What I’m Reading, Loving, and Working On…(and a Winner!)

Thank you to those that entered my Country Living Fair giveaway!  I've put the lucky winner at the bottom of this post... October is already flying by, isn't it?  I feel like I'm already running from one thing to another, don't you?  I have to say, though, October is one of my favorite months of the year with so many festive events, the gorgeous shift to fall weather and that teensy window of time to just enjoy before the madness of the … [Read more...]

Dining Room Update

Monday, already?  I actually had a pretty low key weekend and am feeling on the downside of my head cold so fingers crossed that it's behind me!  I did get a few things done around the house and that's always a good feeling. :) One of the things on my list was to put my dining room "back together."  I may not have shared that last May my parents loaded up our family piano and drove it to Austin for my older sister, who is experiencing a … [Read more...]

Life Lately…

Friends!!  It's been FOREVER since I posted!  This weekend was my first to truly catch my breath in quite a few weeks and I am so happy to be back and bringing you up to speed on life lately.  It's been a whirlwind!  But yesterday I took in some of the ceremonies and TV shows reflecting on September 11th... it's hard to believe that 15 years have passed since that terrible day.  And I still heard stories I have never heard before -- of individual … [Read more...]

Front Porch Update

Hi gang - as promised, I've made some more progress on the front porch, so I wanted to bring y'all  into the loop!  It's not 100 percent finished, but it's darn close!  Here's our inspiration photo... And here's where we started... The biggest change we made was adding these beauties... They were on sale at Hayneedle right before our anniversary, so we decided to bite the bullet and go for it!  The hubs was able to assemble … [Read more...]

Summertime Mantel Update

Oh my word, was last weekend HOT and BUSY!  The hubs and I had some fun together at the Steely Dan/Steve Winwood concert last night and we also celebrated my youngest' 18th birthday.  #howdidthathappen We did make some progress on the front porch, but it's not quite ready to share... we ended up in the air conditioning instead. ;-)  So I freshened up our mantel for summertime and thought I'd share that today. I wanted a new look this year and … [Read more...]

Refreshing the Back Deck

We've been embracing our deck-sitting season as the weather has permitted and I'm so glad I refreshed it before graduation!  I spent an entire day pressure washing... it was in dire need! And I'd hoped to get a fresh coat of stain/sealer down, but we haven't had enough days without rain yet to tackle that. Anyhoo, I decided to go ahead and plant my flowers, lay a new rug and add a bit of temporary seating for the time being. These … [Read more...]

The Front Porch Plan

This has been a busy week and I want to thank you all for your prayers... I have surely felt God's presence and His grace as I've moved through a few situations! I'm so thankful I serve a big God who walks with me, guides me, and shows His grace every day. Today I want to share my plan for the front porch... it's been QUITE a while since there's been a major overhaul (normally it's just fresh plants/pillows) and I'm itching to do that this … [Read more...]

Front Porch for Spring

Hello, Thursday!  This week is flying right by, isn't it?  We've been blessed with some great weather this week, but unfortunately the pollen is still a factor so I haven't made much progress on outdoor projects.  I DID get some weeding and cleaning up of the flower beds done though. :)  And we've set out our hummingbird feeder -- it's early for them, but who knows? What I REALLY want to tackle though is our front porch and back deck... we … [Read more...]

Project Sneak Peeks and a Note About Legacy

Good Thursday to you, friends!  Popping back in today with a couple of painting projects I've been working on this week.  The weather has been perfect to get a few things done so that's been my focus.  But first, I wanted to share a note about Legacy with you. As I've been writing that story out, it's been very healing for me and helpful in terms of processing what happened.  If you've been following along, you might already realize that … [Read more...]

Home Goals 2016

Better late than never, y'all!  I've been working on these gradually over the last several weeks and it's finally time to share.   I call them my "goals" because inevitably something more urgent will pop up and consume time and resources to addresses. Last year the majority of my home goals went untouched due to Legacy, so some of these will ring a bell.  But I do think it's worth it to think through what I'd like to update and accomplish … [Read more...]