Monday, March 26, 2012

A Restful Weekend

This weekend was one of the most relaxed weekends I have had in a really long time. I had absolutely no plans, and was totally ok with it.

Friday after work, I called my mom to see if she wanted to go to dinner. My dad was still in town, so she was cooking steak. I don't really eat much red meat, but I had no food at my house and didn't want to go to the store. I promptly drove to Brentwood to enjoy her home cooking.

It was really great to sit and watch tv and just hang out with my parents and enjoy a delicious mean. We had steak, zucchini (my favorite), french fries, and ciabiatta bread. I felt like I was eating as a princess.

My friends texted me and told me to go downtown and watch some basketball with them. I thought that would be fun, so I told them I would come. As I was pulling off the exit, it started down pouring. I don't like rain, so I decided to just go home and curl up in my bed. Best decision I could have made...

Saturday, I did some cleaning, then went to see The Hunger Games at 2. I was really excited about the movie, and left super impressed. It's probably one of the best book to movie I have seen. I highly recommend it, but I do recommend reading the book first.

Saturday night, I still hadn't gone to the store, so I called my mom. She was on her way to pick up some food for herself, so I just kind of invited myself. I, once again, drove to Brentwood and we dined at Chuy's, another favorite of mine. I watched a little television with my mom then went back home and passed out. I think my body was shutting down from going so much.

Sunday, my sister and niece were at my mom's house, so I went to Brentwood AGAIN to see them. How could I turn down this face.

We played outside for at least 2 hours. She loved playing with bouncey balls and sunglasses. And she just looked adorable.

We had another delicious dinner, and Kailee was loving me. She's usually a little finnicky, but yesterday she was so precious.

I have no idea what she was looking at.

This week is going to be a bit crazy, so I am thankful for the weekend of rest. I want to start running again, but I just can't find the motivation to do it. Maybe it will come some day...

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Longing Heart

Sometimes I forget how much I miss living in Haiti until I start talking to someone who has never heard me say anything about it. I started a new Bible study on Wednesday night with Hope Fellowship Church. We are reading the book The Story with the "mid-20s to mid-30s" group. I was extremely hesitant to commit to it, but one of the girls talked me in to it. My excuse for so long was I'M NOT MID-20S!!!! Don't say that! She assured me that it was ok for me to be younger so I hopped on board.

I was relying on my friend Adam to be there so that it wouldn't be awkward walking in to a house full of people I didn't really know. About an hour before I was set to leave, Adam told me he would be working and wasn't going to make it. I went back and forth on deciding if I was going to go, but I ended up going. As we sat in a circle and introduced ourselves, everyone would say "this is my husband blah blah" or "this is my wife so and so."

And then it got to me.

"Ummmm, I'm not really sure where my husband is right now." Literally. Luckily, everyone laughed and we were able to move on. There was one other single girl there so I wasn't alone in my "no husbandness."

The study was great and we delved in to talking about creation and Noah. After it was over, everyone was just hanging out downstairs, and I started talking to the other single girl, Jessica. In my introduction, I mentioned that I lived in Haiti for a year, so she began asking me questions about my time there.

Before I knew it, I was telling her all about the many things that I encountered there. I began to remember all the good, the bad, the pain, the happy times, the teaching moments, and everything in between.

After the conversation, I longed to be there. I do know that Nashville is my home for a reason right now, but my heart is missing those kids. Even all the pain I went through was worth the end result.

I'm really excited about the opportunities I have had this year. Working at a high school has reminded me of my love for teenagers. I want to be active in their lives and show them the love of Jesus. I've made so many great connections with several of the students, and I pray that I continue to build those and remind them of Christ's love for them.

I guess what I'm saying is... As much as I miss Haiti, I absolutely LOVE my job!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Niece-y Boo!

Last Thursday, my niece turned 1! Now, most of you know that I'm not a huge fan of babies (except Melissa, Marie, and Junior of course), but I'm quite a big fan of my niece. I missed the first three months of her life, so she is just now getting used to seeing me, and she'll sometimes even come to me!

At first, she would cry if I even looked at her. Now, I think she's starting to like me! I'm excited for the days when we can play in the park or just hang out. I've always liked older children because I connect with them so much more.

I had class on Thursday, so I didn't get to actually see her on her birthday, but we had a party for her on Saturday afternoon. My sister needed me to go get some balloons before the party, so I ran off to Party City. When I left, I had 10 green balloons, 10 pink balloons, and a special one year old balloon. I looked like a clown carrying them out of the store then trying to shove them in to my car.

The party was great. Kailee was in a great mood, and didn't really cry when people ooh'd and ahhh'd at her. She wasn't really interested in her gifts, but she got some pretty cool stuff, especially from Aunt Tina!

She WILL be a Vols fan!

She will never have enough tutu's.
After she did gifts, it was time for her to dive in to the cake. My sister didn't give her any sweets until the day she turned one, so the sugary goodness was a new experience for K. I think she liked it...

We all packed up and went our separate ways. Since it was Saint Patrick's day, I ran home and got ready to meet my good friend, Matt, from college.

We were both feeling a chill night, so we went over to The Flying Saucer and hung out for a couple of hours. We got to catch up on life, and he listened to me complain about stupid boys for a little while. He's good to talk to about that stuff because he is a guy and understands what most boys are thinking when they are silly.

After a little while, two more of my friends showed up and we laughed and cut up until about midnight, which is about 4 hours past my bed time. I was exhausted, so I packed up and went HOME!

I've realized that I've turned in to a responsible old person. I go to bed at nine and get up at five thirty. I can't kick it with the young kids anymore.

Tonight, I am starting a new Bible study with Hope Fellowship. We are reading a book called The Story, which is basically just the Bible in a bit more condensed terms. I'm excited about getting to know new people and grow those friendships!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hunger Games

Call me crazy, but I am so stinking excited for The Hunger Games to come out on Friday! Now, I am not usually a gal that reads what everyone else is reading. I didn't read Twilight, or Harry Potter, but my small group at church talked me in to reading this one. I was hooked after 20 pages. I am an avid reader, but I cannot remember another book captivating me so much that I didn't want to sleep. I read the books all day every day. I want to read them again! I'm excited to see how the movie portrays everything and if my opinions change at all once there are visuals.

When I was reading the books, it really got me thinking. What if that actually happened? I'm not sure I can digest the madness that would ensue, and I'm so thankful that I don't have to live, or die, through that.

I'm trying to contain my excitement, but boy am I so stinking pumped. I'm not going at midnight, so if anyone wants to go on Saturday, let me know!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Saturday Night in K-Town

Saturday in Knoxville was a super fun day as well. Kaitlin had super early breakfast plans, so I stayed at the house and piddled until it was my turn to go to breakfast.

My friend Matt has been an amazing person in my life since I was a freshman in college. We had English comp together, and then realized that we had lived down the road from each other our whole lives! Whenever we are in the same city, we try to meet up and catch up as much as we can. He is student teaching right now, so we usually end up talking about lesson plans and students behavior. I'm sure you would really love to sit in on our conversations!

Matt and I at a UT football game
Matt took me to this incredible breakfast spot, and we ended up talking for about 2 hours. I shared a lot of things that were going on, and he was nothing but encouraging. I felt so much better after talking to him about several personal issues. He's a guy that I know will always be just a phone call away.

Silly me, right after the huge breakfast, I schedule a lunch date with one of my sorority sisters, Amber. I ended up just getting a small plate of rice, but thoroughly enjoyed the conversation we shared. We reminisced about mixers and date parties, and talked about what our futures held for the both of us.

Before a Risky Business mixer

After lunch with her, I met up for coffee with another sorority sister, Sarah. Sarah is one of the people I admire the most. She is a dedicated runner (I'm talking half marathons, and I'm pretty sure she ran a full), incredible woman of the Lord, and a soon-to-be wife. Sarah and I did All Sing together, which is a campus wide singing competition. We connected on our mutual hatred for the competition, as well as our mutual love for the Lord. When we met, we talked about the incredible ways that God was moving in our lives. Ways that we would never have imagined. I absolutely loved hearing about wedding plans, and how her student teaching is going, and how the Lord is revealing Himself to her. I hate that I only get to see her once every blue moon, but it was so great to sit and catch up with her as well.

After the long morning that Kaitlin and I both had, we decided to go to the house and rest for a minute, and freshen up before it was time to do something later that night. We ended up catching the girl staying with us and talked to her for a long time. Then there was the saga about dinner. Kaitlin really wanted sushi, but I don't eat sushi. We tried to find a place that served sushi and hibachi so that I could have something too. We tried two restaurants before we decided on one in Market Square. I have no idea what the name of it was, nor do I really recommend it. Kaitlin really like the sushi, but my food was not very good.

We decided to hit up the old city again that night, but it was not near as fun as the first night. It was extremely crowded and quite strange. But I did get to run in to ANOTHER sorority sister, whom I love so dearly! Courtney and I also met through All Sing, then randomly became pretty good friends at some point. She is so great and I am blessed to have her in my life.

Courtney and I

Kaitlin and I left at 6:00 am the next morning to head back to Nashville. As much fun as Knoxville was, we were exhausted after go-go-going all weekend long.

I got the pleasure of attending a wedding shower Sunday afternoon for some friends. It was so great to be around old friends and reconnect and talk about where our lives had led. Two families even offered to host me for dinner! I guess they could tell that all I eat is sandwiches and never cook. BUT I'm doing better about that! I'm actually cooking tacos tonight!