"The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides." - Audrey Hepburn

I am inspired by natural love and beauty. The kind of beauty that quietly shows up both on rainy and happy days. It is a natural kind of love that is spoken with actions. On this special day, I want to acknowledge a natural beauty, my sis-in-law Linh. Her birthday is more than just a celebration. It is about witnessing a life well lived with gratitude and compassion. Linh appreciates the little things in life and has taught everyone to love by doing. I am grateful to have her in my life. Happy birthday sis!

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Behind the scenes favorite:  making the chalkboard backdrop

My daughters and brother came with me to pick up a large cardboard at our local 1/2 Price Box store. The original idea was to glue pretty wrapping paper to the board. However, the fresh flowers selected did not compliment the paper too well. I had chalkboard paint at home so was inspired to make our own customized chalkboard for the first time. My little family design team did all the painting and enjoyed making a mess too. On the morning of the event, I woke up at 4 am to draw the chalk art. I have not drawn anything since high school--it was both intimidating and liberating. Thank goodness for pinterest for inspiration. I am grateful we had a chance to create something together as a family.

With gratitude,
Samantha

References:
Planning & Photography: aprettybox & family
Flowers/Cake: HEB
Backdrop: 1/2 Price Box Store (cardboard)


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