thankfulness & maria of dreamy whites

friday afternoon i plopped down outside on my old metal chaise lounge that dan’s mom gave to me. it wants to be a big huge double comfy one from pottery barn that overlooks an infinity pool which overlooks the emerald coast. but friday afternoon there was a gentle breeze blowing & nary a cloud in the sky so that was good enough.  the neighbors indoor dog that lives outdoors and barks incessantly was barking the birds were chirping a singsong melody and i was even having a good hair day. weird, i know.

it was honestly the first time in about 26 days , no lie, where i had a moment to think through the past month. the lord has been good. i don’t mean to sound all ‘hey. everything’s perfect. i’ll call god good when things are all good’ but it was  just a realization & pondering of recent blessings, protection and answered prayers. scripture says we should count our blessings & name them one by one. it’s not being greedy or confident in ourselves, but rather giving glory back to him because let’s face it, ALL good things are from him. and he delights in us. he delights when are thankful.

earlier in the month i was so wound up worrying about a medical situation. dan’s in a stressful time of the year with his job, although i think it’s always stressful. the girls are all super busy and sweet brinkley is getting older. i probably over-commited to a few things & have felt spread a little thin. but the lord’s been faithful.with clean bills of health, safe travels and job opportunities i just wanted to spend some time in prayer and thank him.

my time with friends has been a humongous blessing.

one of the big treats for me recently was meeting maria, dreamy whites rockstar maria.   she flew in to atlanta to visit family & called and asked if we could get together. yes ma’am. i’ll move a mountain to make that happen!  i’m hoping she makes the trek to the southeast a little more frequently as i just love her. we met midway, despite a complete monsoon & sat together at alon’s ( a quaint french style bakery) and talked for hours & hours. then we braved said monsoon to head over to anthropologie. naturally.

it’s always so funny to meet up with a friend from the blog world. it’s like a blind date yet you already know loads about each other. just haven’t hung out in person. and it’s always risky to meet someone from another part of the country and freak them out with my southern accent. she of course was everything you’d think she’d be. stunning. fabulous hair. wearing her frye boots. of course. my girlfriend texted me during lunch ( another huge fan of maria’s) & asked if she smelled like lavender. hilarious!  yes. the maria. here in atlanta. oh happy day. (suffice to say, my good hair day was not that day. i think she always has good hair days don’t you?)

maria i think you’re fabulous & i am so tickled we were able to spend some time together!! next time we’re bringing out our big girl cameras and shooting together! deal!

following images are all maria’s & items are all available through her shop!

April 29, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Jill Palumbo - You two are lucky to meet each other!

April 29, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Carol Cook - I had to laugh when you mentioned the southern accent. I have followed you for years and never once thought about what you might sound like. If I saw you in California, where you would fit right in, I would be surprised to hear a southern accent, which by the way I love to listen to.

April 29, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Julie M. - Sweet!

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Julie M.

April 30, 2013 - 7:38 am

Christy - I have a blog crush on her, in love with her shop

April 30, 2013 - 8:10 am

Jen@thecottagenest - It’s so fun that you two got to meet up! It sounds like a lovely way to spend a day!

April 30, 2013 - 8:27 am

Kerri - so glad you got to meet Maria! Georgia is on my must travel list!

April 30, 2013 - 9:09 am

Flower Patch Farmgirl - You girls!! So pretty! I love you both. So glad you got to have a fun day together. Shopping and gabbing. Nothing bettah! Oh, and food. 🙂

April 30, 2013 - 9:29 am

Ella - Wow! Amazing that you got to meet Maria. I’m sure she felt the same about meeting you.
Thank you for the reminder to appreciate the good in our lives.

May 13, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Peggy - Oh how exciting! Two of my favorite people together!! I am so happy for you! Thank you so very much for sharing with us. Ah and Atlanta… I had such big plans for Atlanta this summer but alas they are for naught as my dear sweet hubby is going to be in Quantico instead. That’s okay because I know one of these days I’ll get back to Georgia (especially love Savannah, oh that city makes me swoon!) But my first born gets to experience his first Georgia summer… in fact he gets an all expense paid trip courtesy of Uncle Sam and the US Army. (yes that was my news… no South Africa trip after all. his dream position came available and he jumped.)

Have a wonderful week, my dear!

once meant for evil~ a story of redemption

one of our noonday ambassadors( amanda cobb), who’s also a talented photographer posted took this image. ( photo links to her site). when i saw this baby girls face it completely took my breath away. isn’t she absolutely gorgeous?  then after i regained my composure, i realized she was playing dress up in our Noonday pieces, made in ethiopia.

macey was adopted from ethiopia.

many people travel to the entoto mountains ( in ethiopia)  as they believe the waters there have magical powers and will cure their HIV &  AIDS. many of these people have been abandoned and rejected by their families and are alone & broken when they arrive. several years ago a program was developed to help the people on Entoto Mountain establish a consistent source of income, one of the most dire needs facing their survival. once an HIV person is on the appropriate drugs, the HIV isn’t even detected in their blood. so while these people came looking for a miracle through water, they’re actually able to receive the real treatment through medication.

one of the ways they can afford their medication is through sustainable income such as through crafting jewelry.

well. another beautiful chapter in this story is what is actually used to make the jewelry.

farmers supply the bead makers with bullets & artillery found on their land following war conflicts.

bullets. casings. artillery.

oh yes. what was meant for harm is now used to make beautiful jewelry.

“Remnants of former weapons of conflict are now upcycled pieces of redemption”

slam dunk! i love it when the Lord does something like that. only the Lord will turn what others mean for destruction and make it into something beautiful. something redeeming. if you want to be blown away by a family’s betrayal & then unimaginable forgiveness, read the story joseph …same thing. ( genesis 41-50).

thank you amanda for allowing me to share macey’s image. she symbolizes beauty from ashes. her gorgeous face symbolizes hope.  her forever family will be forever blessed indeed.

so… a few of the gorgeous pieces made in ethiopia that macey is modeling include :

1. super popular bethe rope necklace

2. chimes necklace

3. metallic orb bib necklace

4. tangled beads bracelet

5. tessa bracelet

6. very versatile bracelet

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genesis 50.20

“As for you, you meant evil against me,

but God meant it for good,

to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

April 26, 2013 - 11:17 am

Melissa - Wow – what a touching story. I keep seeing all your Noonday stuff and love what it stands for and how it helps otheres. I am debating trying to be a rep or whatever the proper term is but not sure how good of a saleslady I would be.

April 26, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Tracey H. - Loved this picture of Macey, thanks for sharing the amazing story of Noonday:)

April 27, 2013 - 10:32 am

Janice S - Paige, Does the Chimes Necklace feel heavy or light around the neck? It is so beautiful!!!