am hoping to make that a regular part of my day a lot more often, Then if was off to church so no pictures on  Wednesday.  

11.10.11 - Thursday... I did some housework on Thursday and then picked up the girls from school and had another meeting. After my meeting, we surprised the kids and drove to a playhouse about an hour and a half away to see a youth production of "Peter Pan".  They loved it and it really was an awesome production!  No pictures.  

11.11.11 - Friday.... Friday was Veteran's Day and a day out of school.  Maggie wrote this letter to my grandfather who is a veteran of WWI.  It is just the sweetest thing....

11.12.11 - Saturday.... Today, we've been to a birthday party for a sweet little girl in our  church and then we went to our friends house for supper.  The kids got to feed and pet the goats and had a blast with their dogs.  It was a busy, but very fun day!!!

Even with the lack of pictures, that's what we've been up to this week!

What have you been up to?

in HIM-

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

One of my "loves"!

 Music is a very, very important to me.  I love, love, love music.  I have always loved music.  I couldn't help it. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting in my Pa's chair singing with him.  He was a Bass Singer in a Gospel Quartet and he had me singing with him and attending singing schools and singings, and directing when I was a preschooler! And my Daddy his son has always loved music , too. So, I come by my love of music honestly!  It's just in my genes!!

However, I venture to say that my musical taste is much different than my Pa's or my Daddy's tastes.  My taste in music is incredibly eclectic.  I  like everything from pop to rock {especially if it's from the 90's or before} to some rap .  All kids of contemporary christian, christian rock, gospel and good old hymns.  Even bluegrass, jazz and oldies. 

Besides gospel (the southern sort that my Pa sang) and church hymns, the genre that I've longest loved is country music. I especially love the country music of my childhood but a lot of today's country is great music.  Country music often has incredible harmonies and there is nothing I love more than good harmonies!  {Which definitely comes from my early introduction to southern gospel and singing schools!}

This is one of my favorite's right now...... 

I would almost betcha that they will be playing this song on the CMA awards this coming Wednesday night.  I will be watching.  Will you? 

in HIM-

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Another week of Project 365. Most of these were taken with my Nikon.  But not I'm sure you can tell. I will be so glad to get my camera fixed but I'm dreading sending it off for 2 weeks plus...... oh, well....Here is our week....

10.30.11 - Sunday.... On Sunday we had out Trunk or Treat.
It was amazing!  One of the most favorite things was the hayride.

10.31.11 - Monday.... Sadly, I have no pictures from this day.  I volunteered at school, then came for for a bit and did some laundry, then headed to the hospital in Asheville to be with one of my mothers- in-law as she had back surgery.  I didn't take pictures at the hospital and hubs didn't take any at home.  Due to the fact that the kids had gotten PLENTY of candy at our towns  Treat Street the previous Saturday, and our Trunk or Treat on Sunday, they didn't  go Trick or  Treating. Instead, they stayed home, dressed in their costumes {for the 5th time} and handed out candy to those trick or treating at our house. =)

11.1.11 - Tuesday... Brady and I did the grocery shopping, which as you probably know takes a lot longer with a three year old "helping".  It was such a busy day of running errands that we decided to eat out that night. The rest of the family had Taco Bell, but I had sushi. They wanted Taco Bell; imagine that!

 11.2.11 -Wednesday.... I snapped this picture Wednesday afternoon before heading out to church. Brady had asked for an apple.  He took it and sat at the foot of the stairs and ate there.
So cute.

11.3.11 -Thursday....It turned into a rainy,messy afternoon on Thursday.  I was supposed to go  walking with a friend but since it was nasty out, I took Maggie to get  a surprise.  She has been asking for a feather for a month  {or two} now.  She loves it!

11.4.11 - Friday.... This was a really nice day. Hubs and I had a breakfast date.  Then I went to a friends house to do our Believing God Study , and she fixed us lunch. It was yummy, thanks - Courtney!  Then after everyone got home from school, I took Miss Allie to the local bookstore to use the gift card she got for her birthday. She bought 2 American Girl Mysteries and Mathilda.  I think I will be reading Mathilda, myself.

11.5.11 -Saturday.... This morning, we had our Operation Christmas Child Packing Party at church.  We packed well over 100 boxes {YEAY!}, then had a little downtime where I learned to make storyboards such as the one below.  I LOVE IT!  Then our friends, Jenny and Cassie invited us to go to the WCU game with them.  We had a blast! Thanks for taking us, girls!!!

That's what we've been doing!
What have you been up to?

in HIM,