The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I look forward to decorating every year. Making old stuff fit into a new space can be challenging and I thought I had “a lot” of Christmas décor until it just didn’t go very far in this house! But, I have managed to come up with a few festive vignettes in each room, and we are enjoying the coziness of Christmas lights.

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You may laugh, but that wooden piece on our mantle is actually the interior pane frame from our back door. It was loose when we moved in, so I popped it off and have been saving it “for something” (my husband’s favorite words 😉 ) Also funny… I hung the garland and sent a picture to my mom who informed me that it looked like an EKG tracing! It made me laugh then, and I haven’t changed it because the reference still makes me smile.

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I found this old coffee sack at the flea market a few months ago and Andrew made a frame from an old pallet I had in the garage. I love the rustic + the subtle red and green stripe.

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Above = and old frame + spray painted chicken wire. I couldn’t figure out what I was going to use it for, but at the suggestion of a friend it is being used for Christmas cards this season!


We have a name! Natalie Emolyn Cotten should grace us with her appearance in about 7 weeks! Andrew and I felt so loved this past weekend by his brother, Will, and our sister-in-law, Liz. They planned and hosted the most perfect baby shower for our little girl, and we were just blown away by the thoughtful presence (and presents!) of our friends and family.

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Liz and Will are expecting their first baby in late March, and we could not be more excited to meet little John Austin. I have never been an aunt before, and I am thankful that our Natalie will have a cousin so close in age and proximity! We only live about 5 minutes down the road from one another, and being closer to Will and Liz since the move back to Nashville has been wonderful.

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We chose Emolyn, Natalie’s middle name, because it is my mom’s name and was also her mom’s/ my grandmother’s name. My mom couldn’t be at the shower, but she had one of my grandmother’s vintage floral handkerchiefs framed. It was an incredibly thoughtful gift that I can’t wait to hang on the wall of the nursery.

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Those petit fours were to die for!


Andrew asked me recently what my favorite Christmas song is and immediately I said O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Every year I am newly amazed and thankful that the God who rules Heaven and Earth with only His words chose to become man. The recognition of Jesus as Emmanuel, or Jesus as “God with us”, is mind-boggling… and precious…and so close this time of year. If you have been reading this blog for long, you know that I love a celebration of any kind. It doesn’t get any better than celebrating the birth of the Savior.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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