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10.31.2010

.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.

10.23.2010

.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.
ONE
In 13 days, Aimie Long will be in Chattanooga for the weekend.
Also, it's my dad's 54th birthday.


TWO:
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!!


THREE
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.


FOUR:
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.


.bffls.


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.

10.13.2010

.unbridled ponies.

Ok.  I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  I'm just so excited about this weekend that I had to tell someone.  Jodie, Elisa, and I are heading to North Carolina this weekend to see Aimie!!...who I have not seen since graduation.
We got to talk on the phone last night, and I just realized how much I miss her!!  I'm so glad we get to see where she's living this year, meet who she's hanging out with, and hear about the things she's learning.

First off, we are stopping in Knoxville to hang out with Natalie, who sadly is unable to join us for the trip.  We need to have some time with her so we can include her in part of our fall photo shoot!  It's an annual tradition now.  Speaking of fall photo shoots, I can't believe it's been a year since we took these pictures:



I get teary eyed just looking at these pictures and thinking about that day and these girls.  I love what each of our personalities brings to the group.  It's perfect.

And now we have Jodie!  My sweet friend the Lord gave me in a "random" encounter in Texas.  It's a small world, people.  I'm just so thankful for these wonderful friends, and I'm excited for weekends like this one where we get to make more memories as our friendships continue to grow.

Stay tuned for Fall Photo Shoot 2010.

Love y'all.

10.11.2010

.i think i'm "fall"in' for ya.

Today is Sunday, and I am blogging, which means I survived house sitting this weekend.  I know you were all very worried about my well being.  Let me just say that house sitting is a wonderful thing, but I can't do it very often.  My heart just can't take it.  It's very emotionally draining.

Am I being dramatic?

Yes.

Am I being semi-serious?

Yes.

But fo' real y'all.  I have the weirdest brain.  Here's my thinking...if I sleep upstairs, and someone breaks into the house, I'm stuck.  BUT if I sleep downstairs where there are like 5 doors to get out of the house, that's a little better.  OH and I tense up at the smallest noise, and I create all these scenarios in my mind of what might happen if someone broke into the house.  It's awful.  I can't sleep at night.  I'd like to think that I could be brave and take care of whatever came my way, but in reality I think I'd throw the cat at them and run to my car.  (dear PETA, I would never throw a cat at someone...unless it would save my life.) Anyway.  It's over.  I'm at home safe and sound.

note: sorry these pictures aren't all super clear.  a lot of them were taken from the car.

This afternoon I decided to go for a drive, and let me tell you...the leaves were GORGEOUS.  I know what you're thinking...

"Gurrrrrlll if you talk about fall one more time..."

Seriously?  You're going to have to come up with something better than that to keep me from talking about fall.  Annnnnnd I'm talking to myself again.  Oh dear.

Anyway.  The leaves were SOOO pretty, and it was perfect because the sun was going down, and the light was really showing off all the different colors of the leaves.  I drove around for a while just taking in the beautiful colors, and then I found this:


I was intrigued, so of course I had to explore.  I drove back a little bit, and there was just a tiny turn around.  Apparently there is all this land for sale back there, and there were several overgrown paths leading to what I guess are the different sites.  Ok that may not be super exciting to y'all, but just wait.  Next I saw:

WILD TURKEYS!


 If only I'd had my gun with me.  Thanksgiving dinner would have come early this year.  Oh but the fact that I actually got the pictures of these birds is amazing.  I definitely conquered my fear of wild turkeys.  Lets just say I was chased by them once upon a time.  Ok.  I was in a car, but still...it was traumatic...and hilarious.

Here are some of my favorites from today.






The End.


p.s. road trip in 4 days to see miss aimie long!!

10.03.2010

.fall favorites.

I know I talk about fall ALL the time and how it's my favorite season.  So pardon me for bringing it up again.  There are just so many things to love.  Let me make a list..we all know how much I love those.  The following are not placed in order of preference.  I love them all the same..and unconditionally.  I'm not here to hurt fall's feelings.

fall favorite numero uno: colorful leaves.
(I also like to speak spanglish)
Is it against blogging laws to use the same picture in 2 different posts?  Sorry if it is, but I like this picture, and I don't feel like going outside right this second to take pictures of leaves in the front yard.  My neighbors already think I'm crazy...at least that's what I tell myself.


fall favorite numero dos: naps.
I don't think this needs an explanation.  Naps are just awesome. Period.

fall favorite numero tres: sweaters & scarves.
They don't have to be worn together, but that would be extra awesome.  I think I like the fact that both these things can be worn several different ways and with several different things.  So versatile.  Seriously though.  I LOVE scarves.  They are so fun, and comfy, and warm.  They might be my security blanket.  Shhh. Don't tell anyone.

fall favorite numero quatro: football.
Me gusta football.  I love being out on a Saturday and seeing everyone in their team's gear.  It's so fun.  Sadly, I don't get to watch a lot of college games.  However, on a Sunday afternoon/evening, you can find me watching an NFL game...mainly the Colts.  They lost today btw.  It made my heart sad, but I have to realize that I'm going to be let down a little this year.  I mean who am I to put pressure on them to have another perfect season?  It's ok, Colts.  I'm still a fan.


fall favorite numero cinco: hot chocolate.


Okay people.  I'm not talking about any old hot chocolate here.  I like to add a little somethin' somethin' to it.  That's right.  I'm talking about hazelnut creamer.  Hey.  Don't judge it before you try it.  It's delish! (that's for you, jodie.)



Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to drink hot chocolate and watch the Giants game.  Let's go, Eli.

Adios y'all.

10.01.2010

.little moments.

So you know those moments?  The ones that are so simple yet totally capture your attention, and somehow they make your whole day better?  Well I've had a few of those in the past couple days and thought I'd share.

1st moment:  Thursday morning I was babysitting for Kyrie.  We were playing, and she kept climbing into this round floaty.  She'd plop herself down in the middle and then shove in her little legs.  Here's a picture...


I laughed off and on about this for the rest of the morning.  You might have had to be there..and I know you wish you had been.

2nd moment: So after babysitting on Thursday, I had to make a run to Target.  Sometimes I go to Target with no goal in mind (just because it's my happy place.)  Thursday I really did have things to buy.  That is not important.  This moment happened as I was walking up to the entrance to Target.  A little boy (he couldn't have been older than 5) and his dad (who cares how old he was) were also walking up, and I heard the little boy humming something.  What was it?  Oh you know.  The theme song to Star Wars.  Now if you don't like Star Wars, you probably won't understand this at all.  But I actually like Star Wars.  I blame it on all the boys in my family that I grew up with.  Anyway.  I thought it was SO cute.  He sung it walking through the parking lot, into Target, and he was still humming when I turned onto a different isle.  Whether he kept it up throughout his whole Target trip, I don't know...but I sure hope so.  That little guy is going to be a nerd for sure.  I love it.

3rd moment:  Today I was hanging out with my kids. (I don't have kids.  When I say "my kids", I don't really mean MINE...I just mean the kids I babysit.  Now y'all know..for future reference.)  Anyway.  They are my favorite.  Connor went down for a nap, and Evie asked me if I would color with her.  She set up her little chairs at the coffee table for us, and we started coloring in her Toy Story coloring book.  She likes to pick pages side by side that haven't been colored on yet, so that we both have something to color.  It's so cute.  In the middle of crayons and Toy Story, Evie looked at me and said, "Megan.  You are a good colorer."  Nothing like words from a 4 year old to boost your self esteem...even if it is just about my crayon skills.


I love megan & evie time.

4th moment: Ok ok.  I know all my stories have been about kids, but some of my favorite moments come from silly/cute things they do or say. 
Just watch:

video

video

My favorite part is Connor saying "go vols! go vols!" in the background...oh and the "go me!" was pretty awesome too.



There ya go, folks.  Some of my favorite little moments from this week. 

Later y'all.