Friday, December 19, 2014

granny lucy's birthday tea party

The first weekend in December Jeff's grandmother celebrated her 90TH BIRTHDAY.
Her mother lived to be 102 I think. They've got good genes.
Jeff, Jagger and I flew to New Mexico
to celebrate and so that I could help throw the big shindig.

I feel like this was the first time that I actually appreciated New Mexico's beauty and quirks.
And boy is it quirky. I mean, drive through Madrid and then call me.
The three things my husband misses the most…the mountains, blue skies and food.

12 years ago he took me home for the first time to meet his family. That is CRAZY ya'll.
We drove to Los Alamos to visit his grandparents and stopped at this overlook for a photo.

(look how curly my hair used to be!)


An afternoon tea, complete with coffee, tea, punch, cake, macaroons and tea sandwiches,
was how we celebrated the birthday girl.
That night, after the party, Lucy told my sister-in-law she couldn't sleep
because she was so excited about the day and there were so many happy thoughts
and details running through her mind.
Ummm…mission complete!!

During the party guests shared their favorite story or memory about Lucy
and I was blown away and brought to tears by so many of them.
Jeff's grandparents have left such a legacy in their wake -
they are known for opening up their home, giving away their time, money and resources,
loving, serving and encouraging others, being kind and generous, saying the hard things,
I could go on and on…
and the impact it has left on so many people's lives is truly inspiring.
I can only hope that someday Jeff and I are half the servants his grandparents were and are.

Jagger was spoiled rotten being an only child on this trip.
And he was way too cool to nap while we were there, making me wish I had left him at home,
but then I wouldn't have this sweet photo.
Yes, I repeat, Granny Lucy is NINETY.

Monday, October 27, 2014

wild at heart baby shower

Have you read the book Wild at Heart?
If not, stop reading this post right now and go order/download it.
Like immediately.
Like I'm not even kidding right now.
That book changed my life.
I grew up with a dad and allota brothers
then married a man and birthed even more boys.
Its no wonder I act like a man most of the time (minus the highlights and lipgloss).
ANYWAY, the book has been so enlightening to me and my husband
I decided to use it as the inspiration for my sister-in-law's baby shower.
(First of all, my little baby brother is having a little baby boy. What is happening in the world?!)

I put quotes from the book on the invite and around the party.

Bonfire cupcakes.

katie daisy print

My little party crashers.

I gifted Angie the book and pray her and my brother read it
in effort to gain a better understanding of how God designed men to be.
I could write a whole post about this (and maybe I will!).
Congrats Colby and Angie!! I so cannot wait to meet that sweet babe.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
- Frederick Douglas

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

children's book shelves and heaven on earth.

There are still areas in our house that are the original nasty, flat, builders grade paint.
Our upstairs hallway was one of them until a couple weeks ago.
I've had plans for it since we moved in.
And basically since I saw this post.
The next step was waiting patiently for IKEA to think KC worthy enough of their gloriousness.
That day finally came. And all my dreams came true.

My friend Jami and I got a sneak peak.

We were slightly excited…

And after…

I love that this long wall now has a purpose
and I love that the kids books are now in a neutral location.
IKEA for the win. #obsessed