Sunday, November 30, 2014

Vintage Balls of Pink

I've not decided whether or not to decorate the pink room.
Even though it's my favorite room in my house, I don't have anything new.

I just can't part with my milk glass, and the vintage balls are my favorite.  Most times I think less is more. 

The ball ornaments remind me of the trees of my childhood.

I keep saying that one day, I will put up a tree with all vintage ornaments including the large colored bulb lights.  Everything vintage is so hard to find and not for a small price.  I haven't shopped many estate sales and that's where you usually find the best bargain prices. 

So help me decide, do I decorate the pink room and enjoy what I have or do I search for more pink and stress about it?

 This was last year. One of my favorite photos.  I know you can tell that I love pink.  

Everything to me is prettier in pink.  My daughter said, "I know everything I get is going to be pink."  She was almost right.  I love it!

This is one of my favorite outfits.  

Our LIFT (Ladies In Fellowship Together) Christmas banquet is Saturday.  I think I'll do a pink table.

Maybe that will curb my craving.

Be Happy and Blessed,


Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Whirlwind of Activity

The week was a whirlwind of activity, 
Thanksgiving with his family, 
Thanksgiving with my family, 
dinner and a movie with our family, 
and the best part of all, 

This shower was the "home" shower, 
hosted by family and friends.
Christy saw some old friends she hadn't seen in several years.

I decided to let someone else photograph the event. 
This was our special time and I didn't want 
the distraction of looking for my camera or my phone.

I did take a few before we got started. 
We'll have to wait on the others.

The time of the shower was 10:00-12:00
so the hostesses planned a brunch.

 Breakfast Casserole
Biscuits with jelly or jam
Ham and cheese sliders on sweet rolls
orange or apple juice, raspberry sherbet punch, water

The Hitchcock women can COOK!
I only have the last name.

The drinks were served in canning jars. 

Harper's room is decorated in neutrals 
with a pop of coral and aqua. 
I can't wait to show you!
The "H" will be perfect!

On Friday evening we went to see the third movie 
in the series of The Hunger Games.

Afterwards, we enjoyed a meal at Longhorns.

My girl enjoyed her daddy.

I missed my other children.
My daughter-in-law and family
buried her grandfather on Tuesday.

It had been a week of good-byes.
The days of adjustment will come later. 

To get away from it all for a little while, 
the family went to Rock City.

Christina and Chad are like two kids in a candy shop.

The children are joy in the midst of pain.

Thanksgiving is done
but the activity will continue until Santa comes.
This little girl looks ready!

BonBon and Grandy are almost ready!

Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one. 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

We Have This Moment

We Have This Moment
Bill and Gloria Gaither

Hold tight to the sound of the music of living
Happy songs from the laughter of children at play
Hold my hand as we run through the sweet, fragrant meadows,
Making memories of what was today.

We have this moment to hold in our hands
And to touch while it slips through our fingers like sand
Yesterday's gone and tomorrow may never come
But we have this moment today.

I am holding my baby brother who was killed 
when he was five years old.
When the accident happened, 
I was 14, my older brother was 17,
and my sister was 9.

Tiny voice that I hear is my little girl calling
For Daddy to hear just what she has to say
And my little boy running there by the hillside
May never be quite like today.

Tender words, gentle touch and a good cup of coffee
And someone who loves me and wants me to stay
Hold them near while they're hear and don't wait for tomorrow
To look back and wish for today.

Take the blue of the sky and the green of the forest
and the gold and brown of the freshly mowed hay
Ad the pale shades of spring and the circus of autumn
And weave you a lovely today.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Tree

My sister-in-law fell and broke her hip on Sunday evening.
I was at the hospital yesterday waiting for them to do surgery.
I kept two of her grandchildren today.
They helped me put up the tree.

I couldn't find my new tree skirt and 
I wasn't about to open every box in the attic.
I'll just get a cheapo at the dollar store.
Still trying to keep it simple.

Every year I'm downsizing more.

This was my tree last year.

This was my tree two years ago.

The past few years I've used all of my mom's ornaments. 
I'm still using a few, but this year I felt like I needed a change. 

I'm going from this...

 to this,

still using some of my mom's favorites

while adding a pop of color.

I bought the red and turquoise at the after Christmas sales last year.
My little ones will love the color and I get to be a child again. 

Please keep my family your prayers. 
I am intentionally choosing to count my blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving, 


I've already had to get the spray bottle to Callie.
I'm putting up the tree, 
she's determined to pull it down.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Few More Touches

Just a few more touches to make me smile. 

The funnel-tree on the left is unfinished, 
I know.  
Can't decide what I want to do with it, 
but for now I think it works with the silver.
Finally found a truck to haul my tree home.   

The smile on that little fellow lights my world
even more than the lights on the tree.
He will be so much fun this year, his third Christmas. 

I found some more vintage Santa mugs. 
I can't believe these things are still out there. 
I surely didn't expect to find any as
hot as they are in the magazines this year. 

They are making new ones, but I prefer the old.
This is my favorite. 
It is HUGE.
Don't you like???

Please pray for my daughter-in-law's family.
PaPaw went home to be with Jesus. 
As difficult as it is, they are comforted 
in knowing that he is now of sound mind, 
at peace and free of pain.

Those babies made him happy. 

Surely don't mind sharing my loves with this sweet family.
Prayers for them tonight.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Another Project Today, Tomorrow the Tree

I stayed up late last night doing this...

The red is so pretty and shiney.
It makes me smile. 

I recently bought this quilt at the flea market for $40.
It's hand stitched and has so much red in it
that I couldn't resist.

This is gonna be my Christmas corner. 
I'll add some red pillows and some stuffed toys 
for the Grandloves to play with. 
Maybe Callie Cat will stay off of it...

The window seat has sat empty for 3 years now.  
After Christmas, I intend to get someone to make me 
pillows and a cushion from nice fabric.  

Today was a good day. 
I helped a friend.
We went thrifting.
I listened.  She listened. 
We shared.
I taught a Bible class.
We prayed together.

Isn't that what community is all about?

Tonight I am at peace.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Trees in Candyland

Putting on the finishing touches.

I forgot I had this in the closet. 
It was my mama's.
It was on the TV every Christmas.  
When we divided my parent's things, 
we could only find the tree top. 

I wanted it anyway.
When the sell of the house was final, 
imagine my delight when I found the base.

I made a banner!
Strips of cloth cut from a pack of material from HL.
Yarn wrapped around a square piece of cardboard,
tied in the middle, cut at both ends and tied to the twine.

I could have drapped it from end to end
but I liked the fluff. 

One more add,

a bow for the wreath.

Something's missing.


I think I'll call this
Christmas trees in Candyland.

Okay, maybe I'll drape the banner.  
Too bunchy.

Hope my posts always bring a smile to your face 
and chase the gloomies away. 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Will Not Make a Mad Dash to the Mall

I really don't like the crazies of the holidays.

A mad dash to the mall + road rage + push and shove + 
grab and poke + long lines + exasperated customers and disgruntled employees
one crazy, unstable, extreme woman

This year I'm not going to do it. 

I'm buying on-line.
I'm shopping local during the middle of the day
when the crowd is away.

I want to get all of my decorating 
done before Thanksgiving.  

I know!  Don't shoot me down!
My daughter and her husband are coming 
and they won't be home for Christmas. 

Today I went to Hobby Lobby. 

This is my start.

The first thing I got out was my mama's candy dish. 
She kept kisses or peppermint candy all year round. 
This year I have both, candy cane kisses.

I found one of my Santa mugs pushed to the back of a cluttered shelf.
I got the brush tree today at Hobby Lobby.
Yes, I copied Pinterest!

I have wanted trees like this for years. 
Today was my day-all Christmas 1/2 at Hobby Lobby.

To Do:
1.  Spray paint the lantern red.
2.  Add more candies
3.  Add some red candle holders
4.  Add white candles and tie a red ribbon around them.
5.  Add some boxes or books for height.

I will not rush, I will not dash, I will not push, I will not shove, I will not have a break down.

To Be Continued...


Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Wonderful Weekend: A Baby Shower

It was a weekend of wonderfuls...

A wonderfully special time with my girl.

I don't know that I've ever seen my baby girl
more happy or more beautiful.

Sure makes for one happy mama.



(The flowers were made of onsies, 
footies and bathclothes.) 

Ribbons and Lace


More Clothes

a few of a girl's favorite things.

The food was pretty and delicious. 

It was quite a spread.  

We ate...

we drank...

and, we were merry:)

My daughter-in-law had worked so hard 
and had to leave.
She got a call that her Papaw, 
who had suffered a stroke this week,
had taken a turn for the worse. 

Sometimes we laugh together, sometimes we cry.
This day we did both.
Please keep her family in your prayers. 

Many friends and family have walked this journey along beside us.

So many were there to cry with us, 
pray for us, 
and walk beside us. 

We prayed and waited with others
as others prayed and waited with us. 

No one will ever know the prayers prayed 
by the moms of this pretty girl.

I never gave up hope.  
Just once?
No, not ever.
A mama hangs on with strong, stubborn faith,
believing in what seems impossible.  

My sister was MY support.
She was ever interceding.
At times, I thought my heart would burst into pieces
but I'd call my sister.  I knew she'd take it to the feet of Jesus.

Read their story of infertility here.

God makes beauty from ashes.

A wife lost a husband,
two children lost their dad
and four grandchildren lost a Papa.
Troy lost an uncle,
 his mom lost a brother.

Questions, yes.
Somethings we will never understand.

A new baby brings joy in the midst of pain.

These girls made music together.
These days they dance to the tune 
of little ones.

This baby girl has stolen my heart.

This little man makes me laugh.

Can't wait to see what they think of our newest little angel.


Three times a BonBon!