In A Relationship
August 01 2007
Remember that post where I thought 22 was old? Yeah, I take that back. hehe
Vonnie is very special to me. She introduced me to coffee when I was 4 years old. I stayed with her while my parents went to Hawaii. She has always called me her little princess. I think she's still waiting on my broadway debut.
Anyway, here is to one of my favorite aunts... Delsi Ima Evon Mayberry.
July 31 2007
photo from becsaboo
These are the matching candelabras.
photo from becsaboo We will also have a unity candle setup as shown above. Just the rentals are going to be about $100. So, that's been my adventure in wedding planning. I realize I have 9 months to go, but no one seems to realize that starting September until the end of the year, I'm going to be swamped with school... and then a real world job. I need to get as much done while I still have a brain! Thankfully, several big items are taken care of. My mom's best friend Kathleen has been placed in charge of the reception. She's going to be helping us decorate the fellowship hall of my home church. I'm very excited about everything. Most importantly, I can't wait to marry the man I love and spend my life with him.
July 27 2007
These are old wedding blog entries:
So I've been busy grabbing up as much as I can when big sales come along. Here is what I managed to grab on my list Wal-mart run:
photo from becsaboo
The flower girl basket, a guestbook (with pen), and the something blue, garter. All of these was about $15! I had planned on making my own guestbook, but I couldn't turn away a $5 guestbook.
Wal-mart wedding stuff doesn't look that bad and some of it is great. For example, I bought my planner from Wal-mart a few months back:
photo from becsaboo
It is AMAZING. It was the right size so I can add pages to it and it comes with great budget sheets and tons of folders to put in business cards and vendor information. I love it.
This wedding planning business is getting quite fun. The other day I went with my mom to look at the Carrollton House, where most brides in my county go to register for fine china. I saw some things I liked and I'll be going back when it gets closer to the wedidng date.
photo from becsaboo
I took home several brochures to show Gray.
A few small updates
Another item that fell into my lap was the cake. Now, I was prepared to spend the bucks on the cake, because it's just hard not to. My aunt and cousins have done cakes before and my mother asked them if they'd consider doing a wedding cake. It looks as though they may. This makes me extremely happy because if this goes through, I will have my cake for free. Of course, there is the groom's cake, but that shouldn't be an issue. Gray wants chocolate with strawberries.
Well, more updates later. Since we've started registering, I'm trying to keep track of what we registerred for and where. It's quite a huge job because neither of us have much to start off with. In fact, I'm moving into an apartment in the fall (as is Gray) where my roommates and I have a few hundred to go in and get joint stuff for the apartment, which will stay when I move out. We were able to get the money because of referals to the apartment comlex. Literally, Trina ended up referred her three new roommates, Gray and one of his... 5 referrals. So approximately $250 to Trina.
One last note, Bed Bath and Beyond is expensive but their customer service is SO nice. The first time we went, the machines were down for the registry system, but we were able to fill up two shopping carts full of stuff and they entered it for us today. The second time we went I was worrying about how guests would buy our china, since it's not in the story, you have to order it at the store or online and they ship it... well the lady who helped us was SO nice and reassured me not to worry about anything, that I had enough to worry about besides registrying.
And that's all for now.
Hey dough! (Swedish for goodbye)---------------------------------------------
Personalized Napkins and Save the Date CardsPosted on Monday July 9, 2007 -
photo from becsaboo
So, Gray and I just got back from Sweden and South Korea. While I was going my mom had the napkin problem fixed and we received our save-the-date cards in the mail.
photo from becsaboo
Gray and I are starting to register for gifts since relatives have started to ask what we want. We will be registering very soon and adding lists to the website.
Tomorrow marks the 10 month countdown. We're starting to get excited and I am realizing how much needs to be done. I'm just so thankful with how much we've been blessed the past two months. We may have a local photographer and my aunt might be making the wedding cake. Everything is falling into place.
Prayer requests: Please pray for my family. Right now we're under extreme financial crisis and there are some other issues popping up.
Personalized Napkin ProblemPosted on Wednesday May 9, 2007 So it wasn't going to be too long before I ran into a problem.
photo from becsaboo
Yesterday I received my personalized napkins in the mail. I was really excited until I read them. Not, they are fine except for one small error. We ordered them with a monogram initial, S. for Sanborn. Instead of a S, we have a G. As in Gray. I had Gray call them and they basically said we'd have to send them back, but WE'D have ot pay s/h. I informed my mother and now my dear sister will be making the phone call to them.
Stay tuned for more drama in wedding planning.---------------------------------------------
Almost a year to go!Posted on Tuesday May 1, 2007 So school is winding down and I'm about to be able to actually plan some stuff. It's all exciting. So far I've made two wedding purchases. I purchased personalized napkins, with our names and wedding date...
They are pink with black lettering. Then yesterday when we were at Wal-mart, Gray and I realized that they had the bubbles we wanted, for only $3... so we bought six boxes (24 in each box). So that's my two purchases so far. I'm really only making purchases when I find deals at the moment. Since we're trying to keep it simple, the bubbles will double as favors. I'm planning on adding ribbon to detail them. That will come later though.
I attended a lingerie shower on Sunday for Miss Ginger Harvey. She's getting married on May 12th! And Mandy is getting married July 21st. So that's at least two weddings to go to this summer. I'm pretty excited.---------------------------------------------
Posted on Wednesday April 11, 2007 It is now officially 13 months until the wedding and Gray and I are excited! ---------------------------------------------
Engagement PicturesPosted on Friday April 6, 2007 Today Gray and I met up with Andrew Nelson to take our engagement pictures. He is extremely talented. Here is a preview of what he did. It was a lot of fun and we were actually the first engagement couple he has ever shot before.
There will not be much more wedding planning done until July when I'm back from Sweden.
Wedding Planning Update!Posted on Saturday March 24, 2007
photo from becsaboo
So it's been a month, I know! Life has been crazy! There are a few things I've been looking at in that month:
- colors (rose pink and olive green - see picture)
- photography (engagement shots by Andrew Nelson, still deciding on my actual photographer, but I've got a few good options)
- wedding coordinator - Leah! She's going to help me plan and she lives near where I'm getting married so she should be a big help. That and she will help the big day go off without a hitch!
- Bridesmaid Dress shopping - We went today and I've got a good idea of what I want and what they want. Now it's just a matter of seeing what comes out over the next few months. The picture is an idea of what we'll be getting... tea length and strapless, but not as frilly....
Wedding DressPosted on Saturday February 17, 2007 The wedding dress has been purchased! This weekend I went up to David's Bridal in Antioch with my mom, sister, and her fiancee. I tried on two dresses and the third was nice, but it didn't have a train. The 4th dress was THE dress. hehe I ended up trying on another dress and hated it, I knew that the dress was the dress immediately. It is absolutely beautiful and it has the longest train in the entire store! Plus we got it on a sale day so that was good. I'm going to be taking my bridesmaids back in March to try on their dresses and I will probably have Paul and Tracey bring Kristy up to gets hers as well. So, yay for that! Oh and trust me, you KNOW when it's the dress, you just do. Although it is rather a funny story to tell about how it got picked out.
OfficiantPosted on Tuesday February 13, 2007
We now have our officiant (Beau Berman, Gray's home church college pastor) and we will be having engagements pictures taken soon by the fabulous Andrew Nelson!
Oh and please keep us in your prayers as both of us are raising support money for Sweden this summer.
July 22 2007
Yesterday was Mandy and Kevin's wedding. It was beautiful.
photo from becsaboo
I also got the Harry Potter book 7 yesterday, it's beautiful too.
Gray is in Memphis until Thursday.
On Thursday I turn 22!
I'm busy trying to get things sorted out and pack up my room.
I move into my new apartment August 19th... YAY!
And then my last semester of school... in which I feel ridiciously old.
July 10 2007
Gray did admit, however, that it was a fun process. :)
Mandy's wedding is in 11 days and then I turn 22. I feel so old... :(
July 08 2007
10 months until the wedding... the countdown begins.
June 21 2007
Sweden has been amazing, we leave a week from tomorrow for South Korea...
Please keep our team in your prayers...
I get back on the 7th of July and then a few days after that it will be the 10 month countdown to my wedding!
April 29 2007
Will you be involved?
This summer I'm taking a huge step of faith and raising up $6000 to go to a country (Sweden) that is spiritually dead. So far I've raised about $2100... and God has been SO faithful.
Please pray for my team... $6,000 is a LOT of money, but we know God can do anything he wants to.
P.S. - This time in a year, I'll be about to get married... crazy!
April 18 2007
School is wrapping up... YAY! Support is coming in... YAY! Car wash this weekend, speaking at my church... sending out more support letters...
Aside from that... good stuff is happening... I finally got to register for my final semester of school! 21 hours... a lot.. I know... I wish people would stop telling me that.. I KNOW ALREADY... But I have a fabulous schedule.. so that's awesome... um so yeah...
Oh and I made a wedding purchase yesterday. I purchased the napkins for our reception.. 200 for $40.. and they are personalized... YAY!
March 18 2007
This weekend has been spent moving my things over to my parent's new house. It's sad to think that it's probably my last house with them. I will be getting the queen sized bed and furniture for it. It's a cute house though. Gray and I will be back in two weeks and we'll get to stay in it then.
So, as I mentioned previously, along with school and wedding planning, I am preparing and raising money for a mission trip to Sweden. Last night I had a strange dream about it and today I actually got some money from my aunt and my mother agreed to help me finish my deposit money. This afternoon I've been busy printing off address labels and business cards (I'm going to attach magnets and send them with my support letters).
My weekend has apparently disappeared. Next week is one that I'd rather not even think about. Today, in a few hours, we'll head back to Murfreesboro and go by Jenny Rone's house. I need to drop off my deposit and forms for Sweden and she's hosting a welcome home party for my Teresa! She's back from Japan for two weeks and it was so great to see her on Thursday. She's definitely different but the same sweet person at the same time. I didn't realize how much I had missed her, but I'm realizing as I grow older, people aren't ever fully gone, they are always there.
So there's that.. I've got a Theory solfege exam tomorrow (supposedly), I've got a fairy tale due in Storytelling, but I think he might give me until Thursday, thankfully. School has really caught up with me. I also have an article that will be in Sidelines on Wednesday and another one coming soon. My week is going to be extremely busy and I need to make sure I'm doing other stuff involving my practicum. Who knew school could be so crazy busy?
I can't wait for the summer.
March 17 2007
I can not decide the colors for my wedding.
Seriously... it's impossible!
Although I'm thinking light green and pink..
Bridesmaid dress shopping this weekend!
March 11 2007
Anyway, we went down to Clearwater Beach, Florida for a week. Monday and Wednesday we did outreach at USF and Clearwater. After USF on Monday Gray and I went to Busch Gardens and we went back on Thursday. It was amazing. That place was super fast without the long lines. Off season rocks!
So yes, it was a lot of fun, and I didn't get sunburned!
Now I must go back to the normal life, especially at 8am tomorrow with a desk shift. I guess I'll survive. School has been kicking my butt, but we'll see what happens. One week at a time, right?
I'm really going to have to get my butt going on support raising though. So MANY letters to send out in such a short time. But with God, anything is possible!
March 02 2007
February 28 2007
Well, my parents bought some CD's recently and put them in the bank. Yesterday my dad went to the bank to get one that was expiring soon. It wasn't there. So he calls my mom who insisted he go double check. It wasn't there, but ALL the missing stuff was. Yes, ALL of it. So my mom was thinking and concluded that there had to be TWO boxes that our key worked on.
Sure enough, they went this morning and found both boxes and now we're down to just one box. Needless to say, the bank apologized and we're going to have a year of free service in that department.
So, that's the most exciting thing to happen recently and it brings to a close a really big mystery. Although I think it's funny because I now have two copies of my birth certificate.
In other news, I am raising support to go to Sweden and South Korea on a missions trip this summer. If you know of anyone who could possibly support me, please let me know because I need to raise $6000 dollars...
P.S. - I get to go to Clearwater Beach, Florida for a week with CRU and my awesome fiance!
February 24 2007
This past week was hard, the hardest I've done in a while. I had so many tests or assignments. Now I can breath because it's over with. In fact, I only have one test next week to worry about now before spring break on the lovely shores of Clearwater Beach, Florida. Now, that's exciting.
Thursday was a big day for me. See, Crusade had asked me write an article for Sidelines about the "Sexpert" coming to campus. I did that, and it's published, so go check it out. Jeff Patton came and spoke to us that night and did a great job. He's a great speaker and he actually keeps it real instead of sugar coating the sex talk. We need someone like that in our society, for real.
Then yesterday I had to go apply for a passport since I'm planning on going to Sweden this summer. I was very prepared and the process was smooth. Now it's Saturday and I'm about to head to a baseball game and then I'm on duty for the night. Gray and I are going to watch Marie Antoinette and Man of the Year. Not really exciting, but it is for us. We never have free time anymore.
Weddng planning wise... yes, I bought a dress and it's beautiful and my dream dress. I'm very excited! The wait for my wedding date has not been hard at all. It's like a prize for being good for a year in a way. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm not super anxious. I feel very calm about it. granted, it is a year away, but already this semester is almost over with... In no time it will be here. I can't wait. :)
February 24 2007
Filed under: Other â€” becca @ 12:31 pm
So, after the wedding dress shopping adventure I found myself sick.
Sunday night Gray drove me to the hospital in Smyrna because my temperature had risen to 100.3 and it was still rising. After waiting forever, I was told I was not an emergency case and it would cost me $200 dollars minimum to be treated.
I went to Health Services on campus yesterday and the very nice doctor lady told me it sounded as if I had really bad allergies (duh) and that my congestion had led to a growth of bacteria (hence the fever) and so she gave me a prescription for a z-pack, nasonex, and told me to continue my allergy medicine. So I took Monday off from school and Iâ€™m taking today off as well. Iâ€™m going to try and get some work done later tonight though. Iâ€™m kind of nervous about school, but Iâ€™m letting God handle everything, because I canâ€™t. I am also worried because scholarships are due tomorrow and Iâ€™m sickâ€¦ So I donâ€™t think theyâ€™re going to happen. sigh. Weâ€™ll see.
So thatâ€™s how Iâ€™ve been. I am so definitely counting down the days until spring breakâ€¦ 10 more to go!!!
Wedding dress shopping February 17, 2007
Filed under: Other, School, Wedding â€” becca @ 8:05 pm
Well, my first experience shopping for a wedding dress was short and interesting. It is also my last experience because I bought my wedding dress. Hereâ€™s how it all went out.
I woke up this morning at 8:30 thinking we were leaving at 9 to head up to Nashville. I awoke to a ground covered in white snow. Yes, SNOW.
My dad informed me that we were going to wait for a while and see if it cleared up. So we did. We waited and waited. Finally, my mom called my sister and after about 15 minutes it was decided that Paul would drive us there in this company truck. So, off we went and headed to Davidâ€™s Bridal in Antioch.
I was nervous when I first walked in but it became easier. I filled out a form and they gave me a consultant. Her name was Miriam. She actually didnâ€™t find me for about 5 minutes as we wandered over to the 10s and started looking. She told me to pick out about 5 dresses and to try them. So, I grabbed a strapless and several very pretty dresses, all under $500 and headed that direction. My mom caught her eye on a more expensive dress, $799 and Paul immediately told her to put it back, but she insisted. â€œOh let her try it on.â€
So, I go in the back and they give me the special bra and fluffy slip to put on for my underwear. Then we proceed to put dress number one on. It was a strapless dress. It fit me everywhere except at my chest. I mean, Iâ€™m a pretty blessed girl in that region and when it fits everywhere but THERE, it was obvious that they did that to make money in alterations, because Iâ€™m blessed but Iâ€™m petite. In other words, Iâ€™m a skinny girl with curves. So, I modeled that dress for Paul and Tracey and I knew immediately that it was not THE dress. So I go back and this time I tried on a ballroom style dress. Well, it was fun, but I knew I wanted a train and it did not have one. So back to the dressing room. I tried on a pretty dress that was a halter top but it didnâ€™t have a very long train, so back we go again. The next dress was THE dress. It was absolutely beautiful. And yes, it was the $799 dress. When I put it on my mother said, â€œBecca, that is BEAUTIFUL.â€ and when I went out to the mirror, I could tell it was the dress. It had the longest train in the entire store and itâ€™s a halter top (I hate strapless dresses, yuck!). Itâ€™s beautiful and best of all, they had a special sale so I got $150 off of it, so only $649! Granted, it will need alterations, but I have almost a year before I have to do anything with it. I ended up trying on the veil and tiara with it and it was beautiful. I almost teared up.
I decided to try on another dress, just to make sure. I was right, I hated the next dress and Paul referred to it as being the chevete after the porsche.
So we purchased the dress and the bra/slip. Weâ€™re going to get the veil, shoes, and tiara at a later time, we just wanted to get the dress while we could.
All I have to say in advice is..
- Take all the advice you receive with a grain of salt. I went into the store with a good idea of what I wanted, I had pictures, I knew what styles looked best on my body frame and I tried on a few of each. In the end, the dress that worked for me was one my mother grabbed at last minute. So, donâ€™t rule out any dress because of style or price.
So yeah, my best advice to give is to just be prepared and know about wedding dresses. I wasnâ€™t in that store for more than an hour, seriously. Itâ€™s funny too because I had seen my dress online, but I thought it was strapless and ruled it out. It also helped that my mother and sister knew what they were doing. So take someone with you who knows about wedding dresses and makes sure you donâ€™t get suckered into something.
So yeah, now that I have my dress I feel like I can relax a bit and itâ€™s probably a good thing because school is about to kick my butt.
Valentineâ€™s Day February 15, 2007
Filed under: Other â€” becca @ 1:03 am
I should be studying but oh well.
I had a pretty amazing V-Day. Last year V-Day was my one month with Gray and he was super sweet and brought me my gifts at midnight when I was working the desk at Judd. Yes, my man has skills. hehe
This year Gray surprised me at lunch with a big teddy bear. Iâ€™ve named it Mr. Bear. Later that afternoon he also gave me 4 roses, and showed me that he had originally bought me 12 dozen white roses, but they started to wilt, so he has been pressing them for me. And he got me chocolates and carmex (inside joke). It was a wonderful V-Day and we didnâ€™t even go anywhere. Instead I was on duty and hung out with my girls and had bible study with my wonderful sophomore girls. It reminded me of my sophomore year on v-day bible studyâ€¦ good memories.
So yeah, things for the wedding are still coming along. Every now and then I freak out and think Iâ€™m not going to have time, but then I settle back down into school. Something that has been really bothering me though is how everyone has responded negatively to the fact that Gray and I will be engaged for over a year. Here is the low down as to that.
Before Gray and I were engaged we were talking about marriage. The idea of getting married in August came up and I had a horrible feelining in my gut, it didnâ€™t feel right at all. Once we got engaged and I said weâ€™d be getting married in May, people freaked out. They all started to say that we wouldnâ€™t make it and stay sexually pure. It really hurt. See, Iâ€™ve got a past where I was not sexually pure (not as in sex, but just sexually) in a previous relationship. Iâ€™ve healed from that and Iâ€™m not under any circumstances going to have sex before my honeymoon. I just wonâ€™t. And then there are the people who are very negative about it. I wish people would mind their own business. We both now itâ€™s going to be rough, but we donâ€™t have another option and I feel thatâ€™s what God wants us to do. I graduate in December. Itâ€™s too much of a financial burden on my parents to have a wedding then too. The only other time to get married is in March and Gray doesnâ€™t want to get married during the semester. That leaves this summer or next.. and this summer is way too soon. Yes, we know we want to get married but neither of us feel that weâ€™re ready for marriage this summer. Marriage is not something to rush into, you must prepare. 6 months does not feel like a long enough engagement for me. Every person is different and for me, thatâ€™s too short. A year and 3 months is not ideal, but itâ€™s what will work the best for us.
So anywayâ€¦ thatâ€™s my rant for the night. I can say that my future husband is absolutely amazing and Iâ€™m very blessed to know him and have him in my life.
Looking back on a week February 12, 2007
Filed under: Other, Gray, School, Crusade, Wedding â€” becca @ 3:31 pm
So, Iâ€™m taking a few moments to take a break from life and update you on life. My mondays are kind of crazy, but Iâ€™m halfway through the day and still alive! Yay!
A lot of things have happened this past week. Iâ€™ll start with Tuesday and work my way from there.
Tuesday: The second stressful day of the week. The day was crazy but I got to hear some stories that were very entertaining and I did a dance workshop for my Survey of World Music class. That was a very interesting experience. We learned some African tribal dance moves and had the drums going. It pretty amazing.
Wednesday: Oh how I definitely never learn not to procrastinate. I had the entire day to work on a paper but I put it off until later that night. I did get it finished, but it sucked big time. Other than that, my day was sort of boring.
Thursday: My last busy day of the week and it was a doosy. I ran around all day, ended up being able to get some dinner with great and enjoyed Cru. Then we went to DQ and I was so tired that Gray convinced me to go back to Lyon and I ended up breaking down crying in his car. It was very eye opening. Iâ€™m appreciating what I have now and realizing how thankful I am and blessed, for that matter. I believe we ended up playing Phase 10, but I donâ€™t remember.
Friday: I actually got up and went to my morning class, then Gray and I went and setup bank accounts. He opened a checking and savings account while I opened a savings account. We rented two movies from Hollywood video and hung out for a while before I went to Jenny Roneâ€™s for a movie night with my bible study. I also asked Lolo to be a bridesmaid in my wedding. She informed me of a flood in Wood. I went and watched the movie, met Jen, Aliceâ€™s sister, and then I went back and hung out with Gray for a while.
Saturday I donâ€™t remember much of but I was on duty and nothing happened until Sunday morningâ€¦
Sunday: I got called at 9ish to go relieve Gwyn for a bathroom break and then we found out the McHenry basement was flooding. Yeah, Wood flooded and McHenry flooded twice this weekend. Not fun. I got off duty and went to do homework, went to a leadership meeting, and then played the game of Life till 1.
So yeah, my week was sort of eventful, but stressful.
The stress is about to hit the fan.. I have SO much due before spring break, itâ€™s not even fathomable.
Tonight I have discipleship with Rachel, Sidelines staff meeting, and bible study.
Iâ€™m kind of tired.. and not looking forward to the long day of tomorrow. I just donâ€™t have time for all of thisâ€¦
In other news, wedding updates!!
I am proud to give a new website: http://www.grayandbecca.com!
So with Lolo, that makes 4 bridesmaidsâ€¦ Gray asked his dad to be his best man and weâ€™ve asked Beau Berman to marry us.
So, pretty exciting! Oh and Andrew Nelson is going to take our engagement pictures.
So right now Iâ€™m focused on school work, scholarships, and raising up support for Sweden.
I get to go on spring break with Cru as well!
God is so faithful. Iâ€™m so blessed. I just wish I didnâ€™t have so much stress.
On whimsy tales and other things.. February 5, 2007
Filed under: Other, Gray, School, Crusade â€” becca @ 11:47 pm
So Iâ€™ve decided that God is pretty amazing. I had discipleship with Jenny Rone tonight and Iâ€™ve realized lately how big of a deal the Bible is. Yes, I did know it was a big deal before, but Iâ€™m feeling something big from it lately. Like, God wants me to know so much and I keep pushing it away. Iâ€™m not trying to sound like a know-it-all but Iâ€™ve always felt called to Godâ€™s work and this is just another sign to me that Iâ€™m meant to be doing his work.
Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot about what God wants from me. I canâ€™t seem to decide what to do when I graduate. Iâ€™m not quite ready to make that decision though. I know that I love Crusade and everything about it. I love my girls and I love God. God has been showing me a lot lately. Ever since I got engaged, Iâ€™m seeing a lot more of my selfishness. I donâ€™t want to be the nagging wife. I want to be the wife that loves her husband and wants to take care of him. I want that passion behind my marriage. I want a lot of things actually. The more I look at everything, the more that I see how blessed I am. God has given me so much. For a long time Iâ€™ve been peering on the other side of the fence and God has been tapping on my shoulder.
Turn around and see what I made just for â€¦ youâ€¦.
Itâ€™s kind of amazing when I look back on the past few years. The steps I took that brought me to where I am today. I remember being the naive little girl I was back in high school. Back when everything was so innocent. Now I am ashamed of parts of my past. If anything, just because I did not follow or serve my God like I should have. Iâ€™ve been on two summer projects now and Iâ€™m going to Sweden this summer. God has so much to teach me and sometimes I wish I didnâ€™t have the clutter of a schedule. I wish I could just enjoy my college career without those darn classes.
Perhaps Iâ€™m just rambling now. I just wish that so much of my college career was more on the people, the amazing people Iâ€™ve met here. I can not thank them enough for the impact theyâ€™ve had on me. The start of that list would probably be Mandy along with Teresa. Mandy has been around the longest. Even though we never see each other, sheâ€™s still a good friend of mine. I will never forget meeting her in Cummings, having aerobic dance with herâ€¦ and then of course, living with her in Wood. The next on that list would be Teresa and the Wood girlsâ€¦ my best friendsâ€¦ I really feel like I donâ€™t have a true best friendâ€¦ other than the wonderful man I am marrying. But I think thatâ€™s how it should be. Iâ€™ve got some truly amazing women in my life. Women that I suck at keeping in touch with. Sometimes I just need to hear their voicesâ€¦ I could make a huge list of the women who impact my lifeâ€¦ mainly now itâ€™s Rachel, Shannon, Samantha, Kelsey, Bri, Beth, Trinaâ€¦ and of course.. countless othersâ€¦ Iâ€™m just struck so hard now by the fact that my world is changing. When I was in high school, I was so ready for college and now Iâ€™m on the verge of leaving college and I donâ€™t want to. Iâ€™m not at all sure that I want to do journalism. I love to write, but Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s what I want. Iâ€™m so indecisive.
Iâ€™m really just rambling, but Iâ€™ve got so many thoughts.. and I wish I had time to consider them all and to seek Godâ€™s will at a deeper level. Perhaps Iâ€™ll just go to India and be a misisonary like Amy Carmichael.. that would be nice.
Oh how time fliesâ€¦
Filed under: Other, Gray, School, Wedding â€” becca @ 12:34 am
So Iâ€™m in the midst of February, the last February of my college career. Crazy huh? Last semester I didnâ€™t say that much, but I realize that this is truly my last spring semester. Iâ€™m so excited to face the real world, but scared as well. This week has really been a week to truly be thankful for what I have and what God has blessed me with. It was a tough week and this coming week is even more tough. School is trying to get ahead of me, but as long as I keep on my toes, Iâ€™ll be fine.
This weekend was good to relax and gain some perspective. I was on duty and it was rather quiet. Gray and I rented three movies and watched them: Lady in the Water, Material Girls, and Jaws. All three were good movies, although by the time we got to Jaws, I was bored. I also bought Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Producers and a double feature of The Gates of Splendor/A Night with the Kingâ€¦ 3/4 I havenâ€™t seen yet so thatâ€™ll come soon, probably this next weekend. We also re-decorated my hall for February with a V-Day theme. Iâ€™m having a social on V-Day for my girls. Also, Thursday we had the surprise party for Anne, which was a great success, she did not expect a thing. It was also nice to hear things from her culture and she told us a legend. Overall, it was a lot of fun.
Finally, tonight Gray and I did dinner and a movie. I needed to watch The Queen for a class so we decided to finally have our anniversary dinner.. and of course, to celebrate the fact that weâ€™re getting married. We ended the night with a marriage preparation devotional weâ€™ve been going through. This week we talked about the different types of love. Iâ€™m really glad that weâ€™ve decided to focus on our relationship with God and each other. Iâ€™m proud to say that the majority of my wedding plans have been put to the side. I want our relationship to be key, not my planning, and I do have the time to spare. Although, I will be getting together with my lovely maid of honor this month to do some preliminary dress shopping. So exciting!
So yes, my weekend was wonderful and Iâ€™m not at all looking foward to my early morning or school tomorrow. Tomorrow is a busy dayâ€¦ Iâ€™m not sure that Iâ€™m ready for it. I guess weâ€™ll see.. my personal time has disappeared it seems!
Craziness! February 4, 2007
Filed under: Other â€” becca @ 2:40 am Edit This
My life is, as usual, CRAZY! Iâ€™ve got an insane amount of work to do and I keep finding myself in these times of peril or at least of procrastination. There have been some ups and some downs, but God is working major things out. Iâ€™m just so thankful to have Gray in my life and God of courseâ€¦ they are both great. It looks as though we have someone to take our engagement pictures, so yay! Now I just need help in the actually photographer of my wedding. Iâ€™m looking into three different photographers right now.. so weâ€™ll see how that all goes. Planning a wedding is so much work and I have a year! haha Itâ€™s been good though, to know that and not stress so much. Iâ€™m concentrating hard on school, my job, and of course, my girls. I love my bible study girls SO much!! However, I must say engagement must be in the water. Two girls.. one from high school, one from Clearwater Beach Summer Project just got engaged within a day or so of each other! Crazy! And at least one is getting married before me.. which is boo.. but I know my timing is just right.
So far weâ€™re booking the church and stuff and then we just asked Britt to be our officiant, and heâ€™s double checking. So Iâ€™m praying that works out because Britt is awesome and Iâ€™d love to have someone who knows us both marry us and it not be awkward. He said if it works out, weâ€™ll be his only wedding for the year of 2008, craziness!
So yeah, Gray and I have been good.. itâ€™s been challenging, I think communication is rearing itâ€™s head to show both of us that marriage is all about communication, but weâ€™re getting there. Heâ€™s been putting up with my craziness, thatâ€™s for sure. I love him for it. I still canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m getting married!
School, on the other hand, itâ€™s going to be a challenging semester. Iâ€™m putting as much effort as I can into school work without driving myself crazy. Iâ€™m hoping for straight Aâ€™s this semester, but Iâ€™m also hoping to survive without going insane! My practicum is not what I thought itâ€™d be, but itâ€™s a whole lot of writing, so weâ€™ll see.
Well, my thoughts are kind of hazy and I need to get some sleep. Perhaps Iâ€™ll write more tomorrow.
So yeah.. life, school, and other stuff January 27, 2007
Filed under: Other, Gray, School, Crusade, Wedding â€” becca @ 1:46 pm Edit This
I apparently had a post written that I had forgotten about. Oh well.
I am in Memphis! Itâ€™s been kind of hectic, but Iâ€™m here and itâ€™s nice to be relaxing a bit. Gray and I ran into traffic in Nashville last night and didnâ€™t get to leave until almost 7 when we left school around 4â€¦ kind of crazy. But we finally arrived and Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot. Despite what everyone has told us about how hard a year+ engagement will be, so far itâ€™s been good for us. Weâ€™ve talked and havenâ€™t felt desires pounding on us. In fact, we havenâ€™t really seen much of each other and when we have, itâ€™s just been nice to talk. Yes, we are excited and the funny thing is, weâ€™ve planned more of the honeymoon than anything else. Well, as in where we want to go and what we want to do. hehe I guess thatâ€™s to be expected though. My wedding plans are sort of on hault until February gets here and I have time to go and do things. School and my schedule are sort of kicking my butt right now and forcing me to put wedding planning on the side. Iâ€™m trying to focus on keeping my school work done so that I can go ahead and do some planning, but no, school is kicking itâ€™s head in the way. Oh well, itâ€™ll happen.
On a plus note, Iâ€™m really surprised and excited to be adding new girls to bible study. Shannon and I currently have Faith and Grace, April, Rachel, Kelsey, and Danielle and now weâ€™re adding Valerie and sheâ€™s bringing a girl named April as well. Thatâ€™s such a blessing! Iâ€™m excited to see how the semester goes but it sort of makes me sad also. Like, I know that I still have another semester to go, but it seems like that semester will be completely different. Hmm I guess weâ€™ll see. Well, I need to go and enjoy the company I have here.
Oh and my sister and Paul are finally officially engaged, with ring and all.. So now she has the ring and the wedding dress and I imagine sheâ€™ll get married this summerâ€¦ hopefully not while Iâ€™m in Sweden.. but weâ€™ll see.
Wedding Planning and the start of a semester January 21, 2007
Filed under: Other, Gray, School, Wedding â€” becca @ 11:59 pm Edit This
So this weekend is starting out in a pretty awesome way.
Gray and I went home this weekend so I could show my ring off to my family and so we could book my church for the wedding. Well, thatâ€™s an entire other story, but basically my church doesnâ€™t book that far in advance so my mommy dearest is taking care of that for me. It was rather annoying actually. We talked about budgeting and basically, my mom said weâ€™d get the dress first and then work on the budget so hooray! Sheâ€™s actually giving in to a few areas in which I did not think she would, like my budget. I am fully willing to work with them and I have a lot of time. Iâ€™m so glad Iâ€™ve got over a year, I canâ€™t imagine trying to plan a wedding with my schedule! It looks like a lot of planning will be done this summer, but Iâ€™m hoping to get a start soon and I canâ€™t wait. My little maid of honor and I will be hitting bridal stores soon (hopefully!). I want to have the bridesmaids dresses picked out soon because Shannon has applied for Stint. It shall all fall into place and the great thing is Gray and I have plenty of time to focus on what is most important, our relationship being centered on God. I think thatâ€™s the top priority for us. I am not just planning a wedding, itâ€™s about God. We started going through a devotional type workbook designed to prepare you for marriage and itâ€™s been good to hear what we think and what we want. Iâ€™m also reading a book about being a wife after Godâ€™s own heart. I read a book that Grayâ€™s dad had told me to and I recommend it to anyone getting married. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura S. Trust me, I donâ€™t care how great you think you are, that book is AMAZING!
So anyway, the semester has started off and I already have homework. Iâ€™m doing a practicum with Sidelines and my first of many articles is in tomorrowâ€™s paper so check it out! Iâ€™m enjoying the semester so far and I hope it goes by fast because I can not wait for the summer! However, I am not looking forward to my last semester here at all. Boo to that.
So anyway, Gray and I are doing very well and weâ€™re both very excited. Weâ€™ve gotten an overwhleming amount of congrats and itâ€™s been wonderful. Thank you to everyone who has screamed (Beth, haha I love you girl!) or have hugged me or whatever. I think Iâ€™m really beginning to feel this amazing feeling and itâ€™s all the Lordâ€™s doing. For so long I struggled with wanting this and God was faithful. In fact, thatâ€™s the song I want played at my wedding, â€˜Faithfully.â€™
So, Iâ€™m off to go get ready for bed, hooray for a wonderful week ahead of me.
Engagement, School, and my Schedule January 19, 2007
Filed under: Other, Gray â€” becca @ 11:50 am Edit This
The past week has been absolutely insane! First off, Sunday night I got the surprise of a lifetime when my boyfriend of a year (as in, that was our anniversary) asked me to marry him. Iâ€™m still not sure that I realize that Iâ€™m getting married! Iâ€™m so thankful God has brought us together and planned everything and Iâ€™m feeling so overwhelmingly happy. Itâ€™s a crazy experience!
School started back Tuesday and already my schedule is CRAZY! Iâ€™m taking 17 hours this semester, one of which is a practicum with Sidelines. So far everything has been going very well. Iâ€™m already getting homework, but Iâ€™m trying hard not to procrastinate, at least not too much.
So, the week has been crazy but itâ€™s been so much fun. Iâ€™m starting to figure out some basics for my wedding. Iâ€™ve got 3 amazing and wonderful and beautiful bridesmaids who are all my best friends and Iâ€™m so excited they are going to be in my wedding! Miss Rachel Atwood is going to be my maid of honor and Iâ€™m freaking excited about it! My little ball of energy!!! haha And then Samantha Smith and Shannon Beels are my other bridesmaids. Iâ€™m so glad that things work out according to Godâ€™s plans because I couldnâ€™t imagine my wedding without those three. So far Gray hasnâ€™t made a decision other than his brothers will both be his groomsmen, but other than that, heâ€™s not sure who will end up being his best man. Iâ€™ve made a few other decisions, but right now Iâ€™m just waiting to go home and confirm some things like for one, my adorable little niece will be my flower girl! aww sooo precious!
Ok, so school has been very busy and Iâ€™m so thankful itâ€™s the weekend. Iâ€™m going to go home for a day and visit with my family and Iâ€™m excited about it! Most of all, Iâ€™m thankful that Iâ€™m so blessed to be given the most amazing man in the world as my future husband and all of it is because I let God write my love story. Aww.
So yeah, Iâ€™m sure more updates will come, planning a wedding at least makes my life more interesting, haha. Oh and right now weâ€™ve set the date for May 10, 2008. Hooray!