Tuesday, January 20, 2009

do a little dance.

I just found out that I have been selected to interview at Georgia State for there Physical Therapy Program.
:) I am so very honored and excited. PRAYERS that God's will will continue to lead me in the direction I am headed. Continue to guide me through the different doors he has placed in my path, opportunities to succeed and/or further my education. Prayers that he will continue to strength and solidify my relationship with Jason and our future together as one. Prayers that I will handle peacefully, prayerfully, and graciously EVERYTHING he has blessed me with.
Prayers of thanks to YOU for your support.
:) Happy dance all around, which most definitely calls for a celebratory coffee break. (pretty much anything calls for a celebratory coffee break in my case)

Saturday, January 10, 2009


I purchased my wedding dress today. I made an appointment at the Crystal Crane (now across from the Mall of Georgia) and my mom, sister, and I were all there to share in the experience! My mom and I got there a little before 10:30, I had already gone through all of the designers collections they carry and picked out the dresses I liked the most. This gave them an idea of what I liked and the lady who was helping us (Laura) steered me towards a few that fit my taste. The place is actually pretty small so we ended up going through all of the dresses and picking out the ones that I like or thought would at least be fun to try on. Both my mom and Laura really wanted me to try on this one dress but I was not too crazy about the beads on it. After trying on several and really liking a pretty expensive one they finally convinced me to try on the one they both liked. When I put it on they both loved it :). At first I really loved the flow of the skirt but was not crazy about the beads still. However, the owner of the store came over and began to tell me how we could order it without the beads and even have it made in a different type of fabric. Around this time my sister showed up and I showed her the two I liked the most. She, like me, liked the more expensive one better. The two dresses were both completely different and thus spoke of two completely different feels, the more expensive one had a more mature, elegance to it whereas the other had a more youthful, Cinderella-type feel. The longer I was in the later though, and the more I was able to imagine the little changes they would make to it...the happier and more excited I became. I think what did me in was when I tried on the veil I was absolutely in love with. The veil and dress and my mom and the owner and my sister in a trial bridesmaid dress pretty much did it in for me! (Not to mention that it was over a thousand dollars less than the other one!) I LOVED that they were able to accommodate my wishes so easily AND that I can still make alterations to it once it is actually here. :) :) :) SO there you have it! OH and while I was trying on this dress, THE DRESS, I looked out the window and happened to see Chad (Jason's brother-in-law) walking right by!! He looked in the window and did a triple take!! 8) Hopefully that's a good sign! Oh and he was on his way to Jason's!!! CLOSE ONE!!! I don't even know how I'm going to keep all of this from Jason. It makes it feel so much more real, just knowing exactly what I'm going to be wearing I can really picture it now! I know that most brides say that they try on THE dress and they just know. However, for me it was so much better because I was able to piece together the whole picture and then it REALLY was just the the one for me. :) I loved how I gradually became more and more excited with each added element. (and it really helped having several women tell me how gorgeous it was) Now the really cool thing about it all is that Crystal Crane is the same place Maggie got her dress :) It used to be located in downtown Lawerenceville AND in that very same building downtown (before it was Crystal Crane) is where Annie got HER dress! All three of us will've used the same seamstress, and that just means the world to me!
All in all, it was a fantastic, memorable, Joyfully blessed day!
(We DID take pictures however I am most definitely NOT going to post them ;))

Monday, January 5, 2009

joy, revisited :]

"When inspiration comes you somehow have disengaged your consciousness just a touch. The flow of images comes and it comes so quickly and so freshly that you know its just a transparency really. You've managed to remove the barrier and you're just reaching straight into the good stuff."

david gray

given my understood obsession with music I decided to provide a compilation of my 50 favorite songs in 2008. several people have done variations of this themselves and i just thought it might be nice to recollect and share with you guys the songs that meant the most to me. the firsts are by far my most favorite and have been of particular importance to me for one reason or the other. several miscellaneous others are "favorites" because of a moment or a person that has made them so! :) So please look through and feel free to request a CD if you decide you like, don't like, or don't know what I've chosen. Feel free to ask why too!! Oh yes and Happy New Year.

and here we go...
You Are My Joy - David Crowder Band - A Collision

2. Shine - Anna Nalick - Shine - EP

3. Strawberry Swing - Coldplay - Viva La Vida

4. Milk - Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak

5. Street Lights - Kanye West - 808's and Heartbreak

6. Fire - Augustana - Can't Love, Can't Hurt

7. Rain King - Counting Crows - New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall

8. Song to the Siren (live) - David Gray - A Thousand Miles Behind

9. Psalm 23 - Jason Upton - Jacob's Dream - EP

10. Is There a Ghost - Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

11. Josh Likes Me - Mom - Little Brite
12. Closer - Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
13. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
14. My Only Swerving - El Ten Eleven - El Ten Eleven
15. Violet Hill - Coldplay - Viva La Vida
16. Come and Listen - David Crowder Band - Double Take: David Crowder Band
17. Washed By The Water - Needtobreathe - The Heat
18. The Greatest Sum (Acoustic) - The Avett Brothers - The Second Gleam
19. Saeglópur - Sigur Rós - Saeglópur - Single
20. Lavinia - The Veils - The Runaway Found
21. Where I Stood - Missy Higgins - On A Clear Night
22. Darling - Wyeuca/Joel Mooneyhan
23. Skinny Love - Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
24. True Colors - Eva Cassidy - American Tune
25. Hannah - Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
26. Go Down Easy (live) - David Gray - A Thousand Miles Behind
27. Section 14 (Two Thousand Places) - The Polyphonic Spree - Together We're Heavy
28. I'm Yours (From the Casa Nova Sessions) - Jason Mraz - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
29. I Am - Eddie James - Free To Worship - Ultimate Call
30. He Is The Love - David Crowder Band - All I Can Say
31. Essex (Live in Atlanta) - The Album Leaf - Seal Beach
32. Questions - Tommy Emmanuel - Only
33. Mother -Antoine Dufour - Existence
34. Together We Will Live Forever - Clint Mansell - The Fountain (Score)
35. Ain't Gonna Lose You - Brett Dennen - Ain't Gonna Lose You - Single
36. Fiasco - Nancy Wilson - Elizabethtown (Score)
37. Bixby Canyon Bridge - Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
38. Healer - Hillsong - This Is Our God
39. Melt My Heart To Stone - Adele - 19
40. Christmas Song - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - Live At Luther College
41. Take A Bow - Rihanna - Take A Bow - Single
42. Figure It Out - Maroon 5 - It Won't Be Soon Before Long
43. Lay And Love - Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The Letting Go
44. I'm Amazed - My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
45. Faith - Jason Upton - Faith
46. Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song) - Enrique Iglesias - Insomniac
47. Busy Being Fabulous - The Eagles - Long Road Out of Eden
48. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis - Spirit
49. Nothing Can Compare With God (Psalm 113) - Natalie LaRue - The Message: Psalms
50. Dear Claudia - SouthFM - Drama Kids