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A Spring Garden Party

We like to party and by party I mean hang out with friends and family and eat. Home is our favorite place to party and since indoor space is limited we decided to take advantage of the mild weather and gather outside. Our yard normally looks like this. Pretty but not very party-like. I had…

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For the Love of New Orleans: “M” is for Music

Hee Haw, American Bandstand, and Soul Train. Clearly, I was exposed to good music growing up in small-town Alabama. The 70’s and 80’s had the best country and classic rock and still does if you ask anyone at my house. But the fact I also know Lawrence Welk and I were born on the same…

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A Prayer for a Graduate

Our week has been full of celebrations as Maddie’s senior year comes to an end. All of these moments are bittersweet and mark the end of one season and the beginning of another. God has been our constant companion and guide every step of the way. As parents we trust Him with our lives and…

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For The Love of New Orleans {Food + Coffee}

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. Paul Prudhomme We ate lots of good food on our recent trip to New Orleans and most of it did not require a fork or a spoon. Like most people who have a favorite city, we also have our favorite places to eat in our…

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For The Love Of New Orleans

I love New Orleans. The city many refer to as the Big Easy is known for her food, music, architecture, and much more. My love for New Orleans comes a surprise to many. In a way, I guess it came as a surprise to me, too. When we moved there in late summer of 1989,…

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I’m Going to Africa with Fear and Great Joy

Sometimes God plants a seed in our heart that takes years to grow. He is the Master Gardener sowing, fertilizing, watering, and harvesting when and where he chooses. The results of His work are always extraordinary. I’ve been vividly reminded of this truth lately and I want to share with you what I’ve learned about…

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Turning 50, Tattoos, and the Tablet of My Heart

I’ve considered getting a tattoo for years. They’re an intriguing kind of art and story penned in flesh. As my 50th birthday approached this year, getting inked was rolling around in my mind as a way to communicate my story. I did my research and I want to share with you what I learned in…

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Happy Birthday, Maddie!

We’re in our favorite city for spring break celebrating her upcoming graduation and today’s her birthday! Isn’t she lovely?! We love you, Madeline Grace. Happy, happy 18th Birthday!  

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How We Celebrate 29 Years of Marriage

We’ve celebrated enough anniversaries to know how we like to celebrate anniversaries. Like many great lessons in life, we learned this one the hard way. For the life of me I can’t remember how we celebrated any of our anniversaries for the first ten years of marriage. I think there were some flowers and cards…

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Caleb’s 16th Birthday

There are so many things to love about the 70’s but the hideous wallpaper in the room where we cook and eat wasn’t one of them. We spent days scraping and tearing. A total room renovation wasn’t possible; but, from the top of my fringe kimono to the bottom of my platform shoes I knew…

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