Wednesday, August 17, 2011

six years

today hd and I celebrate 6 years.

I cant image spending my life with anyone
other than him...and the little girl. ;)

he makes my life.

this is what love looks like.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Molly Grace

Molly Grace turned TWO on July 6th!
And this weekend we celebrated the little girl!

Check back soon for the video of her last year!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July 4th

What's better than a beach trip with
the love of your life?

TWO beach trips in six weeks!

Hd and I made another trip south to Panama
City Beach to celebrate July 4th...and relax!

I'd say it was a successful week.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


This year was a summer of weddings!

Hd's cousin Kasey had her wedding reception on April 23rd
-after getting married in a private ceremony in Hawaii-

Hd's cousin Tommy got married on May 6th

& My old friend Brittany got married on May 14th!

Congratulations to all of the newlyweds!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


This weekend we made our annual trip to Helen
to shoot the hooch!

This year we made it a group trip and had
a great time with our friends!

We enjoyed tubing, a mexican lunch and
a trip to the winery!

maybe another trip next month?!

Friday, May 27, 2011

beach life

hd and i just got back from our
annual summer beach trip.

this year was just as great as any other
trip, but what could be better than
six days, alone, with the love of your life?

here is a sneak peak at our beach getaway.

love summer days with this man.

Friday, May 20, 2011

twelve years

today marks twelve years since the

today i am thankful for my sister.
and for God's protection.
he was truly watching over her on that day.

here's to the past.
the future.
and all of the precious memories we have
been able to make since that day.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

100 ways to uncomplicate your life

1. Don’t try to read other people’s minds

2. Get up 30 minutes earlier so that you don’t rush/get a ticket while driving too fast/have to explain why you’re late/get fired

3. Get 8 hours of sleep per night so that you think more clearly

4. Stick to your budget

5. Start saving and investing every week, no matter how little you can spare

6. Balance your checkbook

7. Don’t try to be friends with everyone. Cultivate closer relationships with fewer people.

8. Don’t try to do business with everyone. Identify your target client and take very good care of them.

9. Before getting angry, ask yourself if it will really matter in 20 years

10. Focus on being a good person, not on pleasing others

11. Stay home this Saturday, and finish off that nagging chore that you need to finish

12. Kiss and make up

13. Make a weekly menu, and shop for only those items at the market

14. Ask your grandparents the best way to uncomplicate life, and try it for a month

15. Fill up your gas tank when it’s half full

16. Don’t drink alcohol when you’re tired, sad or mad

17. Pay your bills on time

18. Get an annual physical examination

19. Say “I love you” to your significant other and to your children. Studies show that more marriages last, and fewer kids use drugs, when these words are spoken every day.

20. For just one day, imagine everyone’s intentions are good because most people’s are

21. Give away clothes that haven’t been worn in two years

22. Throw out clothes that are in disrepair, and can’t be mended

23. When you have a conflict with someone, talk it out. Don’t let it turn into more than it is.

24. Know what your priorities are in life, and act as if they are your priorities

25. Tell the truth

26. Don’t cheat

27. Don’t steal

28. If you’re holding on to a ridiculous grudge, let it go

29. Clean your house weekly, so that it doesn’t become too large a chore

30. Do your best at work, or at school

31. Don’t eat when you aren’t hungry

32. Eat when you are hungry

33. Be yourself

34. Say no unapologetically

35. Cook simple meals

36. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses

37. Pay off your car before buying a new one

38. Organise your desk at the office

39. Change your smoke alarm batteries when the clocks spring forward, and again when they fall back

40. Organise your important paperwork

41. Take only half the clothes that you planned to take with you on holiday

42. Help your children with their homework every night, and have an open dialogue with their teachers

43. Have white sheets and white towels in children’s rooms/bathrooms, because they’re easily bleached

44. Spend your time with nice people

45. Avoid drama

46. Don’t text or talk on the phone while driving

47. Turn off the television/video games/computer; they’re time consumers

48. Don’t engage in office politics

49. Refuse to gossip, or talk behind other people’s backs

50. Do the dishes right after dinner

51. Never go to sleep angry

52. Ask nicely for what you need and want

53. Walk 10,000 steps per day to help your heart

54. Do 20 push-ups before speaking in anger

55. Leave work at work

56. Don’t befriend anyone that isn’t trustworthy

57. Don’t envy others

58. Have your oil changed

59. Take vitamin C BEFORE you catch a cold

60. Don’t work more than 8 hours per day

61. Weed your garden weekly

62. Wash your car weekly

63. Have a spring cleaning month every year, and do one room at a time

64. You don’t need to be best friends with work colleagues, but build respectful partnerships

65. Don’t drink and drive

66. Don’t look for reasons to be angry or sad, look for reasons to be happy. You’ll always be able to find plenty of each.

67. Be friendly with your neighbours

68. Return emails and phone messages promptly

69. Schedule in free time

70. Don’t procrastinate

71. Do what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it

72. Be more flexible when you’re able to be

73. Forgive and forget. End of story.

74. Break the consumerism habit…put a three month moratorium in place on buying anything not deemed a necessity

75. Start your diet on September 1, rather than January 1, so that you won’t also have holiday pounds to lose

76. Take care of any health issues or concerns

77. Have your tires rotated

78. Have your brakes checked

79. Have your eyes checked

80. Don’t let your imagination run away with you

81. Let go of perfection in others

82. Let go of perfection in yourself

83. Don’t try to help those that refuse to help themselves

84. Find a way to reduce your commute to work

85. Have an alloted amount of worry time per day/week, that you strictly abide by

86. Drink more water

87. Eat more salmon

88. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill

89. Wear your hair in a classic, easy to care for style

90. Finish what you start

91. Wear classic clothes and shoes that never go out of style

92. Create a daily routine

93. Have a 1, 5, 10 and 20 year plan for your financial and life goals

94. Slow down

95. Eat out less often

96. When you ask your husband which outfit looks best, thank him for his answer and wear the one he liked rather than focusing on why he didn’t like the other one

97. Allow your children to grow up

98. Clean out your garage, and donate anything that hasn’t been used in the past year

99. Stretch every day

100. If a relationship is over, let it go

Friday, May 13, 2011

the house that built me

I know they say you can't go home again
I just had to come back one last time
Ma'am, I know you don't know me from Adam
But these hand prints on the front steps are mine

Up those stairs in that little back bedroom
Is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar
And I bet you didn't know under that live oak
My favorite dog is buried in the yard

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing
Out here it's like I'm someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself

If I could just come in, I swear I'll leave
Won't take nothing but a memory
From the house that built me

Mama cut out pictures of houses for years
From "Better Homes and Garden" magazine
Plans were drawn and concrete poured
And nail by nail and board by board
Daddy gave life to mama's dream

You leave home, you move on
And you do the best you can
I got lost in this whole world
And forgot who I am

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing
Out here it's like I'm someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself

If I could walk around, I swear I'll leave
Won't take nothing but a memory
From the house that built

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

wine corks

I'm collecting wine corks for a side project.
Think you wanna help a friend out?
There isn't a huge rush on this, but if you can save them
for me over the next year, I would greatly appreciate it! :)

thanks in advance!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

bye bye credit cards

I have reached milestone number 2!
I am officially credit card debt free!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Looking for a new beach bag, weekend tote, grocery bag or just a hold everything bag?

Well I have the site for you!

So this is what I'm buying.

Do you love?

Also, there is more importance to this site - by letting me know if you want to make a purchase, you are also helping my cousin and her family on their Adoption Journey!!

So please, check out the site, contact me to make a purchase, and help a little girl come home to her new family!

thanks in advance!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

horse creek winery

During our weekend in Valdosta we made a trip to the Horse Creek Winery!

It was an overcast day and ended up raining while we were having our picnic, but it only helped cool down the temperature!

We took part in a wine tasting, which included a wine slushie (they are the best thing since chocolate cake. if you haven't had one....go find one!), followed by a picnic, more wine drinking and picture taking! :)

here's to our next wine tasting!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

cfa and cupcakes

Last night Bailey, Landon and Addy came up to meet me for dinner and dessert!

Here is a peek into our night! and these crazy kiddos! ;)

how did you spend your monday night?