Sweet Sentiments

Grandmother’s Gifts If you know me, you know that I am a pretty sentimental person. There is so much to treasure in life. Some new additions were added to my kitchen recently. My grandmother has been going through her treasures and decided to give my sister and I a few things that she’s collected over the years. This included old tin canisters, a wooden rolling pin and old canning jars. I love each of them so much because there’s so many memories attached to each item. I decided to frame one of my favorite recipes she gave me when I first got married. I remember her making this cake for me on special occasions, and the chocolate icing was unbelievable. I would eat the icing straight out of the bowl as she made it. I am so happy with how they turned out in the kitchen, and I am even happier when I look at them and think of her.   Have a great day! XOXO

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Tapestry: Ladies Retreat | Chattanooga, Tennessee

I had the opportunity to be a part of my church’s ladies retreat this year. We hosted the event in Chattanooga, TN, and our theme for the weekend was Tapestry, with an emphasis on Ephesians 4:1-3: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The weekend was a great reminder of how we as women are like different chords being woven together to create a greater picture, or tapestry, to display the love and beauty of Christ. Through letting go of our insecurities and embracing our gifts and the gifts of others we can achieve more together. The beauty of the church is that each of us has certain strengths and things that make us different from each other, and together, we can accomplish so much by joining together. Even though it rained most of our time there, we still had a great time. Here are…

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Andrew Belle – The Vinyl, Atlanta

Last week, Ian and I went with our friends Jimmy and Jen to see one of my favorite artists at The Vinyl in Atlanta. I’ve been listening to Andrew Belle a little over a year now, and still can’t stop. This tour, accompanied by Diane Birch, was a stripped down version of his Black Bear record. The Black Bear album depicts raw and beautiful truth. After growing up in a Christian home and going to church, Belle began searching for answers on his own. He then learned something about himself. He didn’t choose God, God chose him. And that is what Black Bear came from. “I had this vision in my mind of this raspy, dirty-looking bear in the woods, hunting me,” he says. “And that’s how it felt — like God was coming after me. Relentlessly. And it’s a common thread throughout the album.” If you watch Belle, you can see that the Bear finally caught him. His humble nature proves that music is not about himself or the fame he may receive. We’ll definitely be going again when he…

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When Your Milestones Leave You Unsatisfied

I spent a lot of my time as a young girl waiting and trying hard to get to the real world. People would always say, “When you get into the real world…” And though I am blaming no one but myself, I had this idea that if I could only get to the “real world” my life would start. I don’t believe I am the only person with this idea though. I think that many of us have jumped from milestone to milestone and thought, “Is this it? Is this what it’s suppose to feel like?” It’s not that you weren’t excited, but you just weren’t as satisfied and accomplished as you thought you were going to be. What makes it more difficult is our lives seem to completely revolve around these milestones. We are taught that life is a series of checklists. High school, college, career, marriage, purchase a house, travel, have a baby and so on until you finally die. Each checklist item leads us to believe that life would really begin then. And for some of us,…

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Our Love Story

If you don’t like sappy posts, I wouldn’t scroll any further… It is hard to share our love story without sharing how we first met. Circa 2006, Ian was playing in a christian rock band that would often come and play at my school for chapel. I remember sitting in the bleachers in the gym auditorium watching them play. My friends were all drooling over the lead singer and guitarist, while I was too focused on how cute the drummer was, shaggy hair and all. I loved how he sang with every song, and was so passionate about his music. I guess you could call this the first time we met. We became Facebook friends shortly after… although Ian really doesn’t remember this as much as I do.  And both of us went on with our lives. We both dated a few people here and there, but our paths never crossed. Three years later, I got a message on Facebook from Ian. It basically shared that he was deleting a bunch of friends off his Facebook page and he couldn’t…

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The Truth

The truth is… I put off blogging for years. It has always been a dream of mine to start something on my own and to do something I was passionate about, but several things hindered me. I feared failure. What if I was terrible at it? What if no one wanted to read anything I had to say? Having a Type A personality led me to believe that starting The Southern Trunk was something I had no control over. It wasn’t something practical. I feared being egotistical. Social media has created such a perfect avenue for people to live out their insecurities. Posting only the glamorous, extraordinary and perfect, leaving others to comparison, judgment and insecurity. Did I want to feed this craze? I feared the unknown. Like I mentioned, I am not great at taking risks or doing something that doesn’t make perfect sense. I wasn’t sure where the time or the resources would come into play. But the real truth is… None of that matters. Something that my husband and my role models have taught me is that…

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Snowpocalypse Round 2

I’ve lived in metro-Atlanta for 24 years now, and I still can’t predict any type of consistency in the weather. Besides living through the blizzard of ’93, this years double blast of snow and ice has been the most interesting weather I’ve been in. But the 2nd time around, V and I were a little more prepared, so we got to enjoy it a little better. We woke up early this morning, assuming it would be another icing, but to our surprise, we got a little over 4″ of snow! With that, we got dressed quickly and went out on a little adventure. Below are a few of the shots we took with our friends Jason & Erin around our neighborhood.

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Valentines Day for the Guys

Let’s face it, Valentines Day isn’t so much for the guys. It’s more for the lovely ladies. Victoria and I have done many different things over the past years, including everything from the super fancy dinners to just staying at home with takeout and watching a movie. Each year has always been different and depends on what we have going on. For instance, this year has been hectic with the launch of TST last Monday, so we decided to do something a little more low-key (which I would share, but I don’t want to lose our seats at the restaurant since it’s a first-come first-serve establishment…) With that being said, I do believe in celebrating Valentines day. Of course, I don’t need a special day each year to treat my wife, but I do enjoy the experience and excitement I can give her by participating in it. It brings me joy to make her happy and I love the surprise. Lets just say, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating a day that has grown into celebrating the love I have for…

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