birthdays & goodbyes

My sweet parents came in town for my birthday weekend two weeks ago. They took Gentry & I to a nice dinner on Friday night & we had cake at home afterwards.

On Saturday I opened gifts that my family sent along with them, including my favorite coffee from Birmingham.

The following Monday (Labor Day) my sweet friends & I went to brunch at Wild Eggs for my birthday. I am so thankful for these women!

(top) Lindsey, Kari & Courtney (bottom left) Maegan & me
The next weekend we had a going away party for our friend Scott. He is moving this week & we are all sad to see him go. Our night consisted of corn hole, football, blankets & coffee.

Scott & Adam
Gentry & Kevin
Anna & Courtney

& for some reason this happened...

Gentry & I are so thankful for the kind friends the Lord has brought into our lives here in Louisville. It was sad to say goodbye to both Scott & Casey, but we thank the Lord that they are leaving to serve him.

Gentry, Adam, Casey, Scott, Kevin & Peter



entertainment center

Well, they did it. Gentry & his dad built an entertainment center & dividing wall in two weeks. I'm amazed, & it looks incredible!

Here is the living room when we first saw the house in December 2010:

This is actually the exact place that the entertainment center now sits. Since our home was built in the late 60s, the house didn't really have a natural place for a television. We don't watch t.v. very often (other than for movies and football games - Roll Tide!), but the only place that a t.v. would go was on an imaginary wall in between the dining room & living room that only I could see in my head. This might be a problem for most people, but I am lucky enough to have a husband & a father-in-law who can build anything as long as you can draw it out for them.

We had this set up for a year while we worked on other projects in the house:

The next series of photos are of the building process.

my finger got in the way :) oops

Then the television went in:

& here is the finished product:

view from the hallway
notice the new gallery wall on the left!
view from the dining room

& there you have it! We now have an amazing entertainment center & room divider all in one! It definitely makes a huge difference in both rooms!