31 Lists: Weekend Recap & Christmas Worship

WEEKEND RECAP! I always love knowing what people did on their weekends, even if all they did was stay at home. Weekends are LIFE! Or for life to be lived well and to the fullest. Sometimes the fullest is literally staying in your

I always love knowing what people did on their weekends, even if all they did was stay at home. Weekends are LIFE! Or for life to be lived well and to the fullest. Work is a part of life, but it shouldn’t BE life. You can love your job and still not let it be your life. And weekends are usually the time in the week where there is no work and we just get to live life to the fullest. Sometimes the fullest is literally staying in your pjs all weekend. Sometimes to fullest is having friends over. Sometimes the fullest is deep cleaning. Sometimes the fullest is yard work. Sometimes the fullest is going to weddings. And sometimes the fullest is a weekend road trip to Nashville!

I have a fall break day off on Monday and so does my sis-in-law, so the four of us decided to do a long weekend trip to Nashville. We left on Friday after we all got off work, got here late, and will head home tomorrow. We are staying with and visiting William’s best friend Jay. William lived here for 7 years, so he loves visiting and going to all his favorite places. Naturally, Emily visited a lot and has favorite places too! William and I have been once since we got married, and so, of course, I have a favorite place or two now too.

So far here’s what we’ve done:

We stopped in Memphis on our way to Nashville and had Rendezvous! It just feels wrong not to. I had bbq chicken nachos and they were delish!

We slept in a tad Saturday since we didn’t get in until past midnight. We attempted to go to the famous Biscuit Love, were gonna have to stand outside in the rain for over and hour and we said no. But there was a super cute flower truck next to it!

We decided to try the place across the street, The Pub. It was an awesome British themed pub with imported chairs! I had the Welsh dip and it was delicious.

After that we decided to go to the Nashville farmer’s market and it was so cute and there were SO many pumpkins! See yesterday’s post for more of those pics.

After that, we went to my favorite place to stop in Nashville, The Loving Pie Company! I had chocolate coconut custard and William had the great pumpkin (pecan chocolate pumpkin) and we both had frozen hot chocolate. It was also Show Tunes Saturday and all they played were show tunes!

We rested for a bit after that and then went to a magical store that had a Christmas open house!

For dinner we had Pei Wei, which is a chain, but not one we have. Then we went to bed early so we could attempt Biscuit Love again.

Today we got to Biscuit Love at opening, and didn’t have to wait in line! However, we were not super impressed and thought it didn’t live up to the hype. I mean it was a super cute place with a fun atmosphere, but I LOVE biscuits and try them pretty much everywhere and it was good but not amazing. But I’m glad we went once! I got the East Nasty, which was a biscuit with a fried chicken thigh, sausage gravy, and white cheddar and I added an egg on top (duh!).

We decided we needed [more] coffee and visited the Frothy Monkey. My fav Christian author/blogger frequents there, so I wasn’t sad about making a stop.

Since we got up way too early, we went back to rest for a bit, played a round of Settlers of Catania, and then went to McKay’s used book store. Another favorite place! And then for lunch it was everyone’s must eat place, SATCO.

We’ve officially eaten at all of our must eat places, so I’m not sure what we will do tonight. More Settlers of Catan for now, and then tomorrow on the way home another stop in Memphis for IKEA!

What did YOU do this weekend?


And just for fun, another list for the day!

Spoiler alert: I love Christmas as much or more than I love fall. I’ve been listening to Christmas music since this summer and I am not ashamed in the least. I have two ever-growing Spotify Christmas playlists. is just all the Christmas songs I can find that I like. It’s called Christmas Cheer and it 1,044 songs and counting on it. You can follow it here –

The first is just all the Christmas songs I can find that I like. It’s called Christmas Cheer and it 1,044 songs and counting on it. You can follow it here.

The other one is my favorite, Christmas worship. Christmas songs about Jesus just stir my affections! It is more selective on the songs allowed on the list and has 104 songs. You can follow it here.

Of those 104, I’ll share my favorites. (This is kind of a cheat list because I recently sent this list to two of our church ministers who are heading up our music ministry right now, but worthy of a share!)

Favorite Christmas Worship Songs:

The links provide a little snippet of each song and cords and notes and such (beneficial when recommending to your music ministers/directors/organizers). BUT, all songs can be listened to on Spotify obviously, via my playlist or your own searching.

Unto Us by Hillsong – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/23125/unto-us-sheet-music/

Unto Us by North Point – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/24493/unto-us-sheet-music

I Heard the Bells by North Point – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/24495/i-heard-the-bells-sheet-music

Our King Has Come by Hillsong – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/23127/our-king-has-come-sheet-music

We Have a Savior by Hillsong – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/23122/we-have-a-savior-sheet-music

He Shall Reign Forevermore by Chris Tomlin- https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/27390/he-shall-reign-forevermore-sheet-music/

A Christmas Alleluia by Chris Tomlin – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/27397/a-christmas-alleluia-sheet-music

Midnight Clear (Love Song) by Chris Tomlin – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/27391/midnight-clear-love-song-sheet-music

Hymn of Joy by Chris Tomlin – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/27392/hymn-of-joy-sheet-music

It’s Christmas Medley by Chris Tomlin (Away in a Manger + an extra chorus/bridge) – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/27395/its-christmas-sheet-music

A King Like This by Chris Tomlin – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/27400/a-king-like-this-sheet-music

Evermore by Phil Wickham – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/22163/evermore-sheet-music

O Holy Night by Phil Wickham – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/22162/o-holy-night-sheet-music

The First Noel by Phil Wickham – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/22159/the-first-noel-sheet-music

O Come O Come Emmanuel by Phil Wickham – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/22161/o-come-o-come-emmanuel-sheet-music

Silent Night by Phil Wickham – https://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/22160/silent-night-sheet-music

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This is part of my 31 Days of List series. Click here to see the other lists in this series.

31 Lists: Movies

William suggested favorite childhood movies as a list idea, but since I can’t remember most of my childhood and am pretty sure my movie lists consisted of all the Disney Princess ones, I decided to go with favorite movies in general.

Once upon a time, I had a note saved in my phone with my favorite movies, but it has disappeared! I will try to recreate it with as much accuracy as possible.

Top 10 Favorite Movies

A List of Movies I Never Get Tired of Watching

  • Harry Potter (Yes I know there are eight, but I love them all so they get to count as one.)
  • Remember the Titans
  • Blindside
  • Frozen/Tangled
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Sleepless in Seatle
  • Good Will Hunting
  • The Dead Poet’s Society
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Beauty and the Beast (new and old)
  • The Holiday
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Love Actually
  • The Proposal
  • 27 Dresses
  • Hocus Pocus
  • and too many Christmas movies to name

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This is part of my 31 Days of List series. Click here to see the other lists in this series.

31 Lists: Currently

Anticipating… wearing sweaters!! I know I know, it’s going to be a while. But every day when I pick out my outfit I look longingly at my sweater collection.

Appreciating… my coworkers and work family! William and I both have prayed that I’d have work friends for a while, and God abundantly answered that this semester!

Believing… God is going to let us get pregnant. (But knowing that He’s still good and enough and has abundantly blessed us even if we don’t get pregnant.)

Baking… nothing sadly! It’s been too long! I need to bake something asap. Canned pumpkin is on sale for 80 cents at Wal-mart though and I have at least 6 cans in my online grocery order cart. So never fear, pumpkin baking is coming (said with Starks of the North dramatics).

Buying… On Sunday we made an unplanned trip to Belk because William needed a black belt for starting his new job (and for life?). I helped him pick out two shirts and he picked out a vest. AND THEN we went to my section. While in Belk we usually go our separate ways, so he’s never helped me shop, but it was fun! We both picked out things for me to try on, he realized girl clothes/clothes shopping are/is nothing like the guy versions. I got two shirts, including William’s favorite pic, and a dress.

Celebrating… William’s new job! He started it on Monday and is loving it so far.

Cooking…Copy Cat Krystal Burgers (used frozen chopped onions and sauteed them first, used ground turkey, used whole wheat slider buns, halved the recipe) and spicy sweet potato wedges last night. Tomorrow night eggs benedict, cheese grits, and potatoes.

Drinking… In the mornings, iced coffee made with my Ninja Coffee Bar with a splash of half and half and a squeeze of DIY pumpkin spice sauce. All day water with cinnamon sticks in it (a PCOS blog told me to intake cinnamon every day while trying to get pregnant, and just in general, to help lower sugar levels or something, and I decided to try cinnamon sticks in my water and actually love it!). Sometimes cream soda Zevia or a La Croix.

Eating… out at Seafood Revolution tonight! Excited! Meanwhile, I had leftover frozen pizza for lunch.

Enjoying… cooler temps!! Still a little too warm, but much better.

Feeling… GREAT. I love Jesus. I love being married. I love my job. I love our house. I love life!

Listening to… CHRISTMAS MUSIC ALL DAY EVERYDAY DON’T JUDGE ME!

Loving… my husband’s new schedule! 8:30 – 5:00, no more late shifts, no more Saturdays!!

Ordering… groceries online ALWAYS AND FOREVER! Oh also preordered our Advent books.

Organizing… my list for these posts. All 31 days planned and the days of the week have alliteration categories! Marriage Monday, Toss-Up Tuesday, What-to-eat Wednesday, Thrifty Thursday, Favorites Friday, Savoring Saturday, Succinct Sunday.

Planning… a women’s retreat for my church with the women’s ministry team. It’s this month. CAN’T WAIT!

Reading… Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas, Dance Stand Run by Jess Connoly, The Heir of the Selection Series, Joel, and 1 John.

Scheduling… student meetings. Registration is coming up!  And a vet visit for the pups for their heartworm test.

Sharing… ALL THE THINGS with YOU!

Starting… seminary (again)… Long story short, I finally stop ignoring God’s subtle tug to finish seminary. I reapplied for admission yesterday. Eek!

Thinking… about our Halloween costumes and how to make them happen. We’re going to be David and Lisa the Gnomes.

Traveling… to Nashville this weekend with the fam (hubs, sis-in-law, and bro-in-law) to Nashville!

Waiting… to receive our movie cards! Card deliveries are delayed due to the massive interest. Ugh!

Wanting… a Christmas comforter. I can’t justify it, but man on man I want our bed to have a Christmas comforter for the Christmas season! #mrandmrsclausintraining

Watching… THIS IS US! So glad it’s back on. Also glad to have American Housewife, Speechless, and Designated Survivor back. Also slowly going through Doctor Who with hubs (his fav show) and loving it. Also… MUST WATCH HOCUS POCUS ASAP! It is time.

Wearing… the aforementioned new dress! It’s not quite as long as midi, but longer than knee length, navy blue, has a baby doll dress fit, flowy bottom, peasant sleeves with some floral embroidery. Also, booties! Cognac brown colored ones to be exact. The cooler temps officially usher in bootie season for me.

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This is part of my 31 Days of List series. Click here to see the other lists in this series.

31 Lists: Prayers

I never shared my 2017 goals this year. I used Powersheets for the first time and LOVED it, but since it’s an ongoing goal setting guide I never sat down to type up a concise list. My word for the year has been invest. I set goals that focused on investing in my spiritual growth, my marriage, my home, my church, my friendships, my family, my self, my dreams, and my future.

I decided to pick a different group of people each day to pray for. This served many purposes. 1. What better way to invest in people than to really pray for them on a regular basis, not just pray sporadically when prayer requests come up? 2. My prayer life was inconsistent. 3. The idea of praying for every person I could think of all at once was a little overwhelming.  So choosing to invest in other by praying for people was also investing in my spiritual growth, my marriage, my family, my friendships, and my self. As a result, prayer has very much been a theme for this year.

Here’s my category list:

Married Family Monday

Traceridge Tuesday (my current church)

Arise and Friends Wednesday (my former church and the people I met through that church)

Born Family Thursday 

Friendgroup Friday (my college friend group and their families)

Sisters Saturday (women’s ministry related things and other women or groups of women I’m connected to)

Depending on what’s going on or how the holy spirit leads, obviously I pray for people more than just on these days often. BUT, it’s been a great tool to keep me accountable to actually praying for the people in my life. It truly has become an honor and privilege to pray for and with my people. When I’ve been consistent, which I’m happy to report has been way more weeks than not, it’s also very humbling. And it takes my mind off of self-absorbed things and focuses it on others and the Lord. It also has resulted in prayer being on my mind more and prayer being my default more. It’s been a beautiful journey and I never want to stop doing it like this!

Today, my heart has been heavy and burdened for so many things. Here’s a list of things and people I’m praying for today. If you are the praying type, join me.
  • Las Vegas. SENSELESS tragedy. My heart aches for the city and the people and the families.
  • A family who thought their daughter was missing since Thursday, but she was found today and is okay and alive!
  • Someone who lost a job.
  • Someone who just lost their mom last week.
  • A family balancing all sorts of complicated things.
  • Someone who is awaiting scary test results.
  • Multiple couple friends who are trying to get pregnant.
  • Marriages filled with hurts.
  • Babies in utero! (So many precious babies due in the Spring months.)
  • That mine and William’s prayers that we will get pregnant will always push us closer to Jesus and never outweigh our desires to know and be known by God.
Verses we’ve been clinging to as we pray for our needs and desires and the needs and desires of others:

“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.” 1 John 3:21-22

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

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This is part of my 31 Days of List series. Click here to see the other lists in this series.

Thankfulness & Gratitude 

Let’s get businessy things out of the way first.

  1. We all knew I was going to fail that September writing challenge. What was I thinking?! The leading up to the wedding push was insanely busy.
  2. I’m working on a post with my thoughts on marriage thus far. I don’t know when it will come, but trust that it will. Spoiler alert: LOVING IT!

Business meeting adjourned.

 

For the last few years in some way or another, I’ve challenged myself to focus on things I’m thankful for during the month of November. I sort of decided not to do it this year, but today I changed my mind.

Why? 

Why did I do it to begin with?

November has been a harder month for me since I lost my dad (November 18th) and remembering that loss + the stress of what to do for holidays made November a little heavy at times.

Why did I decide not to this year?

This November doesn’t feel as heavy. I have a husband! And not just a husband, but a wonderful one with a wonderful family. Having him helps carry the weight of remembered loss and forever alleviates my sense of restlessness about the holidays. He’s my home now!

Why did I change my mind?

Well, three reasons.

1. It was silly to think I didn’t need to remember to be thankful! In good times and bad, thankfulness and gratitude are important. I’m still selfish and self-absorbed when I don’t focus my mind on Jesus. I NEED to remember ALL the many reasons – big, small, silly, and important – that I have to be grateful.

2. With so much negativity crowding the walls of social media, I’ve been enjoying the sparse posts intermingled of people stating what they are thankful for. I remember last year and the year before thinking it was cliche and there were so many. This year, sadly, it doesn’t seem as cliche and there aren’t as many declarations of thankfulness and I miss it! It makes the world a better place. I think we all need some thankfulness, gratitude, and positivity right now.

3. I like to celebrate things! We are in the midst of celebration season with celebration after celebration and I think thankfulness is just as important to celebrate as Christmas trees and parties. It’s a good think to celebrate to set our hearts and minds on what we are really celebrating once Christmas gets here, which is trees and parties at all. Jesus. He came to fulfil our hope. To be our hope forever. To be the King the reigns eternally.

So, I’m going to be thankful! I backtracked and to the best of my ability made thankful lists for all the days I missed. I’ll post from here on out on social media (and probably do a recap here). But, posting a list of 25 ish things on social media in one post seemed a bit excessively annoying.

  1. free lunch (at Moe’s! download the app) / 11-1
  2. good wholesome tv (This Is Us is killing it!) / 11-1
  3. my friend Anna (who came over to watch This Is Us with me and we had good talks) / 11-1
  4. a wonderful first night at my “new” church Traceridge / 11-2
  5. choir music (I joined the choir!) / 11-2
  6. life-saving Newk’s (I was super hangry and Newk’s saved the day) / 11-2
  7. country drives (especially at sunset) / 11-3
  8. William’s grandparents / 11-3
  9. medicine / 11-3
  10. date nights / 11-4
  11. musical movies (loved Trolls!) / 11-4
  12. a magical movie purse (capable of holding much candy and drinks and basically like Santa’s bag) / 11-4
  13. free Mistletoe Marketplace tickest and getting to go with the best friends / 11-5
  14. holiday coffee (Deep South Pop’s Pumpkinfest latte is legit) / 11-5
  15. holiday smells (everything at Mistletoe smelled magical, somehow even the bathroom smelled like Christmas) / 11-5
  16. veggie trays (Emily had a lovely spread at the craft fair she hosted at her house!) / 11-5
  17. friend dinner and movie nights / 11-5
  18. breakfast casseroles (there was a potluck breakfast at church, literally tried all the savory breakfast casseroles) / 11-6
  19. chocolate milk / 11-6
  20. harmonies (loved singing in the choir for the first time!) / 11-6
  21. the Holy Spirit’s presence as we gather together (majorly felt Him on Sunday, and love knowing people are feeling His presence all over the world as they gather in traditional church building, YMCAs, movie theaters, school gyms, and more) / 11-6
  22. family time (spent the day watching the guys put together a swingset for Evelyn, so fun!) / 11-6
  23. daylight savings time (MOST RESTED MONDAY EVER) / 11-7
  24. free McAlister’s (for a YEAR, well, ish, but we won a contest and are getting a pretty hefty giftcard) / 11-7
  25. Christmas pjs and a husband who lets me order us matching ones (thanks Old Navy for having big sizes!) / 11-7
  26. being able to laugh together at a terrible dinner / 11-7

Blogtember Day 7

Hey, remember that time when I said I was probably going to fail this? Oops! Wedding planning, work, bachelorette weekend, two showers, and life got the best of me, but, I’m back! For now.

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Five things that bring you joy.

Confession: I had plenty of time to do this post when it was the day to write it, and the next, and the next, but I avoided it because I just didn’t want to. I wasn’t feeling joyous and didn’t want to write about joy so I avoided it. And then life got busy. Good news! I’m no longer feeling that way. Joy has returned! The culprit: busyness convincing me I didn’t have time for Jesus. Gets me every time. Joy is restored and now I’ll tell you things that bring me joy!

  1. Time with Jesus. The list could end here really. Joy comes from above! The other things I will list do give me joy, but even they don’t bring me joy if I’m not connected to the true source of joy. NECESSARY! I’m desperately dependent on Jesus for helping me see joy in all of life.
  2. William. I mean it’s cheesy but true. He makes me laugh more than anyone else. He reminds me that I need Jesus. He loves me so well and by doing so reminds me that my Heavenly Father loves me. Doing life with him brings me joy. Hanging out with him in our house brings me joy. Doing things for him like cooking and packing his lunch and praying for him brings me joy. The fact that I get to marry him in 22 days and spend forever with him brings me JOY!
  3. FALL! You know this. But for real. All of it. Decorations even if it’s hot. Seeing pumpkins in the store. All the scents. The glimpses of fall on the horizon via early morning temperatures, the coolness of the shade (way cooler than summer shade), and the less humidity. All the pumpkin-y goodness. Falling leaves. The clothes. The shoes. The scarves. Scarecrows. Thanksgiving. And that it all just perfectly leads to CHRISTMAS! Constant and instant joy galore.
  4. Cooking/baking and anything related to it. I love the kitchen. I love kitchen supplies (had a Pampered Chef shower this weekend and officially obsessed with all things Pampered Chef now too). Cooking for people. Baking for people. Recipies. I LOVE IT ALL!
  5. Knowing people and being known by them. I LOVE truly knowing people. Knowing that they don’t like onions or olives or peppermint flavored things. Knowing their favorite color. Knowing about their family and best friends. Knowing their favorite foods. Knowing how they like their coffee (or that they don’t like it at all). Knowing them enough to pick out a perfectly personal gift. Knowing what makes them happy, what brings them joy. Knowing the scars on their heart. I just love really knowing people.

Blogtember Day 6

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Create a playlist. What are you listening to now? What encourages you? Holiday favorites?

In the mornings I listen to a worship music playlist either on my iPhone or my Amazon Prime streaming music. I usually listen to that at work too, but I have now started listening to my Spotify Christmas playlist (394 songs and counting) that I’ve been building on for three years. On the way home from work I usually scan local radio stations – the top 40 pop one, the best of the 80s, 90s, and now one, and the two country ones (trying to like country at least a little since the soon to be hubby likes or listen to music I’ve purchased or downloaded via Amazon Prime Streaming.

Worship music encourages me, sets my mind and heart in the right place, and helps me not leave space for sin and temptation to easily invade. I really do try to listen to it A LOT. I don’t think there is a magic formula, but for me it helps me think about worthy things and fight thoughts of unworthy things. “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Music about Jesus and what He’s done for is my go-to. And even though all Christmas music isn’t holy, Christmas music does the same for me because even if the world doesn’t acknowledge it, Christmas is about Jesus being born to die so that we could live.

Here’s some of my current favorites from all the categories of music I listen to:

Radio Pop:
Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
My House – Flo Rida
Lost Boy – Ruth B

Radio Country:
Comeback Kid – The Band Perry
Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini
Vice – Miranda Lambert

My Music:
The Best Day – Taylor Swift
Everything – Michael Buble
Crazy – Ben Rector
Diamonds – Johnnyswim
Brand New – Ben Rector
Home – Michael Buble
Live While You’re Young – Johnnyswim
Million Years Ago – Adele

Christmas:
I Heard the Bells – North Point Christmas
Dawn is Breaking – North Point Christmas
Unto Us – North Point Christmas
Hallelujah – North Point Christmas
O Holy Night – North Point Christmas
Christmas Saved Us All – Jon McLaughlin
The First Noel – Lady Antebellum
God With Us – All Sons and Daughters
Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Away in a Manger – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Merry Christmas Tonight – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
What Are You Doing New Years Eve – Johnnyswim
Christmas Day – Johnnyswim
O Come All Ye Faithful – Johnnyswim
O Come Let Us Adore Him – Hillsong Worship
Emmanuel – Hillsong Worship
We Have a Savior – Hillsong Worship
Unto Us – Hillsong Worship
Our King Has Come – Hillsong Worship
Evermore – Phil Wickham
Little Drummer Boy – Phil Wickham
Christmas Time – Phil Wickham
The First Noel – Phil Wickham
Heaven Everywhere – Francesca Battistelli
Christmas Is – Francesca Battistelli
You’re Here – Francesca Battistelli
December 25th – Francesca Battistelli
Christmas Dreams – Francesca Battistelli
Emmanuel Come – Pentatonix (also most versions of this song, North Point, Gloriana, Leona Lewis, Phil Wickam, Hillsong Worship, etc)
This Christmas – Pentatonix
All I Want for Christmas – by everyone (Mariah, Dave Barnes, Michael Buble Justin Beiber, Lady Antebellum, Glee)
I Celebrate the Day – Relient K
Cold December Night – Michael Buble

I mean just to name a “few” favorites that I never get tired of…

Worship (easier to name artists!):
All Sons & Daughters
Amanda Cook
Bethel Music
Hillsong United
Steffany Gretzinger
John Mark McMillan
Lauren Daigle
Shane & Shane

Blogtember Day 5

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What was your most memorable birthday?

Oh man. This one is hard! I don’t know that I can pick just one…

My 21st birthday was amazing! All my friends dressed like me complete with drawn on star foot tattoos and fake nose studs (I had one at the time).

My 25th birthday was great! I was determined to do something off my bucket list before 25, and riding a train was on that list. My friends and I dressed up in formal dresses, road the train from Hammond, LA to Baton Rouge, LA. Our two guy friends, also dressed up, picked us up in a borrowed  minivan, and we played putt-putt golf and ate a nice restaurant (all in formal attire).

But, I’d have to say my most magical birthday was 31. I hosted a Fairy Garden Party at my house. Everyone brought “fairy” sized food. We had an outdoor fairy movie, Hook, that played on the side of the house. There was a painting station for kids to paint fairy houses. There was a Scrabble table. There were outdoor games for guys to play. There was a photo booth. The decorations were pink and yellow and fun everywhere. I made edible fairy wands (pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and glitter sprinkles), chocolate and glitter sprinkle covered marshmallows on a stick, toadstool skewers (grape tomato halves with cubed cheese sticks), and fairy dust popcorn (kettle corn with edible gold dust). And there were movie watching stations complete with blankets to sit/lay on, blankets to cover up with, bug spray, movie candy, popcorn, etc. It was a blast (and way over the top haha).

Blogtember Day 3

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Now that summer’s at an end, share a list of favorites from the season!

The summer went by super fast, and as a lover of fall I am NOT sad about that. But let’s see, my favorites from this summer:

Beach vacation with the fiancé and our family and friends.

Hosting a memorial day bbq at our new house for my best friend and her hubby in from out of town and William making ribs, my favorite thing my dad used to make.

Hosting a big family gathering at our new house for July 4th.

TOMATOES, and pretty much an endless supply thanks to William’s granddaddy finding out I liked them.

Hosting a backyard bible club at our house and getting to see teenagers and our friends and family worship and do ministry in our yard.

Pretty Little Liar nights with my friends!

Acquiring a super cute pair of seersucker shorts.

One thing I’m sad about: I didn’t eat a single slice or watermelon!

But other than that to summer I say, BYE!

Wearing my seersucker shorts and white jeans this weekend one last time in honor of your departure. See you next year!

#falliscoming

Blogtember Day 2

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Share a list of your current goals.

Well, I started out the year with great intentions! See my 2016 Goals post. However, I didn’t plan to fall in love, get married, or get a new house.

My goals changed a bit, but right now this is what I’m working on:

  • GET MARRIED! lots of to-do lists come with that one
  • drink 4-5 big yeti’s of water a day
  • don’t buy ANYTHING that doesn’t qualify as a need (having to pay for a wedding kind of helps with that)
  • get completely settled and unpacked in the new house before the wedding (work in progress, but really close!)
  • finish reading Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage
  • start (and finish) Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
  • lose a little bit of weight in my face before wedding pictures
  • get back into major meal planning after the wedding
  • enjoy and savor every moment of this once in a lifetime season!

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