July 23, 2012

Hi, My name is Chrystal..

And I suffer from
I swear I have the tendencies of a indecisive 2 year old at times.
And lately the 2 year old has been rearing its ugly head.
It's been quite a while since I told you that Geez Louise is saying her goodbyes..
With that said... 
A Belle, Her Beau and Their Blessings 
will be closed before it had the chance to open...
But, however
Will be open for business very,very soon Ma' Dears. 
I'm actualy very excited to start Gypsy Belle.
Its completely fresh start for me.
I know, I know...
that's exactly what I said about
I told you...
Indecisive 2 year old.
I've been such a horrible blog friend this past year..
But, I promise with this fresh new start..
you will not be disappointed my friends!! 
Miss you Dolls,
Chrystal Louise

February 21, 2012

I love you like a love song, baby.

Although the title of this post has NOTHING to do with anything in this post and everything to do with the fact that I CANNOT for the LIFE of ME get this out of my head.
I figured I should let you know...
Dear Sweet Friends,
Time has come for a change..
I've known this has been coming for a while.
But Fear of loosing all of you has made me put it off.
In the last 2 years I've become stronger and better.
A lot of it is because of you.
And more of it is just because,
 well...life is funny like that.
What I've learned in the past 8 months or so is life doesn't matter where you are or who you are.
It just decides to change.
Sometimes the change is good.
Sometimes it isn't so..
So you start wishing with all your MIGHT that it was all the same as before.
But how would we grow? How would become stronger and who we are today without that silly thing called CHANGE?
We wouldn't take chances, we wouldn't dare do the things we do...
Cause Change is about conquering the fear of things being different.
And Ya'll, Im going to conquer the Change that has met me face to face.
And Open up a New Blog, with a new name and look.
Because with all the triumphs and tribulations CHANGE has brought me...
I'm choosing to remain strong and stand my ground...
Geez Louise has helped me grow and helped me meet some of the most amazing ladies EVER.
But since GL started things have changed...
Mostly me and other things.
So without futher ado'
"A Belle, Her Beau, and Their Blessings"
will be coming soon.
Oh and Happy Fat Tuesday, Ya'll!
For one of the last times,
Geez Louise

October 25, 2011

A whole lotta sunshine going on over here...

Its a funny thing, this life.
It's absolutely unpredictable and throws things at you unexpectedly.
I have quite the fabulous routine every morning...
Brush Teeth. Coffee. PRY Le' Munchkins out of bed. Fix lunches. Rush my nuggets to school, because, lets face it, I am NEVER late.
 Blah Blah Blah
I know, I know...your jealous of my fabulous morning rit.
So, I expected nothing different about my morning...
Except I woke up with one word on my mind.
And so, since 6:15 this am I have been contemplating and meditating on the word Happiness.
Because guys and gals...
It hit me like a ton of bricks..
I've finally allowed myself to be nothing but happy.
And let me tell you, kids..
Its been a long while since I could feel and say it without lying.
Life has been looking up for me.
God has been taking care of me.
I've been thriving to believe in nothing but a new start in life.
And ya'll, its given me hope and all kinds of sunshine in my life.
And I just wanted to share a little bit of that sunshine.
Because I love all of you, my faithful friends.
...And now...
I'm off to get ready for werk.
Yes, your eyes are not fooling you...
I got a job since the last time we spoke.
See, life has a way of looking up for you...
Sometimes you have to wait for the good things in life to come your way...
Don't get tired of waiting, because when you recieve it...
It will be MORE thanPOSITIVELY worth it.
Kisses and Hugs!
I will try and be a better bloggie frand.
But seriously...
NO lie this time, ITS a BUSY BUSY life for me...
But I havent forgot any of you!
See you soon lovers,

August 15, 2011


It's been to long, dont ya'll think?
I've missed your blogs. 
Your comments and prayers mean SO much to our little family.
I know life is funny about throwing a wrench into your stride at times...
And thats what happened to us.
But on the brightside we are doing much better.
We are growing from this, staying close to each other, and protecting ourselves from anymore danger.
We are loving more, talking more, laughing more, and living more than we have in the last few months.
Life is about making Lemonade out of the Lemons life gives you.
And believe me when I say, those lemons were the most sour I've ever tasted...
But we are stronger from this.
We are still fighting this battle, but we will prevail.
Because our faith has given us the courage not to give up.
And then life has a way of flying by before your own eyes...
Like today...
How did we get here?
Well, let me take you on a little journey..
Some of my favorite memories.
I can't believe how much he's grown...
Its only like yesterday...
But it's today..
Everything we've been through in the last 2 months made me realize..
...That no matter the situation...
I still have this little boy and his gorgeous smile waking me up every morning...
And a tantrum throwing, self proclaimed princess, almost 3 year old little beauty, who is becoming more and more like me everday..
An AMAZING husband who is there to stand beside me through it all and catch me when I fall...
And I've simply realized....
This is what life is all about.
Thank you all for praying, thinking and sending warm wishes.
It truly warms my heart and I love every one of you.

July 11, 2011

Not gone for good . . .

Hi gang!

Summer from Athena in the Middle here.

Chrystal wanted me to let you all know that she is sorry for having been gone so long.
She and her family are going through a very, very, very tough time right now but she hopes to return to blogging soon.
She misses you all A LOT.

If you have a moment, please say a little prayer for Chrystal and her family.
She would never ask but I know she needs them -- now more than ever.
I know she will appreciate any and all comments, love, virtual hugs that you can send their way.

Much love!

May 9, 2011

Mother, Mother.

"She get it from her Mama.."
That famous little line rings unbelieveably true for me...
I do indeed get it from my Mama.
Her laugh, her temper, her bootay..
And those are just a few things.
I've also been told I'm her "mini me".
And that makes my heart melt.
Not because she was one gorgeous gal,
but because it makes me feel even more apart of her.
And you're probably wondering why I said "was"...
I had to say goodbye to this gorgeous woman 13 years ago.
I lost her to a battle with HIV and Cirrohsis of the Liver.
 I was lucky to have her in my life while I did.
She was the most selfless person I've ever met.
She lived a very tough life.
Which led her to give me to my Great Aunt and Uncle...
Whom I call my Mama and Daddy today..
Mothers Day is always so bittersweet for me..
I feel like I've been blessed with two amazing mothers...
I am grateful for both of them..
Without them both, I wouldn't be who I am today.
Momma Sib's life story is a hard one to swallow and to tell.
She made choices in her life that taught me which path was best to take in life..
Her life also taught me that because someone makes bad descisions or mistakes..
Doesn't exactly make them a bad person.
Believe me, this woman had a beautiful heart and a even more loving soul.
So, I want to say thank you to Momma Sib for loving me and giving me the life she couldn't.
I want to let her know I miss her laugh, her hugs and her kisses.
One day we will laugh together again...
Now as for my Mama, Jerry...
Words cannot even start to describe just how truly blessed I am.
I thank you, Mama, for being all these things and more...
Accepting me for who I am and wanting nothing more.
Your always generous heart and kind words.
Being honest, especially whenever I don't want to hear it.
Forgiving, because as a child I was horrible.
LOVING, because you have shown me love has no measure, love has no end, love is bigger than we are and if we just LOVE one another, the world is a much better place.
I thank you for being my Mama, for raising me right, for all the hickories I had to pick off that hickory bush outside my window, and for all the tough love you gave me.
You molded me and have shown me a mother's love...
Thank you for having patience with me and letting me become my own person.
I love you both, today, tomorrow and ever after,
RIP "Momma Sib"
September 23, 1954-April 3, 2000
Oh and btw, meet my Maw Maw Louise...
Yes, the that is the infamous "Louise" I and this blog are named after.
Isn't she just lovely...
Writing all this and meditating on it really makes me realize how dang blessed
 I am to have two of the cutest nuggets in the world calling me Mommy.
Even though sometimes...
I would love to find a hickory bush around the corner....
I couldn't live a day without them.
No matter how much hair I would like to pull out...
I am truly, undeniably, LUCKY.
Hug your Mamas today
 ladies and gents..
Not so many of us are blessed to have two like I was...
So that only leaves most of us with one Mama..
And were not promised tomorrow..
I know yesterday was the Day for Mothers...
But today just give her a peck and hug or a call to let her know again,
Just how special she truly is.
 Love ya'll,

May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco De Mayo, Amigos!

 Happiness is only a Beach away...
But if you can't celebrate CINCO DE MAYO on a gorgeous Mexico Beach under a palm treee..
A Magarita is known to be your next best choice.
Below you will find some of my "finer" moments.
Take note that most of these moments,
were the aftermath of downing a few delish Margi's.
Obviously, I have NO SHAME whatsoever.
Neither does he....
BTW, all this talk about beaches and frozen drinks makes me have the itch for summer!
{But this time, I promise to remember my sunscreeen.}
And tonight, I plan on taking more festive pictures...
Because I just love a holiday that includes a whole bunch of
tortillas, salsa, cheese dip, and Tequila.
I mean, come on!
Happy Cinco De Mayo, my Loves!
How are you celebrating?

May 3, 2011

We Are Alabama.

My Dear Alabama,
My home sweet home, my heart aches for you. I pray for your tears to dry and your hearts to mend. I pray that you will find comfort, somehow. I love your beauty, I love your strength, and I love your strong will. As we come together, helping one another, let us grow stronger, so that Alabama can be Beautiful once more.
God Bless You, Alabama.
My Heart is aching.
Not just for it's people, but for the land.
The devastation you see on TV cannot express or decribe the pain in the hearts of the people who have lost
E V E R Y T H I N G.
..But if you haven't noticed...
In the middle of the storm, we are caught praising an amazing God.
We are Uniting as O N E.
We are bending over backwards for one another.
We are H O P E F U L.
Our F A I T H is the only thing that is keeping our hearts from breaking more.
We B E LI E V E that things will get better, even though right now that seems impossible.
But let us not forget...
"With God, A L L things are P O S S I B L E."
-Matthew 19:26
My family was LUCKY, beyond belief.
They also encountered destruction, but those things can simply be replaced.
Im grateful for that. Words cannot express.
I have a lot of memories with some of the things that were destroyed..
Like my Daddy's Barn.
To you this place may look a little ran down...
To me this is the place I played when I was little.
The place my neice and I fed the baby calfs by bottle.
The place I jumped from hay bale to hay bale while my Daddy mended the fence.
This was my playground.
And now...
Its this.
And the Huge old Oak tree in my Mama's back yard.
Sadly, I dont have a before picture.
It shaded me while I see-sawed and jumped on my trampoline.
This tree was a meeting place for our family cookouts/get togethers.
The tree I imagined was the Ship I conqured the world in.
A tree I hid in from my parents, when I was in trouble.
That place I went, when I just needed a little Me and Jesus time.
That used to be my safe place as a child...
Now it's gone.
Bits of my heart have been destroyed and all of it is broken.
I am so thankful I'll always have those memories....
As my heart rejoices that my family and friends are safe,
 its breaking for every family who is mourning their lost loved ones.
Friends, help support my Home.
If you can...
Give a little.
 Alabama Needs You.
Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10.
And there are so many more ways to help.
But, if you can't give, that's okay...
Just keep Alabama in your thoughts and prayers.
Lord knows, we need it.
Love Ya'll,

April 1, 2011

Liar, Liar, PANTS ON FIRE.

As of yesterday, Im absolutely none other than a self proclaimed LIAR.
Well, of course I did not intend to lie.
I was coming back, but this cold kicked my ass.
And I sort of forgot how busy my day would be...
Lunch date with my new bestie, Aislinn.
{It is either fate or our 4 year olds who brought is together}
Who also is the mother to Nicholas' very first girlfriend people.
I believe she may just be his Mother n' Law one day...
Let me remind you....
He's 4 people, 4!!!
And already getting smoooches and hugs from a blonde cutie named Cheyenne.
I mean, I knew it would happen one day, but not at the ripe young age of 4.
They are as cute as 2 peas in a pod...
All starry-eyed and in puppy love.
Seriously though, at least us two mothers love each other,right?
So, my second reasoning, before I continue to rambel on about my 4 year olds love life...
My surprise I had for you...
GOT SHOT DOWN, totally unexpected.
So, after being contacted about a giveaway...
when I accpeted...
They stole the rug right out from under my feet.
So, no surprise today or yesterday...
But, I was reassured when they figured things out on their part, Id be the first to know.
Which leads to a big sad face for you and a big bag of humiliation for me.
Forgive me?
I sure hope so.

Today is FRIDAY PEOPLE....

Love ya'll,

March 29, 2011

Im back..

For reals this time.
Oh and I've been missing ya'll very very much btw...
But first, I would like to give you lots of excuses why I havent been around these parts much.
Life has been busier than usual for me.
And the fact that I've been more lazy than usual, does not help that fact I havent blogged in a month.

In the past month or two, I've turned into an obsessed Love Junkie.
I've also become a Mardi Gras Expert.
Concert Go'er.
And last but not least...

Yep, Im an Armada Driving, sticker on the back glass, Soccer Mom.
A mom to a future soccer star, who scored his team their very first goal for the season To the kiddo who chooses the #28 on his jersey and whose team name is nonother than, "Dragon Fire".
One day, I will be a mom of a kid who can "BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM".
And I can honestly say, Im Bragging...
Maybe a little anyways.
No Shame Right??
And just when you thought..
 "Oh she blogs today, but gone for another 2months tomorrow..."
Ive come back with a little surprise for my loyal friends in the blog world.
But you'll have to wait until tomorrow.
I know, teasing is a bitch.
But I promise it will pay off.
Love You, Dolls.
And I have to say, its SO GOOD to be back.