Thursday, June 30, 2011

I heard this song on the radio today and it made me SO HAPPY!
I couldn't stop cheesing because so many memories came flooding in.
It reminded me of me and my sisters when we were little
on a super hot summer day, playing in the backyard for hours and hours in the sprinkler and water hose, just blasting country music.
I remember when my sister bought this song as a single on a cassette tape
along with Billy Ray Cyrus "Achey Breaky Heart."
We loved Patty Loveless!
Our favorite part of this song is when it stops and she goes
"Uuhh, come on, Patty. Get it together..."
90's country is the best.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

oh my goodness!

Monday, June 27, 2011

{bella & vito}
:my babies:
both white.
both covered in a ridiculous amount of hair.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

ok, ok, ok, ok ..... a couple weeks ago I shared a bitter tone in a blog towards the music business.
BUT I will say that with Hunter being in the business, he has made some
I just watched this video for the first time
and it absolutely blew my mind.
It's a recent release from the band Wavorly.
Please check them out- they are SUCH good dudes with big hearts
and tons of talent.

"A Message"

My song is love
Love to the loveless shown
And it goes on
You don't have to be alone
Your heavy heart
Is made of stone
And it's so hard to see you clearly
You don't have to be on your own
You don't have to be on your own

And I'm not gonna take it back
And I'm not gonna say, "I don't mean that"
You're the target that I'm aiming at
Got to get that message home

My song is love
My song is love, unknown
But I'm on fire for you, clearly
You don't have to be alone
You don't have to be on your own

And I'm not gonna take it back
And I'm not gonna say, "I don't mean that"
You're the target that I'm aiming at
And I'm nothing on my own
Got to get that message home

And I'm not gonna stand and wait
Not gonna leave it until it's much too late
On a platform I'm gonna stand and say
That I'm nothing on my own
And I love you, please come home

My song is love, is love unknown
And I've got to get that message home


yesterday I took Kasen to see the movie "Cars 2"
& naturally, he loved it.
he was given a balloon after the movie
& you might as well had given him a brand new fluffy puppy.
when i dropped him off at his dad's house,
he accidentally let go of his balloon
as he was getting out of my car.
immediately sensing his crushed heart,
i told him that when a balloon floats into the sky
you're supposed to make a wish
& it will come true.
excited, he closed his eyes tight & made a wish.
thinking i had patched over the tragedy,
he spoke up when the balloon was but a speck in the sky.
"ok, can i tell you my wish now?"
"sure buddy. we can barely see the balloon,
so it's safe to tell us what you wished for."
"well, i wished that my balloon would come back."

kids are so cute.

"If, in His original creation of humans, God had created two persons of the same sex, there would not be a human race in existence today."

"The church should be a haven of forgiveness and healing."

Those are two thoughts I'm chewing on this morning. The first statement was taken from a piece I was reading on and the second is from commentary in my Life Application study Bible.

As everyone knows, the New York state senate voted friday to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then I have read a whirlpool of opinions on the internet, most through social media. It really bums me out to read how Christians, specifically, are responding. If you are a part of the body of Christ, you should have knowledge of what the bible says about homosexuality. It's in there: both in the Old and New Testament. I say I'm bummed because I've read christians' opinions that have praised New York's new law and christians' opinions that clearly express judgement on New York. I'll address the second part of that sentence first.

If you are a believer and you have used harsh words to express how you feel about New York's same-sex marriage law, believe me- you are NOT, absolutely NOT making a difference. No one is going to listen to you. No one is going to change because of what you've said. In fact, you are making it worse and giving nonbelievers yet another reason to hate christianity. It completely blows my mind when christians think they have the authority to judge so harshly. Listen, I've been there. I've judged to the point where all I did was cause hurt and do you think I felt better about it? No, the word isn't "better" it's "bitter." As a result of judging again and again and again, one grows bitter. And people don't look at you and think "Man, when I think about him/her I think about love." Most likely, it's the extreme opposite.


In no way, shape or form does God's Word tell us not to love a person because of who they are or what they're doing. Not once does the bible mention to look down upon a person and make them feel lesser. I don't recall in the New Testament Jesus walking up to a sinner and saying "You're disgusting." But, at the same time, He didn't accept or approve, BUT THE DIFFERENCE IN HOW HE SHOWED THIS was He LOVED.

There is not an ounce in me that says "I'm never gonna hang out with someone who is gay because I think being gay is a sin!" That is a person created by the very hands of God and I KNOW God loves that person with a love beyond comprehension, as He loves all of His children.

So yes, while it is offensive to those who disagree, homosexuality goes against my beliefs. But there are christians everyday who partake in things that go against my beliefs, but we are called to respond in love. Does this mean I'm saying to hold their hand and stroke their hair and say "It's ok. Everything's fine." No, but it certainly doesn't mean to throw daggers that do nothing but fuel the fire. If you're a believer and you want to know how we are called to respond, open your bible and read about when Christ walked the earth. Use that as your example.

Now for the believers who are celebrating this new law. I don't really have much to say but to repeat what I said earlier. The bible does speak about homosexuality in both the Old and New Testament-- the important thing to know is that when it does mention it, there are also several other acts of sin grouped with it. There is no bullying in these verses towards homosexuality, as I said, when it's brought up other sin is stated along with it (prostitution, slave traders, adultery, etc.) and I think that it's so there is absolutely no cloudy areas toward these lifestyles pertaining to those who follow Christ.

God gives us free will. He loves us SO MUCH that He lets us make our own choices. And when we do make our own choices, we will experience life happening based upon our choices. God doesn't sit up there with a lightening bolt that He strikes down upon us whenever we don't choose His way. He just allows life to go the way it's going to go as a result of our choices, however, He is always there to guide us and to show us the way. We can choose to take His hand and we can choose not to.

So again, if you're a believer and you want to know how we are called to respond, open your bible and read about when Christ (AKA Love) walked the earth. Use that as your example.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Josh and Maria Teige

I had the privilege of serving wine at my friend's
brother's wedding on Saturday.
I've been to A LOT of weddings over the years, and I have to say,
this wedding is definitely in my top favorite.
It was held on a beautiful piece of property in the country area of Columbia.
Earlier that day a big storm came through, which dropped the
temperature about 15 degrees, so the evening was absolute perfection.
The setting was eclectic, vintage and every detail was amazing.
Josh and Maria got married right before sunset
and their ceremony was, by far, one of the sweetest I've ever heard.
Brandon Porter married them and he told the story of
how Josh and Maria met.
He then told what Josh and Maria loved about each other,
and the list was so precious.
I adore meaningful ceremonies that reveal how much
the bride and groom love each other.
Then we moved onto the reception.
By then, the sun had set and we ate amazing food,
drank wine and danced with the fireflies.
Hands down, one of the sweetest weddings I've been to in a long time.
It was a smaller wedding, but extremely personal, warm and humble.
I am so glad I got to witness these two lovebirds tie the knot!
I can't wait to see all the details that the wedding photographer captured!

The reception was beautiful. Each table had a different antique tablecloth and multiple styles of vintage chairs. We were also surrounded by amazing landscaping and greenery.

After the sun went down, we lit the bonfire
(where the red lawn chairs are set up).
It was perfect because the bonfire was set back by the creek and was so relaxing.

I was lucky enough to be able to bring home one of the center pieces
from the reception. Aren't they pretty?? I love the jars they're in.

You can't really tell in this picture, but in the center is the bride
and groom's table
and directly behind it is a stone fireplace covered in vines.
Like I said, every detail was BEAUTIFUL!

This was at the ceremony.
It was set further back on the property nestled by the tree line and creek.
The benches were hand-made with tree stumps and natural cuts of wood.

I LOVED what the bridesmaids were wearing.
They had on cowboy boots and pretty little cotton dresses.
They also carried paper flowers.
Such a cute idea!

Here comes the stunning bride :)
Her dress was AMAZING! She found it at Anthropologie.
I also loved the details at the end of the benches-
Coke bottles filled with little white flowers and wheat,
tied to posts with thin rope.

"Josh, you may now kiss your bride."
He kept picking her up like this to kiss her.
It was so sweet because Josh is very tall and Maria is teeny!

Mr. & Mrs. Teige!

She wore cowboy boots with her dress- LOVE IT!

The reception was so warm and welcoming.
I wish you could see all the little details better-
there were lots of antique pieces, natural wood and their engagement pictures.
They served tons of yummy food- shrimp and orzo salad, salmon bruschetta, pinwheel sandwiches, spinach artichoke dip, tons of fresh fruit and veggies, stuffed tomatoes, chicken salad... just to name a few!
I helped serve the drinks. They had wine, sweet tea, pink lemonade cocktails (in mason jars!! AMAZING!) and old-fashioned bottles of RC, Coke, Sunkist, Sundrop, rootbeer...

This was the cutest thing- for dessert, there was just tons of
homemade pies. I love this idea!
This is the cherry pie Katye made- gluten free and so good!

And so starts the dancing :)

The little boy break-dancing in the middle was soooo good!

Congratulations, Josh and Maria!!!
Your love for each other really shined last night
and God's presence was so apparent.
They're off to Hawaii now!
I heard Josh left his cell phone at home.
Thatta boy, Josh :) Who needs phones when you're in Hawaii?????

{photography by Katye Anderson}

If you've never listened to Tyler James' music,
you should definitely check it out!
He's a local artist who's doing really well so far in his career!
I love this cover he just released.
He will be playing at Live on the Green in September
in Nashville- I want to go!
Check here for updates on this concert series.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Did anyone catch the sunset tonight?
It was breathtaking.
All day long, we had nasty storms that produced hail through out the day.
And then finally at 7:30 tonight, the sun decided to come out
just so we could see it set :)
And the weather is PERFECT at 71 degrees.
Here's some sunset pictures if you missed it.




I gave my baby chicken fuzz a bath tonight
and now she's so soft and smells like a baby bunny

And here's a picture of the long lost Vito!
He was gone for 10 months...
Love having him home.

found this post today

i love it

In case you didn't get my memo....

Hunter said she hits every note perfect live :)

that boy...

This boy makes my heart melt....

Can you blame me? LOOK AT HIM!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I love being a homeowner.
Hunter and I bought our town home in August of 2008,
and I am still in progress of making it feel like a home.
Sometimes I wonder if that process ever stops?
You find little things, pieces, pictures, art that represent you
and give it it's very own corner to reside along with you in your home.

This is our latest piece. We originally bought it for our TV console,
but decided we like it in our room.
The wood has a dark, natural and rustic look with
iron posts for the legs.
The art on the table was a gift from my brother-in-law and I love it!
I also recently put up the wall art, which says "For we walk by faith not by sight.
-2 Corinthians 5:7"
(The word 'faith' is in gold, so it's hard to see in this picture)

This is my favorite piece in the whole house.
I found it at a thrift store and it reminds me
of something you'd find on a pirate ship, haha!
I finally hung some art over it, which is a collage
one of my best bud's, Katye, made me and Hunter
as a wedding gift. I love it!

This is also a new addition.
This was my mawmaw and pawpaw's console, but she recently
bought a huge, beautiful one so we got her old one!
I think it fits really well with our taste.

I took the time to pick some pretty summer flowers today :)
I put them in old bottles and love how rustic, but pretty they make the kitchen feel.

This little magnet is the cutest! My sister gave it to me for my birthday.
It's a teeny tiny jar that I can put a single mini flower in.
It makes me happy :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I really needed this today...

So I'm sharing it!

Trust Me and don't be afraid, for I am your Strength and Song. Do not let fear dissipate your energy. Instead, invest your energy in trusting Me and singing My Song. The battle for control of your mind is fierce, and years of worry have made you vulnerable to the enemy. Therefore, you need to be vigilant in guarding your thoughts. Do not despise this weakness in yourself, since I am using it to draw you closer to Me. Your constant need for Me creates an intimacy that is well worth the effort. You are not alone in this struggle for your mind. My Spirit living within you is ever ready to help in this striving. Ask Him to control your mind; He will bless you with Life and Peace.

"See, God has come to save me. I will trust in Him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; He has given me victory."
-Isaiah 12:2

"So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. "
-Romans 8:6

{From my Jesus Calling devotional}

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I posted the live version of this song last night
and have been obsessing over it for the past 24 hours.
I can't believe I've never listened to
Coldplay's "The Blue Room" ep before.
It's incredible and I'm definitely buying a copy!!

Anyways, I was reading the lyrics to "See You Soon"
and they reminded me of a misunderstood family member we
sadly lost in early 2010.

Here's the album version and lyrics:

"So you lost your trust
& you never should have
No you never should have
But don't break your back if you ever see this
But don't answer that
In a bullet-prove vest
With the windows all closed
I'll be doing my best
& I'll see you soon
In a telescope lens
& when all you want is friends
I'll see you soon

So they came for you
They come snapping at your heels
They come snapping at your heels
But don't break your back if you ever heard this
But don't answer that
Cause in a bullet-prove vest
With the windows all closed
I'll be doing my best
& I'll see you soon
In a telescope lens
& when all you want is friends
I'll see you soon

Noo you lost your trust
Noo you lost your trust
Noo don't lose your trust
Noo don't lose your trust

I'll see you soon, Beau.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

coldplay live 2003
"see you soon"
(this video completely mesmerized me)

stuck in my head tonight

"nobody said it was easy..."

(then I saw that Avril Lavigne covered this song, so I listened to it... and... yyyyyyyyeeeeeaaaahhhhh. no.)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

re-post :)

Bare with me, because I promise I'm going somewhere with this post...

My husband has a heart of gold. He has been in my life for 6 years now and when I think about being married to this man, the word "blessing" doesn't even do him justice. I honestly feel so undeserving to be his wife because he is the epitome of what it is to love unconditionally. He has seen me at my worst- places that no other person has had to see me- and he has only loved me stronger as a result. He takes the blows I've given him, and while any other man would rightfully shut down towards me in response, he turns the other cheek, then apologizes for something I did. He has witnessed me broken and weeping in my defeat and has cried along side me in my brokenness. He takes the blame for things he hasn't done. He has a huge heart. He is silly and happy and always looks on the positive side of situations.

My husband is in the music business. Music made up a huge part of who I was in my teenage years and early adulthood. But for the past 6 years, I've been exposed to so much in the music business that my passion for music has almost deteriorated. People in the music industry can just be so shameless sometimes, and unfortunately we've experienced a lot of that over the years.

But his heart is so unconditional that he constantly reminds me to trust the good in people. Something I so prematurely got worked up over the other day worked out. The people in the situation DO CARE about Hunter and DO WANT to look out for him. I felt silly for getting angry over something that hadn't even happened yet, but it was my natural reaction to assume that the people Hunter works just might not care. It was SO REFRESHING to hear that THEY DID want what was best for Hunter. And I thank God for where he is right now.

Hunter has ALWAYS encouraged me to trust in the Lord with the way things are or aren't turning out, because that's what keeps him believing--- his trust in God. And I truly believe Hunter's continuous faith has allowed God to guide his footsteps. Though he's felt thoroughly confused at times, he is always quick to thank God for where He has him. Because of his faith and reason to believe that God had something better, God has placed him in a current situation in which he absolutely feels loved and appreciated. Though his current work is hard, it's rewarding because he is reminded again and again that he is surrounded by love and people who want him there. And since this more recent transition, other opportunities have sprung from it and I see Hunter excited about music again. I've gotten so upset in past times having to see him disappointed again and again, and now seeing him being loved, being offered opportunities, having his talent wanted is such a breath of fresh air for both him and me. If we chose to believe, then God will show us that His plans are always better than our own.

Now onto my main point!

For the past 2 days, God has shown me the same verse 3 different times. Yesterday, I though about my 20th birthday and the verse God gave me. It was a time I felt unwanted. And the morning I turned 20, God showed me Psalm 37:4:
"Delight yourself in the Lord,
and He will give you the desires of your heart."
I took this verse to heart full on and one short week after my 20th birthday, Hunter waltzed into my life.
This morning, I was having my quiet time and one of the verses in my devotional was Psalm 37:4. I smiled and thought "Hey, I thought about this verse just yesterday!" Then later on, I walked over to my refrigerator and glanced at my calendar. I just turned to the month of June the other day, but hadn't read the verse for June until today. Yup. It was Psalm 37:4. I laughed and said "Ok, God. This isn't coincidence! Teach me again what it is to delight myself in You."

I have been discouraged lately for different reasons, but I have the privilege of being married to a man who is the prime example of being fully content in where God has him. I also have the privilege of believing in a God who reminds me loud and clear as day how to find joy in wherever life has me (Psalm 37:4).