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.baby, it's cold outside.

I'd been looking forward to this past weekend for a very long time.  Why?  Because Narnia came out this weekend!  On Sunday I traveled with my family over the river and through the woods to see this wonderful movie.  I know some of you who are reading my blog have never read the books, or you may have read one of them.  I grew up having them read to me, reading them myself, listening to them on tape, and watching the BBC versions.  Growing up, Narnia is what I dreamed about.  It's where I longed to be.  The story draws me in, captures all my attention, and tugs at the yearning in my heart for something more.  I was as excited as a three year old on Christmas morning for this movie.  I saw it. I laughed. I cried.  I didn't want to leave.  I wanted to follow Reepicheep into Aslan's country, but I know I have things to do here first.

Narnia was not the only exciting part of my weekend.  We got snow!!  
I know it wasn't a ton, but we take what snow we can get around these parts.  Snow is probably my favorite thing the whole world.  I love watching it fall.  I love how it blankets the ground.  I love watching it swirl around on the road.  I love how beautiful it is.  Snow is completely enchanting.  

My least favorite part of this weekend?  I came down with this deathly sickness known as the winter cold.  I has the sniffles.  I can't breathe and my nose is like an annoying dripping water faucet.

Too much information?  

I'm sorry.

It must be the nyquil.

Since I'm getting to the point where I can no longer string sentences together, this would be a good time for a December countdown.

In 3 days: I will be traveling to Nashville for the Andrew Peterson Christmas concert at the Ryman.  This has become my favorite Christmas tradition.  AND I get to see Miss Jodie Leeka!! 

In 4 days: I'm going back to the city of orange to visit Miss Natalie Wright!

In 7 days: Drew is coming home for Christmas!  He'll only be home for a week, but we'll make the most of it.

In 12 daysCHRISTMAS!!  Oh snap.

In 18 days: New Year's Eve.  Better get the new year's resolutions ready.

That's all for now folks.  That nyquil is really starting to get to me.  I better stop now before I say something that will ruin your life.


Oh dear.  I don't think I was supposed to tell you that. 



.game nights.

Last night Laney had a game night at her house with about 20 of her high school friends.  She wanted me to be there, so I just couldn't let her down.  I ended up being the adult supervision until my aunt got home.  I kept thinking to myself, "how can I be old enough to be the adult supervisor??"  Unbelievable.  Anyway, as people arrived, they gathered in the kitchen and said very random things or stood in silence.  It was the epitome of high school awkwardness, and I LOVED it.

I had completely forgotten how difficult it is to get a group of high schoolers to cooperate.  Just going outside to play a game takes 20 minutes.  We finally started a game of capture the flag, which ended up being a complete fail, but that's ok.  Hide and go seek was definitely much better, but sardines was my favorite.  I was selected to hide first, but Ryan, Roy, and Aubree snuck out and came with me.  We are so sneaky.  We found an awesome spot where we stayed for about 30 minutes, and no one found us. So we decided to move to a more obvious location since it was FREEZING outside and we wanted the game to be over.  We walked out of our hiding spot and literally just laid down in the yard.  A couple people found us, but the rest of them blindly walked past.  We should totally be ninjas.  I think I've found my calling in life.  Interior Design...what was I thinking??  After laying there for what seemed like forever, we decided to go inside since we figured everyone else had given up. (Wimps.)  I was named the best hider ever by the kids. (If you ever need a self esteem boost, just hang out with high schoolers...except for when they find out your age.)

After thawing out, we ventured downstairs to play some Mafia.  I played this game in high school.  I'm pretty sure you're only allowed to play it in high school because it completely dies in college.  Our narrator gets up there to start the game and decides that Harry Potter should be the basis of our story. (Oh dear.)  The game starts, someone is killed by the mafia, the doctors (I was a doctor...my other calling in life) saved one of the helpless townspeople, and we woke up from our slumber.  Then began the nightmare that is Harry Potter.  Now if you just wanted to use names from Harry Potter, I would have been ok with that.  But no. These people knew all the potions and spells and had to make sure they said the correct one for that part of the story.  Harry Potter makes me fear for that generation....

Then came that infamous game of Never Have I Ever...  No.  We were not drinking.  Come on people.  The age range was 13-16..or something like that.  Instead, one person stood in the middle and said something they'd never done, and the rest of us ran around finding another chair.  I was squashed a couple times, ran into people, and almost had a heart attack when I about killed a small 13 year old child.  This. Game. Is. Brutal.  During the course of the game, they all found out how old I am.  They stared in shock, and then told me they didn't think I was older than 18.  (This was nice, but then they said 22 was old.  They have so much to learn. Bless their hearts.)  It wasn't so bad until someone asked, 

"Megan, where do you go to school?" 

and I had to respond 

"Well I WENT to UTC."  

"You WENT to UTC???" 

"Give me a break!  I JUST graduated!  I am not old!"

And then I burst into tears.  Ok not really.  

So besides the age thing and the Harry Potter obsessiveness, the night was a ton of fun.  I loved being around high schoolers...especially the funny ones.  Oh and my cousin Roy and I bonded over Justin Bieber.  It was awesome.  And we watched Ironman.  Even more awesome.  Then I slept on a TINY love seat in Laney's room and could barely move this morning.  However, that was my fault.  I was offered the bed in Lillie's room and refused.  So stubborn.

One other little story.  Before hanging with the cool kids Friday night, I got to babysit Evie and Connor.  While Connor was down for his nap, Evie and I were playing games, and she started playing with my ring.  This was our short conversation.

Evie: "This doesn't wook like mommy's wedding wing." 

Me: "Well that's because it's not a wedding ring."

Evie:  "Why not?"

Me:  "Because I don't have one."

Evie:  "Well where is yours?"

Nothing like a 4 year old making you feel like a loser.  However, I did laugh about it for a long time.  That is all.  Sorry for a long post with no pictures.  For you visual people like myself...congrats on making it this far.

Later y'all.


.there's so much to be thankful for.

I know I'm late on posting about Thanksgiving.  Please forgive me.  I've been busy eating turkey, napping, eating more turkey, napping...there's a pattern here.

So it was Thanksgiving last week, and what are we supposed to do on Thanksgiving?...besides the obvious stuffing our faces with food...talk about what we are thankful for!  Every year we all say how Thanksgiving isn't the only day when we should give thanks, yet I am always rudely surprised at how little I express thanks throughout the rest of the year.

Last week, before my whole family got together on Thursday, I was thinking about things I'm thankful for, and at first it was difficult for me to come up with something.  That sounds terrible.  There is so much for me to be thankful for, but I think sometimes things become overshadowed by circumstances and life in general.  Y'all know the past few months haven't exactly been easy for many reasons.  So at first it was hard for me to feel thankful.  Then Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I went to The House, and they were doing things a little differently that night.  There were several areas and ways to worship.  You could just sit and listen to music being played, go and paint, mold something out of clay, pray, or write out praises and things you are thankful for.  As I sat there listening to the worship music, I started writing down what came to mind.

My job may not be my ideal job, but I am thankful for the opportunity
 to encourage others and be a light to those seeking help.

I'm thankful for my precious core group girls who continue 
to challenge and encourage me as a leader.

Although I am not where I desire to be at this point, I'm thankful for my friends and family who I have graciously been given to support me during this stage of my life.

I am thankful for the promise of "He who began a good work in you 
will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ".

Thursday came and the whole family gathered for the day at my cousin's house.  Twenty-five of us.  Have I ever said how much I love having a big family?  Of course, we were missing a few who couldn't make it this year.  We spent the day eating, sitting on the back porch, playing guitar, singing, playing football and frisbee, and laughing.  Boy did we laugh.  I am also thankful for laughter.  It truly is the best medicine.  I loved being around all my cousins.  My beautiful, talented cousins.  Here are a few pictures from Turkey Day...

Sigh.  It was a wonderful day, and it ended with kung fu panda and girl talk with Laney.  What else could I ask for?  :)  The rest of the weekend wasn't too shabby either.  Christmas tree shopping and decorating!  So begins my favorite holiday season.  

Bring it on.


.the prettiest country from georgia to tennessee.

This weekend I traveled to Flowery Branch, GA to visit the Farris family.  I hadn't seen them since before I left for Texas.  Brittany was still pregnant, and didn't even know yet if the baby was a boy or girl.  Well she had a girl!  Annie was born at the end of August, and I've been waiting not so patiently to go visit them and meet her!

Here's some pictures from the weekend.

 Annie Farris. Drool Queen.

 That lip.  Cracks me up.

 Those eyes.

It took me all of .75 seconds for me to fall in love with this face.

 My beautiful friend, Bethany.

Ok if this picture does not warm your heart and make you smile 
so big it hurts, something is probably wrong with you.

We can't be happy ALL the time.

Love this little girl.

When we weren't laughing at all of Annie's little faces, we were singin' songs of course.  There were just a few we couldn't get out of our heads....

country strong...sorry. no video.


one of my new favorite songs. Natalie's dad says this band looks like they just escaped from a renaissance festival.  I agree.  Those boys need some hair cuts.  But I love the song.  if i die young.  Check it out.

Good weekend.

Goodnight y'all.


.you are the music in me.

Warning:  Some of the content of this blog post might be the most shallow I have ever posted.  You may lose a few brain cells.

So I like crafts.  I like scrap booking. (are you a scrapper?)  I like coloring.  Most of all I really love making cards.  Homemade cards are so much more personal, so when I have the time, I like to make cards for people.

Aimie left her watch here this weekend, so I had to send it to her and decided to stick a card in the envelope too.  She is the only person I will make zac efron cards for, and that is because she might be his biggest fan.  Let me just say that I laugh out loud at myself while I make zac efron cards.  I feel like a 12 year old girl...it's only slightly embarrassing.

You only need 3 things when making a zac efron card:

1. really awesome google skills so that you can find the perfect picture.
2. scrapper materials.
3. a tiny bit of creativity (if most the things you say are pretty cheesy, then you'll be just fine).

"Gotta get'cha get'cha head in the game."

"we're soaring, flying. there's not a star in heaven that we can't reach."

Also, if you make cards, you should probably have something on it that makes it yours.  In my family, we draw this house and "homemark" on the back of any card we make.  Homemark.  Like Hallmark...but at home. Ha. Ha. Get it?  Told you cheesy comes in handy.

I'd like to dedicate this post to Aimie Long and her love for Zac Efron.

Now.  I need to go read something for smart people.


.letting go.

So I've had something on my mind for a while, and I thought I'd share my heart a little.  So jump in. Stay a while...

I graduated 3 months ago, and since then I've been pursuing a job in Interior Design.  So far the search has not revealed any available design jobs.  I've gotten a lot of "no's" and one "call back in two years when the economy is better".  Needless to say, the job search the past few months hasn't been exactly encouraging.  If I'm being honest, there have been a few emotional meltdowns.  Nothing that a little chocolate can't fix....I even wrote a song called, "nobody knows the truffles I've seen".  That was a joke.  In all seriousness, the past few months have been really tough for me.  It's very difficult to understand why in the world I went to college for 4 years and spent half my life on projects to not be able to do what I went to school for.  You might think I'm complaining, and I might be a little bit.  It just makes my heart sad that I'm not able to do what I've dreamed of for the past few years.

I had some time on the road this weekend, and during the drive and through some tears, I started to let myself realize that my dreams may not come to fruition as soon as I'd like.  I feel like the Lord is wanting me to let go for now and trust Him.  He's reminding me that I am not in control of my life, which is not easy for me.  Y'all know I really like to know what's going on, and I usually have some sort of plan.  So you'll understand that letting go of that control is not a piece of cake.

My core group girls and I are starting a study of Hebrews, and in last week's reading there was a line that really stood out to me.  It described Hebrews as "an appeal for endurance in spite of difficulty, perseverance in the face of disappointment".  Is this really the most difficult thing I will ever have to deal with? No. I have been blessed with a part time job.  It pays the bills.  But am I disappointed that it's not in my field?  Yes.  I'm not going to stop looking for a design job.  It's still important to make contacts and get my name out there, but I don't want to waste this time of my life just waiting around for it.

I don't know what the Lord has planned for my life.  I don't understand it at all.  That's exciting and scary at the same time.  Maybe it's time to let go of my career dream...for now.  I believe the Lord will bless me with that some day, but I think He's giving this time to me right now to pursue other things. I'm not saying I won't have "major weeper" moments, but I am determined to learn how to really let go and trust the Lord knows exactly what He is doing in my life.  I think I'll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

I do ask that you pray for me, friends.  I hope I've given you enough to understand what I'm struggling with, and what I hope to overcome.

Thanks.  I love you guys.

p.s. y'all should check this out.  it's so sweet and nurturing and just plain awesome. share the love.


.weekend count downs.

Today at work we decided to look up people's family crests.  It was ridiculous.  And I couldn't stop laughing at this one: http://www.mymcgee.com/  I think it was the beards on the cats that really got me.  Also, we listened to Christmas music at work today.  GASP.  Christmas music before Thanksgiving??  I know.  I really was trying to wait, but I couldn't help myself.  I just love Christmas so much, and one month is not enough time to listen to Christmas music.  More on this later.

Here are a couple pictures from hiking today.  The leaves are even more beautiful every day!  There may or may not have been several small forest fires out there.

There are a lot of fun weekends headed my way...and I really like count downs.
So I thought I'd share.
In 13 days, Aimie Long will be in Chattanooga for the weekend.
Also, it's my dad's 54th birthday.

In 20 days, I'm visiting my bffl Bethany Farris in Flowery Branch!
Also, I get to meet Miss Annie Farris for the very first time!!

In 26 days, I'm flying to San Diego to see my brother graduate!
Also, I will get to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. :)
Annnnd it will be my first visit to California.

In 33 days, it will be Thanksgiving.
Also, Aimie Long will be back in Chatt.  2 weekends in 1 month? Super excited!

That's all.  Goodnight.


This weekend I got to spend a lot of quality time with my bffls. (a jodie-ism that we have all begun to include in everyday conversation.)  I have not driven through the mountains of North Carolina during the fall in quite a while, and let me just say it was BREATHTAKING.  With each curve of the road came a new, beautiful, and even more glorious view than the last.  Just look at all those colors.  God is an amazing creator, and I love that He reminds us of that through things like the seasons changing.

We finally arrived at Aimie's house in Winston-Salem, and as we walked up to the front door, we all got super giggly and excited about seeing her.  When Aimie opened the door, we all screamed like little girls and gave lots of hugs. p.s. Aimie is learning to become a hugger.  It's an amazing transformation.  We are all very happy about the change. :)  After a tour through her host family's home, Aimie took us to the Reynolda House so we could take another tour where we were reminded every 2 minutes how much longer we had before they closed for the day.  We felt so welcome.  The gardens are great for jumping pictures though.

And running pictures.

It wouldn't be a fall weekend without some pumpkin carving, so we visited a pumpkin patch, hand picked our pumpkins, and named them of course.

What Saturday is complete without a shop til you drop marathon?  After pumpkin pickin', we headed off to the outlets to divide and conquer.  Let's just say that was a long day.  Pretty sure my favorite part was our dinner at Olive Garden.  I think we might have been the most deliriously happy table in that place.  SOOOO much laughter.  We left a lot healthier...at least that's what I chose to believe.

Alright.  Are you ready?  Here are some pictures from our 2nd annual fall photo shoot.  These girls are absolutely beautiful inside and out, and I am so thankful they are in my life.

This makes my heart smile.

 Favorite Elisa Quote: I have a hard time sitting still.  I'm like a squirrel.

 Work it gurrrrl.

 This girl is GORGEOUS.  She should model.  No really.  She should.

 peace, love & attitude.

Aimie should be a foot model.
I'm in love with these pictures and these boots.

Sunday night we carved pumpkins and spent time with some of Aimie's friends from Emmaus.  Oh and if you ever happen to be in Winston-Salem and someone asks if you want to go to cookout....they aren't asking if you want to go to A cookout...it's THE Cookout...where you can get delicious milkshakes.  So if you have the option of going to Cookout, you should always say yes.

Again, this past weekend was refreshing.  Every chance I get to spend time with these girls (plus Nat) I'm reminded of how blessed I am to have be given these friendships.  Not to copy Aimie's last entry, but seriously...how wonderful is it that the Lord has brought these girls into my life?  Each one of them is in my life for a reason.  We are all so different, but that is what makes it so great.  I wouldn't change a thing.  

Best friends for life.