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Friday, January 29, 2010

giveaway winners

thank you so much for coming to my site!
i truly appreciate each and every one of you.
Congratulations to these 2 winners!!
1- Seriously, So Blessed
2- Kathy @ Creative Home Designs
Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

just simply southern giveaway!

I want to thank everyone for visiting my blog, etsy store, customers who have ordered frames and those that keep coming back. I truly appreciate it!

to thank everyone i'm having a giveaway

i want to make a frame Just For You!

i am going to draw 2 lucky winners
how do you win?
1- let me know what colors/theme you like
2- become a follower of my blog!
3- blog about giveaway
4- follow me on twitter
5- follow just simply southern on facebook
6- mention it on facebook
7- enjoy 15% 0ff all frames on Etsy- just convo me before sale

{make sure you leave a comment for each entry}

:: Winners will be announced Thursday ::

good luck!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Anniversary Getaway

Friday, January 15, 2010
My adorable husband surprised me with a little getaway for our Anniversary.
At midnight {Friday, January 15th} he told me to look under my pillow..and there was the sweetest card. Inside the card was a little note that told me to pack up for one night, my sweet mother-in-law was coming to watch the boys, it was a surprise where we were going, and we were leaving at 9am on Saturday. I was sooo excited to have a little getaway with him {i adore my boys, but i love time with just us}. Oh, and he told me he would take our son, Tristan to school and I could sleep in...what a sweet husband! That was a treat because I get up every morning and get him ready for school, pack his lunch, and take him to school. After John David got back from dropping Tristan off he came in the room smiling... he had another surprise! He took off work!! YEAH!! I was so excited! We had a great time and Deacon was so excited too. We went to an amazing Mexican Restaurant for lunch, looked at our Wedding pictures, I tried on my wedding dress..which it was a little big, and talked about our wedding 10 years ago.
I. Love. This. Man.

Saturday, January 16, 2010
I could not wait for this day. We got up, loaded the truck, and left the house about 9:30am. My mind was turning.. where is he taking me? Austin? The Hill Country? Where?? We drove through Houston..then turned on I10. I pulled out my phone and looked at the map... still trying to figure it out. We drove about 2 hours. All the places I thought we were going were getting scratched through. Finally I asked him "Are you taking me to the Alamo?" He looked at me with the straighted face possible {better than I could have done} and said, "why do you say that?" I know my husband and the places I thought he might take me were not on the route. I knew he would not go through San Antonio to get to these places. So, that only left... him taking me to the Alamo.

We had a fantastic time staying on the riverwalk, eating tons of Mexican Food, walking around, riding the boat on the riverwalk, listening to live music...

and Enjoying Each Other!

Happy 10th Anniversary Love
Thank you for surprising me with this getaway

{This picture makes me laugh! I was trying to take a picture of the room number: the door was shutting, he was trying to catch the door for me, he had no idea what I was doing, he was being goofy when I told him what I was doing...and this was the cute picture I captured}

{John David was not making this picture process easy for me... I had to set the timer every time. I'm laughing at the 2nd try.. I was not mad...haha.. the timer went off and I was not paying attention}

Enjoying the riverwalk:

Visiting the Alamo:

Thanks so much Marie for watching the boys.
We had a wonderful time!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Please Pray

Please say a prayer for our friends little girl, Kale. She was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis today. She is only 8 months old. She now has swelling on her brain and is waiting for a CT Scan. Pray for Kale, Mom and Dad, and her 2 big brothers.

Please help us pray for baby Kale.
Lord I am lifting Kale to you today.
We are praying for you Lance & Amy.

** UPDATE **
Saturday, January 23
Kale was moved to the PCU {Progressive Care Unit} yesterday where a Nurse only has 2 other patients and she is able to have more intensive care. We are still waiting on the results on the CT Scan. The Doctor will meet with the Infectious Team & Radiologist to discuss the scan and what needs to be done. Kale's glucose in her brain came back normal which means her brain has enough food to continue to feed it...Praise God! That is great news because Kale has not eaten since Tuesday night so this news is GREAT!
Please continue to Pray for Kale. She is still having a hard time getting comfortable and crying out in pain when she is picked up or touched anywhere on her head, neck, or chest. Also, pray for the Team of Doctors that are caring for baby Kale. She is not out of the woods yet and can go downhill again. I will keep updating as I hear something.
Lord Jesus I lift Kale up to you today. I pray for healing on her little body and to give her comfort as she is in pain. I am praying for the Team of Doctors that are caring for her. Be with them as they look over the CT Scan and discuss what they can do to help get this precious baby girl well again. I also pray for the family in this hard time. Cover them with your love. In your precious and Holy name AMEN.
Thank you for all of your prayers!
The family truly appreciates it.
The Power of Prayer!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hope for Haiti

Want to help the people of Haiti? After the earthquake, the blog Hope for Haiti was created to raise donations for Compassion International and the Red Cross.

Head over to Hope for Haiti and You can donate as little as a $1 and have a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Every dollar donated gets you a raffle ticket {$1= 1 entry, $20= 20 entries, etc..}. You can also win $50 gift certificate from Just Simply Southern. There are tons of great prizes!

Join in Hope for Haiti.

Help bring Hope to those suffering

Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy Anniversary, my Love

You are the one that I love, the one I cherish, and the one that I choose to spend the rest of my life loving. Happy Anniversary my Love!

I am so glad God put you in my life on July 4, 1997.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally, for showing me what love is really all about, for being my best friend, for bringing joy to my life, for being a Godly Father & Husband, and for always believing in me. You are the most amazing husband!
Each year I fall in love again with you.

I am deeply madly in love with you.

Happy Anniversary, my Love.

With you by my side, every experience is beautiful!

Life couldn't be any better

Mom & Dad,
Thank you for setting a good example!
I will always treasure the loving home you made for me growing up.
Mom, Thanks for sharing your beautiful wedding dress with me. I will forever cherish it. Words cannot express the love I feel for you two.

{Look how adorable they are! They have been married over 30 years}

{please excuse the picture quality of these wedding cameras were not around like they are today..that really makes me feel old}

Thursday, January 14, 2010

10 Years Ago

Ever since I was a little girl I had waited and longed for this special day. Thank you God for blessing me with an amazing man.

It is sooo hard to believe 10 years ago today I was getting ready to marry the man of my dreams.

I remember this day like it was yesterday.

January 14, 2000:
  • I could not wait to walk down the isle in my wedding dress {my mom's wedding dress}
  • I was finishing up last minute details for the wedding we had planned for 13 months
  • enjoying spending time with my family before I moved 7 hours away
  • getting ready for the rehearsal dinner
  • making the wedding sign with my bridesmaids
  • couldn't wait to marry the man of my dreams
  • finally falling asleep at 1am

I thank God everyday for putting you in my life.

I'm. One. Lucky. Girl!

{Can't wait until tomorrow}

Monday, January 11, 2010


i. love. shopping. my. house.

you see...i have a problem not always being content with my decorations.

why can't i just like the way something is placed and leave it there for a long amount of time? i have always suffered from this. i remember when i was a little girl my side of the room always changed {i shared a room with my sister}. i was forever moving stuff around! then, i got married and i still did it... 10 years later i think my husband is used to it. {i remember he would walk into our apartment after work and say "am i in the wrong home?" haha! he never knew what our home would look like}

well, i have to admit... i did it again.

i went to a garage sale last fall and found this lovely chandelier that i could NOT pass up. it was b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l AND only $35. {i will post about it later}. i knew i could find a home for it quickly! as soon as i got it home i took it into the dining room and it fit perfect.

now i had to find a place for the old chandelier...

it sat in our garage for months...



waiting to get a new home...

i wanted my husband to hang the old chandelier in our bathroom but it took awhile {my adorable husband is not a handyman. God gave him other talents.}

well... it finally got hung after a little makeover :) i love reading lindsey's {the pleated poppy} blog. she just redid an old chandelier {here} that turned out amazing! when i saw that i thought of my chandelier and i knew it would be perfect.

the transformation:

{click to inlarge}

thanks lindsey for inspiring me!

i love how the twine gives the chandelier an old-worn feel.

i have not decided how i'm going to add crystals to the chandelier. ANY SUGGESTIONS?? IDEAS?

now my bathroom is complete.




{it's good to be back! my boys were both sick ALL. LAST. WEEK! i am sooo ready for spring!}

participating in:

It's So Very Cheri

The DIY Show Off

Making the World Cuter

Today's Creative Blog

A Soft Place to Land


Tuesday, January 5, 2010


I'm still here!

Today is he first day I have had time to get on the computer...and I really should be cleaning my very m.e.s.s.y house! Our Christmas decorations are still up, our suitcases are still out from being at my parents for the Holidays, laundry needs to be put up, we desperately need to go to the grocery store, Deacon wants to wrap everything he can find and mail it to his Mimi & Pop-Pop {because he says we either do not need it any more or we have 2}, Ice Age is on for the 100th time, toys are every where, I need to mail frames this week, I have a show I need to get ready for in February, and Tristan started school today so we are back into a routine.

Here is a small recap of 2009:

{Tristan turned 8, Deacon turned 4, Griffin was born, beach, pool, Colorado, baseball, parks, school parties, plays, Abilene, Waco,...}

It is hard to believe I have already been home 1 semester from teaching. I have enjoyed every second being at home with my boys! My business has been a lot of fun and its amazing how much it has grown over the past 4 months. I have met so many talented women and had a blast doing shows.

Just Simply Southern in 2009:

{started blogging, opened etsy store, stopped teaching 1st grade, focused more on Just Simply Southern, blog had a big makeover, featured on these amazing websites: Nesting Place, The Lettered Cottage, Fabulous K, Her Southern Charm, Gussy, Deal Seaking Mom, It's So Cheri, The DIY Showoff, and The Design Girl. Participated in several shows: Junior League Christmas Show, Quiant Market Place, & a Barn Sale. Decorated several homes over the past 4 months. What a year!}

This year was filled with many blessings and memories that I will cherish forever!

Looking forward to 2010