Built To Blossom


Okay- it’s t-shirt day over at BlogThreads.com! Here is a size chart for the Unisex t-shirts: (I am wearing a Unisex size Small in the photo above) Here is a size chart for the Ladies cut V-neck shirts: Here is a size chart for the Ladies cut Crew neck shirts: The sale will be open […]

Adoption Update – Yesterdays

Built To Blossom T-shirt at BlogThreads.com and TheLetteredCottage.net

“Oh, I believe…in yesterday.” -Paul McCartney *** Our adoption adventure officially began in December of 2012, (note: I’m calling it an adoption “adventure” vs. an adoption “process” to help keep my focus on the Wonder vs. the wait lately. ) and we’ve done a lot of Looking, Leaning, and Listening throughout the past 641 yesterdays. It was right […]

Haiti Adoption – Knotts Family Gotcha Day!

Haiti Adoption | Gotcha Day

This was the sky in Alabama last Friday night…June 13th, 2014… …the night Gary and Amanda flew back from Haiti with their twin boys… It was almost midnight by the time they landed in Birmingham, but we were all SO excited to be there to welcome them home! We waited and waited…and then…they appeared! Gasps and […]

Adoption Update – We Got Our Letter!

Kevin and Layla Adoption

AAAAHHHH! I have looked forward to writing this post for so long I can hardly type fast enough! I have two GREAT adoption updates to share with you today! First, remember this photo of all the kiddos currently living at the orphanage our adoption agency is partnered with? And remember when I blogged about meeting […]

Adoption Update – A Better Line

Teddy Bear

It was right around noon on Monday when our caseworker’s call came in. I was out and about, running errands in the rain at the time. “Is Kevin with you?” Meredith delicately said, “this is going to be a kind of a hard call“. Kevin wasn’t with me. Gulp. My brain immediately raced to the worst […]

Adoption Update – Referral Page

The Lettered Cottage | Tshirts | Cow Doorbell

“She woke each morning with a glow of hope, not because a new dream had been born, but knowing the one she carried inside her heart would last.” -Jodi Hills *** They came bearing desserts, y’all. They swooshed right into my living room, with their sweet desserts and sweeter hearts, and they helped me pack […]

Adoption Update – Soon

Three Angels Childrens Relief Haiti

“When people walk closely with other people, it’s the grace of God- and if we carry the priority of loving and serving our friends, we’ll impart life.” -Zeke Pipher ***** Thank you for walking so closely with me this week. I mean…really. I’ve re-visited the beginning of this post over and over again since yesterday- […]

Adoption T-shirts


**This sale is now closed, but a HUGE thanks goes out to everyone who made it such a success! I appreciate your e-love and support so much! XO** ***** Okay! It’s t-shirt day! Like I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve had this (day)dream to create a line of Lettered shirts for a while now, […]

Two T-shirts

Kevin Palmer Tshirt

Remember that daydream I blogged about a couple of months ago? It had to do with t-shirts. These two to be exact: I’ve got oodles of other designs floating around in my brain and on my computer, but I’m just going to start with these two. I’m going to put ‘em up for sale next […]

Adoption Update – Invitation and Consentment

Angel House Kids at Three Angels Children's Relief in Haiti

“Keep you best wishes close to your heart and watch what happens.” -Tony DeLiso We got a call from our caseworker, Meredith, while we were at the Empowered to Connect conference on Valentine’s Day. She had a green light/yellow light update. The green light/good news: our invitation from IBESR is signed and ready for pick […]

Working and Wandering

Rusted Cow Head Sculpture | Boxwood Wreath

Whew- what a busy week! Among other things, I was painting, painting, painting, and I’m so excited to finally be able to put the finishing touches on my third episode for The Design Network this weekend. I don’t know exactly when they’ll post it (I’ll blog about it when they do), but working on Sweet […]


Herons in a tree

“Words are like nets- we hope they’ll cover what we mean, but we know they can’t possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder.” -Jodi Picoult They sit out there every afternoon, those egrets… One by one, they fly over to those twiggy trees from all edges of the lake. Reminds me of a […]

A Storm, A Song And A Son

Snow House

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” -Tom Bodett A winter storm blew through on Tuesday. Rain turned to ice mid-morning and our shrubs slowly leaned stiff into place with each freezing drop. By lunchtime, icy roads […]

Library Pocket Door On Sliding Barn Door Hardware

Sliding Library Door | 85 Dollar Galvanized Barn Hardware

“My brain has too many tabs open.” -Unknown Remember when I blogged about “having” to paint the wall (and ceiling) outside the room I’m working on right now? Well, now you know why it had to be done. I had to paint the wall so that we could hang that big ol’ 9-panel pocket door! It […]

Adoption Photo Book

Adoption Photo Book

She wasn’t where she had been. She wasn’t where she was going… but she was on her way. And on her way she no longer looked for the answers, but held close the two things she knew for sure: One, if a day carried strength in the morning, peace in the evening, and a little […]