Private Gardens & Backyard Spaces {Part One}

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭

Blogging has opened up a whole new world for me in my hometown. I’ve always known there were little jewels tucked away in various parts of our city, but it hasn’t been until lately that I’ve actually taken a deeper look into those places!  Last Saturday on a perfectly stunning spring day, Katy and I took part in a tour of “private gardens and backyard spaces” that almost made me forget that I was only a few miles from home! The homeowners of the 8 spaces greeted us with typical Southern hospitality as they offered drinks and snacks and told us about the places they call home! The tour benefitted a great cause, Mary G Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, and I’m already excited for next year! Join us today as we tour two of the spaces that are “Beyond the Gates”!


This home has a resort-like feel…the pool and backyard area offers a breathtaking view of our city! Read more

Tablescape Tuesday: A Memorable Day

“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!”
Psalm 34:3

We all have those days.  You know, the days that things do not go as planned, but you just have to laugh them off! And getting this tablescape together will certainly stand out as that in my mind.  It brought a whole new meaning to the words “Memorial Day”.  I had it all planned out…when we got home from church on Sunday, I was going to go out to the pasture and cut Queen Anne’s Lace to have as a part of the centerpiece.  Not quite.  Would you believe that when we got home, our pasture had been cut?  No big deal, right?  A little frustrated, but I can work with that.  Well, after I got the table put together, my friend Carol and her mom stopped by to bring me an autographed copy of her recently published cookbook!  And what a welcomed break from the heat!  But what Carol did not know is that when you stop by while I am photographing for Tablescape Tuesday, you just might find yourself in the post!

So then came Monday…and a finicky internet.  Yep, on and off all day Monday, I had internet issues…I wasn’t even sure if you all would see this table!  So, I just had to laugh!  And now I present to you the most Memorable Memorial Day table I think I have ever put together!


I hope y’all don’t get tired of tablescapes in the garden, I can’t seem to stay inside!


Just a simple red, white, and blue setting for celebrating Memorial Day! Read more

A Princess Comes To Town

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
    and the glory of children is their fathers”
Proverbs 17:6

Do you ever find yourself anxiously waiting for something?

Probably so.  Waiting is such a part of our everyday living. Waiting for the weekend, for the light to turn green, for payday, for a vacation to start, or countless other things we could list. Some waits are for minor things, but others are for major life changing events that will alter the very core of our being forever.

One of those waits was finally over for us when we looked into the face of a little girl who changed our world. This is what happens when…

A Princess Comes to Town…

We’ve discussed it all…from her nursery, to the sweetest shower, to Pam’s grandmother name, and the day is here for us to finally share…

It is with great joy and excitement that we announce the birth of Ella Mae, born May 12!  This 9 pound bundle of love has stolen our hearts!

The emotions and feelings that surrounded the day were so different than anything we’ve experienced before. It was our first grandchild. This was definitely new territory for us. We’re talking grandparents – and at our young ages!!

Her birth also instantly triggered things in our memories that took us back over 30 years. We shared some of that experience in a post (Miracles and Mangers) on Seth’s 29th birthday.

All of God’s creation is incredible and indescribable. There aren’t enough adjectives. We can see Him everywhere. While sitting in the waiting room anxious for news from Seth about Ella Mae, a thought hit me that I wanted to share with Seth. Sometimes technology is overrated and it frustrates, but we do live in a time when a Grand “Da”, sitting in the waiting room, can text a Dad, who is in labor and delivery preparing to assist. Allison was not interested in texting at this moment so no group message!

There are many ways we can sense God’s presence and be aware of His nearness. We can all be thankful for this. I sent a text to Seth which summed up something I felt back on that December day in 1985. It went something like…..

Humanly speaking I don’t believe there is any time that one can feel closer to God while on this earth than when we are experiencing and witnessing the birth of a child.

Even through the stress and labor we prayed that Seth and Allison would sense the closeness of the Heavenly Father as never before in the midst of this wonderful event. And we believe they did! There is no miracle to compare with new life. A child being born. Flesh of your flesh. And, there is no greater miracle of God’s love and Grace than a child being born…again.  The second time by the Spirit.

It’s a fact that many will not actually witness a child being born, but all of us are here because of this miracle of miracles. We are all born once by the flesh. We are all invited to be born a second time by the Spirit. The second birth makes one a child of God.

Talk about closeness!

If you have a minute, read John Chapter 3.
Jesus tells a man who has questions, “you must be born again.”

God is everywhere and longs to be near to us and for us to know it…

James, the half brother of Jesus said,
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

PicMonkey Collage

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