Monday, August 31, 2015

Wilson County Fair

I realize this morning that I haven't shared my fair photos with you. There are only a few.  I was so busy that I failed to capture the moments on film.

The Wilson County Fair is the largest fair in the state of Tennessee with about 500,000 tickets
sold each year.  We attended the last night.  I was expecting a small crowd.  Last night-eveybody's already been, right? NOT!  What was I thinking??? Elbow to elbow people and me trying to hold the hand of a 3 year old who's saying, "Come on, Bon-Bon, Come on Grandy, let's do this."

We held on to this busy, little boy for dear life!

Our little condutor had a ball.

But, this was just kid's stuff.

He wanted more!

I was thinking, "NO WAY!"
I thought I may slide with him
until I realized I'd have to climb the stairs.

He's FEARLESS and the kid in his mommy
was ready to ride.  I was off the hook.  

He loved it!

I was amazed at how unafraid he was of anything!

The girls were too busy being cool,

chillin' out,

and watching the big kiddos. 

We didn't forget the little exhibits.

As a matter of fact, these were Cora's favorites.

All were pooped at the end of the night.

What did I learn from the fair?

Don't get too busy that you fail to capture the "moments".
Don't get so distrated by the crowd that you miss the little ones things.
Don't let fear keep you from going for the BIG ride.
While everything and everyone is spinning round and round, just chill.

Have a Happy Monday!


Friday, August 28, 2015

Feeling at Home in the Country

What have I been missing?

I can't begin to tell you how at home I feel
in a totally new place. 

I had to get a new Social Security card.
(Oh yeah, I have a job! That's another post.)
The trip was to another TN town, Gallatin.

I passed a Yard Sale!

I did a U Turn and headed back 
with no money in the pocket.

I saw quite a bit of rusty, crusty.

Does anybody else, find a rusty paint bucket appealing?
I just can't help myself. 

I wanted to take this home, 
but I opted for a box full of junk instead.

This adorable little rocker is cute, but 
the slats had been made with pallets.
Pallets are hard to sand smooth enough for my babies.

There was lots of old farm equipment.

The gentlemen there was precious.
He told me all about what each piece was used for. 
He reminded me of my granddaddy.

He had chairs from every era and
tables from every era.

I liked the mid-century school desk
but really have no place for it. 

There was so very much to see. 
Probably the best yard sale I have ever been to.
It was priced to sell too. 

Tennessee is filled with so much farmland. 
It's country-side is beautiful!
This was just a shot from my window. 
So much more beautiful sites that I didn't get a shot of. 

Of course, these precious ones are my reason for being. 

My baby girl had tubes this week.
She is fine, but not fine enough for photos.

It's a Wonderful Life,


Update on Hutch:
Please continue to pray.
He has a long road ahead of him.
He is obviously upset from the news
that the process is going to be longer than expected.
We are praying for an easy journey with
no complications and no side-effects.
For a young man, this is devastating.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

White Pumpkins

This morning was a wonderful 57 degrees
in Nashville, TN.

It feels like Fall.

So, guess what I did?

I pulled out the white pumpkins pumpkins.

It felt good to get out the ironstone and white-tones again.

It feels like I'm finally home. 

I bought this one from Timewashed last year
at the end of the season.
This is the first time I've displayed it. 

I brought this one home when I closed my booth.
I decoupaged a plastic pumpkin with song sheet
and wrapped the burlap ribbon around it. 

Before the move, I sold some of my ironstone. 
What was I thinking!

Just another reason to go pickin'.

That's how we say it in the South.

Update on Hutch!

The surgery was to remove the cancer.
When they got in there, the bladder was attached to the colon.
The cancer is contained within the colon.
The doctors decided to wait on surgery.
He will have 6-8 weeks of radiation and then chemo.
The doctors feel like the prognosis is good
with the above choice of treatment. 

Anyone who's been through this knows
that the journey will not be easy.
The family's faith sustains them and they are ready to fight.

Please let the prayers continue.

Happy Fall, Ya'll, 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Believing God for Hutch

I believe in the power of prayer. 
I believe that Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday
and as He will be tomorrow.
I don't understand the whys and I don't understand
the whens, when it doesn't happen like we prayer.

But I still believe.

My favorite Beth Moore book of all time,
"Believing God"
made a huge impact on my life. 

It taught me to go "boldy to the throne of God."
"God sees, He hears, He understands and He will come," 
was spoken to me at my point of unbelief.

Today I am believing God for a young man, 
Justin Hutching, 
better known as "Hutch."

Hutch is the guy on the right.

A week ago, he and his sweet family were told that he 
had colon cancer. 
They were shocked, afraid, but holding on to faith.

Hutch is a best friend to some of our youth.

These kids are praying and believing for a miracle.

His step mom and I are close friends and prayer partners.
We are all believing for a miracle. 

I was looking through my photos and I found this, 
Hutch is the blond with the blue shirt.

Oh, how I miss this group.

Praying for a family, a mom, a dad, a step mom and step dad, 
brothers, and so many, many friends  and most of all
a young man who needs 
to see God do a miracle.

You will laugh again, Hutch.

Some words that I speak from Beth Moore,

God is WHO HE says HE is.
God CAN Do what HE says HE can do.
I am who God says I am.
I can do all things through CHRIST WHO gives me strength.
God's Word is active and alive in me.

Hope you, my blogging friends and anyone 
who sees this post will believe with me.

With a prayerful, humble and believing heart,


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Blog Out of Sorts!


my Blog iS all oUT OF sORtS.

As you notice my header is not centered.
I've forgotten how to change everything. 

Anyone out there to help. 

I want this...

But got the uneven header. 

What can I do???


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Wonders of His Love

Call me sentimental today. 

I just read a post by Theresa, 

Something as simple as celebrating
a brother and remembering a dad, 
can bring me to tears. 

Somtimes it good to remember...
and smile...or cry...

I remember a Christmas before my little ones came along with
memories of my brother and sister's children
and cousins getting together and enjoying each other. 

Fall always brings nostalgia
and with it such wonders of God's love.

a pumpkin patch with a little boy

a corn maze with family

carving pumpkins with friends

football games 

a campfire and roasting marshmellows

wrapping up with mama's old quilts
on chilly mornings and nights

reading from Mama's old Bible

a cup of coffee and quiet time

a marked Bible with all the times God spoke
to me through His precious Word

All of the above, are wonders of His Love.

Today, I'm reminded of His blessings 
and I am grateful.

Smiles and Tears, 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Stealing Ideas from Shabby Old Potting Shed

Blog-hopping and found a great post
What Inspires at
and I was first of all, 
comforted by the music.

I was also inspired by the post
to create a list of some of 
my favorite things.

So, here goes...

Flower girls

Decorating with some of my favorites.

A vintage glider, a family heirloom.

A Friend's Home
always open, always filled with love 

A Vintage Tablecloth

Turning Trash Beside the Road into Treasures

White and Lace and Ironstone

A Short Day Trip

Changing Seasons


Celebrating NEW LIFE and miracles with my girls

especially when my girl sings

Sand and Sea

Leaving a Legacy

My Babies with Their Babies


The Pink Room


Let me stop.
The tears are flowing.
Happy Tears.

More to Come...