Saturday, November 20, 2010


As my husband, Mark, and I have experienced great loss over the past week, we have also been renewed with a spirit of thanksgiving for many reasons. You see, Mark lost a lifelong friend last week very unexpectedly. Josh Neal was one of the boys that Mark can claim knowing literally from birth, and OH MY the pictures of them growing up are hilarious & awkward, just like any pictures of us experiencing life as adolescents. Josh and Mark's parents have been best friends for quite some time, so even when distance got in between friendships we were always able to know what was going on with each other.

In the midst of this time, the thought of gratitude has been pressed upon our hearts. We are thankful for the opportunity for Mark to have grown up with such a fun friend. We are thankful for the example that Josh's parents have set for us as we raise our little one. We are thankful for the love-filled life that Josh led with his precious wife, Laura, and how we realize that we need to have as much fun as they have had in their marriage.

Above all else, we are grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us on the cross, and the promise that came along with it. He died so that we might live a life of freedom, filled with grace and mercy no matter how much we screw up or how big our mistakes are. The Lord's grace is abundant. We don't deserve it, but it is. Josh loved the Lord and believed in His promises, and now we are able to have peace in our hearts that Josh is walking side by side with Jesus. Literally, he gets to hang out with Him! How cool is that? If you haven't had the chance to know about what Jesus has to offer with no strings attached I hope that you will contact me so that I can tell you how wonderful it is. All He asks is that you do your best, and when we fall short He is right there to pick us back up.

We are blessed.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pratt Place Barn Winter Special

The lovely Rachel Kirksey from the Pratt Place Inn and Barn sent several of us in the wedding world a very exciting email that I just had to share with you. They are running a great promotion where their rates during the first months of 2011 are highly discounted! If you are looking for a charming location for your wedding or event, this might just be the perfect fit!

Read on for the details of the Pratt Place Barn Winter Special from Rachel...

We're running a Winter Special on Pratt Place Barn and it's a STEAL! We're booking January, February, and March events for up to HALF OFF the normal rate!!

If you're looking to host an event, have a client who needs a venue, or just know someone who wants to throw a party, send them our way!

Rates for Winter Special *
Monday - Thursday: $900
Friday: $1500
Sunday: $1500

*All rental periods run 8am to 6am the next day. Rates apply to January 1 - March 31, 2011. Saturdays are $3950 (normal rental rate).

If you have questions about this promotion or about Pratt Place Barn please don't hesitate to contact me!
Rachel Kirksey: (w) 479.966.4441 (c) 479.531.0761 or

Thanks Rachel!