Friday, November 30, 2012

Dawgs on Top

We're headed to Atlanta for the weekend for the SEC Championship game against Alabama. 
Praying for a Dawg victory!!!

Here's a fun video some UGA students made about the game : )


Go Dawgs!!
xO

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I had a lot of school work that I should have done but decided to rest + spend time with family instead : ) So now I am frantically finishing some last minute projects/papers that are due this week and next. I always hate the weeks right after Thanksgiving...

Anyway, here are some pictures from my wonderful week off!

On Wednesday Adam and I had Thanksgiving with his dad's family. We don't get to see them often so it was nice to catch up, share some of our wedding plans, and meet some new babies!

On Thursday we had Thanksgiving with my dad's family : ) Adam's parents joined us which was so great!!

Me and the cutest girl EVER!

 All the Benson girls!

My brother & Carolyne-Grace {Can you say TWINS?!}

Thursday night my mom and I went Black Friday shopping! Toys-R-Us opened at 8pm so we headed there first and got some great things for Caroylne-Grace. My brother didn't want to go everywhere with us so he followed us to Toys-R-Us so he could get some things for CG too but when he saw the line to just get in the store he left; I don't think he knew just how crazy it would be haha!! Anyway.. after Toys-R-Us we headed to Wal-Mart which wasn't as bad as it has been in years past. We ended up leaving with only 2 candles and some mittens for CG...fail...

This was my FAVORITE thing we got CG.. I literally cannot wait to play with it with her haha! I had one similar when I was younger and I always loved setting it up and playing with it!
 We finally got home around 2am and were back up at 5am to get to Ashley Furniture. The first 50 people in line received $100 gift cards. We got there around 5:30am and had to wait until 7am for them to open, but we got our gift cards! And we also got this baby...



Adam + I's first big purchase for our house!!
We have been looking at couches + love seats for quite some time but wanted to wait until Black Friday to get a good deal. We had it narrowed down to two different ones and we were going to purchase whichever one was cheaper on BF. But when I walked in and saw this new sectional they had just put on the floor the night before I knew it was "the one". Even though Adam wasn't there to give his opinions I knew he would like it : )

After purchasing our sectional my mom and I headed to Barnes & Noble to snag up some $59 Nooks! I got one and am so excited to start using it. I am a huge reader and have always been against Nooks/Kindles because I prefer actual books, but with it being on sale for $59 I couldn't resist!

We finally headed home in time to get ready and head to our final Thanksgiving lunch with my mom's family. I am blessed with TONS of family, but goodness I am still exhausted!

Saturday we were up bright and early for the UGA vs. GT game. Clean old fashioned HATE as they call it! My mama is a Tech fan, but my daddy, brother & I are die hard UGA fans.. if you haven't noticed ; )

It was freezing but it was such a great game I didn't care!
Our Dawgies are ONE game away from the Nat'l Championship! Holy Crap.
We are headed to Atlanta this weekend for the SEC Championship against Alabama & the winner of that game plays Notre Dame in the Natty!!



I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as mine.
Can't believe Christmas is less than a month away!!

xO

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wedding Wednesday Link Up!

Welcome to the Wedding Wednesday Link Up Party with A Happy Wife in New Orleans!!! The last WW Link Up Party (the first one ever) had 25 link ups!!!! Let's try to get more this time! A reminder that this link up party will occur every two weeks, so start creating your wedding posts!!

What is this link up party all about?
Link up any wedding-related post on your blog. This can be a favorite post of yours previously written or a new post. Anything wedding related! Wedding planning, your own wedding recaps, a wedding you were in, a wedding you attended, bridal showers, engagement stories, honeymoons, etc... You get the picture! Be sure to link up a different post for every new link up party. 


Now let's meet this week's co-hosts who have helped make this party a reality!



Here are your "vows" to linking up:
1. Link up your favorite "wedding" related post on your blog. It could be a new post or one previously written. ** Be sure to include the link directly to that post.**
2. Please link back to me within your post (text link or party button). I will feature my favorite posts and will only feature those posts that include a direct link back to me.
3. It is mandatory to follow your Host and Co-hosts {#1 - 4} via GFC.
4. Visit other blogs that have linked up and let them you know stopped bye.
5. Help spread the word about this fun link up party!



Interested in co-hosting a future Wedding Wednesday Link Up Party? 

I am so excited to see everyone's wedding post! 
Thank you for saying "I DO" to the Wedding Wednesday Link Up Party!

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I am so excited to be co-hosting Wedding Wednesday today!!

I feel like we are at a stand still as far as wedding planning goes. We have made all the major decisions, but it isn't time to start messing around with details quite yet! We are getting ready to send our Save the Dates out right after Thanksgiving--I can't wait to share them with y'all! 

One thing that I finalized pretty early on was music. For some people this is a really hard decision but I knew exactly what I wanted before we even got engaged! I changed my mind a couple of times on a few songs, but for the most part my vision has stayed the same. We hired the amazing Emily Hearn to sing during our ceremony--probably one of the best things about our wedding, in my opinion!

These are the songs we chose..

Presessional: Til Kingdom Come | Coldplay



Entrance of parents and grandparents: Come Away with me | Norah Jones



Entrance of Bridal party: Somebody Loved | The Weepies



Entrance of the Bride: Heavenly Day | Patty Griffin



Unity candle/Communion/Prayer: You're Beautiful | Phil Wickham 
{The same song Nicole is walking down the aisle to!!!}



Recessional: Like Ships Need the Sea | Emily Hearn



First dance: Oh, Tonight | Josh Abbott Band 



Father/Daughter Dance: One of us | Dave Barnes


SO excited about our music choices : )
What do y'all think?? Which one is your favorite?

213 days until I become Mrs. L! 

xO

Monday, November 19, 2012

How to Be Rich

This week at Athens Church we started our annual series Be Rich, taught by our teaching pastor Andy Stanley. This is by far my favorite series that we do every year. 

As I sat in church yesterday and listened to this idea of BEING RICH it really made me think about this blog community. As bloggers we are constantly comparing ourselves to the other blogs we read, the instagram pictures we see, and the twitter accounts that we follow. It's so easy to get wrapped up in having the next best thing so you can blog about it. Now I love a good OOTD post, don't get me wrong, this isn't about not having nice things, there's nothing wrong with that... but there have been so many times that I look at another blogger and think "Wow! She is so RICH." based on the THINGS that she has. But the truth of the matter is we are ALL rich.
We may not be able to afford every Louis Vuitton, David Yurman, and Tory Burch product that we want but we are SO rich compared to the rest of the world. Half the world--nearly 3 million people--live on less than a dollar a day! One trip to Starbucks will cost you the same amount that someone lives off of for an entire week in some third world countries. 

As bloggers we have been given a platform, a voice, to share whatever it is we want to share. For me, it's truth. I want others to know that I am a princess of the almighty King and that I am RICH because He has blessed me with more than I could ever need--and you can be rich too. 

1 Timothy 6:17-19 says, "Command those who are rich in this present world to do good, to be rich in good needs, and to be generous and willing to share." This is how we can be rich..to be generous and willing to share. 

Jessica, our other co-leader, Alex, and I challenged our 7th grade girls to come up with a way that we can be rich to someone, or a group, in our community or around the world, and I want to challenge you to do the same! One great way to be rich is to visit Nicole's blog and read about her Love Big, Give Big campaign--coming together as bloggers to be rich to others is an AMAZING thing. Another way is to vist www.howtoberich.org and watch the Be Rich series and read about different organizations that our churches are partnering with. Here is a list of all of the strategic partners participating in Be Rich--Maybe there is a North Point strategic partner church in your town that you never knew about! 

  1. Access Church Jacksonville, Florida
  2. Anthem Church Gainesville, Florida
  3. Athens Church Athens, Georgia
  4. Beachside Community Church Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  5. Browns Bridge Community Church Cumming, Georgia
  6. Buckhead Church Atlanta, Georgia
  7. Canyons Church Clarkston, Washington
  8. Cumberland Church Franklin, Tennessee
  9. Gwinnett Church Duluth, Georgia
  10. Life Bridge Church Savannah, Georgia
  11. Longleaf Church Warner Robins, Georgia
  12. New Vintage Church Santa Rosa, California
  13. North Point Community Church Alpharetta, Georgia
  14. NorthBridge Community Church Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
  15. Red Rock Church Colorado Springs, Colorado
  16. Ridge Church Charlotte, North Carolina
  17. Rock Point Community Church Chattanooga, Tennessee
  18. Southpoint Church Cape Town, South Africa
  19. Southside Church Peachtree City, Georgia
  20. Stone Point Church Tucker, Georgia
  21. Watermarke Church Canton, Georgia
  22. Wiregrass Church Dothan, Alabama
Even if there is not a church in your area I still challenge you to find a way to be rich to someone. It can be someone in you family, in your community, or someone across the world. When we get past this idea of "getting rich" and realize that we are already abundantly blessed and rich beyond belief we can begin to ask God what it is that He wants us to do with our richness.
We give to others because He first gave to us.

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that for you? Even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked." [Luke 6:34-35]

xO


Friday, November 16, 2012

Bulldawg Weekend

TGIF! 
Happy Weekend! I will be spending my weekend with family + friends at the UGA v. Georgia Southern game! Love being in Athens on game day! : )


| paintings via |

Go Dawgs!!!!

xO

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Taking a Look Back...

This time last year I made the decision to spend my spring break in Nicaragua. As they start making announcements at church for next year's trip I am getting so sad. I want to go back really bad, but financially I just can't send out support letters again then turn around and graduate and then get married.. just not a very nice thing for me to do to people. I know that I will go back someday and I know the Lord will provide the way for me to get there. I have been looking at all of my pictures and wanted to show y'all a few : ) I know I did a couple re-caps back in March when I got back but there were a bunch of pictures I never showed. Enjoy!!















Are the not the most BEAUTIFUL people ever??
If you have never been on a mission trip before I would strongly encourage it. 
It was the best week of my entire life. and I miss it BAD!

xO

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

Today for Wedding Wednesday I thought I would share some of my Pinterest finds that are inspiring my wedding! Let me just say.. Thank goodness my wedding wasn't pre-Pinterest!!
Let me know what y'all think!!


{kid's table!}















xO

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I love SW Mag!

I have been waiting on this day for a loooong time! Today, Southern Wedding Magazine V5 is officially on news stands! Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Sandy, my Publix did not have any copies this morning when I went, but I am crossing my fingers that when I go back after work they will be there! I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this pretty!!! Just look at it. AH!


xO


Monday, November 12, 2012

Road Dawgs

It was another weekend on the road for our crew. We left Atlanta at 5am Saturday morning and arrived at our tailgate spot in Auburn at 6am (we gained an hour) Yes, you read that right..6am. Keep in mind the game wasn't until 6:30 that night. We literally tailgated for 12 hours. I swear we could have our own reality show. It was such a fun day!! I ate more food than I care to tell y'all about, shopped in downtown Auburn & got to see my Dawgs clinch the SEC East! Good season for the Dawgs=job security for Adam!! ; )





Glory, Glory!
xO


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wedding Wednesday!

Today we officially booked our honeymoon! We took a long time deciding where we wanted to go. We went back and forth between Hawaii, Dominican Republic, and St. Lucia. After getting many recommendations from friends and family we officially decided on...

St. Lucia!!

Sandals La Toc to be exact!









I cannot wait to spend 7 amazing nights enjoying life with my new hubby in St. Lucia!! : )

June cannot get here fast enough!

xO