I have an insatiable appetite for travel, good company, zoo visits, faith, red wine, tennis, legalese, too much sugar, and cocktail frocks!!! I absolutely adore my husband, baby Squeak, and pup Stewart. Cheers to life, legalese, a lot of Lilly, and the pursuit of happiness. Xoxo-BLC ♥
I believe New Year's Eve beckons a festive Coctail Soiree!!! I always look forward to a celebrating the old year and properly welcoming the new year. This year, we will be cheering on the Clemson Tigers at noon, having a small sit down dinner with our closest friends, and attending a large cocktail party at the day's end. I plan to wearing the Lilly Pulitzer Sondra dress with a chubby fur to shoo the wintry chill. Many thanks to Mrs. Walsh of St. Louis, Missouri for inventing the cocktail party; it's still as ever as fashionable 93 years later!!! Do you have festive New Year's Plans!? Cheers to meeting the New Year with funnn!!! Xoxo-BLC
In looking back over the past year, 2010 has been ...
Best because ... We married on January 2, 2010!!!
Worst because ... We bid farewell to my stepdad and aunt. I absolutely loath to cancer. Booo!!!
Colorful because ... of The Company She Keeps and YOU ... her readers!!!
Adventurous because ... We traveled to Holetown, Barbados; Charleston, South Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Huntsville, Alabama; San Diego, California; Savannah, Georgia; Auburn, Alabama; and ALL over North (and South) Carolina!!!
Last year, Joeytella Versace dressed up as a reindeer.
he didn't feel up to the usual
To lift his Christmas spirit,
his fur-girlfriend gifted him this precious elf costume.
Elfing around makes everyone smile!!!
Isn't he a darrrrling elf!???
We think so.
Even though his grin might not completely agree.
Do you dress up your furball too???
Joeytella wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!!
I just adore correspondence. Whether sending or receiving, I swoon over darling pictures, clever wording, and the creativity each card brings. I should really buy stock in Hallmark!!! Without further ado, from my family to yours ... wishing you a very Merry Christmas in cards!!!
Our Big Family 2010 Christmas Card (John 1:14):
<---- Here it is!!!
Per sissys request, we snapped this photograph over Thanksgiving and I am sooo glad we did. It is our last big family photograph with everyone pictured. We miss Paparazzi sooo much!!! Sissy also sent a darling photograph card of her sweet family of four.
Our First Married Couple 2010 Christmas Card (Luke 2:11-14):
<---- Here it is!!!
I couldn't resist using a wedding picture as our Christmas card. We debated taking down the Christmas decorations at the church, but I am so glad we did not!!! I think it made our card a little more punchy. :)
My dear in-laws had a wedding bell theme: a picture from our wedding and another to announce the engagement of my sweet sister-in-law!!! Is it April yet!??? My padre and stepmom sent a super cute Christmasy palm tree card and it made my day. Chin chin to sending Christmas cheer one card at a time!!! Xoxo-BLC
A week ago today, my stepfather passed up to Heaven. We are beyond blue. There are not words to describe how much we loved him nor words for how dearly we miss him. I am struggling with never hearing him say "hey baby love" again or not having him at my law school graduation or him never meeting our children. I keep playing this video over and over just to hear him say "ready." Paparazzi told us Fourth of July weekend was the best weekend ever. I agree!!! We formally bid him farewell this week alongside many family and friends. My sister delivered the eulogy and here is a portion: "Dad would want each and every one of you to know that God’s love is unconditional. No matter if you are black or white, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, Baptist or Hindu, relatively rotten or relatively good, God loves you and desires a relationship with you! The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. My Dad too! The story of Christmas is not exclusivity or judgement, it is redemption and acceptance. For it is not God’s will that any should be separated from Him. God provided a solution to sickness and death and cancer! He came to Earth in the form of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, He lived a perfect human life, was sacrificed on the cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead. He conquered the grave. It is for this reason that through faith in Him, we can all be with God in glory for eternity. That’s where my Dad is!" While this is by far the toughest thing I have ever endured, I do have a comfort and peace that only comes from the Lord. As my Grams would say this is just "bye-bye for now." Xoxo-BLC
This is our circa 1993 Christmas picture.
I laugh every time I look at this photograph.
Allegedly, everyone wore Christmas sweaters ...
Even our sweet pup Lucky. :)
Without going into much detail,
my stepdad entered hospice today.
I cannot believe this is my life.
Ale and I talked about freezing time over Labor Day.
I wish we did.
I finished three of my law school finals.
I took incompletes in the other three.
Law school can wait.
Everyone is home.
And I cannot think of anywhere I would rather be.
I am finding my comfort in the Lord, 2 Cor. 1:3-4,
in my amazing family,
and my colorful friends.
This will be a tough Christmas.
I plan on keeping my chin up, enjoying our time together, and making lots of funnies because laughter is always the best medicine!!! Xoxo-BLC