Monday, September 24, 2012

A Little Message

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, 
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
And the peace of God, which trancends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
-Philippians 4:6-7

Let me first say I do not talk openly about my faith and beliefs. I do believe in God and I support those who want to go out into the world and "witness" to others but I do not feel that is what God has in his plans for me. In the past few weeks, this particular verse has been popping up everywhere. Also, a friend of mine has started school to be in the medical field and is facing the same problems I had in the beginning of nursing school. Then I remembered that this verse had been showing up and thought that maybe this is what I was needing to say to her. I also shared this story.

One day at the beginning of second year, everything came crashing down on me and I cried for 30 minutes in the bathroom. I don't think anything bad had really happened that day. No bad grades returned or snotty comments from the teachers but it just hit me like a ton of bricks that there were a million things that needed to happen in the next 4 months. I was living with B by then and had a long drive home which sometimes wasn't so good because it gave me too much time to think about things. I had just left work and was headed towards 400 and my mind was racing with all of these thoughts about other majors I could take on when I failed the semester. It was pretty pathetic. So then I thought I'd just call someone. Sometimes I just need to get my thoughts out in the open to someone else and then I don't really think about them anymore. The first person I thought of was B, of course. He's my best friend after all and is the only person who knows everything about me including how to turn my day around. But then I started thinking about what he would say. He would let me vent and then he would say something like "Aw hun. You're going to do just fine. Take it one day at a time and you'll make it through. I just know you will." I didn't need a pep talk. Then I thought of my best gal pal Kayla and what she would say. She'd say the exact same thing as B..... except the hun part. That's when I came to my mom. I thought about what she would say and it almost stopped me in the middle of the road. The only thing she would have said is "God never gives you more than you can handle."
Wow. What a thought. God never gives you more than you can handle. What a basic saying we hear every day. I guess I had never really applied it to my life. It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I could suddenly breath again. It was after that one thought, everything seemed to get a little bit easier. I started reminding myself every time that I had those negative thoughts that I have all of the information I need to make my dreams happen for me. The teachers can only give so much information before they are basically answering the test question for you.

After that day, I went into each test and quiz day and sat at my desk without my notes and just reminded myself that I've done all the reading and studied all of the material. Each day got a little bit easier after that point and I continue to remind myself that I need to pray about the things that I am encountering in life and to also say thanks for the things that I have been blessed with.

Maybe you needed to hear this verse today too or you need to pass it along to someone else too. Who knows. God works in mysterious ways.

Friday, September 14, 2012

An Upgrade and Pinterest Project

B is, for lack of better words and a lengthy explanation, a traveling salesman. Travel season is picking up and we thought he was going to be gone this week to Los Angeles and I was going to accompany him because who doesn't like having their wife as a chaperone? But the trip was cancelled.

Either way, I ended up having the week off so I planned a few Pinterest projects.... and ended up upgrading my jewelry box.

We'll start with the jewelry. It started out looking like this.

There really wasn't anything wrong with my previous system. It held my jewelry just fine and it was a cute butterfly that my mom had painted for me. My collection is growing and I sometimes felt like I didn't really know what I had because nothing was really on display. 

I was at Walmart a few days ago wandering around and stumbled upon this....

Hello idea! I think it's some sort of small parfait dish. Either way it was $1.50 so I scooped it up and brought it home.

So then it quickly became this...

LOVE IT!!!! Everything has a place and I can quickly see where all of my jewelry is.

My Pinterest project was a little different. While on Pinterest one day, I saw a cute project where someone took tomato cages, turned them upside down and strung lights on them. Very cute! In the picture Christmas tree lights were used to make it look like a Christmas tree but I wanted to use orange lights to make it more of a Halloween theme.

I cleaned off our porch, threw away some tomato plants (finally!) and ended up with 4 cages. I then took a trip to Hobby Lobby..... unsupervised... sorry, B, and found some orange lights.

These were the supplies I ended up using.

One important point in this project is to stack two cages on top of each other or else you will not have the infrastructure to make the lights go in a circle.

Now you're ready to start stringing the lights on. It took me 4 boxes of lights to do one small tree.

Sorry for the horrible pictures. I love my little tree but I'm thinking it might sit on our porch as an outside decoration but I'm working on cleaning my porch. That's a post for another day.

Happy Friday!


Friday, September 7, 2012

My Addictions

The past few days, a few of my addictions have been coming on a little stronger than normal and I feel that if I vent them to someone else, I won't have to deal with them on my own.

My addictions include, but are not limited to...

1.) Chick-Fil-A Peach milkshakes. I suggest you run out and get one soon because they're seasonal so they will go away soon.... the thought makes me want to cry. MOMMY!!!

2.) Fiesta dinnerware. Who doesn't love it?

3.) Princess Diaries. Who doesn't love a movie with Hector Elizondo? 

4.) That reminds me, Pretty Woman is also an addiction along with Steel Magnolias.

5.) Yarn stores.

6.) Fall festivals.

7.) Fresh sheets on my bed.

8.) Canoodling with Boo.

9.) Putting in fresh contacts.... seriously, I could do this all day every day.

10.) Cleaning my ears out... oh, have I gone too far? Sorry.

Have a great weekend and don't forget.... GOOOOOOO DAWGS!!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Time To Tee It Up Between The Hedges!

Most southerners will say there are just a few things in life they love more than anything else in the world. God, family and football..... in that order. Today I want to focus on the third.

Football isn't just a sport for us but instead it's a religion. The coach is our preacher, the playbook our Bible and the referee our Devil. Saturday becomes our Holy Day and the first game of the season is our baptism, washing away the sins of watching any other sport besides football since the last season was over. Everyone belongs to a certain religion too. Mine happens to be the Bulldawg Nation. I was born into this following and bleed red and black. I'm also a strong believer that God himself is a Dawg fan, why else would the Bible be written in red and black?

Yes, football is very important to us. Pregnancies, deliveries and weddings are planned around football seasons, cars are chosen in colors that support your teams and man caves are decked out in everything UGA. It's a fun time of year to live near Athens, Georgia.

Football season also holds a special place in my heart because it is what brought me and B together. I only applied to one college in high school, the University of Georgia. To my amazement, I was accepted and then also accepted to the Redcoat Marching Band. I know, I know. It sounds super lame to march in a band while in college. BUT, how else was I going to get to go to all of the games for free? Duh! Also, they are the biggest party group on campus of the #1 party school. It was amazing. More importantly, I met B while marching. He was a trumpet player and someone I was already familiar with.

We got to know each other during the Florida/Georgia game of 2006 and the rest is history. He proposed in Savannah, Georgia and we were married in Panama City Beach, Florida. Of course, our wedding was UGA themed and my garter had little G's all over it. Our t.v. stand is a giant Georgia G, our children will be products of the Redcoat Band and their first words will be Gooooooooooo Dawgs. Sic 'em. Woof Woof Woof. 

So this weekend and the rest of the weekends in 2012, I will raise my Georgia G Solo Cup to the Dawgs and proudly say 'Sco Dawgs!!! 

Glory, glory to old Georgia!