girls’ night out.

Kinsley is off to her very first girls’ night out!

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Her aunts Anna, Alecia, and Abigail came to pick her up for her very first “outing” of sorts, complete with paleo pumpkin muffins, the movie Frozen (minus the scary snow monster), and girl talk!  She was so eager to say “bye bye mama..”  My heart melted as I packed her bag!  She’s getting so big!

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She waited patiently at the door for her aunts to show up…  We took the opportunity to capture the cuteness on camera!

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Elijah was eager to be “in charge” while his sissy was away 🙂

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PS- She had a blast!

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hats.

Last weekend I stumbled upon the most unique collection of vintage hats imaginable from a little thrift store down the street from us.  I mean the kind of hats where you say to yourself “what in the world was that person thinking when they wore that?”  Did she frequent the Kentucky Derby?  Was she a little old church lady?  Or perhaps was she a 1960’s fashion plate?  Either way, these hats speak for themselves.

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For 50 cents/ piece Kinsley hit the jackpot in terms of her dress-up wardrobe!  She adores her feathered, bejeweled hat collection.

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I might add that she looks quite smashing!

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april showers bring may flowers.

A storm whipped through these parts today. Large gusts of wind and rain left behind sloppy puddles, mushy azaelas, and one restless toddler.

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A perfect day to sip on some tea, listen to some acoustic, play “kitchen” with my little miss, and blow rasberries with my little bear.

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While these days as a young mother are often long, sometimes lonely, and routine, I know they are producing a great harvest.  I love watching my babies explore, learn, grow, and giggle.  I love this season, hard as it may sometimes be.

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You see, I know that my April showers will bring May flowers.  The drip drop of today will bring forth something magnificent and stunning that points to the Creator God.

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As I drove in the car today with rain pounding on my windshield and my hair sloppily pulled back in a wet bun on the top of my head (too busy to dry it these days), I reminded myself of this eternal truth…

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”

2 Cor. 4:17

baby shower // jade

My sister Ashley is expecting her third little girl next month… Jade is her name!  I see her already, hair dark, voice sweet, and skin soft.  If she is anything like her sisters she will be all of these…. uniquely in her own way.

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My mom hired Women of Whimsey, a local catering and event planning company here in North Florida to completely facilitate the event.  Needless to say… we were blown away!

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Soft hues of purples, silvery grey, billowy whites were the theme.  Chalk painted boards, babies breath… oh the babies breath!  Antique crystal, personalized paper goods… Ashley (and Jade) were in heaven!

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If I could wish one thing for Jade it would be this…

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

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We can’t wait to meet you sweet girl!

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Love,

Aunt Jacks

sunny and 70.

My children are “sunny and 70…”

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By that, I mean they are pretty darn happy… all the time.  Unfailingly smiley… adorably bubbly… contagiously giggly…

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They teach me daily to look at the glass half full.  Take life head on.  Explore!  Learn!  Smile!

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Oh how I love them so… ❤

strawberries and cream.

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Mornings with Kinsley… After she eats her yogurt, strawberries, Mila, and honey, I see a burst of fresh energy!

She runs from here to there… collapsing into her plush sherpa toddler chair.  She grabs her phone… and instantly she talks!!

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Her language is all her own at this point, but I sense her joy.  She is eager to tell whoever it is that she is talking to what she is up to!  Her intonations are lively.  She slams the phone down, only to pick it up again.

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Oh if you could hear what I hear.  I can’t wait to have those conversations with my girl.  To know her heart.  Her heart is so full, so wise, so kind.

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She is a true conversationalist… and… a lover of books! Yay!

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drab to fab.

My mother-in-law, Amanda, came over today to help me and Adam bring some much needed warmth and organization to our seemingly drab space.  She specializes in accessorizing using things you already have in your home… books, picture frames, odds and ends!  She is beyond talented!  Our family room has been a source of great frustration for me recently.  The furniture lacked a sense of flow, and the toys were everywhere… what to do?

Amanda thought it would be nice to split the room into two useful spaces.  Below are pictures of the “kids’ nook.”  I love it!!

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She then apportioned off our media/family area!  I am so thrilled with the results, and am excited to thrift this week and find treasures to brighten my home!  Thank you Amanda, you blessed me more than you know!! I’m still waiting on those business cards! You rock!XOXO

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