31 August 2009

PCB: SB2009!

3 of the 5 small group couples went to Panama City Beach (yayah!) for a little get away this past week: Tues-Sun. It was AWESOME!!! everything we expected and more from PCB. wish we had the airbrush tee to prove it ;) or perhaps a tatoo :0

we had it all: a nice place, the Calypso (this is not our condo, but you get the idea and the pics are pretty ;), a cabana with seats to layout on, drinks, card games, and cable! we loved it.

the minute we set barefoot feet on the sand we relaxed. immediately. we had theme nights: dinner equipped with appetizers, more and more food, games, and costumes (yay!). we stayed up late and slept in as long as we wanted. it was a fun time of bonding and fellowship, togetherness and vacation.

couldn't have asked for more... except if the rest of our group could have been there ;) we missed you!


so coco and i headed out 8/3/09.

we wanted to conquer 6 states in 2 days. with no sure destination set for our first and only night away, we started out on the open road and this is where we went and what happened (Christi has posted pics on facebook).

I-75 (400 miles total!)
GA/ TN state line
-UT, Mayberry Sheriff's car parked on the town square, Woodruff Building Downtown Grille for lunch (freakin awesome!), Mast General Store (amazing): juicer, muscadine wines, jams, jellies, sorghum molasses, camelbaks, carharts, free stickers.
Thrift Church Store (cute!)
stop @ Williamsburg--cutest stop ever! loved the gas station
rock walls on either side of interstate
Jellico, TN (really? that's the name of your town??)
TN/ KY state line
Hazard, KY
-silos, Smokey Mountains, cows bathing, "Man O War" Blvd, UK: Arboretum (we took a nice long walk through this beautiful garden of flowers and trees and saw a rabbit on the path!... incredible, and yes, people were taking engagement pics just like on North Campus @ UGA), Bluegrass everything, "Turkey Foot Lane," "Plunkett St," "Nutter Field House," ice machine in UK statdium parking lot... wth?, Lucille's Lounge (yayah), Lucia's, and "a la Lucie's" (are you getting the feeling I'm getting???), "Transylvania University" for vamps like Edward Cullen... <333
I-64 (Purple Heart Trail)
ridiculous city names in KY: Salt Lick, Sharkey, Farmers, Wurtland, Greenup
Morehead University
2 Nuclear Plant-looking things... ???? question mark!
KY/ WV state line
state motto: "West Virginia: Wild and Wonderful" (love it)
Beckley, WV
-Gino's (the awesome pizza place we ate dinner in the Tri State Area: KY, WV, OH)
Econolodge (where we stayed: pet friendly with a little pup @ front desk "Bailey")
-our friends from NC gospel got ripped off by lying old lady ;)

Crossing the Appalachian Trail (i heart the AT)
WV/ VA state line
Jackson River (we crossed over it 3x on the same road... whattheheck)
-stopped @ scenic view @ mile marker 100: beau-ti-ful
Monticello (aka: "Tommy J's House")
Thomas Jefferson loves Lucy the Librarian: "I cannot live without books" -1815
Roanoke, VA (a fave!)
-German Convention Center (awesome and huge), great downtown, St. Andrews Church (pics of this gothic style beauty), Greene Memorial UMC (took pictures in front of the big red doors and loved it)
-Farmer's Market, Henry's Memphis BBQ (where we had dinner. yum!), Calvary Hills everywhere
Blue Ridge Mountains
VA/ NC state line
Hickory, NC (chic fil a late night! a milkshake and an ice dream. thank you! "MP")
Christmas songs
Charlotte (beautiful with night lights! wish we could've stopped in but it was late, Hannah!!!)
I-85 (300 miles total!)
NC/ SC state line
Abbott Farms
-peaches, pumpkin patches, corn maizes... we'll be back for more!
Greenville (drove through the downtown--so similar to Athens--with Mast General's, Trio, the park, shoppes, Cold Stone, and bars. very very impressive. a fave on the RT)

We got home a little after 2am. back to Atlanta. back to reality. we should've called this RT the "College Tour" b/c we saw so many campuses. had an unforgettably great time--one of the best--and def made some funny memories, heard a few awesome pod casts, played fun music (and sang along loudly ;), and had some wonderful convos. love you coco!!

omg. i'm back

sorry i haven't blogged much. bit of a crazy month. let me catch you up quickly....

1. i love the bible gateway quote of the day: “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.”

2. we had 4 weddings in 3 weeks and i was in 2 of them--both incredible and beautiful and different. both ladies very very special to me. it was an honor to stand beside both while they took eternal vows. un-freakin-believable. loved it. love you. muah.

3. we have not and will not spend one weekend in six in our little apt in atlanta... it will be nice even after a roadtrip, a vaca @ the beach, and a long weekend @ the lake (more to come on each later) to have a little down time here. ahhhhh.

4. i have missed kelly fitz all summer while she was in Nicaragua. i'm so glad she's back and now we get to play for the next 6 weeks 'till she leaves AGAIN... crazy jesus-lovin kelly.

5. i recently had dinner with a few lady friends from my former job @ maggiano's. it was SO NICE to chat and catch up. we are hopefully planning another get together @ the swan coach house (ooo la la!). totally looking forward to that!

6. stahler has officially started at The University. he's pledging, which is hilarious and makes for great stories, and school is tough, which is also good for the lil bro. this means mama and daddy are officially empty nesters, which is both really hard and really good for them ;) they are at a wonderful place in their lives and marriage. it's kinda fun to double date as newly-something couples (newly wed, newly-just-the-two-of-us-again). freakin awesome.

7. things @ work are going GREAT!!!

8. i'm so excited for fall and football season! GO DAWGS!

9. more to come...!!!!

11 August 2009

billy graham

This is a prayer that Billy Graham recently prayer for our country... I'm still processing how I feel about it, but wanted to publish it here to hear your thoughts, as well. There is obvious merit in the meat of it, I'm just trying to figure out if this prayer fully represents my heart's cry for the nation. What do you think???

"Heavenly Father,
We come before you today to ask for forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen."

thoughts?? comment.