Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow on Broadway

When it started it came down at a rapid pace, and in a matter of a couple of hours we had a report of 4 inches of snow in Homewood.  This snow actually was very beautiful, so I decided stepping out for a few pictures would be worthwhile.  Glad I did because somehow I think it redeemed my very bitter taste for the snow "event" we had two weeks ago. 

Thankfully, the sun is out in full force today, the snow is melting quickly, and the forecast on the horizon says we're headed for the 60s next week!   

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Club

A few days before Christmas I had lunch with a few friends in Birmingham.  One way or another the conversation led to "Let's start a book club!" I love to read, so of course I was in.  

First book up.... The Book Thief.  You may or may not have heard about the movie about this book that was just released in November.  The book is interesting and a little different so far...set in Germany during WWII.  
We set a goal to have it read by the end of the month and we have chosen a night to go to dinner and then go to see the movie together.  I like having a goal to work towards.  And who doesn't love a good excuse for a girls' night?!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year brings new anticipation

I don't think I've ever approached a new year with such anticipation.  And because of this (and because I got all new electronic devices for Christmas) I am making my best efforts to visit this blog regularly to document life.  

Most of the anticipation revolves around the sweet little view below that I have from our bedroom.  As with any big life change, this anticipation comes in more ways than one.  Excited, to name one, is a good place to start.  Nervous....what kind of working mom will I be, how are we going to care for a baby with two crazy, crazy work schedules, etc.  Thankful....I find myself thanking God for this baby multiple times a day.  The weeks are passing quickly, and with each one my anticipation increases exponentially. 

As if adding a new baby to the family isn't enough, we've also got a grand wedding celebration on the horizon.  Jim and Ashley (my brother and his long-time girlfriend) are tying the knot this summer, and this one has been 7+ years in the making folks!  

Needless to say, I am feeling overwhelmingly thankful for the great things both my family and my friends have to look forward to this year.  Ultimately, I want my heart to reflect this gratefulness and, most importantly, remain mindful of those around me who are still waiting for their own blessings, whatever they may be.  

A big CHEERS to 2014!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Popping in

Stopping by the long forgotten blog to say that I'm headed to my favorite big city this weekend to visit my favorite resident who now has her very own big girl apartment!  It's bound to be a good time. 

Will hopefully be back soon with some blog-worthy happenings around the Eads house lately. 

I'm excited for fall! What about you? 

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Growing up at my house I always had to help my mom plant her flowers with the changing seasons.  It was not my idea of fun.  In light of my unwillingness, I can remember my mom asking me on more that one occasion "Do you think you will ever like to plant flowers at your house one day?" Well, turns out that I do quite enjoy being in my yard.

There is a really fun local garden shop about 1/2 mile from my house. I spent an hour there yesterday browsing and thinking and tossing around ideas with the owner about just the right flowers for my beds.
(rereading this statement makes me feel super old)

It was such an enjoyable day, and I woke up this morning excited about the newness outside my windows. It's the little things, ya know?!  

I just might go to church this morning with a little leftover dirt under my fingernails!  

Monday, May 13, 2013

Life in a nutshell

I've never been a frequent blogger, but recently I've been unmotivated to blog for a couple of reasons: 1. I feel like instagram has replaced blogging in a way.  I feel that most few people who read my blog see my pictures on instagram, so there is no need to be repetitive. 2.  I don't exactly have a lot of time that I actually sit long enough to put together a post.  All of that said, I do love to read blogs, so I'm going to try not to give up on it all together.

It's been a busy few months around here.  In early April, my sister, Mary Pat, and I took a long weekend trip to NYC to visit Perryn.  We really did have a blast.  We walked and walked and walked, ate until we dropped, and just loved exploring the city and being together.  While we were there, Mary Pat told me that she has very few memories of me being at home (I left for college when she was 7), and my eyes filled with tears.  That makes times like this to spend with her extra special for me!

I was only home from NYC for a couple of days when baby Whit Hawkins made his entrance into the world.  Shelby and Josh are his parents and also some of my very best friends from college.  It's been fun to watch them become mom and dad. They are great!

Also in April, my dear Courtney got married to her sweet groom.  I got to stand next to her as a Maid of Honor as her precious Dad married her.  What a celebration of the Lord's faithfulness!

Moving right along... Just recently we celebrated baby Wade McGowan who will be here in just a few short weeks.  Libby, his mom, is also one of my best college friends and also practically my neighbor. It was so much fun for me to open up my home to shower Wade and his mom!

Last week Tyler and I ran away to the beach for several days.  It was just what we needed to get away from our crazy schedules for a bit.  We rested, ate really good food, of course, and just enjoyed having some uninterrupted time together...what a treat!

And then just yesterday, Tyler and I celebrated 1 year of marriage.  What a fast and crazy year it was for us.   We both have very demanding jobs that take a lot of time and energy away from each other. For that reason alone, year one of marriage has not been really easy.  Because of that we both have had to put extra effort into being patient, kind, and intentional, and that is a good thing!  Most of all, though, I am humbled by a husband who loves me so well.  I am continually amazed by the ways he places my interest and happiness before his own.  Thank you, Lord, for this blessing! 

It's been a spring of celebration so far! May we always be mindful the One who allows these good things.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Home and Sisters

Last weekend I headed home for a one night sleepover at my parents' house.  Let me tell you how thankful I am that I live close enough to them to do this on occasion.  Because the down and dirty is that this whole residency thing leaves me alone the majority of the time (especially right now during night float), and some days it's just down right hard.  I think back to this time last year when Tyler was interviewing at residency programs all over the southeast. Yet, we ended up in Birmingham.  Close driving distance to my family and my inlaws, 1/2 mile from one of my best friend's get the picture. The Lord knows what we need.

My mom, sister and I had a rare Saturday treat of lunch and shopping.  I hate to shop, but love to do it with my mom and MP!  It goes something like this.... MP and I have the same taste in clothes, wear the exact same size, so we generally fight over who spotted what first or we "call it!" Then the 3 of us end up in the dressing room together while said argument continues and Mom referees.  I have the somewhat rare privilege of having a sister 11 years my junior. I'm certain that I changed more of her diapers than either of my parents combined. There's not much else to say about her except that she is one of a kind and I love her to pieces!

dressing room success