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5 On Monday...........

I cannot believe how fast the last few weeks have gone by.  Its been fairly quiet, with the normal work week and weekends with family. I have been keeping a fairly low profile lately, and just enjoying slowing down a little.

Here are 5 fun things that have happened since my last post.

 1. In February, I headed to Nashville with my Leadership Kingsport class.  We met with legislators, toured the capitol, and even took in a Predators hockey game.  The game was awesome, especially with these fun people, who I laughed with all week long.  

2. My hubby surprised me with these beautiful Valentine's Day flowers. I LOVE LOVE LOVE tulips and roses so this arrangement was perfect. 

 3. I headed back to Nashville in March to meet with legislators about tourism in NE TN.  And, look who I ran into.  These two friends are the best and make my work life so much fun and entertaining.  

  4. I working to memorize a few more verses from Psalm 25.  

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.

 5. Super excited about this one.  We are finally tackling our home gym remodel.  
Last weekend, Matt spent time painting it.  Next, is flooring and baseboard.  

Happy Monday Friends!   
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Baby Shower Fun

This weekend, I was honored to co-host a baby shower for my co-worker and friend Carey.  The shower turned out soooo cute, and here are few pictures of the fun day.

Favor Bags filled with Popcorn

I love hosting parties for family and friends, and I cannot start planning our next party. 

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Design Inspiration

Last week, I received a new design book in the mail from one of my all time favorite designers, Moll Anderson.  The new book is a continuation of her "Change Your Home, Change Your Life" series, and this time the theme of the book is COLOR!! 

One of the key things I like about the book are the inspirational quotes throughout the book.  These quotes motivate, make you think, and ultimately brings a smile to your face. Because doesn't make everyone smile. I also loved the fill in the blank pages that help guide the reader to what color or colors he/she are moved by in design. 

If you are looking for a great amazing design book, one that will inspire you to get out of your comfort zone of neutrals and add a little color in your home, then this is the book for you.  

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Great time with great friends............

These last few weeks have flown by me with hardly a moment to catch my breath.  Before too much time passes, I wanted to share some fun moments that have taken place lately.  Mostly because I don't want to miss capturing these fun filled days. 

Last weekend, my good friends Nikki, Ryana, and I spent a day together just catching up and laughing.  We kicked off the day eating at our favorite Japanese restaurant, followed by two rounds of bowling, a little online Facebook shopping (which resulted into buying new furniture), and a trip to the best bakery in Virginia (Black Bird).  It was an incredible day, and truly cherished our day together.

The friendships I have with these two go back 20+ years and they are two of the friends that I cherish the most.  So thankful the Lord has blessed me with incredible friends that truly accept and love me for me. 

"A Sweet Friendship Refreshes the Soul" Proverbs 27:9b (Message)

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#3 of 24

Its time again to add another Scripture verse to my memory.  I am really enjoying memorizing Psalm 25, and for the next 15 days we are tackle verse #3.  

"No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause."
Psalm 25:3 NIV
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This Week...........

This week has been a little crazy.  Work projects are really picking up, as well as several community service projects that I help with are swinging into full gear, so there hasn't been much downtime lately.  To help capture some of the fun moments from the week, I thought I would share my favorite pictures from the past 5 days.   Enjoy! 

On Tuesday night, our Junior League Provisional Class  headed over to the School Board office to assist with setting up the "Hidden Closet," which is a project that assists with the needs of children in our community.  We had a great time, and I simply loved spending some time with these awesome girls. 

This update has me doing a happy dance.  The Devil Wears Prada is becoming a Broadway show!  Woohoo!!  This will be a must see in the future.  
At work, we are getting ready to kick off a Groundhog promotion.  
Our team  has been sending groundhog memes and pictures to each other all week, and its been so fun! 

A couple of weeks ago, I found out whose team I was on for our Leadership Kingsport Community Impact Project.  I couldn't be more thrilled to be teamed up with these fantastic leaders, and I know we will accomplish great things over the next 4 months.  

Have a great weekend!!!
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Hello Monday! Lets Do This!

Is it just me, or did this weekend just fly by at warp speed? After a few short work weeks, due to the holidays, and then work travel last week, I rolled into the weekend ready for some rest.  

And, this weekend didn't disappoint.  Friday night, I got home from an out-of-town work trip and we decided to have a nice quiet night in.  I cooked a little dinner and caught up with my DVR and catching all the inauguration coverage.

Saturday morning, I woke up after nearly 9 hours of sleep, and spent the morning relaxing, watching a little more TV, and then cleaning the house.  I even squeezed in an afternoon nap, before we got ready and headed out to a late dinner with my brother and sis-in-law. 

Sunday morning was spent at church and then Sunday afternoon lunch at my in-laws.  I always love that time with my family, and it’s nice to catch up on life together.  We then headed to the grocery store and then home for another relaxing afternoon.  I took another nap, and then did a little work-prep for the week, and then relaxed the rest of the night. All and all it was a VERY relaxing weekend.  

So now it's Monday, and we're back in the swing of things.  However, after looking at this week’s schedule, I am excited to only have a few work meetings and only one night out with to volunteer with Junior League.  

So here is to a fun and relaxing week ahead.

Have a good one. 
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Happy 70th Birthday Mom!

A couple of weekends ago, my dad and I had the opportunity to host a birthday party for my mom!  She is celebrating a milestone year, 70, and I really wanted to surround her with lots of love from her close friends and family.  After months of planning and working with my dear friend, Ryana, and my dad, we were able to pull off a great party.  Here are a few photos from the day! Special thanks to my amazing Aunt Jackie for taking these photos.  

 My Mom and Aunt Jackie!!  

 Visiting with family and friends before the party gets started!
One of my mom's best friend from college!!


Yummy Food by my sweet friend Ryana!

 This cake has a story, and it just makes me laugh. 

Loved celebrating with so many incredible friends and family!

Love ya Mom!
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Its Here! Its Here!  Today is one of my FAVORITE DAYS that only comes around every 4 years!  Its Inauguration Day, and I get so excited to see all of my favorite American traditions come to life once again. 

For me, today is not about a person.  Today is about my country.  The country that I am very proud to be a citizen, and the country that I will respect with everything I do. 

For me, as a Christian, its very important for me to respect and honor the authority that the Lord has put over my life. And in doing so, like I have for the past 18 years since I've been able to vote, I will not publicly or privately speak against the President of our country.  

Why?  Because I believe God appoints all existing leaders.  I truly believe that no one can get into a place of legitimate authority without God's knowledge.  So, if I was to speak against the President, it is more than just stating my small opinion, its actually rebelling against the ordinance of the Lord, and it will only bring judgement on me. 

I know this is getting into some really spiritual stuff, but every four years around election time, my belief on this subject grows a new resolve in my heart.  This principle is also one that I take into other areas in my life including my marriage (honoring my husband) and my work life (honoring my boss).  Because honoring the authority in my life, that the Lord has put before me, always brings blessings and peace.  However, when I resist the authority of God, whether directly or indirectly to His delegated authority, I find myself frustrated and stressed because I have come out of the Will of God.  I have learned this lesson the hard way, and I will always chose to stay in God's will than do anything that dishonors it.

Soooo.......... back to today.  Just as I did in 2000 after I voted for the first time, and again in 2004, 2008 and 2012, I will watch today's events with excitement and hope.  Hope that my President is successful, because if he is successful then we will be a successful country.  

May God bless our country.

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2017 Projects

This year, instead of New Year's Resolutions, I thought I would add a few posts every month or so to give updates on projects I am working on or goals that I have set for the year.  Today's post is focusing on projects around the house that I am planning to work on this year. 

The projects include:
  1. Add 2 pieces of Wall Art in our Guest Bedroom
  2. Get 2 New Euro Sham Forms for Guest Bedroom 
  3. Paint our home office 
  4. Add 2 Decor Items to our Guest Bathroom 
  5. Add 2 Photos in our Entry Way Table 
  6. Add Coffee Table Decor to our Sun room
  7. Stain our back deck and table/chairs
  8. Add two flower pots to our back deck
  9. Add a new flower bed next to our back deck
  10. Add a Coffee Station Area to our Kitchen 
  11. Add Wall Art above our bed in the Master Bedroom
  12. Add 2 pieces of wall art to Master Bath 
  13. Change Decor in downstairs Bathroom
  14. Finish Gym Area in House (Painting, Trim, and Flooring)
  15. Plant 2 Bushes and Annual Flowers to Front Landscape  
This is an ambitious goal to complete all 15 of these this year, but I with a little planning and a lot of hard work we can do it!  

Will keep you posted on progress!
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Let us Pray.............

I prayed this same prayer in 2008, and I am praying it again this morning.

Please join me in praying for our President-elect Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and his precious children and their families. 

Go with me before the Throne of our sovereign God and ask Him to grant wisdom from above to President-elect Trump and the indwelling presence and power of Jesus Christ.

In the words of the Apostle Paul, "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior..."

Please also join me in the active and deliberate pursuit of unity and purity in the Body of Christ at this time in our country. I implore you in Jesus' Name to have zero tolerance for prejudice whether it is regarding party-affiliation, color (whether you are Black, White, or Brown), economics or the like. Disagreement is not sin. Prejudice is. Satan has plotted events and planted attitudes that, should he be successful, will result in havoc. We must not stand for his schemes or cooperate in a single way. We would severely displease God and invite untold chastisement upon Christ's Church in our nation. Speak clearly to your children and graciously but emphatically draw a line in your work places and social circles regarding your stand against prejudice of any kind.

"Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.'" (Matthew 12:25) A united house stands. A divided house falls. The devil has much to gain. But he also has much to lose.

We are the Body of Jesus Christ and we have an opportunity to show His character. This is our watch. We stand for what is right not from our feet but from our knees.

I humble myself before you and make these pleas under such bold direction of God that I could not resist it nor disobey it. He made it a fire in my bones.

I love and esteem you so much. Shoulder to shoulder. Let's leave not one inch for the enemy to come between us.

"Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder." Zephaniah 3:9"
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January Update..........

We are half way through the first month of 2017, and I am still amazed how fast time ticks away.  The last two weeks have been filled with a lot of work, a lot of rest, and a lot of fun.  

Here are a few moments from the last few days:

 Last weekend, we planned to throw my mom a 70th Birthday Party; however, when we woke up Saturday morning we had 4" of snow and the roads were slick.  So, we cancelled the "BIG" party, and threw a small family party at our house.  This is the top tier of her cake, and it was sooo delicious. 

I couldn't help but laugh on Monday morning, when I realized that I had white roses, a floral desk calendar, and a floral planner all on my desk.  I must be getting into floral patterns as I get older. 

 On Thursday, my Kingsport Leadership Class spent the day at Eastman. 
It was an incredible day learning about Economic Development aspects of the city. 

Finally on Saturday, we were able to celebrate mom's 70th officially with a fun party with our family and a few close friends.  It was an amazing day, and so honored that I was able to celebrate mom in this way! (Photos of the party coming soon.)

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