more house progress

Mat and I are busy tonight getting ready for the Fall Festival we are having tomorrow at SBC. In the meantime, I wanted to show you some progress on the house.

*Sorry for the poor quality. iPhone'n it up!



Saturday night, my sweet man and I went to a Silent Auction and Dinner for a crisis pregnancy center that's set to open in our county soon.

This was my first silent auction experience. Mat and I got there way too early, and there were not a lot of people there when we first arrived. We browsed the tables, and we did not see anything that we really wanted. (We paid a lot of money for the dinner tickets themselves, so we didn't feel too, too bad about not bidding on an item just to bid. We knew we'd get outbid anyway.)

The first time around, I didn't see anything I wanted, so we didn't bid. Mat and I sat down at our table and began to snack on some hors d'oeuvres. I got up to step into the hallway for a moment, and I saw a beautiful antique chair. There was not a minimum bid, and a sweet lady standing beside the chair said, "Isn't that a beautiful chair?" I shook my head in agreement. It was a beautiful antique.

"There's no minimum bid, though. I wonder why?" I asked her.

She replied, "I'm not sure, but if I were you-- and if I liked antiques like I think you do-- I would just put down a price!"

So, I asked Mat, and I put down a bid.

Flash forward about an hour and a half, and I was back out in that hallway. The winners of the auction items were being announced, and I was too embarrassed to stay in the banquet room. Why you ask? I will tell you.

I knew I had won the chair, and I had won it for the first (and only) bid I placed (and was placed at all). But, I was so, so embarrassed. I didn't want anyone to know I had won. They would call out my name, yes, BUT...no one in that room knew who I was (thankfully!), so I just decided to step into the hallway during the announcement.

You see, I was embarrassed because when I bid on that beautiful, sturdy, majestic, antique chair, I didn't know it was...wait for it...

an antique POTTY chair.

That's right. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you...THE POTTY CHAIR.

*For the record, it has a wooden circle that goes over the hole. I will promptly place a beautiful pillow with a classic fabric on the seat of the chair when we use it in the new house. Yes, we're using it. And yes, we're proud of it.
And I'm sorry about the poor picture quality.


sg for gussy

I love Gussy. And Maggie and I have a little deal worked out where I provide some public relations help for her and she allows me to put my blog button on her site.


I just wanted to point some of you over to Maggie's shop and blog. She makes the cutest handmade bags, totes, and pouches.

Have you heard about Gussy? What's your favorite product?

Happy Tuesday!


a new deck

They are building us a new deck at our new house. We can't wait to get our grill back from Mat's parents and begin grilling again. We've missed our grill!


top 10 current favorites

It's been a while since I did a Top 10 Favorite Things, so I thought I'd fill you in on things that are currently making my life brighter.

1. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit- this stuff is amazing. My mum bought it for me a few months ago when I was home for Memorial Day, and I have never been this pleased with a concealer. It contains a cream concealer and a loose powder to place on top of the concealer to "set it." I love, love, love Bobbi Brown, and her concealer is the best on the market. It blends right in (as long as you let the make-up artist pick your proper color!).

2. Victorian Bee Wax Seal necklace from Englady- Mat bought me this necklace over the summer, and I think she's perfect. She hangs at just the right place (for a shorter necklace), and she hasn't turned a bit since the day I got her in the mail. I love bees (because of my Papa), and this little necklace reminds me of him every day. Englady has a lot of other wax seal necklaces, too. I love her work.

3. Guts2 by Redken- Guts2 is a root lifter. This stuff defies gravity. Works like a charm everyday, especially if you have thick hair like me that tends to weigh your hair down. Love this little bottle of foam.

4. Lonny- Just go look. More inspiration that I can even relay to you in a sentence. Lonny also has a blog that I love as well.

5. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins- Take a "Just Add Water" chocolate chip muffin mix, add 1/4 c. of pumpkin and 3 T less water than what the recipe calls for. Bake as directed. Use milk, cinnamon, and powdered sugar to make a glaze and pour over the muffins as soon as they come out of the oven. Autumn in edible form. Amazing.

6. Brooks Brothers bow shirt- My mum got me this shirt for my birthday, and it is just perfect. So dainty and feminine. (The model is wearing hers just knotted, but I like to tie it in a large bow. Precious.)

7. Jones Design Company Blog- Go to this blog. You'll be so glad you did.

8. This picture frame and picture on my desk at work. (Me and Matty on our honeymoon in Aspen in one of my most favorite frames in the world.)

9. Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate- Words cannot describe this drink. I only have about 2 a year because they are so unhealthy, but those 2 are definitely worth it. One of the best drinks to come out of Starbucks.

10. Park- Because she's beautiful, and the stinkin' cutest thing I've ever seen. How about those yummy thighs?



The husband took me to Nashville last Friday, because the kind people at Southern Seminary give their employees paid vacation for their respective birthdays. Mine fell on Friday, the 15th, so we headed south to Tennessee for a short getaway.

Mat started off my day with a little gift (even though I had already gotten my big gift). Spoiler alert: in the blue and red bag was a little glass dish with bees on it. Perfect.

The ride to Nashville was beautiful. We even stopped for Sonic. Classy.

When we finally got to Nashville, we stopped first at the Mall at Green Hills, which holds our second favorite Brooks Brothers store. Mat also let me pick out a little something special from Kate...

We stayed in a hotel downtown that had seriously the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in in my entire life. I am still dreaming about it. It was so comfortable that I scratched Mat's back for over an hour, and that's quite an accomplishment for me. Ask Mat.

The view of downtown Nashville was great from our room. The building right in front of our window is the capital building.

Mat took me to dinner at Demos Steakhouse. It was so good. They even brought me a little birthday brownie out, and, thankfully, no one sang to me. Thankfully.

BUT...Mat did sing a little tune at the Grand Ole Opry Store on Honky Tonk Row. In case you can't make her out, that's Wynonna in the background on the TVs. "No One Else on Earth," baby. No one else...

It was so fun being downtown on a Saturday night. We walked past the Ryman. Beautiful building. Beautiful legacy.

The next day, Mat took me to a park close to Vanderbilt that has a large-scale replica of the Parthenon. We also decided to make pictures of our feet. I'm not sure why.

Oh, yeah. Mat's wearing ducks with ducks.

The Parthenon...

And us...

After we left the park, we went shopping a little more, and I had a giant allergy attack of some sort. I felt like dying. It was awful. So, Mat took me to eat at Burger Up, and coming around the corner seeing all these folks made me feel so much better...

I was so surprised! Mat had gotten both our families to come meet us for lunch...just for my birthday. It was so good to see my family. I'm still giddy about it. It was much needed, much too short of a visit, and much fun. I love my family more than anything.

I got way too many gifts-- money, a cute wallet, some small antique knick-knacks (which I will blog about later, no doubt), and some other things. 

I also scored this baby; another huge surprise...

Have I told you how much I adore this woman? Well, it's true. She's my very best friend. I miss her so much. (Pretty cute pic, Mum. Love it...and YOU!)

We also had cake from Honey Moon Bakery in Rome. If you've not been, you're missing out. Get over there soon!

It was such a great birthday. It was so great to see the fam. It's the worst part about being in seminary so far away-- we never get to see them. But when we do, it's wonderful, and we cherish our time with them.

Thanks for the birthday wishes. It was a good one!

(To my family-- thanks for coming to Nashville to surprise me, and thank you for my gifts and for your love. I love each of you more than you'll ever know! To my Mat-- thanks for caring enough to surprise me with the best birthday gift ever [lunch with my family], and thank you for a fantastic weekend. I love you!)


kate spade

I love this quote from a Kate Spade store we visited in Nashville this past weekend.

More from the weekend (including pictures) when my sweet husband gets home from traveling with Dr. Mohler. He took the laptop with him to catch up on homework.

Happy Monday!



I turn the big 2-4 today, so Mat and I are headed to Nashville for a little getaway. 
There will be shopping, food, fun and, I'm sure, a few kisses. :)

Happy Weekend!


sunnyside podcast

Every week, I get the privilege of hearing my favorite preacher preach...three times! And because he just happens to be my husband, I get to live with him, too. It's really great-- for me, at least.

With that being said, I wanted to share with you our church's Web site. Mat posts the audio from his sermons every week, and I wanted you all to have the chance to listen to some of them.

My prayer, if you listen to these sermons, is that the Lord would show you something about Himself, and that you would not hear my husband, even as great of a preacher as I believe with all my heart that he is. I pray you will, through the preaching of God's Word, grow closer to Christ.