Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Remember and Celebrate

Phil and I spent 17 years in ministry. Phil was a Children's Pastor, Youth Pastor, and Family Ministries Director and I was right along side of him. We have taught children at churches, crusades, vacation bible schools, youth camps, chapel services and in Ecuador. We have taught adults how to minister to children at training events, conferences and even traveled to Europe to do so.

Today, I am reflecting on the lessons that we have taught children over the years. We wanted each child to know that they were special. We told them to trust God and He will take care of them. God has a plan for their life. If they give, it will come back to them, pressed down shaken together and running over.  We also taught them how to pray and that Jesus is their best friend.

Never did I think that I would need those childlike lessons for myself. All of the things that we have taught are real to us right now.  Everyday we are having to remind ourselves to trust God. He will take care of us. We are special. God has a plan. Give. Pray. Jesus IS my best friend.

Phil and I took a leap of faith a year and a half ago. We stepped out into the unknown in total trust. Honestly, I did not think that we would still be waiting for God's plan to be revealed, but we are. We are seeking, waiting, trusting.
Jeremiah 29:13 - "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

It has not been easy. In fact, it's been the hardest thing we've done. It has been one of the most lonely and discouraging times that I have ever gone through.

I'm so glad that I have all those wonderful memories of teaching, singing, doing puppets, dancing in costumes, and getting slimed to remind me of the promises of God. I don't know all the answers, but I'm sure glad I know who does (you can say, "amen to that").

So today, as I wait I choose to remember and celebrate!!

Galatians 6:9New King James Version (NKJV) 

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A New Modern Wedding Tradition

My husband met with a engaged couple who will be getting married in April. While discussing the elements of the ceremony they told him about a new modern wedding tradition called Unity In Glass. I had never heard of it so I looked it up and here is how it works:

It is much like the sand ceremony but instead of combining sand, you are combining pieces of glass crystal during the unity ceremony.  A glass artist then creates a work of art that will last a lifetime. It becomes your first family heirloom. 

Unity In Glass

Unity In Glass

Unity In Glass
They send you the crystals to use in the colors that you choose and have many different styles and prices to choose from.  You can check them out here.

If you are getting married and need someone to officiate, you can contact my husband Phil at He will marry you....hehehe. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Timeless Tradition

I love traditional furniture pieces. They can be timeless and last you for years to come if you utilize a quick and easy update of just adding trendy pillows. It's that easy and that cheap.  

Invest and splurge on good, quality pieces of furniture and spend less on pillows, rugs, and lamps, which are easier to replace as the trends change.  

My favorite place to find cheap trendy items is HomeGoods and Marshall's. 

If you need help with ideas, contact me at

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cafe au lait Bedroom Design

Cafe au lait is French for coffee with milk (hot milk). As you pour the hot coffee and hot milk together, it makes a beautiful creamy, warm, hue.

It inspired me to design this elegant, creamy and dreamy bedroom with a neutral color pallet. Who needs color when you can have this deliciousness. It's cozy, relaxing, and inviting.

If you need help with a design for your home, contact me. I can design your space with a step by step plan that you can execute yourself. Email me at

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Forgive me for I have sinned. I am guilty of lusting. I am lusting over some of the new arrivals at Anthropologie. I am sharing some of my favorites. So sorry if this makes you sin too. 

Clivedan Dinnerware

Furled Antler's Jewelry Stand

Kojani Sketch Shower Curtain

Gold-rimmed Ice Bucket

Fringed Almas Throw

Marigold Bathmat

Linen Orianna Slipper Chair

Share your Anthropologie buys in the comment section below.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Oyster Roast

My niece is getting married. We celebrated with an oyster roast engagement party for her and her finance this past weekend.  Their close family, the wedding party, and close friends gathered to mark the beginning of what is to be a fun year preparing for the big day, which is in May. The party was given by my sister and was held at my parents house in Wilmington. I was so blessed to be able to help with some of the details.

The lovely couple - Michael and Robyn

Robyn and Papa

My sister Suzanne and her husband Lawrence - mother and father of the bride

Smores Bar 

The menu consisted of oysters, boiled shrimp, crab dip, corn bread, clam chowder, and potato soup.

What a fun night we had. I hated to see it end.