Stop Whining; Start Rejoicing


I know people's toes were hurting this past Sunday when they left church because Pastor Livingston stepped on them repeatedly. The title of this entry was essentially his point. And really, I know I needed to hear it and I'm sure every single person that heard did too. Everyone is going through something; everyone has an issue, a problem or a situation they would like to change. But despite how bad a season of life may be or seem, there is ALWAYS more to rejoice about than to whine about. So why not turn your eyes away from all seemingly negative things, and turn your eyes to God and His goodness.

"Through the Fire"--Central Church 01-25-09

Friends, family & fun


This weekend has been great so far, and it's only Saturday. Last night after work, Andrew and I were able to go the Bobcats game (which they won easily against the Phoenix Suns) because it was NASCAR night and he got tickets for free! I looove free sporting event tickets; it just makes it that much more enjoyable! It was a fun game and it was nice to be able to spend time with Andrew on a Friday night. Also, it was weird to think that the last time we went to a Bobcats game together, was on our first date-- it's amazing what just a few years will change...
Shaq is large...
AND another great part of last night's game is that Coach Jerry Moore was recognized (along with Peacock--who did not have the trophies) for being inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame! I was super excited about that. Bless him though, he looked so uncomfortable on the big jumbo screen. So pretty much, that was probably the best Bobcats game of the whole season. Today (Saturday) I went to Ashley's (my sister-in-law) baby shower. It was nice to spend time with family and friends and yummy food.

It's always fun to see all the cute baby stuff that people get and Ashley racked up today! After the shower, I went and got my hair trimmed. I've still been trying to find a place here in Charlotte and I think I finally may have! Rachel from Alan Daniels Salon, was great!! She was sweet and I love my hair! [As a side note, this was a busy Saturday] Once finished with my hair, I went to pick Andrew up so we could run a few errands. We went to one place so that I could buy some horseback riding pants (yay!) and then to Target and Pet's Mart. After that, Andrew and I came home, relaxed, and ate some dinner. And that my friends is how my Saturday went; busy but so fun! Tomorrow will be filled with church and horseback riding! I'm sure i'll post on that as well. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Flakes are falling...still!


Remember when you were a little kid and you woke up to a snow filled morning and how giddy you were? Well, me, being the mature 23 year old that I am had the same feeling this morning! The ground is covered and the it is still snowing. I was told that if I was needed at work that I would get a phone call--no call yet. And I am really okay with that. Sam and I are just inside staying warm and watching it snow (the inauguration is on as well). Sam's first experience in snow was humorous to say the least; she didn't know what to think of it at first, but quickly learned that it was something else to play with/in.Pretty much the whole time that we were outside, Sam was sticking her face in the snow and kicking it around and basically having fun. I love snow and I'm glad that I have a puppy that appreciates it as well.See, a beautiful winter wonderland, right outside our door! So for now, I will be enjoying the warmth of my apartment with Sam! Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

Jack Frost has come to town!


The low tonight is 14 and it will feel like 10.


Oh how I wish I could stay curled up in my bed all day tomorrow with Andrew, Sam and a mug of hot chocolate! But unfortunately, the real world does not allow for such luxuries. So I will be getting up early and dreading stepping out of the door. HOWEVER, Saturday morning can be spent the way that I wish, because it will still be just as cold that day. On a happier note, it seems as though I will finally be able to start horseback riding again! I rode from 6th grade until the latter part of my freshmen year at App. I haven't ridden since 2005 and I was really hoping that it would be something that I could just look back on and think "yeah, I used to do that"; never happened. I have missed it for years and I can't wait to finally start again. And the best part about it is that I'll be doing it for free because I will be exercising horses for people! I can't wait! I don't have all of the details yet, but I'm sure that once I have them, they'll be on here! I hope everyone stays warm these next few days.

And on a side note, if Carolina doesn't pull out a win tonight, I am taking a sabbatical from college basketball.




First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you--Romans 1:8-9

The apostle Paul wrote this letter to Romans before he had even had the chance to visit there; before he had ever seen the many faces that would be affected with by his words. And although I know that throughout the many chapters of Romans, Paul has more influential and thought-provoking statements than the ones that are quoted above, there is something about verse 9. He states that he is serving God with his WHOLE HEART; everything that he is and everything that is keeping him going. That is how he serves God. He holds nothing back and gives everything he has to insure that the gospel is preached and heard. How many of us can say that? That every second and every breath is completely dedicated to serving our Creator. How amazing is it that it IS possible to live a life purely relying and trusting in God. Knowing that hardships (and in Paul's case, prison) may come your way, but none of it matters. Serving God, proclaiming the gospel and living a life that is worthy in God's sight. Pastor Hunt used to talk about being luke warm; why live life that way in any scenario? If you're going to live, then truly live. If you are going to praise God, then praise Him with all you have. Is there any other way?

One Resolution


I told myself (along with a few others) that I would not be making any New Years Resolutions...well, that is about to change. HOWEVER, it will not be one dealing with losing weight, eating better, etc etc. This is one that doesn't have to be finished by next January. This is a simple goal that is neither beneficial of necessary, just fun. And simply put, I would like to make time this year to organize some scrapbooks, photo albums and other memory holders. I realize that Andrew and I have probably taken around a hundred pictures of Sam. Some of which are just too good to let sit taking up space on our hard drive. And I believe it is time for us to take our wedding photos and other various paraphernalia and put it one place. So there, that is my one resolution. And I really do hope that I can see it through!

On another note, I'm really excited for Bible study to be starting back this week. We'll be reading and studying the book of Romans which is an extremely interesting and educational. And I've really missed the fellowship that takes place at the Burgers. That family just makes my heart smile. AND on another note, the wonderful Alisha Burger is engaged!!! She and James will be getting married on June 2oth and I am so excited. They are great couple and a great people. I am excited for 2009 to unfold.

I'll keep you posted on the scrapbooking journey.

Moments Molded into Memories


All over news channels, websites, and ESPN's, there have been discussions on what was the "most memorable moments of 2008" and unfortunately there top ones are nothing similar to mine. But since it seems to be the theme, I figured I may as well count down my top 10 moments of 0'08 *i'll try to keep it to 10*

10. T. Hansbrough, W. Ellington, T. Lawson and D. Green coming back to Carolina--come on, it's me. You knew that'd have to be in there somewhere.

9. Graduating from
Appalachian State University (in 4 years)

8. Moving to a new (huge) city and holding my own

7. Learning that God moves in ways that I never knew possible

6. Days, road trips and beach trips with some of the best friends I've ever known

5. Falling, failing, and rising once more

4. Sam :)

3. The love of friends and family

2. Marrying my best friend

1. Having the opportunity to grow, learn, and become the woman of God that I will become

I hope that everyone takes a moment just to take a look back at the past year and see what you've accomplished, what you loved and what you learned. Have a happy new year!!!
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