a sweet southern summer wedding…a mom’s memories

I feel I should begin this post like this…

“Once upon a time, in a far away land, a beautiful princess fell in love with a handsome prince…”

Because it felt a little like a fairytale, this sweet daughter of ours marrying the guy of her dreams.  And now that I have the amazing photos in hand (photographer amanda rohde, highly recommended!) I will begin at the beginning…

My girl getting ready for this day, the one she’s longed for quite possibly her entire life…


Her dress was perfect for her.  ‘Ethereal’ someone called her.  And I decided that was the perfect description of my girl.  Too beautiful to be real on this her special day…



More about her to follow, but may I just say…the wedding attendants!

This mother’s heart was like a cup overflowing when the bridesmaids and groomsmen began coming in.  Such grand hearts, all of them.  Asking how they could help me, lifting up Erin and Zack in word and in prayer, loving this bride and her groom through every step.  It was a joy to have them nearby…


And the flowers!  Erin and I (and Luke helped!) grew the flowers here on the homestead.  I remember sitting with the girls in Vermont in May stressing over whether the flowers would grow as they should.  Boy did they!  I’m still cutting armloads of flowers a month after the wedding…


So much time spent setting up, preparing, stressing over the weather, anticipating…

And then it all begins to happen.  The two loves we are celebrating come together at last…


The tables are set up.  The caterers are unloading.  The guests are arriving (the guests are arriving?!)

No time to look things over for last-minute details.  But that’s okay.  The past few months have been all about the details.  Now it’s time to breathe deeply and savor what is happening in this very place we call home, with this very child we have loved and cared for the past 21+ years…


There is only time to say a quick prayer, a prayer of thanksgiving, for all that is.  Because here come the lovely bridesmaids, the last of which is our sweet girl Madeline and her little ‘ring bearer’…


And then it’s the father of the bride teasing his little girl, “Are you sure about this?  It’s not too late” (for the thousandth time!), and her response, “Daddy stop it, I’m sure!”…

1507025ADR_ErinandZack_0707And we are all gathered to witness this beautiful covenant, the coming together of these two people in the eyes of God and so many people who love them.  It’s the most sacred moment, when they share communion, when they read their hand-written vows to one another.  I didn’t turn around to look but there were likely very few dry eyes…


And it is done!  My sweet girl and this young man we love are husband and wife…


The moment is jubilant, the time for celebration has come.  And it was everything good a celebration should be…

Good food, laughter, cameras snapping, friends uniting, hugs and more hugs, dancing and special moments, like five generations of my family gathered for a rare photo…



My three birds, all grown up and causing my heart to feel like it will burst…


A cake so pretty it surpassed all the Pinterest photos we saved…


Our little ‘American Gothic‘ bride and groom with happy hearts on this their special day…


And as dusk falls, the sweetest toasts for the newlyweds (more tears)…


And as night falls, the groom dances with his bride…


And then she with her sweet papa…


And the music is turned up and the dance floor fills with those brave enough to sweat it out on this sultry Southern evening…


I stood over to the side for a few moments, just taking it all in.  The young people laughing and dancing, the guests gathered, sharing conversation and this lovely evening with us, each person a special part of the day we’ve anticipated for so long.


And much too soon it was time for the sweet couple’s sparkler send-off.


And just like that, they drove away.  And I didn’t fall apart.  I didn’t even cry (maybe a little).  I just remember my husband holding onto me tightly and I remember feeling really, really happy.  We did it.

Our little princess is now someone else’s princess.  But it’s okay.  That’s how it’s supposed to be…


Will they live happily ever after?

I kinda think they will.

We love you both with all our hearts!!!


Catering:  Thyme for Lunch

Cake:  Cupcakes24

Erin’s dress: The White Room

Photographs:  Amanda Rohde

August 21, 2015 - 8:14 pm

kL - oh rebecca, that was just such a beautiful tribute to your sweet daughters day. x0

August 21, 2015 - 8:31 pm

Dagmar Leuenberger-Swift - Oh Rebecca,
Such happiness, love and joy in these photos.. How very special that you shared this special occasion with us.
Love and blessing to you and yours,

August 21, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Lorrie - Oh Rebecca, what a lovely, lovely post. Your heart for your sweet girl and her prince comes through in every word. God’s richest blessings on them, and on you.

August 21, 2015 - 10:21 pm

Andra Hepler - Fantastic! It look perfect in every day. Congratulations!

August 21, 2015 - 11:11 pm

Karen B - It’s all so beautiful Rebecca! I love her choice of zinnias. Just perfect for a country wedding and how precious that it was on your property. I love the photo where she is looking at the camera while they hug and that last one!! Oh my stars, really beautiful. Congratulations on such a beautiful, sweet day. I know you’re exhausted. I was and I didn’t host it at my own home. More precious days are ahead.

August 22, 2015 - 12:52 am

Amy in Texas - What a beautiful bride, handsome groom, and lovely wedding. Thank you for sharing this happy family event with us.

August 22, 2015 - 1:15 am

Jeanette in Illinois - Rebecca,
Not certain how I’m typing this as my eyes are filled to the brim with the happiest tears…everything was so beautiful, sweet, heartfelt and enveloped in love and adoration!

I don’t think anything could have been more perfect, beautiful. What a blessed day for a precious couple!

May every good grace of cherished love, blessings and unabashed joys fill their hearts always!!
Much love,

August 22, 2015 - 2:16 am

beth p - Absolutely beautiful in every way! Thanks for sharing your pictures and your heart.

August 22, 2015 - 3:36 am

Petra - So beautiful – the words, the photos, and the people. Thank you for sharing!! ❤️❤️❤️

August 22, 2015 - 5:03 am

Hayley - Oh Rebecca- how blessed you are. It’s all we pray for for our children. What a beautiful witness to a start of a lifetime of memories. Much joy for your family

August 22, 2015 - 6:02 am

Georgia - Practically speechless. Absolutely beautiful.

August 22, 2015 - 7:58 pm

Cheryl Lombardo - How totally wonderful!

August 22, 2015 - 8:02 pm

Nancy - Rebecca, thank you for sharing your very special moments. Everything was so magical. I have to say I did tear up looking at the photo of your 3 grown birds…I also have 3 grown birds…2 girls and a boy. Congratulations to your beautiful family.

August 23, 2015 - 4:46 am

Helen - I don’t know you, but feel I somehow do, through your art and your heartfelt, honest, authentic blog posts. I have tears running down my cheeks: what a beautiful, beautiful day you must all have had (and what a beautiful post)….thank you so much for sharing this (so very private) moment…..my tears are tears of nostalgia for my own children (still only 9 and 5 but growing so, so fast)…I’m sure I’ll blink again and they’ll be as big as your three…and my Princess (the littlest) will find her Prince and just like that, they’ll fly…..wow. How *does* time go so fast?

August 23, 2015 - 6:47 am

mandysea - OOooh… its all how its supposed to be!!

I loved every photo, every word…. and your last ones about your princess… weeeeeeeeell, the tears welled up. sigh….
its all soooooooo beautiful!

August 23, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Susan - Tears here as well. What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing your family’s special day. May their lives be filled with love, blessings and God’s grace.

August 23, 2015 - 12:52 pm

Sheila Rumney - I am crying happy tears for you and your family. What an amazingly beautiful wedding. May God bless their marriage and continue to bless you and your sweet family.

August 23, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Dawn - Absolutely PERFECT.
Loved every. single. photo.
Thank you for sharing this with us.

August 24, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Cherie Wilson - Such a treat to see the special day and hear your heart Rebecca. Congratulations and lots of rest to you!! What a beautiful memory…… XOXO

August 24, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Bobbie Lynn Duran - Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us. what a gorgeous couple and congratulations. Many happy memories to the new couple.

August 25, 2015 - 8:29 am

Julie Atkinson - Wow… such a beautiful day for true hearts to be joined together. Brought tears to my eyes. Wishing them many years of happiness, big love from England xxx

August 30, 2015 - 2:03 am

Jean Hawkins - Thank you for the beautiful photos of such a wonderful day with your dear family! And thank you for reminding all of us about the important things about marriage, family, being together, taking time to let it all soak in and reflect. Loveliest memories and prayers for God’s blessings as Erin and Zach begin their new life together.

August 30, 2015 - 3:57 am

Dede Warren - Congrats to you all! What a beautiful wedding… all created with love for the newlyweds.

August 31, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Lisa Garbrick - What a beautiful occasion! Your daughter was glowing!!! Such happy memories to be forever shared.

September 9, 2015 - 12:08 am

Carolyn Peeler - Oh Rebecca, what a beautiful, heartfelt post. It sounds like the day was a blessing to your family and, from the photos, it looked absolutely beautiful. I love all the homemade touches. It looked exactly how I imagine a wedding you helped organize would look. Homemade, with warmth and love <3

September 9, 2015 - 3:45 pm

j - What a wonderful story to be told! Thank You and just as sweet as you…….

September 11, 2015 - 2:48 am

joni startzman - Beautiful

October 13, 2015 - 5:48 pm

Kay Crain - Rebecca, I can not believe that your children are grown and now getting married. The wedding pictures were beautiful as was the bride. I know your heart must be filled with joy for her. It looked like the perfect wedding down to the last detail. Congrats to the two of them.
I so cherish our friendship and all the great times that we had. I just wanted to say HI!

November 6, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Kendra - So beautifully written…blessings abounding…a Mama’s joy…all so lovely and so perfect!!!

{ spring inspiration board }

Welcome Spring!

Here are some photos of an inspiration board I created to usher in warmer days and the greening of the earth.


Bye bye Winter!

March 20, 2015 - 11:42 am

KarenLR - Still snowy and bitter cold here in Vermont. This post has lifted my spirits, and I may create an inspiration board of my own. Thank you for the pretties!

March 20, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Linda - What an inspiration! I’m sitting here this morning, cup of coffee in hand, looking out over my meadow which was covered with snow in the night. Again. I must work on some kind of project today that brings spring into the house, even if it is still cold and snow in the outside world!

March 20, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Helen - Beautiful, just beautiful. Has made my day so much brighter! Thank you!

March 20, 2015 - 5:21 pm

Kas - ‘Oh Rebecca ~ your work here is so very lovely! Thank you for sharing and Happy Spring to you too :) kas

March 20, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Dawn - Love this! Always inspiring….

May 7, 2015 - 10:18 pm

Georgia - Always love your collages….who is the butterfly punch made by?

May 11, 2015 - 8:44 pm

Anne-Luesse - Missing you so much, Rebecca. Hope all is well for you and yours.

{ quilt inspiration }

My first-ever hand-quilted quilt is finished!  It was a labor of love, and by that I mean I loved every minute of the process of this quilt.  If you’ve known me even a little while, you know I am pretty much daily inspired by my late maternal grandmother (my granny).  She was a quilter, seamstress, creative spirit.  I think I probably am her all over again.


So with inspiration from granny and fellow creative soul Pam, I took a deep breath and pulled together piles of little fabric scraps that have been collecting.  And began.


Setting out with a plan or vision is much scarier for me than to just begin and watch what happens along the way.  So my plan was no plan.

And bit by scrap, my quilt started to look like something I thought I might really like.


The machine piecing was a lot of fun.  I love the hum of the sewing machine.  I love hand cutting little squares and rectangles.  I love pulling colors and designs together.


When it was time to start hand quilting, I was a bit intimidated and started to think this project might fall to the wayside like many do.


But as I began to pull needle and thread, little by little it started to look like a real quilt.  And that kept me moving.  I did catch a vision then, a glimpse of the finished piece that was made by my own two hands, with much love.


Before I knew it, I was tying off the last thread of the binding.  My quilt was finished.  And love it I do.  It makes me happy.  The worst part?  Wishing I could go back up to my studio and begin a brand new one.  But not just now.  There’s no time.  Did I tell you we’re having a wedding at the homestead this Summer??  So much to do…stay tuned!

March 11, 2015 - 7:23 pm

Ingrid - What a beautiful quilt. I love your soft colour palette. How well it matches to a softly (hand) quilted quilt. It’s inspired me to try making one. Thanks.

March 11, 2015 - 7:49 pm

Debbie - Oh Rebecca…I love this quilt! I find hand stitching & quilting to be very relaxing & comforting…and it’s amazing to see a quilt come to life in your hands. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous quilt with us.

March 12, 2015 - 2:05 am

Ginny Worden - Rebecca, what a lovely quilt, and a great tribute to your “Granny”.Enjoy!!

March 12, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Julie - Such a lovely, lovely quilt. You and Pam sure have me inspired. I’ll make one. I know I will.

March 12, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Betsy Kimbrough - I cannot tell you how much I love your quilt. I have several from my grandmother and other long gone relatives and your quilt reminds me of the old fashioned ones. It is amazing. I am sure your grandmothers spirit was beside you guiding your creativity the entire way.
I have been a fan of your work and you for years. Keep it up.

March 12, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Sheila Rumney - Your quilt is gorgeous! What a beautiful work of love! My my hand quilts and has for years. What an exciting time for you and your family as the wedding draws near. Enjoy!

March 14, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Dawn - Love the quilt, Rebecca! Wedding coming up!?! Enjoy that process, too. <3

March 19, 2015 - 5:43 am

Shelly - Lovely! What an inspiration, I am intimidated to start a quilt. As a child my started at least 3 and has yet to finish one (I’m 46)… Maybe someday :)

March 31, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Kendra - Rebecca,
Your quilt is lovely! I love the soft colors and the handmade, home-y look. We are truly kindred spirits. My maternal grandmother was also “Granny” and it sounds as if they were very much alike. And yes, I am my Granny all over again as well. I am the only grandchild who truly looks like her and I love it!
Many blessings to you, my friend!

April 24, 2015 - 12:41 am

Hastypearl - It’s been a long time since I quilted, but it can be very addictive. Your color/fabric selections made it look like it is a vintage quilt. That’s a GOOD thing in my book:) congrats! Laura

May 20, 2015 - 6:40 am

Karen - This is beautiful. I like the idea of no plan. I’ve tried 3 times to make a quilt and have quit every time. It just seems so daunting. I’m so happy you finished it. It’s such a treasure. Praying that all goes well with the wedding! Karen

June 13, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Cherie Wilson - A wedding?! I thought your beautiful quilt was exciting, until i read you are having a wedding….bless you! sending love and energy your way Rebecca!

{ paper hearts blog tour & giveaway }


I love love!  And this week of celebrating love is the perfect time for me to tell you about my friend Courtney’s new book “Paper Hearts”.  I can tell you it’s been a crazy long time since I’ve read a love story, but I smiled through every page of her sweet novel.

The story includes an inspiring tradition of writing love notes on paper hearts and tucking them here and there for your special people to find.  What a great idea!  And I don’t care if he’s a 17-year-old high school guy, I’m writing a little paper heart love note to my son and tucking it in his room somewhere.  Our teens might be the ones who need love notes the most, right?:)


And here is something you will love.  Courtney is hosting a fantastic giveaway package including one of my love-key necklaces…


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To participate in the #shareyourheart campaign and to enter your chance to WIN a pretty awesome prize, all you have to do is find Courtney on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/courtneywalshwrites), and SHARE the Paper Hearts Book Trailer with your friends.  Then enter the giveaway on her facebook page to win.  Fun!

For bonus entries, create your own paper heart and share it on Courtney’s wall and tag your post with #shareyourheart


You can watch the adorable book trailer here.

And here’s a link to Courtney’s blog where you can see all the other Paper Heart tour participants.

The perfect book to snuggle in and read on this weekend celebrating LOVE!

{ read something }


I’m a reader.  I love books and am in love with books.  I read a lot.  Think of the sheer privilege it is to be able to read!  Think of the privilege it to be able to read and to have thousands upon thousands of books at our disposable.  There is no time or place in history where so many books have been so easily accessible.


Learn to fall in love with books.  Read current books, read books written long, long ago (this is my current to-be-read stack).  You don’t have to believe everything you read in every book.  You don’t even have to like them all.  But love the process.  Snuggle in, hibernate, with a good book.  Savor the feel of turning a new page, the satisfaction of closing the book when you’ve read the last chapter and sighing over it.

Yay for books!  We should read more.  Let’s read more.



January 30, 2015 - 7:07 pm

beth p. - I am doing a little happy dance over here because … about 3 years ago I saw this book in the library but already had a huge stack to check out so I figured I’d get it another time. But, much to my chagrin, I couldn’t ever remember the title. I searched in a variety of sources but I’d only read a little blurb so didn’t really have much to grasp. And then, I forgot about it. Til today. Thank you, Rebecca for including The Blue Sweater in your stack. I have just looked online and it is currently checked in at my local library branch. Heading over there to check it out. Thanks to you :)

January 31, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Fonda Rush - I wonder if the accessibility of books will be threatened by the technological age. Already, some books only come electronically. Ebooks require computers or readers which may reduce the number of people who can access them. I can imagine that the blind have a limited number of books written in Braille or made into audio books available to them.

February 2, 2015 - 5:48 am

Lorrie - There are stacks of books on shelves here, too. Reading is as essential as breathing and prayer to me. I love looking at what other people are reading.