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sister sunday, squirrels, & a show

this past week has been eventful. sunday i went to c-town with cory for church but ending up sitting in a coffee shop all morning helping my sister organize her life. we are completely opposite when it comes to things like organization.

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some people say we look like twins

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this past week one of my co-workers brought me some squirrel meat stew. it was so good! i have had squirrel before but not in stew.

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hey, at least i can survive in the wild right?

last night cory played guitar with a band called gin house. they are pretty awesome. this band i had never heard of before called melodime was there & then courrier.

when cory & i first got married he got a guitar tech job with a band called parachute & some of the dates they played with courrier. cory has always spoken so highly of them. great musicians & pretty decent guys all around from what i have heard and the 5 minutes i spoke to them. i finally got to hear them play last night & i lOVED them. i told cory we need to make a road-trip out to austin and see them play there & bc i have never been to austin. if you guys are looking for some good music look them up!

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we went on a picnic & now we are snowed in

this past weekend we went on a picnic in the same park we got married at. i am sure i have told you all how obsessed cory is with ingles, so that is where went for our treats. we got bread, cheese, hummus, bagel chips, wine & mexican coke. it was so nice outside! now. well. we are
trapped inside from an ice storm & i love it! we started watching “lost” today- made some horrible cookies- put the cats in sweaters- did tax stuff & cuddled. i have been thinking a lot about our future farm today & i don’t think i have mentioned anything about this certain plot of land i have my eyes set on. it is 53 acres with a 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin – the back porch leads to a dock that you can fish out of- it has pecan trees, blueberry bushes & lots of woods. it is a dream. i can just imagine building a house there and having my chickens & some cows & growing my vegetable garden & everything else in my daydream. i have been praying a lot about our future & we put ourselves on a strict budget so we can have a lot saved to go towards our dream land. i was telling my friend ashlan the other day that i can see her & i having a glass of wine in the hot tub while our children run around the yard getting into trouble. we would be total red necks about the whole ordeal & i wouldn’t mind. it is good to have dreams and to pursue those. so cheers to the dream we want and soon shall have! hope everyone stays warm on this snowy- freezing- day!

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Snow Days

so for those of you who do not know atlanta has been crazy since tuesday. i left work early on tuesday (thank god) bc it got pretty bad. i got a little stir crazy by yesterday, but really enjoyed my time with my husband. we made every single meal, (including my first meal in my dutch oven), watched shows, movies, made a budget & cleaned the house. we even took the cats out and took a walk for some coffee and to CVS.

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cory & dex

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dolly & me

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french toast and eggs

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it was so cold!

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cory made sweet potato hash topped with a fried egg & grilled chicken!

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razzle berry pie with butter pecan ice cream

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first meal in my dutch oven. red wine braised flank steak sammich!

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just the two of us

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village kanes & haiti round 2

so excited. like you do not even have a clue. or maybe you do? we are going back to haiti april 28th. so happy. we are starting our fundraising again= if you guys have any tips on this i would love to have them to share with my team. i keep thinking of all these ideas and things we can do and my mind is full. it is a very humbling experience to put yourself out there and ask someone else to donate to something that you care so much about.

this is village kanes

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* these photos were taken by my beautiful friend Tracey- you can check her out here

to give you a picture, just think mud huts that are in need of repair. children with no clothes at all. there little chapped lips from being so thirsty, little dirty feet, and the biggest smiles. ronda had told us to be prepared for what we would see & we all have these visions in our minds of what it is going to be like, but it is completely different when you step off the bus and you see everything for yourself. you experience making a connection with a child that you cannot explain. you do not even know how to speak their language & yet there is this bond you have with them. i loved it. i instantly made this connection with this little boy who was playing peek a boo with me behind his mother. she eventually waved him over to me & i was hooked. him in just his little torn shirt was something so special to me. i gave him so many hugs and so many kisses.

my sweet little guy

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village kanes is surrounded by such beauty & i would love to help them in every way possible. we were able to pass out shoes & rice to these families & they were so so happy. for our trip in april we are raising an extra $400 to put a water tank in for the people of village kanes. if you would like to contribute please feel free to visit my page here

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cory & i were changed forever & are so excited to be going back!!!!!

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Christmas Tree & Fate

this past saturday finally felt like christmas- so we got our tree! so happy. we drove to home depot and picked out the cutest 6ft tree you ever did see. when we brought it back home our tree stand broke, so we made our way back out to  get one. came home, turned on christmas music and got to work. after the room was lit up with christmas color we sat down to watch parks & rec – eat a cheese plate & enjoy the night.  cory said when we get back from haiti-he wants to do nothing but christmas things all saturday. egg nog. shortbread cookies. christmas movies. all things christmas, which i am perfectly ok with.
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but. this saturday= we leave for haiti. i know i keep talking and talking about it… my heart is literally filled with excitement and anticipation. just to amp up my excitement last night we had something i like to call fate. for those of you who do not know, this is the definition.

FATE
  1. the development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power.
    we decided we needed to go out and find these beloved chacos everyone loves so dearly. we ended up in little 5 at abbadabbas. on a side note i have never been and this store is amazing. i will be back. soon. cory found the chaco rack and i tried not to squirm over the fact that they are $100 a pair- this nice lady, Amy, was there to help us. we started talking and of course she asked us where we were going and i started talking all about our haiti trip. then i saw her eyes light up  and i knew i was going to have a moment of fate. she started sharing about how she has a non-profit in haiti and she was leaving on the 28th to go back. she is even going to move there soon. i loved hearing her share her heart and show pictures of all that has taken place through her willingness to serve. my heart was so happy after leaving there with those expensive shoes & i knew i was supposed to be there- supposed to meet her. so funny how God works. i love it. if you would like to check out her site you can do so right here — this world is so big yet so small all at the same time. so thankful to meet her!
    you guys please keep our group in your prayers- my heart is so ready for this trip and i am so incredibly grateful for each one of you who has sent prayers our way.
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Thankful

thanksgiving! it is almost here. i can smell the turkey, sweet potato casserole, fresh bread & lots of deserts. i can hear all the laughter and can already anticipate all the hugs. i’m ready to put my tree up and hang lights and pick out our ornament of the year (it is a tradition for us). i think thanksgiving is a time to enjoy your family and a time to reflect on what you are truly thankful for. so in honor of thanksgiving i am going to do just that.

i am thankful for..

Jesus– bc without him i am nothing. he has truly changed my life in every way possible & is the one that is always there.

cory– god truly was looking out for me in the husband department. we have been through so much together, but i am not whole without him. he truly is my best friend and the person i can lean on for everything. he is also the only person that can get on my nerves so much & i still love to be around him at the same time. he is the person i want to wake up beside everyday and he makes me the best coffee. i cant wait to have little ones of our own and see him as a dad. makes my heart melt thinking about it. he is the funniest person i know & makes me laugh so much. he is my favorite cook (besides my mom), he is the  most talented person i know and so humble. i could listen to him sing and play guitar all day long. he makes me feel safe and is such an amazing provider. he surprises me.

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family– i love my family! even though we have been through some crazy stuff i love them so much. btw sunday was the first time i have ever been in a vehicle and my sister was driving so i had to document it.

this is my beautiful sister shenea who i love so much. she is such an inspiration. so much talent in that little body of hers. god has great plans for her life.

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my brother jacob. i wish he was not so far away. miss him so  much & maybe on of these days we will all be able to clean the skeletons out of the closet. so proud of him.

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my nanny and poppy. i miss her everyday and when it comes time for the holidays it is really hard. things aren’t the same and i wish so badly she would have met cory. she would have loved him so much. so thankful for who she was and is to me. i am forever thankful for her love.

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my mom and step dad- these two are such a blessing. my mom is seriously the best at everything. cooking- baking- decorating you name it! when i was 14 when my parents divorced. my mom did everything she had to for us to make it. she was a stay at home wife and that was all she ever knew. she worked multiple jobs and the lord always provided. she has so much strength and cannot wait for her to be grandma to our kiddos. this time of year i immediately start thinking of my moms famous sweet potato souffle- you guys- it is the best.

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my dad- we have been through it- but we came out on top. i am a true believer that you can find good in everything. i always try to look for the positive in people and in circumstances. through our relationship i have learned to forgive. what kind of person would i be if i didn’t? i also gained a step mom who i adore! my dad is so funny and has the biggest laugh.

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Mark 11:25

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. “
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friends– goodness i have some great friends. i am picky when it comes to who i share my time with & who i share my personal life with but i have some amazing people the lord has placed in my life- for laughing- for times where i just need someone to talk too- to pray for me- to encourage- to eat with- to “grow up” with- to dream with- i cannot wait until i am closer where i can see some of there faces more often.

jena– you have been with me before cory and during cory and with cory and everything else. your friendship is so treasured and you are such an amazing person. i am so blessed to have you in my life and cannot wait for our kids to grow up together. you are such a beautiful person inside and out and every time you walk in a room the place lights up! so thankful for you.

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ashlan– i love youuuuuuuu. you are so unique and so funny. your an amazing mother and i love watching all these blessings unfold in your life. you and aj set such an example to people with your relationship with each other, and with the lord. you are so funny and make me laugh all the time. your such a leader and your little girl has such an amazing example as to what a woman should be. you have incredible style and i cannot wait until we are closer and can share clothes. i love that you are you no matter where you are. so thankful for you.

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a-bomb- you are such a treasure. i look up to you so much- in every way. i’m trying not to cry at work while i write this lol. through all the horrible times in my life you have been the one that was there. you are the person i have called when i could not even talk on the phone & i was just sobbing. thank you for being that person. thank you for setting such an example for me & always being there through the not so easy times. what would i have done without you? cannot wait for the day to call you and say, “yo girl i’m pregnant”. I cannot wait to live closer and see you more. one day when we have our hippy farm, we can sit on the front porch swinging away with our boobs hanging down to our knees from all them children. sounds good right? so thankful for you.

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rachel- i love you girl. i know we just have become friends, but i feel like i have known you forever. your my kindred spirit. your full of grace and beauty & words cannot express how much i am thankful for you. i love our talks and i appreciate knowing i have a friend that prays for me. so thankful for you

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jillian– where do i even begin? when i first moved to woodstock i never expected to find a friend quite like you. with one look i knew you were something special. you laugh at my jokes- we laugh at ourselves. we followed each other around from job to job and i secretly still want a company called jillyvans. we can do it! you are so funny- you are so true to yourself and i love our coffee dates and shopping sprees. your so honest and i am so thankful for you.

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abby– you are such an inspiration. you are always so happy & your personality draws people in. you are always smiling. you and jays love is like no others and you set such a standard. thank you for everything you have done for cory & i. so happy to be apart of each others lives.

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we all need to take moments and thank the special people in our lives. lets not wait until thanksgiving every year. lets be thankful everyday for every single person in our lives, for every moment we have left, lets be appreciative of people, lets care about people, lets be examples that the world needs to see.

i hope you all have an amazing thanksgiving and i cannot wait to post pictures of all the yummy food i am going to devour.

 

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Shopping, Food, & Friends- Can it get any better?

such a fun but busy weekend. saturday morning we got up and headed to douglasville for a shopping adventure.

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we met up with aj, ashlan and their sweet little bitty tinslee  at starbucks to start the day off just right! i have tried not having coffee everyday & i cannot do it. i just cannot bring myself to rid my body of the caffeine. it is so good. we headed to the mall and i realize i go to the same stores every time i am there- forever21, that weird urban store that sells incense, american eagle, and h&m. h&m was having this crazy sale 1/2 off all the sale items and all sweaters were buy 1 get 1 free. WHAT? i wish i would have taken pictures of the bag bc i probably could have fit into it. we left with 2 sweaters for cory, 2 sweaters for me, an infinity scarf, a black & white striped dress, & a black shirt all for $80. when i got in line i saw they had free magazines too- with a 20% off coupon (off one item) SCORE! after shopping we headed over to the irish bread pub to eat some grub. of course i had to try the fish-n-chips and they were delish.

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after our fun date we headed to carrollton for a birthday get together for Russ. a-bomb made some chili and we sat out by the fire just talking about life. russ & a-bomb are such dear friends- russ married cory & i. they also did are premarital counseling- so we go way back.

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sunday morning cory led worship & then we headed to eat with our buddy dockery who runs the carrollton menu. he recommended Blue Agave Grill & Tequila Bar & said they had really good food- which they did. they also have pina-coladas served in a pineapple.

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i also got to spend some more time with ashlan and tinslee. you guys this little one will make you have baby fever BAD!

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of course we had to watch walking dead=== i have no idea what is going on!?

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DIY Christmas Presents

even though we are not doing gifts with the families this year i still wanted to blog about some of my favorite DIY crafts to have for future reference and in case anyone out there needed any ideas. this is all on my pinterest board & you can follow me here.

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http://www.recapo.com/dr-oz/dr-oz-natural-remedies/dr-oz-sinus-congestion-bath-bomb-recipe-yogurt-sunburn-remedy/

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http://moderndaymoms.com/simple-diy-body-sugar-scrub/

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http://www.ashressaday.com/2012/06/18/701/

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http://www.marthastewart.com/280275/how-to-make-bath-fizzies?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/bath-and-spa-gifts

+ i loved this necklace idea- for everyone you know that lives away from their “home” or where they would like to call home, would love this.

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http://happyhourprojects.com/glass-map-necklace/

+ thank you martha stewart for all of your perfectly perfect ideas for us- i have seen these made with plates and candle sticks you can get from the thrift store. all you need is a plate, candlestick, glue and paint! So easy and who doesn’t love something to display cupcakes, cakes, & any other sweet treat on.

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http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/311570/good-things-cakes/@center/312332/good-things

What are some of your crafty DIY projects for gifts?

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Whoa

i am so behind. these last few weeks have been really  busy with the husband and life in general. it is officially cold & i sort of like it. it is time for fires, thinking of camping, soup, chili, big sweaters and all things happy but most of all-  THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS.

some friends and i went and saw david ramirez at eddie’s attic– he was amazing and you all should go listen to his music right now and buy every album he has.

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we also are only $250 dollars away from meeting our goal for our haiti trip in december. words cannot even express how excited and happy i am about this mission trip. to get away from this world of want and expectation to see a world where their  needs are something we take for granted every day. it is good to get out of your box, out of your comfort zone and do something good. i have been feeling like this for a while now, like everyday i do things and they don’t really matter. i want to do something that matters. there is so much need in the world. everywhere you look there is need. whether it be a shoulder to cry on, people dealing with self-esteem issues, someone who does not have food, someone who does not even own a pair of underwear or wear the same clothes everyday. you do not have to go on  a mission trip to bring change to the world, but i am very happy to be going on one. i know the change we will bring there will  bring just as much change for my own life.

other news: we are so busy with planning the holidays- so many families to visit but so excited to see all of them. say a prayer for my brother who is going through his ranger school right now- i know he is going to make it and we are so proud of him, cannot wait to go to his graduation.

i already have been wrapping presents for cory- we have decided not to do family gifts this year bc we are so busy so just presents between cory & i. we will be gone the week before christmas so it makes it easier. the family and i are going to bring a dish style christmas gathering and just enjoy being with each other. however i love christmas and i love wrapping and here are some really cool wrapping ideas i found on pinterest.

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here are some crafts & food i want to try during these cold days

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what are you guys craving this holiday season?

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Sister Sunday & 100th post

you guys this is my 100th post. whoa.

i simply love the weekends. when weekends are in carrollton- i am ecsatic. cory started leading worship at a church in carrollton on sunday mornings so we are there every sunday. this past weekend we went to my moms for lunch- she made red beans & rice, smoked chicken wings, and her famous cornbread– for something sweet she made my great grandmothers recipe for cake with fudge icing and walnuts

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then headed to see ashlan and aj their sweet baby girl

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lastly we made our way  to spend the night with my sister. she had made us dinner which was so sweet (& it was very good)- i decided to sleep in & cory went to church without me. i spent most of the morning scaring myself  with halloween movies & eating leftover cornbread. cory got home around 1 then we headed to olive garden for lunch & then to target to trade in his pants for a different size. i love target. i always spend too much money in there for sure.

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when cory dropped me back off at shenea’s (he had to go to another city to play guitar for a night service) we decided to take a nap and then we headed for a long walk to get some coffee at gallery row. we sat outside and just talked and then walked home. it is so sweet that we get along now. for those of you who don’t know we def. had a period in our lives where we did not talk at all. i think sister relationships are def. underrated & i’m so thankful we are friends. shenea made my moms recipe for salmon patties and baked mac-n-cheese for dinner – which made the walking dead even better. we all sat and watched the walking dead like we do every sunday & then headed out for the long drive home. btw what is happening on the walking dead???? i need to know!

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this is chewy. a little dog we met on our coffee date.

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