Monday, December 31, 2012

2012

*2012*


First full year without Grandma :(

I started it off right, though, with my FIRST trip to Disney World!
(It was a long time coming)

I joined the Alpha Chi Omega family by becoming a founding member of the Kappa Omicron chapter at HPU. Made some amazing friends - an experience I'll always be grateful for.
  
Graduation from High Point University - bittersweet.
(Something else that was a long time coming haha)

Got accepted to & had my first semester of graduate school (and loved it!)


Spent lots of time thinking and praying about God's will for my life, and hopefully in the past few months I've gotten closer to Him and His will.




BRING IT ON, 2013!!!




eBa


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Blessings All Around



 
 Sarah, Rebecca, Ashley, and I went to Mt. Airy today (Mayberry...Andy Griffith Show...).
It was a whole lot of fun! I love Mt. Airy.
 
But the point of this post is what happened at lunch.
 
 
We were at the famous Snappy Lunch restaurant, and before eating, Ashley said the blessing, just like she always does.
 
There were three older men at the table beside us with Bibles. Right as they were getting up to leave, one of them came up and asked where we were from and said he had heard us (Ashley) saying the blessing, and he wanted to pay for our meal. He said he thought it was great that we prayed before we ate.
 
Well obviously, this made us really happy. But it got me to thinking...
 
I'm not just happy that I got a free lunch. I'm happy that God uses each one of us as blessings to each other.
 
What if we all looked for ways to be a blessing to someone?
 
What if we gave compliments more freely?
What if we encouraged one another more freely?
 
You never know when someone is having a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, anything. And a little compliment or word of encouragement can go a long way. It can completely turn someone's day around.
 
In this world, there is so much sin and anger and hurt that when someone does something good for someone (i.e. the NYC cop giving the homeless man some shoes), everyone takes notice.
That's great!
But it shouldn't be so shocking and unusual. We should all go out of our way for someone who needs a little bit of help or encouragement.
 
Also, always show that you care. I think often times, we think things in our heads that never come out as words when they really should.
 
If you care about someone, tell them!
If someone brightened your day, tell them!
If so-and-so's hair looks good today, tell them!
If you love someone, remind them all the time!
 
 
We aren't guaranteed another day or hour or minute.
Use your time wisely!
Impact someone's life!
Don't waste a single minute!!!
 
 
So the man at lunch,
God used him as a blessing to us, to remind us to be a blessing to others.
All because Ashley said the blessing.
What a blessing!!
 
 
 
 
eBa

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas, Week 3

*Christmas: Week THREE!*
 
 
Monday, December 17 - craft party at Granny's!
We decorated stockings and made lots of other cool things!
We also made cookies and talked and had a great time.


 
 
 
 
Katie's stocking


(my stocking from the craft party and Zach made one a few days later :)
 
 
Then there are a lot of things that happened - I just realized I didn't take any pictures on Tuesday, Wednesday, OR Thursday. Oops.
 
 
 
Anyway, on Tuesday, I worked...
Then tutored at the library.
Then Zach and I went to J&S (FAVORITE).
Then Zach, Sarum, Chanelle, and I rode around Greensboro looking at Christmas lights.
(I so wish I had gotten a picture of the cool ball lights in the trees!)
 
 
Wednesday, December 19:
Had lunch with Flash. Always a good time.
Ashley and I ran errands, and later that evening, we took Granny to the Christmas event for the community at HPU.
They had hot chocolate, cookies, Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and choirs singing. We had lots of fun.
I love my alma mater :)
 
 
Thursday, December 20:
Went to church to help deliver food to families that needed it for Christmas.
Ran some errands.
Hung around the house for a while.
That night, Sarah, Alex, Chanelle, Sarum, Jolina, Zach, and I took our yearly trip to the Tanglewood Festival of Lights!
Always so much fun.
 
 
Friday, December 21:
The world did not end.
My mom and sister and I went to Belk to do some shopping and then had lunch at the mall.
I took Granny over to an old friend's house to visit. I love elderly people!!
I worked for a while.
Then I picked up Granny and we went through a live nativity/reenactment of the Christmas story at a local church. They had free apple cider and cookies. It was so nice.
We rode around and looked at lights.
Then went back to Granny's and watched Michael Buble's Christmas special!
Later, Chanelle, Sarum, and I did some late night Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart.
 
 
Saturday, December 22:
I mainly worked all day, but afterward, Zach and I hit up Belk since it was open til midnight.
 
 
 
Christmas nails
 
 
 
Sunday, December 23:
Church!
Took pictures in our Sunday Christmas best :)



 
 
 
Honeygirl trying to recover. She's been so sick all week :(

 
 
Also on Sunday, Ashley and I went to a Christmas play at a tiny local church. We didn't really know anyone there - just decided to stop in because we had seen the sign for it. It was so sweet. I really loved it.
 
 Then...
Christmas party at my uncle's!

 
 
Monday, December 24:
Honeygirl watching "The Year Without a Santa Claus" while sick :(


 
 
The rest of these pictures are also from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I've already written all I can write about them, so I'll just provide the links if you wanna read about those.

To read all about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, go here:

(Christmas Eve)

(Christmas Day)
 
at my aunt's with my cousin's dog and my other cousin's baby!




 
 

dish I made for Christmas lunch - pineapples & sweet potatoes
 

Honeygirl and the toys Santa brought her
 


 

 

We rode and looked at lights and saw these awesome huge trees in people's yards. Hope they don't mind that we took pictures with them!




I got some nifty gift cards this year :)
 
 
 
Christmas was wonderful.
 
 
 
 
 
eBa
 
 

Friday Five

Well it's the last Friday of 2012!
How are you spending it?!
Obviously I'm not doing much...just being lazy and then working later.
 
But here are five things I'm loving today:

 
 
Hue corduroy leggings!!!!
I've always seen these at Belk but never really thought about buying any. But on Wednesday, they were on sale for a really good price, so my mom and I decided to buy some to try them out. They are by far the best pants ((BESIDES VS SWEATPANTS OR YOGA PANTS)) I've ever owned. They are super comfortable but look dressy. They're perfect. I actually thought about doing a whole blog post just about these because I love them so much.
Last winter, I didn't really ever wear pants because I wanted to wear boots all the time and skinny jeans aren't that comfortable to me. So I wore leggings all the time but it was hard to have enough shirts that were long enough to wear with leggings so that was a problem.
The awesome thing about these is that they are thick and have POCKETS on the back! So you don't have to have a long shirt with them. They look like regular pants, but they fit and feel like leggings.
Perfection.
(I want a pair in ever color.)
 


Elvis Christmas music!
I like to listen to Christmas music all year, but I especially have to during Christmas and in the days after. I honestly suffer from post-Christmas depression every year, and always have, and the BEST thing for that is Elvis Christmas music.
 
 

Our Christmas tree!
Yes, it's still up and will be for a while. I adore the smell of Christmas trees, and I do firmly believe that decorations should stay up until AT LEAST New Year's Day (but preferably later because January is just so boring and gloomy).
 
 

Pink Chiffon lotion from Bath & Body Works.
I didn't like this stuff when I first smelled it, but one of my mom's students gave her some of the shower gel for Christmas, and I smelled it again and fell in love with it. So while me and Ashley were out shopping the semi-annual sale at Bath & Body, I got a little bottle to keep in my purse.
Love!
 
 
 
 
Kathie Lee and Hoda!!
I absolutely love their show, and this morning they showed a montage of their "best of 2012."
I just love them.
That's all.
 
 
 
 
Hope everyone enjoys the last Friday of 2012!
 
 
 
 
 
eBa
 


Thursday, December 27, 2012

On Second Thought...

So I just wrote a blog entry out of confusion/anger/discomfort/whatever (refer to previous post).
 
Then I watched Honeygirl wake up, get out of her bed, and do "number one" on the floor, while I yelled "STOP! STOP! STOP!"
There was no controlling it. For me or her.
So there it is.
What can I do, it's 3am.
 
I shrugged, went upstairs, took my makeup off, put warm PJs on, and put my retainer in.
 
And as I was doing those things, I thought about something.
 
"Beth, you maybe shouldn't have written that blog post a few minutes ago. I know it's late and you're confused and tired and all, but don't turn into your 19-year-old "life is SO not fair" self. You've come a looooooooong way since then, and you need to show it!
GOD IS IN CONTROL!"
 
So there you have it folks. My attitude did a 360 somewhere between Honeygirl doing her business on the floor and me coming back downstairs from getting ready for bed.
 
I don't know why some nights I'm so tired that I fall asleep at 11:00 in my clothes and makeup, and other nights I can stay up til 4am writing and not get the least bit sleepy.
 
I don't know why life doesn't seem fair sometimes.
 
I don't know why I'm happy and sad at the same time half the time.
 
I don't know anything apparently, because I confuse the heck outta myself.
 
I don't know what God is doing in my life right now, but I know He's doing SOMETHING BIG because I can feel it!
 
AND I don't know why the dog randomly had to use the bathroom at 3 am on the floor in front of my eyes as I watched helplessly.
I couldn't control it.
 
Just like I can't control my life's circumstances.
 
All I can do is pray and constantly remind myself of this:
 
God is in control and I DON'T NEED TO BE!!!!
So I will trust Him.
And I will NOT worry!


(I'm posting this stuff mainly to remind myself of these things, but also in case anyone else is feeling this way, MAYBE IT WILL HELP!!!!!!!)

 
 
Life is a crazy ride, oh, but it's a wonderful one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
eBa
 


It's Just Not That Easy!

I promised myself I'd go to bed earlier tonight.
 
Don't make promises you can't keep, especially when you know you write and think best late at night.
 
For some reason, even though my eyes are puffy and burn a little,
and my nasal passages are sore,
and I'm cold and uncomfortable,
I still choose to sit here on my laptop and listen to Honeygirl snore
and drink orange juice (to load up on Vitamin C - come on immune system!)
and listen to Christmas music
and think
and write.
 
What am I thinking about?
EVERYTHING!!!!
 
Gosh, sometimes I wish I wasn't like this! I think so much!
Why can't I go to bed like a normal person?
But when I go to bed like a normal person, I ask
"WHY CAN'T I STAY UP LATE LIKE I USED TO?!?!"
(Because, truth be told, I usually do go to bed at a reasonable time. Only here lately have I been staying up so late like I used to.)
 
Where is the satisfaction???
 
Quotes from The Notebook are currently running through my head -
 
 
"It's not that easy...it's not that easy!"
 
No, it's never easy. It's never that easy.
 
 
I think at this point, the best thing to do is go to bed and wake up refreshed, hmm?
 
 


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas & Confusion Part 2

Well with my last post, I didn't make it to Christmas Day because it got a little lengthy. So here's the rest!
 
Christmas Day:
My mom woke me up saying, "Santa came!"
I thought about how glad I am that she still does that.
Ashley and I went downstairs and looked at our stuff. I took in the moment because Christmas morning only comes once a year.
I felt grateful for my gifts. I felt happy that I got Bath & Body Works stuff, just like I do every year. I do love consistency.
I felt happy as I gave the gifts I'd bought. I felt satisfaction in knowing they were appreciated and loved.
 
I felt close to my mom as we made food for lunch.
I felt super excited to see that Kathie Lee & Hoda on TV ( I guess I thought it wouldn't be, on Christmas Day haha).
I did think about Christmas mornings at our old house and I do miss those times.
I do miss being little and opening presents with my brother and watching Ashley open all her toys and crawl around chasing the cat with wrapping paper.
 
At Granny's, I thought about Christmas lunches in the past at her old house. I thought about the sound of the front door when it opened and how it would slam shut because it was so old. I thought about the creaky steps and how that house smelled and how it just felt so darn Christmasy there.
I reminded myself to cherish the past but not dwell in it.
 
As we opened gifts, I thought about being grateful and appreciating things.
 
As I watched my baby cousin Ellie run around, my heart overflowed with joy that she's a part of our family. I thought about how much excitement she brings.
 
After lunch, I went home and honestly felt really bummed because this is the second Christmas without Grandma. We used to go to her house for Christmas dinner, and now we're kind of at a loss for something to do. I sat in my room with the tree lights and candles on and thought hard.
I put 99.5 on.
With each Christmas song, I thought of another memory.
I laid in bed and looked at my tree and the candles and out the window at the wreaths and the road.
I thought about all the possibilites. All the options for things to do tonight. I got pretty overwhelmed.
 
Then I thought, "I cannot do it all. But I can pick a few cool things to do and not get mad at myself for not being able to do it all."
Mostly, though, I just missed Grandma, and I kept thinking about the song that Amy Grant sings - "Til the Season Comes 'Round Again."
That song ALWAYS depressed me as a kid, and still does. But it perfectly describes how I felt and still feel right now as I write this.
 
I thought, "If I could do anything at all tonight, I'd want to go to Grandma's and spend Christmas with her."
And honestly, I did cry a lot.
I knew why, but then again I didn't know why.
 
I knew a few things:
-I missed Grandma.
-I was overwhelmed.
-I was sad that the Christmas season was ending.
-I was upset about other things I can't control.
-I was upset with myself for not always handling things in the best possible way - the way I should.
-And I felt like time was racing too fast for me to even keep up.
 
With all that, I got kind of emotional. I did my best not to think of Christmas Day as being ruined. Because I knew in my mind that it wasn't. It was weird, but not ruined.
 
And as I went to Sheetz with my family and got hot dogs, and ate them at the kitchen table,
and as my mom drove us around to look at lights,
I realized a few things:
 
-Be thankful for 3 for a dollar hot dogs and FREE COFFEE.
-Christmas doesn't have to end at 12am on December 26.
-It's okay to make NEW memories - not just follow the same traditions every year.
-The most important thing is to remember the reason for Christmas, thank God, and spend time with family.
-It's OKAY for everything NOT to be perfect.
-It's okay to be silent and just enjoy looking at lights. And listen to everyone else talk as I take it all in. It's okay not to talk sometimes!
-It's okay to have loose ends, and leave it all up to God.
 
So as we watched Christmas movies and ate popcorn and talked to poor little sickly Honeygirl, I was thankful for the moment. I may not have shown it as much as I should have, but I'm not perfect.
 
Of course, me being me, I'm always gonna think, "I could've done this better" or "I should've done that" or whatever.
 
But my thoughts at this very moment are:
 
I'm not gonna be sad that Christmas is over because it's technically not. No one can stop me from wearing red and green and listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies!!!!!!!!! (But they can think I'm weird for it haha)
 
I'm gonna pretend that we still observe the ancient "12 Days of Christmas" that begins on December 25 and lasts through January 6. And if I was President, I'd force the nation to celebrate through January 6th by George!
 
And I'm gonna be extrememly thankful for this Christmas and what it meant to me.
I look forward to next Christmas and all the ones after that!

And God is in control, no matter what!!!!
 
 
And I still have that darn song in my mind:
 
 
Til the Season Comes 'Round Again
Come and gather around at the table
In the spirit of family and friends
And we'll all join hands and remember this moment
'Til the season comes 'round again

Let's all try to smile for the picture
And we'll hold it as long as we can
May it carry us through
Should we ever get lonely
'Til the season comes 'round again

One night holy and bright
Shining with love from our hearts
By a warm fire,

Let's lift our heads high
And be thankful we're here
'Til this time next year


May the new year be blessed
With good tidings
'Til the next time I see you again
If we must say goodbye
Let the spirit go with you
'Til the season comes 'round again

And we'll love and we'll laugh
In the time that we had
'Til the season comes 'round again


 
 
 
 
 
 
eBa
 

Christmas & Confusion Part 1

I just love Christmas. Maybe too much.
 
No, that's not possible...
 
But in all seriousness, the past two days have been a crazy, wonderful, emotional rollercoaster ride.
 
Christmas Eve:
The usual last-minute shopping, because I like to live on the edge and barely make my deadlines :)
It just wouldn't feel right if it was any different.
 
Then the Christmas Eve service at church.
This is always one of the most special times of the whole year. It only lasts 45 minutes, but I feel like I live for those 45 minutes all year long. If I could go to a Christmas Eve service every night I would (or at least 4 times a year, come on!). 
Last night, as I sat there in my comfort zone, in the dimly lit sanctuary of my cozy Baptist church, beside my sister, with my family on the pew also, a lot went through my mind.
 
I thought about going to my aunt's later that evening, and then mass at IHM much later. I wondered what mass would be like because I'd never been before.
 
I thought about Christmas Eves past. I thought about candlelight services when I was younger at Green Street Baptist. And how I was so excited at those because I knew Santa was coming later that evening. I would wonder, "Will he bring my Barbie Jeep?!" and things like that.
I remembered being a little girl in huge red and green taffeta dresses with a bow in my hair, just looking around the green sanctuary and taking in all the lights and decorations and thinking, "I wish it was like this all year long."
I also thought about the one time I took my baby doll to the candlelight service and almost caught her hair on fire.
Man, I miss those times.
Sometimes I hate that I'm so sentimental. I wish I could be more carefree like some people. But God made me sentimental for a reason, I believe. So let me embrace it, I guess? Haha
 
I also thought about two years ago at the candlelight service at Oak View. I thought about the look on Ashley's face after all the candles were lit and we sang "Go Light Your World." I thought about her eyes twinkling and how it brought tears to my eyes right there in the church. And how I burst into tears telling my mom about it when we got home (she couldn't make it that year).
I looked at Ashley and thought about how she isn't so little anymore and it made my heart a little sad.
But then I felt foolish for that, because she's everything I ever wanted, and she has to grow up sometime. And she's grown to be a best friend to me, not JUST a little sister. I thought about how close we've gotten in the past year.
I looked around at all the cute little girls and boys and thought about one day (wayyy on down the road, haha) bringing my own kids to candlelight services and watching their eyes twinkle just like Ashley's did (and still do), and tucking them into bed for Santa to come, just like Mama did with us.
 
Finally, overwhelmed by my racing thoughts and memories, I just looked around the gorgeous red sanctuary and took it all in.
I took in my surroundings. I was "happy in the now."
I thought, "I'm going to enjoy this for all it's worth because in 30 minutes, this will just be a memory. We will all have gone our separate ways to celebrate, and I'll have to wait another 365 days for this moment. So right now I will sit here and soak it all up. Soak up every ounce of Christmas Eve goodness in this room and be thankful for it."
But there was so much of it that it overwhelmed me. And in that moment, I felt like I was 7 years old, and 24 years old, and 75 years old. I can't even explain it.

As we lit our candles and sang "Go Light Your World," I fought tears. I just had this wonderful feeling bubbling up inside of me, trying to burst and make a fool out of me, haha.
I bit my lip to hold the tears, held my candle up, and became eternally grateful for that moment and every other one like it before and all the ones like it that will come. I did my best to enjoy that brief moment as much as I possibly, humanly could. I looked at my family. I looked around at all the raised candles. I hoped someone would take a picture (someone did). I wanted that moment captured forever. I love that feeling.
 
After Ashley and I left church to head to Wal-Mart (quite the change of scenery), I thought as I drove. I was so overwhelmed that I tweeted, "I JUST LOVE CHRISTMAS WITH ALL MY HEART" because that was the best way to convey my thoughts and express myself at the moment.
I was excited and sad and crazy and overwhelmed and indescribably happy all at the same time. That happens a lot for some reason. It scares me.
 
In Wal-Mart, I looked at the workers and my heart went out to them for working so late on Christmas Eve. I looked at the picked-over Christmas cards with their sweet sentiments and felt sad because the season was almost over. I saw Valentine cards and felt like time is flying faster than I want it to. I looked at my sister and remembered that life is wonderful.
 
In my room when we got home, I looked at my candles in the window and my little tree and thought about the Christmas Eves that I spent hours working on homemade gifts in my room, listening to 99.5 and enjoying candle lights and Christmas lights.
I thought about the Christmas Eves that my family went to the Moravian church at Old Salem.
And the Christmas Eve that my dad took me and my brother to Bojangles (don't ask haha).
 
At my aunt's, I sat and ate with my parents and the Grannys but felt distant as I thought about Grandma for a minute. But the Christmas music on 99.5 helped me snap back and I had a sudden feeling of wanting to be in so many places at once for some reason (another feeling I get a lot).
I enjoyed family time and laughter.
 
At mass with my sister, Zach, Ashley, and Chanelle, I thought about stepping out of my comfort zone (which is what we were doing). I thought about the beautiful music and the cool experience we were having.
 
As Zach and I exchanged gifts that night, I thought about how thoughtful he is and how much it meant to me to have him for a third Christmas.
I thought about our past two Christmases together and all the fun we've had and just cherished those memories for a few minutes. And I soaked it all in, and lived "in the now."
 
I wrapped gifts for family and hoped they were thoughtful and perfect.
 
And as I finally settled down and went to bed, I thought about my 7 year old self going to bed SO excited that Santa was coming and feeling uncontainable joy at the thought of all the toys that I'd open in the morning.
I thought about the story of the birth of Jesus as I drifted off to sleep.
 
And that was Christmas Eve.
(Am I complicated or what??)
 
 
 
"Take your candle, go light your world"
(Had to steal this awesome picture)
OVBC
 
 
 
 
 
eBa


Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Lyrics

It's officially Christmas Eve!!
 
 
As I sit and listen to Christmas music, I think about how powerful it is and how much I love the lyrics and what they mean.
 
 
The old Christmas hymns and their ornate language and wording really get to me. They show the true meaning of Christmas. I've often been attracted and fascinated with the obscure verses of the popular hymns that we all know. 
 
For instance, we all know "O Come All Ye Faithful" (my favorite), but mainly just the first verse. But the whole song is powerful and I love the other verses.
 
Same with lots of other Christmas hymns. So I'm gonna take some time to post my favorite verses of my favorite Christmas songs. The ones I think are truly powerful and moving. I love the fun songs, of course. But these are the songs that truly encompass what Christmas is about - the birth of Jesus and sovereignty of God!
 
 
"O Come All Ye Faithful"
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus to Thee be all glory
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord



"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
(I love the wording of this whole song)
O come, o come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, O Key of David, come
And open wide our heav'nly home
Make safe the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

 
 O come, Desire of Nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind
Oh, bid our sad divisions cease
And be yourself our King of Peace
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!



"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
Christ by highest Heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail, the incarnate deity
Pleased as Man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King

Hail, the Heaven-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Risen with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of Earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!


Come, Desire of Nations, come!
Fix in us Thy humble home


"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"
It came upon a midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the Earth
To touch their harps of gold

 
Peace on the earth
Good will to men
From Heaven's all-gracious King

The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world

For lo, the days are hastening on
By prophet bards foretold
When with the ever-circling years
Comes round the age of gold
When peace shall over all the Earth
Its ancient splendors fling
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing

 
"Mary, Did You Know?"
(Okay this isn't a hymn, but the words are awesome)
...Mary did you know that your baby boy
Would calm a storm with His hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God
 
 
"O Little Town of Bethlehem"
O little town of Bethlehem
    How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
 
How silently, how silently
    The wondrous gift is given
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His Heaven
No ear may hear His coming
    But in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive Him still
    The dear Christ enters in
 
 
 
 
 
...those are just a few :)
 
 
 
Merry Christmas Eve!
 
 
 
 
 
eBa

 



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas MoTD: Tiny Christmas Trees

 
When we were little, my brother and I always each got a Christmas tree in our room. Sometimes the trees were little and sometimes they were bigger. We spent a great deal of time decorating these trees. Unfortunately, I can't find any pictures of the ones from when we were little - the three pictured up top are from my room in 2009, 2011, and this year.
 
Granny has gotten all of the grandchildren an ornament for every Christmas that we've been alive. She gives them to us on Thanksgiving so that we can put them on our trees that year. So I have 25 ornaments that say "Granddaughter" and the year. Besides those, I have lots of other ornaments that I've made or gotten as gifts.
 
My brother doesn't put a tree in his room anymore (hahaha). Just me. Only now, I find the absolute tiniest tree I can find. This year I think I found the tiniest ever.
 
Last year I used all the ornaments that I've collected or made, but in 2009 I decided to have a "Blue Christmas" theme and only use blue Christmas ball ornaments. This year I did something totally different and got purple tinsel-y garland, red, gold, and green beaded garland, and a sparkly gold bow for the top instead of my angel.
 
I think the main reason why having a tree in my room is important to me - and there are many, including sentimentality, the smell of the tree, the way it looks as it shines and lights up a room, the festive and comforting feeling I get when I look at it, etc -
but the main reason is because when I was seven years old, right before Christmas, I asked Jesus to come into my heart, kneeled down by my little Christmas tree in my room.  That is a memory I will cherish for as long as I live.
 
I just love Christmas memories :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
eBa
 
 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Five

 
I'm gonna do a "Friday Five" post for the first time!
Here are five things I'm loving this Friday (for the Christmas season).
 
 
 
 
Bath & Body Works Christmas scents - especially these three - Frosted Snowberry, Winter Candy Apple, and Vanilla Bean Noel. I've always loved the latter two (classics), and this year I fell in love with Snowberry!
 
 

These riding boots I got on Black Friday at Belk's. They are super warm and cozy, and stylish too.
 
 

These amazing Kim Rogers "inspirational bracelets" from Belk's.  They have Bible verses and inspirational sayings on them. What a great idea! What a way to start a conversation and share your faith - "I love your bracelets, what do they say?"
There ya go!
 
 
 

Any red statement necklace - I think this one is my favorite at the moment. Also from Belk's. A staple in the Christmas wardrobe. Adds fun & spice to any outfit!
 
 
 
 
 

 
And I don't actually have any, but green skinny jeans are awesome for Christmas time! Wouldn't they look cute with red heels?!
 
 
 
 
 
 
And that's my first Friday Five!
 
Four days til Christmas! Eeek!
 
 
 
 
 
 
eBa

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas, Week 2!

 
 
Christmas, Week Two!
 
"The best thing about the nicest time of the year is getting to spend it with the ones you love the most!"
 
 
 
 
Monday, December 10th - Boone, then back to High Point for Yamato with Zach. Then he surprised me with a ride to look at Christmas lights and a trip to Krispy Kreme!!
 
 

Christmas bow on my car - Tuesday, December 11th (I put it on there before then though).
Also on Tuesday, I did a little Christmas shopping, tutored at Barnes & Noble (me and Jimmy looked at Christmas books!), and then I got to have dinner with Sarah and Holly at IHOP!
 
 
Wednesday, December 12th - I spent some time at Barnes & Noble just looking at books and magazines.
Ran some errands with Ashley - got some gifts at Bath & Body Works.
Then church, and went to visit a special friend, Denise!
 

 
Thursday, December 13th - me and Ashley went to get Christmas trees/snowmen painted on our nails at the nail place!
Then I took her to dance and when I picked her back up, we went to Kepley's. YUM. (I love Kepley's at  Christmas).
Then Zach and I went to a surprise birthday party! Lots of fun.
 

Friday, December 14th - I worked during the day.
My brother found out he got into Appalachian!
Then Zach and I took Granny to the Fox 8 Holiday Concert at the coliseum. Elvis made a special appearance! They commemorated his 35th year of passing by doing an "Elvis Christmas" special at the end. It was nice!

(Leaving the concert. AWW.)
 
 
 
 
Saturday, December 15th was lots of shopping! I went to Belk's in the morning by myself, then went back with Granny, then we took Ashley, then I came home and chilled before Rebecca, Alex, and I went to eat at Alex's House, an awesome restaurant in HP, and then back to the mall to work on some shopping. Then chilled at Granny's for a while!
 

Sunday, December 16th - a good morning at church :)
Then lunch and getting the tree with the family (little late this year haha).
Then Rebecca took some pictures of me, Michael, Ashley, and Honeygirl on the HPU campus. The pictures are to give as gifts for family!
Later that night, Granny, Ashley, Zach, and I went to the Christmas choir concert at church and to eat at Laha.









eBa