Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Last Day as a 23 Year Old

Tomorrow I turn 24.  Is there anything left I should do as a 23 year old? That only 23 year olds can get away with?  

This year has had a lot of changes and big things happen:

Being 23, I worked my first "real job" at the ACS.  I learned what benefits were, the importance of emails, time management and how much fun people are.

Chris and I dated "long Distance" (Tally to PC) and continued to date!

Margaret left for the Peace Corp

I ran my first half marathon

I spent a lot a lot of time at the beach house

I got good bonding times with my mom, dad and Robbie

Went to my first "show" Jimmy Eat World

I got SCUBA certified

Chris Proposed to me

I had the honor of being Katie's Maid of Honor and help her and Sean get married.

I got Annabelle

I moved to Louisville KY

I started a grad program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

What will 24 have in store? A wedding for sure but I'm excited to see what else...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wonderful Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend:

Friday, after school, we went to Heine Brothers for a few hours to study.  We had coffee, shared a cinnamon role and studied as best we could... The excitement of the FSU OU game was hard to ignore.

That night, we went to a movie premier for a local film making group, Nadus Films.  It was the opening night of Grace Surpasses, a documentaryish drama about a family in Sudan. 

 The cool part about this event was that there was a live score! So the entire movie, a live band played the music.  That was incredible and was another "snaps for living in Louisville" moment.  The whole program was wonderful and reminded me how blessed we are here in the US and how much opportunity and need there is for serving.

The next morning we woke up early to we could watch College Gameday that was at FSU!  I made scrambled eggs and Chocolate Chip Pancakes!  I learned the secret is lots of chocolate chips, and to melt butter in the pan before putting the batter in :)

Here's anna by our yummy breakfast.  I tried to make a spear with the whipped cream... fail.

After watching college game day, I went on a run!  Perfect weather!

Then, we went to volunteer for Sojourn's Fall Festival! For 2 hours Chris and I set up plastic bowling pins and cheered local neighborhood kids on!  It was a lot of fun and there were some of our small group friends there so it was nice seeing them!

I studied for a bit in the afternoon.

Then, it was GAME TIME! Even Anna had an "I <3 The Noles" Bow on:

We went to watch the game with the Louisville Seminole Club again! This time, we were joined not only by Christin, but Taylor and Stuart as well!

It was an awesome game and I am SO proud of my Alama Mater and FSU Football program!

Today we went to the early service.  Again, I handed out bulletins, and Chris helped direct cars... bless his heart it started pouring!  Ah he was so wet!  Service was wonderful; we're continuing the PROOF series and talked about Christ's "Overcoming Grace".  Much easier to chew than last weeks "Outrageous Grace"!  

After church we had a study date at the Heine Bro for awhile, and then went back to Chris's apt and spent the day hanging and studying.

Perfect weekend

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Go Noles GO!

There's nothing like Gamedays especially at FSU in Tallahasse, Fl.

Since I am heartbroken that I can't be at the game this weekend, I thought I'd post pics of some of my favorite pics from tailgating and games....

We're going to make the best of watching this game in Louisville KY.  We're joining the FSU Club to watch it at a local restaurant....
I'm pretty pumped!!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Wednesday

Somehow Chris and I got lucky yesterday.  Between noon and 5 and then after 8 we were both free!  So what did we do?

We played frisbee golf! And took Annabelle!!  I think the highlight was really how awesome Annabelle was! We left her off her leash most of the time and she stayed right with us.  A lot of the course was in dense woods, but it didn't even phase our baby!
Mama's so proud of Anna!

Annabelle felt like a real explorer following Chris down cliffs to get our frisbees!

Anna was in Dog Heaven!

Later on that night after I had a solid 4 hour study sesh at the local Heine Bro Coffee shop and Chris had a 3 hour teeth waxing sesh, we came home and Chris cooked a wonderful dinner.  We even broke into our engagement party wine stash :)

We sat and enjoyed the meal and wine, and then spent the night catching up on all the FSU interviews and highlights.... Then we got sucked into the youtube black hole and watched videossssss.... Walmart people, Miss California craziness, you name it!!  

I LOVE when we get mid week chill time!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Church Home!

The difference between 2 weeks ago at church and this week at church is absolutely huge!  We went from not knowing but 1 or 2 people to walking into the building knowing 5 of the first people we saw, then sitting close to many of our small group couples.  

We began going to  Sojourn Community Church the second week I was up here.  After our second week up here I discovered our FSU friends, Taylor and Stuart went to Sojourn as well and were already plugged into a small group.  We planned on visiting that one as soon as our Thursdays were free (That was the weekend my dear KATIE came into town!) Our third visit I filled out a "connect card"  and within days was emailed by Todd asking us to join his small group, and I received a call from Linda asking if I wanted to meet up so I could ask her all of my Sojourn questions.  Todd joined her and Chris joined me and the 4 of us hung out for an hour one afternoon.  When we asked them how we could begin serving, they got us plugged into the Connect Team.  That next Sunday (Last Sunday) we showed up 30 min before the service started and asked to be put to work! I got to man the welcome table!  There, I got to know 5 or 6 sojourners very well!  Chris did parking so not too sure who he got to meet.  

That Thursday we went to our first small group.  It was an answered prayer.  There are 3 other couples there (all older than us) and a few single guys.  That night we decided to have a girls brunch that Saturday.  So Saturday, the 4 small group girls and I went to brunch.  It was neat getting to have such one on one time with them from the beginning.  I'm very excited about these friendships and I look forward to seeing how God binds us together.

SO, this Sunday when we walked in to serve, we knew people from serving last week, small group, and the people we had met through them! Ah God answers my prayers.

Friday, September 9, 2011


It has been cold and rainy and cloudy 4 days in a row.

I am in desperate need of sunshine and warmth!

Thank goodness I have Marianne Gregs Photos to look at to remind me what summer and happiness looks like!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Thankful for Bestfriends

Once I took a "love language" test to see which of the 5 love languages made me feel the most loved.  Now I don't remember what my official one was based on that test, but based on last weekend, I can tell you that my love language is time.  
My bff Katie came all the way to Louisville to visit me! We'd had the trip planned since before I moved her so I had been looking forward to this weekend since I moved here...
Not only was it an amazing weekend because a dear friend had come to visit, but it was also amazing because this dear friend has just been through planning a wedding/getting married and so now is a newly wed.  
Our conversations were a blessing to me.  I was able to honestly open up and all my feelings/apprehensions/joys/stresses of the move, this season of engagement and our wedding.  It was a burden lifted! Yes, this can be done through the phone, but there's something about sharing a meal, or movie or shopping trip and then having a mini-serious relationship.  
Besides the verbal counseling that took place, we had a blast!

We picked Katie up from the airport Thursday afternoon and brought her home to meet Annabelle.  Aunt Katie brought the baby a present!!
Annabelle hasn't put down the stuffed duck yet :)

That night we went to a Louisville original: Mojito Tapas, which is a nicer Mexican Tapas restaurant with incomparable Mojitos

The next day, sadly I had school for most of the day but I got done in time for us to make it to the Louisville Slugger Museum! 
We had so much fun going on the factory tour of where they make the bats, and then going through the museum they have. We got to see the bats of big deal players!

That night, we met up with my Louisville GPhi Sister, Christin for some yummy dinner and drinks at Ramsi's!

After dinner we went to a local Irish bar, O'Sheas! It was a solid night!

The next day we woke up bright and early to head to brunch a Toast! Then we headed to Churchhill Downs!
We went on an extra tour that took us into the jocky's room, millionaire row and other cool "behind the scenes" places... Let's just say Katie and I learned more about horse racing then we could have ever learned on our own!

When we left here, the fun was over and the work began!  We left there and went over to Bella Bridesmaid for our 3 pm appt.  There we tried on bridesmaid dresses for over an hour! Afterwards we grabbed some food at Panera, got our nails done, and had an epic grocery shopping trip at Fresh Market.
If you don't know, I'm NOT A FAN of uncooked meat. Even frozen chicken grosses me out.  But we went to the meat dept and I was to order my first raw chicken.  The butcher came out and immediately said "Man, it's been a day! I've been covered in blood since I got here!"  I was ready to leave right then.  Katie laughed and explained to the man my meat fear.  He laughed and we went ahead and ordered our meat.  We then got all the other ingredients for homemade Chicken Parmesan.
We were still on our Kentucky Derby High so we rented The Secretariat and spent the night watching it!

The next day we went to church,  took Katie to Lynn's Paradise cafe for lunch, and then went to Jos. A. Banks to look at groomsmen suits.  Thank goodness we had Katie!

That night, I learned the art of homemade Chicken Parm! 

It was an absolute dream weekend and I'm blessed to have such a good friend!