Monday, October 6, 2014


This picture just made me laugh.  My children are so weird and I love it...  

Catalyst & Memaw

We had an absolutely amazing time at Catalyst in Atlanta last week.  The speakers were fantastic.  I was beyond inspired and learned so much that I could bring home and put into practice.  I wish all of you could have been there!   The incredible music was just icing on the cake.  Looking around at the thousands of people, all worshipping together with hearts on fire for God, I couldn't help but be reminded of what heaven will be like.  

Having fun! 

Thousands of people, all singing to Jesus!  Also, that's Sarah and Chris:) 

Can't wait for Catalyst 2015!!!

Just being silly! 

We were able to enjoy ourselves completely, because we knew the girls were well taken care of at home with Mom Murrill!  She flew in to watch them and it was such a blessing.  The girls had so much fun on their adventures with Memaw!  

On Sabbath afternoon, we went with David & Elizabeth for a hike in Mill's River and a picnic supper.  That evening, Mark's Aunt and Uncle came back to visit and to see Mom Murrill.  The girls were ecstatic to have their dog, Cookie, back in the mix.  On Sunday, Mom, Kandyce and myself went antiquing.  We all came home with some treasures!  We were sad for Mom to leave early this morning, but were so glad she came!  Can't wait until next time! 

Sweet group of kiddos 

Setting up for a group picture 

The Men!  

Lauren and Jack

Such a beautiful place!  Can't wait to go back.  We want to camp there next time!

Accidental picture taken during the hike!  Kiki was my right-hand girl that day!  

Rose and Memaw

This little bookworm

Loving on Cookie 

They really want a dog!  

Pumpkin Patch Time!

Today was a full one!  We worked on stuff for music in the morning, visited the pumpkin patch, had swimming lessons, and went over to a friend's house to play and ended up staying for dinner.  The girls were pretty pooped by the time we got home.  I have to admit, I was, too!  

The day was pretty windy, so pumpkin patch pictures didn't turn out too great, but it was fun anyway!  Here are a few...  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Customer Service for the win!

I just have the greatest news!  You know me and my thing with emailing companies.  I couldn't help myself and emailed the Fitbit people a few days ago about my misfortune and they are sending me a new one!  I'm so excited.  I have been so sad about losing my first one and this has made my day!  Anyway, I can't stress enough how much it pays off to email companies!  Every time I have, I've been impressed with the level of customer service I receive!  Remember when I got three new can openers?!  I'm telling you, it's the way to go!

I'm also excited about my new iphone.  My old phone had gotten a large crack in it and I was overdue for a new one.  I also love that it's gold.  I've had a few problems the last week getting everything switched over.  My texting went out for a few days and I wasn't getting calls at all for awhile, but I think it's all okay now.  I apologize if you've texted/called and I never answered!

I finished the little cabinet last week.  I ended up painting the shelves.  I feel like that's what made the difference for me.  I really love it!  It's been fun to have around, although I don't think it's found it's forever home yet.  Still figuring out where to put it.

We had a fun weekend!  Mark had a work retreat thing at a resort in Blowing Rock, NC.  It was really a beautiful area and the girls had a blast.  It was just kind of nice to get away!  I brought my camera, fully intending on taking lots of pictures, but I didn't take a one.  I got three on my phone.  We did a lot of swimming and hiking and just being together.  I also love eating food that I don't have to cook.  That's my favorite:) 

We spent a lot of time at the pool

There was some dancing 

Bear watching:)

Tomorrow, Mom Murrill is coming for a visit and to watch the girls for us.  Mark and I are headed to Atlanta for Catalyst Conference.  Mark's been before, but this is my first time, so I'm super excited.  I've heard it's so great.  I love Matt Redman and Ann Voskamp and they both are going to be there.   

Monday, September 22, 2014

Circus, Circus

I'm kind of bummed.  Well, actually...really bummed.  A few months ago, Mark surprised me with a fitbit.  As soon as I started using it, I fell in love.  It tracks my number of steps, the calories I burn, my active minutes and my sleep patterns.  It also is my alarm.  It's worn like a bracelet and I just never take it off.  Well, today, when I got back from running to Target and Lowe's, I realized it was no longer on my arm.  I've looked everywhere.  I called both places, and even went back to retrace my steps, but to no avail.  I've lost it.  I'm so sad!  I'm still praying it will turn up.

In other news, Mark left this morning on a trip for work.  It's just a short one, so it's not too bad.  We've kept busy today.  The girls helped me work on the project I wrote about yesterday.  A few months ago, my friend gave me this wall hanging curio cabinet that had been sitting in her storage for over ten years.  There was something about it that I loved and something about it that I for sure didn't love, but I knew I couldn't turn it down.  It had some major potential.  It's been sitting in my basement until Sunday, when we brought it upstairs and got to work.  Mark went handyman on me, and totally worked some magic on it.
This is how it came to me.  It had a very circus vibe going on. 

Yes, those are metal feathers...

And yes, metal tassels.  But, I just loved that chicken wire! 

The first step was removing the metal pennants along the bottom and top and of course, the metal feathers.  That really helped, but then it had an Asiany look, which I didn't love.  I knew at that point, that the whole top needed to come off. 

Mr. Handy worked and worked and this was what I was left with. 

I took it out and painted it and found some wood for the top.  

Today, I got the wood cut, and then stained it.  

This is where it's at right now.  I'm still figuring out what I want to do with it.  It has glass shelves, but I'm thinking wood shelves might be nice.  I don't know.  Any suggestions?  I think it will look better when I get something in it and on it.  I'll let you know how it ends up!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tea Parties & Lake Trips

It's been a busy last few days!  Last Thursday, I flew to Tulsa (JUST ME!!!) to see my family for the weekend.  My mom was needing help with an event she was doing and asked if I would be willing to pitch in and also to sing for it.  I was happy to help.  It was so wonderful seeing family and friends, even if it was short. Andrea, even made the trip up with Avie for the day!  What a treat to see them.  I didn't take many pictures, but here are a few...

Tea Party with my Mama! 

I love this girl!  So glad they made the trip! 

My sweet niece, Vivian, is all grown up!  What a sweetheart! 

While I was home, mom and I went through some old photos of our family.  They were such precious pictures!  I brought quite a few home with me and I can't wait to get them into frames.  I love these two of my sweet Mumsie...

How cute was she!!!

This is her as a young woman.  When I went to visit her when I was home, I have to admit, it was heartbreaking.  This was the first time she didn't recognize me and she just seemed completely out of it. It's so hard to see people I love, aging! 

I had such a nice trip away, but it was oh-so-good to get home to my sweet family!  I brought back a cold with me, that left me feeling yucky all week, but I still had fun being back! 

We made some treats this week.  These girls love to cook! 

Our Apple Cinnamon Muffins! 

The girls before school on Tuesday

They wanted me to take pictures of them to show Nana that they love their new shirts! 

One day this week, Emma came over to play.  Her mom and dad have been out of town, and her grandma needed to do a few things.  We were happy to have her!  The girls loved doing a leaf project.

I feel like these pictures show exactly the differences between my two girls.  

I have wanted to do something with these stools for months! 

I finally pulled the trigger this week. 

I also decorated the house for fall this week.  This is definitely my favorite time of year.  Oh, so cozy!

More Fall

One day this week, I came home to find these guys running around the neighborhood.  It was so cool to see them all!  

Twelve horses wondering into everyone's yard.  

They had gotten out of a neighboring farm and wondered into our neighborhood.  It was all very exciting:) 

On Sabbath, I had to teach Sabbath School for the first time.  For some reason, I was super nervous, but it was a small group which made it much easier.  After that, we came home, changed and packed.  Then headed to Knoxville to see Mark's friend, Mark and his wife Linsday at the lake house their family owns.  We had such a great time! 

So good to see this guy! 

Not the best pictures!  I took them in a rush on our way out the door.  Next time, I'll try to do better. 

Our day today has involved doing projects around the house, watching football, and even a round of naps for everyone.   We worked on something today that I hope to finish up this week.  I'm excited to show you the results and hope it turns out like I'm envisioning.   Stay tuned!