Friday, October 31, 2014

He's the Cory to my Topanga

Ever since I was young I never understood anything about the world
and anything that happened in my life. The only thing that ever made
sense to me was you and how I feel about you. Thats all Ive ever
known and thats enough. Thats enough for me for the rest of my life.
-Cory Matthews
We had so much fun at the SOC Halloween party last night with everyone.
All of the costumes were great! 
 Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It was a fall weekend

It all started Thursday night of last week.
 We had a pumpkin painting party after our singing at the SOC house. Someone from our church has a farm and always donates a bunch of pumpkins to us.

Friday night the SOC went to the corn maze! The weather was actually really nice. We had a good time and had a great turnout! Since it was so dark I didn't get any pictures.
Saturday morning I headed home for the rest of the weekend. I went to the pumpkin patch with my family. Tt was HOT...for October anyways. It was in the low 80's. It's kinda hard to dress in cute fall clothes when you feel like you are melting!!
 Love all things fall...even cute little dirty pumpkins ;)
We ended the night with a warm fire and s'mores!
Matthew, his dad and brothers went to the Mississippi State game up in Kentucky this weekend with some friends for a guys weekend. State won and they had a good time! He was so excited to go and I'm really glad they won and had a good time!!
It has still been pretty warm but it should be cooling off and be in the 50's this
This week is going to be busy but fun! We have Halloween activities going on tonight and Thursday night. I am so excited to dress up for the Halloween party this Thursday!!
This is the first weekend in a long time that we don't have plans, so I told Matthew I have a surprise date for him this Saturday afternoon/night. I am going to be giving him hints throughout the week! He HATES waiting and has already been asking a hundred questions. So cruel but so fun! HA!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Free tickets + a shootout

Monday night I got four free tickets to the Predator's game for the following night. We asked Matthew's brother because he and his girlfriend, Jenny, are huge Pred's fans. So we left Tuesday a little after five to make it there in time. We were about 30 miles away from Cookeville when we realized we forgot to print the tickets off...
So we looked up the nearest printing place and made a little pit stop to print them off :)
We met up with some friends and all walked in together. Once we got inside this older gentleman asked our friends if they wanted lower bowl seats...for free,  how cool is that?!?!
The game went into overtime and then a shootout. I had never been to a game where they had a shootout so it was an experience! Our friend called us and told us to come down there with them because no one had been sitting in front of them the whole game. So we got to watch the shootout from the lower bowl. The Predators won and it was awesome!
We parked at LP field since it's free, so we had to walk over the pedestrian bridge and got to enjoy this incredible view. I love downtown Nashville at night.

It was such a fun night and great game!!

Also, I finally have my fall decorations up outside of my apartment! It's not much but I don't have much room outside my apartment this year.
I went to the same place I did last year to get my mum. I haven't been able to find any mums as perfect as this place. Seriously, I'm going to have to drive to Cookeville once I move to get my mums in the fall...kidding, maybe ;)
Hopefully, if we have time next week Matthew and I will carve the big pumpkin!
It's getting a bit cooler. I woke up this morning and it was about 67 in my apartment. That definitely made getting out of my warm and cozy bed about ten times harder!! I still don't want to turn my heat on though, I have an electric blanket on my bed so I stay warm at night, and it warms up a bit during the day. I'm sure I will be turning it on next month sometime!
Have y'all turned your heat on yet??

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Retreat 2014

This past weekend we went on fall retreat with the SOC. I promise it felt like Christmas morning when I woke up last Friday. 1. It was freezing in my apartment 2. because I knew we were leaving that day for retreat!!!!
There is just something SO refreshing and encouraging about being away, with hardly any cell phone reception, with your brothers and sisters in Christ for a WHOLE weekend! Plus, being in one of the most beautiful places!!!! We went to Camp Discovery, which is about 45 mins away from Cookeville. We had over 70 people this year. 70!!!!! We had to take 3 vans and some people drove up separately as well.
We had a "stress session" the girls and guys split up into separate groups. There were rules though which I thought were appropriate:
-Don't talk about someone that's not there to defend themselves.
-You are a Christian, act like it (no gossiping or tattling)
-It's not a confession session (don't feel the need to confess all of the things you have ever done wrong)
At first none of the girls really wanted to say anything but then someone said something and then everyone started. It was so good!
Galatians 6:2 tells us to "Bear one another's burdens" and that is exactly what we did.
There were tears and there was laughter but mostly there was encouragement. I have never been more proud to be apart of such a great group of girls.
I left Camp Discovery feeling closer to all those sweet girls and refreshed!

The girls!



 It was the best weekend, with the best people, at the best place! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


If you are following along on Instagram then you saw last night where I announced that Matthew has accepted a position with a CPA firm in Nashville! A LOT of prayers, spreadsheets and decisions were made last week. He graduates in 59 days (WHAA) with his MBA and then starts work shortly after that! His hard work is finally paying off and I am so very proud of him! I can't wait to see how God is going to use him there and in Nashville. I also can't wait to call Nashville our home once we get married!!

Yesterday was an exciting day! It's fall break and I was able to take off from work.
So we spent the day in Nashville looking at apartments/town homes! Matthew will move to Nashville first and I'll stay in Cookeville until we get married. Once we get married I will move to Nashville with him! So, the place we rent or buy is a decision that will be made by the both of us since, Lord willing, that we be the place I move into, after we are married of course.

Talk about exciting!!!!
I still can't believe everything is coming together so quickly! We have talked about where we were going to end up for a long time. If we are being honest we were a little disappointed it wasn't Chattanooga. Matthew's older brother is there, we love the town and he really liked the accounting firm there. We really thought we would end up in Chattanooga, but that just goes to prove that God has a plan that's bigger than our own, and honestly that is so comforting to know.
We are very excited about Nashville and the opportunities we will have there. The company Matthew will be working for is GREAT, and we have heard only good things about them. He is SO excited.
We are so blessed.

We looked up places online this past weekend so we would know where to look and where to avoid. I am so glad we actually were able to see them in person. The first set of apartments were just nasty and didn't look safe. On top of that the prices for a one bedroom literally double what I pay for my one bedroom now. We knew prices would be higher in Nashville, but that definitely caught us of guard. Especially for all the extras that aren't optional.
We did tour a town home that we just fell in love with. The area it's in is nice an quiet off the main road, it looked safe and friendly. We just aren't sure if it will fit in our budget starting out.
If anything, touring it gave us plenty of motivation to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE and SAVE some more!

Please keep Matthew in your prayers as he wraps up this semester and starts this new season of life!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sweet Ila Mae's barn sale

I went to my first barn sale this past weekend and I fell in love.
I could have spent the whole day there if I had the time.
Think: shabby chic homemade crafts.
They had everything there from homemade signs/windows/ornaments to homemade soaps and some pies :)
Sweet Ila Mae's barn sale is where tons and tons of vendors come out and sale their homemade goodness. These people have worked hard crafting away. For some of them this is their job. I met a guy who does wood working. He had homemade wooden benches that were to die for. He makes stuff, loads it in his trailer, and travels around to nearby sales like this. How fun is that?
Everyone was so nice and welcoming, too! It was about 50 minutes away from Cookeville, in the small town of Quebeck, Tennessee. We turned off the main road and drove down an old road for about 5 minutes until we finally were there. I'll let the pictures explain the rest :)

 Driving up to cute is this?!
(Sorry for the iPhone quality)

They had live music, too!
Kat and Sarah drove up for it, too! So much fun!!
I ended up only buying a cute shirt and some homemade soaps. There were a TON of things I wanted to buy but I limited myself (Matthew, be proud!!). The next barn sale is in June and I am already on the countdown!!
Have you ever been to a barn sale?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Watching...Friday Night Lights, still! I am finally on season five. Love me some coach Taylor ;)
Drinking...Spark! Fruit punch flavor, it is SO good!
Enjoying...This season of life. I mentioned yesterday how things are going to be changing soon and a new chapter will begin. I remember Matthew always talking about how fun intramurals were and how big of a deal they were to everyone here at Tech. I am so glad I am able to experience them now with him and everyone else. From long distance for three years to finally being in the same town, God knew better than we did (as always) and we couldn't be more grateful! Soaking up every second of Matthew's last semester here in Cookeville.
Our new intramural shirts ;)
Wishing...I had a few more hours to sleep in this morning ;) clean my apartment.
Loving...These sunsets lately!! There are probably 30 pictures of sunsets in my camera roll right now but Tennessee has some of THE best sunsets :)
Excited...for the singing tonight! This semester we have started having a singing every other Wednesday night at the SOC house after church. It is incredible. There is nothing better than singing praises with 30+ people in a small house.
Doodling....Lately I have been cranking out one or two random ones a day. Here is one I did the other day. It took a little longer to make than I expected but I loved it. I have learned this helps pass the work day a little faster ;)
Today starts the best three months of the year, in my opinion ;)