cameraphonetgiving week

[my girl.  10 weeks old.  couple camera phone favorites from this week.]

My Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle is complete and in the fridge.  My pumpkin baby has had her bath and is sleeping soundly in her bed.  I can’t help but reflect on a few things I am grateful for this holiday season. 

  1. God’s grace
  2. good health
  3. a healthy husband (you might recall he survived an epidural hematoma earlier this year)
  4. a healthy baby (who is also pretty darn cute, if I might say so myself!)
  5. that baby’s hair  (all that indigestion was worth it!) 
  6. the smile I receive when I get that sweet angel out of her crib in the morning
  7. the big laughs she gives when I roll my r’s
  8. the leaves that are finally changing to orange and yellow in my backyard
  9. Chance’s “I love you” and kiss every night before bed
  10. Paisley’s funny ears that are so much bigger than her head
  11. Penelope’s need to protect our home (like she’s a pit bull)
  12. my 5x a day phone conversations with Darby
  13. Allison, Paula, and Joan and their devotion to their work and me
  14. my dad, who likes to go early Christmas shopping and then tell you what he bought you
  15. my mom, who likes to talk about paint colors and countertops
  16. my mom, who somehow starts sentences assuming you know what her brain was thinking before she started talking.  her stories are like putting a very difficult jigsaw puzzle together.  it is funny, and she knows it.
  17. my mother-in-law, who makes the best fried shrimp and fried chicken you’ve ever tasted
  18. my mother-in-law, who has always made me feel welcome in her home
  19. my father-in-law, who takes great interest in my garden
  20. my dad, who has already planned Christmas dinner
  21. my dad, who calls and says “I haven’t seen a picture of Sloane today”
  22. twice a week trash pick-up (I know that’s random, but when I forget on Wednesday it is nice to know that the trash men are coming again on Saturday)
  23. black capped chickadees, cardinals, and tufted titmice that are at my bird feeder every morning
  24. my geraniums that are still in bloom, despite the colder temperatures
  25. a coffee pot with a timer, so it’s hot and fresh at 5:30am
  26. Darby calling and asking “how is my baby?” (referring to my baby)
  27. my father-in-law, who loves pecans and always shares them
  28. my husband, who is seriously smart and loves to build, create, and dream up all sorts of things
  29. my nieces and nephews
  30. my sister-in-law, who is compassionate, caring, and really fun to be around
  31. my clients, who are all like family
  32. Pandora and free trials of XM Radio
  33. friends who are understanding when it takes me a few days to return phone calls
  34. work
  35. free fabric memo samples
  36. pumpkin spice candles
  37. grandparents who email
  38. Cousin who currently lives too far away, but will soon live nearer
  39. my hilarious Aunt who calls my mom ”Doctor”,  which makes no sense, but it is really funny
  40. email
  41. those in the military who are fighting for our freedom
  42. freedom
  43. snail mail and email
  44. shelter and food and water
  45. neighbors
  46. old friends and new friends
  47. Google Reader and Facebook
  48. those who leave comments on this here blog
  49. those who just read and don’t leave comments, too
  50. YOU, if you are still reading? 

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all, a good night.


  1. And I am thankful for your blog-today it really made me smile!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

  2. OK, I think it’s hilarious that you and Darby find time to talk so many times a day! You both seem to be so busy, but I love that sisters just MAKE the time. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. What a fabulous list! That baby is just adorable. Have a fabulous first Thanksgiving as a momma! :)

  4. oh, what a sweet little face! you have so much to be thankful for. i made the pumpkin trifle tonight and it’s waiting in my fridge too! happy thanksgiving!

  5. Why yes, I am indeed still reading:) and am thankful for your wonderful blog:) Sloan is simply beautiful. so glad to see her pretty face!

  6. she is so cute! just found out my daughter and her husband will be having a baby in the spring…this makes me even more excited (and we love your “love it/must have” lists for a baby)

  7. hello, i am just a lurker. i really enjoy your blog. my daughter is 3 mo. and i almost named her sloane. it probably sounds weird, but i feel a tiny bit connected to you because of the love for that name. don’t worry, i’m not crazy :) i loved all your nursery posts, i was doing mine at the same time. i posted a pic of mine on my blog right before i had her. i was certainly excited to finish that project. just wanted to say hi and upgrade my status from anonymous stalker to plain old stalker :) oh and sloane is beautiful!

  8. I am a reader who doesn’t usually leave comments – love your list and the Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle recipe. Still working on my tonight but it will be done for tomorrow. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

  9. I cracked up at #14. Sounds just like my dad! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing all that you do with us here on your blog.

  10. Creative Tonic says:

    Just put my Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle in the fridge too! (Had to make 2 batches of pudding though… who knew NOT to use skim milk!) I am thankful you figured out our Thanksgiving dessert. I am thankful I had my 13 year old middle son helped me put it together and spent time with me. I am really thankful my husband is cleaning the kitchen right now ;-)!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. she might just be the cutest baby ever born – just might be. I wish you lived in Houston!!!!!

    Happy T Day!

  12. Wishing you a most Happy Thanksgiving, from a Canadian friend who’s getting used to celebrating Thanksgiving TWICE (once in October and now again in November with my American Boy)! Blessings to you and yours …

  13. Have a most blessed Thanksgiving, Erika!

    BTW…WE (your groupies) are very thankful for You!!

    Best to you and yours,
    alison g.

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! I hope that 2010 brings you even more things to be thankful for and enjoy.

  15. Awwww Erika~ What a wonderful list you have. I hope you and your whole family have a bountiful day of love. Surely it will be very special with Sloane to complete the family picture.

  16. Seriously, I’m up at 6:30 to make a list of all that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving— do we have the same mind? I believe we do! :) I love you, my baby, and all that you are thankful for!! Love you!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your whole family. What a sweet list. We are all have a lot to be thankful of! That Sloane is adorable!! Love the blog.

  18. Well, I’m thankful I found your wonderful blog this year! Looks like life is pretty good for you right now…

  19. Happy Thanksgiving! And that Sloane, she is a cutie.

  20. Happy T erika!!! your bean is most edible.

  21. She is so dang cute! Great list.

  22. The list that keeps on going!

    …And that is what Thanksgiving is all about…unending Thanks!


  23. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and never comment. So here is to #49! Happy Thanksgiving! I trully enjoy your blog!

  24. What a beautiful post! I love the new pics. She is precious!

  25. love the list, erika.

    you’re right: there is so much to be thankful for.

    happy thanksgiving to you, chance + sloane. (+ the extended family)

  26. What a great and honest list! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    And you are right, number 22 is rare and should be cherished! :)

  27. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing your blessings with all of us! Sloane is aDORable!!!

  28. And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  29. Thinking of you today!!

  30. she’s darling! just like her mother! love your blog. thanks for sharing such fun pieces of life, design and baby with us! i’m a former-designer-turned-stay-at-home-mommy, and your blog is a favorite!! happy thanksgiving!

  31. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Sloane is beautiful and I know this will be the best Thanksgiving ever! I made the Gingerbread Trifle last night looks great! Thanks again for all your tips!!

  32. I love your list and I love those pictures of Sloane! Thanks for sharing them. Have a wonderful first Thanksgiving with that beautiful baby!

  33. Happy Thanksgiving, Erika – I love your blog & am always encouraged by your testimony, creativity and love of all things beautiful!

  34. Sloane is precious. Absolutely precious. I’m thankful for your blog and your willingness to share. So thankful that I’m moving from a #49 blog stalker to a #48. Happy Thanksgiving!

  35. Loved this! I was dying to see more pictures of Sloan…she is just too cute! It’s so good to be reminded of all that we’ve been blessed with – I’m thankful for so much as well. Happy Thanksgiving Erika!!

  36. Love your list E and the pictures of precious Sloane. Thankful we met almost eight years ago too! Happy Thanksgiving. xo

  37. Among the many things I am thankful for, the inspiration that I find in blogs like yours, including your creative drive and the love that you show for life, is near the top. Thank you for sharing!

  38. What a wonderful list of things to be thankful for! :)

  39. Happy Thanksgiving Erika! That Sloane is too cute! Hope you, Chance and Sloane have a wonderful and thankful day!

  40. Erika-

    I’m one of those who read and never leave a comment. Happy Thanksgiving to your and your family. Love your blog and your baby girl is absolutely adorable!

  41. That should have been “you and your family. Guess that’s what happens after no lunch (too busy getting the turkey in the oven) and 3 mimosas (a Thanksgiving tradition).

  42. I’m so thankful for your blog and that you share your beautiful family and amazing design talent with us blog stalkers. Happy Thanksgiving, Erika!

  43. Shes too darn cute!! I loved your list. Hope you had a great thanksgiving. My sister calls my little baby her baby too! Def have to be thankful for aunts that love your kids like their own!!

  44. Don’t comment often:( Love to check on Baby Sloane and your blog. Made the trifle last night and it was soo good! Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving:-

  45. happy thanksgiving..i am very thankful for cool hip designer chicks that arent afraid to say they are thankful for God’s grace and love..very cool!

    and darling pictures!
    hope you are getting some rest–but i also know a full life is a joy even if it is exhausting..enjoy!

  46. She is precious! Happy Thanksgiving!

  47. I made pumpkin gingerbread trifle too and it was just as big a hit as the pumpkin pie and apple pie. I hope it was a hit at your house too :)

  48. Such soulful eyes on sweet little Sloane! How nice of you to take the time in your busy life to come up with that list. I too am thankful for this here blog and your letting us readers share in moments in your life. Happy Thanksgiving!

  49. Your list is just beautiful. I will say that my husband and I are just a little jealous of the two-day trash pick up. Nice!

  50. i decided to make your comments an even 50 since you made a list of 50. :)

    i love coming here to check in on you!
    that baby is so sweet i would kiss her all day if she were mine.
    and i bet you do.

    happy thanksgiving!

  51. Your baby girl is just growing and growing!! Happy Thanksgiving!! (I’m a reader that never comments…)

  52. Mom says it’s Doctor Goofy. A cartoon she saw one time;0 Mom also says Connie doesn’t like that because she thinks she’s NOT goofy;) They’re hilarious. I love you and miss you!! Kiss that precious baby girl for me!!

  53. i made the trifle, too! didn’t look NEARLY as pretty as the picture–but everyone liked it and was impressed! it was nice and light compared to all the pies and cakes.

  54. Erika, Sloane is just goregous and precious as can be…those locks! We sure do have so much to be thankful for this year, dont we?!? Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and your family.

  55. What a great list! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your lovely family! So glad you have healthy baby Sloane and your husband has recovered so well from his accident earlier this year. I am always inspired by your posts and happy to hear about your ongoing projects!
    Fric and Frac

  56. what a fun list!
    my MIL used to do the same thing…start talking as if you’re already engrossed in a conversation with her…used to crack me up!
    i’ve loved getting to know you & your sissy through your fabulous blogs


  57. that was a good’un! happy thanksgiving to your little family that is super cute and super blessed!! (i could kiss that little face up there…just so you know!)

  58. Laurie Baggett says:

    Love your blog my friend! I consider it to always be a treat to sit and read all of your wonderful entries…. you inspire me to live more “present” and capture the moments we will all cherish for a lifetime.

    I am thankful for you to be your client…. you are nothing short of brilliant! I don’t know how I would have gotten through this remodel project without you. Thank you for blessing me so richly over the past few months!

  59. Happy Thanksgiving! I love yours and Darby’s blogs, they are always a bright spot in my day, I got choked up reading your list, I too have a lot to be Thankful for this year and I am so happy for you and all of your blessings! xoxo

  60. this is so nice! there is so much to be thankful for, i am thankful to you for this wonderful list! happy day. xox

  61. very sweet…okay, now I want to know the secret to having a baby with a head full of hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HHHAAA!! A special diet?!!!!!

  62. isn’t she a doll!! i registered that same bouncy seat ;)…i too have so much to be thankful for this year…especially this little one i’m carrying that i’ve waited years for!!

  63. Love the list!!! Where, oh where did you get that fabulous “sock monkey”???? Your daughter is adorable!!!

  64. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Sloane is a beautiful baby!

  65. I’m thankful for YOU who is an amazing inspiration.

  66. All so good, Erika! Thanks for sharing photos of that little darling :-)

  67. Hope you had a great first Thanksgiving as a family of 3! xoxo

  68. Your daughter is so beautiful…I have son that is two weeks younger than your baby girl. It is funny, my list of things to be thankful for is so similar to yours!

  69. what a wonderful list. it really made me think about my thankfulness too!:) sloane is a DOLL!

  70. I have a 15 yr. old and he had SO much hair and I had heartburn the whole time I was pregnant. I laughed when I read about all her hair. I can relate. I understand the garbage thing too. We just moved and the garbage only runs one time a week:( BOO for that.

  71. Thank you so much for sharing! What a wonderful list, and a fabulous way to show that the simple things definitely have meaning.

  72. How cute is this?! And your little girlie is too darn cute!

  73. kim sandford says:

    honest to goodness your little sloane is just adorable! she looks so much like you and darby. cute!
    i laughed my butt off at your list. it was great to hear my mom is not the only one that tells a story like that. we are always trying our hardest to guess the subject matter before she reaches the end of her story. a jigsaw puzzle it is isn’t it? my dad, everything revolves around a meal as well! i am certain he will be asking about Christmas dinner by the weeks end if not sooner. gotta love those dads! hope you had a wonderful and blessed holiday.

  74. I do not even know your Mother in Law and I like her too.

  75. beautiful list! and so cute I love that about your mom! mine’s the same way!

  76. what a wonderful list!

    and that doll! that adorable doll! (both the real and stuffed one!) so cute!


  77. What a wonderful list. And blog. And baby! I’ve been a reader and fan but just had to comment since you’re thankful for me and all. ;)

  78. She is getting so big!

  79. Adorable baby!Nice gratitude list.I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and saw that gorgeous trifle. Thanks for the great dessert idea. I made it with my 2 daughters and we were in hysterics b/c I doubled the recipe but thought I forgot to add the 2nd cup of water to the gingerbead mix, so I added what turned out to be the 3rd cup and it looked like diarrhea in the bowl!! But it actually came out fine!! I swore them to secrecy not to tell the story at the Thanksgiving table!!

  80. hannah fields says:

    hey erika, i just have to say seeing you with your precious baby is the sweetest thing. i can tell you love her to peices. it is very sweet to see. it is making me very very excited to meet our next baby. by the way sloan is georgeous. what a precious face. love you sister.

  81. I’m thankful for running across your blog. I love it and your design work! And your baby is pretty darn cute, too!

  82. precious, precious!! thanks for sharing the pictures with us! loved your list!

  83. pumkin spice is my favorite candle in November. for december it’s Christmas eve- both from Yankee Candle.

  84. Thanks for your words of gratitude. I’ve been having an especially hard today and came across your blog and your beautiful words. Thanks for sharing. I needed that pick-me up. :)

  85. Hello Erika, I just “met” you yesterday night and i am still reading you today. I just lost the previous message I had written you. I just read your sister’s post on your grandma’s house! Lovely and I wrote to your sister! Now it seems I know you all! your beautiful daughter, your parents, your beautiful family..!!! I have enjoyed reading you. Writin you from quite far away, Montevideo, Uruguay. It’s raining (thanks God!) and I have been reading instead of doing what I have to! shame on me! I have enjoyed every bit of it. Thanks, Pegy

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