now don't fall out of your chair!
i know there are some of you... knOw... who want to kick me.
well... all i can say... kick if you must.
i've received lots of messages & curious wonderings of "where the heck" i've been.
it did my heart GOOD!
i really appreciate your thoughts & reaching out.
i just wish i would have been better at reaching back!
i also received... in my inbox... some nOt so nice wonderings.
to you also... i'm sorry!
you were right.
sorry i left things up in the air... out in lala land.
i truly apologize if i scared you... worried you.
in no way shape or form was that my intention.
all i can say... from where i've been standing... in these shoes...
the blog had to take a back seat.
simple as that.
all the burners were full...
i had to wrap it up in a freezer bag... stick in the box... and hope it stayed alive.
and yes... i dO want to blog again.
i like to talk & share way too much! :)
i've missed it!
good grief... i've missed visiting blogs!
it's been forever.
life just took over.
big... hUgE things... and everyday little things.
yes i realize life can go on simultaniusly while blogging...
many of you do it beAutifuLLy...
for me... over the last seven months... it was just all too much.
we are safe... well... blessed...
and are about to move into our new house!
praise the Lord!!!!!!
i know lots of you have flown the coop...
but if by some crazy chance you're reading this... yippee yay... you came!
i do hope you stick around!
i really really do!
i would LOVE that!
this is a crazy... nutty... week ahead...
but i wanted to jump on & say "hold on"... i'm coming back...
i miss you...
but most important... i'm sOrry!
that is all for now.
hOpE to see you soon!
now don't fall out of your chair!
well hello there!
hope this finds ya wearing a smile... having a good one.
tell me how cute these dog notecards are!
you can say it!
they ARE so cute aren't they?
i simply ADORE them!
have plans for them too once we get into the house.
can almost envision it already.
and would you look at the dashshund!
how cute is he?!
they're from the rifle paper co.
i love their simple & light-hearted designs.
they're so fresh & clearly FuN.
i'd say their designs have personality!
and then i see this fox.
come on now!
the girl's love finding things with their name on it.
well... me too.
and the fact he's wearing a clever eye piece... my goodness!
these cards make me happy...
thought you might get a kick out of them too.
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thought i'd share a few from our session with wendy...
aka one half of the awesome blue lily.
we totally lucked out!
christmas was fast approaching and i had nothing.
i mean nada!
when i clicked over by chance to see their schedule... what?...
they're coming here.
with only one slot left... we jumped in it!
so glad we did.
we had so much fun!
after the session... and during... i was left thinking several things.
wendy is so comfortable behind the camera...
she sure makes you feel comfortable... at ease... no doubt has a serious gift...
and... i want her hair!
we need to do this more often.
i'm embarrased to say... though i take lots of snapshots of the girls...
we've only had a couple actual family sessions... and that was forever ago.
they were wee babies.
as much as i'm crazy about the joy photos bring... it's now a must!
with all the change/upheavel we've had over the last year...
all this crazy "unsettled"...
we've had each other... and bottom line... that's what really matters.
it'll be neat to look back at these... "that was when... ".
the setting... i couldn't believe it when we arrived...
it looked like a page straight out of a book.
if i remember correctly... the humidity was at about 80% that day.
once done... we drove straight to orange leaf!
what a fun afternoon.
if you look in the back... see the cat?
she was funny... lives on the property... and really wanted to make print.
i think it's cute.
btw... fyi... blue lily travels.
just about eVeRywHeRe.
it's amazing really!
they are all over the place.
if you've by some crazy chance never heard of wendy & tyler...
make sure to jump over here...
check out their schedule...
they might just be coming to your neck of the woods.
besides you'll be in awe of the beauty they capture... and they're a hOOt!
happy valentines day yall!
hope it has you feeling the love...
sharing lots of hugs...
and for sure enjoying a sweet treat... or two.
i wanted to share something today that i simply adore.
it's something red... how perfect for today...
and it just so happens it was made with a whole lot of love.
recently the beautiful Paige... of Simple Thoughts...
mentioned this great new thing she was embarking upon.
a new adventure.
i was taken in by her passion... often am... she's so inspiring... encouraging.
she's a spirit lifter for sure!
has a heart on fire for life... her family... and our mighty God.
her new adventure...... becoming an ambassador for the Noonday Collection.
have you heard of Noonday?
know the story?
i have to admit... it was new to me.
i tell you... i couldn't be more thrilled to now know about them.
what a great idea!
what an amazing purpose.
"Our passion at Noonday Collection
is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future
while styling you along the way.
Fashion and design are a vehicle for opportunity and change.
You, too, can be a voice for the oppressed!"
these women are being empowered.
being shown what they have inside is special.
they are special.
literally creating hope & a passion for themselves and their children.
and they're creating beauty too.
the collection... the artisians... make all kinds things!
you've got to see.
while i was learning more... peeking around...
this vibrant beauty caught my eye.
it's multi layered strands... pop of color.
then when Paige shared Coral's story with me...
my goodness... it was so neat to see the face behind those beads.
ever since the day it arrived... it's been on me almost every.
it's a fun piece!
and oh the compliments... it gets attention.
a lady at the grocery yesterday nearly tripped trying to get to me to ask about it.
she was funny... so cute.
it was pretty neat telling her about noonday too.
since i love you all so much...
and truly believe in what these artisians are doing...
believe each & every piece counts... spreads the word & purpose...
i want yOu to have a chance to pick out something special for yourself!
i'll be drawing a name for a $50 gift certificate to noonday!
all you have to do to be entered...
take a peek over at the Noonday Collection and then drop me a comment...
right down there... just below this post.
tell me something that struck your fancy.
caught your eye.
or just how you might use the gc if you're the winner.
i'll be drawing a name next week!
thanks for peeking in today yall.
i'm off to enjoy the rest of this happy heart day...
wearing my feisty red necklace!
we've had lots of rain lately.
crazy droughts all over texas... and now... it seems like it rains every other day.
the earth needs though no doubt.
good thing the builder has been great at squeezing in progress on those dry days.
i think i last shared when they cleared some trees from the lot.
we now have a slab and the framing has started!
it was a big day... at least it felt like that to me... when the cement trucks rolled in.
i think i could have stayed there all day and watched... really!
it was like all that wait... all those delays... were about to be squashed.
after school yesterday we got to walk through some of the rooms.
she was all smiles... "so my bed will be here?".
and i kid you not...
in the garage... this caught our eye.
part of a clementine... a peel discarded by a worker.
i can imagine... if they even noticed...
they must have thought i was nuts... taking a darn picture of a fruit peel!
when i see a symbol of hope... no matter the matter... it's just that...
a little token.
what some would say... silly... i say... it's a gift of fun... a nod of hope.
i love those kind of surprises!
and this morning...
gonna remember that silly fruit remnent... it's all good.
it's going to happen.
in the end...
we'll have a bowl fiLLed with fresh clemnetines sitting on that kitchen island!
hoping today has you seeing little surprise gifts too.
hAppY fRidAy yaLL!