Saturday, November 27, 2010

thanksgiving & iron bowl.

Thanksgiving was such a JOYFUL day. I love getting together with family that I haven't seen in awhile and gathering around a too small kitchen for all of us. There is always so much laughter when we all get together. Grandparents sayings usually being the source of that laughter. Lots of turkey, and great food to be had. But without all of that -- I would still love it the same.

The day after: IRON BOWL -- Auburn vs. Alabama
Goodness gracious do I love this game. Well, especially this year. I never used to be the girl that talked football with all the guys but this year-- I am your girl. My dad gets quite a quick out of it. 

This year we played in (well you know, the other town). It was definitely an INTERESTING GAME. Going into the half it was 24-0 in favor of Alabama. I literally felt nauseas. However, the second half the boys blew us away. Came back from a 28-27 VICTORY for the TIGERS.

It has been such an amazing senior year to see the Tigers roll on to victory.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

revealed blessings.

From my favorite devotional Jesus Calling, encouraging little exerpt (hope you will be encouraged as well):

"As you go through this day, look for tiny treasures strategically placed along the way. I lovingly go before you and plan little pleasures to brighten your day. Look carefully for them, and pluck them one by one. When you reach the end of the day, you will have gathered a lovely bouquet. Offer it up to Me with a grateful heart. Receive My Peace as you lie down to sleep, with thankful thoughts playing a lullaby in your mind."

"You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety." 
{Psalm 4:7-8}

Lately, I have just noticed just how beautiful the fall colors are this year. They seem to be more vibrant and more alive than ever. Especially in the mornings -- The way the light hits the trees and the yellows, oranges, and reds really come out. I thank the Lord for that pleasure that brightens my day. His craftsmanship is remarkable.

beautiful tree in my backyard.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

bittersweet war eagle.

-Today is my last home football game at the sweet sweet Auburn University.

It's a weird feeling. I don't feel like I have been here that long. I was just reflecting on everything I have experienced at Auburn and goodness am I thankful. I love Auburn through and through. That may sound cheesy but the love is deep.

I appreciate Auburn for it's family aspects. Whenever we go on roadtrips for games or just being around the plains on a normal gameday, it's a family-like atmosphere. The pride I have for Auburn as well is just tremendous. I love chanting, "It's great to be an Auburn Tiger!".

i love:

-tailgates on gamedays
-the millions (or so) fans that come to the game
-the sweet grandparents that are die hard auburn fans
-the warm up music, it's a dance party every time.
-the opening video, chill bumps.
-the eagle, Nova. your incredible.
-this year, Cam. of course. just love ya.
-Gene Chizik: class act.
-after the game, complete chaos in the form of Toomer's Corner
-loving that for the rest of the weekend and beginning of the week most guys near and far will be re-hashing every play of the game, and having their own sports commentary.
-I love that when we went to Ole Miss there were more Auburn fans than Ole Miss
-love that Auburn fans were the only ones that booked the hotel outside Oxford so when you woke up to have coffee, hey it's a family reunion
-love that after the Ole Miss/Auburn game we went to Outback (only place open for miles) and it was all AU fans, so what did we do? .... game chants!

-Mostly: I love the love that Auburn fans have for Auburn!

So I will be cheering my boys on to a victory today! Let's go Tigers! Warrrrrrrrrrrrr Eagle, HEY!

First game as a freshman

Friday, November 12, 2010

story weaving.

I often times look around at people and wonder the who's, and how's, and why's. I wonder what their story is, what helped to form the way they are now, where they are going. People watching is one of my most favorite things to do. Airports. Malls. You name it.

It's such a cool thought that not only can we look around and wonder about individualistic stories but also to think of that person in a global aspect. How are we all adding to a global story, and purpose? Story weaving per se.

Sometimes the body of Christ literally blows me away. It is so beautiful how the Lord instills things into us so intricately to add to His story. One of my most dear friends, Morgan, brought such a refreshing thought up today. She was discussing how thankful she was that people knew the Lord in different ways so that we could see different characteristics of the Him through other people that we don't know as well. Adding to each other. Praise the Lord for different parts, and how He continually weaves us together.

"But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it only had one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, "I don't need you." The head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you." ... "This makes for harmony among the members, so that all members care for each other." {1 Corinthians 12:18-21; 25}

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

beautiful Tuesdays.

I love Tuesdays. There is just something about them.

Sister breakfasts: In Chi O we have a big sisters and little sisters. However, since I am a senior I just have three little sisters. Goodness has the Lord blessed me with those three girls. It is such a wonderful time every Tuesday morning to sit around & just fellowship with them catching up on life and just discussing the Lord and how He is moving and shaping us.

I feel like it's such a great catch up day, being that I don't have class, from the weekend and everything going on. It's such a great feeling to wake up and not have a plan. Tuesdays generally involve Panera. I would like to call it my home office.

This Tuesday, Panera AND Photog-ing (what is: photography adventure). Two of my favorite things. I haven't taken pictures just for the heck of it in such a long time. I forgot how much fun it was. 

Also, after all that heading to Gnu's room (local coffee shop) for some coffee and book perusing (goodness, do I love to look a books-literally could spend hours)...

Today in and of itself was an inspiring day. I'm not sure what exactly it was or is. But thankful for this beautiful day. Any day that ends with a lavendar vanilla latte, Ray LaMontagne's new cd (thanks Ray, for that), perfect light hitting the most beautiful fall trees, and a good drive with the windows down and near perfect chilled air blowing through- oh and good friends (of course!)-  sounds like a good day to me.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Being a girl, one of our plagues is our mind. Constantly thinking things to death, analyzing things into the ground. Sometimes we just need to be still and rest - not think so much, but just rest in the Lord's presence, that is constantly with us. Stop trying to bear a burden that isn't ours. In that, as we become increasingly aware of His presence giving us rest, it easier to discern the way we should go.

We are not supposed to figure out the future or find the key to unlock it. It's also probably nothing like we think it is going to be anyways. But by resting and dwelling in His presence and staying in communication with him - when we actually arrive at a choice point, He will show us the direction to go. He will give us clarity in the form of Him.

That being said, my prayer is that I focus on today- the here and now. NOT be complacent in my well-worn paths of routine but vibrant, alive and joyful following the most creative being imaginable, my Lord.

Happy Tuesday!

Wearing boots today, and the weather is actually appropriate. High five to that!