{life in instagram} - November edition

A lot of color this month...
Fall is really showing out in its last days before the gray Winter.

:: Halloween remnants

:: hanging out in the quiet phone room at Midway -- one of the only peaceful spots in the airport {you know, because, well... pay phones -- nobody uses them.}

:: put some color in your diet

:: lemon lift to the rescue

:: leaves, leaves, leaves

:: a Sunday night with Graham Colton at Workplay... happy birthday, MK!

:: on the road to the Promised Land Auburn 

:: hearts 

:: always a good thing when this is on the stove at Mom's {unless there's bean soup in there}

:: holdouts from Mom's tomato plants -- rare Fall treasure

:: lawn shadows in late afternoon
Now... on to the most wonderful time of the year!


more than turkey

{'The Quilting Bee' by Grandma Moses, 1950}
This painting just looks like Thanksgiving. 
And it's a shout-out to my mama... GM is her favorite.
Whatever your Thanksgiving looks like, I hope it is happy and cozy.
If it's not, I hope you will feel the peace that surpasses all understanding, looking to brighter days ahead.
I am thankful:
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
-from 'Blessed Assurance', Frances J. Crosby, 1873
Happy Thanksgiving.


home for the holidays?

Too funny.
Of course, this does not apply to me.
I love my hometown.
And my parents have a much nicer TV than I do. And towels.


this was my Friday

:: awaiting my fate in the dental chair... LIKE A BOSS.
Thoughts while in this chair:
- dental technology has come a long, long way
- why couldn't my wisdom teeth show out while I was still on my parents' dime?
- the current temperature in this room is equal to the high on Antarctica today
- I feel weird looking at my face in skeletal form


welcome home

Shocker, I know.

It's Thursday, aka - Friday Eve!

That's a good thing.


wild weekend

It sure didn't feel like November this weekend around Alabama.

Oh, who am I kidding?  It is totally normal to have 75-degree days this time of year in our area. 
{Maybe that's just not my idea of how November should feel, and so close to Thanksgiving.}

Here are some snaps of my mild weekend, temperature- & activity-wise!

:: broke and baked some cookies... just 'cause I wanted my place to smell happy

:: conquered the leaves on my deck

SH - 1 | Leaves - 0
Again - who am I kidding?!  More leaves were falling faster than I could pick them up and acorns were steadily pelting me on the back of my head the whole time.  That deck will be covered again in 24 hours.  Oh, well... I enjoyed the dose of vitamin D out in the sun!
Speaking of vitamins...
:: started downing these this weekend, in prep for germ-laden airplane travel this week
:: got organized for said work travels
:: painted my tootsies (aka - toes) *
* I always give myself a fresh pedi before I travel by plane... don't want my feet looking broke-down when I have to take my shoes off in the airport security line.  You're welcome, TSA and fellow flyers!
:: started beautifying a dresser I - with the help of my sis-in-law - saved from the curbside 
{not helping my reputation as a "freegan" in my brother's eyes}

And also tossed in the weekend was Auburn football-watching with Nick, Julie, and Grahamers.
Y'ALL.  No pictures, no words are adequate for what's happening on the Plains this season. 
Thank goodness we love Auburn for Auburn. :)

Let's end with some pretty leaves...


I'm happy to have had this weekend to recharge before hitting the road.

Hope YOU are rested and ready for a good week ahead!



Veterans Day is nearing.

The Alabama National Cemetery is situated on a beautiful plot of land in Montevallo.  I've been wanting to photograph it for some time, and decided to stop by there on my way home a few weekends ago.

I don't know the right words to sincerely acknowledge the sacrifice and bravery that is encompassed in these grounds.  It's a moving experience to stand there in the silence, knowing that those buried before you served on your behalf...

Take some time to head out there if you're in the area.
Soak it in.

Thank you, veterans.
Thank you, Lord, for letting me be born into freedom.


don't you worry...

... I got this election in the bag!

Don't forget to vote today!


monday randomness

Another new week.

With so much going on lately - super storms, political races, and just the everyday "bluh" that comes along with life - I found this quote to be particulary fitting and oddly comforting when I flipped over the page for the new month on my calendar last week:


And now for something fun to combat your case of the Mondays...

{Maybe you've already seen this, but it's worth a second look!}

For the second year in a row, Jimmy Kimmel asked parents to play a joke on their kids and tell them they'd eaten all their Halloween candy, all while filming their reaction to this news.

It's always interesting to see these kids' different reactions.  This time, some are hilarious, some are bratty, but the last three will MELT. YOUR. HEART.  They totally make this clip worth watching:

 Happy Monday!


new every morning

Happy Friday!  We made it. :)

Just some cheery sunflowers for you...


... and a reminder of the TRUTH:

Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
{Lamentations 3:21-26, NIV}



This was my nephew Graham's first Halloween -- not quite old enough to partake in the trick-or-treating/let's-eat-candy aspect of it, but more than cute enough to dress up for the occasion...

Act I: Photo Op

I call this "The Smug Scarecrow"
Act II: Candy Time
After some pictures outside, it was time to get ready for little goblins to ring the doorbell...
"Get out of my way... there's somebody at the door!"
"Hellooooo... who's there?"
:: Costume Change ::

"Let's get down to business... I'll help you with the candy, Daddy!"


Act III:  Shuttin' It Down
As with all good things, this fun had to come to an end... with bathtime and striped fire truck PJ's.

"Man, just wish I could sneak a piece of that candy... zzzzzzzz"