a picture is worth...

12.31.2009





In April Andrew and I had the opportunity to have a photo shoot done by the extremely talented Carly Brantmeyer. It was so fun and the pictures were absolutely incredible. It was an awesome way to commemorate our first year of marriage.



Another fun part of this year was our new addition, Dani. Our family wouldn't be complete with our 2 four-legged children!

New friends were made...


 ...and of course old friends were kept!


 Us enjoying the first game of the 2009-2010 season! 







And I got my first NEW car!

I could probably post hundreds more pictures to show just how incredible this past year was, but  that would take forever. God has blessed me and challenged me so much this year and most of the time I've stumbled, but He's been walking right beside me all this time. Andrew and I have fought, cried, grown and loved and it's been incredible. New friends were made and old friendships have grown. 2009 was amazing, but I learned about things that I need to do differently. I discovered I am incredibly selfish and that has to change. It's not my resolution because I know it will take years to change that about myself, but I am aware of it now, so I'm hoping to start the change now! 2010 will be a great year just as most of them have been. I hope that everyone has a very happy new year!

6 days to go!

12.19.2009

I can't believe that Christmas is less than a week away. Every year it comes and goes faster and faster. But I enjoy every moment of it. The decorating, the visiting, the eating (especially the eating) and knowing the true meaning. Another part that I love and cherish is seeing family that I don't get to see very much.  Every year for as long as I can remember, my grandparents have hosted their Christmas party the Saturday before Christmas. And I was super excited to go up there....until a winter wonderland landed all around them and most of the state of North Carolina. But here in Charlotte, we got rain. That's it. Rain. Yuck. Andrew and I were responsible for 2 casserole dishes and I was going to make some haystacks to give as a little gift. If you've never had haystacks, you're missing out! They are delectable. And extremely easy.



Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles

Preparation:

Microwave the butterscotch chips and peanut butter on 50 percent power for 3 to 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and blend to coat noodles thoroughly. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper

I'll let you know how mine turn out! I hope everyone enjoys these final days leading up to Christmas. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year!

'Tis the season!

12.10.2009

This Christmas season so far has been fabulous! Seeing friends and family, doing fun things with Andrew, the list goes on and on. Our apartment is fully decorated for Christmas with our beautiful tree and monogrammed stockings for us...and Sam and Dani. We know we're a little obsessed, but these are our children for now. I have a little Christmas shopping to finish up for Andrew and a few family members, but I'm not too stressed about that. The thought of making some Christmas cookies and Chex party mix gets me so excited I can hardly stand it. And I will hopefully be attempting to skate on ice for the first time this Sunday. There is an outdoor skating ring uptown and I can't wait to fall on my face numerous times. I know that that part is inevitable seeing as how I am not especially graceful. But nonetheless, I am extremely excited and can't wait to try it out! I'm sure I'll have some pictures to post on here next week of that excursion. Wish me luck!
 (a few pics of the season thus far)



our beautiful tree!


us at the bobcats game!

It has arrived!

11.27.2009

Now that a wonderful Thanksgiving has come and gone, I can OFFICIALLY start preparing for Christmas! Thanksgiving was filled with absolutely delicious food and great family as company, but now I'm excited for the coming weeks of sending Christmas cards, visiting friends and family, decorating our apartment and celebrating our 2nd married Christmas. This afternoon, Andrew and I will get our Christmas tree and start the decorating process. I'm going to try to savor each day that is leading up to the magical 25th of December so that I'm not looking back wondering where it went, although I know I will regardless. Enjoy all of your preparations!


I'm so impatient

11.22.2009

I know that TECHNICALLY I shouldn't have a Christmas theme up YET...but oh well! I love this time of year so very much and I have not stopped reminding Andrew that on Friday we will be purchasing our tree! I can't wait! If you couldn't tell, I'm kind of excited.

p.s. 32 days till Christmas!!

Instant classic

11.17.2009

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to watch the North Carolina Tar Heels decisively defeat the Miami Hurricanes. It was one of the most satisfying college football victory I have seen this entire season. One part that made it so satisfying is because my brother-in-law, Jon, is a BIG Miami fan. And don't get me wrong; I like Jon and any other time I would want the Hurricanes to win their match-up. But this weekend, I wanted them to go back to south Florida with a 'L'. It was the perfect day to experience football in Chapel Hill because the weather couldn't have been better and the stands were packed full of the most beautiful shade of blue. Through the course of the game Miami's quarterback threw four interceptions. That's right-FOUR. And two of those resulted in a Tar Heel touchdown. I had an amazing time with everyone and what made it even better was making the drive back to Charlotte knowing that Carolina had beaten a great Miami team. Because they are great. And as much trash as I had been talking to Jon, I honestly wasn't sure what the outcome would be. So needless to say, I was thankful for those interceptions and that Carolina's defense showed exactly what it's made of. Winning this game also makes Carolina bowl eligible. All in all, a much needed, wanted, and loved victory!

GO HEELS!!!

The Law of the Garbage Truck

11.13.2009

(I cannot take credit for this perfect and true story; I stole it from Nina and she's not sure who to credit to. But please read it! )


The Law of the Garbage Truck


One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxidriver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driverof the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..... 'Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.' Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

It's beginning to look a lot like...


For as long as I can remember, it's been the little things at Christmas that make it magical. Now that I've gotten a little older and can appreciate things such as Starbucks, it's DEFINITELY the Christmas cups that make me oh so very happy. And last night as I drove to the gym, I listened to a Christmas mix that I had created at least 2 years ago and it was delightful. This year has just gotten away from me, and therefore, it's even harder for me to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. With that said, I believe that listening to festive music is a must, even if it is a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving. I love this time of year...if you haven't noticed. I would love to hear about everyone is starting their Christmas spirit!

Undefeated

11.10.2009

The Carolina basketball season officially started last night. And after defeating a rather scrappy F.I.U (Florida International U.) team, the Tar Heels are 1-0. Have I mentioned that I love this time of year? I think I even like football a little more when basketball co-exists with it. Andrew and I left Charlotte yesterday afternoon and arrived in Chapel Hill a little before 5. Since tip-off was set for 7:00 this allowed some free time to see Erin and Burke and enjoy their wonderful company for about a hour.
After we sadly parted ways, Andrew and I drove back onto Carolina's campus in search of some parking, which is always a task when attending any college sporting event in the state of North Carolina. Once inside the Dean Dome, I could literally feel my excitement growing. There is nowhere else in the world like that building. And since this was the first game since winning the National Championship game, the atmosphere was electric (seriously).The game was better then I could have imagined. It seemed so strange not to see that #50 jersey on the court and I know that it will probably take a few games for that to really sink in that that's the reality of it. But there are some talented freshmen playing this year and once they get the chemistry figured out, they're going to be a tough team to beat. Seeing the next 5 months (not nearly long enough) unfold will be exciting and I only wish that I could be in those seats for each and every game.

GO HEELS!

Learning to be smart

11.04.2009

I am discovering more and more that I have a lot to learn. And along with that, I am learning the areas that I am severely lacking faith and that realization is tough. Currently, I am trying to figure out how Andrew and I can better budget our money. We're trying to financially smart and that is more often than not easier said than done. It seems to be every time we're catching up and being able to save a little bit more, something comes up. And that is actually helping to increase my faith in that particular area. God is constantly teaching me things that I'm not sure I wanted to learn in the first place, but praise Him. Each and everyday I'm learning to be a more faithful servant, a better steward of my resources and more trusting. He has blessed Andrew and myself with more then we could ever dream of or ask for. So why in the world can it be so hard after seeing all of these blessings to have a little more faith in money and job situations? The answer; the flesh. I let the world and the enemy get into my head. Again, I have to learn that trials and sufferings happens in order to bring glory to God's name.

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. --1 Peter 4:12-14

So although the pruning season can be a difficult one, I am ready to learn and in the end be more faithful. God is good no matter the season, situation or circumstance. How in the world can I question Him and His ways and what He is doing on my life? That answer; simple, I can't.

Seriously

11.01.2009

I feel like I say this at the beginning of every new month, but I CANNOT believe that it's November. It just doesn't seem possible. But here it is, November 1st. And just in case that wasn't enough of a reminder that the end of 2009 is fast approaching, 91.9 (the Christian radio station here) started playing Christmas music this weekend. I love Christmas and everything about it, but let's at least get through half of this month before listening to "Let It Snow". Just my opinion. I am really excited for this coming week though for a couple of reasons; first is that I have a potentially BIG thing happening on Tuesday. I'm excited, but trying to stay calm and just wait on the Lord. Another thing is that Andrea and Aaron are coming over for dinner on Tuesday. I love those two so very much. They are an amazing couple and a joy to be around. I'm sure other things will come up as the week unfolds, but as for right now, those are my two things that that let me know that Monday will be bearable. This weekend was also nothing short of great. On Friday Andrew and I met at Chili's with some great friends to celebrate my birthday!
It was so much fun to get together with these girls and their hubbies for some good food and great conversation. Then yesterday, I started out the day by enjoying coffee with Nina and finished it with Brooke and Justin and lots of pizza. Andrew and I got some good time together in between all of that. I will never be able to articulate how incredibly blessed I consider myself. God has given me some amazing friends and a strong Godly man to spend the rest of my life with. What more could I ask for? I hope all that read this had a great weekend and are equally as shocked with the arrival of November. Enjoy your week!

So many things

10.20.2009

October is slowly becoming my standout favorite month of the year. There are so many great aspects of this month. Fall weather is letting itself be known (especially when the temp drops to around 30), football is in full swing, and for this particular year, there is one potentially big thing that I'm praying for (if it comes through, you'll know). But I'm just excited for the remaining 12 days--seriously, that's it--of this month. This weekend Andrew and I are making our first trip up to Boone since last December! How in the world is that possible? Life goes by way to fast and I'm trying so hard to enjoy the little things a little more. That was maybe the cheesiest thing you'll read all week, but deal with it. I am so excited to see friends, enjoy some Appalachian football and some Cornerstone Summit Church. That's the biggie! But the rest of it is so needed and will be very much appreciated. And it'll also be nice to have a weekend away from our crazy puppies...I can't believe that someday in the future the word 'puppies' will be replaced with 'kids'. Ridiculously scary thought. And then next weekend is my birthday weekend! Yes, I'll be 24 and I can't wait for cake and ice cream and presents and everything that goes along with birthdays. I am 23 going on 4. Needless to say, I'd be okay if they decided to extend October just a little bit. How can you not love it all? Seriously.

God moves and seasons change

10.11.2009

God is good. And I am so thankful that He moves and is so faithful when I am completely unfaithful. Andrew and I have been making a point to spend more time with the Lord and more time with one another. The result; incredible. We've learned so much...some things that we should've known before, but different seasons allows to see things in a different way. Contentment has been something I've been struggling with lately and Andrew and God have been holding me and walking me through some tough stuff. Words cannot begin to express how truly thankful I am for that.

Okay...onto lighter things! Last weekend Steffi, Andrew, and Brewer Briley came to stay with us! And although I didn't get to see them HALF has much as I would've liked it was sooo great to even catch a glimpse!
our only the pic the whole weekend!

We also got to see a few other friends at Andrew and Amber's wedding!!! It was the perfect night for a wedding and it was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen. Seriously.
Amber was a stunning bride and they were a beautiful sight to see. I can't wait to go visit them! Another plus was seeing a few of our other wonderful friends!AH! All of the people above make my heart happy! Another part of last weekend that was NOT great at the time (but slowly getting better) was getting the new addition to our family--Dani. She is a little black spaniel mix and is cute as can be!...however...it was a rough first week. We picked her up Saturday afternoon, had a few hours, went to Amber/Andrew's wedding, came back and went right back out to the emergency vet. 3 hours and $200 later, we were able to go home with our puppy. You see, when we picked her up, the rescue place told us that she had ringworm on her foot. Well, it did NOT look like any kind of ringworm I'd ever seen, but we trusted them. When we got home from the wedding, it was swollen, red and raw. Obviously, not good symptoms. It was rough. And I was not prepared for how much of an emotional transition it would be. But I'm a bit of an emotional freak. Things are much, much better now and Sam loves her new sister/playmate. And that was the main thing! So the Janke family is growing and God is blessing us and pushing us each step of the way. And I will continue to praise Him for that.

Perfection in a season...

9.30.2009

I am so completely and totally in love with this weather! The high allll week is in the 70's. Seriously. Perfection. And I am massively looking forward to this weekend. Steffi and her Andrew will be staying with us, Andrew and Amber are getting MARRIED, and Andrew and I are getting an addition to our family. No, it's not a baby...just another puppy! We might possibly be crazy for doing so, but Sam needs a friend desperately. Andrew and I don't do as well as other dogs apparently. And the organization that we're getting this little girl from is INCREDIBLE. These people love the Lord and this is their ministry; serve the Lord and save some lives. It's called Heaven's Own Rescue and I highly recommend checking them out if you're interested in getting a puppy/dog. I also need to apologize for those of you who read for the lack of posts. Blame it on a mixture of laziness and busyness! But life has been really, really good. God is starting to open up some doors for both Andrew and myself, and I'm excited to see what's going to happen in the coming weeks. I promise to keep this updated a little better! And expect to see pictures of our newest addition, Dani, next week! I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy this amazing fall weather!

New season, new hair :)

9.13.2009

My hair has been the same color blonde since i can remember. So this past Saturday, I decided to change that;

Obviously, one picture is curly and the other is straight, but just focus on the color! For the first time, I did low-lights AND highlights. I love how it looks and even more than that, I love that once the highlights start to grow out, it won't be that noticeable. Big plus! And it's nice to have a little change...at least with hair!

The little things in life

9.03.2009

Fall breezes. The arrival of a long awaited football season. Vanilla Chai Tea latte. Jeans. Hoodies. Open windows. Light jackets.

It is the little things in life that make days seem brighter and better and worthwhile. It's amazing how a hectic workday can be calmed and manageable with only a tall Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks (thank you Nina). And how the anticipation of watching Appalachian State University hopefully devour East Carolina University this coming Saturday is just enough of a push to get through the rest of this week. Fall is probably one of my most favorite things in the world. The weather is lovely and there is nothing better (to me) then having my windows open and ceiling fans going. I can feel a change coming. Not only in the seasons of the year, but within the seasons of my life. I am content right now with what God is about to, even though I have no idea what it may be. The things that He has in store will be absolutely incredible. I can't wait until I can get up to Boone and see the leaves changing, bundle up in my favorite ASU attire and scream my lungs our with several other thousands of fans for the Mountaineers to dominate whoever they may be playing. If you can't tell, I'm excited about life today. So to everyone else that knows what I'm talking about and is just excited; get ready for an awesome autumn!

Hope

9.02.2009

I can't explain it, but I believe that God is about to seriously do something big in my life. What I'm interested to see is if it will be something that I'll be happy about, or maybe something that will rock my world. And since I have not a clue what is about to happen, all I've been praying for is that my faith and strength will be increased greatly! I'm excited though. Whatever may happen. I'm beginning to get the feeling though that I'm ready for a move. Not to a different state or city maybe, but I'm ready to get a career started. Not for money or title; just because I believe I'm ready to handle it. I believe that in the past couple of years, God has allowed me to experience some things that has brought me to where I am now. I'm stronger in areas that I was incredibly weak in as well as a stronger person overall (at least I would like to believe that I am). God has His time line and has hard as it is to sometimes be submissive to it, it is obviously the best one to follow. Doors will open and doors will close, and at this point right now, I have to be faithful in knowing which doors to walk through and which ones to walk away from.

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

-Romans 8:25

Summer is coming to a close...I hope

8.30.2009

As terrible as this is going to sound, I have to say it; I am not a huge fan of summer. Don't get me wrong; I love the beach and the pool and cookouts, but as far as 90+ days and humidity so high that my hair doesn't remember what it's like to be in a non-afro state, I could most definitely do without. I love knowing that football season is FINALLY here and that my birthday is officially less than 2 months away. I love knowing that soon light jackets will be pulled out and jeans will be worn once again. I know that when I was in school, I adored the summer. But this whole being in the real world thing, doesn't allow for June and July to be anything but ridiculously hot. Yes, I realize how whiny I sound, but I am very okay with it. Tomorrow and Tuesday are predicted to be in the 70's and that will be absolutely amazing. It's these summer months that make me miss Boone more than I do on average. So when I turn my calendar to September on Tuesday, I (and my hair) will breath a sigh of relief.

A Low County Tour

8.28.2009

Last week, Andrew and I were able to get away and spend some time together at the beach and away from the real world. It was incredible, and had Sam been with us, I would have been perfectly fine staying down there. We were blessed with awesome weather, beautiful scenery, and some quality time. It was all very much needed and very much appreciated. Here's a little glimpse of our awesome time

We were able to visit Beaufort, Charleston and Hilton Head while we were down in South Carolina. After leaving Hilton Head for the first time, we were in love! We're hoping to vacation there next summer. It is beautiful and still very natural, which that in itself is pretty remarkable. It was hard to leave, but nice to come home at the same time. I can't wait until our next vacation!

Hibernation...OVER!

8.25.2009

I am so very truly sorry for my lack of posting! It is about to come back in full swing! Life is amazing and can't wait for the fall and all of the exciting things that God has in store for us! Keep checking back...I assure you, posting will resume.

Crazy Love

8.09.2009

I have come to the conclusion that I have a whooole lot of things that I need to change and to place in God's hands. God has continued to amaze me and reveal Himself to me in ways that I could not even begin to describe. I have learned things about myself that I have never noticed but want to change desperately. I am currently reading Crazy Love by Pastor Frances Chan, and it is changing my thought process and mindset on so many things. As much as I would like to not be considered 'lukewarm' in my walk, I am in way too many aspects, and I am not okay with that in any way. I say that I give my heart and soul to Him, but it's definitely in sections and not all of me. How is that even remotely okay?? I have waves of unwavering devotion, but it is not nearly enough. This is a God who has asked of my everything and I continuously give some...it pains me to realize it, but that to be the first step right? If I didn't know that I needed to change it, then there is no way that I could have. Praise God for teaching me patience, humility, and fear. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It will be impossible for you not to be changed.

I have no interesting title

8.01.2009

I have been so slack on posting lately! I don't know if it's laziness or just lack of fascinating things to talk about. The summer has been great so far and Andrew and I still have a beach trip coming up (yay). I am super pumped about next weekend because Brittany, Burke and Erin are coming to say with us! Love it so much. I miss my friends and it'll be so nice to have them here. Have you noticed I'm reaching for things to write about?? Man...I am boring. I'll try to think of something the next time that might actually be worth writing/reading about. One thing that is exciting is that football season is right around the corner! And I am so ready. I mean, baseball is okay, but it is not football (obviously). Andrew and I will hopefully be making it up to Boone for a couple of App games and we're going to the Carolina/Miami game (courtesy of Andrew's awesome brother). Okay I'm done for now. I'll try to have a more interesting life to write about the next time!

Don't hold on, move forward

7.19.2009

God has an extremely funny way of testing us. Though God's will is the safest place to be, it is NOT the safest place to be. I promise that makes sense. Who else would you want watching over you, guiding your steps, providing anything and everything? The one and only answer; God. His grace and love for us keeps us safe. But the plans He has, may not always be the ones that make us feel warm and fuzzy, and least of all, comfortable. God has laid something on my heart that was extremely unexpected and completely inexplicable. And the funny thing is, I've never, EVER felt more covered by His hedge of protection than I do right now. Each season comes with a certain level of uncertainty and a massive level of faith. I believe that the next several months in mine and Andrew's life will require a great deal of faith and patience, but I am so excited for what God has in store for us.

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

Habakkuk 2:3

It's not how you start, it's how you finish

Life is something that goes by way to fast and there is no way to rewind or go in reverse--you just have to live. And God is teaching me each and everyday just how valuable life is and just how important it is to savor the moments and people that He has blessed me with. Today Pastor Livingston brought up more than once that it's not about how well you start the race or how well you run in the middle of it; it's about how you finish. God didn't place you here to do SOMETHING, all He asks is that you OBEY Him. Unfortunately, that can sometimes be the hardest thing in the world. My response to that:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. -- Proverbs 3:5-6

Every decision we make should be made on our knees. We can have no confidence in ourselves, but learn to rely on our Father and Him alone. I consider myself ridiculously blessed that Andrew and I are apart of such an amazing church.

On another aspect of life, Peyton Leigh Lail celebrated her first year of life this past Friday!

the birthday girl with her goodies!
the birthday girl with her goodies!

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All in all, I believe little miss Peyton enjoyed her day and cake! Life is good...especially when there is cake involved!

A year in review!

On June 14, 2008, I married my best friend. And through the course of the past 12 months we have had multiple ups, a few downs, and an incredible journey. God has taught us SO many things and through it all, we've grown closer not only to each other, but also to Him. We've traveled together, cooked together, learned to live together, fought together and made up together. I love him more than I could have ever imagined loving anyone or anything on this earth. I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to have the next 60 years with him by my side.

in baltimore!
in baltimore!
bobcats game!
bobcats game!
Christmas eve
Christmas eve
Panthers game
Panthers game

I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for us this coming year as well as the years to come! Thank you all for your prayers and for being a part of our lives! You are all truly invaluable!


We're adults; when did that happen?

6.19.2009

So this whole becoming an adult thing, I'm not too sure about it. You have bills to pay, more responsibilities than ANYONE should, jobs that take up at LEAST 40 hours of your week, and never enough time to get time in with the people you love. I've been struggling lately with the Andrew's work schedule and that we have maybe 2 and a half days that we see each other for more than a hour. And for some reason, it's been getting to me a lot more lately then it used to. I know it's the enemy clinging on to a weakness...but you know what, in moments of weakness and strength, I stand in Truth. And I trust that God will give me wisdom and grace to handle this situation just as it should be handled. I am also coming to the realization that I do not handle my moments of weakness as I should. As opposed to running to God, I shy away. I see that I do this and know it's wrong, but then my lovely pride gets in the way, and it's just an ugly circle. It is definitely something that I'm I need to pray about more and trust that God's hand will move in my life in a way that I've never known. Praise God for His strength in our shortcomings as well as our triumphs!

ANOTHER thing about this adult thing, is that more and more of my friends are engaged and/or already married. Which I love seeing as how I'm one of those crazy married girls, but it's still kind of bizarre that I'm in the majority now rather than the minority. Alisha Burger (soon to be McGinn) is getting married roughly 11 hours from now and I am so excited. They are an amazing couple and I love that God has placed them together. So maybe this whole adult thing isn't so terrible...but I still very supportive of being a big kid. It's good for the soul.

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
(Matthew 18:2-6)

Boundaries

6.07.2009

"Boundaries don't keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them."--Grey's Anatomy

Okay, so maybe once I finish this post you may believe that this quote was an odd one to start with, but at the same time, I believe it fits. In Sunday school we've started a series about boundaries in marriage and I think it's going to be extremely interesting and helpful. One thing that stuck out to me this morning was this; boundaries have to be permeable--good stuff needs to come in and bad stuff needs to stay out. If you are so closed off to the good stuff God is giving you OR if you are not closed off enough and ANYTHING can come into your life, those things are bad. Boundaries are made in order to provide, well, order. I think that this series will provide a lot of insight into our own relationship and how we do things and how we can better some of those. Hopefully as the weeks progress, I can fill in the huge gaps I left in this post! I may be excited about it, but i'm still kinda fuzzy on a lot of the details.

Sweet summer time

5.17.2009

This time of year is wonderful and great and extremely busy! There are weddings and graduations and vacations and moving (yay) and just life in general! So needless to say, my brain (in all of it's remarkable ways) is slightly chaotic at this given point in time. I wish that I could report that it was organized chaos...it's not. But that's okay. God is still good even when i'm crazy. In less than 2 weeks Andrew and I will be moving into our new apartment and also in less than 2 weeks, I will be at the beach with my mom and Jen. I'm a good wife huh? In my defense, I'd started planning this beach trip long before I knew we'd be moving. So when I get back from my relaxing long weekend of sun bathing, I'll come back to a nice new apartment that hubby moved into without me. Yeah...i'm a bad wife. On a completely seperate note, Steffi is graduating from Johns Hopkins on Thursday! I couldn't be prouder! It's such an amazing school and program and under all of the stress that goes along with it, she has come out just as gracefully as she entered. I wish I could be there to see it, but the working world doesn't allow for such luxeries as going to Balitmore in the middle of the week. Lame. And the best part about her graduating is that she will finally be moving back down here to this wonderful state! So instead of going 6 months or more without seeing her, it can be more like 2 months or whatever. Praise God! I know that I am rambling in this post, and I am truly sorry. I warned you--chaos that is not organized is happening in my brain. Just be thankful that you don't live with me!

Summer time is finally here...


...take the time to enjoy it!

Slow down!

5.10.2009

A co-worker of mine brought up an interesting point the other day; when you're driving down the road and the person in front of you seems to be going ridiculously slow, think to yourself, God must have you there for a reason. When she first said this to me, I kind of chuckled and thought of it only in the way of driving. But then as the day progressed, those words started taking on new meaning. Where we are right now--physically, emotionally, etc--is exactly where God wants us at this given point. And with my road rage and impatience, I need those words more than once throughout the day. How awesome to think that my timetable can not interfere with what God has in store for me in anyway. I just have to learn to slow down and take the time to realize it...

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nothing can ever separate us from God’s love

4.28.2009

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord --Romans 8:38-39

Praise God.

Life can be messy and hard and a ton of other less than great things. But 2,000 promises in the Bible and not a single one of them says that you will NOT suffer. One thing I know God is trying to teach me in this season of my life is to surrender...and that is hard. But thankfully in my weakness, His strength is made perfect. And really, that's all i had to say. It was just in my heart to say these things. I pray that no matter what season you may be going through at this given point in your life, you see that God is unfailing and His love is unwavering.

The perfect day in the perfect place

4.26.2009

In my opinion, if you are in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, there is no way not to enjoy yourself (unless of course you are a Duke fan). I mean, everything there is the most perfect shade of blue; everyone walking around is wearing at least 1 article of clothing that is supporting UNC; and I believe that is the epitome of a college town. Andrew and I drove up on Friday night and after checking into our hotel, we drove out to Raleigh to hang out with the lovely Erin Cobbler, Burke (the 1 good duke fan i know) and Garrett. After hanging out for a little bit at Burke and Garrett's, we decided that Krispy Kreme was the perfect destination (at 11 p.m.) and once we arrived, we were pleased to see that "Hot Now" sign was burning brightly. In short: Yum! The doughnuts were great, hanging out with friends was great, the overall night...great. Saturday morning we got up a tad earlier than my body would've preferred, but we had a full day ahead of us! We got to the Carolina Basketball Museum a little after 9 and thank goodness for that because by the time we left, it was packed.
My Carolina boyfriends
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Once we finished up at the museum, we met up with Chris and Kristen and walked up and down Franklin Street and went into the 53,897 stores that sell Carolina paraphernalia. It was a little overwhelming, but that's to be expected when you're walking into stores that are selling National Championship gear by the pounds! At this point is only 11:00 and perfection is continuing to pile on. Once lunch time had arrived, we walked down to "Four Corners" and ate a great meal with Chris, Kristen, Burke and Erin. The food was super good and cheap! To me, that equals the perfect meal. And then of course, we walked a little more; campus, Franklin street, etc. No particular destination in mind, just hanging out.
Love these girls so very much!
The boys being the boys...
So after a couple of hours of wandering around aimlessly, it was time to part ways and for Andrew and I to meet up with Carly. I felt like I had known her forever as opposed to yesterday being our first face-to-face meeting. We felt so comfortable around her and I can't wait to see all of the pictures! Unfortunately, I will have to wait about 3 weeks, but it will be so worth the wait! I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend!
 
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