Sunday, November 28, 2010

174 Days

I promise that this will not turn into a wedding blog, however, that is a major part of what is going on in my life right now. So consider yourself warned: this will be a wedding post. Just be ok with it. :)

I feel like we are finally getting somewhere! I should be writing a couple papers right now, but I am in full fledged wedding mode and can't stop. Why does that always happen at the most inopportune times? 

Here's what we've got going on so far :)

I grew up at Noonday and Cosbie went to First Baptist Woodstock for the majority of time. The only preconception I really had about my wedding was that it would be in a traditional church with stained glass windows and pews. It may seem petty, but that's the only setting I have ever envisioned. Neither of our churches have those 2 things, so we had to look elsewhere. We will be getting married at First United Methodist Marietta. It's absolutely beautiful and I love it so much. The reception will be there as well. I have always been against church receptions because you can't dance in a Baptist church, but you can here. :) We are getting married in the afternoon, so we're going to do a dessert and coffee bar reception. I love it mostly because it's so us: two of our favorite things. :)

Our photographer's name is Joy Wilson and she is amazing! She did Kati's senior pictures a few years back and I became obsessed with her photography. Ever since then I've wanted her to do my wedding, so you can imagine my excitement when I got to email her and talk to her about booking her. Thankfully she had the day open! She has been so wonderful in talking through everything with me. She is also doing our engagement pictures next weekend! I can't wait to work with her!

My youth pastor, Shad, is officiating the ceremony. Shad came to Noonday the summer between my sophomore and junior years. We worked together on organizing Wednesday nights for the middle schoolers. He was the first person to see me as a leader and the first youth pastor to invest in my life. He can be crazy and always says the most awkward things (which we give him a hard time about), but he has been a huge part of my life. I've told him for years that he was going to do my wedding and I am so excited that it's actually happening.

I've picked my bridesmaids. That is a really hard thing to do. There are 7 of them. Rachel is my maid of honor. We went to high school together and she lived with us for a little while. She's the closest thing to a sister I've ever had. Savannah is my matron of honor. She is getting married on May 7, so we are going through all this together which is great. Sav and I lived on the same freshman hall. Caroline and I have been friends since 5th grade. Well... we weren't really "friends" then, but we became friends. She moved to Texas when we were in 7th grade but have stayed friends, even with 4 states between us. Casey is my big sister in Alpha Gam. I wanted to be Case's friend so bad when I first met her. She has been such a vital part of my surviving the education program and life over the past 3 years. I was in her wedding in June and I'm so glad she will be a part of mine. Lindsey was my roommate last year. We are in the same Alpha Gam family. I struggle to come up with what exactly to say about Linds. She just gets me in a way that no one else does. Caitlin is Cosbie's sister. Yes, we have the same name. No, it's not really that confusing. Just roll with it. I've never had a sister, so I'm pretty new to all of this, but I'm excited. And thankful, because I've always wanted a sister. Mary and I grew up together at Noonday. We've been through a lot over the course of our friendship, but always end up sticking together. 

I've got a few ideas about bridesmaid dresses, but I don't want to post pictures or anything until I make some decisions about it. What I do know is that they are going to be navy blue. I have looked at so many colors and either don't love it or one of my friends has used the same color. So I decided on navy blue and use more color in flowers. 

And yesterday, I got a dress! A real life wedding dress! We weren't even planning on going to this store (A Formal Occasion on Bells Ferry) and were actually looking for bridesmaid dresses, but the sweet people there said that I couldn't make any decisions until I had a dress. So I started trying them on. The one I loved was absolutely nothing like anything I thought I would wear, but it is perfect. Of course I'm not putting a picture of that up here- you will just have to wait until May 21 ;) Of course, a change in my vision of what my dress would look like changed everything else about the whole wedding... but I can actually picture it all in my head now and I am so excited to see it all come together. 

Sometimes I get so stuck in planning mode that I forget to be excited. I get so stressed and overwhelmed and it becomes a chore more than it is enjoyable. After a few very stressful days and a complete breakdown about the situation (poor Cosbie...), I finally feel like I am on top of things and feel like I can breathe again. I might not have all the answers to everyone's questions, but I'm doing alright. I was trying so hard to please everyone else that I forgot who this is really about. More than me and Cosbie, this is about glorifying the Lord. I need a reminder of that sometimes, but I'm thankful for so many people to remind me. At the end of the day, we're going to be married no matter what. And that, my friends, is a very exciting fact. :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

The First Hike Of Fall

A few weeks ago I took Brandi, Lauren, and Bekah up to Preacher's Rock for their first time. It is one of my favorite places and I haven't been able to go for over a year since I broke my leg the beginning of this year. (don't worry, I wore my brace for the hike.) We took our Bibles and some sandwiches and spent a lovely afternoon on the mountain.

 we met the man who gave Preacher's Rock its name. such a sweet man.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


The number of school days until this semester is finally over. PTL.

My to-do list is still pretty long, but, thankfully, getting shorter.

In other news, I registered for my last semester of classes as an undergrad.

And it was quite an ordeal.

When I tried to register the first time, I had a hold on my account. Apparently no one ever felt the need to approve my minor. I contacted someone about it, they told me not to worry about it, they would take care of it because it wasn't my fault, and that was that. A week later, the deadline was getting close and it still hadn't cleared. So I spent Friday running all around campus looking for the right people, but I finally got it done.

Saturday I tried to register again.

Another hold.

For $0. Seriously?

Went to get them to take it off and they told me I owe 48 cents because HOPE paid too much for my summer classes. All of that for 48 cents.

I made it through 9 semesters without a single problem, so of course my last one would give me trouble

But I got it done with an hour and a half to spare before pre-registration closed.



I am officially certified to teach all kids ages Preschool to 5th grade.
(well, after I graduate of course)

Graduation, here I come!
165 days!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It Seems Your Heart Is Part Of Mine

 I don't think I have the words to tell you how I'm feeling
I don't think any language can
 At times like these silence is appealing
Somehow I know you understand
 And if I ever lose my hearing
And if I ever lose my sight
If all my five senses leave
 I know we'd be alright
'Cause it seems your heart is part of mine
 So this is how it feels to be breathless
When someone walks out of a room
Stay by me, we can be timeless
Less than forever is too soon
 And if we ever lose our hearing
And if we ever lose our sight
If all our five senses leave
 I know we'd be alright
'Cause it seems your heart is part of mine
 I've sorted through every word I know to use
And looked for beauty to define
I haven't found what I want to say to you
But I'll try for the rest of my life
Let's try for the rest of our lives
-If I Ever, Alli Rogers

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Lindsey and I have started adding hashtags to the end of most of our text messages. I'm not really sure why it started, but it went a little something like this:

Me: Spider in the car. I pulled over on the side of 400. #crazylady #panicattack (I'm integrating hashtags into our texting now)

And she agreed.

Some other favorites:

Me: just blew my nose with Mexican toilet paper. Still smells like baby powder. #vivaMexico
Linds: Saved it for a special occasion? #weddingday
Me: I'll save it. #somethingborrowed or #somethingold?
Linds: how about #somethingblew? haha

some others have included:

It's real fun.
You should try it.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

When All We Have Is Music, You're A Little More Like Me

Jumping back on the 30 Day Blog Challenge today (at day 25) because I just couldn't resist talking about music!

put your iPod on shuffle... first ten songs

{one} Hands Down, Dashboard Confessional

{two} The New Girl In Town, Brittany Snow- Hairspray

{three} this is embarrassing... Count By 2's, from my Kindergarten class, haha

{four} Summer Sun, Matt Wertz

{five} The Answer To Our Lives, Backstreet Boys

{six} Love Is A Beautiful Thing, Phil Vassar

{seven} Arms That Hold The Universe, Fee

{eight} No Reason To Hide, Hillsong

{nine} Con Tu Fuego (means With Your Fire), Seth Condrey

{ten} I'm Taking You With Me, Relient K

though it's a little embarrassing, I feel like this is an accurate depiction of my life in music.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

There's Something In The Water

{one} I'm a published author. It's actually from a few weeks ago, but it got rather overshadowed by the engagement excitement. Cross that off my bucket list.
(click here)

{two} The countdown is on! We're in the 100's- 199 days until I get married :)

{three} speaking of getting married, I got the best book this past weekend. It's called The Wedding Blue Book and it is going to be my lifeline. Let's be honest, I don't know much about this getting married business and what is proper etiquette and such, so I can use all the help I can get. And for girls like me who may or may not have trouble asking for help, it's perfect. I will definitely be getting it for all of my friends who get engaged from now on.

{four} new music alert: Brooke Fraser came out with a new album a few weeks ago called Flags. If you have her last album, Albertine, it's nothing like it, so know that going into it. But it's awesome! I also have a new musical love by the name of Alli Rogers. I bought her CD Always Eden. I'm obsessed! There are some seriously powerful words in those songs, and we all know how I love that.

{five} I woke up at 6:25 today. I usually get up at about 4:45. I have been fighting a cold for a few days now and I guess the medicine just didn't wear off as quickly as I had hoped. So I jumped out of bed, brushed my hair and put it in a ponytail, threw a dress on, barely put any makeup on, and ran out the door. Then this conversation actually happened when I got to school:

E: "You're not wearing any makeup today."
Me: "Yep, you're right. Thanks for pointing that out."
E: "It makes you look like you're... aging."

Chances are he doesn't even really know what that means, but still.

Hope everyone is having a great week!