January 23, 2016 | Escape | Friends | Home Town

January is a month of beginnings and new, fresh starts. I love that about it. It's also unpredictable weather where in Alabama it can be in the 60's most of the time and every once in awhile we get snow. I planned to go to Nashville for the weekend because my birthday is next week. Birthdays are fun. It started snowing in Nashville last night and it snowed All. Day. Long. So, I'm sitting in my bed with my cute escape bag full of my sewing for the weekend.

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I'm watching Woodlawn. This movie is incredible. Absolutely incredible. Watching it, I realized why I'm at home tonight. I needed to see this. You need to see this. It's a beautiful, Jesus centered movie. 

"If you only love those that love you back, what kind of love is that?"

I had a great day with two incredible women. Layla Palmer and Jenny Walker   They live in Pike Road and we met at Peyton's Place for lunch and shopping at Amy's Antiques after. It's so inspiring and fulfilling to be around women who stand for each other and you can feel their kindness. We all found treasures. We discovered that Layla loves a certain color of green and can spot it a mile away! Jenny just built an amazing house and they talked about it the whole time which made me NEED to see it! Lunching again soon, ladies! This picture makes me laugh out loud. The flag attacking Layla and it was so cold I was holding onto Jenny's coat for dear life! 

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I found this amazing picture of the graduating Chaplain class of Harvard 1943. It's not in great shape, but it was $10. I can make it work! Layla just knew there was a specific name for pictures like this.....long, skinny and panoramic-ish. She asked on Instagram and her dedicated followers came through! A yard long portrait! I'm now on the hunt for more. 

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I want to introduce you to a couple I was introduced to just over a year ago. This is Erin and Ben Napier. They are from Laurel, Mississippi, a small town they love and believe in. They are getting their debut on HGTV this Sunday. I want you to watch. I want you to see what I saw, a genuine love for what they do. It's not for tv or you and me, it's for their family and their community. They are creative spirits and it shines out of them. What you need to know is that your tv needs to be tuned in and turned on. Only live viewers are counted for ratings. Watching it recorded doesn't count. You're going to have to go to early church, people! Leave your tv on while your gone and get home ASAP! I'm telling you, you don't want to miss it! How cute are they?!? Adorable. Home Town on HGTV. 

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November 11, 2015 | Veteran's Day

I can't believe it's almost the middle of November, 2015. Emma is 16. She is driving and acting all grown up. She has a debit card and is off every afternoon taking friends for ice cream or McDonald's or bowling! I'm not sure what will happen when that birthday money is gone, but she talks about finding a job every day! She's such a creative entrepreneur. I don't know where she get's that from. I guess we teach our kids things and don't even realize it. She's been working on hand lettering and she's wanting to play around with water colors. I've encouraged her to make note cards and Christmas cards to sell. She's pretty hard on herself and wants it to be perfect. I think they are perfect, but what do I know. I'm the mom. ;) Here's a peak of what I found in her room today! She's pretty good, huh?

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Today is Veteran's Day. Everyone has been posting pics of Veteran's that we love. I love seeing all the old pictures of dad's and granddad's in their uniforms. I posted this of my dad in the Navy and I love this one of my Papa from when he was in the Navy. Aren't they so handsome? 

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I participated in a campaign with GMC to bring more awareness and raise money for Veteran's who were injured during battle. They come home to their homes that don't accommodate their injuries. You can look at #enlistme to find out more about it or to donate go to ourbravest.org/enlistme

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After packing up for two trunk shows, I jumped in the car and drove to Tennessee. I'm in Loudon at my Mom's house tonight and will be dropping off jewelry at Back Porch Mercantile in Knoxville tomorrow before I head back to Loudon for a Trunk Show at the Mulberry House! I love coming to here. My Mom goes as much as I do and she's been working on some renovations to her 1890's home. She knocked down a wall and opened up a window from her kitchen to the living room. It looks GREAT! I guess having a daughter on HGTV inspires you to renovate! It is going to look so good when she finishes. I'll snap a few pics for you to see tomorrow. 

I got inspired today reading through a friends blog. I didn't even know she had a blog until today. She writes something good about each day. I love it. I'm so motivated to do that. We will see how long it sticks. You might want to check this girl out, though. I think she's going to be in our living rooms pretty soon and from what I can tell……..we are all going to love her and her hubby, Ben! ;)