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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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Sundays

 
I love Sundays.  Its always been my favorite day of the week, and as I get older I seem to cherish this day more than any other.  Its usually the one day of the week that I am in control of how my day goes.  I don't have to be up and out the door early. I don't have commitments that are too demanding. Its just a day I can relax and recharge.
 
In our family, Sundays are spent one of two ways:
  • Quiet Day Resting and Relaxing 
  • Church & Family Lunch & Resting 
Today, it was the first one.  The last couple of weeks have been non-stop, and I really wanted a quiet day at home to rest, relax, and reflect before preparing for the week ahead.  

So what is on my agenda today:
  • Quiet time in the Word with Bible Study and Prayer
  • Laundry 
  • Light Cleaning
  • Cooking a nice dinner for my hubby
  • Prepping for the work week ahead 
  • Sunday Nap (Hopefully)
So, here is to a day of lots of rest.  And, since its the 15th of the month, its time for another Scripture Memory Verse.  This year, I am memorizing the entire chapter of Psalm 25.


"I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me."
Psalm 25:2 (NIV) 

Happy Sunday!
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5 New Outfits for Work Wardrobe

Its been awhile since I've posted outfit inspiration; however, I have been following Alexa Webb's blog for several months and I cannot help but be inspired with this incredible work looks. These outfits are helping me make a list of a few more basic I would like to add to my winter wardrobe.

These include:

  • Gray Pants Suite 
  • Pop of Color Kitten Heals (Purple and Pink) 
  • Stud Earrings (Kate Spade Sequins) 
  • A Couple of New Cardigans in Bright Colors 
  • 2 New Blouses with Long Sleeves

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January Playlist

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Its January.  Its a new month.  Its time for some new music.  I am really enjoying creating new playlists each month, and hope you enjoy this one.  Don't forget to download Spotify to listen to the entire Playlist. 

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Family Pictures

I noticed a few days ago, that I had not shared some of my favorite pics from our family's holiday photo shoot in November!  We had not taken pictures with the Davis Family in over 3 years, and with how fast time is flying by, I really wanted to capture some sweet moments with my in-laws.  

Thanks to our incredible friend Heather with HMP Photography took our photos.  I thought the pictures turned out great and here is a sneak peak of a few of our favorites:

This picture is so classic, because this place (the old Bristol Post Office Building) was one of the first places my father-in-law worked nearly 60 years ago.
 



  


I've made a promise to take more and more photos over the years.  And, even if I am not crazy with how I look, I truly want to capture this amazing time in my life, with my precious family.  


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Happy Happy New Year!!


From one of my favorite movies - Holiday Inn
I am always excited to kick off a New Year!  I am filled with a lot of hopes and dreams for what the next 365 days will bring.  These last few days have been incredible.  Matt and I both took off the last week of the year from work to enjoy time with our families, and take time to rest and recharge. The time off was exactly what we needed, and I honestly didn't realize that we were both so exhausted until we had time to STOP and just be at home.  LOL.  

Life is getting ready to snap back into reality this week, as we get back into our jobs and everyday life demands.  As we headed into the new year, I sat down this past week and began planning a few goals I wanted to accomplish. I used the 2017 edition of PowerSheets, and it was an incredible experience to help identify my vision and goals for the upcoming year. 



One of those goals is to memorize 24 scriptures over the next 12 month.  I am once again participating in Beth Moore's  Siesta Scripture Memory Team.  This year, after much thought I decided to memorize the entire chapter of Psalm 25.  In the past, I have memorized 24 different scriptures, but this year I decided to memorize an entire chapter of the bible.


My memory verse for the next 14 days is: 

"To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.  Do not let me be put to shame nor let my enemies triumph over me." - Psalm 25:1 (NIV) 

If you are interested in participating, click HERE. This is the 5th time I've taken the entire year to memorize scripture, and it is definitely one of the most powerful things I've ever done for myself spiritually.


So here is to an incredible 2017!!!  May all your hopes and dreams come true this year.

Lots of Love,


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December (And Christmas) Recap

Life lately has been full.  Full of holiday celebrations.  Full of spending time with friends and family.  Full of wrapping up work projects.  Just plain full.  

I have to say that I did manage to keep stress at an all time low, and really enjoyed the season.  I made a plan in early November of EVERYTHING I needed to accomplish by the end of the year.  Then, I broke down that list into smaller tasks I could accomplish each week, and ta-da, NO STRESS!!  

Below are a few pictures of the past few months, and then a Christmas Recap below the pictures (bc I forgot to take ANY pictures):

 I kicked off the month by graduating from the Bristol Tourism Ambassador Program. 
I love these awards, they are perfect for Bristol. 
 
 I took a LONG weekend and enjoyed my Birthday weekend. 
When I got back to work, I loved seeing the balloons, flowers and gifts. 
It truly made this gal feel so special. 

 The next day, I headed to the annual Junior League of Bristol Christmas Ornament Exchange. 

 The BCM Marketing Team - Posing during our annual New Year ' Card photo shoot! 

 I even found time over Christmas to begin planning for 2017. 
This is the Cultivate What Matters #PowerSheets 

 Matt and I attended this awesome concert with Danny Gokey and Natalie Grant. 
AMAZING! 

 I headed back to my old church for a Christmas Service and loved sitting with my "Church Family."

 And, of course visiting with my other 2nd Family the McNews! 

 Check out this awesome B-Day Gift. 
Its Font Art, by my sweet friend April Bunch. 

And, finally.  This was my view last week.  All of our presents wrapped and watching Christmas movies. 

Christmas this year was awesome.  Christmas Eve was a day filled with lots of relaxing, and then time with family at our annual Christmas Eve Dinner.  On Christmas Morning, we invited mom and dad over for a Christmas Breakfast and Gifts, and then headed to another family dinner. 

It was the perfect weekend, followed by an incredible week filled with lots of relaxing, cleaning, and preparing for the new year. 

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Happy Engagement Anniversary - Bro & Sis-In-Law

Christmas 2006
 I cannot believe its been 4 years since my brother-in-saw and sister-in-law got engaged!!  I came across this blog post recently, and just wanted to stop and celebrate these two amazing folks.  They are our best friends and I just love doing live with them. 

Click Here to See the Engagement Blog Post  

Lots of Hugs and Love!! 
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Christmas Playlist


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I love love love Christmas Music.  I have a stack of CDs (yes, I still listen to those) of my favorite Christmas Albums that I listen to the entire month of December.  Below is my Holiday Christmas List.  Just hit play, turn up the volume and enjoy! 



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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things





Holiday wish lists are popping up everywhere and I definitely found some incredible items to add to my Christmas List this year.  Here are a few things on my list this year. 






What is on your Christmas list this year?  Would love to hear some items on your list.

Merry Christmas! 

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Thanksgiving Weekend Recap



Thanksgiving 2016 did not disappoint. The past few days have been filled with family, friends, and lots of much needed rest.  We are officially ready for the holidays, and I've even begun picking up a few gifts too. 

Thanksgiving Day 
We kicked off the holiday weekend on Thursday morning by watching my all time favorite TV Show - The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I really love the first 30 minutes, before the floats get to Macy's, to watch all the Broadway show.  My favorite this year was Holiday Inn's Musical.


After the parade, I cooked two casseroles, got ready, and we headed to meet our family for lunch at my In-Laws house.  Thanksgiving lunch didn't disappoint, and we had a great time catching up and eating a delicious meal.

Family Christmas Photo

We made it home in time, to change into lounge clothes and get ready for my best friend Tiffany to come over to watch the first part of the Gilmore Girls Revival.  It was awesome hanging out with her, and her sweet friend Brooke, and we made it until 4:30 a.m. before we had to call it a night.



Friday
I woke up around 9:30 a.m. and relaxed and shopped Black Friday sales until Tiffany and Brooke got up and headed home.  Friday afternoon, mom and I headed out for a little Black Friday shopping and then I came home to relax and take it easy.

Saturday
Saturday morning, I got up and headed over to my parents house to help assist with a little clean up as they go through a major remodel project.  I got home around 4ish, took a shower, and then took a 2 hour nap.  I was back in bed by 11p.m. and slept another 9 hours.  I must have been tired.

Sunday
Sunday brought another day of relaxing.  I did do a little online shopping, and then ran to the store to pick up groceries for the week.  After that, I cooked dinner and relaxed the rest of the night catching up on Hallmark movies. 

All and all this long weekend was perfect and relaxing.  Its exactly what I needed to get me prepared for the Holiday Season.

Looking forward to the next few weeks, and all the fun and excitement that is ahead.




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Christmas Checklist - November To-Dos


I CANNOT wait until Christmas!!!!  I know its more than 6-weeks away; however, I simply cannot wait to kickoff the holiday season.  The planner and organizer in me has put together a list of items I would LOVE to accomplish by the end of this month.  Check out the list below:


Decorate Our Home by Thanksgiving 
I have always LOVED having our home decorated by Thanksgiving night, so we can enjoy the decor all season long.  This year is no different, and I will begin decorating this week!

This picture was taken on Christmas Day!  Excited this year we will have a professional picture done looking all festive!
Family Christmas Photos 
This year is our family decided to get professional photos done and we are scheduled to do that next weekend too!!  I cannot wait to share some photos of our sweet family soon. 

Order Holiday Cards 
If you haven't checked out Minted this year, YOU SHOULD!!  The Christmas Card selection this year is remarkable. I have my eyes on the design above.

Host Friends in Our Home this Christmas
I hope my schedule allows for me to host a few friends over for a fun and relaxing Christmas Party. I just love living back in my home town, and love being closer to so many incredible friends.

Select Christmas Wrapping Theme 
This year, I really want to select a Christmas Paper wrapping theme for all of our presents.  Have my eye on a few themes, and hope to select it by the end of the month.

Christmas List Finalized, and Begin Shopping 
And, finally I am busy working on our Christmas List!  My goal is to know what I would like to get everyone by the end of the month, so I can begin looking for great deals beginning Black Friday weekend!  

There you have it, my Christmas  To-Do List for November. 




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