Tuesday, January 31, 2012

wedding whirlwind

Well...we're just going to pretend like those last 28 days didn't happen. 
Or maybe we'll just forget that I made my way through them without blogging one. single. time.
I'm sorry...I'm sorry! I resolved in my New Year post that I would be a better blogger, and look at me. (I told you resolutions don't work)
School started, life got crazy, my sister got MARRIED--you know, just everyday things. 

Wait, no. As in, Morgan got married. My oldest sister and very best friend married her very best friend this past Saturday, and the weekend truly could not have been more perfect. Despite being somewhat of an emotional basket case at times, I held up pretty well for the important parts. And no, that doesn't count Morgan walking down the aisle. Who do you think I am?

Last week I was so distracted--all I ever wanted was to be at home with Morgan to prepare for the big day. And by prepare I mean mentally and emotionally. 
I wasn't able to come home until Thursday evening, but when I finally did I found mom, dad, Meme, Nana and Papa having a ribbon tying party! With less than two days to get ribbons tied onto over 500 programs, it was a family effort.
Friday brought the bridal luncheon--perfect in every way--and the rehearsal dinner. I was planning on throwing in a funny story or a joke during my improv toast...but tears came instead. Despite my cliche speech, the night was incredible! Look at that beautiful bride-to-be.
And getting ready for the wedding was an event in itself. Mimosas, food for days (I'm so glad I wasn't the one trying to fit into a wedding dress, because I'm not sure it would have happened), and monogrammed oxford shirts for all the bridesmaids to get ready in! Is it not the cutest thing you've ever seen? Of course Morgan's was a different color :) 
The ceremony was beautiful--God was such a part of it, and seeing my sister married to Trey under such a foundation of faith was incredible and inspiring. My heart was overflowing...so were my eyes.
Hello, Kate Middleton.
The reception was, well, a party! My friends from Athens initially made jokes about crashing the wedding, but they didn't have to--Morgan absolutely insisted that they come, and we occupied the dance floor until the Motown band played their last beat. 

What a weekend! Now back to normal life, which means back to blogging. It's good to be home, blogger world.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I resolve...

Hey there 2012!
The year that Morgan will become Mrs. Trey Wood..
...in other words, the first year I will have to sleep alone in my bed on Christmas Eve...
...in other words, the first year I will sleep on my parents' bedroom floor on Christmas Eve...
The year that I will graduate college..(deep breaths)
The year that I will spend a summer in Atlanta, foreign to big-city ways and the traffic that ensues..
The year that I will turn 23. There's nothing special about that, but it does sound like a pretty big number.
That's only the tip of the 2012 iceberg, but what a year already!

I have always found that the arrival of another year is always so refreshing, so brand new, so eager to offer another 365 days of memories. Some may be ordinary, some may be particularly life-changing. But they all make life better in some way; even if they don't seem to at first, know that they probably will later down the road. 
So with the new year comes the tradition of making resolutions, goals, promises to ourselves to do (or retry) everything we didn't the year before. 

Did you know that only 8% of people are always successful in reaching their new year's resolutions? 
(Don't ask me to cite my source--it's one of probably 5,000 out there and may or may not be the findings of a pessimistic researcher.)

My point is that new year's goals tend to stay just that: goals, not achievements. I applaud the efforts--mine included--but why do we have to wait for January 1st to set goals every year? So I'm setting new year's resolutions on January 3rd, thank you very much. 

I resolve to enjoy 2012 with more passion and more love and more drive and more hope than I did last year. 
I resolve to be a better daughter, sister, friend, and student.
I don't resolve to finish reading the Bible all the way through; I'm letting God decide how quickly I get through that.
I don't resolve to set any goals regarding fitness or diet or any of the above, because I just want to be healthy. And I don't give up cookies. I can't enjoy 2012 without cookies. Or Grit cake. 
Do you see why I'm not making resolutions regarding food?
I resolve to think less of myself and more of others. So...I resolve to be more like Jesus. But that should be a daily, hourly, by-minute resolution. So take the timing of that resolution with a grain of salt.

I am hopeful for 2012, and I hope that you are too--it's going to be a good year, y'all!