Thursday, September 30, 2010

Links of Love. part I.

thank you so much for your sweet encouragement in response to my last post. it means so much to have such sweet friends. & to those of you expressing a feeling of similar dismay... you are constantly in my thoughts & i'm sending you big hugs!  

(we can all totally get through the current junk in our lives. especially with the support of each other... which you have mine, one-million percent.) 

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

“Smile, breathe & go slowly.”

{via: flickr.}

sometimes it all seems to happen at once. 

you try to untangle one part of your life only to find another knot of confusion. they say challenges are meant to make you stronger.  that everything happens for a reason & God never gives you more than you can handle. 

& tonight:
i can't help but hope with all my heart that they are right.

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a "Love Connection" of sorts.

{the nieces & nephews. summer 2008.}
sometimes i get emails from readers.  they typically make me blush from appreciation & often make me feel like i was just given a big hug.  (remember the playlist i received to cheer me up after my breakup? ah-mazing.)  sometimes i get emails asking for advice, & sometimes people send wonderful things for me to check out... 
i Love connecting with You.
(um totally pointing at You right now, YES. YOU!)

Let's Connect, Loves!
if you want to say hello. ask a question. email-"high-five." be facebook pals,etc. whatever you fancy!
 twitter: aeallen

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Noted Blog of Love: Mila's Daydreams.

{all images via: mila's daydreams.}
this mamma is so creative when it comes to her sweet babe's nap time. i Love her blog featuring many more of her nap scenes, & a video.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

{Quote of the Week.}

week {zweiundneunzig};  
Everything that needs to happen, will happen, in the time that it takes to happen, the way it was meant to happen. You need to trust in that.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

week 50.

1. this is the cutest
little girl & the
hippest clothes for
fall. absolutely
Love it.

2.  this groom &
bride are too
much chic for
one photo.  
the bride's shoes
are to die for!

3. adoring
this bit of
thank goodness
for best

4. this is
a perfect home/office.
this is the kind
of stuff my
are filled with.

 5. everytime
i happen upon
this picture
i giggle. 
it reminds me 

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Oh, hello there, Friday!

print by drywell on etsy.

hope it is swell, Lovelies!
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

red lipstick Love.

My big brother Christopher, Jason, Me. September 2010.
mike & kurt. the bassist & drummer of We Are Country Mice.
last week i got to attend 2 we are country mice concerts.  they were awesome.
besides getting to listen to great music, hang out with close friends, & see Leo
braving the red lipstick made it that much more exciting.

because when you feel brave, you look brave.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

On Life, Love & coincidences.

did you ever notice the way a stranger's smile can turn your bad day around?
how much sweeter reunions are, the longer you've been apart.
how much you appreciate warm weather in the winter, and cool weather in the summer.
how great it feels to relax after a week of going non-stop.

life is weird like that.  but in the same way, life is beautiful like that

and i think it is the same for Love.
the more you hold Love in, the less Loved you feel.
the more you let yourself Love, the more Love you experience.
the more you Love, the harder you sometimes fall.
but most importantly...

the harder you fall for the wrong Love, the more you open yourself up for the right Love.

and when you fall for the right one, you are forever held by the wings of Love, never allowing you to fall again.

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{Quote of the Week.}

week {einundneunzig};

{via: flickr.}
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

week 49.

1.  I love the
adorable moments
Kamana captured
from their Eid
Absolutely precious.

2.  How hilarious
is this card from
etsy? I hope they
make more...
i would love to
send them to my

3.  totally adoring
the amazing
magazine spread   
jessie of sweet jessie 
posted of the 
birthday party!

4. one word:

5. this is such a
lovely graphic
with such a
beautiful message.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

"we are country mice" U.S. tour. = rad Love.

i am going to we are country mice's show in kansas city tonight- & again tomorrow when they stop by Lawrence on their U.S. tour.  my brother's best friend Jason is the guitarist, not to mention hands-down the nicest person you will ever meet, so i am so happy to get to see him again!

i wrote about seeing them in Lawrence, July 2009 & how rad it was. 

if they happen to be visiting your neck of the woods anytime soon, i suggest going to a show, they are so great & a blast to see live. 

you can check them out here.
and buy their record here.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Let me hold your crown, babe."

i just bought the new sara bareilles cd, kaleidoscope heart & i absolutely love & adore it.

so far, this is my favorite song:
such a cute video & clever(relate-able)song.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

{Quote of the Week.}

week {neunzig};   
{via: must be love.} 

 Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.  
-Leo Buscaglia.

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Sunday Sweet 1.

a memo for You, darlings: my sister & her hubby both happen to work the same weekend once a month, so i keep watch over their babes while they work.  seeing as how they live an hour away i just stay the weekend at their house.  so... this really stinks due to the fact i can't get a moment for the internet or my sunday sweets!  
so, i decided to do one sunday sweet on these weekends, & make them extra sweet. ; ) 
this week's sweet are the beautiful vows of Kestrin & Jonathan featured on the beautiful blog of feather love photography.
J: I vow to love you
K: I vow to love you
J: to respect you
K: to always make fun
J: to be your best friend ever
K: to constantly generate a force field of awesome to guide and protect us
J: to do what I love
K: to actively maintain our relationship
J: to be lucky
K: to live a charmed life
J: to live as long as possible
K: to ask nicely for what i need
J: to communicate my feelings effectively
K: to live a life of hilarious bliss together
J: to provide for you
K: to solve problems
J: to make time for you every single day
J: to remain curious
K: to stand by my man
J: to put our relationship first
K: to build a community around us
J: to build a family life together
K: to give you babies
J: to change the diapers on those babies
K: to be great parent
J: to sing with you in the morning
K: to give you shoulder rubs, intermittently, for as long as we both shall live
J: to remember how lucky I am
K: to rock out with our great grandchildren
J: to take you on one hundred honeymoons
K: to maintain a menagerie
J: to clean up
K: to sing songs to you
J: to speak for you when you sing your voice out
K: to throw radical parties
J: to be faithful to you
K: to take joy in doing nice things for you
J: to be compassionate
K: to be devoted
J: to be committed
K: to be happy
J: to Listen to you
K: to support you
J: to stay with you forever
K: Do you vow to be my husband?
J: I do. Do you vow to be my wife?
K: I do.
via: feather love photography.
how intimate & sincere?
sweet sweet sweet! 
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Friday, September 10, 2010

words of Love for your friday.

Let’s pray and sing and dance for a while. Let me sing a song about you while we dine. Let’s remember to forget and forget to remember. Let’s touch the sky and kiss the ground and weep while we laugh because you mean so much while the world can mean so little.
Let’s do these things, you and I, for time is short and short is the time.
And tomorrow, we can do it again. If you’d like.

here's to a very happy weekend-
with oh, so much Love.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

my new found Love.

I am in Love with this hat I just ordered from this sweet etsy shop.
I can hardly wait to wear it this winter-- though some says it is a bit much. 
but, as the beloved Shakespeare once said:   Boldness be my friend.


p.s. kate spade & shabby apple suggest bright pops of color are in this fall/winter, woohoo!
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introducing: Leo.

[christopher & rachel with Leo. September 2010.]
[Christopher & Leo. September 2010.]
 [julia, noah, carolyn, Leo, & nathan. september 2010.]
[sleepy Leo. september 2010.]

How stinkin' adorable is my brother & sister-in-law's new pup, Leo?
I am slightly obsessed with his super soft fur & clumsiness.  Poor guy, his paws are twice his size!
He will soon outgrow his cage & bed & become one big pup-like this- a giant cuddlebug!

(pssst thanks to rachel & katie for the perfect pictures!)
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

natalie update: happiness.

{natalie.monday sept.6. 2010.}
we fetched miss natalie, & her mamma & daddy, up at the airport monday morning. my heart was giddy to see her run up to us to say "hello"- she RAN up to us!! 

needless to say, she is happy, healthy & back to her old sassy self.  
we keep our hopes high for her MRI check-up, in a few months,back in Dallas.  

we cannot thank you enough for your prayers & encouraging support. 
we are so blessed for having You all in our lives.
with Love & so many thanks- Anna.
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{Quote of the Week.}

week {neunundachtzig};    
{image via: tumblr.}
We try to be too reasonable about what we believe.  What I believe is not reasonable at all.  In fact, it’s hilariously impossible.  Possible things aren’t worth much.  These crazy impossible things keep us going.
-Madeleine L’Engle.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

week 48.

1.  This packaging-
branding is so original
& crisp.  definitely
everything i love 
about a product's look!

2.  i'm ninety-nine
percent sure if you
look up "precious"
in the dictionary
this baby is under
the definition.

3. smitten with
this simple,
beautiful truth
& a beautiful

for your very 
own dreamboat.
i can't wait to find mine
& surprise him with
such sweets as this.

5. what a perfect
night with friends.
i am determined
to throw a party
just as wonderful
as this sometime
soon-very soon!


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Friday, September 3, 2010

a dreamy song for your dreamy friday.

"There are those who think that I’m strange
They would box me up and tell me to change

But you hold me close and softly say
That you wouldn’t have me any other way

happy friday, sweets!
p.s. your true love will never ask you to change. never ever.
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

natalie update: 1.

{julia, natalie, carolyn. june 2010.}
Natalie's surgery went well! 
After four hours of surgery we were happy to hear from my sister, keeping us updated all day long with the progress. 

natalie is doing pretty good, just having a lot of pain, as expected. 
how i wish i could take her pain & make it mine.  i would in a heartbeat.

we continue to pray & hope that she will be back to her sassy self in no time! : )

Your support means the world to us, you have no idea.  

We are so blessed & send You lots of Love & thanks.

p.s. my sister Katie is keeping her blog updated as well.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

to natalie: a note from your aunt "nina".

{natalie & julia. August 2010.}
i won't be there tomorrow to kiss you before you are wheeled into surgery- but as you close your eyes to dream, dream of hugs, snuggles & Love. (and story-times filled with cuddles from your aunt "nina".)

everyone is praying for you baby girl. 
all. around. the. world!

i will be thinking of you all day tomorrow- & you will be in my heart, as you always are.

And, when you get back, we will dance around & sing to mamma mia like we love to do together. ok? 

I love you, precious natalie. 
so many hugs & snuggles,

Angels descending, bring from above, Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.   -Fanny J. Crosby

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