Posts from — January 2011

home goin…

as i think about mayberry and getting back to the basics and all the simple things about small-town life that make me happy, it always reminds me of an experience that i feel honored to have been a part of. an experience that will stay in my memory until the end of time, an experience that profoundly inspired me beyond all measure.

{because i don't have any images from my experience, i searched for images that conveyed my thoughts...i love this one courtesy of sue henry photography}

as some of you may know, in the south (and not to exclude our northern friends…it may be this way in the north too, but i know this to be true here in the south), African Americans do not have funerals. they have “home-goins”. and when the father of our dear friend passed away a few summers ago, it was my first time to attend a home-goin.

it was moving. it was touching. it was deep and profound and SOUL-FUL. it got inside of you in a way that i don’t believe the traditional ‘quiet and solemn’ funerals do. those in attendance that day, although deeply sad that a loved one was leaving them, were celebrating the event that LeMarCUS was goin’ home. hallelujah.

 it was the middle of JuLY…steaming hot in texas. as i sat there in those old oak pews housed in this picturesque little, old, white wooden church (the church was like something out of little house on the prairie) nestled down a long dirt road in the middle of the country in northeast texas…i stared up at the stage, with it’s beautifully grand, old, red velvet curtains & it’s preacher podium appreciating and absorbing every site and every sound and every emotion.

my seat in the back was the perfect view at the backs of all the beautiful, southern-belle-style hats perched atop every womans head as they fanned their tattered paper revival fans. through the “hallelujahs” and the “amens” and the “preach it brothers”, i was overcome with the beauty and the POWER of this entire moment.

and i’ll never forget when the preacher said: “it ain’t that bad to leave if ya got someplace to go.” and at that moment this small-town girl who grew up in a quiet-style church proudly threw my arms up towards the heavens and exclaimed to preacher jarrett, “amen, brother.. HaLLELuJAH!”

afterwards, we all gathered under the majestic pine trees that make me feel at home like nothing else … long mis-matched tables lined up end-to-end…and the feast began. smokey-saucy slow-cooked bbq ribs, baskets of crispy-spicy chicken, ooey-gooey casseroles, homemade breads, every home-grown vegetable you can imagine, and don’t even get me started on the southern-style desserts…

home-goin…such a better word than funeral. i feel a bill should be passed that the new official term is home-goin, not funeral. because after all…we’re all just goin home…

January 25, 2011   27 Comments

dearest coffee mug…you complete me.

have i mentioned how much i love my coffee mug? and when i say love, i mean truly. madly. deeply. i love this mug. and it is a scientifically-proven fact that this mug makes my coffee taste all the better. and on cold days, that coffee mug is like a little piece of heaven in my hands. warm and fuzzy and smelling all cinnamon-y, mocha-y, and coffee-y.

in my world, it’s the perfect size (15 oz of pure delight), the perfect shape. quite simply…the perfect mug. and may God grant mercy upon the poor soul that might happen to stumble into the kitchen before me in the morning and unknowingly use MY mug.

{fill those babies up and life is goooooood:)}

and what’s our recipe for the perfect cup of coffee? amie and i take a few minutes to stir up the perfect concoction every morning.

  1. fresh-ground hazelnut beans (we drink so much, we buy ‘em in bulk HERE. and we buy ‘em frequently:)).
  2. a spoonful of 100% unsweetened cocoa (we use ghirardelli)
  3. a spoonful of local honey (we’re biiiiig fans of the honey bee)
  4. a few shakes of cinnamon (or we recently discovered the cinnamon grinder….oh baby)
  5. fill yer mug about 3/4 full with coffee
  6. add a healthy dose of half-and-half. and yes, we use the FULL-fat, bring-it-on-baby, variety…preferably organic.

now if you’ll excuse me, i think i need another cup of coffee….

January 13, 2011   34 Comments

kickin’ hiney & takin NaMES…

there’s something that’s been weighing on our minds for quite some time now…something we wanna do. something we’re really excited about. something we just gotta do. and we know you’ll want to too…

{chillin' at the WaRRENTON AnTIQUeS show}

so first, let’s get through the ugly part. it’s cancer…it stinks. and i would pretty much assume there isn’t a single person out there whose life has not been touched in some way by that ugly, stinky word. you know people that have lost the battle, you know some that are currently in the trenches of war, and thankfully you know those that have won the FIGHT.

or possibly, YOU are currently courageously, boldly, fighting the fight. the gloves-are-off-take-no-prisoners-fight-of-your-life. we salute you.

and here’s the good part. the part we’re really pumped about…we are working on a new design. a new design to HONOR and CELEBRATE all of the cancer survivors & fighters & true-blue warriors out there. we are doing a call for names. for the names of anyone & everyone who has been through the CaNCER war. NAMES in honor, in celebration, in memoriam.

and the even better part…we’re going to print EVERY name we receive on our new design, print it, and SELL it. and 100% of the profits will go to the LIVESTRONG foundation working hard in the fight against cancer.

with a little help from our friends…here’s what we need from you…

  • type the name or names below in the comments section (also post on our FaCEBOOK page) that you would like to contribute to our first ever KEEPiN the FaiTH tee shirt!
  • we’ll print the name just as you spell it…so be sure to type it the way you want it!
  • spread the love by telling all yer friends and family…the more names the beTTER!!!!
  • buy the tee! buy 5! buy 10! we’re contributing 100% of profits!!!  available in mens and womens!!! (PLEASE note: the art you see pictured here is NOT the official art…official design to be released sooooon and PLEASE note: the tee is NOT available yet…it should be available in approximately 1 month BUT you can pre-order now!)
  • read this: the LIVESTRONG manifesto and watch the video
  • check back here often for an update of the details that we’re probably leaving out :)

****any names added to the list after SuNDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, will not be added to the tee. BUT this had such great response, maybe we’ll do a FiGHTER tee -keepin the faith project II!***

we’ll kick things off by adding the first few names…

  1. phillip sikes (some of you know our dad has CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia)…and upon his diagnosis, life was forever changed. but we’re keepin the FaiTH.
  2. BiLLY SiKES (one of our uncles who is currently fightin’ the fight)
  3. teresa patterson (our sweet, sweet, beautiful cousin that lost her fight to breast cancer at age 38)

{teresa pre-diagnosis}

a good friend of ours, diedra long camp, who has lost a husband and a brother to cancer and who has inspired us beyond belief with her strength and faith and grace, just told amie on the phone:

“cancer may be tough, but i’m tougher…i’m a force to be reckoned with.”

come on y’all…let’s kick hiney together!!! we’re takin’ names…

January 11, 2011   849 Comments