What I Wore

 

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… to church.
One a Sunday when we had preschool “duty.”
Because a vintage taffeta skirt is totally what you wear to chase 3-yr-olds around.
Also, that explains the wrinkles. :)

Something New

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I’m not a fearful person. In fact, Anderson and I are both a little on the laid-back side. Maybe too laid back at times. Kind of “let it be” people. We trust God with our lives and our home. And that’s that. When we need to make a decision we ask God for wisdom, and then do what he tells us to do. There’s usually not much agonizing over decisions or wavering back and forth.

But.

Lately I’ve been feeling uneasy about sending Kingston to school. Not about the school in particular – we really like it! And not even about whether he’s ready or not. I think it’s great for him! It’s just about sending my baby out into the world. And it’s about this big change that we’re experiencing. I’ve had a knot in my stomach a lot over the last couple of weeks but couldn’t put my finger on why. So I told God how I was feeling and asked him to please give me peace. And he lead me to this verse (through a devotion I was reading):

“Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is!”

He reminded me that he is doing something new in my home. We’re in a brand new phase, and instead of feeling anxious I’m embracing this time!

September 10, 2014 - 1:37 am

JoJo Moore Miller - I think I can relate to this post.(: I needed to read this tonight, thank you for posting and for the verse. Sometimes trusting God is easy for me too. But oh how hard it can be when it comes to my most precious treasures…Josh and my little ones. Thankful I get to walk through life with you. Love you!<3

September 9, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Kharmon Wofford - Your post was right on time! That verse you shared is exactly what I needed. God has a way of speaking to us in ways that continue to amaze me. Thank you for sharing.

September 9, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Carol Lehe Sauls - What a good Mom you are. I know how hard it is to let go and let God. But you seem to have it down! Glad Kingston likes his school!

Rhonda Ellis – Cultivating a Home

I liked Rhonda as soon as she greeted me in her kitchen with an arm full of shirts and asked for a little wardrobe advice. She’s the type of person that immediately sets you at ease. Her home is your home. And she actually takes that idea to the next level! With six children, the Ellis Home is quite the hub of activity. But it doesn’t stop there. Rhonda is constantly hosting others – from cooking up big meals for large groups, to teaching women at a monthly event called “Cultivate,” to Bible studies, weddings, celebrations, teenagers just hanging out… There’s always something going on at her home!

And somewhere in between all the excitement Rhonda finds time to run her business, Cultivating a Home, speak to women’s’ groups all over the country, host monthly events, and she even started a blog earlier this year! She is passionate about mentoring women, and one of the ways she does this is through a monthly gatherings where she opens her home to them. They eat together, then she talks on topics like “parenting to the heart,” hospitality, or whatever happens to be on her heart at that time. Her desire is to be transparent and keep it real. These events are so popular that I’ve heard Rhonda’s name for years. Several of my girlfriends (all in different circles) have mentioned the impact she’s had on them, so I was excited to meet her and work together. Even though I grew up with the BEST example of a Godly wife and mother (my mom rocks!), I love the idea of having other mentors in my life. People who have walked the same path I’m on and survived! Ha! We all need that, and I’m happy that people like Rhonda are passionate about encouraging other women.

Rhonda says, “I love the Lord, and my desire is that all I say and write about has His Word, the Bible, as the foundation.” I love that! She’s honest about her journey as a wife and mom, and she always keeps the focus on God’s Word; not her opinions. Check out her blog and Facebook if you’d like to know more about her monthly Cultivate events or her speaking schedule!

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Rhonda posted about our time together and some behind the scenes pics here.

September 12, 2014 - 11:49 am

Facing Insecurities as Cultivating a Home Grows - Rhonda Ellis - […] featured our time together on her blog,  PinkPhotoCoffee. Thanks, Lyndsay. Here are a few of the […]

September 9, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Melanie Gray - Your description of Rhonda is so accurate! However there is one thing you didn’t mention. It’s her humor! Not only does Rhonda ‘ s love for the Lord stand out upon meeting her, her humor is always hysterical and completely stands out as well!

September 9, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Jeff Cummings - I have always been amazed when I have been at the Ellis house when there are 100+ teenagers running all over the property how at ease Rhonda is. She is such a great resource for our youth ministry.

September 9, 2014 - 8:55 am

Meda Branwell - Rhonda has been a sweet friend for many years and is always an inspiration. She is such a Godly lady who always speaks encouragement into the lives of others. Her knowledge of the Word, and her gift of teaching, have impacted many lives and families. Rhonda is incredibly humble and eager to focus on others, not herself. I had the privilege of being in the same business with Rhonda and her energy, work ethic and integrity were wonderful. She also has an incredible sense of humor….I can think of so many times when she has had a group of us dying of laughter. Since I live across the country from Rhonda, I’m delighted she has started a blog as an extension of her Cultivate ministry. I have highly recommended that my daughters follow her blog since they are young mommies. I know she will inspire them with her great experience and wisdom…and, that this will have a special impact on my grandkiddos.

September 9, 2014 - 3:42 am

Maddison Dorminey - Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida I think I am blessed to have all 3 of you!

September 9, 2014 - 12:24 am

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Hey Mrs. Peggy! You are blessed to have her, but so is she to have you. :))

September 8, 2014 - 8:24 pm

StewandPeg Hamrick - Lyndsay, these pics are beautiful. Rhonda is one of my very best friends, and yes, everything you said about her is true, and even so much more!

September 8, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Madelyn Brinker Sturgeon - Very nice article about a wonderful friend and sister-in-Christ. Besides being one of the best representations of the Proverbs 31 women I know, she has a delightful sense of humor that keeps all of us laughing! Her hubby, kids, and all she touches are blessed to have her in their life!

September 8, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Nancy Smith - These are lovely photos and words about Rhonda. She truly is one of the most caring, insightful, and faithful women I know. She is the perfect combination of conviction, humbleness, graciousness…. All in a person that is FUNNY, and oh so genuine! I'm proud to call her a friend.

September 8, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Rhonda Darley Ellis - Wow! What an honor! I so enjoyed meeting you, Lyndsay. Thanks for helping me with the wardrobe. I feel like I've known you forever and enjoyed every minute of our time together.

Product Photography – Olivia Grace Paperie

Olivia Grace Paperie is a small design studio here in Jacksonville, specializing in invitations and paper goods. I’ve done some product photography for Stacy, the designer behind the brand, and tried really hard no to drool on the paper while I photographed it! Stacy’s work is beautiful! She’s doing a giveaway on the Olivia Grace Paperie Facebook page right now, so I thought this was the perfect time to introduce you to her.

Pink Coffee Readers, meet Stacy.
Stacy, meet Pink Coffee Readers.

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September 13, 2014 - 10:31 am

San Diego Wedding Photography - Very neat and elegant. I love the combination of mint green and light brown. So unique.

September 4, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Amber Rhodes - Hi! I have shared these gorgeous photos on my Facebook page! Love your photos! x

August via Cell Phone Pics

Boo. Hoo. Summer is officially over, and I’m realizing we didn’t spend enough time in the sand and surf.
No worries though. We’ll make up for it this month! Summer never ends when you live in the Sunshine State!
Here are a few of my favorite moments from August… via our phones!

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Left: Lunch date and a walk around the San Marco Square.

Right:
Bookstore. We read. He plays with the trains.

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Left: Right after our first ever “meet the teacher” experience. Kingston was much more interested in this drain pipe than he was in his teacher.
Pretty sure we made a great first impression though. I felt the need to tell her about his imaginary friend.

Right:
One of those days that started out great. Then quickly went downhill. But a long nap makes everything better.
And I chose to remember a fun moment from the morning instead of the ultimate meltdown that came later! #tiredschoolboy #threenager

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Left & Right (obviously!): I can’t stop taking pictures of him with that backpack.

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Left: Lazy Friday.

Right: Saturday with my people.

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Left: Bad hair day twins. #itsgenetic

Right: We’ve been thinking about putting Kingston in soccer this fall. Anderson thinks we should focus on his strengths though,
so we’re gonna find a toddler debate team instead.

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Left: Yes. You’re really seeing that. Ronald still makes appearances.

Right: Anderson showing off some soccer moves at an event at church.

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Left: Well. It’s official. We can’t keep up with the Hyatts. We partied with them the night before were zombies the next day. We had extra caffeine and even naps, but were still whipped. Mochi didn’t even help. :) It was early to bed for this crew.

Right: I do. I really do! We’re always mid-trip planning for our next NYC adventure. There’s just something about the city. It’s intoxicating. The sounds, the smells (most of them), the pace. The energy! I dream of selling everything and moving to Brooklyn for a year. One day we will. Now isn’t the time. But one day! We’ll be old hipster wannbes who follow our kid to NYU!

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Left: Trouble. Kingston and Uncle Don Don. :)

Right: The highlight of the month – we celebrated my Dad’s 60th!

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Left: We always get Spanish junk mail. #soclose #marketingfail #weprefersouthernenglish

Right: This is Tape Road. It runs ALL over our house and is a semi-permanent fixture. When it starts sticking to my feet I pull it up. Then start over.

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Both: St. Augustine

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Left & Right or Before & After: Yep. We took another trip to Cousteau’s. Never disappoints.

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Left: Had a subscription to this mag since my junior year of high school! It’s still one of my favorites.

Right: Too hot to be outside… unless it’s by a pool.

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Left: Florida Summer Nights. Soaking it up since we only have like 4 more months of summer. :)

Right: So. After 3 hours at the mall, we all agreed that my online shopping “hobby” is actually a win-win for all parties involved.

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Left: We had a breakfast date at one of our favorite local bakeries then took the kids to the park to burn off a little sugar!

Right: Had the privilege of celebrating this beautiful mama and can’t wait to meet Baby Stephan soon. He’s already so loved and has the best parents!

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Left: These babies are good! Check the ethnic area of the frozen food section.

Right: We conquered Chuck E. Cheese’s with good friends!

September 2, 2014 - 4:14 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - No-You have to come and get ‘em!

September 2, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Jen Flavin - can you sell me your clothes again? i need them all. also everything in that picture with the i heart ny mug. k thanks. :)

September 2, 2014 - 11:18 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Thank you Jenna! The only downside is the whole missing out on fall thing, ya know?

September 2, 2014 - 11:17 am

Jenna - You are hilarious! I always laugh at your personal posts. Love the comment about 4 more months of summer. Same for us in Georgia!

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