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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

all the blessings in my life.

My life has been hectic here around the holidays but sometimes I just have to make myself stop and think about my life and the people in it. It's so cliche to hear people say, around the holidays the most, that they are thankful for family, friends and Christ most all, but a New Year's Resolution of mine is to intentionally be thankful for certain things daily. I have been so blessed in my life to be able to experience so many things, go places I never thought I would go and do things that I don't feel worthy to have been involved. This holiday season though I've had a a different outlook on thankfulness. Americans, including myself, are so spoiled with clean water, air, clothes, shoes, cars, abundant amounts of food so much that we forget that it's a blessing to have the things we do. We expect its just something that will always be there and we just assume most of the time that the other people of the world live the exact same way. Sadly, to say it's not like that. In Atlanta, just a few hours away there are more than 20,000 homeless people on any given day with children being almost 40% of the total. It slips my mind most days that there isn't only extreme poverty in other countries but just down the road from us all. I'm not making this post to make everyone sad and guilty that we aren't doing anything to help these problems, but I'm making it to show us just how much the Lord has blessed us all. I am so thankful for my family and that I was raised in a Christian home with a dad and mom that love the Lord and has shown me how to make Him the basis of a relationship. I've gotten to go and experience so many things that most people my age never get to experience and I'm so thankful that they have supplied the resources and love and prayer that I've needed along the way. I've also been blessed with a best friend, my brother. He is one of the coolest people I know. His outlook on life has taught me so much in the last few years. Along with him, I'm about to be blessed with something I've ALWAYS wanted, a sister. Never did I ever think that I would have to wait this long for one, but I'm just happy that in June I will finally have one. Kelsey, I'm so excited to have you in our family and to finally have you as a sister. I couldn't ask for a better one and I look forward to the relationship and friendship that will grow in the years to come. And lastly, I'm thankful for my heavenly Father. I'm thankful that I live in a country (as of now, ha) where I'm free to worship God however I please. He has blessed me with His fellowship everyday and I am so blessed to get to experience Him as I go about life each day. If your reading this, I just want you to sit back and think about how blessed you are. You have food to eat, clothes to wear, a place to live and people all around you that love you. I love you all dearly and I'm praying that in this new year you will have a new outlook on life and thankfulness and that you experience HIm and His love. happy new year.

me overlooking the pacific ocean after the 116 mile bike ride

where we camped the 2nd night on Mt. Shasta

God's creation. both simple & complex

212 year old tree in Su-ao Yilan, Taiwan

I climbed this . . . Mt. Shasta 14,564 ft

This summer, I got to facilitate people through this all summer

Golden Gate Bridge. checked off bucket list

Sequoia Grove. check off bucket list


Mt. Shasta mid-camp 9,736ft

I thank God everyday for his wonderful creation

Friday, December 25, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Blog Wish Lists

I have added Wish Lists for all of us on the blog sidebar. This will be helpful for gift giving for holidays and birthdays, just in time for Christmas. Whenever you find something that you need or would like, add it to your Wish List. Be sure to delete the sample item on each of your lists.

Happy Holidays !




Friday, November 20, 2009

New Website and Blog

Rural Studio got a new website last week and I wanted to share it with everyone.



Also, our skatePLAY blog url got changed because it kept getting hacked into. What they were hacking, we still do not know.

.one fine day.

so last night one of my best friends, katie, got engaged. we met at the ranch this summer & we clicked and haven't been apart since. she's marrying a guy that she met at the ranch as well that lives in ALABAMA. she lives in dallas so we have to skype mostly but the Lord knew that I needed her here so I am so thankful that he let her marry someone that live HERE. she asked me to be her maid of honor which made me feel so very good since she has 4 amazing sisters to chose from but she picked me instead!!
i also found out yesterday that i'm going to be able to go to Dallas for thanksgiving to spend it with katie and her family. as well as, mandy, our other very dear friend from the ranch who lives in nashville. we all haven't been together since the ranch so i am so excited about being able to spend a week with them... its gonna be one fine turkey day:)
the beautiful B2B @ yogurt mountain

me.katie.mandy


where katie will be in a few years, but it wont be a watermelon



me & k

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

my new obsession

i don't usually watch tv, let alone get addicted to tv shows, but this show is in a league of its own. it the best show ever. i tried not to get hooked but i found myself counting down the days 'til the new episode came out. i've also become very passionate for this show, i mean anyone that will listen has their ears filled of why they need to watch this show and the best part is listening to the soundtrack while driving down the road. if you have not watched this show you need to go online right now and do it:)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Film Photos

Here are some more photos from the cruise from the film that I got developed.












Monday, October 26, 2009

FREEDOM!!! (Carnival that is!)

We are totally sold on cruises. It was amazing and so much fun~















THE FREEDOM docked @ Key West!
















KEY LIME PIE @ The Blonde Giraffe in Grand Cayman . . .
THE BEST!
















BRETT @ the "SouthernMOST Point" of the US in the Florida Keys!




















BETHANY excited about her Crab Cake . . . scrumptious~
















WATERFALL IN JAMAICA . . . beautiful & refreshing!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Proposal

What a special weekend . . .
Brett proposed to Kelsey and she said yes . . .
Brett transformed Brooke & Grant's backyard into a floral paradise.
Hundreds of beautiful Spider Lilies
covered the back lawn and there stuck the middle was another beautiful
yellow flower that Brett
picked just for Kelsey right before he knelt down.



Then he "popped the question" and placed the ring on her finger.



I think the next picture means "that's a definite yes"!



the bride-to-be and her ring
(which Brett gave her in his Grandmother's ring box)



The gorgeous ring designed especially for Kelsey


Brett - Thank you for inviting both families to be a part of such
a special moment in you & Kelsey's lives.
Kelsey - Thank you for being who you are and for loving our son.
B & K - We love you both and feel that you are both very lucky to have each other.


Brett & Kelsey


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Grease @ the BJCC for Lisa's Birthday!



Bethany, me, Terri & Lisa


Taylor HIcks


Lisa & Taylor Hicks (that's him to the right that she is point at!)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Yuuuuuuummmm!

Bethany made this cake for her Dad for his birthday!
Oh My Goodness . . . it was fabulously delicious!
(Being the chocolate lover that he is - He was in HOG HEAVEN).







Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Birthday . . .


to my honey!
I thank God everyday for putting YOU in My life.
We have shared over half of our lives together
and I have never imagined it being any other way.
I love you,


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Once upon a time there was . . . One Big Bear


Bear "The Legend"

No, I haven't changed team preference, I painted
this @ Sips-n-Strokes tonight for Granddaddy
for Christmas.  He loved Bear Bryant and I
know he will love this!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A SENSE OF TOGETHERNESS

SO LAST NIGHT TWO OF MY FRIENDS AND I FROM THE RANCH FINALLY GOT TO SEE EACH OTHERS FACES. EVEN THOUGH I'M IN ALABAMA, BRINLEY'S IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND BETHANY'S IN TENNESSEE IT KINDA SEEMED TO A POINT THAT WE WERE ALL TOGETHER AGAIN. I MISS THE RANCH ALOT BUT I MISS THE PEOPLE FROM THE RANCH SO MUCH MORE. I AM SO BLESSED TO HAVE MOST OF THEM EITHER IN BIRMINGHAM, AUBURN OR TUSCALOOSA BUT IT MAKES ME MISS THE ONES THAT LIVE IN TEXAS AND GEORGIA ALOT MORE. OH WELL I WILL SEE THEM SOON ENOUGH BUT FOR NOW ICHAT AND SKYPE WILL HAVE TO DO. THANKS FOR LISTENING TO ME.

HERE ARE SOME PICTURES FROM OUR TIME TOGETHER. WE HAD QUITE AN EXPERIENCE AND I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THE LAUGHTER WE HAD.


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