emi~spread your wings baby girl


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.



never meets a stranger






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!!



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



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!


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.

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