22 no more...



That is my age. I remember when that sounded so old and I know I realize exactly how much of a baby I am. Yes, I'm married and have a full time job, BUT I still have so much to learn and so many areas yet to grow. And I am embracing those things. God has taught me not to rush through life because now, I am looking back at my college years, the months before the wedding and even my wedding day...and I miss it all so much. As easy as it is to say "every day is a gift" why is it so hard to treat it that way? God gives us each and everyday to make a difference, to glorify HIS name. And I know that may seem simple and possibly cheesy, but have you taken time today to realize the grace He poured over you so that you may wake up and start a brand new day? Blessings come in every way, and hearing your alarm clock this morning (even if it's at 6am) is a blessing.
Okay, so let me tell you about the blessings I had yesterday. Andrew and I both took yesterday off so that we could spend it together and that in itself was great. I opened my presents first thing yesterday morning (because I am 5 years old) and discovered the 4th season of Grey's Anatomy, the new Nicholas Sparks book, and a gift card to American Eagle (yay!). I was so excited about all of it. Presents were followed by Andrew making me pancakes for breakfast and then going to a pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkin of the year.
We of course had to take Sam with us!
After pumpkin picking, we got some lunch and just relaxed for the rest of afternoon. Dinner was the BEST because we had Cheesecake Factory (and if you've never had it, I HIGHLY recommend it). The food was great and our service was AMAZING which always makes everything a little better.
Yay for birthday sundaes! Once we got home, we carved our pumpkin and then spent the rest of the evening watching Halloween episodes of shows. It was perfect!
Happy Halloween!!!

it's the little things


Have you ever noticed that sometimes when life gets busy, you just forget to notice all the ways that God is continually blessing you. If you woke up this morning, then you are blessed. If you decided what to eat, drink, or wear, then you are blessed beyond belief! If you were able to wake up and drive, hitch a ride, or walk to church--a church that you freely choose to attend--then fall on your face right now. Life can be busy and hard and full of trials, but isn't that what He said it would be about? Isn't it the trials in life that give you perseverance? As Pastor Reggie Hunt has said MANY times, there are 32,000 promises in the Bible and not ONE of them says you won't suffer. It's how you decide to deal with the suffering. Are you going to trust God and know that His will can be and is an uncomfortable place or are you going to whine and not see how those moments can be used to glorify God? I think the first one is probably the best one. God is so good, even in the times that we don't see a way out or a way to be joyful, knowing that He his by our side is reason enough.

I know the journey seems so long
You feel you’re walking on your own
But there has never been a step
Where you’ve walked out all alone
--Jeremy Camp, "There Will Be a Day"

Those lyrics have really hit me hard these past couple of days. And I believe the reason is that life has shifted and changed so much in the past few months, and I need to be reminded, that no matter how much they change, He is still the same. He has not shifted in any way. And what a relief that is!
Okay, so another thing that I am so thankful for is that my birthday is in a matter of days!!! Andrew and I will be celebrating by going to a pumpkin patch, enjoying the day together and going to a wonderful dinner. I am really excited about the pumpkin patch because the high is only 55 and that is PERFECT fall weather! Have a mentioned that I love this season?

First Panthers game!!!


I have FINALLY gone to a Panthers football game, and let me tell you, it was so much fun! Andrew was able to get tickets earlier in the week and I was pumped because it was for the Saints game which was definitely the one I wanted to make it to (I have a thing for Reggie Bush). We were able to get there with enough time to walk around and see just what Bank of America Stadium is all about.
Creepy guy...
Once we got into the stadium (and away from the creepy guy) we went to the Fan Store and looked at all the overpriced stuff before grabbing some lunch and making it to our seats.
Yay first Panthers game!
Once the game started, it was pretty obvious who was going to win, so we were able to sit back, relax and enjoy. We actually ended up seeing two of our friends from school and we were able to sit with them for a little bit which made the whole afternoon a little better. After the game, we went back to Andrews parent's house and ate dinner. It was a chilly day and we had put Sam's UNC sweater on her and of course I had to get some "family"pictures!
Christmas card potential?? I think so!

Everything = the same


Day to day life has not really changed these past couple of weeks, which is fine by me! Having a rhythm has its pros and cons. I like knowing more or less what will happen everyday, but at the same time, it can get kinda boring. Yesterday, I went to Sheila Stover's baby shower which was a lot of fun and had a lot of good food. Sheila is super cute pregnant (I know you read this mrs. stover, but i'd still say it!). After that, Andrew and I had to take care of getting me a new battery for my car because mine died on Friday afternoon. Thankfully, that has been the most eventful experience I have had lately. We got home in time for the UNC/ Notre Dame game, which let me tell you, was great to see because that is the first time in 46 years that Carolina has beaten the Irish.
The night was topped off with pizza and "Baby Mama", which was cute, but not as funny as I had hoped. Andrew had to go to work at about 4am this morning (Sunday) so I pretty much had the day to myself. After church, I took care of some things around here and then had lunch with Alisha which was so nice! It has been too long since we've had time to hang out. Once my hubby got home, we ate dinner and did some grocery shopping. I'm excited that for once he doesn't have to leave for work tonight. It'll be a relaxing night. Hope everyone has a great monday!

Happy Birthday Mom!!!


Today, one of the most influential women of my life celebrates another wonderful year of being on this earth. I am super sad that I can't see her today or even this weeknd, but I will be going home in a couple of weeks, so that makes it a little more okay. I am so blessed to have a mother like her. She is amazing and supportive in every possible of way. My life wouldn't be complete if she wasn't in it.

Andrew and I have decided to start meeting with Tom and Sharon Burger about twice a month for accountability purposes and just to have a couple in our life that can help us and just talk to us. On Tuesday Andrew and I went over to their house for dinner around 6:15. It was amazing; stuffed chicken, salad, bread, rice and good conversation. It was so nice and relaxing and just to see God's love work through them is great. It's going to be an awesome experience.

These next couple of weekends are going to be super busy but so fun! This Saturday I have to work and we have Colleen's wedding to go to and next week I am going to a baby shower and then Andrew and I are going to the Bank of America 500. Yes, I'm going to a NASCAR race. Crazy. But I believe it will be a lot of fun. Have a mentioned that I love fall?

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

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