Monday, April 21, 2014

Thirty-One Twenty-Six.

Proverbs 31:26
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Today is my 26th birthday.

It's warm and beautiful outside and I am blessed beyond measure.

How have y'all been spending your days lately? I feel like my mood has been given a facelift and a suntan. I even wore my BRIGHT citron pencil today in celebration. I'm so grateful that winter is behind us and that we've gotten to spend so much quality time outside of work and other obligations. This season of life is so, so sweet. I wish I could just hair spray it in place. 

I was able to spend some morning quiet time on my porch before work. It was a lovely 64 degrees, and I reflected on all that I am thankful for this year. It truly overwhelmed me. And made my hand cramp. 

Oh, how I hope I can use this year and this life for good. I hope to take this joy-filled freedom that God has so richly given me as his daughter and turn it into walking wisdom and kindness. I sure hope to love like I've been loved (especially in the last year. goodness)! 

Thank y'all for loving me so well.

Off to finish up the work day (sooner rather than later, let's hope). I can't wait to get home and grill out with my favorite two red, red head and "blonde with a tint of red".

Love ya, mean it.

Monday, April 14, 2014


"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit"

Romans 15:13

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carolina Girls. Best In The World.

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!

Oh, and ps:

Monday, March 31, 2014

Memory Verse Mondays.

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.

Love y'all-

Monday, March 24, 2014

One Year.

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"...

Glory, glory hallelujah Jesus you are good! :)

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!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Brief List of Happies.

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!

5. Today, March 21st, is national downs syndrome day. That makes my heart smile.:)

6. I've been married to my husband for a whole year of my life!!!!!!!!!!

Happy weekends, y'all!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Delights.

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!

Thanks for reading! Love ya mean it,


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