Saturday, December 29, 2012

Angels Unaware

"God is still in charge, and He never looks back and says, Oops!" he said as he clutched the hand of a sorrowful young lady. A man that once towered over her now reclined in a comfy chair. He was beginning to look jaundiced and also weary from the influx of visitors. Earlier that day, he had received his final dialysis treatment to treat the kidney failure that attempted to control his body as well as the recently diagnosed liver cancer caused by agent orange. He was resting easy, all considering. He spoke of times at church, church members, encouragement cards written by young children, and then he spoke from his heart.

"I'm not afraid to die. (because I know where I'm going) My biggest regret is that I will not see my grandchildren grow up and the families they will have. I hope I have done them justice as a father. I believe I have done what I was called to do," he said between tired breaths. "I believe that we all have angels, and I have seen mine. Y'all saw that I Love America program a few years back, right? When I was fighting in Vietnam, I was given a certain assignment via helicopter. Before the mission began, a young man came to me and asked to take my seat on the flight in order to take care of an urgent matter. I agreed. That mission turned tragic and every crew member was killed in the explosion. Following the incident, I attempted to acquire contact  information for this young man's family. I searched and searched. I asked around...This man was never recorded as being on the mission...or in the military anywhere. I couldn't believe it. He came to me as an authentic army officer. He never existed. I believe that I was entertaining an angel. I have stepped on booby traps, uncovered wires just enough to see what I was walking into. I know that God is good."

As the time drew near for the family to leave, the young lady asked if she could sing for him. She knew this would be her final time to visit with the man that had greeted her every Sunday from the time she was five years old, the man who would always say that he was better after a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. Fighting tears and trembling voice, she held his hand and sang Amazing Grace. He relaxed as much as he could. After a few farewell hugs, with a heavy heart, Amiee left Mr. Phil Williams to rest. He was a general in the army who has seen more than many can imagine and also tried his hand at becoming Alabama's governor, but most importantly, he is the kind usher at church who welcomes hugs and kisses or fist bumps from young children on any given Sunday morning. You never know when you are with angels, unaware.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Speedy Challenge

This outfit was actually a costume. Mama and I made it back in 2008. It is still alive and kickin 4 years later.

*Laura Kay was Princess Tiger Lily and Kyleigh was her TeePee...Get it?

I'm sure you know who I am, but for good measure...

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Mr. Speedy Gonzales himself. He is Mr. Dash Incredible. Why am I Dash you may ask? 1. He is blonde. 2. He runs and I am admirer of runners.

The Character: Dash

The Outfit: Homemade my Mama and me!

Disneybound Inspiration:

Here is the first time I wore this costume. I was brace faced and all!

Good times everyone...Good times!

Love & Sparkles*         

The Toe Tappin Challenge

This outfit debuted around my birthday. The special accessory will give it away.

I look a little funny in this photo. I will blame it on my giddiness about Birthday/Family Weekend. Let's just add to the funniness by giving a drumroll.

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He is just the cutest. How can you say no that face? How can you say no to Thumper?

The Character: Thumper

The Outfit: Tan blouse birthday present from Banana Republic 2012
                   Tan shrug/vest/whatever the appropriate name is
                   Gray shorts from Mama via Target from Mama
                   Silver shoes from Clarks 2006 
                   21 Tiara from Eo's 21st

The Disneybound Inspiration:

See the similarity? or is one not like the other?

Love & Sparkles*

The Mustang Sally Challenge

Ladies and Gentlemen,
My life for the past several months has looked/happened like a whirlwind. It is December 15? What? The challenge for this year is almost over? (Notice I said the challenge for THIS year. Be on the lookout for the Brasswell/Bosart challenge for 2013. We are still hashing out the details.) I realized that tomorrow marks a year since we decided to tackle this bear. I am a little nostalgic. Have no fear, sappy/sentimental post about how this year made me feel, what I learned, and how it has made my life better will come soon. :D

You may say, "Girl get a jacket" when you see this picture or not. The temperatures have not been reflecting December recently.  (I wore this outfit back in July.)

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She is Sally. Sweet Sally. Look at those baby blues. No wonder Lightening fancies her...Maybe I will start batting my eyes like she does. 

The Character: Sally

The Outfit: Blue shirt from Mama 2011
                  Gray shorts gift from Mama via Target 2012
                  Black sandals from Target 2009
                  Earrings you can't see from Eo 2011

Disneybound Inspiration: 

Here's my go at being like Sally.

More posts will be coming soon!

Love & Sparkles*

Monday, December 10, 2012


I know. It has been a long time since I last posted, and from the title of this post, this is not a Challenge post. Please know that I have not given up on the challenge, life has just been a little busy (hold the little) and I am behind on my picture taking. I had planned to have my blog up to date over Thanksgiving, but a dreadful little bug hit me for about 48 hrs. Thank goodness for my own bed and family.
My mind is always busy, and lately, Little Claire Bear or Baby Girl has been occupying my thoughts. I can't wait to snuggle. I can't wait to buy her all of the accessories a little lady needs. I can't wait for that baby smell after she takes a bath. I can't wait to buy her bows and make her look like a precious present to everyone around her. I just can't wait. I am not even her Mama, and I am waiting with great expectation for her arrival.
Little does this precious baby know that her little life has been pointing me to the beauty found in the manger this season. The prophecies foretold of a Messiah. Everyone was waiting with GREAT expectation for the Savior. How much more anticipation built up because a precious little baby was on his way? I imagine Mary couldn't wait for Jesus to recognize her voice, coo and giggle, smell sweet, feel soft, and snuggle close to her. I don't fully know about wardrobe in those days, but I am sure if something baby size was available, Mary loved looking at it. It is incredible that he was the Savior of the world, capable of stepping straight out of heaven to complete his mission, but he chose to bless a young couple with great joy over the birth of a baby. He fanned the flame of expectation/anticipation by doing so. As I think about little Claire, and how excited I am that she is one her way, I am reminded that I should be beyond just excited for Jesus' birth to be celebrated. He is more than we can ever hope and dream. It's cliche, but we all say that our baby is perfect.  Jesus is no cliche.  He was the perfect baby.

Claire is coming. We are all giddy over this gift. Mamichka has a pink box full of Claire Bear treasures to prove it.  Jesus was coming. I know Mary and several others were giddy over his arrival. Kings brought the finest treasure of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to prove it.

Just stop and think about this. Jesus became a baby. A baby. (I wonder if he had peach fuzz hair?) He was long awaited/expected. 9 months of anticipation culminated in the stable. I cannot wait for Christmas morning to hear the soft sounds of a sleeping baby, smell that familiar baby smell, and wrap my arms around my long awaited Savior.

Claire Bear,
Thank you!

He has come.

Love & Sparkles*

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Feathered Friend Challenge

This week my outfit included a shirt from Anthropologie. We all know it is going to be a good day when you were an article of clothing from Anthro. My sweet Mamichka gave it to me.

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He's everyone's favorite little feathered friend with his unique voice. He is none other than Mr. Donald Duck. You can find him chillin' with his bffs in the Mickey Mouse club. You should try your hand at  the interesting timbre of his voice.

The Character: Donald Duck

The Outfit: Yellow cardigan from Wal-Mart 2008
                   Blue and white stripped shirt from Anthropologie via Mamichka
                   Jeans from GAP 2010
                   Orange-y flats from Target via Goodwill

The Disneybound Inspiration:

Little fact: My bathroom at home used to be decorated with a duck theme. When I say decorated, I mean EVERYTHING was duck. Birthdays, Christmases, or random occasions brought new ducks to my bathtub. It was quite a sight.

Shake your tail feathers!

Love & Sparkles*

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

One Word...4 Syllables

Maturity...I love it. I hate it. The biggest issue I have and the fight I want to pick with maturity, is that I struggle with it. When does the growing process ever end? I've heard it from so many people. I've believed it myself, but sometimes the glittery glasses I like to wear get frosted over and I think I have reached my full potential. As I ponder that thought process, I laugh. It's SOOOOO not over. Just this past weekend, my glasses defrosted and I saw an area the Lord has been using to help mature me. You know that moment. It's the one where you are stopped in your tracks and a light switch is flipped. Yeah... The one where you feel embarrassed. The one where you experience grace. The one where you want to fix it immediately, but know you must wait. The one where you realize that maturity you thought you had was actually being cultivated instead. The one where you start singing "Thanks be to our God" because he is so faithful and good. That was my weekend. It was wonderful and revealing. I am so glad that I am not rejected by Jesus when I fall short. I am so glad he stops me and shows me where I need more of him. I am so glad that I am not done maturing.
Although, some of you may be questioning my maturity right now. I do wear a disney outfit every week, and I have been sitting in my room listening to Les Miserables almost in tears. (The new movie comes out in three months...You have to start preparing now!)
Sometimes it stinks. Other times it is fun. Know that a lesson in maturity is always lurking around the corner with its eyes peeled. Watch your backs, and sleep with one eye open. You don't want miss it.

Yours Truly

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Best Friend Challenge

This challenge involves wearing yellow. That means it is automatically a favorite.

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He's that silly ole bear's best friend. He is the favorite pal. He is Christopher Robin.

The Character: Christopher Robin

The Outfit: Yellow shirt from Ann Taylor 2009
                   Denim skirt from Target 2010
                   Red belt from Papaya 2011
                   Black sandals from Target 2009

The Disneybound Inspiration:

I hope you have a bff like Christopher Robin. I have several!

Love & Sparkles*

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Cajun Challenge

I'm getting caught up. I promise.

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If you are confused at this moment, it is understandable. I am not a character this week. I am a setting. I am Goin' down the Bayou from Princess and and the Frog. I saw this movie for the first time after taking the ACT. (Yes, that means I was in high school). My friend Katie and I had a blast, but we were left a little scarred from the voodoo scenes. It isn't my favorite story, but the scenery is beautiful. It was a perfect set up for my high school choir tour to New Orleans! Anyway...

The Character: Goin' down the Bayou

The Outfit: Black dress from Wal-Mart 2008
                  Creamy cardigan from Ann Taylor 2009
                  Gold sparkly shoes from Target 2011
                  Gold/turquoise earrings from Christmas 2011

The Disneybound Inspiration:

Hopefully you can enjoy some red beans and rice super soon! They are simply delicious!

Love & Sparkles*

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Wishes Challenge

I LOVE this one!

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He is none other than "Genie of the Lamp...Right here, direct from the lamp. Right here for your very much wish-fulfillment. Thank you."
Aladdin was one of my favorite movies, and Genie is definitely a highlight. Robin Williams is that good!

The Character: Genie

The Outfit: Teal v-neck from Target 2011
                     Navy shorts from Dress Barn 2010
                     Red belt from Papaya 2011
                     Gold shoes from Target 2011
                     Gold earrings from Christmas 2011

The Disneybound Inspiration:

If you will notice, I am sitting on an oriental run which is my version of a magic carpet.  Kylie took these pictures as well. We had some laughs over a few of the outtakes. They didn't make it on here, but THESE did. 

It does the heart well to sing a little bit of "Prince Ali" or "A Whole New World." Make your heart happy today---said in one of Genie's many voices. You can choose.

Love & Sparkles

The Lost Shoe Challenge

I always wanted to be her because she has blonde hair. Naturally...

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Cinderella of course! She is an example to all. She works without complaining, sings through life, and catches a prince named Charming. WHAT could be better?

The Character: Cinderella

The Outfit: Blue shirt from New York & Company 2011
                   White shorts from GAP 2009
                   Decorative headband from Claire's 2010
                   Silver flats from Target 2011

The Disneybound Inspiration:

I've always wanted animals to sing along with me. Maybe this gets me one step closer.

Love & Sparkles

The Can You Feel It Challenge

Helloooooooooooo! I'm back. August was crazy, and don't worry, I will give you those details in a later post. For now, it is time to guess for 1 million dollars or maybe just a smile.

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She was plastered on a favorite t-shirt of mine. I dream of having dazzling blue eyes like she does. (This picture makes them look green...) After much commotion, she steals Simba's heart. She is the adorable, she can hold her own and she is absolutely lovely. She is Nala.  

The Character: Nala

The Outfit: Tan dress from Target 2011
                   Pink flower from Christmas 2011
                   Pink and gold bracelet from Papaya 2011
                   Sandals from Target 2010

The Disneybound Inspiration:

Kylie McDonald came home with me for Labor Day, and we had some fun taking pictures. The following pictures are for your viewing pleasure.

Sweet Nala...

Sassy Nala...

Love & Sparkles

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Mad Doctor Challenge

I hope you are loving this guessing game. I know I am!

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
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I don't really know how to describe Rafiki. I think he gives his own special description. Hmmmm. Maybe, bipolar??? I'll leave his description up to you!

The Character: Rafiki

The Outfit: Gray v-neck from American Eagle 2009
                  Blue vest/shrug from New York & Company 2011
                  White shorts from GAP 2008
                  Red beads from Ukraine 2009
                  Yellow flats from Target via Goodwill 2011

The Disneybound Inspiration:

My battery died right before I posed like a monkey. Maybe that's a good thing! :)

Love & Sparkles*

The King's Man Challenge

This is probably my favorite outfit thus far.

I know this is not a typical picture for the reveal, but I just love this one. (This was taken during a surprise going away party for Brad and Erin at Mrs. Tignor's).
Do you have a guess?

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He is everyone's favorite sassy/responsible/coconut loving exotic red-billed hornbill. It's Zazu! Read is bio here.

The Character: Zazu

The Outfit: Blue v-neck from Target 2009
                  Navy shorts from Dress Barn 2010
                  Colorful scarf from Erin via Spain 2011
                  * I was wearing orange flats from Target via Goodwill 2011

The Disneybound Inspiration(s):

For all of you brave male souls, this is just for you!

Please admire Zazu's mature counsel in this classic African(ish) tune! Click here.
Love & Sparkles*

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


In terms of pennies, 10,000 of them take up a lot of space. 10,000 children running around would be overwhelming, but you know I would love it! If we were talking about 10,000 breaths, we would be thankful for those releases of carbon dioxide. What about 10,000 reasons to praise Jesus? Do we live everyday with those reasons in the forefront of our minds?

Matt Redman wrote a beautiful song he entitled 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord). We sang it this past Sunday in church. Sunday was bittersweet because it was Brad and Erin's last Sunday to fellowship with our family at Christ Community. It was a great day of worship. We sang two songs I sang in their wedding, Holy God and Be Unto Your Name, and the benediction Dr. Padelford gave was the benediction he gave the first Sunday Erin visited CCC. (And it's one of our favorites--Jude 24-25) As we sang 10,000 Reasons, I wanted to cry because of God's goodness for allowing me to share the past two years with Brad and Erin at church. I was also overwhelmed by God's grace throughout the previous week. I didn't blubber during church, but my car shared that experience with me as I drove back to campus. :)

Earlier this month, my mom challenged me to make a list of what I know about God himself. I had yet to do it, but this morning was the morning. I was talking with my mom and we just started making it. I came up with a list of 21 reasons and I could've kept going. That's when 10,000 Reasons popped into my head. What if I made a list of those 10,000 reasons?

1 a day = 27.4 years
5 a day = 5.5 years
10 a day = 2.7 years

In Scripture, God tells us over and over how he loves us and why he loves us. How often I forget how I love HIM and why. Am I going to embark on writing 10,000 reasons of why my God is great? I think so. He writes how he loves me, why shouldn't I do it for him? I am 21 down with 9,979 to go. Challenge is officially accepted. This might be crazier than not buying clothes for a year, but who said anything I do is not a little crazy?

Click here to listen to 10,000 Reason (Bless the Lord).

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before, O my Soul
I worship your holy name

The sun comes up it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

You're rich in love and you're slow to anger
Your name is great and your heart is kind
For all your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
 Soon my soul will sing your praise unending
10,000 years and then forevermore

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy--to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!
 Jude 24-25

Yours Truly

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The REALLY Bad Dude Challenge

The name for this post comes from my dad. Whenever we watch a movie, cartoon/real people, he always refers to the villain as being a "Bad dude" or a "REALLY Bad Dude." Are you  intrigued as to who I am? I will let you know that I planned all of the outfits for this month 7 months ago. What can I say? I got excited! July has an intentional theme, unlike last month, and I am SO excited to premiere these outfits. haha

Who am I?

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TaDa! It's Lion King month!
Remember the scene when the hyenas shudder at Mufasa's name? I shudder at Scar's. I'm also a little wary when he sings Be Prepared. Yikes. Read his Wiki bio here.

The Character: Scar

The Outfit: Black top from Stein Mart 2009
                  Printed skirt from Kohl's 2009
                  Black sandals from Old Navy 2008
                  Brown belt from Papaya 2011

The Disneybound Inspiration:

I planned this outfit before I had an inspiration board. I just hoped that it would work. I'd like to think that it did.

My attempt at being Scar is kind of crazy, but let's face it, he is kind of crazy!

I pray that this picture does not frighten you!

Love & Sparkles*

The She Sings A Lot Challenge

At the beginning of June, I wore Flounder. The next week I wore King Triton. The next week I wore Sebastian. All of that was accidental. I did not mean to make it a Little Mermaid month, but I decided to keep it going since I had come so far. :)

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She just wants to see the outside world. She is enthusiastic about life. She has a listening problem. She learns her lesson because of her father's sacrifice. She marries the man of her dreams. She is Ariel.
Click here for her Wiki bio.

The Character: Ariel

The Outfit: Sea green dress from Target 2011
                  Purple-y shrug from a boutique at the beach 2009
                  Red belt from Papaya 2011
                  Silver shoes from Clarke's 2010

The Disneybound Inspiration:

Sidenote: I have the shoes suggested on the inspiration board, but mine are turquoise.

One thing about Ariel that I love. She sings. She sings a lot!

Release your inner Ariel. I promise you won't regret it!

Love & Sparkles*