Saturday, March 26, 2011


A little time in Texas ya'all! Im here helping my sis in law rep a couple of fabulous designers at the Texas Market Center. Although it is clearly out of my element, Im havin myself a good ole Texas time. This Southern hospitality is truly unforgetable. ~M
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dads and Daughters


Dads and Daughters, it sure can be a beautiful relationship.  I was blessed to have had an incredible father who adored me, loved me and taught me the most important lessons in life. My dad treated me kindly and respectfully.  He was very proud of me and would glow when we were together.  He was an encourager and a teacher of Gods word.
My Dad could hardly wait for grandchildren ....he was an affectionate man and could hardly wait to wrap his gentle arms around my babies.  He was there for me the day before KatieGrace, my first, was born.  He layed his hands on my tummy and blessed her beautiful Godly words.  He missed her birth as he had driven 9 hours home just one day before her arrival.  He waited patiently to meet her and I was so excited for the two to get aquainted.  He drove back up just as soon as he could..she was 2 weeks old. He held her, kissed her, prayed with her.  I could tell, when it was time to go....he did not want to give her up.  It was so hard for him to say goodbye, I could see in his eyes how proud of her he already was, he wanted to teach her all he had taught me.  I saw that same glow about him when he was with her that day, the same glow he had when he was spending time with me.  2 months later, he passed away.  This time we would drive the 9 hours to be with him.  That was the hardest goodbye I have ever had to say.  But I was blessed! I was blessed by him each day of my childhood.  At first I felt like it was so unfair, we were suppose to write our book "Dads and Daughters", he was suppose to be there for my children. hit me and it hit hard.  You see, my Dad always told me he prayed each night for my husband. When I was 8 years old.....that was a little strange.  As the years went by, I would just say "OK  Dad....I tell me ALL the time". Well, this weekend I realized a couple of things. My Dads prayer had been answered and my daughters have been blessed with an incredible father, that man my Dad prayed about nightly, who adores them, teaches them, respects them, encourages them and loves the heck out of each of them.  Last night I saw that same sparkle in his eyes as he proudly took his oldest on a date to the Father Daughter dance at the middle school.  They were shining with smiles as they strolled out of the house and they were still smiling when rolled back into the house.  I LOVE that my daughters will share that same relationship with their Dad as I did. What a Blessing!


 My beautiful girl as she get's ready for her date night with Dad


They both glow!

Have a wonderful week.. ~ M

Saturday, March 5, 2011

It is what I love to do!

I began today's post with the before and after pictures of my house transformation.  We bought a 40 year old house, 7 years ago, and are still workin on it daily.  I have a personal buddy/blogger friend that is dying for me to post the shots where it all began but.....can't get my scanner off blk and wht and EJ is gone to soccer, no help around.
So, I thought maybe I should just show some fun.  Decorating is what I love to mind is always turning when I look around the room.  I think I change things up at least daily.  It might be a small change but it is a let out for me, I love to gather and I really love to take the gatherings and share! Here is a glimpse.......

She stands, very tall, in my living room.  I love her chippy white paint and elegant shape.  On top, she is crowned with a silver pedestal, bay leaves and a garden crown. 

A fun find at a boutique, entry to laundry room
 I have shown this pic before, old ironing board, a wreath hanging from the door and an angel for protection.
 Wow, I must have a thing for angels, here we have another, she sits next to a muck bucket filled with cotton.  I love the natural organic look of cotton!
 One very large clotche with antlers...
 Too much going on here....I have moved the pedestals out but the letters are the best part, everyone in the family is represented including the dog!
 This is KatieGraces room - almost 12, this year we are repainting for her birthday..hmmm any ideas? This time, she may not get to choose (get a load of that green!!)
 And here we have little Miss Allie's room, the newly 9 year old. We rearranged yesterday but you get the idea!
 Aww, my baby.....
 Just a piece of her room, I must not have made her bed this day, but again, you get the idea.
Thanks for hanging at the Jepson house for a few to figure out the before and afters....more to come!
~ M

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Reasons I love my followers

There are so many reasons I love ya all!! Here are just a few....

1. You make me feel so special and 

2. It was so hard for me to gain the confidence to share, with the world of blogging,( to which I am still novice at) my loves and interests, my hobbies, dreams...basically the journal of my life as I "Gather with Love"...and just pray ya'all love it as much as me.

3. What a fabulous way to reflect on experiences and share with some of the most inspirational people in the world...the comments I have recieved...MELT ME!

5. My followers inspire me to keep rollin with this land of Blog

Did I mention ~ I love ya all???