Sunday, June 26, 2011

Long Weekend in NYC

A few months ago Reid and I were trying to plan out our Summer traveling and he mentioned he had a conference in New York at the end of May. I quickly took advantage of it falling the week before Memorial Day and booked a flight to meet him there. We went together several times in college. Philadelphia is just about two hours away from New York. Our trips were always short, but we loved exploring that City together. We have been wanting to go back to visit as "real adults" and were thrilled it worked out!

We met at LGA Wednesday night. Reid had meetings all day on Thursday so I set out to explore on my own. It was wonderful! A day with nothing to do... but whatever I wanted to... in an amazing city. Ahhh! Thursday night we ate dinner in Grand Central Terminal at Metrazur. It was really good and the atmosphere was great! On Friday I was so excited to meet up with an old friend, Lindsay. My time with her was so refreshing! We ate lunch at a cute place on the Upper West Side and strolled through Central Park on the way back to my hotel. Friday night Reid and I met up with some of his friends from college and hung out in TriBeCa. Saturday we spent the day roaming around different neighborhoods. We shopped a little, taste tested a few desserts at Magnolia Bakery, and ate some great Thai food for dinner. Sunday morning we headed to the airport after brunch in the West Village. It was a wonderful trip and we can't wait to go back!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

To one of the greatest men I know! Thank you for showing your kids what unconditional love looks like! Love you, DAD!





Monday, June 13, 2011

Happy 60th Mom!

I got home a few days ago after spending a week in Little Rock. It was a great trip seeing friends and spending time with my family. While I was there we celebrated my mom's birthday. I wasn't able to be in town on the actual day, June 11, but wanted to do a little something while I was there. Turning 60 is an extra big deal, you know! She seemed to really enjoy our little celebration and we got some great pictures.

I could eat Community Bakery cake every day of my life! It is a family favorite.


Getting some lovin' from Dad.

Mom and her girls.

El and Mom. I love this picture!

George and Mom.
George also had a big birthday this month - 25! He was in Dallas for a Rangers game the week I was home and didn't get to be there for our celebration. This is a pic of them from her last birthday!



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hidden Treasures











"And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name." - Isaiah 45:3



Friday, June 3, 2011

Beauty

It's never been a secret that I struggle with anxiety. There are definitely times in life when that feeling is heightened. The past few months have been one of those times. I have faced huge disappointment and I've wrestled with God to know the "why" of it all. I told my counselor this week that I feel like all of these things (of which I have no real control over) have been swept up by a breeze and I'm trying to catch them while grasping at only the wind. What I'm glad to know is that someone who sees a much bigger picture is able to grasp all that I cannot. He knows when I'm going to be angry and hurt. He knows when I'll feel deep grief and despair. And, He knows that there will, one day, be beauty instead of ashes.


"And provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor." - Isaiah 60:3



Thursday, June 2, 2011

Samson

I feel that it is (ridiculously) necessary to document what our first born looked like at 18 months and 90 pounds. ;)

I really don't know what we would do without him. Samson is seriously the best little companion for us. He has no idea he's a dog, and sometimes I think we forget too!