A Mountain Getaway, Red and Chords


Oh my goodness.  Me and my sporadic blogging tendencies lately!  Because of said tendncies, this post is going to be a little on the random side, but that's not really anything new.

There is so much I love about the month of October, but this particular October has been pretty fantastic and I'll be sad to see it go next week.


How is it possible that November starts next week???


This past weekend, Andrew and I headed up to the mountains to enjoy time with friends and everything the little towns of Blowing Rock and Boone had to offer.  The older I get, the more I realize how little I appreciated the surroundings I was blessed by in my time at Appalachian State.  There is just something special about the little town that is at an altitude of 3,333 feet.

This was the adorable cabin we stayed in, which was surrounded by nothing but woods and I'm sure it could serve as the setting of a scary movie if needed.

I mean, this place was down a few miles of gravel, twisty roads and it would not be found on accident, but then again, I guess that's the point of having a getaway.

And this was the amazing view all around us, no matter where we were

In addition to the beautiful scenery, we also had the opportunity to hang out with some friends that we hadn't seen in a looooong time.

You know a good time was had when discussions for next year have already commenced.  It was a wonderful weekend and I was sad to see it end.

But when the weekend ended, it meant that it was Monday and that meant the long awaited (at least by me) Taylor Swift album could finally be purchased.

I don't know the last time I purchased an actual CD, but since Target was the only place selling the "deluxe version," an actual CD was a must.  I know a lot of people aren't loving the "new Taylor," but I am loving this album.

And finally, I've officially started guitar lessons!  I've only had one, but I'm seriously loving it.  Mostly focusing on scales and basic chords, but it's harder than I would've thought.  Also, it's sad that I've played my guitar more in the last week than in the last year.

Okay, maybe not quite, but probably pretty close.  My goal is to learn a Christmas song, so wish me luck!

See?  Random.  Happy Thursday, everyone!

Weekend Recap & Looking Ahead


If you haven't gathered, I like fall.  And in my world, "like" means "love in a borderline obsessive way."  What can I say?  I don't like doing things halfway and absolutely believe seasons should be celebrated. 

This past Saturday, I was able to go on an apple picking adventure with my friends Alisha and Jen at the Apple Hill Orchards. I was a little worried because I have the tendency to build things up and then I'm left feeling let down when my expectations aren't met.  In this case, though, my worrying was unnecessary and incredibly pointless.  We could not have asked for better weather or a more perfect place.  When it was all said and done, we picked approximately 50 apples and it cost less than $20, which means picking your own is not only fun, but is financially smart.  I love a win-win.

Another fantastic thing about this weekend was I had my first experience with Whole Foods.  One visit and I am hooked!  It would be great if the prices would work their way down a little, but regardless, it was a magical place (at least by grocery store standards).  It's on our way home from church, so I could see that being a blessing an issue in the future.

Speaking of church, this Sunday's sermon, was amazing.  There is no way for me to summarize it in one word, but here are a few of the notes that I took...
+ when God wants to teach me something, He will take me to a place where I'm uneasy
+ if God is in it, it won't fail
+ when you stop defending yourself, Jesus will become your defender 
+ you can't live life painting leaky spots; allow God to seal you up with His ways
+ can't blame "being leaky" the weather or problems; they're inevitable
+ faith is not built on answers; it's built while you wait. Faith is made during the delay
I love when I'm open to what God wants me to hear as opposed to sitting in the pew thinking our pastor is talking to all of those around me.  The only way to grow and learn is to actually be teachable.

This coming weekend will be spent with our friends, Chris and Kristen, and an adorable cabin in Blowing Rock.  Part of me feels like a 65 year old woman because one of the things I'm most excited about is seeing the leaves, but how can you not appreciate this...

via E.Young
I know this season will be ending soon, so I plan on embracing each moment that comes my way.  Even if that means I'm acting 30 years older than I currently am.


October Reflections


I wish I could come up with a new excuse for being a terrible blogger.  Sadly, I'm not that clever nor do I have a truly valid reason other than, I'm a terrible blogger.

Well, now that's out of the way, I'll try to catch y'all up on my world the past couple of weeks. My friend, Allison, one amazing wedding weekend that was beautiful from beginning to end...

It's been a blessing to be apart of their journey so far and to celebrate them on the day that changed their lives.

Between the "I do's" and the bundle of joys that have been welcomed into this world, 2012 has proved to be a year of wonderful change for so many of my friends.  It's hard for me to believe how this year has flown by the way it has.  Seeing as how it's only October, I realize it's a bit early to start reminiscing, but I also know that if you don't take purposeful pause in your life, you miss it.

Another thing I've learned as the days of 2012 have flown by, is that happiness and joy are not synonymous. Being happy is an emotion that can change depending on the moment; joy is a gift from God that no one or nothing can take from you.  Joy is what gets us through the day and it's our choice to recognize that.  Work, family, friends, finances, (insert whatever else), can effect our mood or our day, but it's our choice on whether or not those things effect our lives.

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
- John 16:33

So, my challenge to myself, and to you, is to choose joy over whatever the world wants to hurl toward me.  I'll try my hardest to catch it and deal with it, but I know that I'm not alone in that game of catch.  God's hands are bigger, stronger and more reliable than mine could ever be.


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