Wonders of His Love


I had the merriest Christmas ever. Here's a few reasons why:

-getting to relive my summer in the South of France through the pages of Provence, 1970
-packing my warmest woolies from my wardrobe for Aspen with William
-navigating Kuhl-Linscomb with my two sisters who have slowly but surely wet my appetite for home goods
-truly reliving my South of France summer when my mom showed her mom the photo book I made her of our trip
-visiting family in Dallas with the best mom and dad to this "baby" of the family
-testing the Poachpods I gave my mom for a perfectly poached egg
-old cookbooks in my grandma's kitchen; the recipes inside attest to her mantra, "butter makes it better"
-a lunch at Eatsie Boys with my favorite boy to eat with, William
-feeling cool this Christmas as the McConns caught onto the trend of selfie stick givin'
-effortlessly entertaining with an endive appetizer from Camille Styles for an inspired gathering on the Eve

Thing is, no photos were captured of the merriest moments of them all. Like,

-the candle lighting at midnight mass
-waking up to Santa with an Instagram video of Evan driving his new toy car he brought him
-hearing Quinn pronounce all the Parisian landmarks popping out of her anniversary edition Madeline book
-fireside movie night with my parents watching my favorite, The Holiday
-exchanging gifts with my oldest nieces, Ceci & Ana -- coffee mugs for Aunt Molly, ivivva for them!

these two angels, Ana & Ceci, will soon be the oldest of eleven cousins on our side of the fam
& finally the announcement of not 1, not 2 but 3 wonders of His love with new additions arriving in our family in 2015. OH WHAT FUN!

And the merriment goes on into the New Year. Happy, happy to you & all of yours!

Sense Appeal XXVII: Christmas Edition


sight of gifts surrounding the tree // sound of trucks on the iPad for a cozy Evan // taste & smell of Christmas Candy Crackers

It really was beginning to look a lot like Christmas when I took my nieces, Ceci and Ana, to see neighborhood lights.

The Christmas Candy Wonderland we visited was a spectacle that lifted all of our Christmas spirits; but, it's the most wonderful time of year for all the senses. The sound of a sibling prying open a tin box is as delightful as the taste of the peppermint bark lined inside; the sound of the UPS man ringing the doorbell for a last minute delivery nearly matches the excitement of feeling the warmth of the fleece you'll soon be wearing on the slopes.

So, BOD's gift to its followers this Christmas season is a Sense Appeal post of the sights, smells, tastes and sounds that make this time of year the most wonderful.

for the eyes:

We've decked our door with a trimmed wreath & a wagon of poinsettias for holiday home d├ęcor.

for the ears:

I often resort to surfing the radio when driving, so I'm always thrilled the weekend after Thanksgiving when Christmas carols start surfacing on select stations. William and I agreed we're extremely partial to the classics. While others may attempt their own renditions, nobody rocks around the Christmas tree quite like Brenda Lee or roasts chestnuts on an open fire like Nat King Cole.

We'll be playing this Spotify playlist at our Christmas Eve and Day gatherings; feel free to use it for your own!

fashion for feel:

One cannot visit Paris without developing an affection for scarves. Thing is, I came with one and left with an obsession. Winter weather gives me an excuse to rotate through my collection day in and day out which I've taken full advantage of like at the annual Austin Trail of Lights.

for taste:

One thing I know about cooking (I've got an awful lot to learn) is you almost can't go wrong when combining quality ingredients that you love. That's what I did for a snack yesterday.

I dressed a warm English muffin with smashed avocado, tabuleh (from the best Austin mediterranean chefs) and pomegranate. Not only did the seeds make it taste like Christmas, but their rich red color resting on a green bed of avocado smear and tabuleh made it look like it too.

May your day and night be merry & bright!

...One Day.


Annie, a sneak peek at your delivery full of foodie goodies

Blogging is a lot like exchanging gifts. You give a little; you get a little.

When Annie from Take a Bite sent me brownies, this transaction was very tangible; but, swapping comments, stories and inspired thoughts online can be just as satisfying.

That satisfaction was still elevated when I was able to thumb through the text and feel the photographs in Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings & Effortless Style. 

I told you I read it in full on the way back to Austin from the Dallas signing. What I didn't tell you is that I gave a lot of thought as to what prompted me to take this last minute trip. It must be more than a signature or a savory cup of sweet potato soup at Number One. Though these were both draws!

While reading Chapter One, entitled 'Finding Beauty In The Details,' I got my answer:
"For as long as I can remember, I've sought out--and delighted in--beauty in the details. As a little girl, I collected stacks of binders full of images that inspired me"

"Me too!" I thought to myself, recalling ripping up NYLON magazine and tearing pages from Teen Vogue. I'd curate boards and keep the cut-outs in a chest at the foot of my bed, a treasure trove of paper beauty.

Those tangible tears led me here: to Bridget's Own Diary dot blogspot dot com. It's grown and matured in a lot of the same ways I have. Simply scroll to watch this evolution unfold or read Camille's discovery I have also found:

"As I got older, I discovered that beauty could...best of all [be found] in the moments shared with my family and friends that left me feeling cherished and cared for."

At the MADISON Dallas signing with Camille & former Camille Styles intern, Mary Kate
As long as I have beautiful moments sharing life with loved ones, I'll keep writing entries in this Diary. What I'd love is to thumb through its pages and write a book of my own one day. But, today kickstarts the weekend before Christmas, so we celebrate that with who else but those we love and cherish.

Good Golly Miss Grad


This morning, I post the final installment of "a week of words" circa Thanksgiving. I saved the best for last: a note from my parents for my impending college graduation. It's a sing-a-long to the tune of a namesake I learned to respond to from a young age...

Good Golly Miss Molly!!!!!!

Where has the time gone?
And what fun it has been.
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My little girl who loved to wear hats.
And pretend you were The Little Princess over and over...
You would sing songs but I got frowns if I listened.
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Always had to sleep with one of your sisters. Good thing there were three to choose from.

Then Hunters Creek Elementary and spelling bees.
Spring Branch Middle School and gymnastics...and stressful gymnastics meets.
 photo 2_zps07c43a7b.jpgAnd then the big Memorial High School: studying too much, 3 years of cheerleading.
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Choosing costumes for pep rallies (right up our alley!), cheer camp (never again!)

Bridget's Own Diary debuts. And is still playing.
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Then senior year and prom and more parties. Lots of fancy dresses worn once.
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And finally, awards night and speeches. In the girliest dress.
You did it all with grace and determination (and maybe a teeny bit of stress).

Amidst it all, lots of college choices at first. Decisions, decisions. But UT won!
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Mom is happy :) So is a certain Duncan.
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And Kappa Kappa Gamma won your heart. We are grateful for that. 

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So many wonderful friends these past 3 1/2 years. 
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And such fun to watch you thrive while coordinating rush: a huge accomplishment. 

Traveling in Spain and France this summer with you was an awesome treat. 
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France is our favey. 

You're a senior now and a beautiful 21-year-old lady. 
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Ready to make your mark in the world...or maybe just in Texas. Which is fine with us. 

We are rich with just you. No accolades necessary. 

Seven is a very lucky number. 
Mom & Dad

Oh what fun it is to be this very lucky, very loved girl.

One Day...


I've found (this semester especially) you can do a lot in just one day. This was certainly the case on Saturday when I went to and from Dallas returning to Austin in time for dinner and drinks with friends.

Mary Kate (back from Europe!) shows me how to dine in Dallas at NUMBER ONE
The trip was well worth it as I finally made one of Camille Styles's book signings. I read the book cover to cover during my trip home. I like to think that loading my days with some work and some play, some rigor and some relaxation help me practice what she preaches throughout: to "celebrate the everyday."

This past week gave rise to several causes for celebration. They include

booking my flight to Aspen over the break, where I'll ring in the new year with friends and don this Noah Marion olive beanie on the Snowmass slopes

finding FedEx delivered joy to Jo's downtown with over two dozen darling dogs

bidding adieu to time well spent as part of the Internal Brewery at Social Distillery

finding boxed blog love delivered to my door step with immaeatthat's brownie mix from Take A Bite's Annie

fueling my brain and belly at Texas French Bread before putting the finishing touches on the first half of my thesis

It's easy to slip into a habit of celebrating every day come this time of year. Maintain that mindset throughout 2015 and it very well could be that "best year ever."