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

    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!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Bethanie says

    Y’all are the stinkin cutest couple.ever. Praying for you while you’re in Peru!

  5. Maggie says

    That was truly beautiful in more ways than one. Best of luck to you both.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Bev says

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

  9. 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!

  10. Amy G. says

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

  11. 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!

  12. Jan says

    Best of everything to both of you. Praying for safe travels, self awareness and good things!

  13. 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!

  14. says

    Love the tree the house the scenery & what a gorgeous looking couple too have a fab time in Peru Layla looking forward to hearing all about it :)

  15. 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! 😀
      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! 😀

  16. says

    Such a great couple, ready for their next big journey together, literally and figuratively, may God bless you and keep you, holding both of you. 😀

  17. says

    In love with the tin roof on your house! If it were red that would be even better :)!
    I hope you have a great trip.

  18. 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.

  19. Janny A. says

    Lovely as always! May God protect you, bless you and grant the desires of your hearts!

  20. 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!!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!