Friday, April 10, 2015

Easter 2015

"For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born."
~ Alice Freeman Palmer

A highlight of Easter Sunday for me is capturing portraits of the children, but this year they were eager to shed their dressy clothes and move on to other afternoon activities. I'm thankful for the images above and below -- a group pose and a picture of Mary Ashley and me. She was the only one in the family willing to linger for more photos. I think we will both cherish this impromptu picture!

Were you pleased with your Easter pictures this year?

"I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!"
~ Edna Dean Proctor

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Easter Egg Hunt

" 'Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and joy."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What a lovely few days we have enjoyed! After a busy weekend in Atlanta reuniting with many friends from church in Montgomery and beyond, we spent the afternoon with Joe's family for Easter lunch. A highlight of the visit for Mary Ashley and Emma was the annual Easter egg hunt. Cousin Reese joined the girls to find eggs hidden by Carson. These images -- captured during the celebration and rendered in the style of watercolor through FotoSketcher -- share a bit of loveliness from Sunday.

Our evening held a visit with my grandparents, a sweet aunt, and my father and his wife. My grandfather is recovering from a stroke, but he is working hard to regain strength. I would appreciate your prayers of his behalf. Last week we enjoyed time with my cousin and her little girls, another sweet aunt and uncle, and my brother. What a blessing it has been to hug so many who are dear to me over the last week!  

Ye sleeping buds, break
Open your green cerements, and wake
To fragrant blossoming for His sweet sake.
~Margaret French Patton

Thursday, April 2, 2015

An Easter Table

A family dinner this week gave us a grand opportunity to welcome a bevy of bunnies to our table. Here is a peek at our springtime fun.

I hope the holiday weekend will allow you time to gather with those you love.

Happy Easter!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bearing with One Another

Looking up with eyes of laughter,
Holding out their tiny hands;
Bless these little ones, oh, Master!
Precious children of all lands!
~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

Will you join me in prayer this morning for little Bennett? This precious 4-year-old boy is having brain surgery this morning for Chiari Malformation Type I. And let's lift up his sweet family during these trying hours, as well as in the weeks following during Bennett's recovery.

I am hoping that this little gift basket will offer comfort to Bennett. Included with a snuggly teddy bear is a collection of Little Golden Books.

Before Carson was born, I purchased a well-loved copy of Good Night, Little Bear
in an antiques store. I have such fond recollections of my father reading this beloved bedtime story to me during my childhood, and I couldn't wait to share it my my own babies. I read it so often to my boys when they were little, so I hope Bennett will love it, too.

I'm praying that Bennett's mommy will be able to hold and cuddle her Baby Bear soon.

Do you have a favorite Little Golden Book -- or another cherished bedtime classic that evokes happy memories?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Emma's Ice-Skating Party

For her 9th birthday, Emma had her heart set on an ice-skating party. Here are some of the creative details that made her celebration a bright, happy day with friends.

Custom-designed invitations from Sand in My Shoes Designs set the tone with the birthday girl's favorite pattern -- chevron -- in her favorite color -- pink.

This dress form has served as a centerpiece at many of our celebrations through the years. A borrowed scarf and new skates made perfect additions.

I found these American Girl Doll-sized shoes at Michaels.

At the rink where we hosted the party, we could only take cake or cupcakes. I made Emma's cake but purchased some mini cupcakes, just in case we needed extra nibbles.

For our tables, I used wrapping-paper runners from Dollar Tree and tableware from Party City. We had about 20 minutes to set up our party room, and the kids were great help in decorating our tablescapes. The scalloped plates were too pretty to discard, so I saved those to use again.

Emma's cake suited her vivacious personality. I found the idea for the design in a book that recently came across my desk. I plan to share more details in an upcoming post.

Pink roses were the focal point of this cake. I had planned to place an ice skate in the center, but the scale wasn't right. In the end, I loved the flowers!

Water bottles wrapped in labels from Pink Pickle Parties provided refreshment after skating.

Along with candy sticks from Party City.

Little buckets from Target held our party favors.

Treats included gloves from Target, bubbles from Michaels and candy from Party City.

In the end, Emma's party was a simple yet fun celebration that she will always remember.

I will be heading to Kentucky this weekend to speak for a ladies day at the Elizabethtown Church of Christ. If you live nearby, I hope you will join us Saturday!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Remembering Mary Ashley's Ice-Skating Party

We recently celebrated Emma's 9th birthday with an ice-skating party. Since we did figure eights for Mary Ashley's 8th birthday a few years ago, I wasn't too keen on repeating the theme, but Emma had her heart set on having her own day on the ice. Here is a peek at some of my favorite elements from the gathering we hosted at our house before heading to the rink in 2012.

This frosty blue-and-pink theme suited Mary Ashley perfectly. Find helpful links, tutorials and recipes from her party here.

Emma's party turned out to be a lot of fun, so look for a festival of color in my next post!

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