Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 RECAP

WOW! I cannot believe that 2010 will be leaving us in just a few hours. It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2010 down on the Gulf Coast. I have been extremely busy lately so I have not been blogging. So much going on...lets just say that with work and school and life things are crazy!!! Since my last post, we took two weekend trips to see the Dave Matthews Band. That is always a good time and we always meet new friends. We are gearing up for both of our teams bowl games tomorrow...of course I will be cheering for Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl in one room while Greg cheers for Bama in the Capital One Bowl in another room. Atleast we are both getting to watch our team in a bowl game!=) My baby sister got engaged and graduated from Occupational Therapy School! I am so excited for her and so proud of her!!! No major changes with work this year...just busy! We were able to help welcome several friend's children into the world. Always such a miracle! God has not yet decided that it is time for us to be parents but we pray every single day that it will happen. We both have lots of hope for 2011. I hope is well with all of you and hope to get a chance to see each and every one of you in 2011. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Trip to Charlotte NC

Greg and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary last month in Charlotte, NC. We had requested time off from work but could not decide on a destination. At the beginning of our vacation Greg drove to Birmingham and then over to Tuscaloosa for the A Day Game and my sister and I went to Starkville to see the family. Greg and I finally decided to drive over to Charlotte, NC. The drive over was interesting given that I 40 was closed secondary to a rockslide last fall (of course it opened just a few days after we got home).
We stayed a few miles from downtown Charlotte. I will say that next time we will definitely stay downtown...just so much activity. The first night we were there we went to dinner at Soul Gastrolounge. It was a neat tapas bar with a good atmosphere. The next day was our anniversary. We ate lunch at Dish. The fried green tomatoes were great! Greg found this restaurant on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. It was fun and the weather was so nice we were able to dine on the patio. After lunch we walked around and shopped a little too. We dined at Fig Tree Restaurant for our anniversary dinner celebration. Another great meal with fabulous service. On our last day we took the train to downtown Charlotte. We walked around and enjoyed the views of a new city. Nix Burgers & Brews was our choice for lunch. Greg and I checked out various scenes and walked around some of the different areas. We had a glass of wine at Bentley's on 27th which was on the 27th floor of a building...spectacular views. Charlotte hosts Alive After 5 every Thursday night during the spring and summer. It was a lot of fun. Hot Sauce, a cover band, was playing and it was a great people watching opportunity. We shut the night down with dinner on the deck of Ri Ra Irish Pub. Charlotte was a fun city to visit and I would recommend that you check it out. We are back at home and back at stop will be in June to see the Dave Matthews Band.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away

Oh my goodness...will the rain ever stop? Middle Tennessee has been pounded with rain for the last couple of days. It seems like forever! Greg had to go help some friends place sandbags in their yard to try and prevent water from settling in the crawl space of their house. Another friend sent me this picture of the street in front of their house.

She did say things are better however it has continued to rain all day today. This is in Spring Hill which is about 30 miles south of Nashville. Nashville has had significant damage as has many of the other surrounding areas. Interstates are closed, bridges are collapsing, people drowning...Such a sad situation. A friend informed me earlier that her parent's basement has flooded (Lexington, KY). Please pray for Middle Tennessee and all of the other areas impacted by this horrible weather.

I thought that I would share a few pictures/videos of situations encountered in the area.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Poem from A Friend's Blog

A friend posted this last night and I thought that I would share it. It often "feels" like everyone around us has everything that we want and we are constantly asking God "when". And as this poem points out, his response is "wait". "Wait" can be such a hard answer to hear. There are so many things that we all want, and we should all probably do a better job of enjoying the wonderful things in life God has blessed us with while we wait. Thanks LT for sharing this poem! I hope you don't mind that I am passing it along for more people to read and reflect.

Desperately, helplessly,
longingly, I cried:

Quietly, patiently, lovingly,
God replied.

I plead and I wept

for a clue to my fate,

And the Master so gently said,

“Child, you must wait.”

“Wait? You say, wait!”

my indignant reply.

“Lord, I need answers,

I need to know why!

Is Your hand shortened?

Or have You not heart?

By faith, I have asked,

and am claiming Your Word.”

My future and all

to which I can relate

Hangs in the balance,

and YOU tell me to WAIT?

I’m needing a “Yes”,

a go-ahead sign,

Or even a “No”

to which I can resign.

And Lord, You promised

that if we believe

We need but to ask,

and we shall receive.

And Lord, I’ve been asking,

and this is my cry:

“I’m weary of asking!

I need a reply!”

Then quietly, softly,

I learned of my fate

As my Master replied once again,

“You must wait.”

So, I slumped in my chair,

defeated and taught

And grumbled to God,

“So, I’m waiting … for what?”

He seemed, then, to kneel

And His eyes wept with mine,

And He tenderly said,

“I could give you a sign.”

I could shake the heavens,

and darken the sun.

I could raise the dead

and cause mountains to run.

All you seek, I could give,

and pleased you would be.

You would have what you want~

But, you wouldn’t know Me.

You’d not know the depth

of My love for each saint;

You’d not know the power

I give to the faint;

You’d not learn to see

through the clouds of despair;

You’d not learn to trust

just by knowing I’m there;

You’d not know the joy

of resting in Me;

When darkness and silence

were all you could see.

You’d never experience

that fullness of love

As the peace of My Spirit

descends like a dove;

You’d know that I give and save,

for a start,

But you’d not know the depth

of the beat of My heart.

The glow of My comfort

late into the night,

The faith that I give

when you walk without sight,

The depth that’s beyond

getting just what you asked

Of an infinite God,

who makes what you have last.

You’d never know,

should your pain quickly flee,

What it means that,

“My grace is sufficient for thee.”

Yes, your dreams for your loved one

Overnight would come true,

But, Oh, the Loss!

If I lost what I’m doing in you!

So, be silent, My child,

and in time you will see

That the greatest of gifts

is to get to know Me.

And though oft’ may My answers

seem terribly late,

My most precious answer of all

is still, “Wait.”

Monday, April 12, 2010

Vacation...why does it have to be so difficult?

So, several months ago, Greg and I decided to take next week (April 19th) off of work and go somewhere fun. Well with all that is pending with fertility, etc., we have now decided to stay close to home. With that said, I am headed to Starkville for Super Bulldog Weekend and time with family and friends!=) Greg is going to hang out with his mother in Birmingham for a few days. The problem is what to do from there...we have thought about heading down to the Gulf Coast for a few days; New Orleans (until we discovered that Jazz Fest is that weekend and there are NO rooms); and then there is just heading home and working around the house. I am torn in different directions...a part of me wants to go somewhere away from home and home and another part of me knows that we have trips approaching this summer and we should be responsible. What to do?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Beginner Blogger

I have been thinking about blogging for a I am. I was sitting around this weekend while my husband was glued to the television (The Master's) and decided to give it a try. I would greatly appreciate any advice, suggestions, websites, etc. Several of my friends have blogs that are adorable. Hopefully we will be blessed with children at some point and I can add their pictures, activities...