3 Fall Favorites

#1- This stuff:

Fluffy cotton tufts, dotting rows of spindly sticks, can be seen by the field-full all over Alabama each Fall. And to make matters even more marvelous-looking, runaway puffs gather up into pillowy clumps in the ditches, so taking the scenic route is an absolute must around here.

We flew past that field last week only to make a u-turn and end up right back in front of it…captivated.

#2- This color:

I’m officially smitten with this little tree behind our house…

It’s leaves were green a few weeks ago, but now, all of a sudden- POOF! It’s on fire.

#3- This guy:

He is my sweet home Alabama…

…and he’s so much fun to snuggle with this time of year.

We’re heading up to Birmingham together on Sunday afternoon, and we’ll board our first of two planes to Peru on Monday morning.

I plan to hold his hand the whole way there.

That’s one of my favorite things to do no matter what time of year it is.

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  1. says

    Those are such cute pictures of the two of you together! Peru is going to be AWEsome! I will be reading along and praying for you. What a full fall you have had!

  2. danika says

    Okay everyone, all together now: “AWWWWW!” :)

    Wishing you safe journeys, you darling couple, you!

  3. Rebekah says

    One day I want to see such a field of white. Where I live it is all corn and soybeans, mostly. Yay Minnesota. :) And I can’t wait to follow you on your journey to Peru. God works wonders and I know your experience will be the best! P.S. Your bracelets are awesome!

  4. says

    Those are the ca-ute-est pictures ever!!!! Love the suitcase with Peru on it!!! Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures to and in Peru!!!!!!!!

  5. says

    Hi Layla, I love how you share it all on your blog and I wanted to share a special blog with you guys. The pastor of Newspring Church (My Church) here in South Carolina, authors an amazing blog PerryNoble.com. He has a passion for Leadership and helps people learn and grow to Lead. He has a gift to share the message of Jesus Boldly! I just thought you would enjoy his encouragement. I pray for your safety as you travel to Peru.
    Have a beautiful day!

  6. Melinda says

    I live in North Alabama and have been admiring those white fields too! Great shots of you two. Ya’ll are so dar n cute! (The word looked scary when typed all together). Be safe on your trip and have a wondrous adventure together!

  7. Wendi says

    Wow…you guys are awesome! Thanks so much for showing the rest of the world how great of a place Alabama is. Have a safe and fun trip!

  8. says

    I chaperoned two mission trips to Peru in 2002 and 2004 and the experiences COMPLETELY changed my life! The second trip we lived in a homeless shelter with young boys (we were there with Scripture Union) and the love and happiness and gratitude that those young boys had, when many of them had come from such terrible lives including their families prostituting them, humbled me and continues to impact me every day of my life. Prayers to you two while you’re there and that you’re changed and humbled by this experience so that God’s glory may shine through you!

  9. melaniek says

    fantastic pictures and wishing you a most fulfilling and safe trip full of unexpected blessings :)

  10. Pam M says

    You guys are adorable!! Have a safe trip and a great adventure. We will be thinking of you. ((Hugs!))

  11. JT says

    Seriously…when you said, “the little tree behind our house,,,” my heart welled up with happiness for you two…combine that with the life changing trip you are about to embark on…priceless!
    Never one to comment…I just had to tell you how you touch my heart…thanks and best of luck!

  12. says

    I live in North Alabama and love the cotton feilds too!!The pics of ya’ll are too cute!!I have a love for old maps,globes and suitcases.Blessings to you as you help change the world.

  13. Lisa W. says

    I gotta say you totally JUST made my day. Those pics are priceless, you two are a inspiration. Safe travels, and God Bless!!! Thanks aagain for making my day:)

  14. says

    I love that you’re headed to Peru. My hubby and I went there for our honeymoon, and we were smitten by the place. The glaciers, mountains, rain forests and rivers are some of the most incredible in the world (and some of the most famous), and its cities can be very cosmopolitan (if you’re in the right places). So it can be shocking that a place with so much natural wealth can be so poor. Thanks for doing some good on behalf of a nation so near and dear to my heart. Make sure you take a day and see the majesty of the place too. It’s unlike anywhere else in the world.

  15. Terri says

    OMG… Gorgeous pics of you two!!!! May God bless richest blessigs be yours on your trip!!! ( and what a blessing you two are going to be for those you meet!!) Terri ( so enjoy following your blog)

  16. Sunny Beamish says

    You two are so cute…I am not on my computer every day but when I see “The Lettered Cottage” as a new e=mail..I treat myself..and read it over the others..and it is a treat!
    Wishing you a great trip..( I know it takes courage) but He will carry you in His Hands..just like I always ask when my son flies to South Africa, Turkey (eek) anywhere..He uses his tech skills in a missions oriented area..film and editing is his passion..
    Can;t wait to read your blog..it is only when you allow yourself to fly will you discover the joy of riding like on eagles wings..
    Blessings..p.s love the creative word on the suitcase..and the globe..so cute

  17. debbie r says

    Yall are so adorable. You don’t get to see tree’s like that here in Florida. Orange is my favorite color. Beautiful.

  18. says

    Beautiful pictures, but the photographer had a lot to work with :). Blessings to you both on this wonderful journey you are about to undertake. You’re loving souls and you will get all you wish for. I just know it.

  19. Gina says

    You two are such a great example of what marriage should be!! :) I love that your sweet relationship comes through on your blog!! Prayers for your trip! Looking forward to reading!! :)

  20. Heather S. says

    Y’all are so sweet…prayers for you while in Peru…have fun with Lysa T. Read her book Unglued while on the way…I am sure you will love it!!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Heather! Lysa isn’t going to be able to make the trip with us- but I will definitely be checking out that book of hers! :-)

  21. says

    Lovely post and lovely pictures. I’ve never seen cotton fields in person and they are beautiful. Good luck on the journey – you both are going to be helping so many. Looking forward to reading all your posts from Peru. x

  22. says

    I’m so excited for you guys! Praying for a safe flight. You’ve inspired me to work towards going to Guatemala [my hubbys home country] to help out with surgeries.

    Thank you for your never ending kindness to strangers!

  23. says

    Simply stunning photos you both look so happy and like you are having fun and WOW that LIGHTING is AWESOME in those pics…..by the way I LOVE YOUR NEW HOME……and what a great neighbourhood. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  24. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Vaya con Dios, my two little lovebirds! What a beautiful post this was even tho Kev’s bootie was smashing that Peru suitcase! LOL I know this will be a wonderful journey for all of you.
    You’ll have alot of people praying for you along the way. Myself included.
    Make wonderful memories.

  25. Jeanine says

    I predict that after your trip to Peru, this Thanksgiving will be the best one ever! Many blessings on your trip as you bless so many!

  26. Margy Milewski says

    Oh my, Layla! You two are so cute. I hope your trip to Peru is everything you hope for it to be. I’ll be praying for you to have a safe flight and happy trip. And I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

  27. Bev says

    The little story the photos and my the last is sooooooo great……. you can tell you two are soul mates ;-)

  28. says

    You guys are just so cute! I love all that cotton! It looks so soft and fluffy. I know it’s one of the most heavily sprayed crops so here’s to hoping it’s organic. :) Those leaves are gorgeous, we don’t get to see anything like that here in central FL. In the north where I grew up, I remember how beautiful it was and to hear those crunching leaves under your feet when going for a walk is so nice. Have a safe trip!

  29. Amy G. says

    Godspeed, sweet Layla. I’m praying for you, and thanks for supporting Compassion International.

  30. says

    I know you are a nervous flyer….You WILL.Be. Fine.
    You and Kevin are so very blessed to have each other….
    good luck and God Speed! Can’t wait to here your inspiring stories!

  31. JolieAnne says

    Very cute post of the two of you! I am so in love with my husband-still-and it has been 26 years that we gave been married! Your photo shows you are very much in love, to me it only gets better and better as the years float on! Many good thoughts as you travel to Peru and back!

  32. says


    We turned the Alabama/Texas A&M game tonight and Calvin asked me who I was rooting for. I know NOTHING about football, but I said Alabama because’a YOU!


    Cheering you guys on in a big, bad way. I’ll be praying every single day, El! So proud of you, Girl.

    • Layla says

      Hi, Ess! :-D
      I’m going to call you from Birmingham tomorrow night- I hope you answer!

      PS- We are Auburn fans, and Alabama is their biggest rival- LOL! :-D

  33. Megan C says

    Love these pictures! The lighting is awesome. And I totally agree with you on that color, it makes me so happy Fall is here.

  34. Nicola Blake says

    There is nothing like travelling to remind us how small the world really is……also how much alike the human race is no matter the country. Have fun!!

  35. Kristen Fritz says

    You guys are too cute! I hope you have the MOST AMAZING time in Peru and that the Lord will work greatly through you. You will love it! My husband and I have led missions trips to Peru quite a few times and I miss Peru…haven’t gone again since I have had kiddos, but we will go back. I can’t wait to read all about it!

  36. Kim in MD says

    You and Kevin and such a gorgeous couple! I’m a little behind in my reading your blog. I hope you have a safe, wonderful trip!

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