Hayes’s First Fiesta: The Fiesta Details

We had Hayes's First Fiesta at the historic home where Todd's firm is located. They have some gorgeous grounds around the property and we held the party on the grounds. It was so … [Continue Reading]

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Hayes’s Noggin

Thank you all so much for your comments, texts, tweets, emails, and phone calls yesterday. I could really feel them and so much of my worry was taken away. Todd and I have a fairly … [Continue Reading]

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You Are My Sunshine baby shower!

This weekend, with 5 of my friends, I co-hosted a baby shower for a very dear friend. We decided on a You Are My Sunshine theme for the shower. We focused on yellow and orange … [Continue Reading]

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battles and wars

Oh, life as a mom of a two-year-old. Is there anything more humbling? This post is not going to be pretty. Lately, I've just been feeling like I'm failing. I know that a lot of … [Continue Reading]

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I’m a boy mom

Boy mom. I hear this title used a lot. It's not a title I ever thought I'd have. I always imagined myself having two girls and then having a baby boy. You know, when I'd play … [Continue Reading]

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4 years of blogging

If you're new to Blue-Eyed Bride, this is a pretty decent recap post to get you all filled in since the beginning. Every September, this date rolls around. I don't celebrate it … [Continue Reading]

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now that I’m a mommy…

I say things like, "Because I said so" and "go to your room." I find myself counting to three and taking deep breaths to avoid confrontation with family members. I know how to … [Continue Reading]

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my home organization notebook

A few weeks ago, I mentioned my desire to create a Home Organization Notebook based on the one I saw on Honey We're Home. I was so inspired to have everything all in one place … [Continue Reading]

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Green Eggs and Ham birthday party: the details

These posts are going to have to be broken up into two or three parts because there are so many things to see! This post is just going to be the details: decorations, food, … [Continue Reading]

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the night before…

Our lives are going to change tomorrow. There's no way around it. We're checking into the hospital at 5:30 tomorrow morning and the induction begins at 6:30. I have no idea how … [Continue Reading]

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31 Days of Breaking Bread: Halloween & Hospitality

HALLOWEEN & HOSPITALITY

We’re wrapping up our 31 day challenge, and I didn’t come close to posting every single day, but I have so loved this topic. With Halloween coming up on Friday, I’m already thinking about the opportunities for connection and community. I know that for many of us, community is the biggest barrier to being an inviter and opening up our hearts and homes.

How do these wonderful, magical communities seem to fall into people’s laps? Who am I supposed to invite?

I’ve been there, and it took a lot of work and intentionality to get that sense of community. It took inviting and inviting and inviting when it feels repetitive and like it might even be a little annoying. But it’s worth it.

We’ve been in our neighborhood now for almost a year, and we’ve tried to be “front yard people.” We spend a lot of time playing in our driveway and riding bikes in front of our house. Because of this, we’ve had great opportunities to meet our neighbors and continue those conversations from one day to the next. Even Boudreaux has welcomed himself into a neighbor’s home. (But that’s a story for a different day! Crazy dog!)

Our neighborhood is having a little cul de sac party before trick-or-treating begins on Friday night. I’m excited to get to know some of our neighbors that we haven’t gotten to know yet. I’m looking forward to learning their kids’ names. It’s such a great opportunity to make connections and then invite people over for chili and cornbread the following weekend. Why not?

I’m going to be thinking of some easy, intentional things that I can do and ways that I can invite, and just invite. That initial invitation can be the biggest hangup and barrier to community, but I can assure you that people want to come!

The first time one of our neighbors invited us over for dinner, I was truly surprised and also so touched. It was so special to us that they said they wanted to get to know us.

When your neighbors stop by and trick-or-treat, memorize their names. Learn something new about them. And maybe even extend an invitation for them to pop by for supper one night. You never know what could come of it!

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31 Days of Breaking Bread: an easy Thanksgiving centerpiece

Today, I’m posting over on Every Day Cheer and sharing a very easy idea for a fall or Thanksgiving table centerpiece using things you already have in your home. It’s a low fuss way to add a little punch for a special occasion that leaves you plenty of time to focus on what matters around the table. Head over to Every Day Cheer to see more!

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31 Days of Breaking Bread: love of strangers

Casual dinner setting for a small party with starters on the table

Did y'all know that Biblical hospitality means love of strangers ... and enemies? I seriously squirm a little when I type that. I honestly can't think of a single "enemy" in my life. But I can think of lots of people that I have just ignored because I'm too busy. People that I've walked past … [Read More...]

31 Days of Breaking Bread: She Reads Truth Hospitality Study

She Reads Truth- Hospitality

Oh, friends. I am so sorry I dropped the ball on our conversation about breaking bread and how we can have imperfect hospitality and imperfect community. Hudson broke his arm on Sunday night, and Monday was spent getting him treated, and the rest of the week kind of followed suit. All is well in our … [Read More...]