ohmygoodness. ohmygoodness. ohmygoodness.


How to start your morning.


enjoy :)

Favorite old movies.


1. Roman Holiday (Just watched this tonight:)2. Singing in the Rain
3. Casablanca
4. An Affair to Remember
6. How to Steal a Million
7. Hello Dolly
8. North by Northwest
What am I forgetting?

Meet Derell.


He's a dino cake. Here's how he was made:

Here's the directions (I altered mine a little...)
(He was a birthday cake for Natalie...yes, she's turning 27).

Here's what I've been up to.

#1: elizabeth and I were going stir crazy in our house and didn't have any plans...so we dressed up and went to dinner (with Natalie).

#2: We took our little friends Zimri and Cason to the park and out to eat :)

#3: elizabeth and I headed up to Thomasville, Georgia.

Family reunion.


Here's what I'm missing this weekend (fri. -sun.):

Speciale Family Reunion at Turkey Run State Park!
(pictures from last year)

1/8 of the family:

Late nights in the game room:

1st cousins:




My family is vacationing without me. They're heading out today, driving up to Indiana and Illinois. They'll make a stop at a friend's house in GA then continue up the states for our annual family reunion. My stupid stupid summer class is making me unable to go with. I'm sad. I love family vacations.

Since I can't go this year, I thought I'd post some pictures from last year and tell you what I'm missing.

All growing up Grandma Speciale's house has been one of my favorite places in the world. She has flower garden's (plural) and a big vegetable garden, a huge yard full of soft grass, and a cozy house full of memories as well as new things to discover.

The mulberry tree.

When we were little we'd eat the berries by the handfuls...not even noticing the tiny white bugs that cover them. yum...

We used to fit at least 4 kids in here and have one of the grown ups take us for a ride.
Grandma's the day lilly lady of her town. (And many other towns)
p.s. Illinois smells the best.
(quote by mom: "Well, it sure smells better than here. Florida just smells like mold.")
p.p.s. These photos are brought to you by April Joy. :)



So, getting your passport stamped for the first time is really exciting. While traveling to Haiti I heard some stories about other people's travels. It inspired me. I want to fill up my passport now!

I think I'll go here:

And maybe over here:


And I could visit for this:

And this would be pretty exciting:


Where would you go?

Remembering Haiti.

Haiti pt.2.


I journal-ed some in Haiti. About my experience, what I saw, how I felt. Through my writing I talked to God about what He was doing in Haiti, with His people there. And about what he was doing with me. I loved being able to see windows of the soul through children's smiles and love and through the Haitians' joy and worship. There were so many opportunities to see God's love and presence there. It was truly beautiful. I will never forget that trip. And can't wait to return.

To see some of the things I did in Haiti, you can check out elizabeth's blog!



1. I'm back from Haiti.
2. My favorite place in the world is on the roof of the mission in Beauchamp (bo-shawn), Haiti...under the most beautiful starry sky.
3. I miss my little Haitian friends.
4. I cried when we had to come home.
5. I would like to go back.
6. I accidently left my camera at my family's house...so no pictures yet.
7. It was an amazing trip.
8. Haiti is BEAUTIFUL.
9. I'm going back next year.
10. I miss Haiti.



I'm heading to Haiti!!!
I'll let you know how it went when I get back. :)



If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
— Cicero