Mural hoppin’ in Nashville

Nashville has so many cool things about it – I mean, they don’t call it Nashvegas for nothing! Aside from the shopping, food scene, honky tonk bars and southern charm (did I mention food scene)…people love finding all the cool murals throughout downtown. And by ‘people’ I clearly mean mayyy, this girl right here. 🙋🏼‍♀️ Fun art with bright colors and designs? Sure, sign me up.

Y’all might remember when I took B mural hoppin’in downtown Nashville to snap some pics for his bday. So, there may or may not be some repeats below but #sorrynotsorry. Pics so nice, I might post ’em twice. 😉

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If y’all are ever in Nashville you should definitely swing by 12th Ave. It’s a darling little area with good eats and a few cute shops. I’m a pretttyyy big advocate for Bar Taco – their tuna poke, guac, spicy chorizo and pork belly tacos are *begins to drool.

If you have any cool tips and places to see comment below! Thanks for reading y’all!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

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Lemons to Love Print Shop

It’s (a)LIVE! …Y’all. I have been tirelessly working on this passion project of mine for months now and can officially have a virtual sip and see for my online ‘baby’! *huge sigh of nervous relief and cheering myself The Lemons to Love Print Shop is my new love language. This online print shop is a curated website carefully pieced together from all our adventures over the years and now made available to decorate your walls! Over the years I’ve been blessed to experience some highs and lows (both emotionally and in altitude) 😉 that I feel have brought me to this moment of sharing my printed photography.

Each print is only $15 and there’s no hassle of shipping. Once purchased, a link is sent directly to your inbox where you can download the file and print in any size, framing, or style your creative heart desires! I wanted to give creative freedom to the eye of the beholder and carryout the vision you see in the print.

So, without further ado, may I now introduce you to my new love – Lemons to Love Print Shop. 🙂 I’ll be adding new prints, having sales and blogging about printing and framing tips – so don’t forget to sign up to receive the newsletter when you visit the shop! PLUS you get a nice little BOGO coupon to use on your next purchase. 😉

Here are a few of the prints available now in the shop…and stay tuned for more prints in the FALL collection! After all, today is the first official day of my very favorite season! 🍂🍁

Happy printing, y’all!

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Thank you LtL readers for your continued love and support!! Head on over to the shop and let me know your favorites or what you’d like to see more of in the comments below!

Happy Friday! ❤

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Arrington Vineyards

Last weekend was our first in a while for some free time in our new-to-us home in middle Tennessee. We’ve had such a fun and busy summer traveling and visiting with friends and family that we didn’t have much time here to explore. #noregrets And with Fall creeping upon us comes football beautiful weather and a new season in the South. I.can’t.wait! *quietly shouts to self during nap time

So, in said spare time the three of us headed out on Saturday morning to soak in the sunny skies and farms lands. Unfortunately, the farm was closed for Fall festivities prepping which led us to an impromptu visit to a local vineyard I’d seen in passing. And y’all did our spontaneity deliver! This place was so beautiful – set up on a hillside overlooking the vineyards and rolling hills, but you can kinda expect that from a vineyard…right?? This place was a vineyard made for parents in a major way – judgement free zone! There were groups of friends setting up picnics with the vineyard’s ‘picnic flight’ option and families set up shop at picnic tables with children of all ages running about while parents sipped and socialized. IT WAS GLORIOUS! *choir of angels sing (I even saw a family setting up their 1 year old’s birthday party…well done parents, well done. 👏🏼

Beautiful ✅

Tasty ✅

Family-friendly sipping ✅✅

Needless to say, this place was awesome and Geoff and I will be frequenting their establishment in the near future. *cheers🍷

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If you’re in the area you should definitely pay them a visit!

Have a great week y’all!💛

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Happy Birthday Brooks

Today you turn 3 my dear Brooks, this is no news to me or you

You’ve brought more joy to my life than I even know what to do

Your spirit is like no other, uniquely created by our Heavenly Father

Some days seem long, but the years are short –

But even on the long days you could never be a bother

You see my sweet, each night I pray –

For all your hopes and dreams to come true

Because your daddy and I prayed for a child just like you

I don’t always get things right, but this much I know

To me, my little nugget, I will always love you so

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Likes:

*Trains

*Trucks

*ALL rescue vehicles (emphatically!)

*Trains

*Swimming

*Wrestling

*Singing/dancing (favorites: Chainsmokers, Paris & Something Just Like This and Ed Sheeran, Shape of You) – don’t judge us

*Going on adventures

*Did I mention trains?

Dislikes:

*When mommy sings (why can’t I just live my life?!)😫

*Eating anything other than pasta, Nutrigrain bars, apple sauce, and pizza

*When something spills😐

. . . .

Happy 3rd birthday to my Brooks!🎈🎈🎈

Momma loves you!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Cheekwood Gardens

Mom and Dad finally made it! 🙌🏼 But first, let me back it up a bit. Back in April when Geoff and I had just moved to middle Tennessee, mom and dad had a flight out of Jax to come see us. Ya see, they’re the type of parents that will always be parents – there for you – and I’m so grateful for that part of their hearts. They’ve always done what they could, when they could, and they’ve always tried to help each of us in (all) our moves…this time was no different. Well, in theory, but Mother Nature had a different plan. Long story short, there was a terrible wave of storms that came through the South, and Atlanta being the hub of Delta all.flights.were…screwed. 😅 So, after HOURS of sitting in the Jax airport, they finally decided to call it and make a trip out another weekend.

THEY MADE IT! We hung out, stay low key, tour the Cheekwood Gardens, ate at Prince’s Hot Chicken (mmm, yes please!), showed them our new church home, and played games. It was the perfect blend of touring and quality time together. Although Cheekwood was a bit…underwhelming (sorry locals, I know I may be the minority in that one), I’m willing to give it another try when the beauty of the season changes arrive. 😄🌻🍁 Until then, I still enjoyed my time with my parents and my lil fam of three. 💜

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Thank you mom and dad for always going out of your way to be there, do the thing, go the extra mile. We love you and enjoyed our time!

Until next time! ❤️

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

John S Pedestrian Bridge

My sister and her family came to visit us not too long ago and it felt sooo nice to host them in our new home. Y’all know I’m #emo on so many things and having extra time with my sis and her fam was nothing short of it. It was heart-warming to see the cousins playing with each other, laughing, and even a little squabbling – or the equivalent to that between a 3 and 4 year old. 😉

One day we all met up with my bro-in-laws family (who also live here) and chowed down at Hattie B’s. #yesplease 🔥🍽 After lunch the rest of the gang went to explore the zoo, while we chose to go the more ‘non committal before nap time’ route and drove to the John S Pedestrian bridge to walk a bit before we needed to head home.

I love some of these moments captured so much The connection B has with each of us feels so special and unique, and I love freezing time to remember these snapshots forever.❤️

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I hope y’all have enjoyed our adventures so far (and me finally playing catch up on my blogging!) There’s still more to come, so stay tuned! Have a great week, y’all!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

 

Lake Life – we’re back in the South!

As if y’all didn’t already know, yessss, we are back in the SOUTH! Which means…more trips to the lake, Auburn, home, friends, family (to name a few). And speaking of Auburn, we just got back from a little trip down there this weekend! Aaah!! I love that place more than I can express and I can’t wait to share with y’all what we were up to.  🙊 A classic mix of business and pleasure, just what the doctor ordered.

This summer has been so busy with fun visitors and relaxing trips to the lake. We kicked off the summer right by heading straight to the lake for Memorial Day weekend, when in reality turned into a week for me. 😎

I promise I won’t be sharing EVERY visit to the lake, because that might become redundant for most of you. But I will make the exception this summer since it’s a first in a while, and more importantly B’s first ever! 😉

Now, let the boating, eating, (boozing), swimming, relaxing, sunning commence…happy summer y’all!

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Thanks so much for reading! What are some of y’alls favorite summer trips or traditions? Share below in the comments.

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Coast to Coast Road Trip – The Grand Canyon

This was the pinnacle of our road trip, ya’ll – The Grand Canyon. One of the 7 natural natural wonders of the world , the name lives up to the hype. If you caught the previous post of days 1&2, you’re up to speed on our drive from Washington to Salt Lake which now brings us to our stop in Flagstaff, AZ! Less than a few hours from the Grand Canyon, Geoff and I got up early to catch the late morning light over this incredible piece of creation.

As we were nearing the park we saw a few helicopters flying over us. I casually commented on how insane it would be to take a tour of the canyon from above! Geoff smirked, quickly glanced in my direction and excitedly said “don’t play around because I will turn this car around right now!” Now, for those of y’all who know me know that I’m a bit of a budget ‘enthusiast’, if you will. (y’all like what I did there) 🙃 So the mere thought of spending more money than we already were on gas and hotel stays alone gives me heart palpitations. However, *said intently* I also have a spontaneous ‘treat yo self’ bone in my body that can sometimes take over. Halla atcha girl! 💃🏼 And wouldn’t you know it, ‘treat yo self’ won! *Geoff cheers loudly in the background.

Next thing I knew, we were taking off to what is now one of the most memorable moments of my life, just short of meeting Geoff and giving birth (seriously). I mean, at one point I even got emotional over the fact that we were physically flying over such a breath-taking piece of God’s creation – there were no words. I’ve never done something so spontaneous in my life, I couldn’t believe we were there, together…and I was beyond grateful for that memory we were given.

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After the tour, we took a drive into the park to see things from yet another perspective. And to be honest, it was just as special in it’s own right. I could’ve stayed there all day, just sitting and looking out to what seemed to be a never-ending panoramic view of some of the most beautiful landscape I’d ever laid eyes on. It was like an out of body experience where I felt even closer to Geoff for just witnessing it together.❤️

If y’all have a running bucket list, I strongly encourage you to check at least one of those items off in 2017. I’m a strong believer in the “you’ll only regret the things you didn’t do” mindset.

Thanks for reading, y’all! Winding down our trip on days 3-6 on the next post here on LtL where we visit the sweetest grandparents around.

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Coast to Coast Road Trip

It seems as though our adventures are slowing down for the time being, so hindsight would tell me that driving across the country with G may have been the best way to go out with a BANG! 💥  That’s not to say our adventures won’t continue here in middle Tennessee, but they may just have a little less altitude. 😉

Back in March Geoff and I drove our way through the good ol’ US of A. With every ending comes a beginning and sadly that meant our time in Washington was over but a new chapter just within reach; subchapter #1, driving from Washington to Florida, with our final destination ending in middle Tennessee! I still can’t believe we did it, and don’t think I’ll even be able to get it all in one post! I mean, how am I supposed to condense a life changing time in our lives into one post? Maybe the answer is I don’t and let the rest fall into place. 🙏🏼

Weeks leading up to our final departure Geoff was busy mapping out our drive, which was a nice change from when I planned the road trip out there from Florida back in 2012…more on that here(insert cliche “where has the time gone?!”). Once I got to Washington, we had a few days with dear friends then packed up for our 13 hour drive to Salt Lake City, Utah! I always knew how beautiful of a state WA was but really found a new appreciation for Oregon. We’d only ever gone as far south as Portland so being able to see more of it’s rolling hills and seemingly endless mountain peaks began the appreciation of our road trip on the right foot.

After 173 games of ‘Would you Rather’ and ’20 Questions’ we finally made it to our hotel in Salt Lake. The mountains there are so.huge. we could see the outline of them even in the dark! It was as if they fell from the sky and landed smack dab next to you. I’d seen so many amazing pictures of the breathtaking views Utah can offer, so we decided to take the next morning and do a little exploring downtown. I’d love to go back one day and visit their National Parks. I mean whoa, could you imagine the photo opps there! *heart beats quickly* I’d probably be nerding out behind a lens the whole time while Geoff ‘patiently’ waited with a clenched jaw line. 😁😘 *Love you, G.

Salt Lake City’s downtown was so clean and manicured! I just remember walking around thinking it felt like a movie set.  We walked their streets and visited the main campus for LDS. It was something you’d have to see in person to believe, but it was nothing short of spectacular. The money, time and care they put into their grounds, welcoming visitors, and creating a peaceful ambiance was kind of surreal.

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Oregon panoramic peaks
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Sunset over Idaho
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Salt Lake City LDS campus. One word – HUGE!

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So that completes days 1-3! Y’all know I made a video too of the whole trip but I recently realized I have over 45 minutes of footage so…yeah, it’ll be a minute before I edit and post that on my YouTube channel. 😅 Until our next outing, hope you enjoyed our first few days across the country!

Thanks for reading, ya’ll! Stay tuned for our trip to the Grand Canyon and a surprise view from the air…coming next on LtL!❤️✌🏼

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

 

Crying my way to God

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Welp. Y’all. It happened. It appears as though when I opened up about my infertility struggles in my last post, I also opened up Pandoras box – also known as a small window into my heart. I honestly didn’t realize that I had been trying so hard to keep it shut for all this time that even opening it a few inches pushed forth the flood gates that were quietly stirring, waiting for their chance to be set free. After all, even the sad, angry, and fearful feelings need their time to air out too, (apparently). But sometimes it just feels good, and maybe a tad easier, to put a bandaid over them and walk away until a new bandaid is needed. Sometimes it plain sucks to feel all those feelings I’ve pushed inside that window and covered with happy bandaids to deal with at another point in time. You know the ol’ “I’ll deal with that when I’m ready” adage?

So one day last week, a small window in my heart burst open unexpectedly and all those feelings I’d tucked away for a ‘day when I was ready’ came flooding out.  It definitely wasn’t my timing, I could’ve kept pushing on, but God knew it was time I deal with what was hurting and start the process of letting go the control. Those few days were some of the saddest I’d felt in a while, honestly. It hurt to feel them. I wanted so badly to shove them deep down back in their place, but God had a different plan.

And then, Sunday happened. You see, Geoff and I have been praying for a church home for almost 6 years now. We searched for nearly a year during our time in WA, but found our spiritual refuge in our hikes and family adventures on the weekends. All the while having faith that God would give us what we needed, when we needed it. We’ve found a church home here in middle TN at Brentwood United Methodist and even became members this past Sunday! It was a very special moment for our family, to stand in front of our new church and profess our love and commitment, but the even sweeter moment came with Brooks.

For the last 5 weeks we’ve been attending BUMC we always take Brooks to the nursery before service. And every morning he cries his little eyes out as we hand him over to trusting arms. But with each new Sunday came less crying and more confidence from our B.  Each Sunday he would make it just a little further down the hall, closer to the room before his fear kicked in and he remembered we’d be dropping him off. This last Sunday, however, was different. He made it all the way down the hall, to the room, turned and said ‘kiss Daddy’ and went in with no tears. When Geoff told me that I about burst.

At that moment, it hit me.  B’s transformation from screaming crying to gentle kisses and a wave good-bye was a direct reflection of this walk I’m on with God.  His ability to recognize that he was taken care of and could trust what lie ahead reminded me so much of our walk with Jesus. Getting there was not without tears. Getting there was not without a struggle to control his own fate of staying with his Mommy and Daddy, but getting there taught him he could trust in knowing we’d always be there when the time was right. How sweet and confident of our little B to know what trust feels like – almost as if it were ingrained in us from birth.

Much like Brooks, I held on tightly to my feelings in fear of letting go that I might fall apart somehow. That somehow opening that window into my heart might leave me vulnerable to the unknown. But, dear friends, I’ve realized…that is exactly where God wants me; right in the thick of vulnerable. Left wide open so He can work wonders with my life and my heart.

I pray you find this same place with me and allow God to work wonders in your life, too. Thank you so much for reading and sharing in this journey with me.

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Grace

 

Not too long ago I went on a women’s retreat through my home church at Southside United Methodist in Jacksonville, FL. The retreat was nearby, but just far enough in distance to give you the mental capacity of a vacation in the quaint historical town of Fernandina Beach. The theme for the weekend was Grace, and I was fully equipped to ball my eyes out like a baby as I soaked in the word of Jesus surrounded by other strong women all looking for the same thing: strength in numbers. Maybe I’m ‘broad brushing’ here on what the other women were searching for during this time of spiritual growth, but I would imagine it was in the ball park of gaining strength. Maybe it was physically, from ailments they or loved ones have experienced; mentally from the day-to-day exhaustion of just plain ‘adulting’, or maybe just a spiritual uplifter to refuel their tanks for the year ahead. Regardless of the specific reasons, I think we can all agree we all need strength from somewhere to counterbalance our weaknesses that are hardwired in us from, well, life.

But how do we release these ‘dead weights’ of guilt, exhaustion, self-analyzing criticisms (the list can go on sometimes, can’t it)? The simple answer: Jesus. The how: through His Grace…at least that’s my working equation. 😉

For me, this retreat was a reminder of just that, my constant need of His grace. Lately I have had to check back in almost daily to remind me of God’s grace. The GRACE, not my efforts, is what saves me. I am not judged by how many ‘good acts’ I’ve done for the day; if the dishes are done, laundry is folded, dinner is prepared, planning done for my small business is further along, nurturing my relationships, or teaching Brooks oh I don’t know how to be a functioning person in society?? I could honestly keep going on the mental check list I keep a subconscious running tab on. The truth is, if I always focused on this list (and the even longer one than can creep in), I’d never feel like I met my own expectations, and…wait for it, His TRUTH is truer than my own FEELINGS any day of the week. 🙌🏼

I have a grand idea in my mind, a goal I’m constantly working towards. And while I love this innate drive to be better, do better…I’m constantly reminded that this is not my sole purpose here on Earth. We can do AMAZING things, God is just looking for willing hearts…and I want to give myself the grace He offers me so in those moments He calls on me, my heart is open and ready.

I’ll be taking a small break from blogging these next few weeks as I head out to WA to meet Geoff and we make our road trip back across the country! I’m giving myself a break from writing and posting while I soak in these last few days in Florida, enjoy the HECK outta our travels across this great country, and make our move as a family up to our new home in Tennessee. It’s crazy how life can come full circle sometimes. This trip we’re about to embark on takes me right back to the days we first started dating and drove from Atlanta to Phoenix watch Auburn in the 2010 National Championship. And how can I not mention the literal full circle of driving back across the country; where the West-bound trip was with my willing-and-able mom exactly 4 1/2 years ago!

I can’t wait to share with you our adventures over 2,000+ miles, and then as we get settled into our new home back in the South, in middle Tennessee!

In the meantime, here are a few pics to hold you over from probbbbably my favorite adventure with B in Florida…the photos really captured the joy, adventure and beauty in the day we shared. If you want to see more, click HERE! And if you want to follow along on our travels across the US of A, follow me on my Instagram stories! Just click the icon up in the right corner under Social. 😊☝🏼

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Thanks so much for reading! I hope today’s post offered you the grace you’ve been needing and so deserve.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Proverbs 31:25

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Exploring Jax

One of the main things I wanted to do during my short-term stay here in Jacksonville was explore the more obvious scenic spots that we ‘locals’ become blind to on a day-to-day basis. I’m a firm believer in doing the touristy stuff in every city I live in…I mean there’s a reason why out-of-towners go visit these monuments, hotspots, or viewpoints – because it offers something special to the location. So, I want to capture those special spots throughout my hometown and see it with a fresh perspective, as a ‘visitor’.

Recently my mom, B and I went to the Treaty Oak and Friendship Fountain in downtown Jax. The weather was perfect and these were just the short morning outings we needed to feel accomplished for the day before naptime commenced. 😉

They really are such beautiful spots to visit. They’re the perfect places to escape from your office, take your lunch, or just enjoy the views of the river while watching the Main Street bridge rise to allow boats to pass, and of course, people watch. Not to mention, it’s a great area to let your toddler run free to stretch their little growing legs. B especially loved the fountain! He loved splashing in the puddles and watching the water jump out into the sky. Next time I need to take a little picnic and just camp out for a late morning outing.

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Thanks so much for reading! Our time here is nearing an end in Jax. I’ll be flying out to WA soon to meet Geoff as we hit the road for our cross-country trek back to the South! I can’t wait to document that trip! 🙊 I’m so looking forward to some adventures with my main squeeze! Stay tuned for that! 🚙🗺

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay