Things That Made This Week Absolutely Rock

10.28.2011

Well hello Friday! I'm so glad you're here. This week at work was CRAZY and by CRAZY, I mean the most hectic, busy, insane week since I've been here. But here we are at Friday once again and only 1 day away from my birthday{insert a little happy chair dance}! And despite the aforementioned work insanity, this week has been awesome because...

ONE. It's my birthday week!

As I've said before, I am very much like a child when it comes to my birthday and Christmas. I love any excuse for presents and celebrating with friends and family. And I am extremely supportive of stretching my birthday celebration out past one day because, hello, is one day ever really enough?

TWO. My oldest best friend asked me to be a bridesmaid! This totally tops birthday week! Whitney and I have known each other since the 4th grade and though we don't see each other nearly as much as we want, she is still one of my very best friends. Time and life have fought to pull us apart, but we're tough and fought harder.
I have no idea what we were thinking, but we had fun doing it
  
Last summer at Hilton Head. The bush behind Whitney was a tad prickly
 
4th of July this year
THREE. I finished the newest Nicholas Sparks book, "The Best of Me"

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It was a good read, but I did not love the ending. I would still recommend it though if you like his books because it holds your interest and like most of his books, it's emotional enough to keep you wondering what's going to happen.

FOUR. The first Carolina basketball game is tonight! And though it may merely be an exhibition game, I am ready for it!
And that also means that November 11 is that much closer! 2 weeks and counting!

I love college basketball.

FIVE. And per usual, my sweet husband always makes my week better than I could imagine!

Happy Friday y'all!


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Birthday Week!

10.25.2011

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Hard to believe my 26th birthday is taking place in a mere 4 days {technically 3 days and 1 wake-up, but who's counting?}! It does not seem possible because most days I feel like I'm a teenager trying to figure out life as opposed to the 20-something, married, home-owner that I really am.

Reality is such a funny thing.

So for at least the next 4 days, I will use "...but it's my birthday" whenever I see fit. There are only so many times in life when it can be "all about you" and I am a firm supporter of birthdays being one of those times.  And for that reason alone, I will live by the quote above!

Happy birthday week to me!
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That Toddlin' Town

10.23.2011

I miss Chicago.  No exaggeration. There is not a day that goes by where I don't think about it and how I wish we were there again or going back soon.

I dream about the pizza. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but it was good enough that it's only a slight one. There was something about that city that neither of us can seem to shake. I figured by this point I'd have gotten over it, but that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon....
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I never thought that I would love Chicago as much as I did. I am anxiously awaiting the next time we can go again and I must say, I'm not being too patient about it. If you haven't gone, you should. The pizza will make it worth it. I promise you that. It's an awesome city and we only got to see a fraction of it's splendor. There is so much to do and see and the 5 days we were there were not nearly enough. There are talks about heading back there next summer.

One can only hope.

This is my kind of town, Chicago is my kind of town, Chicago is...
and each time I roam, Chicago is calling me home, Chicago is...-Frank Sinatra

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Little Did We Know

10.17.2011

So the other day I was watching one of the multiple episodes of "Friends" I have stored up on our DVR and a thought struck me; little did those actors/actresses, producers and all the other people that were involved in that show know just what they were in store for when the pilot aired September 22, 1994.
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How would they know that "how you doin?" would become a household phrase and that "the Rachel" would become the most requested haircut in the 90's? When this show started out, it was just a sitcom, but it became a way of life. These "friends" became the people that we would laugh and cry with for a decade.

This of course snowballed into an analogy for life. Think of your best friend. Think of your significant other. When you met them, chances are, you had no idea what would come from that meeting. You would not know that when you shook their hand or said "hello" for the first time that your life would be changed forever. There is no way for you to know that, but that's the point. That's what life and living is for.

You gave it a chance. Relationships need time to develop and grow. My "love" for "Friends" didn't happen after the first episode I watched. It probably took a couple of episodes for me to realize just how awesome it is. Same thing with friendships/marriage. The first few times a meeting or conversation took place, there would have been no way for me to know that I was talking to a lifelong best friend or the man I'm going to marry. It takes time, effort and some give and take.

Sometimes things are a little "off". Sometimes the jokes aren't funny. That doesn't translate into a reason for giving up. It's a reason to remember why the relationship started. A reason to remember that things aren't always perfect, but there's always the next time.

I know it sounds strange that I derived all of this from a show that has been over for 7 years {and that fact makes me feel old}, but I hope you see my point. Life is full of the unexpected, but you never know where that unexpected may take you. What may start out as just another run of the mill show, may turn into a comedy that all others are measured against. This day could very well be the start of something you could have never seen coming.

You may want to see how it goes and where it takes you. It could be more than you could have ever expected.
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Dear Fall...Please Slow Down!

10.16.2011

Is anyone else shocked that we're almost halfway through October?  This is one of my most favorite months and so I would love if I could slow it down just a little bit, but sadly, that's not the way life works.

This month has been filled with friends, food and football...all of the things that make fall the most wonderful season



The weather here in Charlotte has been amazing and I am savoring every bit of autumn that I can. We're hoping to get up to the mountains sometime in the next couple of weeks which will just serve as the icing on the cake. And although I am loving fall so much, I have to confess to you guys and tell you that I did in fact buy 2 Christmas items from Marshall's yesterday.  Only hand towels for the bathroom, but Christmas nonetheless.

Meh, who am I kidding? I was positively giddy checking out with those.

I hope fall has been wonderful for y'all!

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I Promise!

10.13.2011

True story.

I'll be back after this crazy week has come to a close.

Also, I miss you guys :)
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A Walking Contradiction

10.06.2011

Marriage can change moment to moment. The core aspects remain, but some times are more serious than others and vice versa.

And after 3 years of marriage, I've learned that's okay.

Too many times, I've tried to compare myself to other wives and Andrew to other husbands. Keep in mind that some of these said "wives" and "husbands" read from scripts in front of cameras, but that's besides the point. I try to fit shove us into a mold that the world has made. Big mistake. Huge.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you..if you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world
--John 15:12 & 19

I know that this world is not what I need to be striving for; it is God's way and God's love that I need to be comparing myself and my marriage to. But the real life marriages that I'm around and witness, we {Andrew and I} can learn and be blessed by those. God has placed those couples in our life for that very reason and I pray we don't let those opportunities to grow pass us by. 

My marriage and my life with Andrew is indescribable. He can drive me crazy and make me slam doors. He also is the one that holds me and prays for and with me. He "dances" and sings silly songs to cheer me up and to entertain me...and sometimes himself. He makes me laugh, smile, think and praise God daily for him. 

He pushes me and listens to me.

He loves me. 

He is my best friend. 

Marriage, like life, is what you make of it. It can be stressful and wonderful all at the same time. It is a walking contradiction. Too often, I let my work day or other outside factors drag me down and I don't take the time to remind Andrew how much I love him and how thankful I am that he is mine. I'm trying to work on that and make it a point to be "active" and not just a by stander in my marriage. To give more than just a fleeting kiss or hug in the morning or a perfunctory "I love you" at the end of a conversation or the day. Marriage, like my walk with the Lord, requires effort and my whole heart. They both require constant time, patience and love and neither allow for laziness or for me to be lukewarm. They go hand and hand. 

 Yesterday I heard these words...

When you’re weak, I’ll be strong
When you let go, I’ll hold on
When you need to cry, I swear that I’ll be there to dry your eyes
When you feel lost and scared to death,
Like you can’t take one more step
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.  
"I'm Gonna Love You Through It" Martina McBride


I thought "those words perfectly describe my relationship with my husband" and then I realized they perfectly describe my relationship with my Father. He is everything I'm not and everything I need and more. And He blessed me with a husband that completes me in a way no one else could. Our marriage isn't perfect nor is it like anyone else. We are a work in progress and at times, a walking contradiction. 
But during that walk, we're both holding onto each other and the Lord.

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