Monday, December 17, 2007 was featured in an article in the NY Times today.
How I love and the thought of buying something someone made.

My ultimate goal is to start making something to sale on etsy!

Look at these awesome things for sale on!
black lab christmas cards (she can make the lab blonde like Dixie!)
love everything from paperologie (have some tags on the way!)
personalized stamp (much like the one on my Christmas list)

Ok, I guess enough is enough!
If you are anything like me, you are hooked already!
Let me know what you find while you are out there...etsy-ing!

Good night!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

12.15.07 and baking...

Well, the nasty cold I had turned into a sinus infection that left me with swollen eyes and a tender face. I ended up not going to work on Friday. I went to the doctor instead. She put me on Azithromycin, which seems to have helped me! I am feeling much better now.

As I mentioned earlier on the blog, December 15th 2004 was the day
Alan and I got engaged. I went back to our wedding
web page on and read the story of the proposal.
Sweet to read and remember exactly how I felt that night!

Here is the account:
Well, Alan was leaving on the 16th to go duck-hunting in Arkansas. He called me before church that night and asked me if I would go look at Christmas lights with him after church. I gave him several excuses about why I couldn't go, but obviously he persuaded me to go with him "because I wouldn't be able to see him for three or four days". So after church we rode around a few neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights. Then we stopped and got a cappucino to drink. We got back in the truck and he said "I bet the lights at Georgia College are on, let's go see". I was thinking ok we will drive by, and then he'll take me home. Well, I was kinda wondering what we were doing when he pulled up in the parking lot and turned off the truck. I was like "what are we doing here, and I am not getting out of this truck, it is freezing." But once again he got his way. So here we are bundled up in our coats and gloves with cappucinos in hand on the coldest night in December on the Georgia College campus. So then he starts talking about "do you remember this, do you remember that..." And I am thinking why is he saying all this, as we proceeded on down the sidewalk towards Front Campus. After walking around for a few minutes I started asking if we could go back to the truck because my toes were about to freeze to the sidewalk. So we were walking in front of Atkinson Hall (one of the most beautiful buildings on our campus). He asked me if I saw any shooting stars, and I was like "I don't see ANY stars, can we just please go to the truck. I am freezing". So he stopped and told me to give him a hug, maybe that would warm me up, so I did. I needed to get rid of my cappucino cup, so I turned around to throw it away, and when I turned back around there he was on his knee, with a beautiful and just-what-I wanted ring in his hand and a smile on his face and he asked me to marry him!!! Between the SHOCK (I thought the day would never come), the excitement, the security, the happiness, and the love, I suddenly was very warm! :) Of course my answer was "Yes! Yes! Yes!" It is wonderful to know the God brought us together, and that through much prayer, Alan and I know that this is God's perfect timing for us! I am blessed to be Alan's future wife. Please pray for us as we prepare to spend the rest of our lives together. :)

So you can guess what we did last night. We rode around and looked at Christmas lights.
We had already had our Starbucks (the peppermint white chocolate mocha is delicious) for the day, so we didn't stop for cappucinos. But I am once again reminded at what a sweet and precious husband that I have. You see, last night was all his idea once again!

On to today...this is what I have been doing all afternoon...
I made all these for my co-workers in the Cath Lab!

These are for Alan to take to work for his co-workers!

Here are the peanut butter balls. Freshly dipped and drizzled with chocolate! Yummy!

I talked to my sweet friend Laura this afternoon and I told her what I had been doing all afternoon. She told me I should start posting some recipes on here. So here is the recipe for the goodies in the Christmas tree platter.

Graham Cracker Bars

2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup of pecans
Mini Semi-Sweet chocolate chips
Graham crackers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in stovetop pan. Add sugar and cinnamon. Stir until melted.
Line cookie sheet with foil.
Layer graham crackers on a cookie sheet.
Pour butter, sugar, cinnamon mixture over graham crackers.
Add pecans on top.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Immediately add as many chocolate chips as preferred.
Cool completely then break apart.

This recipe was given to me by my friend Sarah Hobbs! Hi Sarah! She is a wonderful cook! She is always making something new in the kitchen!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

more random things...

1. I was conceived in the hospital when my dad was a patient. My parents told me that back in the summer. I guess that's why I feel so at home in the hospital (at work). Hehehe!!!

2. My face hurts right now...especially the bridge of my nose. I am sick with a nasty sinus infection.

3. I won't take medicine for my nasty sinus infection.

4. Thursday is my call day. I clocked out at 7:00 pm. I am so glad I don't work 12 hours shifts anymore, except the occasional late call day.

5. Alan and I have been married for 2 years and 7 months.

6. I light a smelly-good candle in my house almost every night.

7. One of my New Years Resolutions is to make a "guest basket". Complete with big white fluffy towels and washcloths monogrammed of course with the word "guest", different soaps, candles, lotions, razors, shampoo, conditioner, q-tips, cotton balls...and whatever else I find!

8. I play Pac-man or Solitaire on my iPod almost every night before bed.

9. I got my iPod on the first day the third generation iPods came out. It's silver and I love it.

10. My husband always makes animal noises. Turkeys, this kind of duck, that kind of duck, deer, owls. Sometimes I feel like I live in a zoo.

11. I addressed my Christmas card envelopes last night. Still haven't made the cards, or the pictures. (Sarah, I got yours today. You go girl!)

12. I am frustrated by people who talk negatively about their husbands and their children. Aren't they blessings God has given to us abundantly!

13. I am frustrated by people who "blame" my happiness or joy on the fact that we are newly married. Quit stealing my thunder people!

14. I helped a doctor put in two stents today. While in nursing school I didn't know what a cath lab was. Funny how God puts us right where we belong. I love it!

15. I see Alan and I with a little girl one day. Her name will be Lanie.

16. Sometimes I think I waste my creativity.

17. Our neighbors brought us over some homemade tamales last night! They were yummy!

18. I collect "H"'s.

Ok, I can't think of anything else right now. And my nose is running and I keep sneezing. I need a warm shower and then I'm off to bed!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

random things...

1. I am making chicken and dumplings right now.

2. My toenails haven't been painted since umm...August.

3. I got off work at 10:30am today.

4. I cleaned our bathroom today. It's my least favorite place to clean.

5. Only 13 more days till Christmas!

6. I recieved an early Christmas present in the mail today on accident. OOPS! But I love it!

7. Alan is hunting...again!

8. We are almost done with our Christmas shopping.

9. Alan and I got engaged on December 15, 2004.

10. I love looking at baby clothes in stores. Alan thinks I am crazy.

11. I still haven't made our Christmas cards.

12. I bought three new ornaments for our tree today.

13. Alan and I made peanut butter balls, fudge, and white chocolate covered pretzels on Sunday afternoon for our neighbors and our bosses.

14. I love the idea of buying things that are handmade from

15. I have been a nurse for 2 1/2 years.

16. I love Christmas time.

17. I am the middle child. My sisters always told me I am adopted.

18. One day I would love to own a gift shop with monogrammed stuff, stationary, gifts, etc. I would call it Evie Lou's, after my two grandmothers.

19. I went to 2 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools.

20. I would take a nap every single day if I could.

21. Alan calls me "Boots"...why? I have no clue.

22. I'm tired of this list.

Good night!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

it's beginning to look alot like Christmas...

Here are some pictures of our house decorated for Christmas...
our little tree in the kitchen (rooster)
This is a great idea and recipe book!
Renaissance hurricanes from Southern Living! Love them!
Some of the presents under the tree...with themed wrapping paper.
Christmas placemats!
Several of our tree in the living room...

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...
My willow tree nativity! I hope I am getting the creche for Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

lots of stuff to share...

First of all, at the beginning of November we hosted a baby shower for our sweet friends Ken and Libby. The tablecloth below is my first finished product with my sewing machine. I used the fabric that Libby used for the baby's nursery bedding.
In mid November I celebrated my 26th birthday. Alan went to Arkansas on the Friday before my birthday so we had cake on Wednesday night before he left. I thought he did a great job picking out colors for the cake!

And below is a picture of Libby and Ken's precious little bundle, Luke!
They welcomed him to the world on the afternoon of November 24th.
He is absolutely perfectly precious!
I can't wait to take more pictures of him!

What a blessing from the Lord!

On Friday night Lauren and Chris came to dinner at our house. We set the date months ago to ensure that we got together this December. Last year we met halfway at Cracker Barrel to exchange gifts. I made this little snowman cheeseball for an appetizer. Mom and Dad gave me the cute red polka-dotted platter. It was perfect for the little snowman cheeseball.

We tried to take a Christmas card picture of ourselves today. It didn't work so well.
I did get a cute updated profile picture of myself out of them though.
Look at the top right ------->.

Hope everyone's holiday season has gotten off to a great start!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

welcome fall...

I can't believe November is more than half way over!
I have so much to write about I hardly know where to start.

Maggie came to stay with me on Friday night. On Saturday we
went to Hobby Lobby. I bought a big picture for the living room.
I will post a picture whenever Alan gets it hung up.
(He went to Arkansas on Friday for a duck hunting trip.
He is having a blast!)

Mom and Dad came last weekend. We had
a great time. They had not been to see us
in quite a while. Mom and I shopped all day on Saturday!
She made me shop till I dropped! Usually it is the other way
around. :) It's always good having them around.
Hopefully they will come back in January!

The Saturday before that, Alan's parents came to visit.
We also went shopping and out to eat.
It seems like the thing to do when family comes!

My mom brought these plates to me when
she came. Paige gave them to me back in the summer, but
Mom "put them away" and couldn't find them.
So she found them! Aren't they cute.

This is my favorite part of fall and winter. Warm fires on cold nights. Alan loves building fires, and I love falling asleep on the couch next to them!

I am ready for Christmas! We are about halfway done with Christmas shopping! I started wrapping presents last night. I can't wait to break out the decorations and decorate the tree. I have been listening to Christmas music this week!

I bought this cute door bucket from Southern Living to go on my front door. I can't wait to replace the fall leaves and pumpkins for this cutie!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

nothing is better than...

soft clean sheets.

a freshly made bed.

crawling into the soft, clean sheets on the freshly
made bed after a hot shower on a Wednesday night.

Charleston is in one more work day away.
We can hardly wait!

Friday, October 12, 2007

I'm back...

from my blog hiatus! Bought this ribbon today at The Pottery in
Commerce, GA. They are going out of business.
Don't you just love the Santa Claus one!
I couldn't leave it on the shelf.

I'm on call this weekend. Going to Libby's shower tomorrow.
Lauren is coming! :) Southern Living at Home party at Joy's on Sunday!
I love weekends!

Since the last post I have read Velvet Elvis, Redeeming Love, and I bought
Simple Sewing! I am still working on reading that one. Redeeming Love
is probably my all time favorite book. I would recommend it to anyone.
I checked it out from the library, but would love to have my
own copy. It is just that good. I am still waiting for Blue Like Jazz to
become available at the library. It has been on hold for almost three months.

Sunday, July 29, 2007


We have had a relaxing, slow, and quiet weekend.

It has been very nice to just be at home. Cleaned the whole house
and washed all the clothes on Saturday.

Remember that eggplant we planted. Well it produced
these two little beauties...

and I made this Eggplant Parmesan on Saturday night.

We went to Barnes and Noble tonight. I found 4 books I want, but I think I am gonna check them out from the library first, and then if I want a copy of my own I will buy them.

The books are :

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Singer Simple Sewing Guide by Idontknowwho

I am overwhelmed by all that I want to do sometimes.

Sewing curtains. Making yo-yos. Reading the above books. Making cards. Scrapbooking. Creating a collage of pictures on our living room wall like the ones in Pottery Barn catalogs. Taking sewing classes. Planning a trip to Charleston.

When I get free time, I often waste it because I don't know what to do.

That just sounds ridiculous!

I gotta go to bed.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Saw these two precious sets of people weekend before last.
Above is my Paw-Paw Williams and Palmer his wife.
We went to visit with them on Sunday afternoon.
Below are Taylor and Cade, my nephews.
We took them to the Braves game on Saturday the 14th.

My Paw-Paw is just an amazing Christian man.
So loving, caring, gracious, and a prayer warrior!
Has been since I can remember.
Momma says that when I was less than a year old riding in
my car seat, I would bounce up and down when I figured out we
were going over to my Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw Williams house.
They used to live on a big farm. Complete with cows, chickens, ducks, a huge
watermelon patch, tractors, a couple of ponds, and a big vegetable garden.
Me and my sister Paige would ride on the tractor with Paw-Paw all
afternoon. We would go up the ladders and get the eggs the chickens
had laid. We would play on the big round hay bales in the
barn too. I was telling Paw-Paw the other day that I remember going
out there and picking potatoes up out of the field.
He told me it was easier for us to get them because it wasn't as far for us
to bend over. We just thought it was a game to see who could pick up the most.
I am just so thankful for them.
Thankful for who they are.
Thankful for the examples they are to Alan and I.

I can't imagine loving two kids more than I love Taylor and Cade.
When I hear their little voices on the phone my heart just
smiles. They always want Alan and I to come over, to spend the night,
to go swimming, or watch them play ball. Sometimes
the distance thing is hard to explain. They are so loving as well.
Always want to tell you they love you, always giving hugs, or wanting you
to sit by them or lay down by them. I asked Taylor the other night
if he was happy he was at the Braves game, he said "Yes, thanks for letting
me come". He is so sweet. Cade just cracks us up.
As you can see from the picture below he just lost his first tooth.
So, we see this homeless man downtown Atlanta who happens
to be missing his front tooth. From the backseat Cade says "I think
he lost a tooth too." As if the man had lost his the day before and had
layed it under his pillow for the tooth fairy! :)

I am just so, so thankful for the blessing of these people in my life.
It's hard to believe they are nine and six!

Went to dinner tonight with our past Sunday school teacher,
mentor, friend, and financial advisor, Todd.
It is always great to see him. He always encourages us spiritually and
financially as well. Lets us know what is going on at our home church
in Milledgeville. Alot of people tell us we don't need a financial advisor to save
money, but I sure appreciate the accountabilty and expertise.
Lauren and Chris also joined us for dinner.
It is always great to see my bff too.

Trying to get back into my routine with walking.
In college I was walking 3-5 miles 4-5 days a week, so I want
to try and build back up to that. Also trying to watch
what I eat better. I really need to lose some of this
pound-age I have found since we got married!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

how you live....

loving this.

You must go look at this.
It is so timely for what I have been experiencing this week. We lost one
of our cardiologists and his son in a car wreck this past Sunday.
It has, therefore, been an especially hard week at work.
Seeing his partners, black ribbons on everyone's scrub tops,
memories of his high-water scrub pants and
his dorky bouffant hats, remembering
his smile and magnetic-ness.

Being at his funeral only revealed that he was
even more wonderful than we already knew he was.

Been doing a whole lot of soul searching this week.

Preach the gospel at all times- If necessary use words. -Saint Francis of Assisi

Saturday, July 7, 2007

they're ours...

the rocking chairs that is.
My handy-man put them together with no problems.

We went yard sale-ing this morning. Found some awesome deals!
I need to take photos to share...
I'll do that later.

Hope everyone is having a great Saturday! It's hot and muggy here!

Edited to add...
Here are some pictures of some darling baby clothes
I bought from my neighbor.
And no, I am not trying to tell anyone anything. I am going to
put these up in the closet and save them.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Sweet summertime...

Sitting on the porch rocking away and drinking some ice-cold lemonade.

Doesn't that just sound like summertime to you?

We have already stocked up on lemonade, now all we
need are two of these.
Hopefully we will buy two of them tomorrow.

Thursday, June 28, 2007


I am updating my blog. Some of you have been asking me to update it so here goes.

Well, let's see. Over the past couple of weeks Alan and I had a nasty stomach virus that put us both out of commission. I was sick the second week in June. And Alan got sick the next week. I am glad that is over...It stinks to be that sick! Something funny that happened though...
One night I was throwing up, Alan came in the bathroom and asked me if I felt bad. It was so funny. I guess he didn't know what else to say. That is the first time in two years either one of us have been so sick.

When I came home from work on June 18th there was a surprise sitting on the kitchen counter for me. It was a brand new sewing machine!!! Alan went out and got it for me, and didn't even tell me he was going to. I have been wanting one for quite sometime. So of course I am thrilled to death to have one.
This past Saturday morning I got up before 8:00, so that I could spend some time getting it threaded etc. I got all that fun stuff out of the way and even sewed these two little burp cloths. And before anyone asks, No we do not have anything to share with anyone. They are just easy practice for straight stitching. I thought they turned out pretty cute for my first try! I have some little boy fabric too. I just haven't sat down to make any more of these cuties. Our garden is thriving despite not having much rain! We have picked probably close to 40 zucchini, and two big bowls of green beans. Alan has picked a handful of peppers too, but I don't get to excited about peppers. Our sunflowers are blooming, but the Japanese beetles seem to be feasting on them. :( Alan has quite the green thumb, doesn't he! We should have some ripe tomatoes over the next week or so!

This past weekend we went to Ft. Valley. We went out to Lane Packing Company
for some peach ice cream on Sunday afternoon. That is always a highlight of going to Peach County to visit Alan's family.

My mother in law has a cyst on her ovary that measures about 9cm. Praise the Lord it isn't cancerous. She will have surgery to remove it sometime in the near future. If you could lift her up in your prayers if you get the chance.

The past couple of months have been really hard for Alan and I. I don't want to go into too many details, but I can tell you our faith has been tested. And honestly there have been some days I have often wondered if the Lord truly loves me. I know that he does, and I also know that it is a full, complete, and unconditional love for us.

I am excited to find out if our friends Ken and Libby are going to have a little boy or girl! They have an appointment on Friday!

Hope everyone is doing well! Leave me a comment!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


First of all, the desk. Here she is finished. Still sitting in the garage.
I will have another picture sometime later in the week (in the room and all
organized). But as you can seeit looks great. Alan really did a great job!
Next is a gift I got for our sweet friends Ken and Libby.
They are expecting their first little one in December!
I love these little gowns made by His GEM.
They all have a scripture on them somewhere.
I got this one when we went to Gatlinburg in April! It says
"His Little lamb" (its kinda hard to read).
The tag went with the gift!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


A Cute TJMaxx find!
Will be so cute on my scrapbook desk!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

the desk...

here she is...sitting in the garage! We just need to add a few pieces of wood,
sand her, and paint her. I also want to change the
hardware. Alan has been working on the desk all morning.
Maybe we will finish it before the weekend is over!

Thursday, May 24, 2007


and out...that's how i feel. pray for me please. that's all i got for today.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Blood and flowers

So I gave blood yesterday. Double reds at that.
That means two units of red blood cells.
They gave me the plasma back. But needless to say. I am tired and woozy.
I have been laying on the couch since 3:15 when I got home from work. I think I might try to give one pint from now on.

These are the flowers that are on my front porch.
They are thriving and I am so glad.
They look so "our house".
We put out some new pinestraw last night around all of our bushes.
The yard is looking good.

I need to share details of our anniversary...Well we slept in (so nice). Then we got up and went to the Georgia Aquarium. We had a great time. I am so amazed that God made all those sea creatures. Then we went to Ikea. We were looking for a scrapbook table/desk for me. Then we went to Archivers at the Mall of Georgia. We ate dinner at P.F. Changs China Bistro. We had a great day. So much fun to take off work and spend the day together.

About the scrapbook table/desk. We didn't find one at Ikea. We haven't found one anywhere around Athens either. But yesterday a guy Alan works with tells him that he has a desk I might like. It was built in, but the guy recently ripped it out. It has three drawers for storage. It has a hutch (yippee). The hutch has three adjustable shelves. All it needs is a little TLC and it will be perfect!!! I am so excited. Alan is working on it in the garage right now. He just asked me if I wanted a before and after picture. But of course babe! So we are going to sand it down this weekend, and paint it. I will share pictures when it is complete.

Well I'm off. American Idol finishes tonight! I like both Jordin and Blake, but I think Jordin is gonna win!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Two years ago today...

we got married. I am so thankful for the past two years. It sounds so cliche, but I am so glad the God gave me such a perfect helpmeet. He is my best friend.
He is the love of my life! Really!

This picture was taken on our wedding day only minutes after we said "I do"! I was so stinking excited to married to Alan! I still feel this way about you, babe!

Alan sent me these roses to work on Friday. 24 beautiful red roses! That afternoon when we got home from work he told me, "I'm never gonna stop sending you flowers, you know". The guys at work were messin' with him about sending me flowers. It seems like we are always hearing "Just wait till you have kids", or "Y'all are just newlyweds, wait till you have been married for 13 years", or "That is such a waste of money", or "y'all are just newlyweds, you'll get over it soon", or y'all make me sick".Well, I've got news for them...There are some people that never make it a year. And there are some people who may make it through that first year or two but they are miserable. It is just so disappointing to hear people talk about how bad marriage is. It is discouraging to know that so many people don't have what he have.

But anyways Happy Anniversay babe and I love you!
And I hope I never get over it!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mothers Day...

These were the Mothers Day flowers we sent to our Moms. Pretty, right!
And just a little shout out for my Mom.
She hardly ever gets on here, but when you do Mom,
just want you to know that I love you so much!
I am thankful for you!
Thankful for all those things you did to show me you loved me.
Thankful for all the dresses you made us.
Thankful for all the pictures you took of us wearing the dresses you made us.
Thankful for the ponytails you did every single day when I was little.
Thankful that you made us write thank-you notes.
Thankful that you loved me unconditionally.
Thankful that you taught us about the Lord.
Thankful for all the prayers you prayed.
Thankful that you taught us the importance of doing chores and learning responsibility.
Thankful that you worked so hard for us to be able to go to summer camp, mission trips, and family vacations.
Thankful that you drove us all over the place even when you would have rather been doing anything but hauling us around.
Thankful that you always said "Remember who's you are".
Thankful that you sent me notes and cards in college.
Thankful that you always told us we were special!
I could probably go on and on!
Happy Mother's Day (one day later)!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

So much to say...


That is how much I spent at Hallmark this afternoon on cards.
So grateful that we have so many people to send cards too.
Mother's Day, You're Expecting, is so exciting!

Gatlinburg was a lot of fun. We had a great time relaxing, shopping, eating, and enjoying each others company! Came back refreshed, but tired.

This past weekend we ended up replacing about 3/4's of the flowers we planted in April that died after the "freeze". They are looking good now though. And the hanging baskets we created a few weeks ago. They are filling in very nicely. They are beautiful!

Took care of Mother's Day gifts today! I will share after Mother's Day of course!

Well, I better get going! I have lots to do!