Thursday, December 29, 2011

Oh, to make some soap!!

Amanda, Christy, and I recently went to the Blooming Earth Studio (Old City Downtown Knoxville) to learn how to make soap! Here are our silly pictures :)

And all of the soap turned out perfect!!!

Christmas Time is Here!

Here are a few photos from Christmas Festivities! :)
 Our beautiful lights on the house! (Joshua put them up!)
 Our first REAL Christmas tree....last year's was a fake! :)
 We attemted Christmas Cookies.....
 Gingerbread men (And women) turned out grand!
 The snowmen....well, they became blobs. Ha!
 Our tree again!
 Joshua and I got to see the musical Cats!
 Our white tree owl <3
 Stockings! The three pups shared one!
 Cake pops!
 Festive Cupcakes!
 Annabelle and Joshua Cuddling <3
 I made a snowman birthday cake for Joshua's Aunt Barbara.
 Aunt Barbara with her cake. She's so cute!
And finally.....Samuel Jess Hickle III..........handsome little chunk! <3 him!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Cox Family and the Chambers Family take on DOLLYWOOD!!!

I recently got some tickets to Dollywood (Thanks, Chelsey) and we decided to go with T.C. and Danielle Chambers. Here is the fun that was had!!!
Here we are...waiting in line for the train. It broke and we didn't get to go!

Danielle and I being goofy :)

Joshua and T.C. rode the Bumper Cars

The lights were are a few more pictures:

Then we got an idea: Let's take pictures with a reindeer!

Fun was had by all!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Chaco turned 4 on Monday, November 14!
I made her some awesome butterfly cookies, which were a HUGE hit with the guests!
Chaco even wore her bow for more than 2 seconds!
Once again, happy birthday Chaco Pup!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Haven’t blogged in a while….I may just start posting one each month….that way I don’t feel crazy about it all J
This blog post is certainly personal, but I felt the need to share so that others can hold me accountable. I need that. So here I go..
I am a Christian. I say I believe in God and I love God, but can you even tell? I would say no. (Especially when things aren’t going the way I had planned!)
God uses a lot of things to get our attention….especially when we get lukewarm. He makes it clear in Revelation 3:16 when He says “So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” 
I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a dear friend of mine over the last year; my wedding photographer, Shannon Kelley. She is one of the most amazing women I have ever met. What makes her so amazing? SHE LOVES GOD. You can see it in everything she does. I’m not writing this to boost her up or even to brag on her…..but to show you how God is speaking to me.
I’ve been reading her posts about Haiti on her blog and there’s a quote…
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
I have all of these plans, but is God in any of them? Did I even ask God what He would have me do? I have discovered that even though I profess to love God and live in His will….I don’t.
Another way God has been speaking: Sunday morning, my Bible Fellowship teacher explained the cost of getting outside of our comfort zone. Do I do that? Never. Why?
Fancis Chan wrote about signs of a lukewarm Christian:
I was struck to realize that I fit in all categories. My heart is broken.
I don’t want the lukewarm Christian life anymore. I am ready to have life and have it more abundantly! A lot of people assume such a lifestyle is for “extreme” Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers….I am ready to be “radical” for Jesus!

And that’s it! Love to you all!