I’m thankful every day for this man. He is my loving and goofy father. He drinks coffee in his multi-colored robe while reading the Bible every morning, loves my Mom devotedly, and has friends in Tanzania because of his faithfulness to the gospel.
Being his daughter is one of the best and easiest things I do.
Charlie got a summer haircut.
These photos are dedicated to Charlie’s aunt who recently told me: “Stop taking photos of your dog like he’s your child.” Words spoken like a true sister.
These are for you Lauren. You’re welcome.
Behold our first attempt at home improvement. Or at least the first attempt that involves more than me schlepping furniture around the living room while D is out of town. We got the itch to do something a few months ago and I had always admired white-washed entry ways via Pinterest. There are a lot of all-white things that I admire, but few that I think would go well with the beige vibe that came with our house. Essentially, it was easier to convince D to let me paint the entry way white than to paint all our naturally stained kitchen cabinets.
Also, let’s chat about how much I adore wainscoting. Exhibit A. We spent some time perusing a few home improvement blogs and landed on a style that we both felt was sufficiently challenging, but not overly ambitious. Not to sell ourselves short, but I think we were both a little surprised at how well it turned out. It’s especially perfect if you squint slightly while standing at least six feet away…
I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this yet. Amy Ann used Narrable to share updates on her life via her blog. It was a brillant idea. Even since she created it, they’ve released a new feature called Group Narrables that allows you to invite others to add audio to specific photos by simply sending them a link. Super easy & a great feature to use for say Mother’s Day…..
As the First Lady of Narrable, I decided I ought to be sharing more Narrables and relaying my experience. I think D is enjoying (and/or cringing) watching me work the site and ask questions. For this one, I used the Narrable IPhone App which made it super easy to snap a photo and upload some quick audio. I’m hoping to perfect the art of capturing this stuff more spontaneously because the silly, spontaneous stories are my favorite. Enjoy!
fearfully & wonderfully & beautifully made.
Narrable has a new embed feature that was released this week. I’m testing it out on my site for a lot of reasons. The first being I love my husband. The second being I love getting to say I “embedded” something because that just makes me sound cool. The third being I think it’s an incredibly innovative way for bloggers to share their stories. If you have a blog, it would mean so much to us if you created a Narrable and shared it!
A few months ago, D and I decided we wanted to use some of our Southwest points for a little weekend adventure. We spent a few weeks trying to entice friends to go with us and thankfully John and Emily decided they could join us. The icing on that cake is that John had enough hotel points from his auditing days for us to stay for free and D had enough leftover Southwest points for all four of us to fly for free. It was the ultimate good deal.
We spent most of our whirlwind weekend wandering the city and eating good food. My kind of trip. Now that I’ve been to London and Paris, I think I can say with confidence that there really is no place like New York City. It’s crowded, loud, dirty, but most of all it’s just impressive. I think my favorite parts were the simple parts. Wandering in the Flatiron District, stumbling onto FishsEddy, and then discovering Maysville, this southern-inspired restaurant/grill where we spent half the evening telling our waiter about our friend Russ from Alabama. Apparently Russ is our only point of reference for the entire southern United States.
I’m so thankful we took this trip mostly because it meant spending the weekend with John and Emily. I think we all felt a bit spontaneous about the whole thing and we did a lot of laughing. I’ve added some of our instagrams. It was just too difficult to carry around the big camera, but I will give D credit for the picture of the Rockefellar Christmas tree. What can I say, the man has an eye for things.
A few of my favorites from our Christmas celebrations with the fams.