Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Countdown.........

Wow, I am the only person that cannot believe Christmas is a little over a week away! Where has this month gone??  I still have a few things to check off my Christmas To-Do List; however, I am feeling good about getting everything ready for next week!!

In all the busyness of the holidays, I sometimes get caught up in all the non-stop running around that I take my attention off the true reason for Christmas - the birth of Jesus!

To help keep me focused on the reason for the season, I have been thinking about these scriptures lately:

I just love these scriptures as they give me so much hope and peace!!  And, below I've listed one of my favorite Christian Christmas Albums that always puts a smile on my face and a praise on my lips!  Enjoy!!

Merry Christmas Friends!! 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Turning 35...........

 A Little Birthday Treat at Dinner with my hubby at Ruth's Chris

I turned 35 on Friday!  And, no this year I didn't have any quarter-life or mid-life crisis.  LOL!  I don't think I will ever live down the panic I experienced when I turned 25.  Ha!!  The day was absolutely perfection.  Matt and I both took off the Friday to make a three day weekend, so I was able to sleep in before heading out to run errands and a little shopping.  After a fun day of shopping around K-Town, we headed to a nice dinner and enjoyed just spending the day together.  Matt (as always) made the day simply perfect, and I simply couldn't have experienced a better day!

Loving my new right hand ring from my sweet hubby!

As with most birthdays, I (like many of us) find time to reflect on the past year(s) and look forward with anticipation for the next year holds.  My 34th year didn't disappoint, and it truly was a year of transition. However, as I head into my 35th year, and still going through major transitions, I cannot help but have a new hopes and dreams for this year.  And, to help keep me a little more accountable, I thought I would share some of those wishes for this coming year:


1.  Get My Eating In Shape

2. Get Moving  - Join a Gym

3.  Get my PCOS under control. 

4.  Sleep 7 to 9 Hours a Night

5.  Take up a sport - Running, Tennis, or Biking

Travel and Entertainment

6.  Spend a Week (Or Two) at the Beach

7. Take 3 Long Weekend Trips with my hubby

8. See Jimmy Buffett in Concert

9. See Pink Martini or Michael Buble in Concert

10.  Go to at least one (1) away UT Game 


11.  Take time to celebrate milestones, birthdays, and anniversary with my close family! 

12.  Have dinner with my parents at least one night a week!

13.  Reconnect with my extended family. 

14. Go on a fun long weekend trip with my mom and dad.

15. Begin preparing to start "our" family. 


16. Take time to let my close girlfriends know how much they mean to me! 

17. Visit my best friend, Tiffany in Texas!

18. Go on a girls weekend trip
19. Spend time often my "church" family.  


20. Establish an early morning quiet time with The Lord everyday. 

21.  Complete two bible studies, and possibly lead one of those. 

22.  Journal my prayers and walk with God.

23. Get more involved in church.

24. Read through the Bible. 

25.  Memorize 12 to 24 verses of scripture in 2015. 


26. Accomplish top 10 goals I have in my job

27. Read at least one (1) professional development book a month. 

28. Continue second year at Southeast Tourism Society's Marketing College


29. Read at least two fiction/fun books this year. 

30. Learn to cook 27 new dinner meals. 

31. Get a little more serious about saving and retirement planning

32. Find and buy our "Lets Grow Old Here" House

33. Take a fun "artsy" class - pottery, painting, etc.

34. Volunteer - Find a local organization to volunteer my time and money too. 

35. Blog more often. 

So here is to an exciting 35!!!  Looking forward to sharing all this year has in store. 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thankfulness - Day #11

Thankfulness Day 11 - Our American Freedom

I am so thankful and honored to be an American, and to celebrate Veterans Day today. The service and sacrifice our veterans and their families are remarkable and truly humbling. God Bless America!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Lots of Thankfulness

I have not gotten about my Thankfulness posts; however, I decided to enjoy this past weekend and get caught up on posts today.

Thankfulness - Day 7
I am thankful for the amazing friendships the Lord has blessed me with.  However, several years ago, one friend came into my life and we haven't stopped talking since.  She is the best friend a gal could ask for, and one of the most giving people I have ever met.  I am so blessed to be friends with Laney, and so excited for all of the memories ahead. 

Thankfulness - Day 8
I am thankful for Friendships that I can just “pick up” and go with.   I have several friendships that mean so much to me, and its not because I get to see those friends often, its because when I do see those friends, we just pick up from where we left off.  My good friend Nikki is truly one of the biggest blessings the Lord has ever given me.  We met our freshman year of high school, and have been close ever since.  We always pick up where we left off, and I know she is always there no matter what!!

Thankfulness - Day 9
I am thankful for my Church Parents – When I returned home after college, I started attending a different church than the one I grew up in.  I became a member; however, I did not have any close friends or family that I could consistently sit with and talk to each week.  (This came after years of being involved in the church.)  The Montgomery’s quickly “claimed” me, and I became their Church Daughter and “Sister” to their son.  Over the years, I still feel like part of their family.  I love them so very much, and so blessed the Lord has given me an “additional set” of parents/close friends!!   

Thankfulness - Day 10
I am thankful for my best friend Tiffany.  I met Tif in 2003, and we've been close every since.  I love that we can share what the Lord is doing in our lives, and so excited about her new adventures in Texas with her hubby.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankfulness Day #6 - My BIL & SIS

Thankfulness Day #3 - My Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law. 

I am not sure how I got so lucky, but the Lord has truly blessed me with the best BIL and SIL a girl could ask for.  They are our best friends, confidants, and I am so excited all The Lord has in store for our family.  We have such a GREAT time together, and we always picking on each other and laughing all the time.  

Thank you to Jamie and Kristy for being incredible friends and family.  LUV YOU Both!!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thankfulness Day #5

 Thankfulness Day #5- My In-Laws 

I am not sure how I got so lucky, but I am truly thankful for my mother and father-in-law.  The Davis Family is so special to me, and I love them so very much.  They are very giving and loving, and couldn’t ask to be part of a better family.  The Lord truly blessed me with an incredible family. 

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thanksfulness Day #4 - The Davis Boys

Thankfulness Day #4 - My Boys

I have the best three pets a person could ask for!  Our house is ruled by three furry boys named Scotter-Man, Butter-Man, and Lil-Man Davis.  They are incredible cats that are 13 years old, and we have had them since they were born!!! Luv you boys!! 

Butterman Davis

Scooterman Davis (and Matt) 

Lil Man Davis

  The Davis Boys!!
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Day #3 of Thankfulness

Day #3 of Thankfulness - I am thankful for my parents who have always given me every opportunity to succeed, and encouraged me along the way. I love that I am an only child, and my childhood was simply the best. I am thankful for the home and encouraging environment my parents provided for me, which helped me grown into the person I am today. Thank you mom and dad for your unending love and support.   You are truly the best!!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Day #2 of Thankfulness

Its Day #2 of Thankfulness - I am thankful for an incredible marriage with my sweet husband, Matt.

How did I get so lucky, to meet the love of my life at age 16?  Matt is an incredible husband and my best friend.  He loves me for me, and sometimes knows me better than I know myself.  We are best friends and I truly love spending time with him.  And, as life continues to change and evolve, I am so blessed to know he will always be by my side.


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Its November........... A Month of Thanksgiving

Often times, we are encouraged to focus on what we are thankful for instead of the things in life that worry us. That reminds me of that old hymn Count Your Blessings, where the lyrics say "Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God hath done."

And, what better month than to celebrate the Lord's blessings than November.  Its the month of Thanksgiving, and also is a great time to reflect on God's goodness as we approach the Christmas season.  So, this month I am going to try and post each day on what I am thankful for in life.  I would love to know if you are doing the same, as I truly believe it will be a time for us to reflect on God's goodness and love for us.

Day #1 - I am thankful for my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I gave my heart to the Lord when I was 8; however, it wasn't until I was 23 until I gave Him my entire life.  I committed my actions, my emotions, and my life to Him.  And, I cannot express the incredible ride He has taken me on.  There were months and even years of tough lessons and lots of growing up, but I can honestly say I am amazed at His Faithfulness and Love and Goodness to Me.

 Have a blessed weekend my friends!! 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

This Week I.............

This Week I....................

- Successfully cleaned out and purged my clothes from our master bedroom closet, beauty items and medicine from our master bathroom cabinets, and organized our upstairs hall closet. #IHateClutter

- Voted!  We always like to vote early, and this year was no exception.  We went to the polls on Tuesday night, which was so easy and painless.  And, I actually thought this election was much easier than the primary this summer.

- Got Chris Tomlin's New CD and I have to say its a MUST GET!  He produced some great new worships songs on this album, and its been playing non-stop in my car since Tuesday. And, I Will Boast is my new favorite. 

Selfie With the Ripley Mascot

- Wrapped up my job this week. It was bittersweet to leave, but I am so excited for all that is ahead.

- Got to spend some much needed time with my dear friends Brooke and Lisa.  Its our tradition to shower each other with lots of love and laughs during BIG LIFE moments, and since Brooke just had Baby Reed, Lisa and I were quick to visit this cute bundle of joy! 

- Enjoyed an Impromptu Halloween dinner with our neighbors and sweet friends Kristen and Marshall.  We had so much fun laughing and telling stores, and it was the best way celebrate the holiday that I really don't like.

- Celebrated the return of my amazing friend Ryana who has been living in Cambodia for the last several years.  I was so excited to catch up with her and my other friends Nikki, Dustin, and Morgan too.  We had a great dinner, and I am looking forward to spending more time with her soon!

I hope you had a great week too, and I am looking forward to all the new adventures ahead next week!


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

This Week I............

Its been ages since I did a weekly recap post, but on this quiet Saturday afternoon I thought I would take a stab at this post.  Hope you enjoy!

This Week I...............

- Began the week by making a decision that will impact every aspect of my life.  (More details coming soon.)

- Got new furniture for our kitchen, bedroom, and living room.

- Started back to small group after our summer off. (Yes, its a little late in the fall, but our group has been so busy lately.)  

- Started a new bible study, Culture Shock by Chip Ingram 

- Cleaned out my closet, and purged and donated all the clothes I am not wearing anymore.

- Packed up my office, and got ready to move into our new office location. 

Have a great weekend!!! 
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday.............

Hello Stranger!   This truly isn't the season in my life I am blogging a lot; however, I felt inspired to share some of the fun things I've been up to lately, and even share a few things I've got my eye on!   Here are a few things I am loving lately.............

1. Fall Vacations are the BEST!!!  A couple of weeks ago, Matt and I headed to the coast with our favorite travel partners, Jamie and Kristy.  We always love to hit the beach in the fall, and this year didn't disappoint.  We had an incredible weather, amazing weather, and lots of great laughs.  

2. We have new furniture!!  Over the last couple of months I've been itching to buy some new furniture.  So, a couple of weeks ago, Matt and I headed to the furniture store to buy a new bedroom suit, kitchen table, and media cabinet for the living room.  Most of the furniture was delivered this past weekend, and here is a pic of our new bed!  Loving this new look, and now need new pics above the bed. 

3. Luv'n the new phone! I pre-ordered the new iPhone 6 Plus the first day of pre-orders were available, and after a couple of weeks I finally had a new phone.  I am loving my new case too!  And, I must love this print bc its the same print as my new gym bag too! 

4. Needing some new Kicks! Its time to break down and buy a new pair of tennis shoes!  I believe I've narrowed it down to the new Glycerin 12 show by Brooks:

5. My Favorite Treat  Yes, I am still obsessed. 

6.  Time to Plan - I am really considering going back to a paper planner.  I used to always use a paper planner; however, when my schedule got out of control with a job, I immediatly went digital.  Here is the one I have my eye one:

7.  Its never too early to score new Christmas music.  Are you sitting down.......LOOK WHAT JUST CAME OUT!  Pentatonix just dropped a new Christmas Album!  I will be picking up this actual CD very soon!!  EEEk!!  I just love love love love Christmas music.  :-)  

And, finally just a little heads up that a fun and exciting announcement is coming soon.........

 Stayed Tune!   LUV!!! 

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