I am ready for spring. ith the warm temps this weekend, and the first signs of flowers growing, I am ready for light colors, opened toe shoes, and being tan. I've been browsing new wardrobe ideas online, and here are a few items I have my eye on this spring...........
I've always loved reading about etiquette tips, as there is something about a classy and elegant about a put-together woman. Following up on my first post about being elegant, here are 10 more reminders on fun ways to add a little elegance and grace to our lives:
11. Have one fabulous signature meal you serve guests
This meal doesn't have to be over the top and fancy. Just a GREAT meal that is unique and makes guests feel loved and welcome in our homes.
12. Simplify your life, your home and your calendar
13. Wear Pearls
14. Let him open the door for you
15. Arrive exactly on time
16. Don’t complain
17. Dress to travel
18. Don’t point out the mistakes of others
19. Wait your turn patiently
20. Accept compliments graciously
Hope you enjoy these tips. The next 10 are coming soon.
Once again, time is flying by too fast. January and February have been great months, with lots of change and transition going on. And, with Easter only a few weeks away, I thought I would share some of my goals for this month. Health
Join Weight Watchers - Done
Stop Drinking Soda
Take Medicine for PCOS Consistently
Join a Gym
No Eating after 8:00 p.m.
Schedule Appointments with new doctors
Travel & Entertainment
Trip to Asheville to Biltmore
Family & Friends
Celebrate Milestones with Friends and Family
Schedule a dinner with a close friend
Get up 30 Minutes Early each day and spend time in the word with The Lord
Its been several weeks since I've experienced a quiet Sunday afternoon. After sleeping in (thank you day-light savings time), and enjoying a great Sunday lunch, its so nice to have the windows open, laundry going, and simply a quiet Sunday afternoon.
Life lately has been fairly calm. We are in the midst of house hunting, and trying to determine if we should buy a house or embark on the journey of building a home. Yesterday, we spent all afternoon looking at houses, and still are not finding exactly what we are looking for in a home.
Work has been busy, but a lot of exciting projects going on. I spent most of this week in Nashville, and was so happy to FINALLY make it home Thursday night and out of all the ice and snow that hit middle TN.
All and all life is good. The Lord continues to bless us so very much, and I am so thankful how everything has fallen into place. Here are a few pics from the last week:
Kicked off the week working on all new creative for our new special exhibit at the Museum.
This is the old banner, and excited to reveal our new look for the exhibit.
Before leaving on Tuesday to head to Nashville, we found some time to look at several homes in Piney Flats.
Kicked off Wednesday morning with a tourism breakfast in Nashville. Loved seeing all of our region's tourism leaders and government officials.
BCM's leader giving an update to the group on the museum, festival, and much more.
Woke up to all this snow and ice in Nashville. So blessed to stay downtown at an awesome condo.
Best FB Post of the week. Realized that Chris is officially OBSESSED with Hattie B's. LOL!!
After finishing our meeting and grabbing lunch, we braved the weather and hit the Interstate for the 5 hour drive home. Check out these roads, they were aweful.
On Friday, one of our awesome board members brought cup cakes to our office to celebrate the amazing business plan our team completed last week. These cupcakes were amazing.
Friday night we caught up with these two, and my sis in law always keeps us laughing.
I cannot believe we are on verse #5!!! During this season of looking for a new house and settling back into living in my hometown, this verse truly reminds me of what my heart's true desire really is:
"For we live by faith, not by sight.We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it." (2 Corinthians 5:7-9 NIV)
I can't believe that February is over! These last two months have gone by so fast, and I am sure Easter will be here before I know it. Over the last couple of weeks I have stayed busy with work, looking for houses, going on a fun weekend getaway, and spending lots of time with our families. Here are a few pics of the last few weeks.
Weekend Selfie - Matt and I enjoyed a fun weekend with Jamie, Kristy, Chad, and Ashley in Pigeon Forge celebrating Jamie's B-Day!! It was an awesome weekend, and very relaxing.
Icicle fight anyone??
This has been my view for nearly two weeks!!!
All I can think about is how desperately I need an SUV
Yes, this is Lil Man Davis favorite snapping spot.
My side of the bed, tucked underneath the covers.
Woke up to this beautiful scene in Wytheville, VA this past week.
Love the view of the southern VA mountains.
Work is going well, and this pic was taken at a press conference in Galax, VA as we announced a new partnership with an awesome event. Simply love my job and excited for all the fun things ahead.
Often times I wish I had lived in the 1950s and been in my 20s. There is something so classy and chic about the 50s, when women wore gloves and had impeccable grace and manners. During the 1960s and 1970s, many of the traditional roles of women began to change, and today most women have no clue the basic rules of etiquette and manners. So, to help me brush up on my southern manners and etiquette, I thought I would embark on series called 100 Ways to be Elegant. Each week, I will share 10 new ways that I should add a little "grace" and "class" back into my lives. Enjoy!
1. Always send thank you notes to everyone.
Always take time to write a thank you note for even the smallest act of kindness. Thank you notes are perfect to show appreciate for gifts you've receive, kind words someone has said that meant a lot of you, and everything in the between. Investing in a nice set of stationary is key, and a great pen is the perfect way to get motivated to write a kind note to someone. My all time favorite stationary is Crane & Co.
2. Practice good posture
Stand up and sit up straight. It makes you look so confident and even makes you feel better overall.
3. Speak with purpose, do not babble on and on about nothing
4. Listen without interrupting - I am loving the new book by Karen Ehman called Keep it Shut, it is a perfect guide on how to use your words and when to listen.
5. Hold doors for everyone, especially older people or people carrying heavy things.
6. Have one signature perfume/cologne 7. Remember birthdays
8. Wear only 2-3 accessories
9. When hosting guests, always have cheese straws and sweet tea to serve. (Southern Elegance) 10. Read on a variety of topics
What are some of you favorite Etiquette tips? I would love to hear them!
I've been a Christian since I was eight (maybe a little longer), and over the last 27 years the Lord has done some AMAZING things in my life and truly blessed me in ways I never deserved. However, over the past year, the Lord has poured out a blessing that has been exceeding abundantly more than I could have asked or imagined. (Eph. 3:20).
When I think about life a year ago, I remember the following things:
- Being exhausted beyond words
- My body on the brink of a nervous breakdown
- Doubting all my abilities, judgements, and talents
- Feeling like I was failing as a wife, daughter, and friend
- Frustrated for letting my life get so far away from me
- And, finally deciding to make the decision to change everything I could in my life - including my job, walking away from so-called friends, and stepping down from EVERY community and civic responsibility.
I knew I had the love and support from my incredible husband and family, and by the grace of God I knew the ONLY thing that could ever help get me out of this pit was the Lord himself. Everything about my situation aggravated me. I felt used, mentally abused, and I knew this was not the life the Lord had intended me to live.
I can even remember back to an evening last January, when I received a very frustrating call about something at work, and when I got off the phone all I could do was cry. I was so frustrated and tired, and I couldn't find any words to pray. All I could do was cry, and I knew things needed to change.
So, I began asking the Lord to change my heart, change my situation, change my outlook on life, and ultimately change the direction of my life. I knew I was being a sub-par wife, daughter, and friend, and all the effort to be a rock star employee had blown up in my face like a puff of wind. I was done doing things "My Way," and decided it was time to begin trusting that the Lord to put me back together again - to be whole, complete, and ready to serve Him.
That incident in my kitchen stirred something in my soul, and I knew the only way I would get through it was to WAIT (patiently) on the Lord. So, I soon changed jobs, and began getting balance in life. I worked normal hours, spent lots of time with my husband, friends, and family and enjoyed some much needed relaxation. I faced some health issues as my body recovered from the intense stress; however, by summer I was feeling great, and the Lord was blessing me with a season of rest that I had not experienced in a long time.
In the Fall, I began experiencing a stir in my heart that something was about to change. I didn't know what it was, but spent a lot of time praying and talking
to Matt and beginning to open our hearts to a possible upcoming
Side note: For years, Matt and I talked about how we would NEVER move back home, because we could not find jobs in our hometown. However, in 2014, the Lord began changing our hearts, and we kept talking about how much we desired to be closer to family and discussing the possibility to moving home.
As Fall was well underway, I learned about a new work opportunity in my hometown that sounded very interesting. As I stated above, Matt and I had been talking more and more about moving home, and this opportunity seemed like the perfect fit. The only kicker - Matt's job was still in Knoxville. After going through one of the most intense interview processes of my life, I was so excited to land the new job. And, it didn't take Matt or I very long to agree that this was definitely a path the Lord was leading us, and excitedly took the new job.
Starting my new job at the BCM!
We still were not sure when Matt would get a job or if we would have to co-habitat in two cities for a while. However, in our hearts we had a peace that everything would work out perfectly. And, God's timing was right on track. By December, Matt learned of a new opportunity with his company and was awarded a promotion and a transfer to be closer to home. (Oh well for once believing we could not find jobs in our hometown......LOL!!)
Over Christmas, I spent time packing up our house and moving, and in January we put our house on the market. Five (5) HOURS later, we sold it and this past Friday we finalized all the paperwork and closed on the house.
Every step of this process as been perfectly orchestrated by the Lord's timing. Even at our closing, a small gift was given to Matt and I that the Lord used to reaffirmed that He is into even the smallest details of our lives.
Which leads me back to the beginning of this post - yes, I have been a Christian for 27+ years; however, even today I am blown away about how loving and faithful Jesus truly is to those who place their trust in Him. The Lord has it ALL under control and all we have to do is TRUST, be patient, and wait on His timing to move.
I am so honored that the Lord entrusted Matt and I with this big transition so we could give Him all the glory He deserves. This transition to move closer to home has been such a blessing and a reassurance to my soul. He has changed me from the person I was a year ago and my soul is better for it.
So, if you are facing challenges and feeling defeated about where life has you. STOP. Turn over all those fears and worry to the Lord, and I promise the adventure that is ahead of you is exceedingly, abundantly more than you can think or ask.
I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I was getting back into the habit of getting up early each morning for bible study before starting the day. What I failed to mention is that I am not alone. As I get out of bed around 5:30 a.m. each morning, Scooter Man Davis is ready to go. I've always teased that he LOVES Jesus about as much as I do, because every time I sit down for Bible Study he is right there with me. He listens patiently as I work on memory verses, read the word, and pray. However, I totally laughed out loud, when I opened my eyes from praying and saw him turned upside down with his eyes closed. I tried to catch a pic, but he opened his eyes when I reached for my phone. LOL!
I love that Scooter Man Davis loves
Jesus, and I hope one day I have the honor to raising my own children to
love the Lord with all their heart and lives.
Whew this weekend was crazy busy, but very productive and lots of fun!! I headed to Knoxville this weekend, and between moving and seeing a lot of amazing friends, it was an awesome weekend.
More details on the move to come, but since its the 1st of the month, I wanted to share my scripture I am memorizing for the next 15 days.
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."
This weekend, I listened to the Passion conference in Houston. I loved the reminder from Christine Caine, who said - "We are called to be a generation that is on mission for the Kingdom of
God. We are called to do the work that God as set before us." What an incredible reminder!