Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ms. Margaret

There aren't many people in our world like Ms. Margaret.  She was one of a kind.  I first came to know her through my days at FBC.  She was a prissy little lady that would come to the church during the week and give so freely of her time.  She would spend her Thursday afternoons labeling "The Messenger" and then she would load up several of her best friends and they'd go and have a late lunch/early supper at Red Lobster.  They did this week after week.  She was always at church on Sunday with her hair perfectly pinned up in place, with her sequined gold chained purse on her shoulder, her scarf tied around her neck and all kinds of jewelry.  She was a classy lady and she loved a reason to dress up.  

I got to know Ms. Margaret a little better one afternoon when I just happened to be driving by her house in North Meridian.  She lived in a little condo off of 10th avenue and I passed the area frequently.  I saw a fire truck and an ambulance parked in front of the condos.  I stopped my car and walked over to see what was going on.  I just had a strange feeling.  She was sitting out on the curb and the paramedics were taking her blood pressure and checking her out well.  When I asked what was going on, she just hid her face in embarrasment and said, "Well, I was just trying to boil some peanuts and I wasn't paying attention."  She started a little fire and the smoke detectors were going off and all of the neighbors had gotten upset!  She was just plain embarrased.  So everytime I would see Ms. Margaret after that incident, she'd always say, "I haven't been boiling any peanuts lately!"  She was just a hoot.  

Months passed and Ms. Margaret had gotten to where she wasn't able to drive anymore and she became homebound.  Our staff divided up a list of the homebound members of our church and it was our responsibility to check in with these ladies and gentlemen and ask if there was anything we could do to meet their needs.  Guess who was on my list?!  Yep, Ms. Maragaret.  I'd go and visit her when she was in the hospital and I would get my children and youth to make her cards, but there was something that I got to experience with her over the past two years that I will never forget- CHRISTMAS!! 

For the past two years, on Christmas day, I left my house at noon and took a fabulous lunch that my mom prepared and spent a few hours of the afternoon with her.  I bought her a big Christmas stocking with things like fingernail polish, chapsticks, notecards, etc. because I wanted her to have something to open on Christmas day.  We so enjoyed our time together.  Ms. Margaret couldn't hear well so most of the afternoon was spent speaking very slow and EXTRA loud, but we had the nicest visits.  We'd talk about the church, things in the community, sports (which I know little about), she'd show me things in her house and tell me stories about some of our mutual friends.  I learned a lot from this little lady.  

Ms. Margaret had congestive heart failure and had been sick a lot recently.  She'd be in the hospital and the doctors would clear up her problem with antibiotics and breathing treatments, but she'd have to go right back in several weeks after.  I didn't stop visiting just because she was in the hospital.  Her breaths were growing shorter.  Our conversations didn't have much to them anymore.  But she never stopped looking at me and smiling.  We were friends.  

  She went to be with the Lord about two weeks ago.  Her son from Kentucky was able to be here during her final weeks and got to spend some much needed time with her.  She was such a sweet, sweet lady. 

A few days ago, I received a phone call from one of Ms. Margarets best friends.  She wanted to tell me her son had been to Meridian and was cleaning out some stuff and they had decided to give me all of Ms. Margarets jewelry.  I just smiled.  I couldn't help but think that Miss Priss would love nothing more than for me to have her jewelry.  She was always decked out with all kinds of beautiful bracelets, earrings, necklaces and I LOVE jewelry.  I went and picked it up today and ya'll, I can remember her wearing every piece.  It's beautiful.  I am so grateful to get to have something that was always so important to her.  I'll always have something to remember her by and I'll cherish it forever!  


 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Birthday, Gran!

Today is my Grannie's brithday!!

"A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend." --author unknown

I've found this to be so true with my sweet Grannie!  When I think back on the big and very small moments in my life, I always remember my Grannie.  She is THE BEST grandmother in the world!!  Yep, not many can compare to her!

These are just a few reasons why I love my grannie and some of the memories we've made in my 25 years on the earth...

-She's my biggest fan!  My grannie traveled with us to EVERY dance competition and was at every dance recital and extra performance.  Every one.  She sat through thirteen years of dancing and NEVER complained! What a trooper!

-She may not have liked my favorite foods, but when I was coming over, you could bet your bottom dollar that her cabinets would be stocked with my faves!

-We used to spend every Saturday going to the grocery store.  She would shop for her list and I would take her dad's (my great-grandfather) list and shop for his groceries.  She'd also let me take the carkeys with me so that I could look super cool and pretend like I was old enough to drive a car!  HA!  Who was I foolin'?

-Sunday afternoons were spent with her visiting my aunt BeeBee at the nursing home.  She was my great-great aunt and my grandmother and her sister were her care takers.  To this day, I honestly believe that my grannie contributed to my love for senior adults.  We'd take all of Aunt BeeBee's favorite snacks and we'd have to shout or write out our messages to her because she couldn't hear a thing!  We still laugh about our visits to this day!

-Every single time that we'd be on the way to her house from running errands or something, she'd start singing "Home again, home again, jiggity jig..."  Then I'd start in too!

-The woman can cook!!  Even though I'm not a chicken & dumplings lover, she is definitely the pro... and her banana pudding isn't too bad either!!

-She gave birth to my sweet mama (my favorite person on Earth) and to identical twin boys... but not in that order :)  (I wouldn't dare make people think that you're older than your brothers, mom!)

-She unselfishly gives of herself to EVERYONE.  There is rarely ever a time when she speaks her mind about anything. She just goes with the flow, and goes above and beyond when someone asks her to do something.

-She is just a plain cutie patootie!  Mom and I go shopping with her and make sure that she's always decked out in the latest fashions for sure!  She doesn't even turn her nose up at anything... she just buys it and wears it.  She knows we have good taste :) 

-She's an encourager!  There's never been a time in my life, nor will there ever be, when I couldn't feel her encouragement.  Through struggles and joys, she's always been an encourager and lifts everyone's spirits around her!   

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SWEET GRANNIE!  I love you more than you'll ever know!!  I hope your day is grand :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sweet Shot Tuesday

It's "Sweet Shot Tuesday" over at Darcy's blog. 
life with my 3 boybarians
My real-life and blogging friend, Ashley, usually participates and uploades these fabulous candid pictures that she's taken of her kids, but I'm going to take a new little "literal" spin on this fun sweet shot day!

Here's Weidmann's newest addition to their dessert menu...

Peanut Butter Pie :)

So sweet. So rich. So Good!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Oh, Babalu

I can officially say that I spent this entire weekend being entertained... with good food! Ya'll! It's a good thing that I live in little Meridian and not in Jackson with so many fabulous restaurants!!

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO MY NEW LOVE:: Babalu



This restaurant opened back in December and is taking the Fondren area in Jackson by storm. It's located in the old Duling school that has now been renovated and turned into several restaurants, a salon, a few condos, etc. Babalu's Taco & Tapas didn't disappoint me- at all. The atmosphere is incredible with I Love Lucy episodes playing across the wall when you walk in, all the furniture having a distressed look and a tv in the restroom :)

Let's get to the food because that's what you really care about, right?!
oooo... GUACAMOLE! Yep, they make it at your table with the best tortilla chips, EVER! I'm not a guac eater, but this was some of the best stuff I've tried.


Here are two of the entrees that were chosen...


The Braised Beef Short Rib... DESLISH!!  The meat was super tasty and tender and the grits were so cheesy!  The perfect combo!


CARNE LA VACA TACOS...DELISH
Homemade tortillas with the best tastin' steak, pico, all kinds of different cheeses... is your mouth watering yet?  These were my favorite!
And of course, every table has to have dessert, right?!

Yep, Dulche de leche cheesecake...


and their famous Creme Brulee...

I can just tell you that it was so worth the trip and is reasonably priced!! I'll go again and again for sure! Go and see just how great Babalu really is!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Beautiful Birthday

Yesterday was beautiful!  I took full advantage of running all of my errands for the weekend yesterday so that I could enjoy the time in my car, in a spring dress, with my sunroof open and my sandals on!  woohoo!  I took this picture with my iPhone yesterday.  Just look at it.  You can't help but smile!
I am going to get off of the computer and enjoy myself for a few days and spend some much needed time with some close friends!  But before I do, I wanted to send some happy birthday wishes over to this little lady...



Happiest of Birthdays to you, Jamey!!

I am thankful that God allowed us to be in the same family and to be only children so we're more like sisters.

  I love the fact that you don't take life too seriously at all!

I love you because you keep me laughin' all the time!

I love you because of the fact that we can be in the same room, but in two totally different groups of people and conversations, yet we can read each other's reactions to the things around us perfectly!  

I love you because not only are you a high heel wearing prima donna, you're also a "I can wear the same pair of shorts while I'm at the beach of two weeks without anyone noticing" type of girl!

I love you because of the fact that you don't care that your suitcase is only 7 pounds and $90 dollars over the weight limit for our trips.

And because you "accidentally" break every cell phone you receive- whether it's throwing it across a hotel balcony or getting mad and slamming it down on a concrete bench.  

Most importantly, I love you because you're YOU! 

Happy Day sweet girl to you on Saturday!  I hope it's the BEST ever!!

Have a great weekend, ya'll!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Top 10 chores of independence....

Well folks, I've made it almost an entire month on my own.  Yep, Saturday marks a month from the night that I moved into my own little home.  To say that I've loved living on my own is an understatement.  I miss my mama but not in a homesick kind of way!  If you know my mom, you know that she has her own little way of doing things.  She's very practical and she knows what she wants and how to get it and has never really been indecisive.  I'll admit that I had gotten very lazy aroud the house when it came to doing chores.  I hated doing laundry.  I hated taking out the trash.  I would leave three days worth of shoes laying all over the house.  And all of that just drove my mom crazy!!  Leading up to the big move, we'd joke around and she'd say, "If you don't want to pay your bills on time, I won't care!  If you want to let three weeks worth of laundry pile up, I won't care because none of that will be my problem anymore!"  Things are much more different than the way I thought they would be now that I'm out on my own.  You know what they say, "You ARE your mama's daughter..." and I'm here to tell you that I certainly am!

So, here are some things that I have found myself doing that are EXACTLY like my mom!  (Go ahead and get a good laugh, Sandra D.)

1.  There are NO dishes left in the sink.  If they are used, they are washed promptly or put in the dishwasher.

2. I have found myself sweeping the floors atleast ONCE a day.  It's become a part of the daily routine.

3. There are NO dirty clothes or wet towels left in my bathroom floor.  NOPE.  Never!

4.  The garbage is changed the minute that it is full.  Oh, there is no trying to push down the trash a little more to squeeze yet another piece of trash in.  Nope.  

5.  My hairdryer and straightener are placed ever so nicely on the side of my vanity in my bathroom every morning when I've finished using them.  There are no "nasty cords" laying in the floor anymore. 

6. My bills are all drafted out of my account, but when I receive a bill in the mail, it is placed in it's own little file in my personal filing box so that come tax time next year, I can have everything ready to go-- wooo that's a HUGE accomplishment thus far!

7.  The plants are watered every other day.  Gotta keep those babies moist!

8.  There are no shoes lying around by the front door, well except for the polka-dotted rainboots right outside the door.  Nope, when I get home, I take them off and put them in my CLOSET!  GASP!

9.  I have become an ENERGY SAVER!  Yep!  No more leaving every light in the house on.  I do still like to put my jeans in the dryer to "fluff" though! HA!

10.  When the laudry is done, it is folded and put away or promptly hung up to dry.  That's totally different from the way I did laundry at home!  Yep, I'd leave the clothes in the dryer for a day or two...

THERE.  I admitted it.  I'm much more like my mama than I thought and that's a-ok with me!  If you know me really well, you know that I'm not a slob.  You probably just read that top 10 list of things that I'm doing now that I wasn't used to doing and you're second guessing me though.  Believe me, I'm not!  It's not that I didn't ever do those things, they just weren't a priority to me and now they SO are!  Sandra's one proud mama for sure! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Contentment

I started blogging as a way for my family and friends that don't have facebook to be "in the know" with mostly everything that's going on in my life.  I didn't start blogging to write an advice column or to preach, but today, I'm feeling the need to share what God has slapped me in the face with this morning!  

 Every Wednesday night, I gather with a bunch of teenagers for worship.  We may sing praise songs, we  open God's word, we may be out in the community using the hands that God has given us to serve, or we may just have ourselves a little ice cream sundae party and fellowship.  Regardless, we're together and we like it that way!  Where I once was absolutely terrifed to stand in front of a group of people and pray, I find myself looking forward to my favorite day of the week because I get to spend it with some of my very favorite people on Earth, drawing close to God.  

I've been teaching a series called "Reflection."  Most of us want to be real.  Most of us want to find a place where someone loves us for who we really are, and not for who we pretend to be.  But we're just not sure where that place is.  And even if we know that place is with God, that He sees us and loves us for who we are, we have a hard time believing it.  We're reluctant to live that uncovered, that exposed.  But from the beginning, God made humanity with an intentionality to create something beautiful.  What He sees in our reflection is much different than what we see.  

Tonight, we're looking at the story of Creation and how we are made in God's image.  What an extraordinary gift that is in itself!  God gave man the unique ability to represent God.  No other creature was given that ability- not the fish, not the birds, only MAN.  We have value not because of our body, or hair or what others say about us.  But we have value beacuse we were created by God in His image.  God didn't just make us in His image.  In Ephesians, it says, "For we are God's workmanship..."  That means that we are His masterpiece.  A new creation.  We are the artwork of God, and that is why we have such a high value.  

Here's where the road gets tough.  Our problem is that we look to others around us to give us value.  We feel like a loser when something doesn't happen and we think that it should.  Sometimes we become so overly critcial of ourselves when we don't live up to the ridiculous standards of the world.  We want people to value us because of what we look like or what we can do- when in reality, God's already approved.  God sees our value and loves us no matter what.  

Now this is what God has spoken so very clearly to me this morning- We know that we have value.  We know that God has a plan for our lives.  We know that there is nothing we can do to make him love us any more and nothing we can do to make him love us any less.  So why do we constantly try to put on a mask and be fake?!  It's time to lose the mask.  Time to quit being fake.  It won't be easy because our world thrives on fakeness, but God promises that it will be so freeing if we can just let all of that go.  

Philippians 4:11 says, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." 

Content in all circumstances.  Can you imagine what that feels like?  That means no matter what God gives you- every dissapointment, every joyous occasion- that we're called to be content.  For my youth, it's when they find out that their weekly boyfriend/girlfriend has broken up with them or when they failed their Chemistry exam.  But for adults, it's when we've lost a job.  It's when a marriage hasn't worked out.  It's when we don't have enough money to make ends meet.  It's when your child is sick and there is no answer.  

Look at that scripture again.  Notice the word, "learned."  Paul wasn't bragging that he was just a super-good person who could be satisfied with just anything.  He said he learned to be content.  When I think about learning something, it generally means that I didn't already know it.  Think about it.  Maybe it's learning to play an instrument, or a new way of doing things at work, but it takes practice to get it right.  Learning takes practice.  And the same is true when it comes to being content with the person behind the mask, with the person God sees.  You have to learn to be content with the real you.  

It's hard to be content.  I'll be the first to say it. If I don't get my way about something, I pout.  I feel like the world is over.  There have been struggles in my life that have been handed to me that I don't think I deserved and great opportunities and things that have been afforded to me that I was definitely undeserving of.  There are things in my life right now that I'm unhappy with and things that I couldn't be happier about.  But taking that unhappiness and learning to be content with it is something that challenges us all.  Whatever your struggling with, I pray that you will learn to be real.  That you will learn how to understand your value because you are created in His image.  That you will learn how to become content and know that God has placed you where He has you and that He will reveal His plans for you in His time.  

         That could preach right there, ya'll!           

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Arrival...

 May I please introduce you to:

Michael Mason Hill

8 pounds 4 ounces

20 1/2 inches long

He made his debut at 8:25 this morning and is perfect in every single way!! 

Kristen is doing great, Mason has been put through the ringer with all of the tests and his first bath and all the things that go along with being brand new in this world, and Jeremy is doing a FANTASTIC job of giving the animated details of all of the events from the morning!! 

This bundle of joy sure has a lot of family and friends that are already in love with him and are lined up waiting to get to hold him!  I didn't have my camera but Uncle Peyton is super proud and tweeted this picture earlier for all of the world to see!  They are so proud and blessed!

Speaking of new arrivals... SPRINGTIME IS HERE my friends!  It's beautiful outside minus the pollen and everywhere I go, all of the stores are decked out with their pastel merchandise.  My sweet mama bought me some Easter dishtowels for my kitchen yesterday from Target! I love them!
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Tie-Dye Cupcakes

Joy over at "Confessions of a Southern Socialte" shares recipies on her blog all of the time.  She cooks.  I don't.  I'm more a baker I guess you could say.  I only cook on special occasions like if someone is coming over for dinner, or if I'm taking something over to someone's home a "bringing home baby" gift, or a get-well soon dinner, etc.  But anyway, I love to make anything sweet. 

My sweet friend Debbie made these precious tie-dyed cupcakes over the weekend and wanted me to come see them!  So here's the deal, there is no special recipe... Just do these simple steps:

Get a white cake mix of whatever brand you prefer and prepare it just as the directions on the box say.

After you've prepared the mix, divide it into several different bowls. 

Take a different color of food coloring and add it to each bowl so that you have three, four or five different colors of cake batter-- whatever suits your fancy.

Fill the cupcake liner with the batter about 2/3 of the way full by layering the colors you'd like in each cupcake.  These can all be different. 

Bake them for as long as the box says to bake, and then use whatever type of icing you'd like! 

That's my lame-o attempt at trying to quickly give you a recipe and instructions.  I have a feeling that sweet Harper girl and I will be making these the next time she comes over! 

Speaking of... look what cutie-patootie broke her arm over the weekend...

Bless it!

Super Moon, Super Fun!

As all of you know, Saturday night we were graced by the Super Moon in all it's beauty.  I don't have any pictures because my regular camera was dead, and my iPhone wouldn't take a good picture :(  But, if you missed it on Saturday night, you were able to catch another glimpse of it last night! 

I got to spend some time this weekend catching up with some of my very best friends!  I miss not living in the same town and being as close as everyone was in high school, but things have to change every now and then and our paths all go in different directions.  I'm thankful that through texting, facebook, twitter, etc., that I have been able to maintain my friendships!  I wouldn't trade them for the world.  I didn't get many pictures from Saturday, but here is one of me and Amber! 


Last night, I took our church basketball team out for dinner to celebrate their undefeated ending to the 2011 basketball season!  I'm super proud of this group!  They're some of my very favorite people in the world! 


I've felt a lot better over the weekend, but still can't keep any food down.  Not sure what's wrong with me.  I came to Jackson today, didn't want to waste money on Newks because I new where that food would end up, so a good ole frosty from Wendy's was my lunch today.  I have to race back to Meridian tonight for two different things and then it's back to work tomorrow to start planning SUMMER!!!  Can ya'll believe it's almost here?! 

I hope your week is off to a great start!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Better, Much Better!!

Today is the first day since Wednesday that I've actually felt good.  I don't know if I had a 12 hour bug on Thursday night/Friday but this morning, I'm rested and rejuvenated and ready to hit the ground running for a busy next few weeks!!  Since I live literally two seconds from Walgreens, I'm going to run in and get me some Vitamin C and Vitamin B Complex- I hear those are the way to go :)

Today is looking pretty busy.  A really good friend of mine will be having a baby any minute now we hope, and I have a birth announcement to finish.  I've only known about doing it for NINE MONTHS, but, it's typical for me to wait until the last minute with these things.  Plus, she's hidden the name from everyone and didn't want to tell me until the last minute.  I found out about two weeks ago, and it's perfect for Baby Hill. 

I have some domestic things that need to be taken care of like, unloading the dishwasher that's only been used ONCE since I moved in.  Guess that's a plus in not having any pots and pans to cook in just yet :)  I have laundry, and sweeping, and going through the mail and all that jazz to do!  Not complainging one bit because I'M LOVING MY INDEPENDENT LIFE! 

For all of you that read and think my mom is having a mental breakdown, she's enjoying herself too!!  We see each other every single day and talk lots too!  She's enjoying it just as much as I am, and the dogs?!  Well, they're loving that they really are her first priority now, too!  Okay, okay, Gracie has ALWAYS ranked higher than me, but now I don't have to pretend that I didn't ever think that! 
Tonight I'm having some friends over from out of town!  I'm super excited about catching up with them... I havent' seen them since November!  Trying to decide whether we want to go out or whether or not I want to cook some of those famous Sandra D potatoes and boiled shrimp!  We'll see. 

Ya'll get out and enjoy this beautiful Saturday!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Awww Yeah!!


Awww Yeah!!  Read that first email from twitter... JOHN MAYER IS NOW FOLLOWING ME!!  Ha!  He probably "follows" everyone that "follows" him, but hey-- a girl can dream can't she?! 

Jimmy at MLT told me tonight that I needed to get my hair done like Tracy Turnblad for some pictures next week for some of the "stage decorations."  He said, "I wish we could find a wig... if you'll find one, we'll buy it!"  So, I'm on the hunt tonight.  Which one would you choose?



I was against a wig at first, but it'd be so much easier to slap this on my head every night of the play that having to worry about my hair-do falling with all the singin' and dancin' we'll be doing! 

TOMORROW'S FRIDAY, YA'LL!! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Well Hello!!  Before you read any further, you should know that this post is totally random!

Today was a sweat-fest at work! Everybody that was working today, plus some of my youth, wore junk clothes and cleaned out the stinkin' attic at the church.  I'm pretty sure that my mom pulled the "I'm your mother card"  and pretty much made me take part in the joyous festivities!  I tried EVERYTHING to get out of helping.  I hate cleaning.  I hate sweating.  And I hate having sore calves and aching feet from hauling up flights of stairs and loading trailors full of stuff.  If you ask some of the workers today, they'll tell you that I did NOTHING, but I beg to differ.  It's done.  That's all that matters.  

On a totally different note, I've found an app for all of you iPhone users that's a must!!  It's the walgreens app.  Now, before you say that I'm such a nerd, I do not make out my shopping list or locate flu shots (which IS an option), but I snap a quick pic of my prescriptions and they are uploaded and refilled in a flash!!  LOVE. IT! 

Also... I've made a "big girl" purchase-- a hammer and some nails!  Every girl needs to feel handy every once in a while, and I needed to do a few little home improvement things around the new abode, so I picked one up!  It's nothing impressive, but I can say that I have one if anyone ever asks!! 
I'm already in my PJ's and ready for American Idol!!  Who is your favorite so far?  Me?  Paul & Pia all the way!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pure-deee funk!

I'm not really sure what's wrong with me other than the fact that I'm staying up way to late trying to watch everything that I've DVR'd in the past week, but I am wiped out!  I came home this afternoon from work and took a nap at 4:00, only to barely wake up in enough time to be at play practice.  I yawned all. day. long. 

This week is spring break in Meridian and for the first time in a long time, I'm super jealous that I haven't packed up and hit the road.  I work with students and the fact that they're all facebooking and tweeting pictures of their fun at the beach, Belize, Hawaii, etc. doesn't help my feelings at all!! 

The closest I got to enjoying the beautiful day was taking a drive with the music cranked up loud and my sunroof open as I drove to Collinsville, Marion and various churches in Meridian delivering t-shirts.  That is, until I saw this long rubber strip fly into the top of my car!!!  I was totally freaked out because I thought it was a snake.  Yes, I was the fool driving down Hwy 19 with my hand out of the sunroof trying to hold onto whatever it was that was flapping away!  When I pulled over, I noticed that the rubber seal on the top of my windshield had peeled away.  So I spent my afternoon at Novus and now am sporting this cool look around town...

I've just finished writing one paper that's due on Monday and will be working on another one sometime this week.  Hopefully I will have another room in my apartment to show you in just a few posts.  I will be using the beautiful weather on Thursday to antique my guest room bed and hopefully get that room ready for future house guests.  


Until then...

Team Emily

Well, Brad pulled through for Team Emily.  Yep, he PROPOSED to the girl I wanted him to choose for the finale.  She's so sweet.  And beautiful.  And soft spoken.  And real.  And for the first time all season, I totally thought that he was just as smitten with her as she was with him-- until After the Final Rose premiered.  He is tee-totally in love with Em and she's just um, not so much with him or so I thought.  He was super excited to see her and she was full of reservations!  Anyway, they say they're getting married and I was so glad to see the ring back on her finger. 

Poor Chantel though.  I couldn't help but feel sorry for her.  I would be a puddle on the floor if I were in her shoes.  But, he had to let somebody go, i guess.

I will say that his proposal just melted my heart.  If you didn't get a chance to watch, I've included it below.  The quality is pitiful, but it's all I could find! Grab your tissues, ladies.  These are a sweet few minutes :)



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Monday, March 14, 2011

A Weekend in Review...

This weekend was absolutely gorgeous ya'll-- even though I had a New Testament midterm and an Ethics paper to write.  I decided that I didn't want to procrastinate and have to work on that when I would've much rather have done something else, so I tackled those first assignments on Friday morning!  Then, it was officially spring break :)  I spent the rest of the day Friday with my grandmother and great aunt doing what we ladies do best- SHOPPING!!  We went to lunch at Olive Garden, then went to the antique and flea market on 45, then for pie and coffee at Weidmanns!  I enjoyed spending the day with ya'll grannie and grannie poe! 

Friday night, my mom took me to dinner and we spent the night just returning and buying stuff to finish up the apartment!  Satuday was spent getting my washer and dryer put in.  Can I get an 'Amen?' I've never been so happy to do laundry in. my. life.

Saturday night was spent with three friends that I haven't seen since before Christmas.  Brandon, Lauren and Debo wanted to celebrate my birthday, housewarming, and making the play so we went to dinner, came  back to my place for a movie and just spent time making fun of each other and enjoying each others company.  Lauren told me earlier this week that it'd be like Christmas when she saw me because she had so many gifts to give me... boy, was she right!!
I LOVE this frame and the picture holder!  I need to find an easel for my frame, but my picture holder has already been hung in my kitchen (only with a command hook, mom) and all of my christmas cards that were cluttering my fridge have been added!!  It's quite cute!

She also gave me one of my favorite gifts ever!!  It's framed pictures of THE landmarks and fun stuff of Mississippi State University.  A drawing of the Chapel of Memories, the cowbell, The Hump, Left Field Lounge and all that jazz!!  I love them! Such a nice gift!
And because Lauren is just as giddy as me about my shot at being Tracy in Hairspray, she gave me these little happies...  every girl needs a hot pink comb, right?!
As if all of that wasn't enough, she fixed me a trashcan up with all kind of kitchen stuff that I needed!!  I was just trying to scrounge up some magnets the other day and almost bought some extra dish rags!  She knows me all too well!
After we ate, it was time for a movie!!
This was what we watched on Saturday night...

 The A-Team... I'll be honest.  I wasn't a fan.  It was a blow 'em up, shoot 'em movie... just not me :)

I went to bed late and we had to spring forward so I missed an extra hour of sleep.  So, Sunday afternoon I crashed on the couch and watched...
This was such a great choice!!  Betty White was hilarious, and so was Jamie Lee Curtis!  It's a great girlie movie! 

Then Sunday night, I had some friends over and we watched this...

This is definitely my new favorite movie of all time!!  It's precious... you'll laugh. You'll cry. And you'll find yourself smiling the whole time :) 

I hope ya'll are ready for a great week!! 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Heavy Heart

Just like many of you, I woke up to images on the news of what happened in Japan overnight.  Wow.  That's pretty much all I can say.  I can't stop watching the news.  My heart is so heavy for the people that have been effected by the earthquake and the tsunami.  I had some friends leaving tomorrow for Hawaii and they are obviously cancelling their plans.  Stop what you're doing and pray.  It's time to get right with God, folks.  We, as Christians, believe that God will take care of us and that He has a greater plan for us than we could ever imagine.  So we cling to the hope that He will continue to work all things together for the good of those that love Him and know that He is working in ways that we can't see or understand right now.  God, open the eyes of so many.  Heal our land. Most importantly, use these natural disasters to transform our lives so that we continue to be more and more like you!





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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fabulous Find...

A few years ago I was in Jackson at my favorite store ever, TARGET!!  I was making my usual rounds... first through purses and jewlery, then clothes, then shoes and then on to the fabulous kitchen/ houseware sections, when this caught my eye!!

I LOVE shoes.  I refer to myself as a shoe lovin', purse buyin', budget bustin' shopper at heart and I was so excited to see these shoes!  I wear them all the time.  They're pretty comfy, too!  But everytime I wear them, someone compliments me on them and says, "where did you get those and how much?!"  The funny thing is, the reason I like them the most is that they were $7.98 on the clearance rack!!  Makes the purchase so much sweeter!

GUESS WHAT??  Tomorrow is FRIDAY and SPRING BREAK for so many of you!  Be careful with all of your travels and have a great time!

Much Love!
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Good Morning Baltimore!

Yep, that's the tune that I'll be singing for the next two months!  I have spent the last two nights of the week at Meridian Little Theatre trying out for the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray.  I am so, so excited!  From the time I saw the play for the first time, I always said that if Meridian ever got the rights to it, that I'd try out.  After talking myself in and out of audtioning for weeks, I decided on Monday afternoon that I'd give it a shot.  I cannot tell you how much competition I was up against.  Every person could sing, dance and act.  There were tons of people that tried out for all of the roles and I wasn't so sure that I'd even be Tracy. 

But, I got the call this morning with the good news.  So, mark your calendars folks for May 12-18 and get a ticket to this fabulous play!