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White Oak Pastures General Store

Two weekends ago, Adella Grace and I took a little girls’ trip to the grand opening celebration for the White Oak Pastures General Store in Bluffton!

I believe it’s the first business to open in Bluffton, Georgia in over 50 years, and it is quite the business! They had live music, a photographer, and a food truck to celebrate. 

The store itself is beautiful! Tons of gourmet food and drink, plus leather goods made on site (many of which are also available at Maiden South – just sayin’), WOP tees and other branded goods, made-on-site doggie rawhide treats, and more. 

White Oak Pastures is amazing, and it’s a zero-waste facility – to read more about them, visit my first post on White Oak Pastures!

We had such a good time visiting our sweet friends Jenni and Amber and soon-to-be-on-this-side baby Jack! We can’t wait to go back and visit once Jack arrives. :)

Favorite part of the shop (besides the people)? This prayer. 

May we always remember it!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Adella Grace’s Baptism at Bainbridge FUMC

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

Adella Grace was baptized into the Methodist Church on Sunday, and I also transferred my membership from the church I grew up in.  Wheat and I, along with many of our family and friends and our Church family, vowed to raise her to walk in the faith and to do everything in our power to uphold her faith as she grows.  She is such a blessed, fortunate baby girl, and it was a beautiful day spent with family and friends who are family.  We are so grateful for it all, and most especially, for her and the sacrament of infant baptism.

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

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I think Doc surprised her messing with her bonnet! 

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Love my girls! And my niece Elah loves her “Gray Gray.” We wondered what she would call Adella Grace… we didn’t expect Gray Gray, but it’s awfully cute! 

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

This one kills me every time I look at it.  My two favorite little girls love each other so much already!

Adella Grace’s dress and bonnet were hand crocheted by her Pops’ (my father-in-law Bruce’s) first cousin years ago in anticipation of a little girl to wear it.  They sent it to us a few weeks after Adella Grace arrived, and on Sunday it looked like it had been made especially for her.  It couldn’t have been more perfect or more beautiful (in so many ways).

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We returned home to have lunch with our families, which was perfect. And I didn’t make a THING!  Which was unlike me, and also amazing.

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Seeing my home filled with so many I love so much, and who love Adella Grace so much, fills me with SUCH joy.  We are so very, very blessed, and I’m so grateful to have shared the day with each one of these people.  We love you all!

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

until next time | oysters and pearls

THOM Magazine

I know I’m sharing this to the point of bragging, but I’m just so honored and grateful that Jessica Grace and I were included in the sixth issue of THOM Magazine.  A gorgeous publication put out by the Thomasville Center for the Arts, this issue features those who are building community in creative ways, and those who began their work with a creative collision of sorts with another like-minded individual.  That describes Gracie and I to a T – we met over coffee at The Bean Cafe one morning, and about 3 hours later we left with dreams of opening a shop in our heads.  A few months later, Maiden South was born.

Maiden South in THOM Magazine | oysters and pearls

If you’d like to read about all the other insanely talented folks featured in this issue of THOM, and would like to read our little article, too, stop by the shop this weekend (open today 10-6 and tomorrow 10-2).  We’ll have plenty of copies to share with ya.  They’re also available all over Thomasville, if you’re in the area.  Thank you to everyone who has supported our crazy little business venture over the past year and half or so.  We consider you a part of our tribe and are so grateful for your help in building our creative little community.


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