she said YES!!

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New Years Eve

sunset

Paris, France

in front of the Eiffel Tower

he asked her to spend forever with him

& she said YES!!!!!

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we are over the moon!! we are trilled & elated to have trevor join our family!

it’s been all i could do to keep this a secret-months of planning & careful calculations. scheduled to the moment, trevor pulled off an epic surprise! in an effort to not steal any of her thunder, i’ll share more images & more about the story when i can but for now let me share this~

i remember this vividly~

23 years ago gregg & i created a nursery for our first child. we knew we were having a girl & that we’d name her savannah. she was due the end of February but her nursery was ready weeks prior. i had a tape player in her “cow jumped over the moon” laura ashley themed room & would often just snuggle up in there and listen to lullabies. i felt like a little girl playing house & could hardly wait for her to be born. i had heard others that had gone before me in this phase of life pray for their baby’s future spouse. so in that precious nursery, i did just that. i don’t remember the first time i prayed that prayer but i remember feeling sorta giggly and dreamy praying for the man that this little unborn baby would marry, one day.

trevor hillis, let me tell you, you are the exceedingly more that the lord has blessed, not only savannah with, but our family as well. i’ll never forget seeing your expression that evening back in the spring of ya’lls prom, junior year. i saw your face when you first saw savannah…and i knew. i really did. i knew you loved my baby girl. you have our forever blessing & we champion you as you walk forward into a bright & blessed future together as one.

congratulations savannah miller & trevor brian. we love you dearly!!

& young mamas, let me encourage you…our heavenly father delights in giving you the desires of your hearts. he hears & answers your prayers. oh YES, He does!!

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as i mentioned earlier, i’ll share more of the amazing images by the fabulous Julien at Picmytrip Paris soon!!!

January 3, 2016 - 10:38 am

Paige - Paige, I am so very happy for your family. I have been honored to experience this 3 times now and YES God does hear our mama prayers! I have to say I have been waiting for this for you haha, figured it was coming soon!:)
Hugs!!!
Paige

January 3, 2016 - 11:25 am

Andrea - Congratulations to you all!! You are blessed with a son in law you love for sure. My husband and my father were close friends until my fathers death.

January 3, 2016 - 1:48 pm

Lisa Mothersead - Congrats to your beautiful daughter! It’s nice she is having some time to live on her own and pay bills, etc… before marriage. Glad her fiance is a good man.

January 3, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Lisa - Yes!!!!!! So so so happy for you Savannah and Paige!!!! How romantic!

January 3, 2016 - 4:20 pm

Andrea - Oh Paige…it’s funny how you can feel so excited for a young couple that you have never met…..I am so excited for these two as they begin their lives together…..it’s been a joy watching them on their adventures here on your blog……I saw this on IG and wondered how in the world this moment was captured….can’t wait to hear….. how sweet that he made sure it was captured…he is a KEEPER! Congratulations to both of them!

January 3, 2016 - 5:03 pm

Terri Startari - Congratulations to your daughter. I am so excited to watch the planning of the wedding unfold! I hope you share it all! What a wonderful moment that was captured. It’s so sweet the planning paid off and the images are beautiful. What a treasure!!

January 3, 2016 - 7:50 pm

Kerri - My dear friend,
It must have been SO hard for you to keep this a secret! I know how you love to share all of the happy moments with us! This has to seriously be the MOST romantic proposal I have ever heard of! Watch out to the future husbands of the Knudsen girls! You have a tough act to follow in more ways than one! And now of course I am dreaming of when my Ava and Caroline have their special moment! God is good all the time! I can’t wait to see and hear more! This is seriously like a Hallmark movie come to life!!! XOXOXO

January 3, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Kathy - This is wonderful! Congratulations! It will surely be an exciting year for you all!

January 4, 2016 - 10:07 am

Julie C. - The lighting, the colors, the romance! {Sigh} Incroyable!!!

January 4, 2016 - 11:28 am

KellyW - Congratulations to your family! Fun times ahead for you! I, too, have been praying for my boys’ future spouses. :)

January 4, 2016 - 1:39 pm

Melissa - I died when I saw this on IG. I had been curious when and how the big proposal would be and this is just perfect in so many ways!

January 4, 2016 - 2:12 pm

Jill - Congratulations! How exciting and what a lovely proposal. It’s been fun watching the two of them grow up before our very eyes here on your blog! Such bright futures!

**And btw – my Emma’s nursery was also decorated in Laura Ashley’s ‘cow jumped over the moon’ themed – the wallpaper border and fabrics in the blue/yellow with a little pink! Where was Pottery Barn Kids when we needed them????

xo~Jill

January 4, 2016 - 2:57 pm

Brantlee - Congratulations! So happy for your family. Can’t wait to follow along with the wedding panning and watch what the future holds for this sweet couple.

January 4, 2016 - 3:50 pm

Bethanie - Oh my goodness!!! So excited for everyone!! I saw that they were taking a trip, and it didn’t even cross my mind that this was why! My spidey senses must be off!! I’ve loved watching them over the years, and I know they are going to have an amazing life together! I can’t wait to hear how all of this was caught on film!! Congratulations, let the wedding planning begin!!

January 6, 2016 - 10:36 am

Katherine @ Grass Stains - Paige, I’m sure all of your longtime readers feel this way, but I feel like one of my own kids got engaged! This is so exciting, and I’ve been waiting and hoping for this news for a while. :-) I know they will be so happy, as they certainly have a wonderful example of a faith-filled family and Christ-centered marriage to follow. Please share my heartfelt congratulations with them!

January 6, 2016 - 2:46 pm

Tammy - Paige, I’ve read your blog for awhile and always love and enjoy your “realness”. Congratulations on your daughter’s engagement. Beautiful pictures!

January 6, 2016 - 4:02 pm

martha - oh paige, you are going to have such fun….gaining a son-in-law and going through all the planning with Savannah! Congratulations to all….have BIG fun with this!!
Thanks for sharing with us, a peek….how romantic too!

January 6, 2016 - 5:56 pm

Kelly Miller - That is just awesome!

January 7, 2016 - 9:52 am

Talia - Best wishes to the happy couple! This made me smile really big today! What an exciting and romantic post!

January 7, 2016 - 9:09 pm

Lisa - What a wildly romantic start to the new year! Congrats all around!!!

January 8, 2016 - 2:51 pm

Susan - Wow!
Congratulations to your daughter and as well to both of your families for this most wonderful announcement! It is so very hard these days to keep on track much less with school, work and to throw romance in the mixture with all the commitment and effort it takes to have that special someone in your life from such a sweet beginning to this level–just wow! There is so much to learn as we grow older each year and to have this blessing be given to all of you is so exciting! So very happy for your children (young adults!) and for your families!
YAY!
When I first looked I was wondering if you’d been there Paige to take these beautiful shots! I have been slow in responding to your beautiful and heartfelt words as you blog but your are always one of the firsts when I start reading!
Blessings to you all and looking forward to seeing and reading more of this fabulous adventure!

packing up the magical & feeling expectant of the days to come

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we took down the trees yesterday. the garland is packed away as is basically any other remnant of christmas decor.  it’s always bittersweet. it really is. while i’ll readily admit all the extra this & that’s can make me sorta antsy i sure love the magic that little white lights & vintage ornaments usher in. starting sometime in october, on an obscure day, i can feel it. the anticipation of what’s to come begins to be felt. i can hardly wait to go get the tree. unpacking ornaments collected over decades & reminiscing about memories of christmases past. it’s truly magical.

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we’ve had a great december. my business was the busiest it’s ever been. the girls are all happy & healthy as is my man. #cowboyDuketherescuedog is settling in & seemingly finding his routine. we celebrated trevor’s graduation from UGA. family time was sweet & without much drama. can i get an amen. despite the major rain & thunderstorms and warmest christmas day on record i think i can safely speak for our family & say all was merry!

christmas eve was over 75 degrees ( our ac went out. i can’t even) & tornado watches threatened to keep us in for the day. i mentally prepared to miss out on christmas eve service. sigh. there seemed to be a break in the weather so we all dressed up & made our way to passion city church. it felt so good to be there. while a cozy simple evening home would have been wonderful,  i really wanted to corporately worship & celebrate the birth of jesus. and then lauren daigle walked out on stage & sang Noel and i was blown away. completely blown away. i’ve been to many a concert in my day. i’ve seen loads of live performances but this was truly something special & perhaps my favorite live performance of all time.

christmas morning dan shared some words before we opened gifts. he talked about how the people missed so much of who jesus was 2000 years ago & why he did what he did. they were looking for a strong warrior to ride in & free them from the roman oppression. a military force to be reckoned with. not a baby born to a teenage girl in a stable with a bunch of animals. he then went on & encouraged our family not to miss the now of our lives. the year ahead will hold much change as it always does with kiddos this age. he encouraged us to embrace the differences we have ( which is many with four completely different temperaments in our daughters) instead of being irritated & flustered with each other. because you guys. there’s a lot of that in our home some days. and then he talked about how lord willing next year he’d celebrate his second year as a cancer survivor and i about came completely undone. it was tender & authentic, exactly how he always is. sitting in our home looking out over my four girls & a man who loves us in such a crazy, selfless way was just almost too much.

so december, christmas day, it was all just really good.

so today i’ll spend some time opening up my crisp new calendar for 2016, & prayerfully fill it with hopes & dreams for the coming days. savannah will finish packing for a trip to russia with trevor ( his sister & her family live there). madison will begin her last year as a college student. ( yes. she’s zoomed through, taken maymesters, summer school, & 19 hours each semester to get ‘er done). emily will head back to UGA, which she loves. caroline & dan will go back to school next week. and i’ll add a little part time job to my plate which i’m super excited about & i’ll share soon.

for now, here’s a little glimpse into the last several days~

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December 29, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Elizabeth - So much cuteness! I love to see what gifts your family gives each other because you each have such fun taste…any chance you’ll share a few more details?!

December 29, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Marcy Norman Cox - So happy to see that you all had a wonderful Christmas.. Did I miss a blog post about who won the annual “find the pickle” game?? Did Savannah regain her title?? Did Madison hold onto her title?? Or is there a new champion??

December 29, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Brantlee - I just love your family and glad to see y’all had a wonderful Christmas. Who found the pickle this year? Lol!
Happy New Year Paige.

December 29, 2015 - 5:44 pm

Heidi @ Decor & More - I don’t comment often, but I ALWAYS read and relish your posts, Paige. Loved seeing all your sweet pics of your people on a blessed day… wishing you many blessings, good health, and God’s wisdom and provision in the new year.
xo Heidi

December 29, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Hannah Warren - i just love your sweet family. and i BURST into tears when i read the part about dan. and then hutt walked in and said…hey…that’s mrs. paige. she has a blog? she must be famous! 😉 i love how REAL you are…it’s good for a mama’s soul when every day isn’t roses around here. glad you had a wonderful christmas! thanks again for the pictures. i am having a really hard time choosing…so i may just get some of all of them! 😉
ps. how is madison already almost done with college?? where does the time go? :)

December 30, 2015 - 12:02 am

Andrea - So fun…. l love that you shared your Christmas fun with us…..your sweet girls and that precious Duke! Glad he is settling in. Most of all…..glad your Dan is healthy!!!! Loved seeing snippets of your decorated home….please do share the source for those adorable stockings!!!!!!! I LOVE them!

December 30, 2015 - 10:56 am

Linda Stoll - Oh what a beautiful family you’ve been graced with! And the images of your home in recent days have brought me delight as I’ve dropped by here and there.

New year’s blessings to you … let’s see what God has in store! Grateful to have ‘met’ you in recent days, Paige …

January 3, 2016 - 1:34 am

Shellie - You usually get a beautiful hanging wall calendar every year. Can you please tell me where I can find it? I can’t for the life of me think of the name.

January 4, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Bethanie - We were in PA for Christmas, so we missed the Christmas Eve service at Passion City. I just KNEW that Lauren Daigle was going to be there sometime during the holidays…of course it was the one service I missed. Im sure it was absolutely magical. Merry Christmas Knudsens, many blessings for this year!

January 6, 2016 - 4:03 pm

jamie - I am sort of loving up all your organizational tools in the photo at the beginning of the post…I think I have found the Day Designer…but there are lots of options, curious which one you use? And wonder about sources for the other goodies. Thanks for beautiful inspiration