The Alley

April 25, 2014

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Outfit Details: Dress: Mossimo (Target, OLD)//Flats: Nine West (Plato’s Closet, old)//Necklace: Vintage Sarah Covington (family heirloom)// Purse: Michael Kors (NY, wedding gift).

Where to begin? These photos were taken today, and my emotions have gone up and down today. You see this alley holds some memories for me. As a girl my cousin Kathleen, her mom (my aunt Sharon, who passed away),my mom, my granddaddy (who passed away) and my siblings and I used to walk this alley to get to the start of the town I now reside in. I had the privilege of telling about and showing Nevaeh this alley as well. It is behind some local shops before walking towards downtown in our area. When I was a girl I remember getting milkshakes at McDonalds after our alley walk, or ice cream at the local ice cream parlor (I guess as a way of rewarding our walk, to aid in more time spent together with a treat). I hope to do this with my kids as they get alittle older and tolerable of longer walks.

My emotions and busyness have also gone towards my renewal of teaching licensure. I am almost done except turning in documents and getting transcripts sent, plus fees but I am nervous and unsure. I haven’t taught in two years. I know that I may not teach again full time for several more years but is it what I truly want? I am scared of the past mistakes in teaching catching back up to me? Has parenting full time helped in my areas of weakness in the classroom? These are constant questions. I finally had to go to God tonight and relinquish these fears and thoughts and trust that He knows best.

On to life other than teaching licensure renewal. The babes have been dealing with allergies, runny noses, ear aches and bleh! This coming Saturday is also Xander’s birthday celebration party as he will turn 2 on the 30th. Then the hubby wants a cookout with his friends from work, so this coming weekend will be busy, memorable but fun.

Below is how I have styled this dress in a past post:


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  • Becky @ bybmg April 25, 2014 at 1:35 am

    What a memory. I hope the Lord will lead you in what to do with teaching. It is such a hard profession.

    • garaytreasures April 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks Becky 🙂 it really is. I tell my hubby that it is harder than his job to which he was slow to admit that possibly it is. Dealing with lesson plans, deadlines, meetings, SOLs, parents, discipline…yadayada.

  • jagstyleblog April 25, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I know The Lord is the One to guide you in the right direction. It must be exciting to think about going back to teaching, no? 🙂
    Thanks for taking us down memory lane. Such a great dress too! Love the black and the brown together.
    Have a great weekend Rachel! Happy birthday to Xander.

    • garaytreasures April 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you Katherine, your are encouraging.

  • Amber April 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Love both ways you’ve worn this dress! That purse really is gorgeous too.
    Awesome that you’re praying about it, I know God will help you make the right decision for you, best wishes!!

    • garaytreasures April 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you Amber where would I be without a GReaT God.

  • Rachel G April 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I love how the dandelions in the alley go so well with the floral pattern of your dress!! And thank you for your comment today! I really admire moms who take the time to give their kids responsibilities and teach them life skills at young ages!

    • garaytreasures April 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      I thought so too with the match of background.

  • eirinipapadopoulou April 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    beautiful dress! it is so beautiful! love your bag!


    • garaytreasures April 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      🙂 they are favorites

  • Ms.Quality April 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Love this !! Check me out

  • Antionette Blake April 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    “The Memories in the Alley” – life has a way of catching up with our past doesn’t it…. Happy Birthday to the Baby – let the fun begin!

    • garaytreasures April 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Haha the fun is already beginning :p he is so busy and “no” being his favorite word. Bring on 2’s.

  • Bad Taste Toast April 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Aw such a cute print on the skirt! And I love the shoes in the last pic! 🙂

  • ADA April 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    What a cute little dress. But truly I am in love with those adorable cognac flats and the matching bag. Great pieces year around. =)

    • garaytreasures April 27, 2014 at 2:38 am

      I agree about the year round part. Thank you Ada.

  • Corinne April 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I love the pattern on that dress! It sounds like you have a lot of emotional attachments to that place – hopefully those memories are good ones.

    Corinne x

    • garaytreasures April 27, 2014 at 2:37 am

      They are good, thanks for the compliment.

  • skinnedcartree April 27, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I’ve only just seen your message about featuring my blog post, that’s fine – be sure to let me know when you put it up =)

    Corinne x

  • Ginny April 29, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I understand having anxiety about teaching but I believe God can calm your heart and when it’s time, he’ll find the perfect place for you to be!

    • garaytreasures April 29, 2014 at 5:27 am

      Thank you for the encouragement 😉

  • Stephanie April 29, 2014 at 3:54 am

    It’s so nice to have memories like that and for such a small place to have so much meaning. Good luck with everything! Sounds like you’ve got quite a bit going on 🙂


    • garaytreasures April 29, 2014 at 5:28 am

      🙂 and still trying to catch up with my favorite tv shows has been a challenge and a time to blog is also rough. Thank you for the wishes of luck.