current crush


last weekend i had a photosession in over in athens. savannah was out of town & the hour long drive each way alone sounded like a little more alone time than i currently prefer. so my sweet “quality time” man rode with me & hung out at a local coffee shop while i shot. one of our favorite lunch spots in athens just so happens to be across the street from my current fave athens shop. lucky me.

madison & i stumbled into philanthropy last fall while we were shooting in franklin tennessee.  we immediately fell in love with, not only with the merchandise but even more so, their mission.

“Philanthropy donates 100% of proceeds from online sales straight back to our charities while we walk with them, invest in them, and teach all of our customers about their missions.”



we each grabbed a couple of these slips which philanthropy carries in a variety of colors.

while i love their new location in athens….think open loft, exposed beam ceilings, comfy leather chairs & chandeliers, sophisticated barn style. think bed stu boots, creations from local artisans, sseko sandals, gorgeous jewelry and clothing…..i want to share what made me completely fall in love with this boutique.

dan & i were shopping around & i introduced myself to what turned out to be the owner. we talked about everything from ethical fashion, to photography, to living in russia ( both she & dan lived there at different times), adoption, to how she wants to support & platform local businesses in athens. we talked about noonday & my trip to rwanda. our kiddos and laundry soap. and then i shared that dan had just been diagnosed with colon cancer that very week.

she said, well we’re gonna just stop & pray for ya’ll right now. and she did just that. right then. right there. she & another employee of the shop took our hands & we stood there in a circle. beneath the exposed pipe ceiling & chandeliers, she prayed for us. right beside the register where the business cards lay that share the mission of the boutique. right there while two customers were purchasing what i’m certain was something super cute.

“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other

so that you can live together whole and healed.

the prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” james 5.16-18

while i’m betting you might think that sounds sorta out there & random. while you might wonder if i always introduce myself to women in boutiques i can’t help but wonder if the entire day was really all about that very moment. (any boutique that carries uber cool boots and prays over my family is what i’m talking about.)


another organization i have a crush on is the giving keys. ( which you can also purchase at philanthropy)

“The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward.”

canvas shop fall collage

and finally, be sure & check out the fall themed options in my canvas shop!



September 12, 2014 - 12:51 pm

beth - thanks for sharing, paige. i stumbled upon this wonderful shop in franklin tenn last spring as well. loved it! my husband and i met a sweet lady there who invited us to worship at her church that Easter Sunday. what a wonderful experience! loved to hear your story of how the Lord used this great shop to bless you as well. i will pray for you and dan as you travel on this journey. (ps we met at the elevator at allume last year…maybe our paths will cross again another time!)

September 12, 2014 - 2:02 pm

peggy - OH paige,
when i hear about this all over again it just makes me teary eyed! I love coming across people like that! folks who are willing to love on one another without trepidation… to follow God’s leanings on their heart. and the giving keys.. my oh my… what a ministry!
love you girlie and thank you for sharing your “crushes” with us! Talk about being blessed. love ya!

September 12, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Laura - What an amazing story! Honestly, what a day! That is such a God thing! Girl, I wanted to check with you to see if you and Dan have looked at Cancer Treatment Centers of America? Please consider them as they are also faith-based, and I think they could make the experience 1000% better for both you, your kids, and him. Feel free to email me if you have questions or you are curious about anything! You are in the area for the Newnan hospital (where I work), just let me know! I would be so glad to help!

September 12, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Jackie - Dara is a dear friend of mine. She is the real deal. So thankful for the many ways that this shop is impacting our sweet Athens community. And so glad you got to meet her–two peas in a pod. 😉

September 13, 2014 - 10:43 am

Donna - God is good. He always puts us in exactly the right place at the right time. He knew exactly what you needed will keep you and your family int prayers. Athens sounds like a lovely place.

September 14, 2014 - 1:50 pm

teresa - Sweet Paige,
I am just catching up on your blog and just now read about Dan. I am praying mightily for him and you and the girls. Jesus is the Great Physician and I hanging on to that. Know that many are praying and loving you from afar!

Beautiful posts, beautiful pictures, beautiful family! Love you!

September 14, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Lemonade Makin Mama - Love all your beautiful inside-and-out posts Paige. Well, they are all that way… but they always make my heart smile. Big prayers are with your sweet people.

September 15, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Curtis & Sherrie Chipley - As always love your posts…. they inspire me every time I read about you and your amazing family. Sherrie and I will continue to pray for Dan, and yourself, and the girls as you travel this journey through Dan’s illness. We have a sign in our home that I had made several years ago. It reads, ” There is Always, Always, Always something to be Thankful for…..” Hold on to this thought as you travel this journey… I know that for our family it has helped us through many challenging journey’s that God has taken us on in the last few years, including cancer, losing a job, a suicide attempt….. Hold on to God and he will see you through… Blessings my Blogging Friend….
Curtis & Sherrie.. your prayer partners from California!!

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