We All Have Someone

People that don't have spouses get a little sad/angry/depressed/blue/down in the dumps on Valentine's Day. I've never really understood that because we all have someone we love. Your mom or dad, your girlfriends you shop and talk on the phone for hours with, that neighbor that life wouldn't be the same without.  Maybe it's your sister who you just have to love because she's your sister.

Truth is, we all have someone. Someone that God has placed in our life and our responsibility is to love them. So here's to Valentine's. Husband or not, Boyfriend or not. Here's to loving and being loved in return!

Valentine Making Party with my girlfriends that I love.

May You

Dream more
Pray more
Love more
and listen more.

Here's to a fresh start.

First Day

The first snow came today. Woke up to a white cover on the town. Happy first day of Winter!

Chicago in Black & White

We try to make it up to the city when we can at Christmas time, so beautiful!  Here it is through the lens of my iPhone in black and white.

Hey Neighbor

Nothing better than getting a box of fresh baked cupcakes to your front door all wrapped in a bow.  These were chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and crushed peppermint. Merry Christmas Neighbors!

Baby, it's getting cold outside

When the Christmas music comes on and the lights start twinkling, I am a melting ball of Christmas cheer.  Ok, that's weird but it really was the first thing I thought of.  I bought my first tree ornament of the year yesterday- oh so sweet, makes my heart bigger.

Now this is a room I could sit in all holiday season long.


3 am

Do you remember those late nights in college when you stayed up till 3 am writing that paper that you knew about since the beginning of the semester when you saw it on your syllabus?  You typed those last words and closing statement, then had printer trouble till 5:30, took a shower and made it to class by 8.  Clearly I know way too much detail to have not done this before.

I pulled another one of those nights.  It wasn't as late as 3 am and I didn't have printer troubles, but I did stay up late creating- this time cupcakes. 289 of them to be exact.

Vanilla Bean-  Vanilla cake and vanilla bean cream cheese frosting

Chocolate Fudge- Chocolate cake, chocolate cream cheese frosting, fudge drizzle and white chocolate shavings

Caramel Apple- Apple cinnamon cake, cream cheese frosting, caramel drizzle and peanuts

Photos taken by Holly Birch Photography