I feel like I need to introduce myself again, as I blow off the dust from this blog after, hmmm, 8 months? Hi, I’m Clarita. I used to blog here, ummm, years ago? Remember me? :) The past months have brought big changes to our family – some wonderful and lovely, some adjustments, some tears, but all in all, we know we are where we are supposed to be. Even if it’s no longer at our beloved Southern Cottage (affectionately… Read more »

June truly is the month of brides. The past three years we’ve had family weddings in June. Two of them my sisters, and two of them my husband’s siblings. Plus, we got married in June 9 years ago! I adore weddings. The music, the décor, the dressing up, the ceremony, the pledging of lives together until death parts them… it’s just all so wonderful. And it’s a small glimpse of a much bigger reality! I am so passionate about marriage,… Read more »

I am so excited and honored to have my lovely friend, Christy, featured on my blog today! I so loved this post that she wrote, and she gave me permission to feature it here! Christy and her husband Steve, and their three boys live in Atlanta and are involved in inner-city missions full-time. You can follow them on her blog, Moving Out in Faith. She is also the co-author of a book with her sister, and you can find them… Read more »

 Two beautiful women have contributed to this post through their pictures and photography, Janelle of Stoltzfus in Strasburg {she’s the lovely model in the pictures, a personal friend, and her blog is one of my favorites! do stop by there and say hello!}, and Jolyn, of In His Image Photography {she’s the lovely photographer, also find her on facebook}. Huge huge thanks to them! Some time ago I read an article that quoted a 1950’s public high school text book…. Read more »

  “I speak it to God: I don’t really want more time;I just want enough time. Time to breathe deep and time to see real and time to laugh long,time to give You glory and rest deep and sing joyand just enough time in a day to not feel hounded, pressed, driven, or wild to get it done – yesterday…To have the time to… go out to all air and sky and greenand time to wonder at all of them… Read more »

  Our anniversary day deserves a post all its own. :)It was a day so lovely I keep thinking back to it and smiling…and smiling! To a girl whose love language is quality time, a whole day with my man just exudes affection and devotion! The day was so blissful and carefree, and full of young love remembered and enjoyed all over again! There were the usual questions and planning and deciding about where to go…Somewhere new?Somewhere we’ve been before?Stay more… Read more »

  This has been the most relaxing Christmas I’ve had in a long time. I miss not going home [childhood home] for Christmas, but it definitely makes it feel quiet around these parts… There is time to do a little bit of baking – some pans of cinnamon rolls to deliver to neighbors, both those we’ve met and those we hadn’t. As well as stick a plate in the mailbox for the mailman/lady [we happen to not have the same… Read more »