Monday, June 29, 2009

Mary Catherine's wedding and cookout at the Hursts'

This weekend we made the drive to Memphis for our sweet friends Mary Catherine and Tim's wedding at Independent Presbyterian Church. It was one of the most worshipful weddings I have ever attended. The music choices she made were perfect--one of the songs she chose was "The Love of Christ Is Rich and Free"--one of my favorite songs we sang in RUF. Our friend, Ruth, sang it, and she did an awesome job. Her voice has a Gillian Welch style to it--really beautiful, and pleasing to listen to. I sang "There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood"--also a really cool choice. The whole theme of their wedding was a lyric from that hymn: "Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be til I die." How wonderful is that?

It was so great to catch up with sweet friends who live in different places. We are scattered to the four winds these days! (But thankfully, mostly in the South!)

One of my favorite touches from this wedding is that Mac decided to have us each wear roses in our hair. That fit her personality perfectly, and it made me (and I think all of us) feel pretty and girly and special. There's just something about a girl with flowers in her hair.
I also really loved the way she utilized the senses--particularly smell. I feel like weddings focus a lot on the visual, and the auditory, but what about the sense of smell? Mary Catherine had a bouquet of roses and gardenias, and later, for the reception, put gardenias in her hair. Also, instead of throwing birdseed or rose petals and she and Tim made their exit, we had little handfuls of lavender. Mmmmm smelled so good.
Here is a pic of the sweet, beautiful bride and me:

Off they go!

Fyi, their rehearsal dinner was at a really cool venue in downtown Memphis, near the river, called the Center for Southern Folklore. If you ever want to buy some great folk art, and the time for Double Decker has passed and won't come around for another 11 months or so, then go to this place. They've got plenty.
Because the wedding was at 2:30, we had plenty of time that night to hang out with everyone who was in town for the festivities! It is so soul-refreshing to be with friends whom you haven't seen in a while. Especially these friends:

I love y'all! I love this guy too:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Since Everyone Else Is Doing It....

...I guess I'll have to post about John and Kate Plus Eight too. I have never watched the show, never had any reason to be invested in it at all, and neither has Taylor. And yet, last night, we both knew it was coming on and wanted to watch it. That's what the media craze has done--all part of their plan, I'm sure. But, regardless of playing right into their scheming hands, we decided we didn't need to miss this oh-so-important moment in pop culture, so we tuned in.

And what we saw was downright sad. I'm not going to go on about this, I'll just make one little observation: both of the parents kept saying over and over that the children were their number one priority. Now, I guess if they have already made the decision to get divorced, then that's a good thing. But--I think that is what's wrong with a lot of marriages!! Parents have children and then turn the focus onto the children and away from their marriage. If there is not a strong marriage for the children to look to, and to "live in", in a sense, as a net of security, stability, and foundation--what are those children going to stand on, and in what frame of reference will they live?

So there's my little soapbox of the day. Other news: we had our first look-see today for our house! A prospective buyer came with her realtor to view it. Of course, this probably means nothing, but it gives me a good feeling that at least people are starting to look! I am crossing my fingers that it won't be on the market forever...but I know that so often I try to put things in my schedule and my timing, when the Lord has it all worked out perfectly in HIS timing already. I am working on learning to trust it.

I have my first orthodontics test tomorrow--we just started the class a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully it won't be too bad! Off to study.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day, Firstfruits, and the Meadowbrook House

Happy Father's Day!

Although, I guess as I post this, Father's day is officially over. It's 12:35 at night--way too late for me to be up on a school night! I drank a couple of diet cokes with my dinner--bad idea. I think I must be really sensitive to caffeine! Anyway--I just wanted to give a shout-out to these two wonderful men--that is my Dad with me, and Taylor's dad, Mark, right below that. (These pics were both taken on New Year's Eve this past December.) They both are such wonderful fathers, set such a Godly example, and I am so thankful for them!

Today was a full and fun one--Taylor and I woke up early, went to Lowe's to purchase a feel minor "home improvement" items--like a new welcome mat, a rug for the guest bathroom, etc; went to church at First Baptist, then over to my sister's house for lunch. My sister is a wonderful cook--I wish I had on hand the recipe that she used for lunch today--it was delish! Some kind of cream sauce over shrimp and angel hair pasta, plus a great salad with walnuts and mandarin oranges, and--my dad's favorite--banana pudding. My grandmother (his mom) used to make THE best banana pudding, and now my sister carries on the tradition.
Tonight, Taylor's parents, Travis (his brother), and his grandparents came over to our house for a dinner of hamburgers, salad, chips, and watermelon. I just can't get enough of that stuff! Plus, it's so good for you! You can learn why here. Anyway--a good time was had by all!
The pic below is of some of the firstfruits of our garden! maybe the tomato came from the grocery store, but we have one ripening on the vine outside as I speak! It'll be ready in another day or two. The squash and cucumber really did come from our garden though, I promise! Although the poor squash plant that produced this one may have gone caput today. The heat just about did 'er in.

In other news: we are putting our sweet little house on the market. I have many mixed emotions about it, but I think that it's time to move on. I have truly LOVED living here! My sister and parents are right around the corner, and that has been such a blessing and so much fun! We're not sure where we're moving yet, but I will certainly post about it when we are! Here are a few pictures of the house. I didn't include pics of the study, or of our awesome backyard, simply because it's dark outside and the yard pics wouldn't be any good, and also becuase our study is the one room that isn't "show-ready" yet. It's pretty messy. We're working on it though!

Sorry, didn't mean for that last pic to be mostly of the toilet! Anyway--that's our little house!
Since it is way past my bedtime, I am hitting the hay!

Monday, June 15, 2009

"Up"lifting Movie

So tonight I went to the movies (I told you it was a movie-ful summer!) with this guy and girl:

while Taylor cooked out a great meal of chicken quarters on the grill, zucchini, squash, and dirty rice with mushrooms, with THIS guy:

our sweet friend, William Fincher.

So my dad/daughter/granddaughter or grandfather/neice/aunt outing tonight was a great one! Word to the wise--go see UP! Seriously, one of Pixar's finest. Funny, like all of their work, but so much more than that. This one has an emotional depth that is really remarkable for an animated film--I would love to add this one to my movie collection. It has something for everyone.

P.S.--we saw the movie in 3-D--a first for me! For the first five minutes or so I thought the little glasses were going to get annoying, but it wasn't long before I got completely enthralled by the movie and forgot all about them. They really did add something--I felt like the characters were climbing out of the screen into the room with me. Apparently, by the way, there is such thing as a 4-D theater (according to my niece, Olivia) where they sprinkle water on you when it rains in the movie, etc? Very interesting. Anybody ever heard of that?

P.P.S.--the reason we went to the movies tonight was for a fundraiser for a dear friend and all-around amazing person--Nicole Marquez. She is a walking miracle. Check out her story here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hello world!

I have wanted to start a blog for several months now, but for several reasons: 1)lack of creativity for a title; 2)lack of anything to say!; and 3)fear that no one would read it---I have waited. But--no worries, I have overcome my insecurities and have decided that if no one reads it, and least I will have some sort of record for posterity!

I must admit, I'm kinda jealous--my friend Paige said yesterday that she wanted to start a blog (she just got married two weeks ago and is moving to California this week--busy girl!), but since she isn't very good at telling stories, she's going to call it "And then I found 10 dollars." Genius. Should have thought of that.

So--here is our little family:




Taylor got Ruby not long after we got engaged--she is a border collie. And Teddy was my wedding gift from Taylor! And I'm not gonna lie--I'm a little obsessed. I call him my practice child--he's a good kid.

So has anyone seen any good movies lately? To me, summertime calls for a large amount of movie theater visits. Not too great on the budget, but good for the psyche! There's just something about being in that big dark theater, kicked back looking at the bigscreen. Last night we went with Chandler Rowlen to see Night at the Museum 2--it was really cute. Great if you are looking for something relaxing and fun with some good laughs. Last week we saw The Hangover--seriously the funniest movie I have seen in several years. Go see it now. Right now. And do not take your children. It is full of adult humor--but seriously hilarious. If you haven't seen the previews, the movie is basically about four guys, one of whom is getting married, who decide to go to Vegas for the bachelor party. They get to Vegas, and the next thing we know they have woken up after an obviously crazy night, and they have to sort everything out. Hilarity and confusion ensue. I think my abs are still sore from laughing.

One more thing before I go--last week my nephew Carter was fishing at Lake Caroline (for those of you not from Jackson, it is a residential/vacation lake about 20 minutes from where I live), and he caught a FORTY POUND fish (a grass carp, I believe). I had no idea there were fish out there that size. To give you an idea of how big it was, here it is next to my 8 year old niece, Olivia:

Pretty large, huh?

And one last pic: Who doesn't love watermelon on a hot summer night?