i love them. now i know it isnt real life. but, it makes me want to have a relationship that is a great friendship one day.
happy halloween!


i want to be here.

"Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." -Jesus

When I get up in the morning, put the kettle on
Make us some coffee, say hey to the sun
Is it enough to write a song, and sing it to the birds
They'd hear just the tune, not understand my love for words

But you would hear me and know...
That I want to live this
I want to live
I want to live a simple life

I dreamed you first, but not so real
And every day since I found you, such moments we steal
Like little fields, we rub our hands
And hold our hearts between them

But will you hear me and know...
That I want to live this
I want to live
I want to live a simple life

Move on, move on, time is accelerating
Drive on, all night, traffic lights and one ways
Move on, move on parking violations waiting
Turn off the car, breathe the air, let's stay here

I'll kiss you awake, and we'll have time
To know our neighbors all by name, and every star at night
We'll weave our days together like waves, and particles of light

I want to live this
I want to live
I want to live a simple life
I want to live this
I want to live
I want to live a simple life
-The Weepies "Simple Life"


the banquet is over! hooray! and, it was so much fun! i decided my next career is going to be party planning. i love picking out the decorations, getting invitations together, and all that kind of stuff. my dream right now would be to put together middle school girl birthday parties. that way i could be with middle school kids and plan their parties. and, do not worry, they would not be anything like my super sweet 16 on mtv. those are crazy. and, i mean, what are those kids going to expect when they get older, just a more extreme party. or, i would at least. i would think every party needed to be that great. and, i would think yes, i am special, i deserve all of this glory. but they do not. ok, now that i have gone off about party planning and indulging kids in bday parties, back to the banquet. the main thing is Jesus was glorified in a great way. my boss nick spoke and he gave our guests a beautiful picture of how Jesus cares for the hearts of people and that is what we do in yl. the entire night just made me so thankful that God has brought me here to ministry in hp. it just seems to fit. forever plaid. haha. here is a picture of some of the hpyl committee from last night.


if only it were this easy.
this just shows how much we, as humans, just want to know we are loved. thank you God for putting that desire in us, so we can have a desire for your love too.
two things i heart this fall are tights and headbands. (and by the way i always said i would never say heart, because it was lame. oh well, i guess i have become one of those girls.) and even more than i hate to admit to using the word heart, is admitting that my love for tights and headbands grew from the style of none other than blair on gossip girl.

oh yeah, p.s. i am going to be blair for halloween. xoxo gossip girl. ha.
i heart birds. yesterday i was at one of my committee couples house and their daughter let me put one of their green parakeets on my shoulder. it made me love live birds too, not just them on pillows, clothes, earrings, and as other inanimate objects. i have a picture on my phone. here is a pic of what the bird looked like. tweet tweet.
tomorrow is the young life banquet. forever plaid. yep, that is our theme. i love it. if only i could have found a plaid dress to wear. that would have been cute. and, i am blogging, that is just a little glimpse at my laid back attitude this year. everything is going to get done. it just is. trent and i are pretty on top of things. it helps that there are two of getting stuff done, and not just me, like it was last year. gosh, a year ago around banquet time i wasnt sleeping (or sleeping waaay too much), wasnt eating (i lost about 10 pounds), crying every single day, missing my family terribly, wanting to be anywhere but in dallas, having feelings of failure, deep sadness, regret, shame, and a general feeling of being extremely overwhelmed. what a difference a year makes. this year, i have not cried once, i slept later today than i have in weeks, am eating normal (that is pretty obvious haha), able to be around people and be myself, and i miss my family but feel roots here and dallas and have a sense of home here. thank you God. thank you for being faithful to me, even though i felt hopeless and abandoned by you. but, because of that banquet time last year i see this year more of Gods love for me and sense His presence more in times that are going the way i would like them and in times that are anything but the way i feel as if they should be. "great is thy faithfulness. morning by morning new mercies i see. all that i needed thy hand hath provided. great is your faithfulness, Lord unto me!" i love the exclamation point at the end. that song has been in my head for the past couple days, and i cannot seem to get it out. i am thankful for that. i pray you experience His faithfulness in your life today.

great is His faithfulness,


what a fun day yesterday was. first the 5k, then i went to see high school musical with some of my wyldlife girls. what a cute movie. gabrielle and troy are adorable too. hate to admit it, but its true. the middle school girls God has put in my life are adorable. they are so fun, honest, in the midst of figuring out who they are, stylish, hillarious, and it is one of the greatest joys in my life to spend time with them.

i lost my phone at the movies. oops. i guess today will be spent at the at&t store figuring all that jazz out. maybe i will get a dallas number. hmmm.

last night was fun as well. danilynn, jennie, and i went over to a friends house to play the game cornhole. (bad name, i know) the game cornhole is so fun. it reminds me of a tailgating game, which is one of my favorite past times. living in a college town for almost the past ten years (until dallas, no smu does not count) i gained a great affinity for gameday saturdays, fight songs, sec football rivalry, chips and dip, hotdogs, and cake. have you ever been to the grove in oxford? i havent, but would love to see tailgating there. it is awesome i hear. here are some pics i found that make me lust to be an ole miss rebel fan on gamedays.

and here are some pictures of the two college gamedays that are dearest to my heart. go vols and war eagle!

well, i gotta go get ready for church. i will leave you with something of substance. this fall i have been reading "the God who comes" by carlo carretto. i would highly recommend it. "to pass with faith through the wall of the Invisible into His presence will be the greatest victory of my life and my dearest reply to His Fatherly heart." dearest reply to His Fatherly heart. what a beautiful picture. enjoy the sabbath.



I was running...or walking

danielle and i did a 5 k today. go us!
i wish this is what it was like when we ran. sadly, the leaves are all green.
i am trying to get this thing going again...