A Celebration of Service with Home Depot

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure I left my home bright and early and made sure to take my #serviceselfie…. I knew I was in for a day that would be big.  A day that had me already in tears and filled with emotion on the drive up. A … [Read more...]

Off the Grid

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Sometimes you just need to go off the grid. Sometimes you find yourself longing for the chance to kind of run away...drop out of sight. Sometimes you don't even realize how much you were longing for wide open spaces until you suddenly find yourself surrounded by 14,000 acres of them. Sometimes you need to feel connected to the past and … [Read more...]

My I Should Summer

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I do it to myself every year. The month of May rolls around and I know that school will be out in a few weeks and we're going to have days filled with nothing but time, time and more time. No more hurrying out the door in the morning all the while barking orders... "Put your shoes on!" "Stop hitting each other with stuffed animals!"  "Why … [Read more...]

The Day I Wore Ankle Boots

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The other day I wore ankle boots. I know. Mind blowing, right? I had been eyeing them for months. Seeing them in all of the stores and on the feet of the people who I was quite certain were more stylish than I could ever be. I would find a pair I liked, walk past them, turn around and come back, pick them up, study them, then hesitate. What … [Read more...]

A celebration…100 pound weight loss!

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  Actually….105 pounds as of this post, but who's counting.  Oh wait (weight) I AM!!! grin! Two weeks ago, I hit a 100 pound weight loss!  It's so hard to process that, ONE HUNDRED POUNDS GONE! that's 100 pounds I am no longer carrying around on my body.  To say I feel "lighter" both physically, mentally and emotionally would be an … [Read more...]

The Worry Jar

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"Look what I made today in Sunday School Mommy!" My daughter excitedly ran towards me as we stood in the church lobby. She stretched out her little hand to reveal to me her latest creation and said, "It's a 'worry jar' and I want you to have it." I peered down at the tiny jar with the tissue paper glued all over it and did all of the … [Read more...]

The Box

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Every year around this time of the year we would watch for it. We would hear a delivery truck coming down the street and race to the window, our little faces pressed against the glass hoping, willing it to stop at our house. And then would come the day that the truck did finally pull up to the curb in front of our house. We held our breath as … [Read more...]

On Feeling Melan-fall-y

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In the car on our way to church a couple of weeks ago, we were all marveling at the incredible display of colors we were seeing around us. Shades of orange and brown and yellow and red. Some of the trees were so bright they almost looked as though they were on fire. I turned to my husband and said, "Doesn't the beauty of it all almost make you … [Read more...]

Presenting at The Country Living Fair and The Chapel Market Recap!

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Whew! It's been a crazy couple of weeks for me. I've hit the ground running after returning from spending the weekend down in Alabama at The Chapel Market! It was such a blast! Rhoda and I road tripped it down to Pike Road, Alabama from Atlanta, with lots of goodies in tow to sell at the Market... … [Read more...]

Dedicated to Lucy…A Hydrangea Story

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"Hey!", the text on my phone read, "My mom has more hydrangeas than she knows what to do with. Would you like some?" Would I like some? "Are you kidding? OF COURSE!" was my speedy response. "I'll come pick you up after dinner and we can head on over!" came the reply. "Ok, but just know that I'm in my grubby sweats. You've been warned!" I … [Read more...]