Saturday, January 14, 2017

Smith Mountain Lake, VA

We were really fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Virginia over the holidays. It was probably the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. Our friends Jim and Mackenzie hooked us up with a beautiful lake house and we basically didn't get out of our comfy clothes for about 4 was a dream!
We have always loved the mountains, but never really been to Virginia. We have mostly spent time in North Carolina and Tennessee, so it was nice to see a new place and add another pin to the map of travels.

 We watched movies, read books, walked down to the lake, canoed, ate soup and sandwiches, and just spent time together. Thankful for the time to rest and recharge! 
And thankful for this girl. She has been a blessing to me and my family since we met her last May! She also has started her own blog here if you're interested!

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Hello folks!

It's been a minute since I've visited this little corner of the internet (a year to be exact.) Life has been a bit crazy and hectic over the past year and unfortunately posting here took the back seat to everything else. I have been saying for the past 2 months that I was going to relaunch this space, and I'm finally getting around to it. Thankful for ice/snow days!

I'll try to catch you up on us briefly.

Michael finally graduated with his Ph. D last month!!! ...After seven very long years of school we have all the heart eyes for that statement! He just started a new job working with NASA and we're so proud of him! It's a bit of a commute, but we are not making any plans to move. We love Laurel and our community here and can't imagine leaving it.

I also started a new job recently as the executive director at our local YWCO. Our Y is in a historic building downtown and I'm looking forward to being there. This is in addition to having my bookstore at Southern Antiques and working with Laurel Main Street--but it's all about the same thing...bringing good things to Laurel!

Anne and Liam are both growing like crazy. I often look at Anne and get a glimpse of what teenage years may look like, but honestly I'm super proud of her and how she always steps in to help when I need her. Liam is always looking for fun. He is all boy and loves cars, transformers, superheroes, and his mama.

I'm really excited to be back blogging. This space always brings me a lot of joy and pushes me to learn new things and be creative. I'm already picking up my camera more and hoping to learn to use Lightroom. We'll see how it goes!

Talk more soon!

Friday, January 8, 2016

RUN 365

My long time friend Stephanie has always been a huge inspiration to me.  She is one of those people that always appears to have it all together while handling everything with grace and compassion.  She loves the Lord and others so big that it's contagious.  Well, Steph is also a runner.  And in 2015 she ran  I watched through her instagram feed with amazement...and sometimes jealousy.  Well, a few days ago--as her year came to a close--she opened up a facebook group with the invitation to anyone that wanted to join her in 2016.  I immediately felt like it was a personal invitation and struggled with the decision to make this commitment.  I mean, I have never been that dedicated to anything.  The scariest part was the thought of failing.  A few days later I got a text from my friend Hope, "Hey, you want to do the run 365 with Stephanie?"  NO, YES, NO, ....okay I'll do it. I finally just had to commit--and really without over analyzing it too much.
I just finished my 13th run, which is HUGE for me!  
I have never ran this many days in a row. IN MY LIFE!
I'm excited about this challenge, and hope these legs hold up to make it happen!


Sunday, December 20, 2015


It's almost Christmas, but I couldn't not share these precious pictures Michael captured on Thanksgiving at Gran's.

It was rather warm and the kids had the best time playing outside in the leaves!  Anne climbed the Magnolia tree and Liam rode the little car (the one that Michael rode as a child!!)
Now that it's Christmas, we're looking forward to making lots more fun memories!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Today is December first which means the first day of Dressember.  Late last night Anne decided she would join me in wearing a dress every day this month.  I remember last year when my friend Hope did Dressember, I had never heard of it or knew what it was all about.  After doing a lot of research and hearing Blythe's story, I decided to join this year along with 18 other people on our MS team.  
"In 2013, Dressember took on new meaning: opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women. In its first year as a fundraising campaign, Dressember aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Those who participate in Dressember are supporting the abolition of modern day slavery. Beginning in 2015, the Dressember campaign will expand to partner with other anti-trafficking organizations."
Today we exceeded our goal and are excited to say the least!!
If you'd like to make a donation, click here to contribute!  Or you can join us--just sign up to be a part of our team!