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West Texas January 09 2018, 0 Comments

We usually go out to West Texas for New Years.
We've been doing this for over 15 years - we started when
we were dating, then when we were married without kids and 
now we take the girls with us.
A night of camping followed by two nights at The Gage Hotel or a home rental.
It truly fills my bucket.  I didn't want to come back this time. 
If you've never been - check it out - there's no place like it.

Family December 10 2017, 0 Comments

What is it about family...?
They can drive you nuts, make you spin, make you want to scream
but in the end it's all that matters.
They matter most.
I love being from a large definitely has
made and continues to make life interesting.  But I wouldn't change it for the world.
Got to spend some quality time with my mom and sisters recently.
We went up to Round Top and stayed at Round Top Inn - ADORABLE!
Check it out and go visit for a weekend - its incredible quaint and peaceful.

Wrapping Paper December 09 2017, 0 Comments

For years...I mean YEARSSS...I've wanted to
make all my own wrapping paper and have
all the gifts under our tree look the same or similar. hasn't happened yet.
Life happens and I end up scrambling and a hodge podge of
Target, Tiny Finch and kraft paper wrappings circle the base of our tree.
One day...for real - I'm going to do it - it seems so shallow - but 
it will bring such joy to be able to take the time and slow time down
enough to enjoy wrapping/creating each gift.
Do you know what I mean??

Holiday Details November 27 2017, 0 Comments

Do you ever see a picture and just smile?
The thought of family, cold fronts, holiday music, red wine and yummy food
fill your mind and bring a certain wave of peace over you?
I feel that quite often. 
With the world the way it is right now, I fear at times it won't always be this way.
So I try to slow down and really take it in.
This picture brought peace and a huge smile to me!
Happy Holidays - 

Amber November 20 2017, 0 Comments

My husband and I went to Russia when we were dating.
It was pretty amazing...St. Petersburg especially.
Moscow was interesting, but cold in more ways than one.
We crammed a lot in a small amount of time.
Moscow - The Hermitage - Peterhof ...
But couldn't see it all - including The Amber Room.
To this day, it is one of my biggest regrets because
I don't see myself going back to Russia anytime soon.
So in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy our Amber Bee Necklaces that
are all handmade outside of Mexico City.
Hope you enjoy them too.
If you have a trip planned to Russia - go to The Amber Room!!

Sutherland Springs Texas November 09 2017, 0 Comments

I looked at the front of the paper this morning.
Square pictures of the faces of the victims from Sutherland Springs.
Families gone.  Just like that.  
And while they were at church.
I struggled with this thought - while they were in one of the
most peaceful places imaginable.  Church.
I hate that I question God's motives - but I do ask - Why??  
Why children?  Why your followers? 
And I have to remind myself that there is evil in this world too.
God didn't plan this. 
But God did plan for them to be with him
and that's where they are. 
May they truly rest in peace.

Fashion Faux Pas October 31 2017, 0 Comments

Can I just tell you how many times I've worn this shirt??
Maybe I shouldn't....?
Too much.  I mean I've completely ruled out
the "spread the wear" custom we women
apply to our options of clothing.
I love it.  I love it. I love it.  And I don't give a damn what anyone thinks.
It's that comfy!!!!!!!

9 Weeks Left October 27 2017, 0 Comments

A cold front blew in today.
I love lighting the fireplace, listening to the wind blowing, hot coffee in the morning.
The next 9 weeks are filled with these things and more.
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas - brings the biggest smile to my face.
I'm trying to tell myself to slow attention as we'll blink
and it will be Jan 1st.  And I'm trying to be more grateful.
If you read this, I hope you too will slow down and pay more attention
to all the gifts we're surrounded by.

Local Art October 19 2017, 0 Comments

I went to my friend - Tracy Williams - art show last night.
It was beautiful!!!!
Her work is so cheerful and the colors are amazing.
She juggles between her creations and her 3 little girls!
Proud of you Trace!!
Check out her art here:

Great Quote October 13 2017, 0 Comments

My sister is raising three teenage daughters right now
and I have a soon to be 12 year old and a 10 year old...
We have been exchanging motivational quotes to share with them...
she sent this one to me and I loved it!  Thought I'd share with you - 

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