looking back~ savannah’s graduation party

while we are knee deep in graduation & all the festivity and planning around here i thought it might be fun to look back. i hope to share some of the ways we celebrated both savannah & madison during this exciting time!!
the following post was originally posted may of 2011~~
i think for me,
some of the most memorable moments as a parent
are those when i was able to witness my friends and family
bless and love on one my girls.
this past sunday ( as i may have mentioned once or a hundred times)
we celebrated savannah’s graduation along with sweet bailey, at our home.
i think we had between 250 & 300 people
come & do just that.
priceless memories tucked into my heart.
i can’t imagine a wedding….this was so special
& it was only a couple hours of an open house.
while we ended up with a completely overcast , unseasonably cool day,
we missed out on our usual hot & muggy heat and we had no rain. i’ll take it!
the girls wanted their colors to be red, pink, orange and yellow.
i ordered candies from (i think it was) candy warehouse
for our candy bar.
we made strawberry mint water, inspired by The Paris Market.
bailey’s “gran” brought freshly picked blueberries for the lemonade
and watermelons from florida.
we served subs and chips.
we also had a kona ice truck that served up snow cones for everyone!
i apologize in advance.
while there’s only one highschool graduation party,
there’s a few hundred images from a super fun day
that we’ll never forget!
 i have the sweetest sister in law in the world.
she helped serve food & keep drinks filled
so i could visit.
thank you cindy lou!!
& to one of my besties, jill,
thank you for all your hard work!!
i’m so glad that the anthropolgie apron you gifted me was debuted at the party!
the only time i saw you
you were tirelessly scrubbing the porch floor.
i opted against capturing that moment on film!
 one of my dearest lifelong friends showed up
& brought smk and i both to tears.
we’ve loved you all these years sweet shannie
& thank heavens for precious friends
who brought a treat for the mom of the grad!
love you pauls!
to everyone that came,
thank you
for taking time out of a busy weekend
to come & encourage savannah & bailey,
for your words of blessings,
for  your gifts
& most importantly
for your friendship
April 25, 2015 - 9:54 am

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April 25, 2015 - 10:16 am

michelle - Do you sell Caroin’s dress? A a Lu just outgrew the blue and green one we purchased from you a few years back. It was a favorite.

April 25, 2015 - 10:39 am

Lindsey - I remember reading this when it was posted for the first time in 2011 and tearing up as I read through it. Can’t believe that oldest daughter of yours is about to graduate from COLLEGE!!

April 25, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Becky - Absolutely beautiful party! I love the picture of all of you in your pink! You have beautiful daughters with the best smiles. Congratulations and best wishes to them.

April 25, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Heidi Ferguson - I’ve loved this trip down memory lane! Nice to see Lily back in the spotlight and not have a negative though come with it (hellooooo Target!-LOL!). You guys obviously worked so hard to get every single detail perfect for that day! I know they had so much fun! Like I said, I’m available for adoption at any time- although my son and hubby might miss me-I’m good for a weekend of nothing but girl time! Haha!

April 25, 2015 - 5:34 pm

carol Jane - What a beautiful parry. The colors are gorgeous. Beautiful family.

a cliche & a minted special for you


smocked dresses//babydolls//storytime//hairbows//favorite blankie//paperdolls//mary janes//goldfish & sippy cups//hugs & holding hands

the “browneyes”//freshmen at the same time//seniors at the same time//love jesus//nurturing//leaders//look like their daddy gregg//cheerleaders//nap after school//pierced nose//UGA//extroverts//

one loves to read. one does not.

one is the lion. one is the otter.

mission to kosovo. mission to peru.

business major/religion minor. early childhood education major.

burger. salad.

high waisted. low waisted.

salty. sweet.

type A. not even sorta.

they fight & they bicker. they’re tough on their mama. they are passionate. they are loyal to their friends, which they have many. they are more alike than they realize. they are kind & fun. they both carry the middle name of a beloved family member that’s gone on before them.

they are my favorite brown eyed brunettes in the entire world.

and they make me very very proud.







i wanted to share the graduation announcements we ordered through minted. i’ve used minted for announcements & christmas cards for years and i’m always pleased with the selection as well as the customer service.

this attached link will provide you with $25 off your first order over $50. enjoy.

& young mamas, i have to tell you, this truly is my favorite stage of parenting.

when my girls were little they were so resilient and seemingly so quick to forgive my faults…which are many. and yes they forgive me now, but the filter shifted. the cracks are more visible and healing takes longer.

but i LOVE watching them become who they are. not just mini-me’s, not just mini-parent combos. but them. their own convictions. their own beliefs ( even the times they differ from mine). i love watching them dream & then watch from the sidelines as those dreams become fulfilled. i love sharing cowboy boots & my closet. i love when they want to spend time with me and i try to not act like it hurts when they don’t. i love getting in their cars & listening to the music they’ve been listening to & seeing who asks them out on dates. i love it when someone tells me something kind or awesome they did. i love seeing images of their big smiles & laughter on facebook. i love looking at them when they don’t realize it & even though they’re not a mini-me….sometimes i see myself anyways.

and that first picture…it was just the other day ya’ll. i swear. it was just the other day.

April 23, 2015 - 10:17 am

Ann - I have tears in my eyes. I have three girls and they are currently in the stage of that first photo. Ages 8, 5, and 1. Thank you for the beautiful words describing your girls. I hope someday to be able to say the same about my girls.

April 23, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Rebecca - This post made me cry. Bittersweet tears, I suppose. I’ve sent one boy off to Savannah this spring, and another one looking at apartments in the next town over. I thought I was prepared for the empty nest. Now, I’m not so sure. Your brown eyes are beautiful girls. Best wishes and much love to both of them.

April 24, 2015 - 10:45 pm

Andrea - Dear Paige…..your girls are ALL so lovely. I can only imagine that they are just as lovely if not more so in person. It has been so fun and a pleasure to watch them grow up to these beautiful young women on your blog. Thank you for sharing them with us.