Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
J & T told us on thanksgiving night that they are having a baby and BABY is due June 11! I am so excited that our family is growing yet again.
On Thanksgiving night, Ruthie, Caleb and I all went to a shopping outlet that's about an hour away. I really couldn't believe to see as many people as I did. And the lines were ridiculous.
But I did get some GREAT things at J.Crew! Yipee! And I got something else but I'll save that for later.
Our house has finally quieted down again since our family went back home yesterday ad today. It was nice to wake up to the sound of rain and just think. Now me and caleb are watching the UGA-Tech game... which is not looking good right now since they're up by 10. Hopefully we'll come back soon!
And for a few of you that were at AB's wedding in March, SCOTCH made it's reappearance this week! Only on the left side this time though?!??? Hahaha=)
Happy Holidays, sweet friends!
Edit: UGA just got a TD... Gooooo Dawgs!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
1.) christmas music 24/7 on the radio
2.) getting stuck in Macon traffic on the way home from work (that never happens)
3.) family coming home...like Caleb last night!
4.) two days off of work starting tomorrow
5.) one fully Christmas decorated house on my street
6.) a craving for dressing and gravy
7.) a jealousy that came over me towards all of my college friends that get the whole week off for break
... and the list goes on.
So celebrate and be thankful! Make memories and tell people you love them... yes, even the ones that get the whole week off.
Friday, November 21, 2008
But that will probably change now that I have found this fancy little (FREE) application which allows me to write on my phone, say, when I'm drying my hair... like I am now. Just call me a multi-tasker. Oh and thank you, Steve Jobs. Absolutely brilliant!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
edit: I am happy to say that this list could go on and on for hours.
1.) My name on a piece of styrofoam to-go box. Ethan learned to write this year and he wrote my name for me while out to dinner one night... only an aunt can appreciate this!
2.) College/Graduation. Seriously, where did four years go??? I am so thankful for all that i was able to do and be apart of in my college time. The people God placed along my way and the things He allowed me to experience will never be replaced.
3.) Weddings galore. My two sisters, Madie and Anna Beth got married to two wonderful men of God. My sweet roommate, Emily and her husband Dallas. Good friends, Megan and Spencer. And childhood/high school friends Claire and Will, and Megan and Brett. Not to mention all the people at camp that gained a husband or a wife=) 27 dresses, anyone?
4.) Text messages. Now some might think this silly, but this makes my life that much better. now, quit laughing at me.
5.) Ouuu-ttthiide. Apparently my niece, Avery, has somewhat of a lisp and we sat on the porch one day, laughing our heads off while we repeated this back to each other.
6.) Forts. While babysitting Eth and Ave one night, we built a fort and hid. I love hearing where I child's imagination will take them.
7.) Magic Bullet/Power Smoothies. One of the greatest kitchen tools ever and I used this tool to make a special treat for Ethan so that the "bears" that were coming after us in the woods (living room) will stay away from us. (see what i said about imagination?)
8.) GCSU Homecoming. Having the honor to represent my school, is something I will always appreciate.
9.) Hosanna. One of the most incredible songs I have ever heard. If you haven't heard it... tell me and I will point you in the right way.
10.) A crush on a bo.. uh, I mean MAN. Need I say more?
11.) First Job. God provided me with an amazing job and incredible people to work with. It is so awesome to look at how He ordered all the steps that led me to Carlyle.
12.) Carlyle Place Senior Olympics. Checkers in the Olympics, really?!?!??? How can that not be one of my favorite things.
13.) Good friends. God allowed me to open up more to certain people than I ever have before, and the result is lasting friendships that are not just surface.
14.) The Office and LOST. Two things I have spent watching countless hours of... but have always brought a smile/fear/confusion/frustration to my face!
15.) Appreciation for veterans. Working with and hearing the stories of senior citizens makes you appreciate life and life in America even more than I did before. I am so grateful to have heard some of the most incredible stories from our "Greatest Generation".
16.) Letting myself be emotional. For a few years, I couldn't cry. I am now glad that sometimes, it just happens.
17.) Dancing at Ziggy's. Actually, dancing anywhere in public and not caring what others think. What a freeing feeling!
18.) Sushi and edamame. Because something so simple, is so so good.
19.) Running 3 miles. This may be nothing to some people. But to me, its huge.
20.) Seeing JS smile again. A real smile, one where I know God has done a work in his life. prayers are being answered!
21.) My iPod touch. Who knew a little device could do sooo much? Not me.
Well again, I could go on and on and on. But I won't. thanks to each of you who made this year the best one yet! I love and appreciate all you do and mean to me!
Friday, October 10, 2008
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This label reads "Please tell me about your single son/grandson." After reading this mysterious label on my forehead, these people usually tell me about their "special boy" that they would love for me to meet, as well as what he's like, what he likes to do and most importantly... why he's single. In this unfair game, I have been told about everyone from a chemist to an actor.
I usually sit their awkwardly trying to think of an excuse not to meet "Mr. Right(now)".
Saturday, October 4, 2008
As you probably know by now, I love being busy. But I can honestly say, that I am excited to be over that hump of chaos for now.
So what have I done with all this spare time? Model home, Milledgeville, a birthday (not mine... although, it is coming up. you know I had to throw that out there=), Office, Survivor, and Amazing Race premieres, a fight in Zaxby's, the GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR, and Capture the Flag. Oh and did I mention the Model Home?
Well, I'll start off by telling you about the Model Home. You know how in the last post I told you I was excited about getting stuff moved, well we took a day to move all of our things from storage into the new model home, GARDEN HOME 25. While initially I was excited, my feelings quickly turned to "let's just get this over already" soon after it began. pressure. I don't like working on something that I am not passionate about, so I tried to change my attitude after the movers arrived 2 hours late. So after about 3 hours we finally had the home set up with the furniture we had. I went back to the office relieved that the beginning and "hardest part" (or so what I thought would be the hardest part) was over. Then I found out that the model home really was GARDEN HOME 24. Awesome. The homes are so similair and even share the same driveway. The only differences are the flooring and countertops, and the home is reversed. So after finding out I screwed up big, I laughed at myself/wanted to cry but realized it was just a lack of communication. Well, the movers came back out and switched everything. (applause!) Then started the second step. I like to call it Linens and Things. No, not like the store that went bankrupt, but like when you buy stuff to put on beds, in bathrooms, etc. I now have a fear of registering with whomever God has me to marry after this experience, and let me explain why. Dear readers, shopping is not something I love to do. While I like finding a good deal and having new things, I do not like wasting time in stores looking for things. But that's just me. Well, we have done alot of this Linens and Things shopping in the last few weeks. I probably will not be visiting, Presidential Parkway for awhile. But, the good news is, IT'S DONE! Well, the parts where we have to leave work for a few hours to go look for lamps that will look good on our entry way table that looks like a pieice of Chinese architecture (not really, but sort of). So next time you go to by a shower curtain, think of me... or actually, don't=)
Last Wednesday, I decided to make a quick trip to see my friends in Milledgeville. I went to Northside for the college Bible study that was a big part of my four years in college. It was so good to see everyone and be in a room with people my age! It's rare that I get to be with people my age, and that is something I've been praying that the Lord will give me more of an opprotunity with. After church, I stopped in for a quick visit with my good friend, JM. She is one of the most honest, encouraging people I know. So we "caught up" with each other before she had to go to her sorority's flag football game. It was such a refreshing and fun night!
Next was Baby Ruth's 17th birthday party. Excuse me, but when did she grow up? I don't know. It's crazy to think that 17 years ago Papa (my dad's dad) came to wake me up from my nap at Hope Christian Academy to tell me that I had a new sister. I still remember being jealous of her and our living room filled with presents. Now, she is a beautiful, smart girl... who gets whatever she wants. jk, RCQ.
So I won't take too much time here, mostly because I don't want to sound like her. As much as I hate admitting it, I love Thursday night tv. And The Office was sooo gewd. Jim & Pam. 4-eva... let's hope=) But I think the most hilarious part was when Kelly was gagging after she drank her diet drink.
Now probably the most hilarious/scary thing I've witnessed since I blogged to you all last was my experience in Zaxby's. A woman happen to reach over another while filling up her drink... and she lost it. Yelling ensued as I stood there speechless (wanting to laugh my head off) and scared that someone would pull a gun, I mean afterall, I do live in GAWWWJA. Anyways, the husband starts yelling and saying "you will not talk to my wife like that... MANAGER!!! MANAGER!!! I'LLCALL THE COPS ON YOU!!!". Really, I don't know how people can act like this in public and feel that this is normal.
On Thursday, one of the greatest things began in Middle Georgia... the GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR! For those of you who have never experienced this simple wonder, let me give you a little piece of advice, COME! I don't know what it is about the fair but I love it. Maybe, one reason I love it so much is because it reminds me that fall is coming, or in this year's case, is finally here! So many leaves on the trees are already orange and red and that always brings a smile to my face.
Speaking of trees... I went to a pecan orchard last night and played capture the flag, by myself. Just kidding... that was lame. but for real, in my game playing hours, I did get a few people in jail (mostly because they were confused and not because of me being faster than they) but I did not get the chance to hold a flag in my hand. When I was not playing though, I was staring at stars... goodness gracious, they were beautiful. The last time I watched stars like that was when I was at camp in Summer 2006, aka... too long. I hope I will take time to look up at the stars more often, because when I do, I'm always reminded of how creative our Creator is.
Oh and did I mention that tonight is CFCA's homecoming? Has it really been five years since I was a senior in high school? In the words of Brian Fellows, that seems "crazy".
But even crazier that I'll be 22 in 10 days. (yes, I brought it up again=)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Ruthie and I have been making pointless videos to send to Caleb on his facebook. And they keep getting even more and more pointless. But they are fun to make, even though, its embarassing to think anyone can see them.
Tonight, my two favorite kids came over... my niece and nephew. I took Avery on a walk. It is so interesting to watch her and teach her new things. We looked at all kinds of things on our walk... including our shaddows which she kept laughing at. There was a little stretch of the road where we "ran"; I basically took big steps while she shuffled her little feet as quick as she could, laughing all the while. Then we ran through the sprinklers while she laughed some more and said, "Wet! Wet!" She is such a fun little girl and I can't believe she is almost 2! After we got back, Ruthie and I tried teaching Ethan "The Cha Cha Slide".... I was impressed because he knew how to stomp his right foot when told and so on... I love when they come to visit!
Tomorrow starts a big project for me at work. A project that I am so excited about. We are going to decorate one of our Garden Homes as a model for prospective buyers! This means alot of decorating for the next week or so. I'm excited to see what will happen. Speaking of decorating, I started painting somethings I bought at a yard sale awhile back... I can't wait to show them to you all!
(edit: This was a post I began working on last night. I heard The Office (only 6 days til Season 5!!!) coming on and I went to the living room to watch, intending to finish this when the show was over at 10. Well at 5:30 a.m., I woke up on the couch. I had slept for 8 hours... and couldn't even remember how I got there when I woke up. See, I told you I was tired!=)
Monday, September 8, 2008
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
I need wisdom right now (actually, always... but you now what I mean). I have trouble with discernment and hearing the Lord's voice. Ever been in one of those situations where you feel that the Lord is leading in a certain way? How do you know it is Him leading and not yourself? I'm reminded that I must draw near to Him, so I can hear that still small voice that He often uses.
I read this quote the other day: "Rainbows are made up of sunlight and rain". I want to be grateful for the rain.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I live for those moments.
This morning in Sunday school, we had some old friends come back into town and they shared with us about their summer. He read a passage that he had studied this summer and asked us what stood out.
1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.For me, one thing stood out more than the rest...
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
|2.||something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.|
|3.||to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.|
|4.||to have great pleasure; take pleasure : She delights in going for long walks in the country.|
hmm... do I really delight in my relationship with Him? sadly, the answer to that is usually no. Not to say I am not thankful for my relationship with the Almighty Savior, but do I really take joy and have pleasure in it... and do I meditate in it day and night? It was one of those mornings where I was convicted of not being in my walk where I should be. I am thankful that I have a living God that is there to remind and convict me when I need it.
Then tonight at church, Paul (from England) spoke about those valleys we sometimes go through. I am happy where I am in life right now, but I have my moments... and days of struggle. It was refreshing to know that someone (everyone) goes through those periods where they struggle. Luckily, we have Him there every step of the way.
After church, I got in the car and before I turned it on, I prayed that I would hear a something from God. Now, this isn't something I usually do, mostly because I think its all coincidence. But I also believe that God can ordain something... even songs on the radio. I know God wanted me to hear the songs I did.
The song "Who Am I" by Casting Crowns was on. Not one of my favorites. So I kind of ignored it and forgot about my wanting to hear something from Him. The song ended and to be honest I was kind of happy it ended. Then a song that has challenged me to think ALOT lately came on next. "Yours" by Steven Curtis Chapman. An incredible song... Powerful, I tell you... Gives me chills every time I hear it (especially, the 4th verse he wrote after Maria was killed in May). So not only was I glad to hear that song, but I stopped to think about the songs I had heard and I thought:
This weekend was one of those non-stop packed weekend. Sometimes I wish took the time to do different things every weekend, but that takes spontaneity and I am bad at that (working on it though).
Right after I got off of work on Friday, I headed to play in Atlanta. play, you say? Yes! I went to Six Flags with my old roommate and her husband. It was the first time I had seen her since her wedding in May and it made me miss seeing her everyday even more. We got to share stories of the people we work with and work for (mine, senior citizens; hers, children). I'm so glad we got to Six Flags too, because who doesn't want to be at Six Flags and rides over and over again? I know I do.
So I headed home late Friday night got to bed around 2:30 and then headed to bed and woke up bright and early at 6:00 a.m. Now folks, this is earlier than I get up for work everyday! And going on 3 and a half hours of sleep??? Well it wasn't easy. But it was worth it. Carlyle Place sponsored a yard sale for the Alzheimer's Association and so not only did I get to help with that but I found a few great things for myself! I got three board games for $2.00! And the best part is, they are practically brand new. So if you like playing Scrabble, Scategories, or Cranium... come to my house because I would love to play with you!
After about an hour break after I left the yard sale I then headed to work at the ice cream shop for a few hours and then back home for a family cookout with our friends Paul and Greg. Paul and Greg are visiting, from England and Australia, respectively. They are always fun to be around and they always make me feel like I am a little more educated on the world=) Then Ruthie and I raced to Warner Robins to get Freedom Fest, a concert sponsored by a church in Warner Robins. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, mainly because the the lack of sleep was finally starting to hit. But I did get to see some friends and walk around with Ruthie... and did I mention, use a port-a-potty!! That always makes the trip worth it. I also realized, I am not a fan of big concerts. I get very overwhelmed and tend to people watch to much for me to actually pay attention to the singers. hmm... oh well.
So that is my Friday and Saturday... check back for Sunday's in my next post!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
What did you do this weekend? I mean, besides watch the Olympics?
Friday, August 22, 2008
That pretty much sums up my time at work today. I was the unhappy recipient of a migraine early this morning after I arrived at work. I tried my hardest to stay until 5 and almost lasted but at 4:36, I couldn't take it anymore.
I don't know what to do. It's one of those things I've tried convincing myself I just have to deal with, but it just doesn't seem fair. At all. I've read alot of different things (this of course, after it was over) on migraines and things to help. But really I feel like I've tried everything. Well, not everything. I read that many women quit having migraines when they get pregnant. hmm...
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
But I am writing to all of my readers instead. (Hi dad, Hi Gina=)
It's crazy how fast the weekends go by, but even crazier how fast the weeks pass. I can't believe schools are starting already... did I mention its WAY TOO HOT for school to start? It was 102 yesterday. I keep forgetting that I'm not going back to school. The longest I've ever had a job was a semester or a summer long. It's weird to be at a place indefinitely. But its a good weird.
I want to take a trip. I don't really care where to but preferably by plane, and on this trip I would like to see some mountains or a beach. Or both. And I would also like to be with people that I love.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Yesterday, I was getting ready for work, mom mentioned the story that was on the front of our newspaper:
"Perry mother talks about slaying of her two sons, husband's suicide"
I cannot even begin to imagine the pain she is suffering through at this very moment. She is only 30 and has just lost her two boys that were supposed to start 5th and 1st grade this week. It really is one of those stories that seem too tragic to be true.
"He told them to look at me because he didn't want them to see him crying."
Michael Lee Hill then pulled out a 9mm handgun.
"Without moving a step, he put the gun to my 10-year-old's head and shot him" she said. "Then he put the gun to my 7-year-old's head and shot him.""When I hear stories like these, stories where there seems to be no hope, I am reminded of the Comforting and Sovereign God I serve. No, He did not want this to happen, but through this tragedy, He will bring glory. I pray that this family has the same hope that I do.
Pray for this hurting family tonight.
*edit: to read the full article, go here
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I'm such an adult now... haha ... not.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
But when I do take a few minutes to do something, I love it. For example, tonight, I made dinner for me and Madie... (here is a small glimpse and I say small glimpse because these pictures are tiny... thanks to my awful camera phone.)
After finishing making dinner and arranging it, I felt so good. I accomplished something. A simple meal that took probably no more than 30 minutes to make. And in those 30 minutes, I was able to listen to some good music which made the experience all the more relaxing.
So now you know what's going on inside my mind. I know, I know... its so-o-o exciting...right=)
What makes you feel good and gives you a sense of accomplishment?
(edit: I know the title for this blog is spelled wrong. I did it on purpose to prove a point to myself that things can be wrong and the world still goes around. but as I write this, it is driving me crazy...=)
Monday, July 28, 2008
If you know me (and know me well), you know that I like reality television. alot. I can't put my finger on what exactly intrigues me about it. Maybe it makes me realize I am not the only crazy person in the world. Maybe its just because I like people watching. I don't know.
One of my favorite reality shows is Project Runway. When I watch this show, I am constantly laughing at the insanity that goes on in their work room, not to mention all of their smart remarks and expressions that they make oh-so-famous. "Fierce", anyone? So tonight, I was pleasantly suprised that the 5th season of this gem of a show has already begun. So I watched. As one of the contestant, Stella Zotis, was interviewed, I realized that she reminded me of someone, but I couldn't think of who. After numerous interviews with this ridiculous woman, I realized who, or shall I say what it was: a poodle. I wish I could find an appropriate picture of her to show you all, but I can't, mainly because she is obsesssed with barely there clothing, and the body parts that are covered in tiny pieces of leather. No thank you. But if you have a chance, you should watch this show. But poodle woman aside, you should watch this show. Even you.
Going along with the whole reality t.v. thing... I've been thinking alot about Survivor again. For those of you who don't know, I've wanted to apply for Survivor for a really long time. The more I think about it, the more I think, "Why not? The worst that could happen is not getting on." We shall see.
What is your favorite show???