2016 in Review

I wanted this to be brief…but you might want to go to the restroom and grab a drink…it was a eventful year. January.February.March I’m not superstitious but if I were going to be out of the country on January 1 I would pack a jar each of home cooked black-eyed peas and greens.  Some years…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I want to do a Year in Review post but I today I have to reflect on a joyous Christmas.  We were blessed to celebrate the season with clients, friends and family.  Then, we spent Christmas Eve and Day in the special place in East Tennessee we refer to as “Little Downton”.  Here’s a look…

First Party of the Holidays

I decided to start the holiday celebration early. Part of it comes from the vitriol we’ve had to witness for the past ten months. I’ve felt a strong urge to be around people that share love. We don’t even share the same political beliefs but we love and respect each other.  I also wanted to…

Hampton’s Birthday

Birthday’s come around once a year and I believe every new birthday is just a little more important than the last.  I’ve had so many dear people in my life that no longer are able to celebrate on this plane that I make a serious effort to make every birthday a time to be grateful…

Byhalia Buds

Class reunions, for some, open old wounds. Yet, others find them a means to relive the best years of their lives. When the idea of a reunion for the Byhalia High School Class of 1965 to have a 50th reunion Brandt was less than enthusiastic. The majority of his closest friends were not in his class….

Treasures

After our honeymoon we made a circle over the Smoky Mountains through North Carolina and back over to East Tennessee.  Those of you that follow the blog have seen posts from our previous visits to our treasured friend in the Tri-Cities.  He is convalescing after a recent medical procedure.  We found him in good spirits…

Long Time Coming

 December 2016, Brandt and I will have been together nineteen years.  We both agree it’s only been in the past ten months a honeymoon became part of our thought process.  We are deeply grateful for the forward thinking judges that allowed our relationship to be solemnized and are especially grateful for friends that gifted us…

1999 and 2016

Patience please.  I have to share a bit of background. The year 1999 had several milestones. My dad passed away.  I turned 40. I opened Signature Designs, Inc. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have some incredible clients over the past seventeen years.  However, there’s one that will always have a very special place in my…

April Showers

April showers began the end of February and have only briefly subsided.  I’m not really ready for the dog days of summer but I am ready for the warm days and cool nights of Spring.  Unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of wet and cold. I will report that signs of Spring are everywhere and we…

Looking back…moving Forward!

Over the past two weeks of holiday celebrations Brandt and I have had time to reflect on the past year.  Before we move forward let’s take a look at the year that brought blessings, joy and opportunity. JANUARY The farmhouse took shape.       The new introductions and delicious food at Americasmart, Atlanta were plentiful. FEBRUARY  The…

230 Edwards Road…Then & Now

The property at 230 Edwards Road was bought by the U. S. government from Chickasaw Native Pa She La Cha in the early 1800’s. Brandt’s Great Great Great Grandfather purchased the property in 1832. Brandt’s father, James Edwards bought the property from his mother, Kate Stroub in 1939. After serving in World War II James built his…

Life is a Banquet

Last week we lost a precious part of our family.  Below is the tribute I shared at her memorial along with photos from the past fifteen plus years of life, laughter and love.   Adulation for Teresa …as it would appear in the Booneville Banner-Independent After seventy glorious years of living life to the fullest,…