Little lights of mine

I’ve been patiently waiting to share with y’all that I became a new auntie to not one, but two new babies this year.

Yes, that’s right. TWO beautiful and healthy babies.

They are only 3 weeks apart and the first grandbabies for my parents.

They are just the best. We’ve been beyond the moon in love with them both.

And I love being their Bac Uyen and Di Uyen.

Bac/Di are different ways to say “aunt” in Vietnamese.

My sister Jill and I constantly remind each other how blessed our family has been with adding these two new additions to our family.

I say and think it all the time, but here it is again…God’s timing is perfect.

These babies saved 2020 for me personally.

When the world went into lockdown early on from COVID-19, my mind and thoughts went to dark and unhappy places. It felt very suffocating to be and feel that constantly. 

But these two..well they brought with them such beautiful and powerful light.

They brought back the “shine” in me.

These little lights of mine brought me back to myself and gave me the motivation to keep moving forward and towards better and brighter tomorrows.

I love them so so much.

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet them both and actually took a few photos of them and their parents recently.

Here they are!

Try not to melt from all their cuteness and adorableness. I know I have and still can’t seem to hold my composure whenever I see or hear them.

Crazy to think that this was the last blog I did with them. 

And this was the last blog I did with these two! Time fliesssss.

Perfection right??

And y’all, Khang and I are getting two new babies in 2021!

Not sure if either families have publicly announced their news yet, so that’s all I’m sharing.

For now.

My heart might actually burst when all our babies meet their first cousins.

Hopefully one day in the not so distant future.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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‘Tis the season to be thankful

Khang and I went on a long-planned camping trip with friends towards the end of September. It was wonderful to say the least. I mention it because at that time in Virginia hints of fall were beginning to peek through.

Then in early October we snuck away for our Fourth Annual Fall Hike for Christmas card photos. Here are ones from previous years!

But honestly, our main goal was to experience the full effects of fall in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. And gosh, it did not disappoint. I’m sharing photos of that trip here.

Rewind to now and fall is in full swing in Charlotte! So it’s almost been 2 months of a glorious fall for us!

It feels like the loooooongest fall season of my life!

And it hit me…why don’t we do this every single year?? Because y’all, fall is and has always been my favorite season.

Growing up in MS only allowed maybe a full week  or two of fallish weather (or what I thought was a fall). Hah!

Excuse me while I secretly plot the same for next year (and every year thereafter).

I doubt Khang will even complain and dub it a genius idea.

I enjoy change and the change of a season is one of my favorite things about Mother Earth.

But with fall, it’s not only the change of the weather, air or trees that I love so much.

It’s the distinct reminder for all the good that has already taken place before the year comes to a close.

Unfortunately there was and continues to be a lot of bad in 2020.

And it throws me into a deeper appreciation for life and the people I love in it.

Tis’ the season to be thankful indeed.

So I thought it would be fun to include more photos than I’d usually share from this year’s annual fall hike.

As always, Khang’s patience with me while experimenting with Hans was much appreciated. I’m excited to send out our Christmas card this year. It turned out better than expected because we felt like idiots running back and forth. Well mostly just me.

I liked this spot so much that we came back  for a second round of photos after hiking Crabtree Falls.

Beautiful cascading waterfall! And a very enjoyable and slippery (from recent rainstorm) hike.


I almost broke my rule and thought about using two photos for our card with this one too but ultimately decided against it.

These were taken on our sunset hike to Hawksbill Outlook. GORGEOUS VIEWS!! I almost picked the last one for our card too.

Mainly landscape portraits of Grandfather Mountain. Like WOW! His majesty reminded me of The Grand Canyon. Like poetry.

Last photo taken with Hans and it’s of Khang overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Perhaps my favorite part of our entire trip that’s not pictured was driving with the sunroof open and taking in all the strikingly beautiful fall foliage with Khang next to me.

Le sigh. Until we meet again.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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Update: Helping Hands-1st Edition

Wow.

What a wonderful and long journey it has been with my Helping Hands 1st Edition embroidery hoop fundraiser!

So many thoughts and emotions from start to end.

And even now as I’m updating y’all, it’s all coming back to me after finishing up 6 months ago.

I still remember my anxiety, nerves, and doubts before sharing the kickoff. I was so so scared it would not be well-received or people would somehow lash out and just hate Helping Hands, its message, and me

But the feeling I remember most and what kept me going was the very first person who reached out to me about getting involved: Kristina

She didn’t know it at the time, but I was so overwhelmed with gratitude and love that this basically stranger wanted to be part of something so dear to me. 

I guess in a way it was like validation that okay this is as good as you think it is in your heart and people see it too.

And before I knew it, all 10 hoops were reserved!

Then came the real work.

I mean look at how precious they came out to be! La la loved each person’s

“1 letter change”.


It took a much longer than I intended and even longer to send these babies to their forever homes due to COVID-19.

But just as rewarding if not more to see and hear how much each person loved their custom embroidery hoop!

I sent each hoop with a personal letter but I want to publicly declare my love and utmost gratitude to the 9 beautiful human beings (you know who you are!) for believing in me, in my mission, your absolute patience, your donation, but most importantly your giving hearts because y’all were able to collectively raise nearly $1,000 for Global Dental Relief and its mission to provide free dental care to children all over the world!!

Like what?? We did that ^^^ guys! *Happy Dance*

And a little too for making this girl here just the happiest. 

&& Big thank you to those who couldn’t contribute directly but still encouraged + supported me along the way and shared Helping Hands with their loved ones to get the word out!

I’m still taking reservations if you’d like to be part of this small but impactful circle of ahhhmazingness or know someone who does or would simply like one of these sweet embroidery hoops for themselves.

By the way, they make a lovely baby shower gift!

As always, thank you for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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Life lately according to my celly

As I was looking back on photos from the past two months, it occurred to me how much has happened and how busy we’ve been!

In only good ways too!

And these don’t nearly show all of our shenanigans. Loads of hubby and family time and I’m loving it. 

The next two months don’t show any signs of slowing down and I’m looking forward to it all. 

I’ve been putting my phone down more often to soak up more memories and be in the moments. I’ve noticed positive differences and don’t plan on stopping any of that either.

It is Fa Fa FALL y’all!

My most faaaaavorite time of the year!

DIY Copper pipe kitchen pulls

I love a good DIY.

And this one by WeLoveHome is soooo good!

I’ve been itching to replace our kitchen knobs and pulls for quite some time now and just never found ones that really “spoke” to me.

Until I laid eyes on these. 

What’s crazy is I love copper and pipes, which are both used throughout our home already. 

Aaaaand I had copper pipes from a previous DIY for my sister’s baby shower just laying around so it worked out so well!

I didn’t really expect to share at first so not many before photos were taken. But you get the idea of how blah they were.

And B O O M! Afters!

Such a simple design change with significant impact that’s much more our esthetic and style.

Right?? Aren’t they perfect?!

Fell in love right away. 

As I mentioned earlier, they match the rest of our kitchen and house too. We made these open shelves and copper pipe pot bar our first year. And yes, we do use those pots! They are not just for decor.

Please excuse the mess on the kitchen island. Hah.

And that’s all folks!

Fairly easy to moderate DIY (shout-out to the best husband), so check it out and GO FOR IT if you’re on the fence. You know you reeeeeally want to anyways! 

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.