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A little life update

Summer days are the best, aren't they?  Life moves a little slower, we find time to be outside and visit with close family and friends.  The hot sunshine brings lots of time in the pool, and cookouts bring on more food than we can eat.  

This summer is no exception.  These past few weeks have been so sweet. I've been spending a lot of extra time with friends and family, and life is just really good right now.  

Here are are few things that have been filling my days.

 We celebrated Matt's 40th and had many of our close friends and family join us for a fun
"Chesseburger and Paradise" Party!

A few days a week, I am listening to motivation/meditations 
and this one is by far one of my favorites.  
If you have a minute go listen:

I have gotten the opportunity to spend alots of time with this little bit.  
She brings so much joy, love, and energy to our family. 
Love her so much!! 

On Friday, several of my Leadership Kingsport friends got together to attend a fun event.  
 It was so great to see everyone!!

Love these two!  Some of the smartest and hard working people I know! 

Who knew that two years ago, when we sat down next to each other at a Leadership retreat we would become such close friends. 

I've also had the chance to spend some time with my close friends Tiffany and Ryana lately, but alas  I took no photos.  LOL!!!  

Hope your having a great summer.  Here's to the next six weeks!!

Happy Anniversary

Twenty two years ago today I went on my last first date, and 11 years ago today I said "I Do" to my amazing husband.  I have truly enjoyed being married to my best friend, and I love the life we have together.  I am not sure what I did to get so lucky, but I am honored to be Matt's wife.

These past 11 years have been amazing, with lots of highs and few lows mixed in. Here are a few pictures of the best day of my life.

My childhood church. 

 I wrote personal letters to everyone who attended the wedding. 

Our Wedding Program

 Our getaway car!




I loved having this harpist at our wedding.   

We did it!! 

Wedding Party 

My parents, love them so much.  



Love these flowers. 
Ms. Ruth who was 90+ years old did all the flowers for my wedding.  Simply stunning.

 We had nine (9) cakes at our wedding, and Matt made sure to get some!!

 We didn't throw a garter or a boutique, we told the legend of the cupcake 

 Dancing the Night Away 

We are married!!  
June 29, 2007

Here is to everything life has ahead for us!!  Love you babe!! 


Summer Vacation Recap

A couple of weeks ago, Matt and I headed to Ocean Isle Beach with Jamie, Kristy, and Emmalyn.  Its been a few years since we took a family vacation, and we had a great time.  We did a lot of relaxing, sleeping, and just enjoying spending time with family. 

We left on Saturday and headed to Chapel Hill North Carolina for the night.  We stayed at the Rizzo Hotel and it was very nice.  The next morning, I got up and took a walk about the hotel.  It was simply beautiful.  We checked out of the hotel and ate breakfast at Mama Dips before hitting the road to the beach.

When we arrived in Ocean Isle, my parents were still there so we spent some time visiting with them, before heading the Myrtle Beach to meet our friends, The Montomery's for dinner.  We had a great dinner, and it was nice to catch up with everyone and kick off our vacation.

Mom and dad left on Monday morning, and we hit the beach.  We had a great time, and loved watching Emmalyn enjoy her first beach trip.

The rest of the week was filled with lots of beach time and lots of good eating.  We enjoyed several local restaurants, and of course had Sun Set Slush every night. 

We came home the following weekend, rested and ready for the week ahead at work. All and all it was a great vacation, and I would love to go back and visit that beach again. 

Happy Happy Birthday

Today the love of my life celebrates a big birthday.  Work has him a little crazy these days, so we are not celebrating until this weekend, but I wanted to wish him a very happy birthday.   

Matt - Happy Birthday!!  You are truly the best husband, and I love you so very much.  You are so good to me, kind, and giving and I am so honored to celebrate you today.   I love our life together, and wish you the very best in the years ahead.  Love you sweetie.

LIfe Lately

If I could pick one word to describe the past two months it would be CHALLENGING!   Life lately has been full of changes, loss, and sickness.  There has been so much going on, I haven't had a chance to provide an update.  However, this weekend, I've been able to relax a little and wanted to share a few photos and updates from the last few weeks.  Hope you enjoy. 

First, I have to start with some cute pictures of my precious niece.  Isn't she the cutest?

We just love her so much, and love spending lots of time with her any chance we get.

In other news, my sweet friend Tammy came to Bristol and visited me at work one afternoon. 
We had a great time catching up, and we really need to plan a girls getaway soon. 

Mom and I headed to Asheville one Saturday for a quick shopping trip.  
The weather was PERFECT, and we really enjoyed spending some time together.  

Softball season is getting ready to start, and of course the first practice brought an injury. 
My brother-in-law took a ball to the head, which resulted in him spending some time on our couch recovering. 

 The saddest news was that we had to say goodbye to Scooter Man Davis. 
He ended up getting cancer in February, and we lost him at the end of March. 
It was sooo sad, and we miss him like crazy.

So that means that Butter Man Davis turned 17 on April 1, and he is now an "only child."
He is adjusting well, and we love spoiling him rotten.  

Last Tuesday I had surgery, which has totally put me on my butt for a few days. I was not expecting the recovery to be so bad, but I honestly haven't felt like leaving my house all week.  
I have to take so much medicine, just to feel half way normal, its crazy.  
I have another surgery scheduled in three weeks, and then another few weeks of recovery. 
I just cannot wait to start feeling better. 
Fingers Crossed.  

And, finally, here is a little sneak peak at a special project we are working on at work. 
I haven't seen this in person yet, only pictures, but we are working hard for an event that is coming up this week.  I am so excited!!  

Those are some highlights from the past few weeks. 

Hope you enjoyed! 


#2 Goal for 2018

In 2018, I have 10 major goals.  I know that is A LOT, but after a lot of thinking, praying, and planning I settled on 10 goals that if I can accomplish will really impact my life. 

The first goal (that I highlighted last month) is to Be intentional in growing closer to the Lord.  Progress is going well with this goal, except I haven't started going back to church yet.  I am not sure what is holding me back, but hoping I can get back into church this by Easter. 

The second goal is being Disciplined with My Fitness Routine. 

Throughout my life I have gone through seasons of working out more consistently; however, over the past couple of years I have really let myself get out of shape.  Only finding time to work out a few times year (yes, that is embarrassing to admit), but its true. 

So, at the end of January, I made decision to begin working out one day a week.  I know that sounds silly, especially for someone like me who is an all or nothing type of gal.  But, I knew if I wanted to increase my endurance and begin to have more energy I had to start somewhere.  

For the past 3 weeks, I have been working out at least one day a week.  Starting this week, I am working out twice a week and will continue that for 3 weeks.  Then I will increase to 3 workouts for 3 weeks, then 4 workouts for 3 weeks..............and by the beginning of May I should be working out 5 times a week.  I know that is a SLOOOOW plan, but I have to get in the habit of working out.  Plus, I need to get shape again. 

My workout consists of the following:

Day #1 
30 Minute Treadmill or Bike Work Out
15 Minute SWEAT Leg Workout (2 Laps for 2 Rounds)

Day #2
30 Minute Treadmill or Bike Work Out
15 Minute SWEAT Arm Workout (2 Laps for 2 Rounds)

Other fitness goals I have this year include: 

Walk 10,000 Steps Per Day 
Walk at least 5,000 Steps a Day, with a Goal of 10,000 Steps per day by the end of the year.

Take the Stairs Whenever Possible 

Park AWAY from the door of a Store 

Walk After Dinner 

I hope you enjoyed the breakdown of my number two for 2018.  I hope to share the other 8 goals on here throughout the year.


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