Birthday Fun

Hope everyone had a great weekend. We surely did, but now it is Monday and two out of our family of four woke up sick. Tim can’t move out of bed and Evan is green with nausea. He doesn’t move an inch without his pot to puke in. Boo, for Monday mornings!

Yesterday, my hunk of a husband turned 33 years old.


Tim, my dad, and little brother, Seth, spent the weekend hiking in North Carolina, primitive style.  Tim’s and my dad’s birthdays are only 6 days apart, so they decided hiking in the back hills of North Carolina with only a back pack and the necessary essentials for three days would be a great way to celebrate turning 33 and 58 years old, respectively. Those party animals. No wonder why Tim can’t move out of bed this morning; too much fun hurts!

They arrived back home Sunday evening and we welcomed them with a big birthday feast which included: lasagna, salad, bread, and birthday cake.  Their famished tummies appreciated it, and so did my satiated one.

They came back h0me with the aroma of wilderness and the scent of their natural pheromones in overdrive. Regardless of their odor, somehow men have the ability to still look good after three days with no shower, well at least my Lovebug does. The picture above proves it. However, you can thank me its not a scratch and sniff.

Happy Monday everyone!


A GREAT Baby is Coming

My nephew {Tyler} and his wife {Brittany} are expecting their first child in March and tonight is their baby gender reveal party.  How awesome it is that I am going to be a GREAT aunt at the age of 30! What is even more phenomenal is that my baby brother Seth {age 9} is going to be a GREAT uncle. Did you catch all of that? Yes, Seth’s nephew is older than him. Oh, and let’s not mention my parents are going to be GREAT grandparents.  It’s all marvelous! Just don’t ask me to draw a family tree.

I decided to crochet a baby hat to bring as a gift to the party tonight. I am horrible at guessing the sex of a baby, so I chose to stick with a gender neutral color. This pattern is a simple one and is a great starter for beginners.


Materials: Yarn of your choice. Weight 4 oz.

Crochet hook: 4.25mm [US G-6]


yo (yarn over)

dc (double crochet)

bpdc (back post double crochet) = yo, insert hook from to back to front to back around the post of indicated stitch and draw yarn through, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice.

fpdc (front post double crochet) = yo, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch and draw yarn through, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice.

Here is the pattern

Chain 4; join with a slip stitch to form ring





Round 1: Chain 3, 11 double crochets in ring; join with a slip stitch in top of chain 3. 12 total stitches.



Round 2: Chain 3, double crochet in same stitch as joining, [2 dc in next dc] 11 times. Join with a slip stitch – 24 total stitches.





Round 3: Chain 3, 2 double crochet in next double crochet, [dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times. Join with slip stitch – 36 total stitches.


I enlarged this picture so it might be easier to notice the pattern here. This round is a 1 dc, 2dc, 1dc, 2dc pattern.

Rounds 4-7: Chain 3, double crochet in each double crochet around. Join with slip stitch.


As you continue your single double crochets around, you will notice the hat will start to curve down.


Rounds 8-10: Chain 3. Bpdc, *fpdc, bpdc; repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch and fasten off.


The alternating between a back post double crochet [bpdc] and a front post double crochet [fpdc] will give a cable like appearance.  It makes for a great border on a hat!

I also made two baby wash cloths to go with the hat. Both my nephew and his wife graduated from Summerville High School, home of the Greenwave {school colors green and yellow}. I lucked out since the color yellow is gender neutral.  Score! I love when it all works out. I even had green ribbon, touchdown!

Perfect combination for the high school sweethearts. He was a football player and she was a cheerleader.


Wordless Wednesday Overload

I’m vetoing the traditional Wordless Wednesday and filling it up with lots of words, just not all of them are my own. Today’s Wordless Wednesday is a reflection on motherhood.








And because I have a little girl…



And because I love E cards







Happy Wordless Wednesday!


Just wanted to stop in real quick and share my new love.





I’m currently on day three wearing my Jamberry nail wraps, and I’m amazed how well they are holding up.  I am always cleaning my castle, and I am astounded how great they still look after all the cleaning detergents I use daily.  Oh, and let’s not forget those pots and pans I wash every night in scolding hot water!

My baby girl even let me apply them to her little sausages. Bless those feet!



Jamberry has a great junior collection. Ree would love these.

And the holiday collection is just so much fun.

Go check their website out! A sweet friend from my church is a consultant and I ordered mine from her. We actually had a Jamberry party in our class Sunday night…don’t be jealous, just come and join us!

My Thirst is Quenched

Good Saturday morning. I have something better than Gatorade to quench your thirst!

I’ve been singing this song all week long and have played it only a bajillion times.  It’s such a great song and reminds me to “let go, and let God”. And let’s just say that I need that reminder…DAILY!

Revelation 21:6 “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” 

Oh, how sweet, the last word FREELY is.  It’s not a quid pro quo relationship, Hallelujah!

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that hearth say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Oh, “whosoever will”, simply equitable. I love it!

I’m just a sinner saved by grace who visits the well repeatedly. Completely humbled by His mercy!