I told you on Twitter that I was going to post an entry about a little makeover I did on a piece of furniture. Here is said post...

Mum said, "Whitney, you need a vanity. A real woman's vanity. You could sit there and put your make-up on...do your hair there...you know. Woman stuff." Ok, I said. But never thought a thing about it.

Until...I was shopping for some great bargains at Old Tyme Pottery in Foley, AL. I was waiting on Mat to get out of the bathroom when I saw...this little beauty.

A perfect little vanity. AND it was on sale for $99.99! I couldn't believe it. Sure, it needed work, but it was nothing my Mum, a little paint and some fabric couldn't fix, right?

Oh, and did I mention it had one a few little scratches on it? Well, MSH got right on it and found the manager for a discount. First we were told 10% off. "We'll TAKE IT!" I said, in Lloyd Christmas fashion. But THEN, we got up front with my little find, and the nice manager took 25% off!!!!! I was elated! And even better, my sweet daddy-in-law paid for half as a gift to me. A perfect find...

I got the little vanity home, and Mum and I decided it was best not to paint it. We weren't sure the paint would stick. So, I bought a new handle at Lowe's (aka, the place where I could spend a million dollars on do-it-myself project materials), and voila! A new vanity.

But, wait. No, something was still wrong with the little find.

Oh, that's definitely it. (See Little One peeking out under there? He's so curious!) Yeah, that fabric's GOT TO GO!

So, MSH so lovingly took me to TJ Maxx where, for some odd reason, they have our Polo Ralph Lauren bedding. I was able to find 2 light pink, oxford cloth, King-size pillowcases ON SALE for...(wait for it)...$5.00!!! (They are regularly around $69.00.) What a great find, right?

Then, I took THOSE pillowcases up to Three Stitches here in Spring Hill and had them monogrammed-- one with MSH and mine's initials (for an extra decorative pillow on our bed) and the other with my initials (for the vanity stool). The two monograms were $18.00 each.

MSH helped me recover the vanity stool. It was a job that required a drill, a staple gun, two screwdrivers and a lot of frustration, but we got it finished. Here is the finished project...

I'm pretty much pleased with how it turned out. I'm still looking for a way to get it painted. I was thinking a nice Robin's Egg Blue-- the greyer kind, not the bright blue kind.

I have also painted two of my Maw-Maw Hazel's old pieces that my brother Gunter used in college. I painted one a light baby blue (it will be my bedside table) with silver knobs, and the other I painted Patina-- the color of MSH and mine's room here at 5224. (Patina is a sort of sage-y green.) I will get you pics of these furniture makeovers soon.

And that's that.


Oh, one final thing-- here is a pic of me and MSH today at his going-away lunch at Dauphin Way. The sweet staff at DWBC threw him a little lunch party. Also, there are a few pics of MSH in front of the church, and there is one final picture of a painting of our church given to us by Dauphin Way. Enjoy!



Things are different around here.

(Oh, wait. I already mentioned that here, didn't I?)

MSH did his last rounds of hospital visits for Dauphin Way yesterday. Kind of bittersweet for him, I know.

I only have one Sunday School class left with my sweet 3-year-olds. I will surely miss Gracyn, James Holston, Julianna and Katie.

Mom, Papa, and Mimi came to 5224 for the last time last week. Mom cried every time she thought about not coming back to Mobile for a while.

MSH and I have exactly six nights left to sleep in our Patina-colored room here at the house. So weird.

Oh, and it's also weird to think we won't be frequent visitors of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop anymore, too. We spent so much time there now. What will I do without my Iced Alpine Mochas?

I do my last Beth Moore "Esther" Bible study with my sweet college girls tomorrow night. I will miss them so very much.

So, as I said, things are different. Sham and Little One are still not sure what's going on with all these cardboard boxes, but I think they kind of like being able to get up high somewhere.

Oh, one last thing-- pray for me. I've applied for a job in Louisville, and the good Lord knows we need the money when we get there, so pray that if it's HIS will, I will get the public relations job. More about that later, I hope...

Isn't MSH just ADORABLE?!?


Is that MY house?!?

The packing has begun at 5224 Brentwood Lane! Our house is beginning to not look the same...

The walls are bare.

The closets are empty.

The office is full of boxes.

The bathroom cabinets are less crowded.

Things just look different. Oh, and it was too late when I realized that I forgot to make pictures of what our house looked like when we actually inhabited it! Guess our future children will never know what their parents' first house looked like. Oh well. I'm not unpacking everything and putting it back in its place just so little Mat Jr., Ama, Scout, Ford, and Jim our children (that we of course haven't named!) can know what 5224 looked like. Sorry, kids. Ehem. Anyway.

So, things are different here. My mum and grandparents are coming tomorrow. I'm excited. I've left all my Gail Pittman Honeysuckle for them to wrap and pack. Gosh, I love family.

I'm rambling now, and that is probably due to me only having a half of cup of coffee this morning. Enjoy the pictures of our "humble abode..."


Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Hello all! I need YOUR help...

I am doing some research for a potential job offer I have. This is where YOU come in: I need to know what YOU think about Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

-Have you ever eaten there?
-What did you like there?
-What didn't you like there?
-How was your experience?
-What does Five Guys need to do that they do not currently do?
-Any comments you have.

I need ALL the help I can get. Retweet this, send it to your friends, ask your families...do WHATEVER you can to help me! I appreciate it so much!

(Oh, and for the record, I LOVE Five Guys so much. If you haven't been, GO and then come back and let me know what you think...)

Loving Stamped Silver

If you are anything like me, you LOVED stamped silver. Funnily enough, I do not even own a piece. I follow this blog, and I absolutely ADORE it! She is giving away a $25 gift certificate to an Etsy shop that makes stamped silver jewelry. Go check it out!!!

Here is the giveaway. ENJOY!!


My Home Church

MSH resigned yesterday from Dauphin Way.

I can't explain to you how I felt as my dear husband read his resignation letter aloud during the morning service at our church (you can read the letter here). I had conflicting emotions-- sadness, fear, hesitation, regret, happiness, excitement, anxiety-- and they all battled for first place in my heart and mind.

After MSH read his resignation, he and I took our places at the front of the sanctuary to speak to our church family after the news. So many people that I love dearly came through the line to speak to us, and my heart overflowed with gladness and sobriety. Person after person came through and spoke blessings into our lives about our decision to move. People were kind and excited for us. Women and men that I love and cherish hugged me and shook my hand. It was a moment I will never forget, nonetheless.

It wasn't until a sweet woman named Trecia Phillips came through that the tears began to well up in my eyes. Trecia is the mother of five and wife to a deacon in our church. The Phillips' invited MSH and I over for Christmas Eve Eve dinner at their house last year. The Phillips family means the world to me, mainly because of Trecia and her Godly example as a wife and mother. She is definitely my role model in more ways than one. Dauphin Way (especially you college girls)-- get to know this woman. Let her blow your mind and bless your life.

Anyway, it wasn't until Trecia came through that tears began to sting my eyes. Trecia told me to stay in touch and come visit often. Then, she said, "And I'm going to try not to cry..." but she did and so did I.

The point is, Dauphin Way is more of a home church than I have ever had. It's hard to leave. It's very hard to leave. The people there are my family. My pastor means so much to me because he has had such a positive influence on my husband's life, and for that, I am forever grateful to Clint Pressley. I could go on and on and name names-- The Moseleys, Leigh and Greg Walker and their three boys, Melissa Sutton, Kim Miller and family, Connie Pressley and the boys, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Vinson, Mr. and Mrs. McCracken, Mary Collier, J.T. Wright and family, Dr. Ashurst and family, all our sweet college girls and great college guys, all the ladies on the support staff, Amy Kendall, Jeremy and Jennifer Montgomery, The Johnsons, Bro. Jim and family, The Tait family... there are so many. They are my family. My Dauphin Way Family. And they will all be sincerely missed.

We have our reception two weeks from now on Sunday night, Aug. 2. It will be a great night of celebration of my husband's ministry and time and DWBC, but a time of tears and thoughtful reflection, I am sure.

Dauphin Way will always be my home church. I've grown more in my faith this past year than in my entire life. I am grateful to God for His people and His Church, and especially for the body of believers at Dauphin Way.

Dauphin Way, I love and will miss you so much. May God continue to guide you and bless you in all you do. Thank you for everything.


Adopted for Life...again

MSH has written a blog about Dr. Moore's "Adopted for Life" book. You can read it here. You will remember I wrote about the book a couple weeks ago. In case you missed it, you can read that post here.

Think we like LOVE this book? Well, we do. And we are thankful to God for it.

Oh, and I changed my signature. Like it? I think it suits me better.



I am asking you to pray for a 19-year-old named Gia.

Gia called Dauphin Way yesterday and talked to Mat. Gia asked Mat if God would forgive her if she had an abortion. She knew that God didn't condone abortions, but she only wanted to know if God would forgive her if she had one.

Mat talked to Gia for a while, and he finally convinced her to call Sav-a-Life (a counseling organization in Mobile that works with pregnant women considering abortions). Sav-a-Life did contact Gia, and she received some wonderful counseling for a member of our church's mother. Gia did not get to come to church at Dauphin Way last night because she had to go to church with her grandmother, a Jehovah's Witness.

Please pray for Gia-- that she would not abort her baby, that she would trust in the Lord, that she would find comfort in the Sav-a-Life ministry, and that she would come to Dauphin Way so that our church can minister to her. Gia is been heavy on my heart and on Mat's, and we plead with you to pray for her.

Please, please pray for Gia...sweet Gia and her precious unborn baby.


Might as well tell you now...

For the past seven months, I have been absolutely DYING to tell you something. But, I couldn't. However, I just got permission from MSH to tell you. So...here goes!

Oh, but first, you have to promise...and I mean really promise...that you can keep a secret, ok? Ok! Great!

MSH and I are moving to Louisville, KY, to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary! We are moving on Aug. 3, and our last day at Dauphin Way Baptist Church will be Sunday, Aug. 2. (Mat has not officially resigned, but the entire staff and most people at Dauphin Way do know.)

We are so sad about leaving Dauphin Way. Mat has been on staff at D-Way for three years now, and I feel so at home there. We have so many friends and role models there, and it has just torn both of us up when we think about leaving. It was a heart-wrenching decision to choose to leave and follow God's call on our lives, but we know this is where the Lord is leading us. We are certain of it.

There are so many things the Lord has just worked out for us. First of all, our house has been on the market since about February, and it has just recently sold (well, pretty much sold-- we haven't signed papers yet). The fact that it even sold in this terrible housing market is a miracle in itself! Also, we didn't really have any idea about where we were going to live in Kentucky, but Southern emailed MSH last week, and we are going to be able to live ON CAMPUS! And if this wasn't blessing enough, we have already gotten a little bit of scholarship money (well, I say "we" but it was really MSH, which stands for My SMART Husband in that sentence). And also, Louisville is still five hours from our hometowns of Albertville and Boaz, and it is also five hours from our hometowns to Mobile. Our families are so glad we will not be any further apart from them than we already are!

MSH has done so much for us-- calling Southern, trying to get a job lined up (which is hard from here-- keep praying for us about that!), and doing etc. on the Internet to get everything situated. MSH will be getting his Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies. And yours truly will be getting my Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. I'm so excited about the chance to get to go BACK to school. Crazy, I know, but I am a HUGE fan of learning!

You might remember this post where I wrote about Al Mohler. He will be our Seminary president. Another reason to be totally stoked about attending Southern.

Be praying for us, will you? We need all the prayers we can get. We are excited, but we've got a long way to go!


Beach Pictures

Click here to go to my facebook page and see my family's formal beach pictures...

Click here to go to my facebook page and see my family's very INformal beach pictures...



Happy Independence Day!

Happy Birthday, America, and Happy Independence Day to you, Americans! Since we Americans eat so much on the 4th of July, I thought I'd share an all-American recipe with you...a homemade ice cream recipe! I made this for my family at the beach, and they loved it! It is such a creamy recipe, and my favorite. Hope you enjoy!!!


For a 4 quart maker, this is the recipe:
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 plus 2 T flour
1/2 t salt
5 c milk
4 eggs, beaten
4 c whipping cream
2 T vanilla extract

Combine sugar, flour and salt in a saucepan. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, approx. 15 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly.

Gradually stir about 1 cup of hot mixture into beaten eggs. Add egg mixture to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute; remove from heat. Refrigerate 2 hours. Combine whipping cream and vanilla in a large bowl; add chilled mixture, stirring with wire whisk to combine. Freeze as directed in ice cream maker.