Hey everyone! I’m Christie and am thrilled that you have stumbled upon my blog. I started this blog back in 2014 as a creative outlet for my need to share DIY home decorating ideas and inspirations. I worked on it a while and then put is aside for a long period of time while I tackled other life aspirations. Now I am back to make this blog what it was mean’t to be.
I am passionate about home decorating, DIY projects and designing handmade jewelry. Over the course of several years I have learned so much about what it takes to create a beautiful, thriving home, collected all sorts of ideas on how to make life easier, happier and more productive and want to pay it forward by sharing with you what it takes to get your life to where you want it to be as well as how to create a blog that thrives in case you want to create your own little venture.
Welcome to my little hideout in the woods where the gentle flowing breeze rustles through the oaks and Hickories along an old muddy creek bank in Southern Kentucky. I am a blogger, nature lover, dreamer, God fearing saved by grace sinner, wife and mother who loves the open country, back roads, home decorating and designing handmade jewelry.
Hey there, sweet friends! I’m Abby, and I’m so thrilled that you’ve stumbled over to my blog! I started Just a Girl and Her Blog on a whim in January 2013. I wasn’t even quite sure what a blog was at the time, but I knew I needed some sort of creative outlet and decided to give blogging a try. It wasn’t long before I caught the blogging bug, and I am still totally in awe that this little blog of mine (that I didn’t think anyone would ever read!) has become a family business, with both my husband Donnie and I working on the blog full time! Our journey to becoming full time bloggers is a story all its own, and
I loved growing up in the south. Being born and raised in a small river town in Tennessee, I learned pretty quickly how to ride a bike, make mud pies, work in the garden and even cook at an early age. Life was fun and filled with simplicity.
It was fairly common to swing by one of our many creeks or rivers and go for a swim. I don’t think the catfish or the old lake turtles cared to share their homes with us kids for a while. After a good swim, we were usually starving and would rush home to mom’s delicious southern cooking. The whole house would smell delightful and she usually made enough to feed an army. We could eat leftovers for days and then some. Sometimes I wish I could travel back to those peaceful times running them dirt roads with my bare feet and jumping head first into a cold creek to cool off during those hot summer days.
Now I spend my days nestled into an even smaller town in the midst of quiet farmland of southern Kentucky. I have always loved to write and decorate and dig head first into DIY projects and make pretty baubles. I have had to reign in my imagination on numerous occasions because it is easy for me to get inspired and want to redecorate and renovate the house. I even give myself a complete makeover when the mood strikes.
Here at Southern-Chik, my hope is you will find inspirational ideas to renovate and redecorate your home as well as
I will share with you my own life experiences when I walked in the valley and those wonderful moments I stood on top of the mountain as well as my narrative non-fiction short stories. My life is a twist of imperfection, a roller coaster of sin and guilt and triumph of overcoming these daily struggles with God’s grace. Some people believe Christianity means perfectionism or acting like you are holier than thou. That is so far from the truth.
Being a Christian is admitting you are a sinner, a flawed individual who needs the blood of Jesus to wash away your indiscretions. Your confession of those sins and your acceptance of the gift of salvation is only the start.
Each day I mess up. I still get angry, I get jealous, fed up, a bit selfish and I hate to admit it but some ugly words may slip right out my mouth. The tongue is indeed a hard one to tame!! BUT….. I admit I am wrong and I am asking the Lord to clean me up daily, help me continue to grow and walk just a little closer to him.
Isn’t it wonderful to know he loves us through all of our shortcomings? Thankful for his grace because my works cannot save me.
A Little More About Me
I have been married for almost 17 years to a wonderfully imperfect man. We have had many ups and downs during this marriage but I would not trade Joey for anything. We have two children, our daughter, Ashley, who is 23 years old and our son, Jo, who is 15 years old. Let me tell ya, parenting gets harder as they get older! I will have lots to say in future posts about the adventures with these two. I love them with all that my heart can muster even when they challenge my patience and sanity.
I cannot forget to mention that I am the definition of Crazy Cat Lady. We have four fur babies-Snowy, Beauty, Boots and Tiger. These messy lovable critters have their own unique personalities that never cease to amaze me.
I am so glad to have you aboard this wild and rocky ride and I hope you enjoy the trip or at least get a good laugh from the adventure.
Hope you enjoy this little venture and thanks so much for stopping by!
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