We meet our girl today!


Today is THE DAY!    And I am dying over here!

Today we will meet our sweet little girl!

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She is currently traveling a 14 hour trip from Eastern Europe to the states.  We will be picking her up at the airport.  We have our “Welcome” sign ready and will be getting some balloons.  :)

Her little “Sophia the First” bag is packed with some girly essentials, and our hearts are packed with love and anticipation.

Her room is ready.

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I wish we knew exactly what to expect, but we don’t.  She may cry when she seems us, be extremely shy, or a ball full of energy.  She may receive our love easily, or she may have walls up to protect her little heart from more hurt.  We do not know.  But we DO KNOW that God has His hand all over this.  We know HE put this desire in our hearts to bring her into our family.  We know it was HIM who handpicked this little girl for our family.  We know that HE is greater than any earthly challenge we may face, and HIS LOVE can heal our hearts and mend a million broken pieces.   Some may think that we are going to be a blessing to this little girl, but I know that she will be a greater blessing to us!  It is going to stretch us and teach us so much to have her in our home.  It may not always be easy, but it will be worth it.  The boys are BEYOND excited to have a “sister.”  I know they are going to spoil her to pieces.  :)

We appreciate your prayers so much!  Above all, please pray for our little girl.  I can only imagine what she is feeling coming to a new country to stay with a family she has never met before and who speaks a language she doesn’t know.  My prayer is that she would immediately feel our love and feel safe with us.  

I am planning on using Periscope at the airport!!  Do you know what that is?  It is an app that you can follow me on (follow beneathmyheart) and you can watch live video that I am filming.  I am going to be filming live before the orphans arrive and when they get there.  I will not be able to film our girl individually (because of her country’s child protection laws) but I can film the children as a group.  :)

I would love for you to join me!

Just download the Periscope app on your phone, follow beneathmyheart, and it will alert you when I am live.

Thank you again for all of your prayers, your encouragement, and your support during these past five months!  




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Patriotic Centerpiece {Southern Hospitality!}

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Hey friends!   I am so excited to have my sweet, dear friend, Rhoda here on my blog today!  Rhoda holds a special place in my heart because she was one of my mom’s favorite bloggers, and one of the first bloggers that my mom told me to follow over 6 years ago.  Little did Mom know that sweet Rhoda would become one of my closest blog friends and that we would one day plan a blog conference together!  She took me under her wing when I was a new blogger and really introduced me to this wonderful blog world.  Rhoda is like the “matriarch” of home bloggers because she was one of the pioneers in our niche.  I LOVE her!


Welcome, Rhoda!


Happy Summer!

I’m Rhoda with Southern Hospitality, and I’m so excited to be here at Traci’s blog sharing with all her readers. Hope you are all having a wonderful summer so far. I love summer, although the heat this year is already getting to me, but as long as there is a pool nearby, I can stand it.

Since our nation’s birthday is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a patriotic project with you today. This is a cute little project I did last summer for the 4th of July, a patriotic clay pot centerpiece using stripes and stars and of course, red, white and blue, the colors of our American flag.

I’d love to share with you how I did it and invite you back to my blog, Southern Hospitality, for all the details.


Plain clay pots can be painted and decorated for so many special occasions and they are inexpensive and easy to work with.


I started by spray painting all of them white.


And here’s how they turned out with stars and stripes forever! They make a great centerpiece for the 4th of July. That’s the day to show your colors! Stop on over to my blog, Southern Hospitality, for all the details on this project and find lots more inspiration!

Thanks Traci, for having me guest post for you today. Traci is a dear friend of mine and I adore her.

I wish all of you a wonderful summer with family and friends. Summer is the time of year to get outside and enjoy all that this time of year incorporates!


Have a blessed day!

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DIY Patriotic Decor {The Golden Sycamore}

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summer spectacularI am so excited about my next guest poster!  I have never met Allison in person, but I have loved her blog for a while now.  She has the best ideas and her pictures just make me smile! 

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Let’s give her a big Beneath My Heart “Welcome” and be sure to click on the links above the pictures

to visit her blog to see even MORE  inspiration!


Hey guys! I’m Allison from The Golden Sycamore! I’m so honored that Traci asked me to post on her blog today! I’m sure she’s enjoying every minute with her sweet family this summer!

Speaking of summer, I can’t believe it’s here already! I don’t know about you, but when the 4th of July comes around, I feel like we can officially start the summer off. I love spending the 4th with friends and family. Just relaxing, having fun, grilling hotdogs and s’mores (of course!), going to parades and fireworks, and celebrating our beautiful country’s freedom! I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

The 4th is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for, too. It just feels so easy and natural. I always love sharing my patriotic decor ideas this time of year! Here are some of my own personal favorites.

Patriotic Chalkboard Gallery Wall

Vintage chair makeover and patriotic decor - thegoldensycamore.com

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USA Vintage Decor

The Golden Sycamore: Vintage Patriotic Decor

The Golden Sycamore: Vintage Patriotic Decor



Home of the Brave Vignette

4th of July Decor - Home of the Brave chalkboard and lots of reds, whites, and blues

Independence Day decor - red, white, and blue patriotic decor

How do you celebrate the 4th? Do you have a big party or is your celebration more low key? I’d love to hear about your traditions in the comments below!

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Want to keep up with what else I’m up to this summer? Be sure to find me on Facebook, Instagram, or on my bloghere!

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It’s a Summer Spectacular!! {The Lettered Cottage}

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Welcome to my Summer Spectacular series!!

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I have an amazing line up of some ROCKSTAR bloggers that will be sharing their favorite summer projects with us!

First up is my bestie, Layla, from The Lettered Cottage!

Layla and I met at a blog conference in 2010, just a few months after my mom passed away.  An instant friendship began, and I am so grateful to have her in my life!  Over the past five years, we have had a lot of fun hanging out in real life.  Our WHOLE family TREASURES Layla and Kevin (and soon to be “Sweet P makes Three!”  :)

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Welcome, Layla!

Hello, fellow Beneath My “Hearters”! :-D

I’m so excited to be here today! I thought I’d share a simple DIY project that I had fun adding to one of our summer mantel displays a few years back.

Summer Mantel | The Lettered Cottage

It’s an easy-to-make sailboat, that will add so much coastal charm to any vignette!

DIY Wood Sailboat | The Lettered Cottage

All you’ll need is chunk of wood (one that’s pretty flat…especially on the bottom side), a twig (that’s at least as long as the chunk of wood), a piece of scrapbook paper, and two little triangles of fabric. (I cut mine from a of my old pairs of jeans). To create the base, I drilled a hole in the middle of the chunk of wood and filled it with hot glue. While the glue was still wet, I stuck the twig down in it and held it in place while I waited for it to dry. Last but not least, I cut out the paper sails and denim flags, and attached them all with hot glue. And that’s it! Easy, breezy!

Happy Crafting!

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Check out the rest of Layla’s AMAZING blog by clicking on the button below!

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My “really” Dad

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Our pastor shared this video in church this morning, and I had to share it with you in case you hadn’t see it yet.  It really hit home with me because in ONE WEEK, we will be hosting a father-less little girl in our home.  I can’t imagine what it would have been like for me to grow up without my father.  He was my rock and gave me such a great example of God’s love for me. 

But not everyone grows up with a good earthly father.  And yet, everyone of us have a chance to experience the amazing, constant, trustworthy, never-ending love of a Heavenly Father.  His love is beyond compare!  He is not a pretend dad, or a partial dad, but a “REALLY” dad.  And we are his “really” children. 

Just take it from these two!….

Happy Father’s Day!!



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Two FUN Announcements!

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Hey, hey!

I hope you have had a good week!  We have had a hot and steamy one.  This weekend the tropical storm from Texas is finally making its way into the Bluegrass.  It’s going to be a very wet Saturday for us.   But that is okay because we have a ton of work to do in the house this weekend.  We need to finish the entryway and the boys’ bunk beds. 

Did you see the sneak peek of their bunk beds on Instagram? 

If not, click on the button below to check it out and follow me while you are there! :)





I have two fun announcements to share with you this weekend!


Starting next week, some of your favorite bloggers will be sharing their favorite summer posts here at Beneath My Heart!!  I am so excited to have all of these fabulous ladies hanging out with me this summer so that I can have a little more time to spend with our host daughter while she is here.  

Be sure to stop by and check out all of their projects!  And I will still be here updating you with pictures from our time spent with our host daughter!  AND I will be sharing our trip to Nashville for Jonathan’s (the voice) audition!  




This is an announcement I have been waiting to make for over a MONTH!  Young Living has just launched its BRAND NEW Premium Starter Kit, and you are going to LOVE it!  I got mine in the mail last week, and it is beautiful.  There are a couple of new oils that you will love, and lots of samples to share with others.  Plus you get the new dew drop diffuser!  It is by far the best deal if you are interested in the oils.

 Here is a fun one minute video about the kit:

If you would like more information on how to get your hands on one of these, you can read more HERE.  

Or if you ever want to chat on the phone about the oils, I can do that too.  ;)

Have a blessed weekend, Friends!  

And Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful Dads in the world!

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Our New Entryway Update!


Hey friends!  

I wanted to give you a quick update on our new entryway. 

I have been giving little sneak peeks of our front porch makeover, but what you may have not realized is that building our new front porch has create a new entry way and mudroom for us!



It’s sort of hard to explain through pictures, so I might just have to do a video tour soon. :)  But here are some pictures I have snapped on my phone.


So the large doorway on the left in the above picture used to be wear our old front door and a small window was.  We took both of those out and created a large doorway between our den and front door. 

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Our new front doors are on the right.  I luuuurrrrvvvve them!

Inside the doorway in the middle is our “mudroom.”  This is actually my very favorite part of the whole new entry area!

IMG_54902We installed wood planks on the walls and floors and painted the walls the same color as our exterior brick (which we left exposed in this space.)  It is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.

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We built some new “shoe shelves” where a window used to be on our front porch.  

We added some hooks on the wall and painted the floor gray.  I still have more hooks and baskets to add to the space, but we are getting there!

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This is the view of the other side of the entry way.  I was standing in the mudroom when I took this picture.  You can see that we added wood to the walls in this area as well.  We will be installing the same wood flooring that is in our den in this area.  (Utility grade wood planks stained a dark walnut.)

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We are not finished yet, but we are making some great progress.  AND I LOVE IT!

We should have most of it completed before our host daughter arrives next week.

And I will have to say that I have loved spending time with this little helper!  He is always asking Cy and I if he can help.  We let him help paint the walls the other night.  And he has probably singlehandedly filled and sanded every nail hole on every wall!



Have a blessed day!

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Lowe’s Spring Makeover REVEALS!


I am so excited to be participating in the

Lowe’s Spring Makeover Reveal Tour!

You guys are going to be blown away with these makeovers!  Seriously, I think my jaw dropped on each one of them!!!


 Lowe’s rounded up a team of all-star bloggers this past Spring to help bring some much needed cheer to some of the hardest hit areas of the US from the harsh winter weather. 

But these bloggers could have never completed these projects in two days without the help of the amazing Lowe’s Volunteers!


These volunteers were ROCKSTARS!!  It is amazing what you can accomplish as a team!

EEK!  I cannot wait for you to check out all of these makeovers!  You will be soooooo inspired!  Be sure to check on each of the pictures below to view each beautiful makeover!

 I am going to start with my exterior home makeover just in cased you missed it a few weeks ago. :)


Beneath My Heart‘s Exterior Makeover


 Cy and I headed down near Nashville, Tennessee to brighten up the exterior of this basic brick ranch.




Brooklyn Limestone‘s Outdoor Oasis


 I am so in love with pergola’s after seeing this makeover!  And the beverage station is adorable!




The DIY Playbook‘s Patio Refresher

i5yMzGsVWV8pjF5fy54PQtug8vDM5wgRgxjUkpxcYUEIt is amazing what you can do in a small space!  Bridget and Casey hit a home room with this makeover!



The Golden Sycamore‘s Bathroom Makeover


 This bathroom makeover is absolutely beautiful!  Allison took this bathroom from blah to AAAHHHH!




Our Fifth House‘s Spectacular Pool/Outdoor Makeover


I kept scrolling back and forth on Carmel’s post comparing the befores and afters!  It is A-Ma-Zing!! 




City Farmhouse‘s Breathtaking Outdoor 


 Jen has CRAZY good design style!  This makeover looks like something right out of a magazine!!




Pretty Handy Girl‘s Front Yard Transformation


 Brittany killed it on this front yard makeover.  It went from dry and dull, to va-va-voom with color!!




Liz Marie Blog‘s Cozy Sunroom Makeover


Liz turned this little sunroom into a beautiful, relaxing space for these homeowners! 




Home Stories A to Z‘s Inspiring Sunroom and Deck Makeover



Beth spruced up two spaces in her makeover.  I LOVE how she took the sunroom from dark to bright and airy!

All Things G&D <— Reveal coming soon! Dusty headed to Maine last weekend for her big makeover and she’ll be sharing all of the details soon. Can’t wait to see what this talented Midwest gal comes up with for the coastal homeowners!

Just A Girl Blog <– Reveal coming soon! Chris has been forced to delay her makeover because of weather issues. Once she reveals the makeover, we will add it to the line-up. And if this makeover is anything like her previous projects, you will definitely want to check it out.


Thanks for stopping by!  



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How to Build a Window Box


I wanted to share another project we completed during the Lowe’s Home Makeover in Nashville last month!

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I have always loved the look of window boxes!

So I was thrilled to hear that our homeowners in Nashville wanted window boxes on their windows too!  It gave Cy and I a chance to make some, and it gave us practice for the window boxes we will be making for our own home soon.  :)

They are so much easier to make than you would think.

Here are the supplies we used:

 1×8 poplar boards

1/4 x 2 inch poplar trim piece

18 gauge nailer with 1 1/4 inch nails

wood glue

compound miter saw (to cut wood pieces)

Black support brackets (we got ours at Lowe’s)


Important tips that are not included in the video:

1.  Be sure to drill holes in the bottom of the window box to allow for water drainage.

2.  Be sure to let the glue completely dry and set before adding the dirt and flowers.   

3.  You can use “liquid nails” and screws instead of nails to increase the durability of the window box.



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Jonathan’s Performances at the Pennington Festival


This past weekend, Jonathan, Luke and I headed down to Princeton, Kentucky for the Pennington Folk Music Festival.

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He got a fresh new haircut for the occasion.  :)  (He had been trying to let his hair grow out, and it was driving this mama cra-zy!  He finally decided it needed to get cut, and I am so glad he did!)

Jonathan was invited to sing at the Pennington Festival with his talented friend, Lexy Tays.  He met Lexy over three years ago at the Kentucky Opry when he was 12, and she was 13.   I know I have a picture of them somewhere from 3 years ago, but the oldest one I could find was from over a year ago (from Lexy’s instagram account)…

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It has been fun to watch these two sweet teens develop in their music talents!  Lexy is now 16 years old, Jonathan is 15 (soon to be 16 next month.)  Yikes!

We were thrilled when Lexy asked Jonathan to sing with her at the Pennington Festival.

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Lexy was scheduled for a full set at the festival, and she asked Jonathan to sing two songs with her in that set.  Both songs are in the video below.  I wanted to share them with you!


AND, I can’t share any details with you but we got a phone call this week from the Senior Talent Producer from….


It will be the fall before I can share more. :)  I’ll keep you posted.

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