Easy Valentine’s Day Vignette

Would it surprise you to know that the overly celebrated day of love is also one of my favorite days of the year? Why would I want to  add my approval to the most cheesy, hearts and flowers, take your money and run, commercialized holidays of the year? Because it's my wedding anniversary, y'all! As my husband proclaimed before we … [Read more...]

Finding Purpose in Life and Work

I had high goals for the start of this new year, and they had nothing to do with eating healthy and exercising! (Actually they did but that's not the topic of this post!) In my last post I shared some of the struggles that December brought for me. In my usual transparency I wrote about grief and its effect on my mama's heart.  I received … [Read more...]

Living with Grief and Heartbreak

January is off to a quiet start here on the blog, partially with intentionality and partially completely out of my hands. When I scheduled my carpal tunnel surgery for Jan. 5 I knew it would be hard to do a lot of my daily tasks, including computer work, which was fine because I wanted to spend some time focusing on my purpose and vision … [Read more...]

Duke Manor Farm Best Room Makeovers

Good gracious! What happened to the last week and a half?   In addition to taking time to recover from carpal tunnel surgery, my blog was also down for most of several days and I was unable to work or write on the blog. Chances are if you tried to visit my site you got a blank screen and a funny message. My hosting service … [Read more...]

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza Dining Room Makeover

Today my friend Karen from Dogs Don't Eat Pizza is sharing her amazing dining room makeover. She is a master at blending different styles and creating a relaxed home perfect for entertaining or just hanging out. She's also a fellow bargain hunter so it's probably good she lives a few hours away and can't fight me for treasures! When we were … [Read more...]

I Didn’t Choose to be a Pastors Wife

As I was teaching my children to write during my many years as a homeschooling mom, I never dreamed that one day at least one of my kids would enjoy writing like her mom and would wield the pen as a mighty sword. Rachel is so much like me with the way her writing comes from a well of deep emotions. Inspiration strikes and lives can be … [Read more...]

Worthing Court Blog Laundry Room Makeover

Blogging has stretched me in ways I never imagined but one of the sweetest blessings has been new friendships with women who share a passion for writing, creating and taking beautiful pictures. I asked a few of my blogging buddies if they'd help me out during my recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome surgery so I have some fun … [Read more...]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery and Word for 2016

Last year at this time my husband had just gone through two surgeries; one hernia repair and one rotator cuff repair. Little did we know that 2015 would hold some of our greatest challenges ever. God knew better than to give me a glimpse because I would have pulled the covers over my head and stayed there until 2016! 2016 is already … [Read more...]

After Christmas Home Tour and Recap

I never officially hosted a Christmas home tour for all of you this year and probably by now you're sick to death of Christmas! As usual my crazy life intersected pretty pictures and life won! But in case you're still hanging in here with me I want to give you a quick tour of some spaces in my home I haven't shared and a recap of some … [Read more...]

Top Ten Encouraging Posts of 2015

Every year I try and close out the end of the calendar year by sharing my favorite blog posts. These might be posts that received a ton of page views or ones where I transparently wrote about our family story, struggles and triumphs. This year had a great deal of both, plus the obligatory chocolate recipe! Last year when I wrote about my … [Read more...]

Decorating with Red and Aqua in the Kitchen at Christmas

Last year I decorated with red and aqua in the kitchen at Christmas and loved it so much I decided to change the colors in the room! I've been slowly adding red into the decor and since I've never shown the opposite end of this room I'm hoping to do a reveal in the next few weeks.  Sadly it's about a year late but that's about par for the … [Read more...]

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for the Family

When I was a little kid the Sears Christmas wish book contained all of my heart's desires. What in the world was that, you say? It was a hold in your hands, cut pictures out, dare to dream and drool over, catalogue of toys for every kid (and Sears way to empty the parents' pockets!) Today we have the internet, tv and Toys 'R Us to … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies® Treats Ornament

Kellogg Company sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season has always been time spent in the kitchen with my children. As a homeschooling mom I've always made this part of the required curriculum! All of my kids have grown up from their early years helping with the … [Read more...]

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. For years I bemoaned the fact that I didn't have a fireplace in our home, thus I had no place to cuddle up with my hubby and no mantel to decorate to share my creativity and yard sale goodies. You … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Deck Decorating Ideas for Christmas

One of my favorite DIY projects in our home is our front deck. Some folks who don't live in the south have questioned the wisdom of building a deck without a roof, (otherwise known as a porch.) Yes, a porch would have been ideal,  but so would a Lamborghini and that ain't happening! (OK, I don't know cars and that's the only one I … [Read more...]

Fence Board O Holy Night Sign

Disclosure: I was provided compensation by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!) It's time to jump full steam ahead into the holiday season! Yesterday I shared a precious memory of my sister and her favorite Mexican Wedding Cookie … [Read more...]

Mexican Wedding Cookies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. My sister Brenda and I were born 15 years apart, with just enough time in between for her to be like a second mama to me.  I’m sure my birth caused her much grief and embarrassment because she had to help … [Read more...]

How to Paint Over Dark Walls

Disclosure: I was compensated by BEHR Paint but the opinions are all mine. Y'all, I have a peek at a before and after I think you'll flip over! It's a DIY project from start to finish that's near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to give you many details in this post because I'm going to share the reveal in January. Let me be … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Low Stress Thanksgiving Dinner

Even before I became a DIY lifestyle blogger I always loved to set a pretty table when company came over for dinner. We were always the first ones to invite the new preacher or staff member from church over for Sunday lunch. For years I also hosted my homeschool moms group for an evening Christmas party. I have been entertaining our … [Read more...]

Motherhood: Rewarding and Heartbreaking Journey

As I watched my oldest daughter's journey to motherhood I was grateful to play an active part in her life and now in my precious grandson's life. From the very beginning Rachel was full of questions and transparency. Did it take you long to get pregnant? Did you have morning sickness when you were pregnant with me? When did you get over … [Read more...]

Easy Molasses Cookies Recipe

I am a chocolate lover from my days in utero. Ok, I can't possibly know that but I do know my mom loved chocolate so it's probably a good assumption! My grandmother lived with us my entire childhood until she passed away when I was 15. She had her own secret hiding place for her sugary goodies. Of course, I knew where it was and might … [Read more...]

First Birthday Ideas and a Letter from Nana

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. There's just something so incredibly unique about a child's first birthday. Is there any one year in life where more change and growth is experienced? From a helpless newborn infant to a mostly walking, … [Read more...]

Is Your Baby 6 to 12 Months? What You Need to Know!

Ah, how things change in such a short time when you're a new parent! It's been so much fun being involved in the life of our first grandchild as these first few months have flown by. My daughter Rachel and her husband Donny are here to share some parenting tips on the second six months of Aiden's first year. It's been several months … [Read more...]

Rustic Cabin with Western Theme Decor

Most years our family goes on vacation to the beach but just a few weeks ago we headed to an amazing rustic cabin owned by friends of ours. Located in the mountains of North Carolina, this jewel of a cabin barely had room for all of us. Okay, I'm totally kidding because this getaway has three levels and  is … [Read more...]