Friday, June 24, 2016


Biking 50+ miles on vacation called for it!  The Hubs hadn't ever had one before so he was pretty funny about it, but he enjoyed it, I think...

Of course this calls for just a few biking pics:

We rode the Tammany Trace (Rails to Trails) in Louisiana - it was gorgeous!

We got to ride over a drawbridge at Lacombe

Nice trailhead at Covington 

Tunnel at Mandeville

Pit stop at Slidell

A fun playground nearby...

Bridge over Bogue

On our way home we spent the night in Shreveport so we tried out their trail too - unfortunately a lot of it had been destroyed by a flood but this was one of the nice parts!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


I love before and afters!  Even if it's just paint and accessories.  My son recently decided to update his room by painting - when he was 13 years old and got his room redo, he chose some crazy stuff.  Black and red - and I let him!  I figured with the windows and the corrugated metal wall, it wouldn't be too dark in there.

11 years later...He wants the exact opposite - light grey!  He wanted a cleaner, calmer look.  He has his own business, so he is working in here some of the time.  My teenager has grown up (I think!).  Good thing is, I didn't have to do the work!

 Before: High gloss black paint
After: Matte grey paint (excuse the twin bed frame behind the door)

Another angle - you can see his red accent wall

Window wall with red and black paint

Now a calm grey

The corrugated metal wall and canvas stayed.  I still like it!

Not sure what will happen with the sticker door.  My philosophy when we moved into this house 16 years ago was that it was an older, out of style house, and with the kid's rooms upstairs, most people wouldn't see them (YES!).  I gave my kids some freedom to make their room reflect their personality.  I let my daughter and a friend paint one of the bathrooms one summer.  It's still lime green.  They painted the other bathroom a crazy mural and it stayed for a while.  The sticker door was fine with me since it was a plain, hollow door.  Nothing fancy.  But now it's a compilation of places he's been and funny stickers we've collected.  Kinda glad we gave the kids this freedom.  The kids are all creative in differing ways.  Not afraid to try new things.  This momma's sad to see the crazy stuff go away, but happy to see them maturing and doing well.  :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


This little flower is one of the reasons I love gardening.  You come upon surprises...some beautiful, some unexpected!  Here is a sweet surprise - somehow a little seed grew in this harsh environment - hard cement - and bloomed for all to see!  All it needed was a tiny bit of soil to get going.  So many lessons while planting, pulling weeds and watering that remind me of scriptures and the Christian life.  I could have pulled that little flower and I will pull that other one - it's a redbud tree!  But I allowed it to stay and it did the unusual.

Lesson:  We need to expect the unusual from God and continue to water those in harsh environments.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Son #1 created these for his upcoming wedding.  I love botanical prints but he pointed out to me that this is an olive branch.  Not only is the olive branch a symbol of peace and unity, but after a little research I found out it is also historically worn by brides and originated from Ancient Greece.  Pretty sweet idea coming from these two!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


My kids are all in their 20's now, and apparently I did a little something right (or maybe wrong) and they are all focused on eating whole, healthy foods.  Some of these foods I tried over the years to get them to eat and they have forgotten.  Some of them I've never attempted to eat myself!

My daughter informed me there was a new store out near the mall, Fit Freak Nutrition, that sells healthy donuts!  Would you ever believe those two words would be in the same sentence???

Be prepared - they're a whopping $4 with tax.  They have several flavors, and get this - they will last in the fridge for a month.  That pretty much contradicts everything I've heard about eating healthy.  Who knows what kind of preservatives are in there?  You can go online and get all the nutrition information about them.  Taste?  Well, if you like vanilla cake with some pretty good frosting, these are for you.

So there you go.  If you are hankering for a donut, you can still be healthy with PRONUTS.

Friday, May 20, 2016


is awesome pictures!  When my oldest proposed to his girl, he just wanted it to be the two of them, plus a great photographer.  He planned a beautiful setting in a old little shed behind her house.  It oozes with character and charm of a 50+ year old shack.  He decorated it up, ordered a beautiful live garland, had a photo album made for her, and of course pizza from their favorite restaurant.  It was precious, and I pray their marriage reflects this evening.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


For  a couple who met via a Tanzania mission trip, a safari themed rehearsal dinner was a natural choice!  My daughter hosted (at our house) a rehearsal dinner for her brother-in-law.  His mother and grandmother traveled from Colorado, so they had worked really hard and brought a lot of decor with them.  So happy for my daughter to offer and share with her relatives!  I snapped these photos before their party began:

Do you have any themed parties in your summer plans?