Thursday, September 16, 2010

Biding My Time

As much fun as the situation of being engaged is... I'm starting to have a hard time with it.  I AM SO READY TO BE MARRIED!

So, I have found ways to bide my time that make me feel as though I am moving ever closer to the "Big Day."
One fun project my roommate, Laura, and have begun is making fabric flowers.  I went to Hancock Fabrics in Jackson and loaded up on crisp tulles, soft cream-colored silks, some stiff grey and pink fabrics, and a beautiful slate blue I want to make a slinky dress out of.

We read some fellow DIY blogs and pick up on some flower-making tips.  We've only just begun, but I am getting excited for how these will look hanging from the 1850's farmhouse at the reception.

Another little help in getting myself through this next several months is my new nephew! Well, I consider him my nephew... He is a precious little boy named Baxter. He is 8 weeks old with blue eyes and black hair.
He belongs to my roommate but I feel I am too involved in his upbringing not to claim him as part of my own. 

I didn't think I was ready for a puppy in our apartment, but who can say no to a boy as sweet and precious as this? Baxter helps me to remember that it really is the small things in life like the chaos of having to rush to the bathroom with a poop covered puppy and bathing him frantically with one of your very best friends that truly bring joy into this world of sorrow and sin.  And it is these little things that require so much patience like puppies and creating flowers and waiting to married, that reap the most rewards. So I will be still and continue to bide my time.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

That time of year already?

I feel as though the summer months have flown by and it is now "that time of year." The glorious time for new pens and notebooks, tailgating and football games, cool mornings and blissful nights, and the inevitable cold.

How is it that despite all my efforts and thousands of milligrams of vitamins I still manage to get sick? I guess it is just that time of year.  As it was so gracefully written in Ecclesiastes, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven."

So, bearing the wisdom of Solomon, I will grin, drink tea, and bear it.


Here's to all who are bearing the same burden of this time of year, CHEERS!

P.S. I find Echinacea tea with one spoonful of honey 2 times a day works miracles.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Another Year Wiser...

Oh the lessons learned.


This past weekend I celebrated another amazing birthday with friends and loved ones.  During the days surrounding my birthday I was asked several times, "So do you feel 23?" or "How does it feel to be 23?"
So I had to ask myself, how does 23 feel?  At first I did not feel anything at all.  I mean, it is only one day's difference between 22 and 23.  But, maybe I should feel different; after all with age comes wisdom.

So, I have made a list.  This is what I have learned and what I am vowing to learn in my next year of life.
  • Beauty is inward.  No matter how much I strive to be beautiful on the outside, what matters really IS what is on the inside.  I want to have  a beautiful heart.
  • Anger is easy, but solves nothing.  I have learned I really am quick to anger, but to resolve anything I must be quick to peace and quick to listen.
  • Money really doesn't  grow on trees.  (Still working on learning this one)
  • I must open my heart in order to feel loved.  This means being vulnerable to pain, but it is the only way to rejoice in God's gift of the joy of love.
  • I am blessed.
  • I know very little about life. 
This next year I am praying for wisdom.  If there is one thing I have absolutely learned it is that God still has much to teach me.

Thanks to my friends and fiance for an amazing birthday celebration.  I am so lucky to have you.