farewell to 2006

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Here we are, in the final hours of 2006. It’s been quite an exciting year! As you all know, of course. :-) I have lots to blog about, but first a recap of 2006 (in a similar style as last year):

  • January: I looked through my old blog posts, and nothing happened in January, I decided. :-) I didn’t get to go see End of the Spear, about which I was very disappointed, but I ended up seeing it in February and now I own the DVD so if anyone wants to watch it, you just need to ask. :-)
  • February: I went to Nashville to visit Bethany, and had a blast. Also, Paul and I got engaged! Sort of – more like, we set the date finally. :-) I took a trip to Orlando to pick up some wedding related stuff and see my family. Also, I enjoyed watching the Olympics on TV.
  • March: Paul and I celebrated our four-year anniversary. I also got Adobe CS2, software over which I had been drooling for quite some time. I started with the wedding preparations, interviewing and nailing down photographers. In the midst of this I took a trip to Taylor for Joanna’s surprise bridal shower, to see everyone, and I got to visit Beth (and Olivia!) and Bethany along the way. Later that month, Zay, Carrie, and Katie stopped by and stayed overnight on their way to and home from Florida. I enjoyed seeing them! The month ended wonderfully with Paul moving to Atlanta! We had gone six months without seeing each other that last time, so as you can expect the reunion was sweet. When Paul moved here, I moved in with Ann and got to know her a lot better.
  • April: April began with our Easter cantata, which went wonderfully. I loved that music! I celebrated my one year anniversary living in Atlanta. Paul also started hitting the job search full-time, and was successful because 5 weeks after moving to Atlanta he got the job at CNN. I guess Atlanta has a better job market than New England. :-) The month ended on a sad note with the Taylor van crash. I was pretty affected by it even though I really wasn’t close to any of the people involved.
  • May: Paul started working at CNN. I gave a talk at the mother/daughter banquet at my church, which I enjoyed and I think a lot of other people enjoyed as well. I never did type up that speech for my blog… Paul and I continued with wedding plans, including registering for gifts. (SO much fun!) My church threw us a wedding shower, and I spent a lot of time working on thank-you notes. We also drove to Orlando to surprise my mom for Mother’s Day. I love surprising her. :-) Paul and I worked on wedding invitations forever, putting together and hand-writing the addresses for almost 250. Wow!
  • June: June was the month for weddings! First was Joanna’s wedding, for which I had the honor and privilege of being a bridesmaid. Then I drove up with Bethany to Michigan for Ann & David’s wedding. We had quite a bit of car problems this month. We also spent many hours wedding planning, as the RSVPs flowed in and we started to finalize the headcount and other details.
  • July: Well, well, what can we say about July? :-) Crazy busy wedding plans… I also got my little Corolla which I still love. :-) The month ended with a beautiful wedding… the one day that has changed my life. :-)
  • August: We started August in North Carolina and then Helen, GA, then back to Atlanta. We rearranged our apartment, and I cut my hair. I also took a day off work and changed my name. Beth and I started our blog, Onward & Upward.
  • September: September started my weekend migraines. Paul and I also decided on a townhouse to move to, and we turned in our 60-day notice for the apartment.
  • October: I went to the doctor for my migraines. We also had a scare with my brother and his migraines, which he seems to be okay now (thank God!). At the end of the month, we went to New England for a second wedding reception. We had a really good trip, and we got to meet Becky and Matthew. We also hung out with Nichole and Micah and overall had a great trip.
  • November: My parents had to be in Atlanta for some church speaking engagements, so they stayed with us for a week. We moved into our current townhouse, and started unpacking. My sister came for a week over Thanksgiving, and I loved having her here. We went to the Kirschner’s for Thanksgiving Day, and the following weekend we had fun decorating for Christmas. Amy also took some pictures of Paul and I for our first Christmas together.
  • December: Paul and I went to see the Festival of Trees and enjoyed our day together. We got ready for our first Christmas together with my family in Orlando. Then was my 24th birthday, which we celebrated by going to Universal Studios with AJ. It was a lot of fun, and now we’re back in Atlanta celebrating New Year’s!

Happy 2007, everyone!!

home again

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It was a delightful trip but seemed too short. Paul and I, along with Lewis and Ebony, drove back to Atlanta last night. We are so glad to be home. I wasn’t feeling all that well, so we stopped at exit 5 and checked out the $3 bookstore. That made me happy and I felt much better afterwards. I picked up a book about a subject on which I am intending to write a blog post in the near future. I wanted to research before writing, so I am excited to have some resources.

On the way up, we had a long talk about 2007 and where we’d like to see ourselves in this coming year. I am mostly worried because if I continue in my current trend, I will just be gaining weight and broke, not to mention disorganized and messy. I need some major lifestyle changes… But how to accomplish without overwhelming myself? I think I might spend this coming weekend pondering that, and hopefully come up with a reasonable New Year’s plan. We have a good idea of where we want to be, but getting there is the tricky part.

But back to our vacation… AJ took Paul and I to Universal Studios for my birthday, which was fun. I was nervous because I hate rides but I was able to find a lot to do that wasn’t “scary”. I especially enjoy the Twister exhibit, the earthquake exhibit/ride, and even the Terminator one. We had a fun, long day, and I was exhausted. The next day Paul treated me to a pedicure and they had this stuff they put on your legs and feet to “soothe aching muscles”. It felt sooo nice! And I have pretty toes. :-) We spent the day after my birthday running errands and shopping with my mom, and then a special beef-a-roni dinner and ice cream cake for dessert. Then we watched “Cars” (finally!) which was enjoyed by all. The trip passed too quickly… I miss getting 2 weeks for Christmas like we did at school!

This weekend is New Year’s…. I am not sure what we’re doing. Paul is working on New Year’s Day, so we really can’t stay up late on New Year’s Eve, which means we can’t go anywhere. I suppose we’ll just have a quiet evening to ourselves. I have lots of ambitious plans this weekend anyways, including packing up the Christmas things and setting up our office, and setting up the bookcases (getting rid of a ton of boxes in the process). Exciting stuff!

Okay off to work. Gotta get a lot done today. I can’t believe it’s Friday! :-p

merry Christmas!

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I pause from Christmas celebrations to remember the reason why we are celebrating…

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

   Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

(Luke 2:1-20, The Message)

Of course, none of this would mean anything without the REASON Christ came:

He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(John 1:11-14, NIV) 

And THAT is the greatest news of all! I hope everyone is having a lovely and blessed day. Merry Christmas, one and all!

Merry Christmas Eve!

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Greetings from warm, sunny, HUMID Florida! :-p I completely misprepared for my trip and only brought shoes and no sandals. It’s so warm here that the thought of stuffing my feet in socks just makes me want to shudder. However, I have enjoyed being with my family, and of course being with Paul. I have been showing him all the Christmas memories I grew up with (like Peter Spier’s Christmas), which has been fun.

Last night I got to see Joanna H. and her new apartment, which was very delightful! I miss Joanna a lot! We also got to talk to Zay for her birthday! Ah miss Taylor people! It’s fun to be able to connect with Joanna every time I’m in Orlando; I’m glad I get to do that.

Christmas Eve service tonight was delightful, as always. I’m trying to get people rounded up to sing some Christmas carols this evening as a family. We’ll see if that happens. Tomorrow is Christmas and the next day is my birthday! :-p I’m excited about both.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

headed off soon!

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Hopefully in a few minutes I’ll be able to leave work (I canNOT believe how busy it has been today!!) and then Paul and I along with two darling kitties will be hitting the road Orlando-bound! Hooray. Hopefully traffic won’t be too bad. I am excited to have a vacation, as short as it is. I am also excited to see my family!

Have a Merry Christmas, ya’ll!!