About Me

Thank you for visiting my blog, Love the Giver. My name is Katey and I live in Alabama. I have been married for 25 years and have 2 teen boys, 2 cats and one hungry dog.

I love all things old. Old cemeteries, old books, old dolls, old dishes, old lace and old people. I love history and exploring little towns and antique stores or flea markets. I love to travel and wander in a garden or down a little trail in the woods. We live in a house that we built but we did things to add old to it. Like old doors and light fixtures and door knobs.

I like to take pictures. I always have. But recently asked for a “real” camera for my birthday.   I take pictures of things I love.

I’m crafty and a decorator type person with lots of interest in those areas but not a master in any. I dabble in all of it so I have a nice craft room over the garage that was once storage but now houses anything from a soldering iron to antique buttons, doll body parts to blank canvases.

I’m tired of all my paragraphs starting with “I” but I can’t think of how to change them up. Sorry about that! I know I should have had Mrs. Greenleaf in 11th grade and she would have taught me but I had the easy teacher and I didn’t learn anything!

So, welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy what you read and see, and that you will decide to stay a while and see what I come up with. Thanks for visiting.







Recent Posts

Eden Garden State Park

Drew had not lived a week in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, when I heard about this house.

Naturally on our first visit, we came directly to Eden State Park and toured the Wesley House and the beautiful gardens. The garden paths were lined with blooming camellias.

I walked around and back and forth among them. Trying to decide my favorite. I read a few of the names of the varieties. I watched the bees lose themselves in the petals. The house was built in 1897 and brought back from ruin in the 1960’s. It is so elegantly situated among the arms of ancient live oaks reaching out around it.

The park entrance is an honor system deposit of $4 a car and the tour $4 a person. (When the property was given to the State of Florida in the 60’s, one of the three conditions was to retain a nominal cost to tour the home so it would be available to all.) I highly recommend a visit….especially during early spring when the camellias are blooming or a bit later when the azaleas are blooming. 

But I believe any visit would be a good time to visit.

Thankful to Lois Maxon, who preserved, restored and donated this estate for us to enjoy.


Eden State Park and Wesley House

181 Eden Gardens Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459