Wednesday, January 19, 2011

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Hermanita Compañera!

24 years ago a very special girl was born. I don't know a single thing about that day, however I do know that the only thing she remembers about her brother's birth is that she ate blueberry pancakes, and I am sure hers was much more momentous. 

Lindsey Carter came into my life when I joined Alpha Gam. The day that I met her she took a thousand pictures of me, which was a little weird, but she liked Karen Kingsbury, The Office, and Dave Barnes so I didn't think she could be so weird that it was unsafe.

I don't know how it happened exactly, but I think it had something to do with a couple really late night talks after watching The Office and Grey's on a Thursday night. She listened to me. She understood me. She was so much like me. It was like our hearts knew each other before we did.

I had the privilege of living with Lindsey for a whole year, and I still miss her every day. The night we moved back in, we hardly had all of our stuff in before we were both crying on the futon in the living room. It was like we had to do that in order for it to be our place. Some nights were spent laughing until we cried. Some nights were full of crying. I'll never forget sitting in between our rooms one night with such a heavy heart, tears streaming down my face. I was broken. And Linds sat down with me, held my hands, and prayed for me. That wasn't an uncommon scene in our house. We had picnics on the roof outside my window and sometimes Linds brought her guitar and we sang out there too. Even now somehow I feel closer to Jesus out there. Crazy, I know, but it's so peaceful and still. And when it was too cold for the roof, we ate cereal sitting on the counter. We went to Mexico together. We had some intense Jesus dance parties and some awesome times of worship in her room. Some Saturdays were just meant for laying in bed watching Bones or Gilmore Girls and eating grilled cheese and playing Phase 10. No one in the world loves snow more than Lindsey Carter. Seriously. Snow days with her are the best. And she appreciates my long hair. And supports my music addiction.

Linds spent her 23rd birthday at a hospital with me. It was also her last bid day. I have very few memories of the moment after the leg breaking, but I do remember that Linds was there. And that I kept telling her to pull up my pants as I was carried off the drill field because I felt it was not appropriate for my underwear to be showing all over the drill field. She assured me it wasn't, but just did what I told her to. I had a moment of being very angry at God that day, and she let me cry and yell about it and then just prayed for me. When I got home that night she washed my feet that were all dirty from the hospital and painted my toe nails for me because she said I couldn't go to bed with dirty feet. And then she slept on the couch while I slept on the futon because she didn't want me to be alone and I wasn't allowed to go up  any stairs yet. The next few months, Lindsey was the definition of service. When my crutches bruised my hands and arms, she wrapped ace bandages around them and covered them in cute fabric. If I needed it, she got it. I believed God was going to heal me, and so did she. No one else claimed that on my life with me like she did. And celebrated when He did it. Those few months were the hardest but most incredible months of my life, and Linds had a lot to do with that.

I am blessed beyond words to have such a precious, wonderful, Godly woman in my life.

Lindsey, you are a blessing to everyone you meet. I am thankful every single day for your friendship. God has some some incredibly huge plans for you- so much bigger than the ones we are praying for now. Thank you for believing for me when I couldn't. Thank you for loving me at my worst and weirdest moments... and never thinking they were the worst or weird. Thank you for praying for me. And for Cosbie... long before we knew who he was. I am blessed to call you friend. I LOVE YOU!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Save The Date

I went to high school with Ashley and she designed Carrie's Save the Dates, which I just fell in love with. when I asked her if she would be interested in doing ours I was ecstatic when she said she had been hoping I would ask her! she did such an awesome job and when we got our engagement pictures back from Joy, I was in love. Ashley had already made our Save the Dates with the pictures from our actual engagement (and here), but she loved these too and switched out the picture for us. I am SO excited!

coming to a mailbox near you next week :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

First Snow Day of 2011

and another one tomorrow :)

Being A Big Girl Is Exhausting

I started my student teaching last Tuesday. I'm in a Kindergarten class with an awesome teacher. Since most of their day is in Spanish, our kids change classes, so I have 82 precious babies. They are such a joy every day. I've actually been to school early every day this week, which is a miracle for me. Even though I'm tired every morning when the alarm goes off at 4:45, getting to spend the day with these sweet kids makes it ok. 

I wish I could remember every single funny thing they say in a day, but I forget everything by the time I get home. They want you to know every move they make. Thursday I had them lined up to go to specials (that's what we call PE, Art, Music, etc.) and a little girl raised her hand and said, "Miss Caitlin, I burped 3 times but I said 'excuse me' every time." They have to go to the nurse for the tiniest ailment. We have 6 headaches a week and get stomachaches when we have to write sentences. When we do writer's workshop, they come up with the most imaginative stories. Half of them write beautifully and their sentences pretty much make sense. The other half mostly just get the first letter right, but you better believe they know exactly what that story says and you will sit there for 5 minutes listening to every word that goes with that picture. 

I am so blessed to be with such precious kids and an amazing teacher that I love. Even though the long days are exhausting, I absolutely love it and am so excited to see what is in store for the rest of the semester.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Love Me A Deal

My favorite part of the last few days of the year was buying all kinds of Christmas things on sale for our house next year. I absolutely love Christmas and it would be so incredibly sad if our house wasn't full of Christmas next year. Here are some great finds I found. :)

I'm excited about using this cars wrapping paper for all my little boy cousins and the cute flowery paper for all of Cosbie's little girl cousins next year.
 I have great aspirations for this wreath and these ornaments for a front door.
I'm thinking a blue and silver theme to go with the ornaments we both already have and the colorful little ones for a small tree.
I want to string this in with some garland. and it goes great with the stockings I bought. (my computer won't load the picture for some reason)
and this centerpiece can go in the middle of a coffee table or a kitchen table... especially if we somehow end up with the (slightly scratched up) floor sample I am in love with at Macy's.

and, I bought some cookie cutters. because they were a dollar and I just couldn't resist. :)

can't wait to fill our own house with Christmas cheer next year!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hide His Word In Your Heart

I am so excited about what I am about to tell you about that this post may hardly make sense. Just go ahead and be ok with it.

I am embarking on a wonderful scripture memory adventure this year with my sweet friends Lindsey, Savannah, and McKinlie... along with thousands of other women all over the country through Beth Moore and Living Proof Ministries. I am hoping to get Michelle Pope Funk and my Bible study girls to join in too. By the end of the year we will have memorized 24 verses, all of which will also be written in a nice spiral index card book... which has yet to be decorated, but will be. and it will be cute. To learn more and join in, click {here}.

My first verse of 2011:
Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." Genesis 2:18

I talked about being a suitable helper a little while ago, but some days I still need work. And with Cosbie leaving tomorrow for 18 days, I need to be focused on being supportive here while he is where he needs to be, not on how much I hate that he's gone. So this will be my mantra for the next 9 days until I know it backward and forward and can stand on its truth.

I can't wait to see which verses the Lord leads us all to and how He chooses to minister to us through this process. Such amazing accountability and such an answer to prayer.

Happy 2011, friends!