Autumn is a great time of year

to snuggle with your loved one's, have a cookie or cupcake with a steaming cup of coffee, and get in your comfy PJ's with a good book, and my favorite-do Nothing but sit and enjoy the sun with
its burnished golds, reds, and browns.
**off topic~~Seriously, those people at Michael's are sneaky putting all that 'stuff' in the $1 bins! I spent over $20 in dollar stuff today to alter! I never get out of there less than $50...**

This is my Autumn Gathering~~see the other partiers at ArtsyMama!
Photo of downtown Greenville where I live called Falls Park. We have a beautiful river that runs through it and an awesome suspension bridge. It's a nice place to relax and watch the world go by on a warm Autumn day.

So I start my Happy Gathering with a little history of why I love this time of year so much. A wedding photo of moi and my dear D, or big D as his friends call him from 1999.
We had our photos in black and white before it became popular. I love this photo. I came up with the flower arrangement of deep burgundy roses, blush pink fill in, and tied with gorgeous burgundy ribbon. I remember the florist insisted on keeping my idea. Ha! Now you don't see an arrangement without it tied with ribbon. Hmmmm....

October 23 is my 9 year Anniversary. We got married at a beautiful outdoor chapel on a cool, crisp October day. The nickname for Symme's Chapel is Pretty Place. It's high on a mountain outside of our town and is part of the summer camp for YMCA established in 1912. My father in law looked down in the valley and stated it looked like a bowl of fruity pebbles because of the gorgeous fall foliage.

My little October Pumpkin is born on 10/10/07. We are blessed. Fast forward to 10/10/08 and my Little Pumpkin is ONE! See her birthday pics below!

and Mommy is so excited to 'dress' the house this year even if she is worn out from working FT outside the home, chasing Little Pumpkin, and trying to craft somewhere in between!


This is a Fall collage I made.

Here we are on my deck~~Let's sit and have some wine~~oh, I do have sweet tea~~can't live in the Deep South without that~
*Note to self--get help for the flower fetish!*

Thanks for coming!

Now onto to Christmas!

Christmas ought to be interesting this year! Anyone know how to hang a real Christmas Tree from the ceiling? Little D is going to be inside that tree, I know it! I'll be putting my soft ornaments or my unbreakable Hallmark one's up this year~~Ha!

I did buy this awesome felt ornie kit from Alicia Paulson! Can't wait to snuggle in bed and work on those! Check them out~~can you say cute :)
What I believe my tree will look like on 12/26.

MIL likes to remind Big D that his brother dragged their Christmas Tree around the house one year around Little D's age. *YIKES* The two dogs ought to enjoy that if it happens!

Happy Autumn !



Laume said...

I'm straggling in late from Vanessa's party. Such a sweet one year old you have. I too suffered through many years of infertility and more miscarriages than I can count (no, really, I stopped counting sometime after 13) but here I am three decades later and I've raised five kids and now have SIX grandchildren!!! Infertility is a silent grief but I don't know if I would take it back all these years later as whenever life got chaotic I always remembered that I'd still never trade it for the sadness I felt wanting a child. I never joke about "they're driving me crazy, you want them!?" Or anything like that because I know what a blessing they are even when you truly are getting gray hairs from their learning and growing experiences. Blessings to you and your lovely family.

Patricia said...

Oh, I have enjoyed so your beautiful Autumn Gathering. The photos are wonderful ! Thanks for having me to your lovely place. Happy Halloween.

jen@ Rosey Little Things said...

Your house looks great! Have fun at the pumpkin patch!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for the lovely tour! Eveything is so splendid!

Wendy said...

I enjoyed looking at your pictures! Especially all your pretty fall flowers! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Chris Worthy said...

Nice to "meet" you via the autumn gathering -- I live in Simpsonville! We are neighbors. :)

Your site is lovely.

ArtsyMama said...

What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing the history of the season. That makes it so much more personal. Fabulous decor. LOVE the autumn collage. I had a wonderful visit. Thank you.
Happy Autumn!
Kari said...

If you figure out the trick of keeping a baby out of the tree, let me know!!

have a lovely said...

happy anniversary!! thanks so much for stopping by! your home and lovely and warm I can tell!!!

KathrynAntyr said...

What a romantic time of year it is for you. I love the expressions in your wedding photo. So sweet your little one is.

Happy anniversary and Happy {early} Halloween.

Donna said...

I love your fall decorating- everything is beautiful! Your little October Pumpkin is the sweetest - too cute :) And I must say that the picture of the hot chocolate / coffee and those amazing pink cookies looks delicious!!