Last weekend, I traveled to Greenville to meet up with some of my best gal friends from college. We then road tripped down to Pawley's Island, South Carolina for our friend Townsend's bachelorette. Oh, how I miss the laughter and that salty air already!
As always, the weekend was too short, but my soul was nourished after being with some of the most fun, Jesus-loving gals on the planet. It was also the best to be back in my home state, which I'm determined, now more than ever, is the best in the whole union.When is this whole Air Force gig up again? I kid. ;)
Townsend was actually the first person I met at Clemson (besides my roommate and other high school friends). I will never forget walking in to a dorm room down the hall, seeing this gorgeous strawberry-blonde girl with a gash on her forehead: "We are trying to put my bunk bed together and it fell on me!" My dad ran in with his tools to help and we started chatting. It was love since then!
She is getting married at the end of this month and I couldn't be more excited and honored to stand beside her on her wedding day. It was so fun to celebrate her and be together like "the old days".
Seven years, three weddings, and a handful of moves later....still bffs. I couldn't be more thankful!
(Pic via 2007 oh yea!)
Hug your girlfriends today, gals! They are the BEST!
I've started a new weekly memory verse list using this list from a popular blogger and thought I would share. I write them on cards and place them in my planner. At the end of the week I stick them in an index card box.
We had a wonderful time celebrating our FIRST anniversary this weekend.
Here's some HIGH-quality photos and riveting stories (laughing) to showcase how we spent it.
We didn't take a crazy trip or exchange fancy presents, but we DID get to enjoy some time off work- spending time outside in the great weather, swapping some letters we had written each other, and chowing down on some GREAT food. It was the BEST just to be together and look back on God's faithfulness and provision over the last year! In our books, it was perfect!
We spent Saturday sitting in the sun in our backyard and listening to music on the porch. Then we went to Anthony's for a delicious dinner. It was the best, as always, (pictured above is a very excited A with his Philly Filet) and we had SO much fun!! I pray that through the years we will still make this quality time, sharing stories and laughing til our bellies hurt.
We were taking a little rest on the porch Saturday, and I told A how I vividly remember being younger and feeling alone at night, and I would pray. I would ask God if maybe, one day, he would give me a companion of my "very own"...
Sunday, our real anniversary, we volunteered at church (can you spot my favorite bass player?) and got many well wishes from our closest friends. We even went out to lunch (a rare treat as Sundays are normally "clean out the fridge" days. ha!) and then had a great time with our small group over dinner!
At the risk of over-sharing, I will conclude with this, friends:
Marriage is the sweetest, most rewarding thing I've ever experienced. My husband is my favorite person this side of Heaven. This past year has been my absolute favorite this side of it, too. I can't wait to do life with my companion all the way to then!
Thanks for reading and loving us!
Ps- If you're engaged and people are spitting that negative nonsense your way (pet peeve). Don't listen to that chatter. Sure, living with another human has its challenges, but it is WORTH it one hundred times over. Even this sometimes Negative Nancy can state that with full confidence. We are living proof that two imperfect people can have a joyful, absolute BLAST of a life together even when life's "hards" get thrown your way. Team marriage!!
1. It is a BEAUTIFUL day outside and it's Friday! Yay for official SPRING season.
2. Our Sunday small group is starting a new book called, "Fresh Air". I found out that it is currently FREE for kindle users. How exciting. :) You can download it too, just click the bolded link.
3. Our ONE YEAR anniversary is on Sunday! I cannot believe it. We have small group Sunday night, so we are celebrating tomorrow with some outdoor adventures and then a dinner at Anthony's (yummmmm) I can't wait!
4. I purchased a fitbit zip and have been having lots of fun with it so far. It is highly motivating!
Last weekend, I was able to take a little road trip to see some friends that I hadn't seen in months! It was so refreshing to take a little time out of town to see some pals and soak up the great weather! Here's some glimpses:
Friday I arrived in Columbia and saw Sarah Beth!
Loved catching up with this sweet girl and making some great dinner with her and her beau.
Saturday morning, for the third year in a row, we ran in the Get to the Green 10k in Five Points.I always love running past all the darling houses and seeing the fun costumes (although I don't really get in to the whole St Pat's spirit). To me, it's more about the fun first sights of SPRING wahooo.
The rest of the day, we enjoyed some Jesus and tanning time on the patio, shopping at Target and LOFT, and just catching up on life. It was such a beautiful day!
That night we went to Cantina..yum! Love their tres hombres, tacos, and margaritas.
And it truly is a small world. Lazir, one of Andrew's pilot training roomies, is now stationed in Columbia. He met us for dinner and it was so great to see him (check out that March mustache..ay yeee)
Sunday, heading back towards the 'Sip I stopped in Atlanta to see some old law pals. I met Kyle at Five Seasons Brewery Westside. Friends who brunch together stay together!
IF I was able to adequately describe the deliciousness that was this golden tomato bloody mary from the make-your-own menu, I would. But, alas, I am ill-equipped. I also had an arugula and beet salad with blue cheese crumbles and toasted walnuts and lemon vinaigrette. OH MY I am hungry now. Modern southern restaurants are what dreams are made of/heaven. If you're ever in Atlanta, stop by. Amen.
My last stop before home was a bridal shower for Danielle, another law pal and small group friend, at her aunt's in Atlanta. She lives in Florida now and it was sooo good to see her and meet some of her sweet family!
How was your weekend? As an extrovert, after getting all energized from all my social activities, Monday morning actually felt quite amazing! :) I'm so thankful for such great friends!
At the end of last week, I finished The Beach Trees by Karen White. A friend from home let me borrow her copy, and I started reading it with no idea what it was about (besides, obviously, something beachy). From its cover, I thought this would be an easy, "poolside"-type read. Well, of course, I shouldn't have "judged the cover". Although it was a light read, this book took quite a few dramatic and suspenseful turns that kept me reading this one way past my bedtime!
The story is about a woman from New York who becomes the legal guardian of a friend's young son after the friend's sudden death. The son's family is all located in New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi, so the two head down to the gulf to find family and hopefully, a new normal. In addition to struggling with moving to a completely new place and having custody of a young child (when she is single with neither family nor kids of her own), the main character struggles with recurring memories of a tragedy from childhood. The story focuses on the move to a post-Katrina south and a family with a lot of secrets.
I loved this book for a few reasons. For one, as a piece of southern fiction, it definitely doesn't fail to include plenty of family drama! There are many mysterious parts of the story that kept me guessing and wanting to read more. The author does a great job at developing the characters, both past and present. Lastly, and most likely my favorite part, was the way she describes the scenes of both NOLA and Biloxi.. The landscape and cultures are described with plenty of depth and beauty. Since I visited NOLA this summer, I loved picturing all of the fun architecture, gardens, and of course...the myriad of personalities while reading. :)
If you're looking for a light, yet suspenseful read, try out The Beach Trees and join me in my quest to read more books in 2014!