Monday, January 30, 2012

Perfect Timing, Martha

The highlight of my day yesterday was finding out about the new Martha Stewart line of office supplies for Staples.  The line has not hit stores yet but is available online.  Needless to say, I have stalked the website, and I am obsessed!  I LOVE Martha products.  My (“our”) number one reason for registering at Macy’s when I was engaged was because they carry Martha’s tupperware, kitchen supplies, etc.  This might have something to do with the fact that my all-time favorite color is what I call “Martha blue.”  As in, the background color of this blog ;). 

WELL, the point of this post is that the office supply line from Martha could not have come at a more appropriate time for me because I GOT A JOB!  A real, grown up, big girl lawyer job.  A job with an office that will obviously need some office supplies courtesy of Ms. Stewart.  So excited to check off my number one goal for 2012!

I am thrilled, excited, nervous, but most of all thankful for the peace I feel about the whole situation. 

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A few other random thoughts for this Monday afternoon:

  • Amelia’s (Austin’s cousin’s little girl) cute tea party birthday party was yesterday. I am so excited to see Nina’s recap and so sad we missed the party!  Happy 1st birthday Amelia!
  • The Gossip Girl wedding is tonight – I can’t wait to watch but I really hope the wedding does not actually happen. 
  • I can’t wait for this weekend – we will be in town for the first time in three weeks.  I have missed our church so much these past few weeks.  We also have a fun super bowl party to go to on Sunday!
  • My mom gave me some red beans and rice leftovers this weekend, and I’ve been thinking about how tasty my supper is going to be all day today.
  • Psalm 139 is sweeping blog-land lately.  I have seen no fewer than four blog posts about Psalm 139 within the last week.  I took this to mean that God was giving me a little hint, so I have read it a few times lately!  It is such an uplifting passage and is always so applicable. 
  • I am also reading Revelation right now… does anyone else feel like Revelation is the outlier of the Bible?  It is just so different from all the other books!  It is also very interesting, weird, scary, and mind-boggling to me. 
  • I am procrastinating working on a memo right now.  I should really get in one hour of work on it before Gossip Girl… bye for now, friends!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Rebecca!

Last night we celebrated Rebecca’s birthday with our wonderful SS friends.  (missed the Clarksons though!)  We met at Maximo’s in Plano and hung out there for a bit before going to BJ’s just down the road for dinner.  We topped everything off with strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing! 

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I used my Mom’s strawberry cake recipe and my sister’s recipe for the cream cheese buttercream icing.  This is my all time favorite strawberry cake recipe!  It was a hit last night as well. 

Fresh Strawberry Cake

1 white cake mix

3 Tbs. flour

3 eggs

3/4 c oil

3/4 c water

1 small package strawberry Jello

1/2 c sliced strawberries (I usually do closer to 1 cup)

Mix all ingredients and bake in a greased bundt pan for 45 min @ 350.  Or, like I did today, make cupcakes which only need to bake for about 18 minutes. 

Now, the best part happens.  The glaze!  This is what makes this cake super moist and tasty.  For the glaze you will need:

2 Tbs. butter, softened

1/2 c powdered sugar

2 Tbs. crushed strawberries (or more!)

Mix and drizzle on top of warm cake.  The cake is wonderful with just the glaze, and, as a matter of fact, last night was the first time I had ever tried it with frosting.  The frosting is just a pretty standard mix of powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. 

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Happy birthday friend!  I had fun celebrating with you!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I’m Loving Wednesday

1. Cinnamon Burst Cheerios… these are so good!  I happen to LOVE cinnamon in any form.  This cereal was made for me.  Yesterday I ate it for breakfast and for supper.  Yum!

2. Grapefruit.  Every winter, my grapefruit obsession returns.  Texas grapefruits are so so so delicious right now.  I can’t get enough.

3. The best pens ever: Pilot G-2 in “very fine” (0.38).  I discovered these in law school and literally hate writing with anything else.  Yesterday, mine that I had with me ran out of ink, and I was forced to use a different type of pen… it was not a good afternoon! 

4. My long (and getting longer every day) list of things I want to make that I saw on Pinterest

these precious pears that I pinned (from this blog) – light bulbs covered in jute/twine!

pretty lined envelopes (pic from here – I think)

I have big plans for some Valentine’s Day cards, and I’m thinking lined envelopes will be making an appearance for sure. 

And finally, these little nuggets of goodness.  I made these last Monday and have been enjoying them as an afternoon snack.  They are the perfect amount to tide me over until supper in the afternoons! 

Happy Wednesday! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

“It’s the #1 Place in Texas to have a Wedding According to The Knot…”

Austin told that to about five people this weekend…

According to a plaque on the wall at The Inn at Wild Rose Hill, it was indeed voted best Texas wedding venue, or something along those lines.  Nathan and Jocelyn’s wedding was beautiful, and we were so glad we got to attend.  They could not have asked for better weather in January for their special day. 

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Their cakes were some of the best I have ever had at a wedding.  So delicious!

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Sunday morning we enjoyed breakfast at an Austin favorite, Kerbey Lane, with Austin’s family.  The maple ginger granola that I devoured was some of the best I have ever had.  Our breakfast was extra special since Austin’s grandparents were in town from Florida!  We loved getting to visit with them and can’t wait for our next visit to Port St. Joe very soon.  It is hard to believe that our last visit to Port St. Joe was when we got engaged in 2010! 

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Happy Monday! 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Another Wedding Weekend

Yep, we are headed to Austin today weekend for another wedding!  Speaking of weddings, we got two save the dates and one invitation in the mail this week!!  So fun! 

I woke up early to catch up on some things that got pushed to the back burner during the week, and we are having breakfast with our long lost Sunday School friends this morning before we hit the road.  Seriously, we are going on week two of being out of town for the weekend.  I really miss our church and our church friends, so this little breakfast will be perfect to tide me over until we are back in our Dallas weekend routine.  Also, shout out to the lovely Reb who is picking me up from the airport tomorrow – thank you!!

Last night we headed west to Fort Worth to see our friends Matthew and Mallory.  They are getting married in June and living in the DFW area – I can’t wait for supper club!  Every time I have been to Fort Worth from Dallas, it feels like a whole other world.  The two cities are SO VERY DIFFERENT.  Fort Worth is so relaxed and laid back and so very western.  It is really like you are in the wild west. 

We went to Reata for dinner.  This restaurant is about as “Fort Worth” as they come, and it was so fun!  Sadly, the only picture I took for the night was of the waiting area on my phone.  There were several men in cowboy hats throughout the restaurant, and in Fort Worth, that is clearly the norm.  It is amazing how going 30ish miles away can feel so far.  Summary: go to Reata if you are looking for a good meal and a fun atmosphere in Fort Worth.   

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Hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fun Facts

My friend Brittany tagged me in one of those fun "getting to know you" posts that is currently making its way 'round the blog world.

Just follow the rules {posted below} and enjoy my random facts. :)

the rules:

1. you must post the rules.

2. post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.

3. answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged.

4. tag eleven people and link them on your post

5. let them know you've tagged them!

my {fun} facts

1. I love having my nails painted, but I have gotten approximately two manicures in the last year.  Growing up, my Mom always painted our nails, and I still think she does a better job than most manicurists.  I am slowly but surely improving at painting my own nails, and it just makes me smile to look down at a my hands when my nails are painted. (Right now they are painted “Ballet Slippers” by Essie, and I am loving life!)

2.  My favorite thing to eat for lunch is what Austin likes to call the “rabbit plate.”  An ideal rabbit plate contains cheese, crackers, apple or pear slices, some almonds, a few carrots, and maybe some olives or pickled okra.  So delish.

3. I have a key in the back of my planner that lists what each of the six highlighter colors I use stands for.  Blue is for birthdays, yellow is for important things, green is for social, pink is for church activities, etc.  Whenever I write something in pen in my planner, I box it in the appropriate highlighter color. 

4. I love my paper planner and will stand firm against an e-calendar forever. 

5. My favorite place I have ever lived is Jackson, MS.  Getting used to living in Dallas is a work in progress, and I still miss Jackson all the time. 

6. Growing up, I had two very close friends named Katie and Katey.  We had a LOT of slumber parties together growing up in Ruston.  Katie got married in 2010, I got married in 2011, and Katey is getting married in 2012.  We all three chose green bridesmaids dresses, and we all three live in Texas now.  Great minds think alike :) 

7. I went to A.E. Phillips Lab School, which is on the campus of Louisiana Tech University, for K-8th grade (along with Katie and Katey).  My class had the same 30ish people in it for all nine years, and I still remember most of their birthdays. 

8. I come from a long line of good cooks, and one of my life goals is to make a roast like my Grandma, green beans like my Mammo, pickles like my Big Pop, tea cakes like my Grandmother, and everything else like my Mom. 

9. The monogrammed Tervis Tumbler that Austin got me for Christmas has quickly become my most used Christmas gift.  I have been drinking so much more water thanks to that thing!  Love it. 

10. Like Brittany, my closet is color-coordinated and is organized by season.

11. Austin and I both really want a golden retriever, but we are waiting until we move into a house before we get a puppy.  I really love our apartment and am in no hurry to move, but I definitely have “the itch” to get a dog. 

And now for Stephanie's questions....

1. What is your favorite part about blogging?

I like that I take more pictures now that I have a blog.  I also like having a place to look back and reminisce. I also really like reading other blogs.  There are some blogs I have been reading for 3+ years that I look forward to reading daily.  There are also so many brands and products that I have only discovered because I saw them on other blogs.  Now, I can’t imagine not knowing about Boden, RueLaLa, One Kings Lane, and many more!

2. Who is your celebrity crush?

We just finished watching Lonesome Dove, and I LOVE Gus.  That is all I can think of right now.  Well, obviously Rhett Butler.  Always. 

3. What is your favorite place/city in the world?

Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  It is where we went on our Honeymoon, and it is a beautiful place!  There are a ton of places on my “to go” list, but for now, Cape Elizabeth. 

4. If you could tell us a time when you helped a stranger the most, when was it?

Our Sunday School class made “blessing bags” in the fall as a missions project, and I would like to think that we helped at least one of the people we handed them out to. 

5. If you could have only one magazine subscription for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Southern Living. But I really want Garden & Gun for my birthday (AUSTIN). 

6. What is your biggest fear?

Deep water… I do not get in the water past my ankles when I go to the beach. 

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

Sweets – candy, cookies, cake, pie.  Love it all. 

8. Can you recall your favorite childhood memory?

All of our family road trips 

9. Facebook or Twitter?

I probably spend too much time on both of them, but I have gotten to where I like Twitter better than Facebook. 

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Hearing people chew/swallow.  It really really grosses me out.  I hate loud chewers. 

11. How would you sum yourself up in three words or less?

Organized. Perceptive. Dedicated.

And the lucky people I tag are {sorry, I'm doing less than 11!}:

{because I'm lazy I'm going to copy Brittany’s questions (which I think were originally her friend Stephanie’s questions)... enjoy my friends!}

Rebecca at Newlyweds

Nina at Tank You Notes

Ally at Chillin’ in Chi-town

Kaitlyn at The Carter Chronicles

And anyone else that wants to play along!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cooking & My Monday Night Shows

Yesterday afternoon I had quite a productive spell in my kitchen.  I made baked oatmeal cups, some raw peanut butter bites, and the King Ranch Chicken Mac that I mentioned yesterday.  We didn’t eat until pretty late when Austin got home, but he loved the mac.  I enjoyed it too as long as I was pushing all thoughts of how many thousands of calories it had in it out of my mind! 

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Last night while waiting for Austin to get home, my flipper almost exploded because there were so many good things on tv that I wanted to watch!  Brittany and I tweeted back and forth a little bit about this predicament.  Seriously though, I wish Monday night would share some TV shows with Tuesday or Thursday.  We do not have a DVR, and most Mondays I really wish we did!  I know Austin is itching to upgrade our whole TV situation, so maybe someday soon, but all of my Dad’s lectures about needs vs. wants are playing in my head right now, so who knows!?  

Last night I watched Pretty Little Liars and then watched bits and pieces of the South Carolina debate, the Bachelor, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  I totally missed Gossip Girl because it was at the same time as PLL, so hopefully I can catch that online later this week.  Austin and I usually watch a little bit of the Bachelor on our iPad while we are getting ready in the morning, and I am not that into that show anyway.  I am mostly watching because I went to college with Nicki and was in an organization with her at A&M.  It is pretty weird to see someone you know on the Bachelor! 

I am really not as obsessed with TV as this sounds… lately I just have a lot of free time in the evenings because Austin is working later and later now that it is busy season for him. 

Hope y’all have a great Tuesday!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Spiritual Gifts

In July, our preacher did a three part series entitled “How to Discover and Use Your Spiritual Gift.”  I was fascinated by his take on spiritual gifts and have been wanting to blog about my notes from these sermons for a while now.  

Dr. Jeffress was very clear that the basic premise for these messages was from Don Crossland’s research on the study which later was contributed to Bill Gothard for his use in his Institute in Basic Life Principles.  I also want to be clear that these are not my original ideas – these are merely the notes I took during these sermons. 

He started by explaining that while we all may possess certain characteristics or traits, we are each given one main spiritual gift (although we certainly all have other abilities and ministries). 

Part I: Four Important Truths to Help Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

1. God has given every Christian a unique spiritual gift (Romans 12:4-6; Philippians 2:13)

a. Definition of a spiritual gift: the desire and power God gives you to accomplish his purpose.

b. Our gift is given by the Holy Spirit through God’s grace.

2. True fulfillment comes from using our spiritual gift.

3. Spiritual gifts help perfect the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 18, 19, 21, 27)

4. “Spiritual gifts” can be divided into three categories. (1 Corinthians 12:1-6)

a.  GIFTS: (Romans 12:6-8) prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, leadership/organization, giving, mercy. {the focus of this series}

b. MINISTRIES: (Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:28) apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor-teacher, worker of power, healing, helper, administrator, tongues.

c. EFFECTS: (1 Corinthians 12:8-10) wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, effective miracles, prophecy, distinguishing spirits, interpretation of tongues.

Part II: The Motivational Gifts in Romans 12 & Part III: Further Insights About Each Gift

Romans 12:4-8 (NIV) says: “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

So, as you can see, there are seven gifts mentioned here:

1. Prophecy: presenting God’s truth to convict people of sin and their need for a right relationship with God

a. Biblical example of the gift of prophecy: Peter

b. Understanding the gift: persuasive, ability to speak, highly opinionated

c. Dangers of the gift: proud of speech, depends on speaking skills rather than Holy Spirit, insensitive to others’ feelings

d. Characteristics: needs to explain message verbally, dependence on scriptural truth to validate authority, concern for reputation of God

e. Misunderstandings: frankness often seen as harshness, interests in results may be seen as using gimmicks, emphasis on decisions may appear to neglect spiritual growth, strong convictions may hinder intimate personal relationships, strong desire to convey truth may be seen as having little interest in opinions of others

2. Serving: meeting practical needs of others

a. Biblical example of the gift of serving: Martha

b. Understanding the gift: doesn’t need much public recognition but desires appreciation, able to detect needs of others, will overlook personal discomfort to meet needs

c. Dangers of the gift: becoming bitter when not appreciated, overemphasis on meeting practical versus spiritual needs, judging others who do not have this gift

d. Characteristics: ability to see the likes and dislikes of other people, energy to fulfill needs of others with disregard for personal weariness, involvement in a variety of activities and difficulty in saying “no,” enjoys short range goals rather than long rage goals

e. Misunderstandings: avoidance of red tape, may exclude others from jobs, eagerness in serving may prompt suspicion of self advancement, meeting practical needs may be misunderstood as lack of interest in spiritual matters, tendency to get side tracked

3. Teaching: presenting and clarifying Biblical truth

a. Understanding the gift: enjoys research, tests knowledge of others

b. Dangers of the gift: concentrating on content versus application, becoming prideful of knowledge, inattentive to response of audience

c. Important not to confuse the spiritual gift of “teaching” with the skill of teaching (i.e. my Mom is a very gifted 3rd grade teacher, but her spiritual gift is not necessarily teaching)

d. Characteristics: believes their gift is foundational to other gifts, emphasis on the meaning of words, tests the knowledge of those who teach, avoid non-biblical examples/sources, get great joy in researching

e. Misunderstandings: emphasis on content may appear to neglect practical application, testing others may appear to be prideful, details of research may appear to be unnecessary to audience

4. Exhortation (encouraging): help people solve problems by applying God’s Word to their lives; “exhortation” = “to come alongside”

a. Understanding the gift: gifted in counseling, prefers one-on-one to groups, interested in practical application and solving real world problems

b. Dangers of the gift: may waste time with those not wanting real solutions, becoming discouraged by lack of progress

c. Characteristics: use Bible as a resource to solve problems, tends to avoid systems of information that lack practical application, begins with problems and then goes to Scripture for solutions

d. Misunderstandings: emphasis on practical steps may appear to over-simplify problems, desire to witness through lifestyle may appear to be a lack of interest in evangelism, use of Scripture for practical application may appear to take Scripture out of context

5. Giving: using personal assets to assist others/desire and ability to use personal assets to further the cause of Christ

a. Understanding the gift: ability to make money and manage money well, prefers giving anonymously, doesn’t like pressure, wants to motivate others to give

b. Dangers of the gift: prideful of giving, overemphasis on material needs, equating spirituality with material success

c. Characteristics: ability to make wise purchases and investments, desire to give quietly to effective ministries, avoids pressure appeals, joy when a gift is an answer to a specific prayer, concern that gift be of high quality

d. Misunderstandings: desire to increase effectiveness of a ministry may be seen as an attempt to control, lack of a response to a pressure appeal may be seen as lack of generosity, personal frugality may not be understood  by friends/relatives

6. Leading: coordinating activities of others to achieve a common goal

a. Understanding the gift: sees the big picture, effective at delegation, able to preside

b. Dangers of the gift: tendency to use people to achieve goals, pushy, tendency to lose sight

c. Characteristics: ability to see overall picture, desire to complete tasks as quickly as possible, ability to know what can and cannot be delegated, will stand on sidelines until responsibilities are expressly turned over to him/her, willingness to endure criticism from workers to achieve ultimate goal, desire to move on to new challenge once task is completed

d. Misunderstandings: ability to delegate may be viewed as lazy, willingness to endure criticism may appear as insensitive, seeing people as a resource may appear as devaluing of people

7. Mercy: desire to identify with and comfort those who are hurting

a. Understanding the gift: can discern mood of people, sensitive to words or actions that hurt, reacts to those who are insensitive

b. Dangers of the gift: failure to be firm when necessary, resentful of people without the gift of mercy, easily misunderstood by those of opposite sex

c. Characteristics: gravitate toward those who hurt, greater concern for mental distress than physical suffering, avoidance of firmness unless sees how it will being benefit, negative reaction to those who are not sensitive

d. Misunderstandings: avoidance of firmness may be seen as weakness, may appear to be guided by emotion rather than logic

Truths to Remember About Spiritual Gifts

1. Distinguish between your gift and your ministry.

2. Remember that the context for your gift is the {local} church.

a. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.

b. Joy comes from knowing and using your gift in the local church setting.

Well, I know this was pretty lengthy, but things like this are so interesting to me, so maybe someone else out there is interested too!  Austin and I had many conversations after this series about our own gifts (based on this approach, my gift is prophecy).  We also went through every member of our family and tried to figure out which gift we thought God has given them.   Did you figure out your spiritual gift? 

Here is a link from our church’s website where you can watch, listen, or see notes from these sermons, if you are interested!

Hope your week is off to a great start!  I am headed to the grocery store and farmers market.  This afternoon I am making these raw peanut balls for snacking throughout the week.  Tonight I am making King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese (as seen on the cover of the January Southern Living) because Austin has been begging for it ever since my January edition came in the mail!  I think it has been beckoning to him from the coffee table. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Last Scott Wedding for a While

My family gathered in College Station this weekend to celebrate my cousin Jennifer and her new husband Jarred.  Jennifer and Jarred are both fellow Aggies (whoop!), and it was fun to head back to our old stomping grounds for their wedding weekend.

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Last year at this time, me, my cousin Dan, and my cousin Jennifer were all engaged and planning our respective weddings.  As of last night, we are all three married!  It has been so nice to see some members of my extended family that I do not get to see very often three times within just one year.  Dan and Kim were married last February; Austin and I got married in May; and now Jen and Jarred have joined the married club! 

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And yes, Austin was there with me, but none of the pictures he was in turned out very well.  The wedding and reception were both beautiful, and we all had a wonderful time!  I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was too busy visiting, eating, trying to keep up with Austin on the dance floor!

After breakfast/brunch this morning we were back on the road to Dallas.  We went and “played” tennis (a.k.a. hit some balls around, practiced our swings, and tried to sustain a volley)for a little while this afternoon and got some frozen yogurt for a treat!  I am already in my pajamas and looking forward to watching some of the Golden Globes red carpet.  I missed the Miss America pageant last night and can’t wait to make up for that by oohing and ahhing over some pretty dresses tonight!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Revenge

Have y’all been watching ABC’s new show “Revenge?”  I was hooked from the first preview I saw, and I have faithfully watched every episode so far.  It is a perfect mix of suspense, drama, and excitement.  Plus, it is set in the Hamptons, which, for me, is such an intriguing place.  Kind of like the Upper East Side (any GG fans?).  I am so far removed from that world, and so it absolutely fascinates me.  So, here are my random Revenge thoughts:

  • I am SO GLAD Tyler is gone.  Well, gone for now.  For all I know he might return.  He was for sure one of the creepiest characters on TV.  Whoever plays him is either a really good actor or actually a huge creeper.  Last week I could hardly stand to look at the TV when he was in a scene. 

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  • I still cannot figure out if Emily really likes/loves Daniel or not.  I know from episode one that they evidently get engaged at some point, and judging from last night’s episode that may be pretty soon.  BUT, everything Emily does is related to her master plan.  I know she has her guard up, but I just wonder if any part of her really does have feelings for him?  (Wow, got a little carried away… yes, I know these are just characters on a TV show!)  Also, what about sweet little Jack? 

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  • Victoria is the definition of an ice queen.  I have never seen the actress who plays Victoria before this (that I can remember).  She plays the part perfectly. 

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  • If Emily’s dad really is Charlotte’s father, that is just going to open up a whole new can of worms… Could this be why they have been playing up the fact that Victoria resents her this whole season?  I don’t really know what to make of that, because it seems like Victoria and Emily’s dad really were “in love” leading up to the big betrayal. 

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  • What is going to happen with Amanda?  Emily keeps having to tell her more and more, and that is making me nervous!  Amanda is t-r-o-u-b-l-e. 

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  • I really just can’t wait for everything to play out.  I think I heard at one point that Revenge was originally just supposed to be a one season show, which makes sense because there are only so many people she can take down!  I am sure there are a ton more little tidbits that have crossed my mind concerning this show, but I am hungry and going to make some oatmeal :)

Any one else watch Revenge?  Any thoughts?

P.S. Have you seen Nina’s presh invites for Amelia’s first birthday party?  Made my day getting that cute little thing in the mail yesterday!  I am sure the party will be just as fun and adorable!


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What I’m Loving Wednesday

Some of my favorite blogs do a “What I’m Loving Wednesday” post pretty regularly, so today I thought I would join in the fun as well. 

I’m loving Instagram + my first card of 2012.

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I am just now really getting into instagram…love it.  It is such a cute way to capture little memories.  This instagram pic is of my first card from mom in the new year.  How cute is that hand-stitched snowflake in my favorite color, aqua?  Precious!

I’m loving Godiva Hot Chocolate… the perfect afternoon indulgence! 

I’m loving Caldrea “Herbs of Province” hand soap.

This was part of a white elephant gift we got during the Christmas season.  It smells SO good!  We only have one bottle so far, and it is next to Austin’s sink.  I am on the hunt for a second one for myself.  The smell is just delicious and it really lingers. 

I’m loving these flowers from the grocery store… always a fun treat.    

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Also, today is my sister-in-law’s 22nd birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY COURTNEY!  I hope you have a wonderful day, and we are looking forward to seeing you this weekend in CS!

We had a fun night on Monday with Jaime and Emily watching the National Championship – Roll Tide Roll!  They cooked us a delicious feast, and we always have the best time with them. 

I’m getting excited about seeing all of my family this weekend at my cousin Jennifer’s wedding – should be a fun time! 

Happy Wednesday to y’all!

{pictures from my Instagram & Google images}

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Grateful Day

As I was pondering what to blog about today, all I could really focus on was how grateful I am for a few recent answered prayers.  I will never get tired of seeing how the Lord works!  I am literally amazed that I have been specifically praying about my job situation, and my sister has also been specifically praying about her living situation, and God has shown us (on the same day) that he has things under control.  As always. 

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

I guess I always need the reminder!  I really have nothing to blog about today, other than the fact that I am overwhelmed by His grace and PERFECT timing.  There are so many examples of this in my life, but goodness I sure am quick to forget. 

Today has been so good.  I have been busy but productive.  I am nervous but calm at the same time.  Today has been marked by peace that can only come from one place.  I am so thankful! 

I am thankful for my family and friends letting me know they are praying for me – that means so much to me.  I need to do this more for others.  I am thankful for opportunities.  I am thankful for our friends here in Dallas and for the fact that Dallas is really starting to feel like home.  I am thankful that I still have good friends in Jackson which means I always have a reason to go visit!  I could go on and on, but I guess this all boils down to me being thankful for the wonderful people I am blessed to have in my life.  

2012, you are off to a very good start.  I hope your Monday has given you an opportunity to count your blessings too!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Instagram Weekend

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{favorite coffee buddy}

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{pretty plant from Mel}

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{new chess pieces from M&P}

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{fun Friday night reading}

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{homemade pizza with friends for game night}

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{Trivial Pursuit}

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{chocolate chip cookies by RebYarb… need this recipe}

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{new books!  Thank you, Matt C.}

I hope your weekend has been relaxing and fun!  We had a great morning at church today followed by lunch with our SS class.  This afternoon we braved NorthPark and did some shopping/returning, and I am happy to report that we were successful!  We are currently hoping for a Bronco victory (gig ‘em Von Miller!) and about to watch part three of Lonesome Dove.