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Ten Lovely Years…

10 years

120 months

522 weeks

3,652 days

87,600 hours

52,588,800 minutes and

315,567,360 seconds

Today marks our ten year wedding anniversary. On a picture perfect November 3, we stood in front of cherished friends and family overlooking the Okatie River in Bluffton, S.C., and promised to love each other forever. Then we danced under the stars before embarking on our happily ever after.

I’ve been reflecting on the ceremony led by my dear friend, Chaplain Mel Baars O’Malley, who spoke of our relationship in terms of life’s journey. During the past decade, we’ve experienced so much life, growing into ourselves, becoming parents and a family with our beautiful daughter, and learning together how to manage the joys and difficulties along our journey.

It’s only fitting that we celebrate ten years traveling together and creating new memories of shared experience to add to our story.

“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel

That they are joined together

To strengthen each other in all labours,

To minister to each other in all sorrow,

To share with each other in all gladness,

To be one with each other in the silent, unspoken memories?” – George Elliot

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A Lovely Fall Break…

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” -L.M. Montgomery

The weather this fall has been unseasonably warm even for South Carolina, so we took advantage of the continued summer to plan a beach trip over the long weekend.

Nothing on the schedule except for beach walks and watching some football (for Jody) which meant plenty of time to play and relax.

Dinner on the patio at Bistro 217 was the perfect way to end the day (Eloise is a big fan of their homemade banana ice cream).

We took one more beach walk before heading home. Until next time!

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A Lovely Little Apple…

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple” -J.K. Rowling

The weather was so beautiful yesterday that we decided to hop in the car and head up to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. Only a two hour ride from Columbia, Sky Top is the perfect destination for a day trip. In addition to acres of varietal apple trees, the orchard features a market of specialty apple products, fresh cider and delicious goodies, including hot apple cider donuts. There is a playground and tables outside where we were able to have a picnic lunch before we started picking.

Eloise was proud to help select the ripe fruit and place in our basket, and we are planning to make some apple crisp together this week. Make sure to add this fun, family activity to your fall list!

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A Lovely Little Folly…

Happy Labor Day!

Our family spent the holiday weekend in Folly Beach, SC, visiting with cousins, playing on the beach and cheering on the Gamecocks to their first win of the season!

Eloise was so excited to follow her older cousins around and particularly enjoyed her cheese quesadilla dinner at local favorite, Taco Boy. Mom and Dad were also excited to sneak downtown for brunch at The Grocery and King Street shopping (so many great Labor Day sales).

{These Gamecocks were ready for a win!}{Brunch at The Grocery}{Skinny margarita at Taco Boy 🌮🍹}

Hope you enjoy your day off!

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A Lovely Farewell to Summer…

"When summer gathers up her robes of glory and like a dream, glides away" -Susan Whitman

The hazy days of summer are drawing to a close, but before a new routine gets underway, our family was able to squeeze in a final beach trip to Hilton Head Island.
We settled into The Westin for the weekend, which is beautiful and child-friendly boasting four pools and easy beach access.

Eloise and I enjoyed exploring the area during our morning walks, and of course she played hard – swimming and making new friends- until crashing for her afternoon nap.
The highlight of the trip was spending time with our Hilton Head cousins and reliving some childhood memories in Harbour Town where we saw the legendary Gregg Russell perform under the oak tree delighting children and parents just as I remembered (he's currently in his 41st season). Storm clouds rolled in the final afternoon of our stay but cleared off just in time for date night (thanks to our lovely niece for babysitting).


Before heading home, we let Eloise loose on the beach to expend some energy. At 23 months old, she is always in running mode (or flying as she calls it) and doesn't meet a stranger.
Goodbye, beach!

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Lovely Little May…

Does the calendar really say June 1? The last month was busy as we celebrated family birthdays, Mother’s Day, the end of Eloise’s first school year and turning 21 months old, a fun beach week, play dates with friends, and Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer. I’m grateful for all of the happy memories we made and excited for the sweet summer ahead!

Beach fun 🏖:
{Special birthday date at our favorite spot, Chive Blossom}

{Mother’s Day tea ☕️}

{Celebrating Nonni’s birthday 🎂}
{Birthday dinner with the sweetest girlfriends at new favorite, 1801 Grille!} 


{Play dates and pool days with good friends 👭}

{21 months old!}

Memorial Day fun 🇺🇸:

Happy summer!

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A Lovely Little Lake…

“So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake” -Edgar Allen Poe

The lovely Lake Oconee was our weekend destination and provided the most peaceful and relaxing setting. It was our first visit to the Ritz Reynolds Plantation, and we quickly embraced its elegant and rustic charm. A luxe lodge nestled on the water about an hour from Augusta, the property is strategically scattered with adirondack chairs, chimeneas, walking paths and twinkle lights to create a restful environment. 

After getting settled into our room, we headed to the lawn to catch the sunset and opening reception for the conference Jody was attending. Dinner on the patio followed where we looked up at the stars while snuggled under fleece blankets, and we ended the evening around the fire pit roasting s’mores.I hit the gym and spa Saturday morning while Jody conferenced, and then we met up to explore the Oconee Trail. By the time we made it back from our walk (six miles later), we were hungry and ready for a lakeside lunch. It was a treat to have an afternoon without any plans, so we meandered from deck chairs to playing ping pong in the “backyard” to a cozy spot in front of the roaring fire in the lobby to read.

​​In fact, cocktail hour lingered a little too long, and we rushed to get ready for dinner and Casino Night. The dealer might have gotten the best of us at the Black Jack table, but I always feel lucky to spend a weekend away with my guy.