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it’s 2:16 on a wednesday. i’m in my jammies & the bed is unmade. the breeze is so wonderful outside my open window that i actually need my fluffy slippers. my coffee is cold & the fridge could use some food. dan offered to bring home pizza & the fact that i haven’t laid down for a nap seems like a small victory today!

i have to tell you..all of that makes me very happy and content. ( well, sans the empty fridge detail).

madison & i rolled in last night at midnight following an absolutely full & blessed three days in Franklin Tennessee. and i roll right back out tomorrow. this is so not my normal pace so please don’t think for a second i live this exciting of a life on a regular basis!

when i was in guatemala with our noonday crew, we met up with the Food for the Hungry blogger team lead by lindsey nobles. we chatted when we arrived back home about a noonday show and soon started getting all the details together. i knew i wanted to see a few precious friends while we were there…and then some photosessions fell into place. i knew all the planets were going to need to align ( or is it stars? i always get sayings confused) and i would need to jump through a few hoops. flaming of course.

but i’ll tell you. the lord’s hand was just all over those few days & all the many details involved. all over it. madi & i were able to hook up with lindsey & friends for an intimate gathering and sharing about noonday. i was able to spend time & have sleepovers with my dear friend sibi & linsey.-photograph their families and as well as my sweet friend jennifer and her family.if i didn’t have to get madi home to school and get my tail over to Allume i could have easily overstayed my welcome. sigh…. just a dream.

i lived in nashville as a little girl and always love an opportunity to get over there albeit quite rare. franklin is the absolutely most charming town just a little bit aways from nashville. i love it. field after field after field of horses…wide open spaces filled with cattle and farm homes sprinkled all over. and fantastic shopping. oh girl. fantastic shopping.

my heart’s desire for this season-this full, easy to be overwhelmed and over-committed season- is to be fully there. wherever it is. fully there. fully engaged with a friend while we sip latte or fully loving on a little 8 year old fella that smiles at me from behind his very dapper eye glasses. fully in awe of His glory as i look over a pasture in tennessee or a foggy morning in the PNW ( details later). fully listening as my daughter rides shotgun through the hills of chattanooga or while i listen to a loved one pour her heart out over the phone. just there. right there.

i feel the Lords favor when i am there. do you know what i mean? when i sit on the porch and just smell the crispness of fall & the sun on my face. when i kneel down beside a beautiful young girl and speak truth into her while she’s being photographed. i do. i feel Him in those moments. humbled and grateful for every one of them. i can look at all the notes and obligations over the next several weeks and allow my spirit to get all knotted up OR i can look at them as gifts, as divine appointments, as moments He has given me for such a times as this. i never want to take for granted the relationships or opportunities of right now or think any of this current good is anything other than from Him.

here are a few random pictures from the last several days. emi from the Miss PHS pageant and a few iphone shots from franklin. i head back out in the morning for Allume. this homebody is so fired up to see my friends & hug necks, stay up late, play in edie’s MAC inventory & learn from these gifted speakers!!

i’ll be back soon with something worthwhile as far as reading as well as the real pictures from the last few days…..until then….

 

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October 23, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Amy Avery - Your words are so beautifully written Miss Paige, I can almost hear your exhale of peace and joy as you write about your recent experiences. You got it dear friend, in the midst of our lives even in busyness when we really truly soak it up we experience God and the peace he wants us to always have.
I know it’s been a while since I have commented here, but you have been in my thoughts and prayers always. Have a wonderful and safe trip! oxox

October 23, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Maria Hanson - I love this update. It sounds like you’ve had a fun time with WONDERFUL women. Sibi, Angie Smith, Linsey. How fun!!!

Enjoy your time at Allume and be sure to post when you get home. xo

October 23, 2013 - 7:56 pm

JuliaW - Lovely post. Thank you for reminding me to be present fully; it really is the Lord’s gift, just for us! I enjoy your blog — I found it by signing up for your style video class, which was just great. You have such beautiful girls! I am the mother of 4 sons (two grown, two getting there), so I truly enjoyed a dose of girly-ness. Thanks again!

October 23, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Bridgette Gresham - Eek! The 6th picture down is where Raleigh and I got married! 🙂 So fun!!! Our reception site was also in downtown Franklin and we walked from the chapel to the reception. Glad you had a fun trip!

October 24, 2013 - 8:50 am

LLH Designs - I’m still fumbling for words to describe the gift you were to me…and me to you. {Tears in my eyes!} God really knows how to bless, doesn’t He?!?! SO glad you got to come stay with us on the farm. Though I was jealous fro some golden light family photos and didn’t get any, I can’t WAIT to see what God’s better idea was! You’ve got an incredible run of divine appointments in your life right now. ENJOY His favor and His presence as you encounter each one. xoxo!!!

October 24, 2013 - 9:51 am

Alecia - I’ve been looking for a cute butter dish & I do believe you found exactly what I want…so cute! Beautiful pics of Emi’s dress…stunning…Sounds like you had a lovely time & hope the same for your time at Allume.

October 27, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Julie@jam-n-jilly - Oh paige! It’s been way to long for me not to visit! And I have to tell you that this post has brought tears to my eyes! A lot going on over here and this post just made me wonder! Miss you sweet friend!

October 27, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Mimi - Franklin is a very fun place. I went there several years ago with girlfriends for a weekend… we had a good time : )

January 6, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Lisa - Help! I LOVE the romantic bed pictured in one of the photos here–what store is it from!?!?!? Would LOVE to look into a purchase!