Weekend Wrap-up

IMG_8824There are some days that you will never forget. Last Friday was one of those days. Our general contractor for our forever home, Charlie, called us Thursday night and asked if we would be busy on Friday… We were pretty busy but he had a surprise plan up his sleeve that would trump anything on our to-do list: We were finally going to break ground on the house!!!


Family Photo on our future front porch!

Early Friday morning, we met Charlie and the excavation crew at Tamme Valley Farm. After a quick discussion over Burke’s donuts and coffee, we gave the go-ahead to break ground. They asked Luke if he wanted to do the honors and of course he said YES! It was certainly surreal seeing our son operating (obviously with help) heavy machinery and taking the first scoop of earth out of our future basement! And just like that, I was able to cross off #12 on my 30 in 30 list!

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Jacob and I started “building” this house in our heads and our hearts nearly three years ago and we have been working diligently over the past nine months with our architect to dial in every detail. This is our forever house. When we move in to this house, we plan to never move out. That statement alone brought me to tears on Friday. This is our HOME!


Day one, done!


Lyla Rae with the man who makes the magic happen on our house, Mr. Charlie!

On Saturday morning, my entire family ran in Jennie Carol’s Memorial Mother’s Day 5k Run. My five year old niece, Lucy, decided she wanted to run, so we all ran with her. Even my parents ran! I was SO proud of them! We thought they were going to walk it, but Lucy and my parents (and the rest of us) finished in 39 minutes!

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Jennie Carol’s Memorial Mother’s Day 5k Run

The picture below CRACKS ME UP! That’s Lucy running with her pony tail bouncing and just chatting away with Luke. She talked the entire race and never got out of breath! I wish I had that girl’s lungs! And then, can we talk about Lyla? She pulled her bow off and her headband down and was using it as a teether! Hah! She looks like she’s been kidnapped and gagged! I promise no baby girls were harmed during the race!


After the race, we enjoyed brunch at The Bluebird with Jacob’s family. If you live in Central Kentucky and haven’t eaten there, you need to put it on the top of your to-do list! That evening we had a picnic and went hiking at Shakertown. There is a gorgeous waterfall on one of the hikes and the kids had a blast playing in the water.


Mother’s Day morning was extra special because it was also Lyla Rae’s baby dedication at church. We celebrated with her cake on Friday night, since we had to drive back to Atlanta right after church ended. And, she gave me the best Mother’s Day gift ever… she *finally* slept through the night! Hallelujah!



Jacob introducing Lyla Rae to our church family for her dedication to the Lord.

The privilege of dedicating Lyla to the Lord made this morning so special. We promised, along with the congregation, to bring her up in the ways of the Lord and to teach her about God’s word. I pray everyday that Jacob and I will not only teach her the Bible, but live it out daily for our children to see.

Of course, after church we had to take the obligatory Mother’s Day pictures!


The Elmore Crew


The Tamme Crew

I just love this picture of my mom with Luke!


Late Sunday afternoon, we made the drive back to Atlanta. The babies slept nearly the entire drive, for which we were so very thankful!


This is what a big weekend in Kentucky will do to a kid! Hah!


  1. So exciting to finally break ground on your forever house!
    Annapolis, MD