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Wednesday, May 30, 2012



I hurt.  All over.  Like a tractor trailer truck has run over me.

I started P90X Monday and I can tell you exactly why it works for so many people...and exactly why it doesn't for so many others.

It works because it kills you.  Literally, I think you die a little each time you put the dvd in and push play.  The only way you know you aren't dead is because every time you breath, sneeze, eat, cough, chew, talk, (you get the drift) you ache.
It doesn't work for so many others because its easy to want to give up!  I'm determined to do this and stay committed.  Mind you, after I finish an intense workout, I grab for the nearest Little Debbie snack and chow down, but it will still work!  It has to.  For goodness sake, I can't even snuggle with my pups because the simple weight of their dear little heads on my chest hurts!

Monday, May 28, 2012

...Some gave all.

I have a guardian angel.

Before he became my angel, he was my idol. I aspired to be like him on the soccer field, as a sibling, in life.

I wanted to grow up to be just like Sgt. Justin Wrisley Garvey.

I still remember the day we got the awful news that Justin's humvee had been ambushed in Iraq. It was surreal. It was something that happens to other families that you see on the news. Not my family.

To say I miss him is an understatement.

To say he is a hero is not giving him enough glory.

We celebrate Memorial Day to remember all the men and women who have sacrificed for our country. Imagine what life would be like if someone had not decided to step up and defend our country willingly.

Thank you. We can never thank you all enough. God bless the USA!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Last weekend I went to JoAnn's Fabrics to purchase more jersey knit fabric to make more skirts like this.  I made one Saturday with fabric I had purchased from a coworker that was cleaning out her sewing room.  She is also the one that mentored me in returning to sewing.  My Mimi was the one whom originally introduced me to this trade; an ode to her another day.

I did pick up some nice hot pink fabric to make the skirt out of as well as a tribal knit and a pattern for a dolman sleeve top.  I'm excited to work on that this weekend since we have 3 days off.  What really got me excited was that as I was leaving JoAnn's, I noticed a Goodwill in the same parking lot.  I have only been to this particular area once before and had not noticed the Goodwill.  Having some time to spare, I decided to go check it out as I was in a pretty nice part of town.

I ended up walking out of Goodwill with a black NY&Co. maxi skirt, a black Tommy Hilfiger shirt dress, and a tweed Ralph by Ralph Lauren blazer for.....(drumroll please!) $13.87!!! 

I know some people don't get excited about thrift store shopping, but lately I had been feeling like my "thrifting sense" had failed me or left me altogether.  This trip to Goodwill gave me the sense that maybe it had just been on hiatus.  Needless to say, I was very excited about my purchases.  I can't wait to wear the shirt dress to school.  I'm not sure if I'm going to keep the blazer or try to resell it.  As for the maxi skirt, I've been living in them lately and already wore it to an event the youth at my church was putting on and I was partly responsible for.

On another note, please, pray for me.  This weekend my youth pastor and his beautiful wife are going to the beach and I am going to teach the youth their bible study Sunday evening.  I am excited and nervous regardless of the fact that this is what I do for a living.

Monday, May 21, 2012



I took a personality test out of curiosity to see what it would say about me.  I've changed a lot over the years and its interesting to see how I have evolved as a woman, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, and a Christian. Thank God!  Imagine how life would be if we didn't evolve. 
If you are interested in taking the test as well you can take it here.

My pastor calls me a melancholy (introverted and thoughtful, creative and independent) and choleric (ambitious and leader-like, swinging moods, and assertiveness).  He kinda hits the nail on the head.  Do you ever try to be a personality you aren't just to prove that you aren't moody?  If you want to know more about the four temperaments you can look here for more information.

As I look over the explanation for my ISFJ categorization, I very carefully analyze it to make sure its accurate.  (I'm sure this behavior fits in perfectly with the characteristics of one of these letters.)
Some words to describe an ISFJ:
  • "need to be needed"
  • desire to serve others (this is so me.)
  • often go unappreciated (I'm a teacher; can I get an amen?)
  • maintain strong loyalties (I will choke someone who messes with my loved ones. *That's a promise, not a threat.)
  • meals, gifts, and celebrations are infinitely mapped out
  • family oriented
  • few, close friends (for this reason, they are willing to do anything for these friends and are extremely dependable and loyal)
  • unexplained moodiness
To sum it up, I agree with all of these although I would particularly like to deny the unexplained moodiness.  (I won't because I can't.)

It's neat to think about why you are the way you are and how you tick. 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Twitchy Palm

I have a desire to turn this into something more...

Some other things I'm coveting lately...

My new running shoes.  They are my inspiration to start training for my third half marathon. 
They are the most comfortable, airy, prettiest shoes ever.

My kindle.  Seriously, this thing is genius.

Joe's Jeans.  They make my booty look great.  Along with a lot of hard work and lunges!

My new purple and gold Jack Rogers!
Thank you, hubby (and dogs) for my Mother's Day gift! <3 

In case you missed out, my hubby graced me with a wonderful Mother's Day gift (no, I'm not pregnant, mom!) even though I'm not a momma!

He is so wonderful to me.  I have so many places and ideas for how to wear these lovely sandals.  I just can't wait to break them in.

On another note, I have many sewing projects I need to get to work on.  There are numerous showers coming up, various weddings, not to mention all the ruffled maxi skirts I need to add to my closet!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekend of Mothers

The whole weekend was a celebration!
We celebrated new mothers, mother in-laws, grandmothers, great grandmothers, and great great grandmothers!
On top of that, we also celebrated the health of my friends' father.
Earlier this year he was rushed the hospital after suffering a brain aneurism and thank God, he is doing well and has almost fully recovered from the incident.  It was amazing to see him up and walking and hanging out with friends on Saturday.  I particularly enjoyed hearing him play music; one of his favorite things to do.  How great our God is!

Saturday was extra special because I got so see my sweet nephew, Camdon.  His mom and dad are such wonderful friends to my hubs and me.  We miss them dearly because they live in Jacksonville, NC, but luckily, we still get to see them quite often.
Just look at him!  You can't help, but want to eat him up.

Saturday was a nice day for me because my hubby went golfing all day which left me home alone to clean and sew and veg out.
I love days like these.

So I took the opportunity to check on our veggies...
Football keeps a close eye on them as well.  Lucky for us, he hasn't figured out how to dig them up yet!

I made Sarah (Camdon's momma) her "First Mother's Day" gift:
AND I created a maxi skirt using a tutorial I had found from Merrick's Art and Elle Apparel.  I have fallen in LOVE with this maxi skirt and can't wait to get my hands on more jersey knit fabric so that I can make more.

The ruffles on the bottom are to die for.  Literally, I could die.  I know - they're ruffles, but they're so stinkin' cute!  They add so much to the skirt!  As I type, I'm online trying to find fabric for cheap so I can do this x25 and just live in them.

Friday, May 11, 2012


Okay, so technically, I'm not a momma....yet.  When the good Lord blesses me with a lil babe, I will be ecstatic!  The hubs and I are trying to wait to start trying until I am almost done my master's degree.  If only that process could accelerate a tad bit!

 You can't help but love these cuddle-bugs.
For the time being, my mother settles with being a grandma to pups rather than babes and I carry Football (yes, we named our dog, Football) around like a newborn much to his discontent.  Irie, she hasn't quite figured out that she is a 60 lb beast and attempts to sit on my lap at the dinner table, on the couch, in the car, etc.  I think she thinks she is a 2 year old human.  I'm honestly not at all concerned about what they will think when a real mini-human comes home with us one day!

I've been eyeing a pair of purple and gold Jack Rogers for several weeks now and randomly googled them again yesterday only to find a pair on sale for $20 less than normal!!  Immediately, I texted the hubby wishing I was a momma so I had an excuse to get a present. 

His response...
Is there any question why I love him?!

Needless to say, I have a pair of purple and gold Jack Rogers en route to my house and they should arrive in the next 3-5 days!!  Thank you, hubs!

On another note, can't wait to show you all what I'm working on this weekend.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Oscar and other unnecessaries

My mom would call me a grouch today.
There is no reason for it.  Absolutely none.
But, for today, call me Oscar.

Just look at that face!

So I'm going to focus on 5 reasons NOT to be grumpy today:
  1. Sunshine; yesterday was nasty and rainy and today is not.
  2. A family oriented weekend.  Saturday we are having a cookout for all the mother's in my hubby's family.  Unfortunately, I do not yet fit that title, but at least I can enjoy the cookout with all the other momma's!  No baby necessary.  Sunday is also Mother's Day so we will spend the day with Mamaw after church.
  3.  God's grace. He loves me even when no one else does.  He understands me when I can't understand myself.  He forgives me for things that I am still dwelling on from 100+ years ago.
  4. A cute outfit with memories attached.  The shirt and pants I have on are the same ones I wore to my shower in NY that my mom threw me before getting married.  The bracelet I have on is the one Justin gave me only 30 minutes before walking down the aisle to become his wife.
  5. Oxygen.  Life.  Health.  Love.  Agility.  (I mean, really, even when I can find nothing to be thankful for - at least I woke up and have oxygen to keep me going!)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is such a wonderful time.  It always makes me stop and think about how blessed I am to have the amazing mother I have.  (Not to mention my amazing father, but we will save that for a Father's Day post when the time is right.)

Growing up, I certainly didn't realize how lucky I was to have such a loving mother.  I also didn't truly understand what loving meant.  At the time, I thought loving meant making me happy, not telling me no.  I thought it meant doing whatever she could for me rather than giving me curfews, restrictions, and stipulations.  I realize now that what my mother gave me is the hardest, most loving thing a mother can do and I'm so lucky to have had a mother that was willing to make me "hate" her in order to show me love.

Teaching middle school has opened my eyes to parenthood.  I try not to judge - I mean, I'm not a fair judge considering I have no children of my own.  However, when I have parents ask me how to discipline their child, I want to scream... I am 27 and child-less and you want me to tell you how to raise your child?! 

It's also made me recognize how lucky I am to have had supportive parents.  I don't recall my parents ever missing a band concert, drama play, soccer/basketball/softball game, summer league tournament, Girl Scout function, NHS ceremony, PTA meeting, etc.  I teach students whose parents live close enough to walk to the school and they have never seen their children's classrooms or lockers.  I have students whose parents cannot even pick them up from a home game, let alone travel to an away game the way mine did. 

It's funny...growing up everyone always tells you that your parents know best and one day you will realize all that.  Thank God my parents have never said, "I told you so."  There have been countless opportunities for them to.  I'm just grateful that they are loving enough not to rub my mistakes in my face. 

Above all this Mother's Day, I am thankful for these characteristics my mother displays(ed):
  • Accountability. Mom always knew where I was, who I was with, and what our intentions were before I was allowed to go anywhere.
  • Unconditional Love. I know I wasn't always good to my mother (What 16 year old girl is?), but she has never relented her love for me despite this fact.
  • Listening shoulder.  Mom is the first person I call when I am excited, nervous, sad, angry, etc.
  • Understanding. There have been many times I've forgotten to call on an anniversary, said something I regret, or done something against my parents' wishes.  Mom has always understood that I am my own person and need to learn things my own way.
There are so many other characteristics that my mother has, but the above were probably the toughest to hang onto when I was at my worst.  One of my biggest fears is that I will not be a good mother.  I regularly pray that I will raise my children in a loving, Godly environment.  I know all fear is sin and I should not fear this, but I think my mother (and father) did such an incredible job parenting my brother and myself and I am afraid I won't be as strong as them.

Thank you, Mom, for everything.  Happy Mother's Day. <3 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sole Mates

I am a runner.
I don't really know how the obsession came about, when it started, or how it grew into what it currently is, but I love running.  It gives me time to talk to God, work out anguish and stress, and just have some "me" time.  Honestly, I don't want to know what type of person I would be without it.

This past weekend was the funnest race I have ever participated in and what made it even more special was the fact that my hubby decided to run it with me.  It was his first 5k and I must say, a great one to run for the first time!
This is a picture of my (once) white tee shirt and race tag after the race.

I was so proud of Justin for training/attempting the 5k.  On the way to the race, I took a few pictures to document what we looked like before being color bombed.

And after...

Alicia and I are 2 of a kind.  This picture pretty much sums us up.

All in all, I had a fantastic weekend.  Alicia husband and mine went golfing Saturday while we relaxed by her pool and ran some errands.  I got to fit in a trip to Trader Joes and we had breakfast after the race at Doc Taylor's - a staple in most of our trips to the beach.

We are so blessed to have these amazing friends in our lives.  Its not often you can find another couple that you get along with so well, both, independently and jointly hanging out.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Chocolate and Cookies

Chocolate and cookies...

It's all I seem to be thinking about these days!  I've lost 10 pounds in the last 3 months and now all I can think about is chocolate and cookies!  I don't even like chocolate and cookies!  I don't understand!!!

My dear husband last night: "I forgot how much I like fruit." 

I think I've forgotten, too. 

We are headed to the beach this weekend and its making me think more and more about the 4 pounds I've put back on since losing the original 12.  Its discouraging.  It's also my own fault.  I can lose them again, I just need to stop thinking about chocolate and cookies!  I am looking forward to a day on the beach Saturday with my friends and running the Color Me Rad Run on Sunday.  It's Justin's first 5k and I'm super excited to be doing it with him.  Alicia and I have determined that we are going to put our iPhones in zip-lock baggies so that we can take pictures each step of the way.  Pics to come!!

Wish us luck.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Perfect Day Off

Yesterday was the perfect day off...

I started off the morning with a hot cup o' joe with my hubby (There is nothing quite like a cup of coffee in the morning while watching the news.  Can I get an Amen?)
I had a doctor's appointment at 9:15 in Sanford, my old stomping grounds.  I must say, I keep all of my doctors in Sanford still because it gives me an excuse to visit every now and then.  I have to admit, I miss Sanford.  It's strange to some people to hear me say that because Sanford is nothing spectacular, but I genuinely miss the convenience, social life, and community.

 As I was driving to Sanford, I couldn't help but stare at my left hand and feel so blessed.
Do you ever have moments where you just can't believe that this is your life?

After my appointment, I went to Walmart and purchased a boo-coo (love that expression) of flowers to plant at our house.  I love this time of year simply for the harvest that is about to take place.  This year in particular I am super excited because we have also started a veggie garden on our back porch using 5 gallon buckets.
In it, we have tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, squash, zucchini, and okra.
I can't wait to harvest!

Perhaps the best part of my afternoon was lunch with my good friend, Laura.  I do not see Laura often enough and miss her terribly.  We are such busy women and can't always find make time to get together.  We ate at Miss Lacy's tea house and chatted for two hours!  It was bliss.

Once I got home I completed my (extremely belated) birthday present for my father.  I almost posted a picture until I realized he hasn't opened it yet and will see it if I do that!  So pictures on that (and perhaps my first tutorial??) later.

Then, my dear husband came home and took me out to sushi and The Hunger Games!
He had not seen the movie yet and we both enjoyed it.

On the way out of the movie theater, I saw the sweetest old couple holding hands.  I love it!