Thursday, October 30, 2008

Alabama Wins

In case you didn't know, Alabama won last Saturday's game against Tennessee 29-9. It was such a sweet victory.
Here are some pictures from last Friday's pep rally. I didn't take these. Someone emailed them to me.

You can see me in this picture. I am right there on the first row of people sitting down (toward the back). I have a crimson shirt on with a gray stripe on the sleeve.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Bad Year, But It's Getting Better

You know, I got to thinking this week. 2008 has been a really bad year for me. I mean, my job went sour and I had to move from where I considered to be my home. I went through a bad breakup. Yeah, 2008 was a bad year for the most part. But I think for the most part, things have really changed for me for the better. I moved to a great city where going to work is actually pleasant. I have several friends my age...something I haven't had in a really long time. And I really don't think these are fair-weather friends. I think they are truly good people that want my friendship as much as I want there's. People that aren't just using me for their own agenda. I have had "friends" over the years that did that. Even as recent as Greenville.

But you know, 2007 was a good year for me and my family. I was in a great place in Greenville. I had found a great church, I got my dream car, my sister got married. It was just a good year all-around. Sure, there were bad times, but those didn't last that long.

So, I am hoping 2009 is a good year. I guess we have to go through seasons in our lives. Good seasons and bad. And we learn things along the way. Lord knows, I've been through my share of bad. I'm just wanting some good seasons. I'm turning 30 at the end of this year. I would really like to start 30 off good.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Roll Tide, Roll!
Today, I went to an Alabama pep rally here in Chattanooga.
The Million Dollar Band, Crimsonettes, cheerleaders, and even Big Al stopped on their way through Chattanooga today to get fans fired up! It was so much fun! I took lots of pictures and video. Will try to get some on in the coming days.

Alabama plays Tennessee tomorrow...and hopefully we will come away still undefeated!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pictures from My SC trip

Here are the pictures, as promised!

I spent the whole day Saturday with Olivia. We had a wonderful day and I was sad that we had to say good-bye!

I met up with my friends, Heather and Mike, and their children downtown.

Here's Heather and Mike and their children. They are such good friends!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

I'm back from Greenville, and I have to say, all the way home I fought back tears. I really hated leaving again. I had such a wonderful time visiting with the Meiszeks, Olivia, the Birchfields, and the getting to see everyone at church. I was busy all weekend, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. I miss them so much. I've had dreams that I will one day get to move back there, but right now, I really like Chattanooga, too. So, we'll see what happens in the future. I will post some pictures from the trip as soon as I am able.

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Weekend Trip

Well, in just a few hours, I will be heading to Greenville for the weekend. I am very much looking forward to it. I haven't been back since I left more than four months ago. I will get to spend time with most of my friends from there. I am kind of upset because I won't be able to see my friend, Heather. She has to work. But she says she plans to come visit me in Chattanooga. I am excited. I love having out of town guests!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Try Not to Worry

Today, the stock market dropped sharply again...just minutes after trading began. Gas prices are still near $4 a gallon, even though oil prices have dropped so much. For the average person, groceries are costing nearly twice as much. Electric and water bills are going up...and on top of that employment is down, and plants are closing everyday. So, where does it end? Where can we find relief? I don't know about you, but times like this have me worrying about how I'm going to get groceries next week, or put gas in the car. Times like this are enough to make anyone worry. But I'm reminded what the Bible says about worry. Here's what Matthew 6:25-27 says about worry:

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

So, as we sit and think about our finances and how we are going to make ends meat, let's ponder these words. Let's put our trust in the Lord. He knows what we are going through. He hasn't forgotten us.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Greenville, Here I Come!

So, I haven't been back to visit Greenville since I moved to Chattanooga. Well, that's all about to change! I am going to visit October 17-19. I am so excited! A family from my church there is letting me and my dog stay at their house. And I am hoping to visit with everyone! It's going to be like a mini-vacation for me! And of course, on Sunday, I will visit my old church. I miss everyone so much and it's been way to long since I went!

I also got some great news yesterday. My very first camper at camp smile-a-mile in Alabama is coming to see me next month. Valerie was 7-year-old when we met. And she is quite the inspiration. For those of you who don't know, Camp Smile-A-Mile is a camp for children with cancer. So, Valerie battled cancer...she went on to graduate valedictorian of her high school class, and she is getting ready to graduate from UAB in December! I feel honored to have been a part of her life all these years! If your ever looking for a great volunteer opportunity, Camp SAM or any other cancer camp is a great place to be. I really cherish my time I spent will all of the children there.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Good Friends and Lots of Fun

I am so looking forward to this weekend. Tonight, my friends, Janna and Stephanie, are coming to my home for a girls night. Their husbands will be out of town, so we decided to spend some time just us girls.

So, tonight, we are doing fondue...we will have cheese fondue and chocolate fondue. It's not the Melting Pot, but I think it will still be fun! We are also going to watch a chick flick. I have rented "Made of Honor". I think it's going to be a great time!

Who knew North Georgia had a winery? I sure didn't when I moved here! Well, I am so excited! Tomorrow, the winery is having a grape stomp. So, I plan to go to that!

They will have wine-tasting, live music, and of course, some messy grape stomping. Sounds like so much fun! And it's only $5 to get in. Now that's my kind of price.

And of course, I'll have to watch the Tide roll over Kentucky tomorrow afternoon. Might not get to see the whole game, but I will definately catch the last half! i am so happy that my favorite team is doing so well! Alabama is number two in the country! It's exciting!

So, this weekend sounds like the most fun since I moved to Chattanooga. I'm really looking forward to it!