college visits & a trip to the aquarium

can you see the little tiny baby bunny in the photo below? far left corner?

yes. for spring break, i’ve watched brinkley watch out the front windows at the tiny baby bunnies living out in a large plant in our front yard.

we’re not spring breakers that head to the beach. well let me rephrase that. as the girls have gotten older, they sometimes head to the beach for a few days with friends. so dan and i, brinkley and caroline have been holding down the fort and watching the pollen count rise to 8,000. for folks that have no reference for what on earth the pollen count is, think sinus armageddon.

don’t let me fool you. we’ve had a great week. i’ve had a few photo shoots & am actually heading to birhmingham tomorrow to be a second shooter with a very gifted photographer to photograph a wedding!

lucky me, when madison doesn’t have to work, she’ll head off to photo sessions with me. we had a blast photographing some super cute little girls here in atlanta, actually from birmingham, to see Mary Poppins at the Fox theatre. i’ll share some of those soon.

we headed down to Passion City church to hear, yet another, fabulous lesson from louie and kick off a week of raising awareness that slavery still exists. ( see previous post)

tuesday we took madison to visit the Georgia Tech campus. GT is an incredible institution right in the heart of the city. big rivals with our beloved UGA. both schools very competitive not only against each other in sports, but in their admission process. at our little tour, they told us this year’s freshman class gpa average 3.99 and sat score 2100. whoa.  madison has not applied yet but is very interested. GT has a gorgeous campus and we were there on a spectacular spring day, making it all the more beautiful.

emi was down in cocoa beach with her friends. she’s home now. burnt and peeling. i know. i know. but she had a blast. she’s sporting the very popular and will surely sell out again this year, noonday perfect sunhat.

while sissies were packing their beach bags, ( madison is now down at navarre beach) caroline mentioned that if we’d simply take her shopping one day she’d be happy. she has gift cards from her birthday party. let me throw in right here a little shout out to little bit. dan & i were discussing the other day what an easy child she is. always pleasant. easy to please. cheerful. never complains. never wakes on the wrong side of the bed. like ever.

so wednesday morning dan asked her if she’d rather have some extra cash to add to her giftcard loot or go somewhere on a little adventure. without hesitation she replied that she’d rather do something with us. so off to the georgai aquarium we went.

despite that awful photo of me, we had a fantastic time. the dolphin show was worth its weight in gold to me. i cried. no like i really cried during the show. it was beautiful. i’ve always had a  special place in my heart for dolphins…anyways. it was wonderful.

for those of you visiting atlanta, just down from the world of coke & the aquarium is west side urban market. one of my favorite shopping areas. kayce hughes just opened a new boutique a few weeks ago. there’s also lululemon, jack spade and free people, just to name a few.

then on to flip burger boutique. love flip burger. the milkshakes are amazing… i hear, wink. the one shown below is the nutella burnt marshmallow.

forgot to mention in my last post, i’m reading  Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotionson my kindle & absolutely love it!

oh & ps. all tiny baby bunnies are still safe!!

April 12, 2013 - 10:14 am

Melissa - That store looks amazing as does the food! Love how they framed the TVs

April 12, 2013 - 10:36 am

Julie Ann - Dear Paige. You always do such nice pics. I was looking for the rabbit in the pic with the flag….at first. I finally found it….so cute. I never found the bad pic of you though! Glad you had a good time and a special moment seeing the dolphins!
Julie Ann

April 12, 2013 - 10:51 am

Alisa - I love the Westside Urban Market…especially Star Provisions! I was in Birmingham last weekend for a girl’s trip. We go every year… such a fun place to shop and hop around. Here is my post about our trip…

Where’s the wedding?? Have fun!

April 12, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Kim I. - Alright missy… as if I didn’t have enough reason to covet your sweet self and life, let’s throw in being close to Atlanta and all the fun shopping!! Heavens! Looks like a good time was had by all. The picture of you is darling and I would love to knowwhere you found the super-cute, springy top. Do tell. :)

April 12, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Vhonda Cook - Hey Paige,

i noticed that you said that was an awful picture of you. Please do not put yourself down, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and you are very pretty, cool and talented:) i heard a pastor on the radio say that we should never put ourselves down and should just praise God! on the day i heard this i had just been looking in the mirror thinking of all the things wrong with my face and hair!!!! what was i thinking our Jesus loves us and that should be enough.

April 12, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Elizabeth Beck - Where in the world do your girls find such great clothes? I am so tired of the same mall stores for my teen daughters!

April 12, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Rachel W - I have been commenting less and less on blogs since I became a mom in the fall, but I am still enjoying reading yours on my phone when I’m feeding my baby! I love following along with your family and seeing your girls grow. You are such wonderful model of motherhood!

Also…we have some good friends down in ATL, and if we manage to come down and visit, I so want to book you to take some family photos for us :)

April 13, 2013 - 9:20 am

Kerri - Good Morning! If I ever make it down to GA, will you take me on a shopping trip? :) My friend’s sister married a Georgia boy and they have taken their girls to that aquarium. I remember beeing in awe of the shark tank! I started my srping break today so we are off to the aquarium in Mystic, CT tomorrow! I am so glad Caroline wanted to spend time with mom and dad! I hope my Caroline will want to when she is her age! XOXO

April 14, 2013 - 7:37 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I feel like I had so much to say all through this post so that when I got to the comment box I hardly knew where to begin. I LOVE that sunhat. LOVE. (I also love those darling little figures of the cuties wearing those hats. Oh those days are so long gone for me, it’s not even funny… )

I love that you guys went to aquarium and those dolphins looked so happy. They just cheer you up, don’t they?

April 14, 2013 - 9:51 pm

tara - we were at the aquarium last week…loved it.
not surprisingly, my boys, including andy, all enjoyed the world of coke the best.
can you believe it? they enjoyed the coke place more than the amazing aquarium?
they were like 3 little boys in a candy store trying all those different cokes.
lydia and i could have cared less about the world of coke…meanwhile, the boys (all three of them) :) left with t-shirts and shorts and all sorts of COKE paraphernalia. gah.

so love that little bit chose time with you guys…no surprise. :) you two are awesome. who wouldn’t want to spend time with you and dantheman.

April 14, 2013 - 9:52 pm

tara - ps. love the picture of you.
the shirt is aaaahhhhmazing.

April 14, 2013 - 10:09 pm

tina - lookin good paige! i love that caroline chose time with you guys. our boys are teenagers, and we have so much fun with them.i love that they actually want to hangout with us.and i love the aquarium pics! so beautiful! and i def. have to read this book!

a collection of good reads

i’m finally getting caught up on some good books. dan has been reading off the required reading list savannah has for one of her UGA religion classes. so he’s been hanging out with the likes of c.s. lewis and timothy keller. the jury is still out on whether caroline will love reading. she’s always  been a gadget girl but lately she’s found some books that interest her. having read the lightning thief series for school, she fell in love with those!  she just finished shawn johnson’s book,  Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams

she needed to chose a book for another school project that could fall into any genre. fiction, biography, etc. i was so tickled to see that she chose Perfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to Foot

it was also so cute to see her read one of my all time favorites from my childhood, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

loving ben ashby’s FOLK magazines. a work of art i tell ya!

i’m a fan of christine caine & enjoyed her book, Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do

i’m usually only able to focus my attention on one book at a time. and i often times love a mindless fiction to carry me away before i turn in each night. however at an attempt to broaden my world view i’m enjoying reading ( usually along with a mindless fiction) books such as christines and now, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

while it’s not as sophisticated as the original, i did enjoy an adapted version of Les Miserables

i’ve enjoyed angie smith’s blog since she began writing. her ability to weave humor and truth is really like none other. Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Wholeis a collection of several of her blog posts. i highly recommend this one!

 Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipesjust released this week & should be here anyday.

i ordered several goodies from amazon, including Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

along with Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning

we were at barnes & noble earlier this week where i purchased the entire ( well almost the entire) c.s. lewis collection. clearly i have some great reads ahead of me.

would love to know what you’re reading & what you love.

ps. the first image of books is a collection that was a gifted by my hubby. they can each be purchased at anthropologie

April 11, 2013 - 10:43 am

Becky - Thanks for sharing your book list! I always enjoy a good book recommendation. My friend is writing an article on favorite Christian books, so I just made a list too : )

April 11, 2013 - 11:21 am

Mimi - Ah, some new books to check out! So cute seeing your daughter reading Judy Blume. I think that book is a rite of passage. I remember reading it when I was growing up.
I’ve got Bread and Wine in my order account and can’t wait to get it. I hope its as good as the hype. :)
I’ve been reading about FOLK magazine but haven’t seen a copy. Do you have to order it or is it on the newsstands?
C.S. Lewis is so good. I just finished a compilation of his writings called, The Joyful Christian.
I also like to balance out my heavier reading with a little easy fiction. I’d really like to know how you like the story on Haiti. The book looks really interesting.
Are you by any chance on goodreads??

April 11, 2013 - 2:06 pm

tiffany day - Hi Paige!!

I am currently reading Daring Greatly – so good!

I also have a hardtime reading more than one book at a time and there are so many I want to read, I need to figure out a way.

Some of the ones you listed,I have also wanted to read. I also like the idea of a “real” book rather than on my kindle but buying a book with one or two clicks, sure is nice 😉

Thanks for the inspiration and ideas!


April 11, 2013 - 3:32 pm

tara - I am so impressed with your list of books…SMK and I were talking about her religion class last week at lunch….so cool that Dan is reading those books along with her. Could we think he’s any more awesome? I think not.

I need to get a reading plan and stick to it.
I have stunk it up this year…haven’t been faithful at all with reading, which is SO unlike me.

Way to go! Keep it up…tell us about them when you’re done..I love a great book review.

April 11, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Kellie - I just started reading Love Does and the first chapter made me cry so I have high hopes!

April 11, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Kerri - hi Paige! I miss you andyour blog! We have been without internet for almost two months now at the school where I teach and my laptop isn’t working! So I have been without it and I am going crazy! I was just thinking today that I want to put together a list of must reads since I will be home with the girls for the summer and they love playing outdoors. All I need is my big brimmed hat, big sunglasses, lots of sunscreen, and a great book! When I back online officially I am going to write down some of your suggestions! XOXO

April 12, 2013 - 12:33 am

Karen H. - I love seeing what others are reading – thank you for sharing. It looks like we have similar tastes in books:) I just finished “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – I highly recommend it! Also, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple would be a great summer read – it had me laughing out loud. Happy Reading!

April 12, 2013 - 2:55 am

Ibukun - You kinda know the books I would like! Haha! I’ve been meaning to read Angie Smith’s Mended and Christine Caine’s Undaunted since they were released but I’m waiting till I can get a hardcopy at my local bookstore. I’m not a huge fan of ebooks. I only turn to them as a last resort. I just read Michelle Mckinney Hammond’s Sassy, Single and Satisfied. I’m currently reading Thomas Brooks’ Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices. I’ll do a review over at my blog today in case you’re thinking of reading it. :)

April 12, 2013 - 9:55 am

Alice - I just finished rereading Harry Potter for about the 14th time because my daughter is finally reading it with me! I also read a freebie from amazon for my Kindle, Johnny Cornflakes, which was a sweet, quick read about loving the least among us.

April 13, 2013 - 8:43 am

Kimberly Falls - I so love your blog…we were at Passion last Sunday morning and my 14 year old daughter and I were noticing y’all were there too and were a little excited…promise we are not stalkers! I am currently reading Cold Tangerines which I love, just finished What Women Fear by Angie Smith which I also loved and needed…. Trying to fear and worry less and trust God more!

April 18, 2013 - 9:14 am

Flower Patch Farmgirl - Oooh…that Haiti book looks so up my alley.
I always like to see what people are reading. Right now I’m skipping around between 5 books. Learning to Die in Miami, An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, Orphan Justice, More or Less, and Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe with the biggers.