feeling like fall.

Adam walked in this morning and exclaimed… “you did it Jacks!”

“It feels like fall in here! I feel like I could walk outside this morning and it would be 45 degrees! ”

Well it’s already 80…

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Last night I stayed up until midnight hanging garland,  fitting my table with harvest linens,  positioning my cinnamon candles,  and pre-setting the coffee pot with pumpkin spice coffee!

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My candles are now lit,  coffee is in hand,  Pandora is playing,  and my heart is full.

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The season of thanksgiving and all things pumpkin related has commenced!

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happy birthday to you // dad turns 60

My dad turns 60 this Sunday!  

Dad is the son of a beauty and a brain… No, seriously!  My grandmother was a stunner, Marie Lorainne Gothier (French), and my grandpa… well, just get him talking politics, philosophy, religion, you name it!  His years practicing law in the courtroom have served him well, nothing gets past him!   

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Dad was born on September 14, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan.  He is the oldest of seven, and one heck of a dad, husband, and grandfather!  

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Adam and I always joke that my dad reminds us of Tom Cruise in “Top Gun,” I think it’s the glasses:)

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My dad is a patriot in the truest sense of the word.  He is a man of honor, faith, and integrity!

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I am grateful for my dad’s love and encouragement throughout my life.  He truly is my biggest fan… giving freely of his time to coach my soccer teams, take me to various daddy/daughter dances, and teach me about the unmerited grace of God.  He taught me to take long runs, drink good coffee, and be very very careful not to believe everything you’re taught!  We still meet for coffee and talk… I could listen to him talk for hours, he always knows so much more than me!

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So, Happy Birthday dad! I love you!

five years // a dream come true.

Adam and I celebrate our anniversary this month, September 26th!  This year marks five years married to the man of my dreams.  I am more in love with him now than I could have ever imagined!  

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He is my better half, my rock, my best friend!  Five years ago I gave my “forever” promise to him, and we embarked on an amazing journey together!  

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We always say that… “one day we really should write a book about our story…” Every detail of our relationship has been written and sealed by the miraculous and sovereign hand of God.  But until then I am storing up my memories, and cherishing every kiss, note, laugh, and act of self sacrificing service!

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On the morning of my wedding I asked God to give me “dove’s eyes” for Adam…  That I wouldn’t be side-tracked by the craziness of the day, the details, or anything that would steal the joy of our celebration.  He was faithful!

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 “My beloved responded and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come along. For behold, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers have already appeared in the land; the time has arrived for pruning the vines, and the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.…”

Song of Solomon 2:10-11

 

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We celebrated my baby girl’s 2’nd year of life this weekend! Kinsley was all giggles and delight… My heart was brimming over with thankfulness to God our Father for my blue-eyed, dimpled angel.

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I pray for her, for her heart to be guarded, for her to know the depths of the Father’s love for her… for her to be surrounded by people that draw her eyes heavenward, for her to be cloaked in garments of praise and joy all the days of her life!

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Kinsley loves flowers, so we decided to throw her a garden themed party… complete with butterflies, potted herbs, and worms n’ dirt!

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Women of Whimsey helped facilitate the event!  They are absolutely wonderful to work with!