Friday Favorites

I was convinced that Friday would not come this week.  I am so glad it did and what better way to start my Friday than Friday Favorites with Andrea, Erika and Narci.

I think the best part of this week has been that Fall is finally here!  We have had some nice temperatures this week too which is even better.  I'm hoping we are done with the days of 90 degree weather.  I'm over it and ready to bring on the pumpkins and mums.  

You know when you think of fall you want these tasty muffins too.  Pumpkin and chocolate.  What a combo.  

Tonight begins our Women's Conference at church and I am so looking forward to it.  The theme is Find Rest and I think it is something that I need to hear right now.  I'm excited to hear some new things this weekend and I know it is going to be a favorite for the weekend.  
Have a great weekend everyone!

This Is Our Time

Greg and I had the privilege these last few days to hear a lot about a new movie coming out called Woodlawn.  We were able to see the film early and we both loved it.  We are asking everyone to mark October 16th on their calendar.  It comes out that day and you most definitely will want to see it.  

Above is a video by the Director of Woodlawn, Jon Erwin.  He takes about 20 minutes to explain the vision behind Woodlawn.  What Jon talks about in this short video has filled my mind all week.  What an opportunity we have to share the gospel in a completely new way.  

This Is Our Time.  Please go see Woodlawn.  I guarantee you will not regret it.  

Check out the trailer for Woodlawn below.

Bring on Fall

It is now officially fall!  Hallelujah!  I could not be any happier about that statement.  Fall is without a doubt my favorite season.  I love Christmas but fall as a season takes the cake people.  I began my fall celebrating on September 1 because I want to and I can.  I know that today is really the beginning but I do what I want.  

I have a feeling that this fall might be my favorite. We are going to have two fall birthdays in our house this year and I'm extremely jealous that mine is not one of them.  I would love an excuse for my birthday to be in the fall.  A pumpkin themed birthday party has my name all over it.  

Our fall is going to look a little like this...

We watch football in our house.  It's not looking good so far for my Razorbacks, but what else is new?  Greg's Jets on the other hand are 2-0 so he is happy. 

We have some baby showers planned for Carson and I.  I'm pretty excited about them and being able to help get everything ready for my new little buddy.  My Mom and Aunt are coming out for one of the showers too.  Hooray!  

This little guy turns 30 this fall!  I think I'm more excited than he is but he is handling turning 30 better than some so good for him.  I had big intentions of throwing him a huge party this year and then we realized I will be 36 weeks pregnant and that may not be the best idea.  He has requested homemade lasagna for dinner and maybe just do something fun that day.  I'm pretty sure I can get on board with that.  

The highlight of our fall is all about this little guy.  We are hoping to meet him late November.  We will see when he decides to let us meet him.  Love my little fall birthday baby. 

Okay, if we are being honest there may be a lot of these things happening as well this fall.  

I have been burning the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle lately.  Up next is the Caramel Pumpkin Swirl.  

Happy Fall Everyone!

Hello 31 Weeks

Carson is 31 weeks!  I am in a state of shock.  I feel like I have been pregnant forever and at the same time I feel like this pregnancy has flown by.  There are so many things still on my list that I want to have finished before you arrive.

I think he is too cute!  I look at this picture on a daily basis.  He is growing on pace and everything looks great each appointment.  Hooray.  We are going to the doctor every 2 weeks now and beginning at 36 weeks we will go every week.

His nursery is all done.  We LOVE it and hope he does too.

 My brother built the two little bookshelves and did his letters above the crib.

 The little rocking chair was mine when I was little. 

Everything is coming along.  We have two baby showers in October and we are excited about that.  

In the mean time, our goal is to make our final list of what we realistically want to accomplish before Carson comes.  We have a few more things we would like to finish around the house but nothing too crazy.   

We are so ready to meet our little buddy. 

Wes Turns 25

I have no memory of what I was doing 25 years ago today, but I do know that my life changed that day.  I was no longer an only child, I was a big sister.  25 years ago today, we got to meet Wesley Thomas.  

I love my brother.  There were many days growing up that I did not like him, but I always loved him.  Yes my brother once paid me $20 to not touch him and I told him thank you by keeping the $20 and giving him a hug.  He will tell you that the 2nd happiest day of his life was when someone looked at me and said, "Are you Wesley's sister?"  For so long he was known as Emily's brother.  

Here are some things you should know about Wes.

He is loyal.  He is caring.  He loves music and is extremely talented.  If you tell him something is a secret, it will go to the grave with him.  He works hard.  He thinks in ways that makes most of our brains hurt.  He and I are as different as night and day and yet we are very similar in some areas.  

My parents always told us that we are both great with people.  We are comfortable having a conversation with a 3 year old and just as comfortable having a conversation with a 93 year old.  Wes has the ability to create and imagine in ways that are foreign to me.  Wes was the kid that would take his brand new toys apart just to see how they worked and then would "try" to put them back together.  

Today, I am very proud to be a "big" sister to a big 6'3" brother.  

Happy Birthday Wes!


This day is brings back so many memories and thoughts.  It is hard to put in words the emotions that September 11th brings.  The reality is for everyone those emotions look very different yet very similar at the same time.  

I not only think of the tragedies of the 9/11 attacks in 2001 but I also think of my Uncle Jim who lost his battle with cancer on September 11, 1998.  I think of my Pa James who was born on September 11th and died just a few days before his 80th birthday.

I was in 8th grade when I heard about the attacks that were happening.  I remember vividly that gas was $0.99/gallon and that it has not been that low since anywhere I have lived.  I believe my love of history increased tremendously on that day.  I became very aware of the implications of what this day would mean for the generations to come.  Our world would never be the same. I believe it is so important to remember each year.  For many of us this day has shaped how we view the world around us. 

I woke up today finding it hard to believe that the events of that day took place 14 years ago.  It seems like it was just yesterday and at the same time it seems like it was an eternity ago.  I find it hard to believe that so many of our middle school students in our small group were not even alive yet and if they were they were babies.  For them they do not know a world any different than a post 9/11 world.  For most of us that day will be in our minds and hearts so clearly for the rest of our lives. 

If you have time to read a fascinating account of the events of that day, look at the Twitter feed of Ari Fleischer from today.  His details of that day have been a chilling reminder of that day.

Let us never forget.  Let us remember this day.  Let us continue to support those who lost loved ones and let us thank those who continue to protect our country.