Choosing HOPE for the New Year

In recent years, I've heard of people choosing a word for the new year to focus on instead of having a list of resolutions that they will most likely forget about or lose interest in.

The word can symbolize who you want to be or how you want to live. With intentional living and commitment, that one word can help direct the decisions you make in life.

My word for 2018 is HOPE.

It seems the older I get, time has a way of speeding up. Another year has come and gone and like any other year, 2018 had its share of ups and down, good times and bad, joy and heartache.

But in the fall of 2017, events beyond my control threatened to overtake me.  For the first time in a very long time, I felt hopelessness and despair. Fear and worry set in and tried to consume my every thought.

Elf Yourself

Man! I'm so behind with my blogging.  But here's a look at our annual family Christmas party for 2017.  We decided on a "Elf Yourself" theme this year and it was so much fun!

Legacy of Love

2017 was quite the unusual year for me and my sisters.  We lost not one, but both of our grandfathers. As our grandparents begin to age, we know it's inevitable.  They can even be in poor health, but it always seems to take us by surprise, doesn't it?


The Hope of Christmas

Because He chose to come down to us and take on the form of a human baby, we have a hope for the future.

We have a hope that cannot be extinguished by the darkest of days or the most difficult of times.

A hope that gives us unexplained joy in the midst of our tears and pain.

A hope that makes the happiest of days even brighter.

This hope is Jesus Christ, the light of the World.

He is the Reason for the Season and He is our Hope for Christmas.

Wishing you and your family the merriest Christmas ever and blessings for the New Year!


My Home for the Holidays

There truly is no place like home for the holidays. Here's wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!  May the light of Christ shine brightly in your home this season and throughout the New Year ⭐


The Many Faces of Fall: Tablescapes

Well, we are officially into the Christmas season, but I wanted to go back and document some of my fall decor from this year.  I think I broke a record with the number of tablescapes or centerpieces that I did. I just couldn't help myself!  I blame some of it on Instagram because there is just so much inspiration out there!  I was in love with the traditional colors of fall, but also wanted to do something fresh and new.  So.....I did them all!


A Mountain Vacation: Dillard, GA

The second part of our vacation (and our longest stay), was a trip to the beautiful North Georgia/North Carolina mountains.  I think the beach is a beautiful place and I love to visit in the summer, but I'm a mountain girl at heart!  There's no place I'd rather be!  Whether we are hiking the AT or vacationing, it's pure heaven to me 💓