Sunday, October 30, 2011

UCA Homecoming

This past weekend, Jessica, Brittany and I traveled from NWA to Conway for UCA's homecoming. I had only been back once since I graduated in 2008, and not many of my friends went. This year, several girls from my pledge class went and we had a great time!
 Me and my grand and great grand little sis
 My favorite Spring 06'ers. (Minus a few!)
Jessica, Becca, Liz, Courtney, me, Britney, Tyler, and Juliana
 Lizzybeth and I at Gusanos
 Some Delta Zeta's with our favorite DZ Gentleman- Derick!
My college besties outside the Delta Zeta room after the annual Alumni Tea
 We all stayed at Liz's parents house while they were out of town. After a fun day of tailgating, we gussied up and went for Sushi before the UCA Alumni party that night.
Brit and her Sushi!
We had such a great weekend! I'm so thankful for these girls. Im also thankful that I went to UCA and pledged Delta Zeta. Weekends like this one just remind me what a great decision that was. I have so many college memories with my sorority sisters and we are still making memories together years later!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy Birthday. Becca!

This weekend, several of my college friends came to NWA for the weekend. The occasion was Becca's birthday and we enjoyed an excuse to get together! We ate out a lot, shopped a little, and just enjoyed being around each other. I am so thankful for good friends!
 Ms. Parsley and I before going out Friday night.
 Elizabeth, Becca, me, Lauren, and Sara
Becca and her cake with only 24 candles- I refused to buy 2 packs for 1 more candle. :)

On Sunday, I had the girls to my house and we celebrated Bec's birthday. I made chicken salad, salad, and black bean salsa. I decided to bust out the China. I have only used it twice since Adam and I have been married- once on our anniversary and once with his parents for Easter. I decided that today was as good a day as any so we pretended to be fancy. :) Eliz picked up a strawberry birthday cake from Stoby's in Conway and brought it. It. Was. Delicious.

It was a great weekend! I'm looking forward to UCA's homecoming the last weekend of this month when we're all together again.

Friday, October 14, 2011

5 Things I love Friday

Lee is doing well, he is still at Baptist Rehab Institute. We are hoping that he will get to come home by the middle of next week.  I'm excited to go to Benton next Friday and "Lee-sit" while my mom goes to California to see her sister.

It's been a rough week- but God is good. Sometimes it's hard to see how wonderful His grace really is. I can remember getting up early one day and thinking... "I can't do this today." The thing was... I couldn't... but through Him I can do all things! I prayed God would give me the strength and He did.

On a much lighter note... there are some things I am loving right now...
1. My Daniel Bible Study- by Beth Moore
Daniel: Lives of Integrity Words of Prophecy,  Member Book
A group of about 13 ladies meets at my house on Thursday nights at 7. It's a 13 week study and we just finished the 6th week. The book of Daniel is amazing! It's full of life application as well as prophesy of end time events.

2. PiYo Class
Adam and I joined a gym a couple of months ago. We've both been doing great about being in the gym 3-4 days a week. I love to go to the classes and one of my favorites is Piyo. It's a mix between Pilates and Yoga.

3. Shellac polish

I love this polish! I've had my current color on for 2.5 weeks! Other than my nails growing out a little, the polish looks great and isn't chipped or dull one bit!

4. My new fall boots from Bakers. Luuuurve! It's finally fall yall!
5. This new boutique opened up in Rogers recently and they have the cutest stuff! They have clothes as well as gifts. The store has Christian owners and supports many philanthropic products in their store like TOMS shoes and scarves handmade by women in Africa that when you buy the bulk of the proceeds go directly back to them.

I know that most of these things are superficial, but I'm so thankful that God gives us things in life to enjoy!

Happy Friday and Happy Fall!

Monday, October 10, 2011

God is Good

On Wednesday, October 5th my sweet baby brother (who is 19- but still a baby) was in a car wreck less than 2 miles from my parent's house in Benton. He swerved to miss a car that was in his lane, and wrapped his truck around a tree. He is not lucky- but BLESSED to be alive and is recovering from a bruised spinal cord. Thankfully, no bones were broken and there was no head injury. He was med-flighted to UAMS and remains in the hospital.
Lee's truck. The window had to be busted out for them to get to him.

Lee is going to be ok. He will do therapy for the next few days before they release him to go home. We are so overwhelmed by God's grace and the wonderful people that He has put into our lives. My parent's friends and Lee's have been at the hospital all week. It's such a wonderful thing to know that people love your family and are praying for his recovery.

I thankfully have a job that is flexible and allows me to work remotely so I have been Lee- sitting for the last 2 days so that my parents can rest at home and start getting back to work. We've had wheelchair races, watched the Cards win, Rangers win, then Cards win again. We've talked a lot about life and reminisced about the "olden days" when we were kids. For being 6 years apart, we're extremely close. I love him SO much and I am so thankful for the time we've had together the last couple of days.

 People have brought all kinds of goodies to the hospital. A good family friends put together a basket with wrestling magazines, candy, and some "squeezies" so that Lee could keep up his upper body strength. It was kind of a joke... but Lee really liked them!
We love each other.

Wednesday night, before my mom called around midnight- we had just gone to bed and had been at small group Bible study. This week at church we have been talking about Matthew 6- specifically about worrying. vs.33-34 says that God will provide for our every need. It also says "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

I won't lie, when I got that phone call- I was worried. Adam and I prayed a lot that night and these verses were fresh on our mind. God has provided for our family this week and even if things had not gone as well as they have- I can trust that God's will is perfect. Everything- in time would have been ok had things been truly tragic if they were part of God's plan. I am giving Him praise for answering prayer and I am asking Him to help me not to worry and instead put my total faith and trust in Him!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

WoOoOo Pig Sooie!

Its the most wonderful time of the year... Razorback football season! We became ticket holders for the first time this year and even talked both sets of parents into getting tickets too! We are halfway through the season and have been having a blast with them every weekend. They take turns staying at our house- and the other gets a hotel. Here are some pics from the last 3 games.
Husband and I before the Missouri State. WIN!

Friday night before Troy, dinner @ Common Grounds. YUM!
 Sunday after the Troy game we had brunch at Ella's.

 Hogs vs. Troy- WIN! It was freezing!
 Judge and Baba at the Auburn game. WIN!!!!
I wasn't really a Hog fan until husband and I started dating. We liked the Hogs, but didn't go to games and I don't remember ever owning a Razorback shirt or anything. Adam took me to my first Hog game when we were in college. Last year, we attended all of the games basically for free since he was a graduate student. This year- he begged to get season tickets... and I gave in. :) Notice we are pretty high up... in fact, you can't get much higher! But- we are in that stadium! It's been a blast having our families with us too.

The Hogs are #10 in the country! Sadly, we lost to Alabama a couple of weeks ago- but were still cheering! And I guarantee you my man is praying for a National Championship! We can dream, right?