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Follower of Jesus Christ. Lover of people. Lover of animals. High Point University graduate. Appalachian State graduate. High school English teacher. AXΩ.

Good Friday Five

I know it technically isn't Friday anymore, but I haven't gone to bed yet so I consider it to still be Friday. And Good Friday at that! And for my Friday Five post this week, I am listing five wonderful songs for Easter : 1. Crown Him With Many Crowns 2. Holy, Holy, Holy 3. Christ the Lord is Risen Today 4. Jesus Paid it All 5. The Old Rugged Cross Mark 15 33. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour 34. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 37. And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. Mark 16 6. ...Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here... 15. And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. Take time this weekend to think about all that Jesus went through to make a way for us. To forgive us of our sins. Because He lo…

SPECIAL EDITION THROWBACK THURSDAY

Throwback Thursday - Good Friday and Easter Sunday of last year! At Carowinds on Good Friday :) Easter Sunday 2012!



Throwback song: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell so good eBa

My Weekend (Plus Monday)

I had a fabulous weekend! On Friday, I got to eat lunch with Zach at my FAVORITE place, J&S. Then I rode with Meghan to a store in Elon called All That Jas.  It's a sorority/fraternity store and I've been wanting to go there for over a year and never made it.  Luckily, Meghan needed to go, and we needed to hang out and catch up, and it just worked out perfectly! Elon is a GORGEOUS town, especially in the spring, and All That Jas is on Elon University's campus. It sits on the most adorable little street. The street was lined with trees that were covered in pink and white blooms. I felt like I was in a Nicholas Sparks novel. It was a perfect afternoon. The drive on the interstate was perfect. It was super sunny and I got really excited for summer. That night, Brooke and I helped out with the Cotillion Grand Spring Ball at the HP Country Club.  It's for middle schoolers, and Brooke's sister Lexie was one of the students. She looked beautiful! It was so much fun. Ever…

Five for Friday!

It's tiiiiiiiiime ... for FRIDAY FIVE! What I'm loving this week: The Safe Haven soundtrack is SO mellow, so relaxing, so comforting. I don't usually even listen to a whole lot of this kind of music, but I have fallen in love with these songs. Maybe I'm opening myself up to new artists?! My two favorite songs on the soundtrack are "Say Anything" by Tristan Prettyman and "Hearts Content" by Brandi Carlile.


Old Navy eyelet dresses!! These are only $25 until the end of March, and I may have bought a couple this week ;) I think it was a good investment, because they are classy, timeless, look good with cardigans, can be paired with pretty much any kind of shoe, endless accessorization (is that a word?) possibilities, so colorful, flirty, and feminine... Yeah.


Altar'd State is one of the coolest stores I've ever been in. There's one at Friendly Center in Gboro, and when you go in, you first notice the abundance of the cutest, most feminine and sw…

Throwback Thursdayy

I was racking my brain, trying to figure out the perfect post for this Throwback Thursday. Then it hit me - why don't I just tell what happened yesterday?! Yesterday, I got to go back to my old house - for the first time since I was 11 years old. We were handing out Easter flyers for our church's Easter service/production, and one of my small group members and I went to a ton of houses handing them out. When we were done, we went to hand out some in her neighborhood (which is where I used to live). It was so weird/cool to walk up that driveway and stand on that front porch for the first time in 13 years.  I thought about all the fun times we had at that house. I lived there from the time I was born until I was 11 years old. We moved the summer after my fifth grade year. I looked at the front yard where me and my brother attempted to sell lemonade in the summer. I remembered how we used to also paint acorns and try to sell them with the lemonade. I thought about how we used to climb …

Monday Motivation!

Happy Monday! I had a fantastic weekend. On Friday afternoon, I had my first substituting job, relaxed and hung out with my family, and then met two of my lovely Alpha Chi sisters at Carter Brothers BBQ! It was so much fun catching up with Leanna and Elyse, and the food was so yummy. Afterward, Leanna, my sister, and I went to see Safe Haven since Leanna had not seen it. That was the fourth time I've seen Safe Haven, and each time I find something new and different to love about it. It is easily one of my very favorite movies. We had so much fun! On Saturday, I got to go to the wedding of a friend I've known since we were little and danced together - Meredith! The wedding was absolutely gorgeous and so sweet. Right after the wedding, Ashley, Michael, my mom, and I went to a 65th birthday party for one of my mom's former co-workers. It was at the Women's Club of HP and the food was DELICIOUS. Instead of going out and celebrating St. Patty's Day, I ended up getting caught …

Fun Friday Five!

What I'm loving this week:

ALL of these things from Bath and Body Works!! Brooke and I went shopping on Tuesday, and I stocked up on B&BW stuff for a good while. I got a few things from the Sweetheart Collection (first two pics) and a body spray in Rio Rumberry. I am completely in love. The song "Hearts Content" by Brandi Carlile - on the Safe Haven soundtrack. It is in one of the cutest scenes in the movie and it just makes me feel so happy. It is a whimsical and carefree little love song. Perfect.


MINT GREEN! I actually bought a blouse in mint green and white, with pearl buttons when Brooke and I went shopping the other day. I absolutely adore it. I'll post a picture of it at some point, but here are a few very cute mint green items ^ Mint green is the "it" color right now! I think everyone loves it.
And last but not least, I love St. Patrick's Day and can't wait to sport my green this weekend (and eat endless St. Patty's Day treats from …

Monday Motivation Time!

Monday Motivation - pretty self-explanatory (and something I REALLY need to remember!!) I was inspired to post this as this week's motivation because of a discussion that happened at our Bible study last night! And I don't know what this has to do with anything, but this is my motivational jam for the day: (Like I said, love this soundtrack. I never liked this song until I heard this version. In fact, I hated it. But this is a fantastic version and it made me like a song that I couldn't stand before. Funny how that works.) eBa

Now That We Found Love, What Are We Gonna Do With It? (Part 1)

This will probably be the first of like a 5-part series of blogs on this topic. Bear with me, because my thoughts are jumbled and disorganized at the moment.

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There is a song by the late rapper "Heavy D" who passed away last year. It is called "Now That We Found Love." I first heard it at the end of the movie Hitch in tenth grade. It wasn't until recently that I downloaded it. It's a good song. Now to the point of this blog. We had two wonderful people come to my church and speak to our youth group a few weeks ago. These two people are awesome bloggers and have written a book called Book of Matches. It is a book about finding and keeping healthy relationships. [[ Relationships like girl/boy - not mother/daughter, father/son, father/daughter, cat/owner.........etc. ]] When I heard these authors were coming, I got super excited. I'll be the first to admit, I mess up. A l…

Kicking Myself!!!! BLAH

Yesterday was kind of bittersweet for me because I finished another journal - ran out of pages. I've been writing in this journal for almost TEN years, which is why it was so bittersweet. The very first entry is from the night before my 15th birthday. I was a new high schooler, scared to turn 15, and excited to be filling a new journal. I feel like in a way, I've let myself down by not writing as much as I should have in that journal. So much has happened in my life in the past TEN years - way more than would fit in ONE single journal. I feel like I've failed myself by not writing as much (especially since before this one, I went through like 2 journals in 2 years). AND, half the journal is filled with special texts from people that I wanted to save, so I wrote them down......geeze. At the same time, I feel like I'm closing a whole decade of my life - a whole, big, condensed written chapter, and starting a new one. Granted, I did write and record all of the most import…

March 5

Girls, pay no attention to the quotes about how you should always be dressed to the nines when you leave your house because "you never know when you'll meet your soulmate!" ...When I met Zach three years ago yesterday, I was in my Libby Hill outfit, at work. And he's still hanging out with me for some reason :) I guess the best things in life do come when you least expect them!



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Monday Motivation

I had a great weekend! Ashley's birthday was Saturday, and on Sunday I got to r e l a x, and it was so nice. Ashley and I went to the library, Target, and the mall after lunch. I got to go home, talk to Chanelle on the phone, clean up a bit in my room and bathroom, paint my nails, and just hang out. Then we had an amazing time at our Bible study group. God is doing amazing things. I love Sundays. Now it's Monday, and here's your Monday Motivation! Try to do these things this week :) eBa

Ashley's 14th Birthday!

Saturday was Ashley's 14th birthday! I was a little emotional about this because 14 was such an important age for me. My 14th birthday was probably one of the best I've had. And I'm hoping that this time next year Ashley will be able to say that 14 was a fabulous year of growth, happiness, and joy. I still can't believe Ashley is 14. It blows my mind. It really does seem like just yesterday, we were at the hospital, eating grilled cheese and drinking lemonade in the cafe, waiting for her to be born. I was satisfied, knowing I was getting what I had wanted for so long - a baby sister. My life would be complete - a little brother AND a little sister. I was the happiest girl in the world. I've gotten to watch Ashley grow from a tiny baby into a beautiful little teenager. She's wise beyond her years, funny beyond belief, and a bundle of joy to all she encounters. God has blessed me so much. I prayed and prayed for a little sister to dress up, go shopping with, take to t…

Another Recycled Post-Too Good Not to Re-post

I wrote this LAST YEAR on this day :) Happy birthday to the best little sister ever. A Special Day!

“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ~Dr. Seuss
YES, today is Dr. Seuss's birthday (and I'm going to see The Lorax tonight).
BUT it is also my sweet little sister's thirteenth birthday.
HOW did it get so late so soon?!?


Thirteen years ago right now, I was with my dad and brother and grandmothers and we were all at the hospital waiting for Ashley to arrive. I was ten years old.
I remember that at about this time, we were in the cafe area and I was munching on a grilled cheese sandwich and drinking pink lemonade. It was a Tuesday, and I was glad to be out of school. It was the most exciting day of my life. I had wanted a little sister for five years, and I had prayed almost every night for one.
{FYI I'm almost in tears r…