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Paint party POSTPONED

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Paint parties and thunderstorms just don’t mix. We can tell you this from experience actually: DSC_0283
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Paint Party ANNOUNCED ( RESCHEDULED due to weather)

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

 paintpartyweb2What’s more fun than throwing paint on your sister’s forehead or coloring your brother’s hair with globs full of slimy green ooze paint? (Nothing, that’s what)! We are celebrating the end of the school year with a bang! You don’t want to miss this! ****Due to chances for heavy thunderstorms today we are rescheduling our paint party for JULY 22, 2017 **** Reserve your space now before it fills up! We’re going to eat cookies and dance to music and paint all the things!!! Come and welcome in summer with a fun party kick-off on the farm! Your kids are going to make a big mess* and have a great time and we are going to capture it all and even clean it up for you!

You can reserve by emailing: elizabeth@priddysweet.com or by phone: 615-578-3230

*White shirts and a fresh change of clothes are recommended. The paint IS washable but might leave color spots on some types of fabrics so we encourage clothing that is somewhat disposable. 😉 All the details of the event will be provided at time of reservation. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!! (more…)

A bit overwhelmed is nothing new

Monday, February 4th, 2013

You guys didn’t know this but apparently I traded in my “stay at home mom/ business owner” job to drive a big yellow bus. (Ok, it’s not yellow. But it should be). Introducing Elizabeth Priddy, Taxi-mom of the century.

Am I cut out for this? Hardly. In fact, I often wonder how in the world I let myself get to this place. I have the misfortune of being one who is easily overwhelmed (can thank ADHD for that) and while I’m usually able to manage alright, lately with the pending household move, I’ve let more of my spinning plates fall to the ground.

This blog is one of them.
(Writing my childrens’ “thank you notes” from their December birthday party is another)

I actually LOVE to write out all my thoughts and share them with the world, I just don’t feel like there is any time to do it. Am I alone here? I thought as my children got older they’d naturally be more independent and I’d have more time, right? WRONG.

Its a whirlwind.

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What I’m taking as my “take home nugget” of life here is that all those wiser ladies are right (you know exactly who I’m talking about too):: We will never have “enough time.” We will never have “enough energy/motivation.” We will never be as impeccably organized as Martha Stewart leads us to believe she is (well, not until we have that level of hired help, I’m sure)! We’re all just doing our best here…putting one foot in front of the other… sometimes tears streaming before we even leave the house, sometimes the tears being our own. God doesn’t tell us it will be easy. I understand that. (Some days I even respect it). On days when I’m weary of breaking up the fights in the back seat, making a second sandwich because the dog ate it, stressing about the finances of building new and living at home, worrying I’m not “contributing enough” (will I ever be enough?), and WHY is my heart flip flopping out of my chest?…I stop and take a deep breath. At the end of the day, it is all going to be ok. It is.

And I cling to the notion in my heart that we won’t be given more than we can handle. But sometimes I wonder, isn’t it completely necessary for God to give us more than we can handle? Lest I think I really CAN do this myself?

So, (deep sigh)

Gift #1418: taxi-mom status, #1419 feeling overwhelmed… #1421: being reminded that I “cannot.”

Lord, thank you for reminding us that we “cannot” when we think we’ve got it all together.

What is Faith?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The phone calls this weekend were something we were anxiously awaiting and avoiding at the same time. 4 months of negotiating (and making progress, mind you) left us high and dry as someone else swooped in at the very last second, fell for the seller/seller’s realtor’s scare tactics and put an end to our vision of what would be our next “home.” With a snap it was gone.

“It will be ok,” “You will find another perfect place,” “That just means something even more amazing is around the corner.” yes. I know (and I do truly appreciate). But lets not fool each other.. it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.

Scouring the internet on Saturday night I came up with no replacement (at least not in our price range). Like a young girl just fresh out of a break up, I was searching for my rebound of a farm home to replace this false security—the feeling that “we knew” where we were ending up. I sat in bed with crocodile tears. I sat in church with crocodile tears (trying not to ruin my mascara). There were lots of tears…and thankfully through them, healing and an “ah-ha” moment.

A voice. Poignant. Truthful and out of the blue: “Is it really faith if you can SEE what is on the other side?”

Silence. More tears and more words: “YOU. DO. NOT. BELIEVE.” (more…)

Breathing beauty

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Since the beginning of June this year, my goal has been an attempt to slow down time. Consciously stopping to appreciate each passing moment, I breathe deep. I don’t want to forget this. I know it isn’t “special” but…isn’t it?

I have this tendency to fast forward 30 years and then look back on these years I’m living now. In my hypothetical 64 year old body and mind, I imagine longing for the days of my youth. I know that I will miss my children whining and crying and (more…)

What’s in the juice?

Friday, August 24th, 2012

So, if you follow me on facebook, you might have noticed I am a recent convert to the world of juicing. I watched the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” on Netflix one night and it changed my thoughts on everything. (I highly recommend it to everyone looking for a new path to health). The next day I bought a juicer and set out to give it a try. The first few days were pretty rough, I’ll admit. The juice tasted terrible and I just didn’t get it. Then on a whim during lunch hour, I visited Whole Foods and had a fresh juice (smoothie) from their juice bar. IT. WAS. DELISH. **Nashville residents– hit up the Whole Foods in the Hill (more…)

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Paint party POSTPONED

Paint parties and thunderstorms just don’t mix. We can tell you this from experience actually:  So with heavy hearts we must postpone our paint par...

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