Tuesday, April 26, 2011

photo courtesy of weheartit.com

"this is a world filled with love & other things that have the sense not to waste time talking about everything under the sun & see how it glows with no help from us whatsoever" -brian andreas, story people.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

ready, set, go.

Photo courtesy of Tumblr
Yep. It's the time. Spring. Roadtrips. I am ready to goooooooo.
{Windows down. Hair going crazy. Music loud. May not necessarily know where we are going at all. But worth every second because the company. Yes. Please.}

Reminds me of about this time last year when we took a little adventure to Nashville, TN. There were such great times to be had. One of the most fun roadtrips I've ever been on. Lots of laughter on this one.

But then again, how can you not have fun with these people?

{Downtown Nashville}

Friday, April 15, 2011

carpe diem

Love Them Anyway

"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.Love them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies.Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.Be good anyway.
Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable.Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.Build anyway.
People need help, but may attack you if you try to help them.Help them anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.It was never between you and them anyway."
-Mother Theresa

Wow, what a woman-constantly looking her circumstances in the face and saying yes, anyways. Beautiful. Today, I learned a friend of mine from home died. Death has always been hard for me. Young lives taken. But it makes me look beyond, and evaluate things about my life, that I normally don't think about - that I should. 

Fear stops us in our tracks a lot of times. Fear of failing, fear of being vulnerable, fear of being let down, fear of not saying something because it might be uncomfortable, you name it...it can grip us. But in the end, NONE of that matters. The Lord calls us to a life above that. A life of freedom, not being bound by fear. A life dictated by the only SOURCE OF LIFE, JESUS. 

There is great strength and great courage to be found in loving. We must love people abundantly, and do what we feel we should, regardless of circumstances, because time doesn't wait for us. There is so much God has called us to, and we all have a part. We live in the HOPE and the Lord, not of man.

{Celebrating life and loved ones today}

Monday, April 11, 2011

big day + breaking comfort zones

1. My sister-friend, Rachel, got engaged yesterday...heel clicks for this!!! Can't wait for this season of seeing her go through wedding planning! 

2. Yesterday, my dear friend Jake & I got to go to a church in good ole Greenville, Alabama with our fearless leaders Wren & Sherry to speak to some highschool students and their parents about entering college and what it has looked like for us & our relationship with the Lord. NOTE: I am not a public speaker, AT ALL. So I was a bit nervous. {It's funny thinking back because at Passion Conferences we were listening to Beth Moore speak, and she was telling us how she was mortified of public speaking, and in my head I was thinking righhhtt.. you are one of the BEST speakers. She was saying how after every time she gets off the stage she says, "We did it Lord!" And right then, something in my spirit pulled - this is going to be your life Taylor - not necessarily public speaking, but always doing something for the SOLE reason of making it through because of the Lord & not me. Scary, yet humbling thought} Jump forward, to yesterday.

 We arrive in Greenville at this precious woman named Mrs. Ann's house. Let me just tell you, if I could be the lady Mrs. Ann is when I am her age - I would consider it a great success. She is busting with the Lord & desires to pour into your life. She is full of LIFE. We sat around the table eating & drinking coffee, laughing just like we were all family. It was a beautiful sense of community. 

This year the Lord has broken me of a TON of comfort zones, that I didn't even realize were there. It's a little painful, but even more beautiful at the same time. 

Hearing Jake's testimony again was absolutely incredible. Made me tear up a little, hearing & seeing again what the Lord has brought  him through - goodness, I am so beyond blessed to be a part of his life. 

The Lord totally had me. He diminished all thoughts and feelings of anxiousness and I give all glory to Him! He is SO GOOD, all the time. He has plans for us that are bigger than ourselves, and we must tap into that. He desires to give us ABUNDANT life, fully living in the freedom He has so graciously poured out on us! 

Whewww, and it sure is a wild & exciting ride...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


She is just, well...I don't really know how to describe Miss Adele. But she is rockin'. This is such a beautiful song. She recently just came out with a new album, and I highly suggest you pick one up - do yourself something good!

Monday, April 4, 2011

{sunday afternoon}

Nothing sounds better than a beautiful Sunday afternoon with great friends, doing a little photoshootin'...

{here are some of the shots}

Friday, April 1, 2011

"you're young man, you must be livin"

Happy Birthday to the BEST brother in the world!

Goodness, am I thankful for this boy. We have been there for each other through everything - thick & thin! I couldn't ask for a better brother. He makes me laugh more than anyone, basically because we are so dumb together. So today we celebrate him and his crazy self. Happy Birthday brother, love you so!