Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas Come Early

Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year. I was in several department stores over this past weekend, and the stores were already playing Christmas music! And, stores begin to bring out their Christmas decorations even before Halloween! I know that I'm guilty of saying, "I can't believe they've already got their Christmas stuff out!" or "Why do they bring the Christmas decorations out so early? It's not even Halloween yet!" But, as I was walking through Barnes and Noble this weekend, listening to some Christmas tunes, I was struck with a thought. Why not celebrate Christmas early? What better cause for celebration than the birthday of Jesus?! We (I) should celebrate Jesus' birth and God's ultimate gift to us ALL year long, so if stores want to pull out Christmas trees and play Christmas songs before Halloween, I'm all for it! Of course, many public places want Christmas to be completely secular and take away any faith-based aspect of it, but we, children of the King, know that that's simply not possible. THE reason we celebrate Christmas is Christ. So, next time you see stores pulling out their Christmas decorations in October, or hear Christmas songs being played before you've carved your jack-0-lantern, let it be a reminder of why we celebrate Christmas, and be thankful for the most incredible Gift we could ever ask for!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Lessons Learned in Boston

Compiled by Mallory, Lindsay, and Erica

1. You are not cool unless you are wearing tall boots outside your jeans.

2. Dunkin' Donuts is to Boston as Starbucks is to NYC. There's one on every corner.

3. Mallory, Lindsay, and Erica walking down the streets of Boston = "Charlie's Angels" to the local homeless population. Or at least 2 of them. On the same day.

4. Paul Revere did not say, "The British are coming, the British are coming!" That makes no sense, according to the passionate historian at the Revere household. He said, "The Regulars are coming, the Regulars are coming!"

5. Churches feel the need to make political statements.

6. While staying on the 5th floor of the Holiday Inn Express, you may be forced to sleep with the window open and a fan propped in it, even though it's 40 degrees outside. But be careful, the fan could fall out the window into the alley below. Not that we (almost) found out the hard way.

7. While visiting Boston the last week in October, you may find yourself asking the question, "Is that a costume, or is that for real?"

8. People from Boston think we have an accent. We think they have an accent.

9. He might be lying in the hospital with amnesia, but more likely he's just not that into you. (Taken from He's Just Not That Into You: Your Daily Wake-Up Call. Only $1.01 at Urban Outfitters. We both got one.)

10. Never assume all statues are made of steel. Some are people spray painted gold.

11. Some waiters at seafood restaurants know that there is a God in heaven because lobsters that are the size of the table you are eating off of and that cost $200 do not happen by accident.

12. The Bruins do not play basketball. In fact, most cities only have 1 basketball team.

13. Never trust limo drivers at the airport, even when they tell you they are the same price as cabs. They lie.

14. Sometimes it's just too much trouble to open the door and walk 10 extra steps to the counter at McDonalds.

15. Umbrellas are useless during a monsoon.

16. Mike's Pastry is worth the wait.

(Okay, this has nothing to do with Boston, but it was the most quoted video of the trip. You should watch it.)

18. Three girls from Georgia visiting Boston are "real Southern belles" to a waiter from Boston.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

Is what I feel like at work.

But, I am thankful for a job.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fall Fun

Some friends came over last week to have a chili-eating, pumpkin-carving party. We had a great are a few pictures from the night, and of our finished products!



Friday, October 16, 2009

Breathe in...

...breathe out. Finally. I'm doing it again, breathing. Life is looking up. I (think I) know what I'm doing with my life, where I'm going, where I'm living, where I'm working. Although, I should know more than anyone that making plans doesn't necessarily mean anything; if it's not what God wants, He'll change your (my) plans. But, for now, this little bit of stability is enough for me.

I got some good news yesterday. I passed the NBCOT! I literally had tears in my eyes while I was checking my score online, because I was so afraid I had failed. When I saw that incredible 6-letter word....passed....I thought my heart would burst from happiness. I looked at it for a while, to make sure my eyes weren't deceiving me, then jumped up and down (literally), called my mama and screamed into the phone that I PASSED!!!! I called my daddy, and he laughed, and called my grandma, and she said she wasn't surprised :) {But I certainly was!} Lindsey called (she found out her score yesterday too), and our conversation went something like this...

Phone rings...
Me: The scores are posted.
L: I know, did you check?
Me: Did you?
L: Did you?
Me: Yes, did you?
L: Yes.
Me: Did you pass?
L: Did you pass?
Me: Yes, did you?
L: Yes!
*Lots of screaming*
(This all took about 3.5 seconds...)

I went to Statesboro to have lunch with my mama, Madelyn, and my aunt and cousin. I pulled out my Chris Tomlin CD to listen to on the way, and was overwhelmed by the love I felt from our Heavenly Father. I know that there is NO way I could've passed this test without Him. This was a HUGE answered prayer. I had tears in my eyes the whole ride there, with a fresh realization that God is on my side, that He cares for me, loves me, and has my best interests at heart. The night before, as I was doing my quiet time, the book I'm using (Solo) suggested to pray and ask God to reveal Himself in a new way. I prayed this prayer, and He certainly did reveal Himself to me! I am so thankful for His kindness and love, and for all of the blessings He so generously gives.

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and
You know them by name.
You are amazing God.
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God.

~"Indescribable," Chris Tomlin

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Fair!

Yesterday we went to the fair, and took Madelyn with us. I love the fair! We've gone every year (that I can remember) since I was a little girl. One of my earliest memories is riding on the Ferris Wheel with my Daddy...I remember closing my eyes the entire time because I was scared :) I'm not a big rider, but I love walking around and people-watching. And eating pancakes and sausage at the pancake house, of course. This year it was so sweet to carry Madelyn around and see her reaction to everything. She and her Mama rode on the Merry-Go-Round; I don't think she knew what to think about it! She also had her first taste of cotton candy...I think she liked it!

Monday, October 5, 2009


I still dream about it. Last night, it was the day of the wedding. Guests were already arriving at the church. I was in my wedding dress. I was a wreck. I knew I was doing the wrong thing. There was no happiness, no joy, on this wedding day. Not the way it should be. I finally broke down and told my Daddy that I couldn't do it, that I didn't want to get married, that I didn't want to do the wrong thing. He immediately said that was alright, and we should go announce to the people in the church that there wouldn't be a wedding. I was relieved, but sad and upset that that was happening, that I had caused it. I was crying, wishing it was just a dream. And I woke up this morning, and it was just a dream.

Only, really it wasn't a dream. It happened. Not exactly like that, not that close to the wedding, but still, it happened.

And I still grieve over it. I still hurt for hurting others. I still ache for the pain I caused him. I am still embarrassed that I planned a wedding then called it off. I am still sorry that my parents had to deal with undoing everything that I had done. I am still grateful that my parents supported me. I am still thankful for my friends who helped me through rough times.

And I still dream about it. And I wish I didn't.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Feeling Crafty

I love making things! I get it from my Mama...she's the most crafty, creative person I know. Here are a few things I've done over the summer...

I stole this idea from Laurie B. ... I bought stools from JoAnn's and painted them as gifts for 2 little boys.

I found a quilted notecard tutorial and made these super-easy notecards with fabric scraps.

These are some bags I made as graduation gifts for my sweet OT friends. My mama monogrammed them on her new machine. (Since she got a new sewing/monogramming machine she let me have her old one. Yay!)

I had a lot of fabric left over from the bags, so I made a dress for my niece.

And, I made her a stool for her 1st birthday. Thanks Laurie for sharing this idea!

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Sweet Girl Turns 1!

On September 19, my sweet niece Madelyn turned 1 year old! This year has flown by. I remember how excited we were when we found out my brother and sister-in-law were expecting, then how happy we were when we found out it was going to be a little girl. And how we all sat in the hospital waiting room anxiously awaiting her arrival. It's hard to believe that's been over a year ago! She is the most beautiful little girl with the sweetest spirit. She is so happy and brings so much joy to my heart. She is so blessed to have such awesome parents. This is one loved little girl!

Madelyn and Aunt Mal Mal the day she was born.

And on her birthday!

Jesus said, " Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." ~Matthew 19:14

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chronicles of South Dakota

Last week my parents and I went on vacation to South Dakota. Well, it was supposed to be their vacation but they asked me to go with them since I'm not in school anymore and don't have a job yet. It was so nice to get {far} away from everything and see things I've never seen before! Here are some pictures from the trip.

leaving on a jet plane...

We flew into Rapid City on Sunday. It was late (Georgia-time) by the time we got to the hotel, so
we ate supper at Arnold's, a 50's-style diner, and went back to the hotel and went to bed.
On Monday we got up and drove to the Badlands.

We stopped at Wall Drug Store, the world's largest drug store. It was started in the 1930's; business picked up after they started advertising "free ice water." They still serve free ice water, and 5 cent coffee as well.

Pictures just don't do it justice.

On Tuesday, we went on a bus tour and got to see a lot of the SD sites. First stop...Mt. Rushmore!

This cave was 8 feet 4 inches wide. Our bus was 8 feet wide. We drove through it. Yes, I'm serious. The people on the other side didn't think we would make it through, but we did...

Sylvan Lake, where part of National Treasure: Book of Secrets was filmed.

Crazy Horse, a memorial to the Lakota leader Crazy Horse; started in 1948.

On Wednesday, we drove to Wyoming and saw Devil's Tower. One popular Indian legend about the tower claims that some little girls were playing around some rocks when a bear came after them. They climbed up onto one of the rocks, and the Great Spirit caused the rock to grow up out of the ground to keep the bear from getting to the girls. The bear kept trying to jump up the rock but would just claw at the rock and fall to the ground.

We had a great trip, but as always, there's no place like home!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


...about this little girl!
How could you not be?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Big 2-5!

On July 31, I turned 25. A quarter of a century old. The age in which you can rent a car. And get kicked off your parent's health insurance :) My brother, whose birthday is July 21, and I had a joint family birthday dinner at my parents house. I don't have any pictures but we had a great time celebrating our first birthdays with a niece (me) and a daughter (him). And my Mama made some delicious birthday cakes...key lime for Landon and chocolate with cream-cheese filling for me. Yum!

I was in Augusta on my actual birthday, which happened to be the last day of my Fieldwork, which means I am officially done with grad school (and school period, for that matter)! Great day to celebrate! My friends and I went to eat dinner at White Elephant, then went to Tropicabana for salsa night. Only, when we got there, we found out that it was hip-hop night instead. We stayed anyway :) We had a great time, although none of us are exactly hip-hop dancers...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Surprise Lingerie Shower!

A couple of weekends ago, some friends and I drove up to Atlanta for our friend Laurie A.'s surprise lingerie shower. Her bachelorette party was earlier that night; she and her friends went to see a Braves game. Unfortunately, because of work, none of the Augusta girls could make it up there in time for the game. But, we found out that her sister had planned a surprise lingerie shower at a hotel in Atlanta for after the game. So we decided to drive up to Atlanta to surprise her at her surprise lingerie shower! We had a great time hanging out. Everyone but Natalie was able to go...we missed you Natalie!

All 5 of us slept in a room with 2 full size beds, and the hotel wouldn't give us a roll-away cot. So, thanks to Lindsey's great idea we pushed the beds together (which fortunately weren't "sewn" to the walls...haha Laurie B.), and slept quite comfortably :) It was a quick trip, we drove up there Friday night and drove back Saturday morning. Luckily, we made it home in 1 piece...a Bainbridge girl driving in Atlanta with a Metter girl giving her directions isn't always the safest thing :) Laurie A., we were so excited to share this special time with you, and we can't wait for your wedding!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Guilt, revisited

I wrote about feeling guilty a while back, here. I read this blog post about guilt today. Now, it's a completely different view of guilt. She is writing from a mother's perspective, a lot different from the perspective I was writing from. But, it was a great post and I wanted to share it with you. Click here to read it.


I woke up feeling stupid today. The bridesmaid dresses are in, and my mama is going to pick them up. And I have to decide what I want the girls to do with them. Hang on to them for a little while? Try to sell them? Donate them? I just feel stupid that I'm making them have to deal with this.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Project OT

This is the project I made for my pediatric fieldwork site. I got the idea from a catalog at the clinic, and decided to make one for the project I am required to do. All of the pieces are connected by different fasteners....buttons, snaps, velcro, zippers, and laces....for a fun way to help kids learn how to use fasteners. I shouldn't say I made it, I had A LOT of help from my Mama. She is the most talented seamstress I know. She had to teach me how to make buttonholes, sew in zippers, when to use a zigzag stitch opposed to a regular stitch, etc., etc., etc. I wish I could sew like she does.

There were fun little "surprises" underneath each piece...smiley faces, rainbows, butterflies, birds, cats, dogs, a treasure chest, and a little person behind the door.

Madelyn wanted to help out while I was working on it!