Even though I was away from this blog for awhile, I was still taking random photos as you know I like to do.  So, here are some of those blips of life that I captured over the last year...

A little message on some change I got back from a purchase one day... I'm sure there's a story here, and I would love to know it.

This was the old drawer liner I unearthed when I was cleaning up and moving out of my old place last summer.  I actually think this is pretty... love the blue & white.  I'm guessing it was original to the apartment.

Fall leaves bathing in the sunlight

'Neath the light of ye olde CVS store

Festive, funky mail

This ornament has been gracing our family Christmas tree since the 80's... it was especially fun to hang this past year.  Hashtag Go Cubs Go!

Alabama's beautiful bloom

Sunshine + color + pattern =  H A P P Y


Just testing my markers... fun little pattern

I always try to see interest in the ordinary!


red, white, & blue

It was fun, albeit odd, to have a Tuesday off of work when July 4th rolled around last week... but celebrating Independence Day is always a good thing no matter how many times you have to ask, "What day is it?" for the rest of the week.

It was a great, laid-back day!  My brother brought my oldest nephew over for a morning swim, then we regrouped at their house where my Super-Woman sister-in-law was tending to the twins among other things.  We enjoyed hamburgers on the grill, a bounty of tomatoes grown by our dad in Black Belt soil, and some box-mix cupcakes stirred up by yours truly. :)

Glad to celebrate what this day means and hope we'll be able to do so for years and years to come in America.  

If you want to read about some of my past Fourths of July, click on these links:


bloom where you're planted

This post's title is a phrase my mama has repeated to me for as long as I can remember.

I guess I've been in a sort of recalibration mode this past year {hence the lack of blog posts}... adjusting to a new job, a new place to live, and just getting used to not traveling all of the time for work!  It has taken me a bit longer to settle than maybe I'd anticipated.

But one of the great things about being planted in one spot {see what I did there?!}, is that I've been able to have plants in my outdoor space this summer because I'm actually at home to tend to them.  {Let's pause to remember my departed ripple jade from 3 summers ago... you will recall my track record has not been great with keeping plants!}  

Now, I literally have BLOOMS where I am PLANTED!

I love coming home after work each day and checking on my plants.  I will give them water if they need it and keep them pruned.  It's fun to watch them actually grow and bloom over and over.

Of course, this new road to plant-tending success has not come without its share of loss...

Ever the glutton for punishment, I tried another indoor succulent plant.  Wasn't it so pretty in its glory?  I just didn't have the skills to keep this one going, though, and it eventually bit the dust.  Another casualty.

But my outdoor plants are going strong, and I will keep this new hobby up!

Just call me a plant lady. 


B O O !

Happy Halloween!

Hard to believe we are knocking on November's door...
Yowza.  Where does the time go?

This is the bowl my mom gets out every year to put candy in for trick-or-treaters.  I love the sweet, simple illustrations of the not-so-sweet Halloween ghouls and goblins on it... It's just a paper bowl from Hallmark bought decades ago.  {I think it might have been my grandmother's at one time?}  Nothing fancy, but holds some fond memories for me.

I'll try not to have such a ghostly presence {see what I did there?} around this blog as I have lately... in the last few months I have started a new job, moved to a new place, and am just getting used to new scenery!

Hope you get lots of candy out there, friends.


winged things

Two interesting sightings lately...

I noticed this little bird perched on the rooftop next door when I was standing at my kitchen sink one evening.  
I can't believe it was still long enough for me to grab my camera.  
Looks like it was suppertime for its crew, too!

This light reflection settled on my wall one late afternoon... 
I see an angel with wings.  Do you?!  
I mean, it's not the image of Jesus burned into a piece of toast or the Virgin Mary in a potato chip, but I haven't seen it reflected this way again since that day.

Pretty neat if you ask me!


home for the fourth

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope your long weekend has been a good one.  I've spent mine enjoying the peace and ease of a visit to my parents' house... just visiting with family, going to church, sort of helping my mom in the kitchen {but mostly reaping the benefits of her incredible cooking skills}, and spending time outside.

I took a few photos...

Mama made biscuits... what else can I say about those?   Y U M.

And our neighbor, Mr. John, brought over homegrown tomatoes from his garden...

This is the designated sliced tomato bowl every summer...

Just waiting on these beauties to ripen in our own garden... then we can return the favor to Mr. John!

I did pick some cucumbers that were ready, or as I prefer to call them -- future pickles.  

I enjoyed my time at home so much!
Thankful for sunny summer days, blue skies, green grass, & U-S-A.


they're here!

The days of waiting for my niece & nephew to arrive seemed to pass so swiftly!  {Even my sister-in-law said so, so you know it must be true since she's the one who carried them around for all those months!}  I feel like it was not that long ago that I shared the exciting news of the twins on the way...  AND NOW THEY ARE HERE!

Ellen and Harris were born two weeks ago on June 13th!  {If you want to read all about the big day, my brother documented it beautifully here.}

Much like the day my older nephew Graham was born when I shared the spectacular sunset from his hospital room, this was the incredible sight I saw out of the NICU window when I met my niece and nephew for the first time:

There's no way I could have staged this.

It happened the instant I walked into the room to visit those sweet babies.  How amazing and kind and thoughtful is our Lord?!  This is His promise.  He is always near.  HE SHOWS US THIS TRUTH.  It's just so special that it was a double rainbow for the two babies... and it's perfectly fitting that one of the rainbows was a little weaker than the other, because big brother Harris arrived quite larger than little sister Ellen!  

God has given the babies more strength as each day has passed.
They were able to go home today and be under the same roof as their parents and big brother.   
Now the real fun begins.  :)