My Five Favorite Fall Finds

by Cathy Baker

This will make more sense if you read yesterday’s post on making way for Fall clothes in our closets.

But if you didn’t have a chance to read it, that’s okay too!

Purchasing multiple items of clothing at one time isn’t the norm for me but this Fall, it was a necessity. Now that my conscience is eased, here are my five favorite finds this Fall:

 Rylen Boots (by Mossimo, Target) On sale this week for 35.99!
Comfy to the max.
Easton Chunky Heel Boots (by Mossimo, Target) On sale this week for $30.39.
{I purchased mine, buy one pair get another pair half-off}


 Jeggings by Lauren Conrad, Kohl’s. On sale for 35.00.
I love plaid! Especially when it comes in an oversized scarf that’s softer than the blanket it’s propped on. By Merona, Target. Retail price, 22.99. (Watch for sales!)

This was a toughie. I have other things that would’ve appeared prettier on the page but honestly, I hit the jackpot with this purchase (a whopping $8.00!) Apt. 9 Cami, at Kohls. It’s incredibly soft, stretchy, and oh so versatile.

Do you have a favorite Fall Find? Please share in the comment section! 

Honoring a Life Well-Lived

Shuping and Alberta Scott

We celebrated Alberta Scott, my paternal grandmother’s, life yesterday morning at her church, Fairforest Baptist. Years ago, she had chosen her music and Scripture verses. It was simple, yet very meaningful. I couldn’t have agreed with the pastor more when, at the end of the service, he said with every confidence that the first words she heard were “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Many lives were blessed as a result of hers.

I purposefully had not shared the funeral information with my different email groups because I didn’t want anyone to feel that I was expecting them to make the trip to Spartanburg for her funeral. So, imagine my surprise when I looked up and saw my friend Lesa, aka “Fruity” Frady, coming through the doors with another friend, Shay, from First Baptist. Shay had worked with my dad years ago and now she and Lesa (friend of almost 20 years!) are neighbors.

I had just recovered from that surprise when another friend, Sandra, walked through the doors. Sandra was in the Ladies’ Class at Temple Baptist and now she’s in our class at First Baptist. She’s a single woman who works for a not-so-nice law firm in Greenville. Because I was aware of her delicate work situation, I kept asking her how she had managed to take time off to drive over for the visitation/funeral. She finally shared, with a smile on her face, that she had worked overtime the night before, would work overtime that night, and again tonight, to make up for the time lost. I was overwhelmed by her sacrifice… and still am.

It was nice gathering with the entire family for lunch after the graveside service, but I left wondering why in the world families rarely gather like that anymore unless there’s a funeral. I’m hoping that will change.

Life truly does fly by but a life well-lived resonates throughout generations.

Long Weekend Snapshots


How was your long weekend?

The Baker house was a fun but busy place to be this holiday weekend. Here’s a snapshot of the days:

New Year’s Eve

We finished up ham from Christmas (finally!) with homemade mac and cheese. Now if that, along with the Twilight Zone marathon, is not a way to welcome in a new year, I’m not sure what is! 🙂

New Year’s Day

We spent the majority of the day working on the “new” rooms. I’ll post pics soon! Without books, the cases look a bit bare, but I have to admit the ladder looks mighty fine with or without them. 🙂 Go Ikea!


Early on, I realized I’d forgotten to create/print our class newsletter for January. With the majority of our group having birthdays this month, it was a “to-do” I couldn’t ignore or delay, so I sped home from Starbucks (yes, I still have some $ left on my gift cards! ha…) and got to work immediately. It was not what I’d planned for that morning, but I am grateful UPS was able to print them for me in such a timely manner.


We studied Mark 6 — the feeding of 5,000. I especially appreciated verse 38 where Jesus asked the disciples, “How much food do we have?” — followed by the instruction to “Go and find out”. I think many times we sit around waiting for God to move on our behalf in a certain way, when in fact, He is waiting for us to “Go and find out” first. I plan to lose some weight this year, but if I don’t change my current habits (after my Starbucks gift card runs out, of course! ha!), the results will likely remain the same. I need to evaluate the necessary changes… and then follow through (discipline!) Those changes will bring forth a healthier body — which will help me in pursuing some things I feel the Lord has laid on my heart for 2010. In Mark 6, we saw that when the disciples did their part, God followed by doing something only He could do. His part. How exciting!

How did you spend your long weekend?


Photo by Adil Ansari on Unsplash
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