emi~spread your wings baby girl

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well this is just absolutely crazy…

i call emi the baby of the family. she’s technically not the youngest, but she’s the baby. the youngest of my first three, all born within three & a half years of each other. all three their daddy gregg’s legacy. and she is him. completely.

spunky

extroverted

never meets a stranger

smart

friendly

non-judgmental

stubborn

….

and heading to college.

 

what on earth. you guys. i swear  i feel like she should be 7 somedays. and then tonight at the dinner table i looked at her and thought, my goodness, she’s a college student. heading to one of the most competitive schools in america. university of georgia has just scored what will be on of the most school spirited co-eds they’ve ever seen. no doubt. she’s been counting down days until opening game day for weeks & weeks & weeks.

i’m so excited for her. this has been her DREAM for years. her dream. heading to UGA to study education. she’s wanted to be school teacher since before she could even clearly say the word. toting her baby dolls and all her “things” around as a toddler. she’s always had a sweet spirit for children. she spent three weeks in peru at age 15 ( broke her leg on the third day but hung in there) solidifying the fact that she wants to love on, bless & teach children. she’s nannied her sweet addie for over a year and has said over & over again how much she’s going to miss her.

my emi loves big. she loves big. she laughs every day. she really is a joy. yes, some times she makes me absolutely crazy. ( remember i said she’s stubborn). but this baby of the family is heading into the most amazing time of her life!

and that’s what i’m going to tell myself next week on move in day.

this the time of her life.

last time on move in day i thought i wasn’t going to make it. like for a long time i cried every time i walked by my girl’s room. cried every time she’d come home….only to leave again. i clearly failed “head ’em up & move ’em out 101”. clearly. ( truth be told, a lot of grieving from my past came out during that phase. but still)

so basically i’ve tried to live in denial mode about this one because i’ve done it before & it was tough. ( note to self. when you birth babies all close together, you move those babies out of the house. all close together. and it’s tough on a mama’s heart). i’m going to dip deep & smile and encourage her & tell her over and over again how very very proud her daddy & i are of her. my heart is going to break a little bit…the transition & change always takes away just a little bit…but this is a good thing. it is. i can honestly hardly wait to hear about sorority rush & what she thinks about her schedule. if she’s met a cute ( smart) boy and what she’s gonna wear to the first game. i can hardly wait to see her ( hopefully) on bid day and i can hardly wait to watch her soar.

yesterday we launched the new fall noonday collection line and it’s full of so many beautiful pieces. emily is wearing my favorite bracelet, the arabian sea bracelet…i think you’ll love it. so…i’ll be back in few days…if you think of it, pray for me tuesday…i’ll be the teary mama trying to dig deep and be all happy….because….its the most amazing time of her life!!

sigh….

so….

spread your wings baby girl…you got this! and mama can’t wait to see you SOAR!

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August 7, 2015 - 11:19 am

Rebecca - Emi…welcome to the “Damn Good Dawg” club. You’ll be a great Dawg! Have the time of your life! Hugs for your mama. 😉

August 7, 2015 - 4:07 pm

martha - plan something a little special for yourself on Wednesday dear!

August 7, 2015 - 6:21 pm

Lisa Mothersead - Emily will be such a good teacher. I was an elementary teacher and she just reminds me of an early childhood teacher; dare I say sweet and sensitive. That time with the youngest is sweet, sweet time. You’ll treasure every moment.

August 8, 2015 - 9:01 pm

Michelle Boston - I am the mom of six! Two of which are at UGA. One is a junior and the other a senior. Both are Pi Kappa Phis. I just fluffed their apartments in Athens and hugged them goodbye. It’s so hard letting go!

They both graduated from Collins Hill-not too far from you!

Congrats to your sweet girl. She is about to begin four of the most exciting years of her life! Good luck to her during rush!

Hugs-

Michelle Boston Sheehan
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August 9, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Denise D - I will be praying for you…I have three weeks until my baby leaves for college!

August 10, 2015 - 12:47 am

Denise D - I live in Ventura, CA and saw someone who looked just like your oldest daughter down by the beach. She isn’t in Ventura by any chance? I almost said something to her, but thought that would be creepy! If it was her…small world!

August 10, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Louise Davies - My oldest boy will be also attending UGA, we are moving him on wednesday and we are 2 states away. I am praying to be able to keep it together until we get in our car to drive home. Who knows maybe he will meet Emi? But seriously if Dan ever feels the need to have some male company while you visit UGA I would love for him to mentor/ spend time with my Kyle, boys can never have enough good role models!

August 10, 2015 - 8:21 pm

Mickey - Your daughter will make a wonderful teacher someday. I have been teaching preschoolers for 30 years and still love it. By the way, I just went to my first truck show for Noonday this evening. I live up in Northwestern Pa and have bought a few bracelets from you. I was so happy to find a Noonday ambassador in this neck of the woods, I was able to buy 2 more bracelets, yippee! I enjoyed the trunk show, it was nice to see everything on display. Have a great evening! Mickey

August 11, 2015 - 12:17 pm

bethanie - I have been so busy since school started, that reading a blog has been put on the back burner. Today I had a second, so I pulled you up…I was reading about Emily heading to Athens…then I saw that it’s TODAY….I am praying for you friend! You’ve got this. I know the pain of saying good bye to sweet girls. When you raise them well, it’s hard to let them go!
No one told us how hard this letting go thing was, did they?
You will continue to be in my heart. xoxox

August 11, 2015 - 6:24 pm

Pam - Prayed for you this morning. It is so hard to let them go but I know you are so proud (rightfully so!) of all your girls! Lots of love!

August 12, 2015 - 12:59 am

Shelley - Such an exciting time for her-and mixed feelings for mama! I have 6 kiddos- 3 very close together. It is rough on a mama’s heart when they leave the nest….best wishes Paige, hang in there.

transition & the art of home

several months ago i was sharing my heart with a precious, very wise, friend. i told her i had felt the last handful of years, while full of so much good, had seemed perhaps the most difficult in many ways. the difficult & the challenges seemingly walking right beside me. not threatening to take me out, but becoming a part of my norm. more so than any other time in my life. being the precious, very wise friend that she is, she so sweetly offered grace & the following statement….”paige, you’ve been going through some of the biggest seasons of transition over & over again”.

transition.

i’m sure that seems so obvious. and yet i hadn’t looked back over the last few years & grouped all the change into that one word. transition.

our family has definitely gone through transition the last few years. my little nest has gone through transition. how i parent my girls has gone through transition. how our home rolls has gone through transition. and a lot of it. all in a relatively short period of time.

a lot of switching gears. a lot of rethinking & recreating ways to relate to my girls as they transition out of our home into college & out of college into the world. dynamics in our homes change significantly during this stage.  ( that’s my understatement for 2015 by the way)

i’ve always wanted my home to be a safe place for my family. a respite from a busy world. a place that made my girls feel like a big hug embraced them as they walk through the door. i began to change how i decorated our home, minimizing clutter & utilizing a neutral palate. i’ve chosen to use only those things that i truly love, find beautiful or hold tender sentiment.  textures & seasonal natural elements now are my favorite pieces to use around our home. i created a studio a few years ago & love creating art in my home through photography. and we’ve painted bedrooms & changed living spaces as our family has transitioned. whether it’s trying my hand at a new homemade pizza recipe, using fresh herbs just outside my kitchen door or lighting a yummy candle creating beauty in my home has been a sweet “norm” during so much transition. so i continue to stumble and bump into the ‘difficult & challenge’ that is walking beside me now.  there is certainly much transition going on in my home as i write this tonight. some is wonderful & exciting and some is heartbreaking. i’ll come back & share more about these personal elements a little later. but for now~
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August 4, 2015 - 10:47 pm

Karen Stone - I feel comfortable, cozy, and refreshed any time I see pictures of your home! So many great reminders in this post… Praying for you during this time of continued transition.

August 5, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Lisa Mothersead - It is so often in my life that the good and the bad walk along side together. That used to be very frustrating to me. But, in my fifties, I think I have built more of a tolerance for it, an acceptance, and an ability to handle it all more calmly. My daughters are interesting, talented, bright, well educated twenty something year olds. But, this age is challenging. The other morning I woke up after a particularly difficult situation hearing “The Lord is my strength and my salvation” rolling around in my head. It helped. From my perspective, as a reader of your blog, you are doing a phenomenal job. Just the fact you care so much is key, I think.

August 6, 2015 - 1:56 am

charlotte rogers - My life has been full of transition the past couple of years. Its been very difficult and stressful to overcome and try to up keep a house of 5. Within the past few months I have started to declutter my home, to try and express the peace , love and faith that we try to live on daily. As well as to establish the security we need in our lives. When I see pictures of your home, that is what I see. I also know more is needed than just getting rid of items and new coat of paint. But at least its a start for us. It gives me something to look forward to accomplish. It provides a therapeutic outlet for me. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story, famiy, home and faith. It reaches out and touches hearts of many. You motivate me in more ways than I probably realize!
Happy days with love!

August 7, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Tammie - Paige, this post has made the tears flow. It made memories flow down my cheeks of my two daughters which are only 12 months and 5 days apart, when they left o e year apart for college. Like you I was so proud and wanted to show them how proud I was and I just couldn’t hold it together. Tears flowed for months and it never seemed to get easier, even when it did then came a vaction and they had to leave all over again. I can truthfully say I hated it. They both are married now and have given me the best gift ever , grandbabies! I am sending you a hug for these rough days that lie ahead and wish you Beautiful daughter the best of luck. I don’t think that is needed because it sounds to me like she has known from the start that she is headed right where she wanted to be. You and your beautiful family will be at her graduation before you know it and she will be the best teacher where ever she chooses to teach. Good luck and I will be thinking of you all.