Sunday, October 9, 2011

Birthday Weekend


This past weekend my hubby had a few days off from work. It is quite rare for him to get a whole weekend off, so we decided to take advantage of the time and go on a road trip for my birthday. On Friday we packed up and went up to Tuscaloosa to visit Jonathan's sister (she's in law school there) and bro-in-law. That evening we enjoyed a little exploring and dinner at a quaint Italian place. I was more than happy to have an excuse to wear the dress my hubby gave me for my birthday. :)


Saturday we decided to to a little hiking at a nearby lake. (Sigh!) I long to live somewhere closer to the mountains! It'd take somewhere with any hiking trails really! It is so refreshing to be immersed in nature. I have such fond memories of our yearly family vacations in the mountains. My brother and I used to go off and have grand adventures...you know, being spies and saving the world just by climbing a mountain. :) My imagination was unbridled for a while as I took in all the sights and sounds. I could spend all day hiking!

The lake was beautiful!
Hehe. We're so silly!


Later than night we went to a Mexican restaurant with such posh decor. I'm pretty sure I spent several minutes just admiring the details and creativity. Don't you love the star lights?


Don't Jonathan and his sis look so much alike? Neither of them look much like their parents though. Weird! We had such a fun weekend in T-town them. It's always nice to get away for a while, even if it's just a few days. Oh and please notice my blondish roots showing! I think it's time to dye again!

Being silly again...this is our usual selves. :)

Sunday we had the pleasure of going to The Church at Brook Hills, where David Platt pastors. We even got to meet him after the service! It was so encouraging to hear the Word preached, without the uncomfortable and hard parts being left out. We left humbled and more in awe of Jesus, not feeling better about ourselves. You definitely don't just "attend church" at Brook Hills. They are the Church. They live like the Church out in the world. (More on that coming later!)

Now we're back and I have to start packing for Ethiopia! I leave on Friday! Craziness!


PS: Thank you all for your sweet birthday wishes!

49 comments:

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

Happy Birthday weekend, to you!! I clearly missed your birthday, but it looks like you had a wonderful time! So glad for it.

The lake looks so beautiful!

Emily w/Amazing Grapes

a girl with a smile said...

Glad you had fun; silliness all around

Valerie said...

Beautiful pictures! Love the fall tres, I just spend the weekend at a retreat with tons of beautiful trees!

Breanne said...

Ah! I forgot to leave you a Happy Birthday comment!

Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a glorious time! :)

Love,
Breanne

Creations By Cindy said...

Looks like you had a great birthday!

Janelle said...

Looks like you had a wonderful birthday weekend! I love your pictures! Your eyes are so blue, they match the picture of you in that blue shirt! pretty! thanks for your comment earlier on my blog so sweet! I have been following you for a while I enjoy your blog very much!!!

Krysta said...

Happy Birthday!

Courtney said...

I love your blog girl! Your photography is amazing!!!

Cassie said...

Happy Birthday, Jennifer!

(Thank you so much for following my blog! )

These pictures are gorgeous and I hope that your birthday is positively lovely.

Have a beautiful week!

In Christ,
Cassandra

Purposely at Home said...

how fun! we love T-town too! my daddy grew up there. :)

love the pics. especially the silly ones. ;D

Meaghan said...

Happy birthday! You must be getting excited for your trip! You should check out this really good series on Good Intentions are not Enough on volunteering overseas; I love that blog!! http://goodintents.org/volunteering-overseas/guideline-2

Laura Nelson said...

What a fun weekend and Happy Birthday! You should move over here to Oregon...we have many mountains and lots of trails :) Oregon would be happy to have you :) haha
Hope you have a year full of blessings!
xoxo

Heather said...

Love the pics gorgeous girl! You and hubby are too cute together!

Alyss said...

Looks like a perfect birthday! And I have to comment on your lipstick. So amazing! I love that you can pull that off.

Emma Frances said...

What a fun birthday weekend! And I love your funny faces!! Also you are gorgeous!!

Gina said...

SOUNDS wonderful and looks so fun, and relaxing, fun pictures! And Happy Birthday, thank you for sharing!!! AH-dorable!

Stephanie said...

Awww, what great photos! Happy birthday!

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

How nice to get away! :)

I went to Samford. I've been to Brook Hills. :)

Chrissy said...

Wonderful pictures! Such a pretty couple! And you're going to Ethiopia? Wow, how exciting! Can't wait to hear more about that!
Thanks for the follow!!
Have a fab day! xxx

Chrissy said...

And...Happy Birthday!

Erin said...

What a beautiful collection of pictures from your lovely weekend! I am envious of your hike near that lake...absolutely stunning! :) You and your man are beyond adorable together! Happy Birthday!

Candice said...

What a lovely, lovely weekend! So happy to hear that you had such a great birthday! How exciting that Ethiopia awaits! :)

The Soul Anchor said...

I'm glad you had such a great birthday weekend! Your dress looks lovely, by the way. And I can't believe you leave on Friday! Oh wow, you'll definitely be in my prayers!!!!

Faith said...

Your hubby did a great job choosing a dress! Looks like an awesome weekend!

Just me said...

Oh you guys are so beautiful! Happy birthday!

Nicole said...

you probably hear this all the time, but you have the most amazingly intense eyes ever. wow.

xoxo

Karm said...

I love your birthday dress. And the hiking trip looks like so much fun. Your photos are lovely. And yes they do both look alike, (:

Susan said...

So glad that you got a chance to go away with your hubby!! Beautiful pics and I love your hair braided like that! :)

lowercase letters said...

YESSSS!... roll tide!!

:D

Amylou said...

Happy belated birthday if I didn't tell you already!
What a wonderful road trip! Those leaves are stunning! That is right where I would want to be!
p.s. you have the most beautiful hair! I always wished mine would grow that long so I could braid it!

Ashley said...

So glad you had a good weekend. And girlfriend, your eyes are RIDICULOUS! In the best way possible, of course. :)

mai said...

Lovely pictures. The scenery looks so gorgeous and relaxing.

Valerie said...

Also jealous that you went to David Platt's church, I am reading his book called Radical ... really good stuff!

Cassandra said...

Happy Birthday! You are just too cute! I think that hiking picture was the first time I have seen you in a v-neck T SHIRT! You are always dressing soo cute!!

Your pictures are so awesome! I think you need to post a tutorial or two about photography! :)

Everyday Love said...

Ok, I wish I had your blue eyes and red hair! Gorgeous!

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! Glad you had such a fabulous weekend!!

Ariel said...

your pictures are absolutely stunning! And I am sooo jealous of your eye color! Have a great week!

~Ariel at adreamersdaze.blogspot.com

Emily Wright said...

Hey!

Tim was in Bham on Saturday and wanted to attend at Brook Hills on Sunday, but was unable to, he was doing youth leader duties.

I hope it was a great experience!

I am reading Radical Together and working through it with a small group and it's definitely convicting!

Amber Maheu said...

First of all, you have awesome eyes! They are gorgeous. Second of all, I am so jealous of you! I just finished David Platt's Radical a few weeks ago, and would LOVE nothing more than to hear one of his sermons. That's so exciting. I just stumbled across your blog and am now following :)

vintch said...

happy belated birthday, girl! can i just tell you, you are so, so pretty! the love that you share with that sweet hubby of yours is so sweet. what a great weekend to spend together. i always love taking advantage of any days that robert has off from work. the leaves are so pretty where you are! autumn hasn't quite reached us yet, but i can't wait until our leaves turn golden like that! have a beautiful, blessed week!

Ashley @ LaLuce said...

you are soooo pretty jen!!!! geez :) lol. glad you enjoyed your weekend, it was my hubby's bday weekend that just past too. lots of october bdays. xoxo

Erin @ {grace-filled} said...

What a fun weekend! So glad you got some time away with your hubby :) And I LOVE your blog! :) Thank you so much for linking up with mine this weekend! Following you now! :)

jkd said...

You have the most gorgeous eyes ever!

April Rowell said...

Happy Birthday and yes, I do love the star lights.

Brooke said...

What a great weekend!! I love your outfit in the last couple of photos :)

Christi Lynn said...

can i just say that you are beautiful! truly!

a dreamer. said...

you probably heard so many times this, but i'm so glad to see around the world real pretty girls, like you.

Megan said...

ugh i suck, i didnt leave you a happy b day comment!! *hangs head in shame*

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

and im pretty sure you have THE bluest eyes i have ever seen on anyone in my entire life.

Lauren said...

These pictures are so amazing! Such a beautiful place, and the view of the lake is breathtaking. Happy {belated} birthday to you!

Hope you have a great weekend! And a good time in Ethiopia!

Lauren

http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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