Sep 14, 2011

The past week and a half has been so crazy. We spent the entire Labor Day weekend in NC with M's family, whitewater rafting and relaxing in a cabin we rented for the weekend. The night we got home, my dad came to stay with us after he spent a weekend with his twin brother who lives really close to us. That Wednesday, my dad and I drove to Nashville to pick up my mom and sister from the airport. 

It was absolutely wonderful having my entire family under one roof for a few days. We took them to Nashville, did some shopping, went antiquing, and just relaxed together. I was fortunate enough to get a few days off from work (part of my "hiring negotiations") to spend with my family while they were here. 

This past Saturday my dad's brother and his wife came and spent the day with us. We played corn hole, hung out, and grilled out that evening after some more family showed up. I've always lived near many people I've known - there's always been someone to hang out with. I've missed that since we've moved here and as much as I really enjoy having my husband to myself, it's also nice when family can visit. 

My parents and sister left on Sunday morning. Then M yesterday afternoon and will be gone until Thursday night for training in Chattanooga. It's been weird to be here alone - I can't say I'm a fan of it. It's quite lonely. If you were here, you would think my nightly routine of making myself feel secure in this house was insane. Let's just say, I'm pro-gun and have two within reach. ha!

It's been hard to blog recently because 1) I haven't had much time to write with all the traveling and visitors and 2) my camera is broken. It's really hard to make posts interesting and complete without being able to capture moments or things. Words just don't really seem enough at times.

I'm contemplating buying a new camera with my first paycheck as a celebratory purchase. We'll see if my frugality will allow it. I love taking photos and feel lost without my camera, but I just can't seem to decide if I want to spend that much money. 

Well, enough excitement for one post! I'm going to attempt to write more this week and really dig up some substance from within :) I'll also dig out my old tiny digital camera and see if I can get some good shots.

Stay tuned!

ten day challenge: two songs & one picture

Sep 11, 2011

I truly can't pick just two songs, so instead of all-time favorites, I'm just going to put up two songs that I'm really liking right now.

1. What Are Words by Chris Medina - my sister showed me this song last week and I bawled. It really made me think about the love I say I have for my husband, yet the actions that so often contradict that. 

2. Remind Me by Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood

And finally, a picture
(and of course since I'm a newlywed- I have to make it a wedding picture)

Thanks all who linked up! It was fun getting to know you!

ten day challenge: four books & three films

Sep 2, 2011

I've always loved reading. And I'm the kind of reader that gets so immersed in a book that it feels like I'm in it - I'm seeing everything, hearing it all, and feeling all the senses written about. At the end of the book or series, I almost feel sad that I have to come back to reality. There have been a few books that have truly captured me and I haven't been able to put them down. These aren't in particular order of favorites.

1.  The Help
I know what you're thinking. EVERYONE has this on their top book list. I don't feel bad to join right along with them! It was a very good book. I read it before I saw the movie and I'm so glad I did. As always, movies can't fit every important detail in the hour and a half or so that it is allotted. It was good going in knowing some background and context. 

You'll cheer....you'll cry....you'll get fire-spittin' mad....your eyes might just be opened a bit wider to that era through the perspective of the characters.

 2. James Patterson's Alex Cross Series
 I've always enjoyed tv shows that revolve around courts, crime, and justice - Law & Order: SVU, The Mentalist, etc. I had read several of James Patterson's romantic books and wanted to see what his other books were like. Once I read one in the series, I was hooked. I went back to the beginning of the series and am all caught up now. Most of them are so good that I've read well into the middle of the night because I just don't want to put it down!

 3. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
I read this book my senior year in high school. It is amazing. 
Read about it here.  

4.  House Rules by Jodi Picoult 
I love many of Picoult's books, but I love this one in particular because of the topic of autism. I've always been interested in learning more about the autism spectrum, including Asperger's. Picoult tacked this topic after much research and I think she did an amazing job of portraying a life affected by the needs and traits of autism. 


1.Pearl Harbor


2. Singing in the Rain

3. My Fair Lady (and all the Audrey Hepburn movies!)

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ten day challenge: six places, five foods

Sep 1, 2011

Six Places

one. My childhood home.
I don't have a good picture of the house I lived in from age six until college, but it's the place that holds so many precious memories. It's one of those places, aside from my home with husband, that I feel completely comfortable.

two. Jamaica.
I'll never forget my time there and the beautiful people I met. My heart longs to go back and I'm hoping to make it a reality some day.

three. NYC.
I've been to New York twice, for the same reason- a prayer conference at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was amazing the first go 'round and a friend and I explored parts of Brooklyn around the church. The second go 'round, however, was even more amazing. My friend Fain and I decided to skip out on the prayer conference, sneak off to the Subway, and head for Time Square. It was the most fun I think I've ever had. I want to go back so badly. I love the city.

four. Greece.
I've wanted to visit Greece for a LONG time. Maybe someday!
five. Venice, Italy.
I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Venice. It looks beautiful and so full of culture. 

six. Home Sweet Home.
We've lived in our home for about 3 months. Our very first home together as a married  couple. We couldn't have asked for a better starter home. It fits us so well and has such character. I love knowing this is OUR home. 

FIVE FOODS....in picture.

Can you tell I struggle with carbs? No wonder I can't seem to get flat abs....
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