I'm going home today...

And by "home" I mean Alabama/ Georgia.

My flights leaves the Louisville Airport at 3:45, and I'll arrive in Birmingham at 3:50.

Go figure! (I love time change!)

I plan on loving on this little girl...

And hugging this beautiful lady...

And spend lots of time with my puppy dog...

It promises to be a great, long weekend.

(I'll miss you, Moddy.)


random thoughts


Mat and I had a good weekend. I babysat Friday night while Mat worked. It came a horrible thunderstorm, but luckily Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden and sweet baby Elizabeth slept right through it. I had a date with Uncle Bill, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Saturday, we slept in for a little while, and then Mat went to work. I went grocery shopping, then met Mat at the mall for Mexican food. (Score.)

Saturday night, Mat and I went to our friend Adam and Sarah's house to play games. We had so much fun, and the girls dominated the boys...three time in Catch Phrase and once in Cranium. (Way to go, girls!)

Sunday, Mat preached at Sunny Side Baptist Church in Shepherdsville. Mat and I have come to love those people, as this was our third Sunday there worshipping with them. (We also scored some homemade sourdough bread Sunday night from Mrs. Robena Shepherd, and I'm admitting it-- it's almost gone already.) Sunday afternoon, I went over to my friend D's house, and hung out with some friends before Mat and I drove back out for church that night.

We are getting into a new kind of normal right now-- Mat's not in school, summer's here, and I am working a 9-5. It's good. It's weird, though, when I think about "life"...sometimes I stop and remember that I'm a "grown up." And I seriously can't believe it. What in the world? How did that happen?

I'm going home to see my family tonight. I cannot wait. I seriously get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it.

My baby cousin Morgan (who isn't much of a baby anymore-- she turned 18 last week!!!) texted me Saturday night, and said EPG was looking at a picture of me saying, "Nitney."

Ahhh, melt my heart. (Can't wait to see you, Ellie P! Your Aunt Whit-Whit cannot wait to hug and kiss all over you!)

Also, my FIL had bipass surgery today. Right now, he is in the CVICU, but he is stable and doing ok. They were able to do this cutting edge (no pun intended) surgery technique called the da Vinci surgical system. Go check it out. It's really amazing. We covet your prayers for a easy and speedy recovery for him.

Mat and I have been reading "What Did You Expect?" by Paul David Tripp and having weekly dates to talk about our marriage. We are really liking the book and loving our time talking about our marriage even more. I love Tripp and his books-- if you ever have a chance to read anything by him or go see him, do it! The Lord will bless you.

I also must take a moment to give proper praise to the Lord for the blessings in our lives. There are no words to describe how blessed we are and how amazing it has been to watch the Lord provide for us over the past few months. He is good. He is so good.

(Sorry for some of the quality of pictures-- the iPhone is both crippling and liberating on my photography quality.)



I have come to the realization that I love white-washed floors.

There's just something about white-washed floors...


Springtime Photo Contest

Natalie is hosting a giveaway for a Springtime Photo Contest. This precious picture of a very special little man, Micah, is my Springtime entry.

Thanks for hosting, Natalie!!!!



We're ready for the weekend here.

And I'll be spending the weekend with three guys.

This is two of them...


I am pretty pumped.

I especially love that one on the left.


happy mother's day...

To our wonderful moms, Vanessa and Valerie, on Mother's Day,

Thank you for loving us right from the beginning...

Thank you for raising us to love and fear the Lord...

And thank you for continuing to love us and be there for us even now.

We love you both, and we are forever grateful to God for allowing us to have you as mothers and mothers-in-laws Mom2s.

Happy Mother's Day!

Love always,
Whit and Mat


whiskers on kittens...

10 of my Favorite Things (kind of like Oprah, but not like that at all...):











1.  My Nikon d90x (which is now discontinued)   2. My custom Vineyard Vines tote from Perlis (the background on mine is red)   3. Breville Panini press from Williams-Sonoma  4. Ray Ban Wayfarers   5. Caldrea for Target   6. Mat   7. Watercolors of interiors   8. Coffee with Land of Lakes half and half    9. Sharpie pens    10. Schmacher's Ziggurat fabric


i'm still cooking...

I'm still cooking with the Pioneer Woman..

I just haven't had time to blog about it.

Since I last posted about what I'd been cooking from the Pioneer Woman's Cookbook, this is what I've made: (I am going to apologize, there are no pictures, but if you want a recipe, please email me or leave a comment. I added two of PW's photos to spice things up a bit!)

-Artichoke Dip (three times): Mat and I both LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. It's so easy and so good. We recently acquired a panini press, and this stuff makes wonderful spread for our hot paninis.

Photo Credit: The Pioneer Woman

-Cinnamon Rolls (twice): The first time I made these was around 11 p.m. the night of the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. I was so depressed the Olympics were over. MAJOR pain to make, but really good. It makes a TON of cinnamon rolls, too. I halved the recipe the second time. They are so good. (PW's recipe here.)

-French Breakfast Puffs: These were a huge hit at a Sunday School breakfast. Everyone loved them!

-Chili: Her chili was good, and I consider PW a much better cook than me, but I have to say, my chili is so much better than hers. I think they are just different-- my chili is good, Southern chili, and her's is Southwestern chili. I was not a fan.

-Cornbread: Pretty good. Time consuming, but pretty good. No where near as good as my Mimi's.

Photo Credit: The Pioneer Woman

-Macaroni and Cheese: AMAZING. Mat's favorite. I cook it in my Dutch oven, and it's so stinkin' good. You bake it and add a layer of cheese on top. Really, really good. (PW's recipe here.)

-Red Velvet Cake: The first time I made it, I was going to make a layer cake, but I simply CANNOT make a layer cake, so I had to throw out 2 1/2 out of 3 layers (they broke and crumbled). The second time I made it, I made it in a 9x12 Pyrex dish. It was good, but again, not my favorite.

I'm so glad I bought PW's cookbook. It is now my staple cookbook, and we cook from it almost weekly.

Ok, weekly. We cook from it WEEKLY!



Remember me posting about my Maw-Maw?

This is her dresser. It is extra special to me.

It used to be all one color, but Mat and I painted it during the last week we were in Mobile.

And we used Patina to paint it. Patina was the color of our bedroom in Mobile, and we just couldn't bear to part with the color. We love it so much. It is a grey-ish, green.

Then, I used sandpaper to distress the edges. (I just did that today. I'm way behind on my house projects.)

I love this dresser. It makes me miss Maw-Maw.

And the patina color makes me miss Mobile.


charlotte's 1st birthday

This is Charlotte.

I've never met Charlotte, but her mom is a friend-of-a-friend, and even though I've never met her mom either, she has been such an encouragement to me in several ways over the past few months.

I read Charlotte's mom's blog, and I wanted to share it with you: www.talesofapeanut.blogspot.com.

It's a great blog, and Charlotte always steals the show! Go check it out and add it to your Google Reader or follow the blog!

Also, Charlotte turns one this month (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLOTTE!!!)...so, in honor of her 1st birthday, Tales of a Peanut is having giveaways all month long on Wednesdays and Saturdays! You should definitely go check them all out.

I just entered one here at this post for a really cute necklace from Womily. Really adorable idea, by the way.

I just wanted to share with you all.

Oh, and HAPPY MAY!!!!! (Can you believe it's May?!?! I can't!)