Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

I love Thanksgiving. What other holiday begs you to join the rest of the nation in eating a WHOLE BUNCH? Seriously? I love it! Thank you Pilgrims and Indians for this wonderful holiday. We are so thankful that you were thankful.

Moving on.

We newly-weds spent our first Thanksgiving together with my hubs side of the family in (get ready for this) Wewahitchka, FL. What! You haven't heard of it?!?! What is this nonsense? Anyway, his uncle owns a house on the river and all 700 of them celebrate the holiday there. (Ok maybe I exaggerated the number a bit, but they do have a HUGE family.) I almost felt like I could have been at the first Thanksgiving amid all the nature that surrounded me...minus the cars, phones, cameras, boats, golf clubs, plastic plates, modern appliances and etc. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful day and I am very glad that I married into such a warm and welcoming family.

The next day my hubs got up before the crack of dawn (aka 3:00 AM) to work Black Friday. I had planned on getting up around 8 and heading to the Huntsville area to visit my family, but instead things took a different turn. I attempted to go back to sleep...for about an hour and a half. My sinuses were the evil culprit keeping me awake. After about 55 trips to the bathroom to blow my nose (Ok, maybe it was 8), I decided to get in the shower and get ready to leave. At least I could stop and shop a bit on my way, right?

Or so I thought...

About half way through my trip I stopped to grab some breakfast and Christmas shop a bit. The french toast bagel and caramel latte treated me quite nicely. It was a good morning. UNTIL...I started shopping. Long lines and not-so-great-deals plagued me. As I was heading to the next store as a last resort, the heavens opened up and poured out, no not blessings, but buckets of rain. It was raining cats and dogs, or was it raining men? Hmm. Needless to say I was drenched by the torrential downpour. I just had to be parked at the other end of the shops. Great. It was not ok for my life! At least I wasn't hungry as well. That my friends would have been a great tragedy.

Fortunately, the rest of the trip improved greatly. I arrived at my aunt and uncle's house just in time for lunch. I was greeted by warm hugs, Christmas decorations, hot apple cider and food! You can't get much better than that. Late Friday afternoon my parentals and sibs came in and the rest of the clan visited the next day. We played, ate, sang, talked, laughed and had a merry 'ole time. It saddened me that my trip was so short, but I was also ready to get back to my hard-working hubs.

But of course I couldn't part without snapping a few shots. I failed to to so on Thanksgiving at the river, so I had to make up for lost picture opportunities.

My sweet cousin Haley

Thug life. We are so swole!

My precious sister, I love you!

Kathryn Olivia...my most favorite littlest sister!

Notice to all the rest of my family: I would have taken pics with you guys too, but this was last minute.

To put a cherry on top of my semi-sweet chocolate sundae of a weekend, I got to see my very best friend and her boyfriend! (It qualifies as semi-sweet and not Recees-sweet because of the rough start and my horrid chili. But I am getting ahead of myself. Pardon me.) It was good to see each other again. We used to be roomies, but then I got married and she moved 5 hours away. Life happens, but we are still close. Anyway, we decided that McCalister's sounded good for a late supper, (which was a harmless assumption). Little did I know that the delish bowl of chili that I imagined in my head would somehow turn into that nasty meat sauce that you put on top of hot dogs. Dis-gust-ing. But being the Suzie Sunshine that I am, I ate some of it anyway. And of course it had nothing to do with the fact that I was hungry, or the fact that I was too tired to get up. It also didn't have anything to do with the fact that I didn't want to pay for anything else either. No, just Suzie Sunbeam, Sunburst, Sunshine...WHATEVER.

When I returned to our little town home, my hubs and the Christmas lights greeted me. Suddenly all thoughts of the nasty chili and everything else faded into a distant dream. I told him everything that happened as if it was forever away.

Home + hubs + Christmas tree = Me never wanting to leave again.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Too fast or too slow

Oh! do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch. - Jane Austen
Some days I just wish I didn't have to live by the clock. Today is one of those days. I feel like Father Time has his leash on my collar and is pulling me to and fro against my wishes. I woke up this morning very unmotivated to do anything I'm supposed to. It might possibly be due to the Thanksgiving holiday. (Oh those wonderful off days!) There seems to be SO much I need/want to do and very little time to accomplish it all. Yet, at the same time I feel like my life is passing so slowly. I'm ready to speed things up to the next stage. My little heart frowned at the prospect of doing this same thing for the next 6 + months. Ahhhhh! May I please not be dictated by the time? Pretty please! With a cherry on top?

Tick, tick, tick...

Obviously my pleading does no good. I've had to remind myself today that "This is the day that the LORD has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalms 118:24) My goal should be to serve and please my master, to rejoice in Him...not to be blue about how my watch attacks me.

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Sufficient for the day is its own troubles." (Matthew 6:33-34)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Tree. CHECK!

We put up our first Christmas tree!

I am so excited. I haven't finished the tree skirt yet, but it will come soon!

Here is our dining room Christmas decor. This is probably my favorite room thus far.

More coming soon to a blog near you! (Aka, this one.)

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thankful for...Husband

My hubs.

I am so thankful for him. He is most definitely the greatest blessing I have received in my life apart from salvation.

Here are a few things I'm thankful for...there are a lot more than this!

1. I am thankful that his passion for worship. The first time we met he was leading worship at a Bible Study (which by the way, is a great place to meet godly guys). I couldn't get him out of my head after that. God has given him some amazing musical talents, but he uses them for God's glory. I admire him so much for how he leads.

 2. I am thankful for his spiritual leadership. Sometimes he will share something that he is thinking about with me and I am blown away by his insights. He also has a hunger to know the real meaning of things. He doesn't just take things at face value, but asks why. He's not afraid to go against the flow. I love that!

(Please know he is being silly in this picture!)

 3. He is so intelligent. I always knew I wanted to marry someone really smart. I have certainly done so. He always amazes me with the amount of random knowledge he has. (I'm serious. I think he told me that the chicken really did come before the egg. I was blown away. Haha.)

4. I am thankful for his heart for following Christ...wherever He leads. He is willing to go anywhere and do anything the Lord asks of us. He's not afraid of standing up for his faith. All long, long time ago we started talking. I knew I could possibly marry him when we discovered that we had the same passions in life and ministry. I am still amazed at how similarly we view these things. I could not love any other heart than his.

5. I am thankful for his sense of humor and personality. (I just did 2 in1. Can I do that? Well of course. I'm the one writing this anyway.) He is ridiculously silly, goofy and sarcastic and I love it. He makes my life so interesting. He is loud, bold and isn't afraid to tell you what he thinks. Just like me. NOT! But our marriage would be so boring if he was. I love him as is.

 6. I am thankful for his love. It's like nothing I've ever know. It is a beautiful mystery when someone chooses to love you unconditionally. And he does. It's so freeing to know that you are loved for YOU, not for your performance or perfection. He is so good to me that sometimes I can't believe it. I am spoiled with love and I don't mind one bit!

 7. Finally, I am thankful that he married me this year! (Just so you know, it is very fitting that I have 7 reasons. My hubs loves the number 7.) He was so wonderful through all the wedding planning process. He was good about helping me relax when I started to get overwhelmed. It was an absolutely amazing day that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am HIS!

All in all, my love is the choicest among men. I am so blessed to be his little lady. Husband, I cherish and adore you!

I could go on and on, but I'll just save that for him in a future letter.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thankful for...Home

This week I'm going to be posting about things I'm thankful for in my life. I am incredibly blessed.

Today, I am thankful for where I live. I take so much for granted, like the simple blessing of having a roof over my head and a safe place to live. My city is a warm, welcoming place. And even though I hope we don't stay here forever, this has been a wonderful place to start our life together. I can honestly say that I am content. (However, I can't wait to see where God leads us from here!)

I hope you enjoy some pictures from around town.

Friday, November 19, 2010

In My Future

The prospects for my future are very bright this Friday afternoon. What to I see you ask?

I see thrift stores...

spray paint...

Target (I have a gift card!)...


Christmas ornaments...

a pork tenderloin dinner...

and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

It shall be a good evening.

Happy Weekend my friends!


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