So very ready...!


In 7 days, Andrew and I will be moving into our first home {insert shouts of joy and jumping up & down}! I seriously cannot wait. It's amazing to me just how much God blesses us each and every day, week, month and year of our lives. Though the trials have been hard and not always understood, the end result is always a positive on {in some form or fashion}. We definitely would not appriciate this house as much as we will had we not had to live in an apartment first. I can't wait to spend our first night in our beautiful home..actually, there are many firsts that I'm excited for; first night, first guests, first grilling out, first birthday, first Christmas/other holidays. I am a bit sentimental sometimes. Another thing that I'm excited about is that I seem to finally get the whole having a career thing. When I first started, I wasn't sure exactly what I got myself into and after some unfaithful moments and some alot of discussions with Andrew, I see why God has me here. Everything is a learning process if you choose to learn from it. I know that more good will come from this job than bad and I am excited to see how it goes and just where God will move me next {because that fact has already been determined}. No matter how unsure I am of God's plan for me, He is not. All He asks of me is to follow and trust...and I don't always do that very well. I am working on it though. But if I'm being honest, I'm fairly sure that I'll be working on for the rest of my life.

With that said, I need some opinions on address lables! I've been wanting to get some probably since we got married, but I saw no point since I knew where we were was only temporary. So let me know what you think!

Let me know which one! I may be leaning more towards the first option...but I really don't know yet! Help me out!



That's right! I'm doing a 5K and I'm still in a little bit of a shock to know that those words are true, but I assure you that they are. The race date is May 22nd and I'm excited to have a goal to work towards. One big reason I've decided to do this is because I have been severely lacking in my motivation to workout. So now I have something that I have to workout for and I am pumped about it! I'm trying to learn more discipline in different areas of my life, and this is one of them. I've already started my training, but I know I have a long ways to go. I'll keep you posted on my progress! One thing I know for certain is that I need some new running shoes, and I have already decided on Asics. I know several friends that are  active runners and swear by these. And I will need as much support as I can get!

Cook Extraordinaire!...not


I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating far more, but I do like cooking and starting with a bunch {or a little} amount of stuff and seeing eating the end result. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. The other side of that is that I really enjoy cooking meals that take me about 15 minutes or less of preparation.  For the past 2 nights, I've been able to get everything {essentially} ready for dinner in probably 10 minutes or so. My secret for accomplishing this in Night 1 was the all powerful and wonderful crock pot.  Night 1's meal was beef stroganoff {made with turkey meat}, so once the meat was browned, I added about 3 cans of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, a splash worcestershire sauce to the crock pot {also, sour cream is optional, but a great addition} and let it cook until Andrew got home. And voila! A wonderful meal that took 15 minutes or less of total preparation.
 photo found via {here}
Night 2's meal {tonight} is a delectable dish called Mexican Mac & Cheese. This one is simple and good no matter what! And the best part is that it's almost fool-proof. After browning your mean {I used ground chicken}, set it aside and prepare the mac & cheese; I personally prefer Velveeta Shells and Cheese, because it's quick and easy, and let's face it, a household favorite. Once your mac & cheese is complete, add the meat, a cup of salsa and a 1/2 cup of frozen corn. Mix it all together and you're ready to go! While this one may take a little longer in prep time, it's still quick and easy.
 photo found via {here}
 So for all you readers on the go or just don't want to spend a lot of time on cooking, I strongly suggest either one of these. They also re-heat great so you can enjoy these meals multiple times. Really, this is a win-win situation! Happy cooking!

Too much fun, food & sun


The only way that this weekend could've been better is if it was longer.  Andrew and I left Charlotte Saturday morning and arrived in the beautiful Chapel Hill around noon. Everything {i mean everything, including the sky} was the perfect shade of blue all because of the Spring Game. We walked around taking in the sights and perfection that Carolina's campus and football stadium has to offer. There were lines that probably totaled in the thousands of fans trying to get autographs and pictures with players, which we did not partake in at all. I mean don't get me wrong; I love Tar Heel football, but those lines were no joke. But after running into a college friend, I was able to sneak a picture with Shaun Draughn (love!)
me and jen gray!

one heck of a player
After sneaking pics and catching up with Jennifer, Andrew and I headed to get some food and settle into our seats so that we could enjoy the "game". I had to keep reminding myself that it was just a scrimmage and that it was April! With the crowd and the atmosphere, it felt as though fall had come a few months early.
There were easily 30,000 fans there, and since Carolina has never really been considered a "football"school, I was impressed by the amount that filled the stands yesterday. Halfway through the 3rd quarter though, I was ready to get out there {I forgot to bring some SPF, so I was in a little pain}. From there we walked campus a little and shopped a little in the student store, and then it was time to drive to Burke's and get ready for dinner!
 the girls!...and burke
the silly boys
Dinner was had at The Pit which hands down was the nicest BBQ restaurant I have ever been in. The food was amazing and so was the company. The weekend was capped off today with a huge breakfast cooked by Burke, church and a delightful lunch with Burke and Erin. Every time we visit Raleigh/Chapel Hill, I always leave questioning why we don't live there. So many great places and people...but God has us in Charlotte for a reason and I just have to trust that! All in all, it was a great weekend. Hope you enjoyed yours!

From the Inside, Out


Everyday people tell themselves {and the people around them} that they're going to change. For some, the change needs to come sooner rather than later. I've discovered some things in my own life that need to change so that I will be more edifying and encouraging to those around me.  One thing {perhaps the biggest} is my selfishness. There are moments and times that I am almost shocked at how selfish I can be. Being a daughter of the Most High commands me to be anything but that.  I am selfish of my time and my not alright. One way I hope to alleviate some of this, is to be more aware of those around me and what they need and desire.
Another aspect that needs to be worked on, is the time that I spend in the Word and with the Lord. I always seem to let other things get in the way and take precedence over what I need to be doing. It's quite sad. But that is yet another thing that needs to be seriously examined and corrected.
With those two things, another thing {the least} is my discipline for getting to the gym. Seriously. It used to be easy because I could go on my way home from work. Now it requires more effort and planning. But I think I'm getting back into my routine. I'm excited for my workout on Friday which will be the always enjoyed Cardio Funk! Best workout I've ever had. I couldn't get through my work week without visits to the gym. It just gives me some 'me' time and some time to let everything out. It's wonderful! So that is my list of things that I'm working on. I know that with God's mercy, grace and strength, those things will soon be conquered {hopefully!} and surely replaced with other things. One should never stop growing. I will leave you with some images from this past weekend!

{i am blessed}

Some Coffee Love


The whole time I was growing up, the closest thing I got to coffee was a Starbucks Frappachino. And for those of you that have had the aforementioned drink, you know as well as I do that fall more into the milkshake category rather than a coffee category. But ever since I've entered the working world, it is almost impossible for me to get through a weekday without a cup of joe. Now I don't need much seeing as how I often exude the energy of 6 year old, but it's just a good way to start the day in the office. One of my most favorite discoveries is almost any flavored Coffee Mate creamer. It adds just enough flavor so that I'm not making scrunched up faces for the duration of contents of my mug. One big thing that I'm looking forward to once we move into our house (insert a little squeal) is that I will finally have enough counter space for my coffee maker. My current counter situation is that there is zero space for anything other than the bare necessities, which would be no problem, but I would like to have a home for my coffee maker other than our storage closet. So if you're a coffee drinker and in search of some extra flavor in your life, I strongly suggest trying one of the many Coffee Mate products. You will not be disappointed!

How Good is God?


For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. -- Colossians 1:16

 ...He is so very good.
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