I love to shop local. I love to shop local because it supports a local family. I love to shop local because it boosts the local economy. I love to shop local because I feel 99% sure that every time a purchase is made, the owner does a little happy dance and that alone is enough to … Continue reading Shopping Local this Christmas Season
Dear Nathan, I love you. I love you for all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will be. We have had so many amazing memories since 2015. We have also had the type of memories that are lessons learned. I am grateful for them both as they have taught us … Continue reading On this day, I said “I do”.
...an hour later, my sweet potato sitting in my tiny little toaster oven cranked up to 400+ degrees, IS STILL HARD. Tonight I made Italian chicken and had no idea what to have with it sense a salad is not an option because a salad isn't even good unless it's loaded down with ranch and … Continue reading Sweet potatoes & Duke University
Y'all I can be so crabby. I'm talking look at me and catch the death glare for no apparent reason besides rolling out of the bed on the wrong side or hormones raging through my body. But my loving husband handles every ounce of crabbyness with grace. He does all he can to make me uncrabby even … Continue reading Radically high love
As most people know, the Carolina's and Virginia was hit hard with Hurricane Florence this week. Some places are worse than others, yet all near the coast have been majorly destroyed. People have lost their homes, businesses, pets, and entire livelihoods. It is so hard to imagine the effects of these devastating pictures and videos … Continue reading The eye of the storm
Imagine a world where we all saw with judgement free eyes. Imagine that you heard someone speak to you, but you could not see what they were wearing, what color their hair was, or what type of fashion they were into. What would you see? A friend? Someone you can talk to without other thoughts … Continue reading What do you see with your eyes closed?
Hi guys!! Today I have a few tips to offer to help you save money. They can be used by the worlds best penny pincher, or by someone who has limited time to invest in such tactics. I for one find myself a penny pincher on most occasions. I love to save money even if … Continue reading Saving Money in the 21st Century
As a big sister, we take pride in our baby siblings. I have 4 sibbys. They range from 19 years old to 4 years old and everyone of them have an incredibly special place in my heart. As a big sister, you are use to looking out for your siblings as they enter each … Continue reading Why being a big sis in college is hard
The devil is here to steal, kill, and destroy. John 10:10 A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. Without knowing the struggle I was going through, a friend recently mentioned to me how complaining can make you … Continue reading The Impact of Complaints
In life we have a billion opportunities thrown at us daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. We have school options, club opportunities, new jobs, new babies, new organizations to join, more clubs, more roles to fill at church, some more babies, and you get the point. The calendar that once was blank because all of your … Continue reading Making that “Best Yes”
Do you ever feel so lucky to have grandparents? Like they are some type of magical people that God gave us to guide us through life, make incredible food, and be our best friends. My heart hurts I love my grandparents so much. They have been their for me in every milestone of my life … Continue reading Our Magical People ❤
So tonight I was rumbling through the fridge trying to find something to heat up for dinner real quick before heading to small group. I have recently had to apply some restrictions to my diet due to some type of issue with my tummy. Well, all that's in the fridge to heat up is two … Continue reading Mac-n-Cheese Morals
Last night as I was headed to bed and turning all the lights out, my room became pitch black. I turned my phone screen on to help guide me to my bed. Of course I am familiar with the layout of my room, but without light I can easily stub my toe, run into the … Continue reading Not by sight
To the future bride and groom debating first look or tradition, We were very skeptical about first looks when we began discussing how Nathan would first see me on our wedding day. Originally, we had chose to go traditional and let him see me for the first time as I walk down the aisle. But, … Continue reading Why choose a first look?
I've been married for two months. Most people say the first year of marriage is the "honeymoon phase," but I've heard others say it's the hardest year because of learning to live in sequence together. Yet, for us personally, I don't really think it's either. This life we are living feels like a fairy tale. … Continue reading The “Honeymoon Phase”
Tonight as I was doing the dishes, trying to stand and let the giant amount of pasta I ate settle in my belly, I had a thought that seemed to shake my world for a minute. As women (and even men) we expect so much out of ourselves due to society's influences, but even more … Continue reading Kale ——- Pasta Continuum
I DON'T KNOW! I have no idea why girls and guys minds are so different. We can never seem to understand the way the opposite sex thinks. Why do girls like to tell every single detail of the story they are telling? Why do guys not give enough detail in their stories? Why do girls … Continue reading Why do girls and guys think so differently?
I have this plant that I received from marriage encounter a couple months ago. When I got it I was so excited because it was so pretty, but I knew not to get too excited and make it into a permanent decoration for our home because I pretty much kill any living thing without any … Continue reading Dead to Life
"One day you'll understand!" We hear this statement a lot when we are young, right? Y'all this statement is so true. As a youngin, it is so annoying to hear that statement, and as an adult it rings truth. One of the things I was consistently taught as a kid was modesty. There is so … Continue reading “One day you’ll understand!”
Two weeks of marriage and I have already learned SO much. Even when you spend majority of your waking hours together before marriage, your living schedules are not synced together yet. Be patient with one another as the two of you learn a new schedule and way of life by living together. Ladies, smile and laugh … Continue reading What to Expect & What Not to Expect
Hi friends! As many of you know, I am getting married (to the best guy in the world!!) in 10 days. We have made so many plans trying to merge the remainders of our two separate lives into one. Our biggest one was combining our two apartments into one. Our plan since Fall 2017: May … Continue reading I doubted God
I once dreamed of having my MSW (Masters of Social Work). I wanted to be able to climb the ladder and be a big boss one day. This was my plan for myself. I would graduate with my BSW from ECU and then continue on to get my MSW at UNCG. That was my plan … Continue reading I Wanted A Master’s Degree
Dear future babies, I already love you endlessly. I feel as if my love for you grows greater each and every day. I imagine your tiny little toes flying around in the air as you kick your tiny little legs. I can just picture your itty bitty fingers wrapped around mommy's finger. I don't know … Continue reading To my future babies…
Bad day? Bad week? Bad month? You ever just feel like nothing can go right? People hurt you time after time? You feel like life has overcome you? I use to struggle with this often. I felt like no matter what I did nothing would ever change. No matter how much I tried to befriend … Continue reading Because of Jesus…
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Last night I had one of the wildest encounters with a stranger and it went something like this: Guy: Why do you look so mad? Me: Not sure, I'm not mad though. Guy: Well, it sure looks like you are, are you sure? Me: I am really okay it's probably just my face Guy: Well, … Continue reading Furious to Concerned in 8 minutes
"Let your kingdom come, thy will be done...." This is what I have found to be one of the most enthralling quotes from the Bible here lately, a portion of the Lords prayer. This one line has provided me with so many lessons. But here is the latest one: Attitude. Guys, we are people made … Continue reading Let Your Kingdom Come
Ladies, We spend our lives dreaming of our prince charming. We imagine the perfect looks, the best dates, and even our dream wedding from a young age. Right? As a kid it is fun and games doing such things, dress up in your best princess dress and walk down the long beautiful aisle known as … Continue reading Finding the right man
College is tough! It seems that so many people love the college life, they make new friends, and enjoy many new adventures. Some would refer to this season as "the best time of my life." But what about the far and few who struggle with the college life? Who find it hard to make friends? … Continue reading For The Girl Who Doesn’t Enjoy The College Life
This week's lesson I learned: find joy and God's voice in every single aspect of life. As many know lifting weights was and has been my "sport" since 9th or 10th grade. It's what I have loved to do, it's been my stress reliever, it's what helped me grow to be confident, it is how … Continue reading Choose Joy!