current crush round 14

gosh. talk about infrequent blogging.

i’m glad you guys are still here. i clearly have no clue what the general consensus is in blog land. like did everyone hit the road & become bff’s with instagram? i think so. yet i’m still seeing hits on my stat counter…so i think ya’ll are still out there.  and while i feel like the DIY blogs, fashion & foodie bloggers are where it’s at, i’m not ready to hang up my hat. so thank you for your loyalty to my inconsistent posting. wink.

i have some fun new things i’m crushing on & need to share the love with you so let’s roll~

~1.this artist….wow….i get lost in her wondrous paintings of the sea.

brynn weiermiller  ~”My recent work is an exploration of ocean landscapes. My focus on the subject matter of water is derived from biblical imagery and the personal impact it has had on me. One such image, which has been ingrained in my mind, is that of Peter, who blindly, bravely, steps out onto the water, at the mere beckoning of Jesus. I hope to follow in Peter’s steps (pun intended), as I dive into my art headfirst. While the imagery of water holds significant, specific meaning to me, I hope that it speaks to you in whatever way you need to hear. ”



~2. ya’ll have seen me share my love for all things FASHIONABLE…well they have a new feature line called customizable & it’s awesome!! essentially you get to create a  necklace or ring stack design made with ethically sourced materials.  then your hand-made in piece ships from Nashville, Tennessee. i played around with at least a dozen options last night while the debate was on.  i’m thinking i’ll create the two layer rosary & then i’ll share with you guys in the next couple weeks once it gets here.

fashionable is offering free shipping this week to celebrate their 5th birthday. use code ‘ fashionable5th ‘


~3. i’m all about comfort and coziness. my barefoot dreams cardi is by far the softest thing i’ve ever owned. ever. in all the world. i actually snuggled with it when i sacked out for a nap recently. i scored the striped on sale at nordstroms back in the summer & think now all they have are plus sizes in this color, but girls…run grab one of these babies. the ombre options are super fun too!


~4. maybe the only current perk of growing older is wearing uber cool glasses. hello warby parker. think buy a pair, give a pair all starting at $95. and they’ll ship you a box to try on. free. heck i’d wear these sans prescription! madison has a couple pair & purchased the sunglasses as well. we’re big fans. while i usually only wear these when i’m home working on my computer, some days i wear them out & about and i always get stopped. even guys love these babies. ( in case you’re wondering, mine are the ainsworth in walnut tortoise)


~5.  christ’s love for me blows my mind. hear me say this. he loves me NOT because of anything i have done or ever will do. and on the flip side he does NOT withhold love from me because of anything i have done or will do. no crappy decisions in my teen years. no addiction. no sin i keep hidden because if you knew it, you would certainly not wanna be my friend, much less love me. no matter what a “friend” may falsely accuse me of. no matter what ugly words have been spoken. no matter what filthy pit. no matter the baggage HE CALLS YOU HOME friend. there’s not one single ugly sin that can’t be washed away by the power of his blood.

All who’ve strayed and walked away, unspeakable things you’ve done
Fix your eyes on the mountain, let the past be dead and gone
Come all saints and sinners, you can’t outrun God
Whatever you’ve done can’t overcome the power of the blood

If you’re lost and wandering
Come stumbling in like a prodigal child
See the walls start crumbling
Let the gates of glory open wide

david crowder‘s powerful lyrics have been many the anthem of my heart & lift your head weary sinner is right up there in top mental playlist. come about minute 2:01 i could effectively blow my speakers. every time. soak it up my friend-see the walls start crumbling & let the gates of glory open wide.





October 29, 2015 - 9:42 am

Katherine @ Grass Stains - I’m still here, Paige! I will never leave! (I’m a subscriber. Ha!) And I have a Barefoot Dreams cardigan, too (two, actually), and they’re probably my two favorite winter wardrobe items. LOVE.

October 29, 2015 - 1:18 pm

chrissi - reading your blog is a friendly hello (at work,oops!)♥

October 29, 2015 - 2:47 pm

peggy - hey sweetie, i’m still hanging around. had to chuckle because it has been like a year or maybe 18 months since i’ve posted to my blog. ugh. just too much stuff swirling around my brain to write…. or rather too much that is controversial plus its not my story to tell and the boys asked me not to write stuff about them any longer. oh well i can’t and won’t complain. love the cardigan! never seen them! but of so pretty. fashionable is 5 years? wow! i have one of their original scarves. love it to pieces. thank you for sharing the song…. BEAUTIFUL!

October 29, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Lisa - Although I follow you on IG, I enjoy reading your blog, keep on posting! Putting the Barefoot Dreams cardi on my Xmas list. Never can make a decision about the Warby Parker glasses but i love the way you look in yours. Dave Crowder is amazing. Hope you are having a wonderful week.

October 29, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Heidi Ferguson - HA HA, YES, WE ARE STILL HERE! I agree IG is where it’s at for the scroll through but when you want in depth content – blogs are where I go! I love your blog, your heart, your photography, your girls, your Dan, your Duke! I swear if I ran into you at say, Superika – I’d hug you like old friends and we’d talk for hours. Keep writing. If anything, it’s cathartic. When I write on FB (my blog since I don’t blog anymore) I always feel a sense of relief. I haven’t done it in a while. Need to though!

October 29, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Lisa M. - I love blogs! Don’t get me wrong, I love IG, but you cannot do on IG what you can on a blog. Please don’t stop! :)

October 29, 2015 - 11:49 pm

Mimi - I totally get what you’re saying about blogs and IG but theres still those of us plugging away out here. I look forward to your posts and will keep coming as long as you do it : ) I love these posts and finding new things — love the artist’s work!

October 30, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Emily Young - I love you blog!! I am hoping you will be a part of a Christmas tour again this year. Your home is one of my favorites!!! Cute glasses! My mom has the same exact pair. She got them in Austin. I will have to check them out next time I am there. Have a great weekend!!

November 1, 2015 - 10:42 am

Michelle - Love your blogs!!! Thank you! :)

fundamentally hopeful

52paigeknudsenwe’ve had a span of gorgeous days. fall in atlanta doesn’t sneak it. we swelter through september & early october in the high 80’s , go to bed one night & wake the next morning to 50 degrees. i think autumn makes people just generally more happy. something about a cool breeze blowing through the trees, zilcho humidity, ordering psl’s and boot wearing season to make for a wonderful day.

speaking of happy people. i saw this article the other day & had to laugh.

“People who are continuously late are actually just more optimistic.They believe they can fit more tasks into a limited amount of time more than other people and thrive when they’re multitasking. Simply put, they’re fundamentally hopeful.”

i read that to dan last night and told him i figured myself out….i’m fundamentally hopeful babe.  he said, yes paige, you just keep telling yourself that!

while i’m rarely late to a photo session i chronically over estimate what i can get done in a given amount of time. during this busy season for family photos & just the busyness that comes with teenagers in the house, i’m praying that i can keep my focus on the lord…not on my ability to multitask & spin a bunch of plates at the same time.  i’m not all that. it’s much more my natural inclination to have music on at all times, a full calendar, my phone in my hand & just a low-level of busy & pre-occupied at all times. but disconnecting, riding in the car & just listening to my thoughts or sharing my heart with the lord, being still-surrending my needs, my thoughts, my to-do list…that’s where it’s at & where i wanna be.


i think when the girls were younger, as most young mamas do as well, i said “yes” to a lot of things. room mom, car pool driver, the list goes on. now i’m sorta the opposite. i see myself saying “no” to several great things, several opportunities, perhaps more than i say yes.  i have to constantly ask the lord is this something you want me to do? is this an opportunity to serve or do you want me else where? just a daily thing. nothing major. just trying to be all there wherever that may be for the moment.

work hard when i’m working. play hard when it’s time to play. and rest with the best of ’em when it’s time to rest.

even the other day lunch with a precious friend. my work calendar is about as full as it can be for the pace i know i can handle. i’ve had a headache for the last week or so and i haven’t made it to the gym in weeks. probably related. i knew i needed the me time. work or lunch with a friend. why was this even a struggle? i popped some prescription strength ibuprofen, wore sunglasses most of the time to help with my headache ( cue the bright sunshiney day) & had my heart filled up. arrived late of course. fundamentally hopeful, remember?  i drove home thankful for baby snuggles and giggles with little kiddos.

sunday i had a family photo session scheduled for early morning. it was mighty chilly, remember-sudden drop in temps, but the light was glorious. we were meeting at a horse park, besides the ocean, my favorite venue. i got there early ( shocker) and walked around and chatted with different folks. i asked questions about the horses, the therapy they offer, and just was all around amazed. extraordinary beauty at a place they probably see everyday. just their ordinary sunday morning. my heart worshiped. i felt the lord say, see even before you begin work, if you lay your heart and your needs out to me i will uphold you. i will meet you where you are. i will shelter you with my mighty right hand. i will give you peace & rest, even in what you think is a busy day. 

fundamentally hopeful. & occasionally punctual.

after the session, i was loading my car with just regular scores from whole foods. a lady walked by with a stunningly beautiful mastiff and we greeted each other. the breeze was blowing, zilcho humidity & a few other ladies walked by wearing boots & sipped on what i’m betting was indeed pumpkin spice latte…and i felt it…i felt his presence…extraordinary beauty in just an ordinary moment…i thought to myself, while its easy to to pre-occupied with to-do lists and whatnots, may i never miss the wonder & glory of the regular ordinary.


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October 23, 2015 - 7:22 am

Lisa - Your blog post was right on point. Loved every word and related to each of your thoughts and feelings of thankfulness and blessings. I LOVE the pic of the 2 horses greeting eachother at the fence. Would you consider selling that one in your canvas shop? Have a wonderful day

October 23, 2015 - 12:53 pm

chrissi - miss paige, as i scroll down your post today an ad for warby parker comes up. i have to tell you. we just love them. because you gave them a casual mention/review we took a shot when new glasses were needed for my family. we thought we would give just them a test order or two. well, we love them! like a million times love them. nicest company to deal with. glasses are spot on and we ordered quite a few pairs and we will go back for more. in a house full of busy boys i love that i can go online and order and not have to wrangle anyone to a boring glass shop.♥

October 23, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Lisa Mothersead - I’ve always thought there was something magical about fall. Your little moments are what life’s all about, as they say. Enjoy…

October 27, 2015 - 1:38 am

patio garden furniture - Lovely post. I love the ducks. They’re cute. Have a great week!