Friday, October 28, 2011

Ham biscuits = yum

Make these: YUM.

this friday night...

It's Friday... not just any Friday though. The Friday before Halloween. So, as fun as it should be, it's not because I've yet to pick out a costume. I kind of pride myself on doing pretty good homemade costumes.

Ugly Betty (it was fitting since I had braces)

The Travelocity Gnome

Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz

But this year, nothing has really inspired me. I have two parties to go to and yes, as of this moment I will be going as myself. Major fail.


What are you being for Halloween?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Erskine Mornings...

One thing I love about Erskine is the layout of the campus. They did such a good job keeping in the old trees and building around them. They leave just enough room for the light to peak through in the mornings and afternoons. I love it a lot especially when a gust of wind blows through and the leaves falls and glimmer in the light. It's so beautiful.

It's my Mississippi, too.

Last week we drove 8 hours home to Mississippi. We made it there at 2 a.m. and I woke up at 8 in order to make it to the West Jones VS Wayne County pep rally at my old high school. It was nice to get to visit and see some of my old teachers.

My brother and his family were in town for just the night so we got to hang out for a little bit.  We all went to visit my grandpa and he was so happy to see the babies.


Love them.

On Saturday night we went out with Amy and Bryn. We did a mini photoshoot in downtown Hattiesburg, MS - Here are a few shots.

Cody snapped this one of me doing my magic.






I wish we lived near each other so we could hang out all the time like best friends should get to! I am so thankful for her friendship over the years. It's been a wild relationship but we love each other so much that our lives have never really been without each other. God always brings us back to each other and I love it. I am so thankful she has Bryn and he makes her so happy.


On Sunday night we stopped by my cousin Ashley's house. She and her husband Chris were getting ready for their Halloween party. It is going to be one awesome party. I wish I had photos of all of the decorations. It's insane.


Here is a photo of my mom and Uncle Rusty.  


It was a great trip home... can't wait to go back Thanksgiving! AND MY SISTER IS COMING!!!


hurry home, chicago baby.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Guest Blogger: Love Notes from the Fickle Monster, Part 20

Well, hey pals...I have missed you. Summer was sweet to me, and Autumn has been generous; let me share a little love note with you today.

I saw the final moments of this commercial between haphazard flipping.

The phrase, PROTECT WHAT'S PRECIOUS, resonated in my gut - you know that immediate and powerful feeling, the feeling that motivates to action in turn provokes to thought. I was so moved by the phrase that I made it my Facebook status (funny how contemporary American society [or just Cora R. Flottman] identifies significance). Protect what is precious became the cadence for my thoughts for a few days until I drummed up some other epiphanic thought.

protect what is precious
protect what is precious
protect what is precious

Today, I am missing my theatre students from 2009. As Autumn wandered into Winter that year, we wandered into each others lives, changing, growing, laughing. I was young and terrified. They let me cry and get angry and mess up. They were, and still are, precious, not because they did anything, they are intrinsically precious. If I were teaching them this lesson, I would begin through definitions.

So, a word study for you:

Protect: [v] to keep from damage, attack, theft, or injury
  Verb: the part of speech that expresses existence, action, or occurrence in most language
  Keep: to retain possession, to save; reserve
  Damage: impairment of the usefulness or value of person or property; harm
  Attack: to set upon with violent force
  Theft: the act of stealing
   Injury: injustice
Precious: of high cost or worth; valuable; dear; beloved

Save that which is costly, worthy, dear, and beloved from harm, violent force, thievery, and injustice.
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And so, my question for myself today is: what really is precious to me and am I truly protecting it?
Because I like doodling and I had ample time to do such things today, this is what I came up with.
Make one of your own; permission granted.


My family, my friends and soul mates, my future are connected through me
whose value is offered through the anchor of the Holy Trinity.

I would like to be dishonest and say this diagram depicts the constant continuum of my personal thoughts, but the truth is far from it. Sometimes, often even, I protect things which aren't so precious - the inanimate, the fleeting, the counterfeit. I place a label of "precious" on worthless junk because it seemed right, or someone told me it was important, or Deceit dressed it up, made it feel good, and told me to hang on tight. I regularly guard this rubbish because I have convinced myself that I must do, create, or strive to have in my possession what is precious in order to be precious myself. This perversion, distortion of protection pollutes the human experience turning us greedy and competitive and corrupt. Our battles are fought with one another and the true and sacred and holy is forgotten, trampled, and abandoned. We forget one another. 

What is precious? You, me, the human being - the souls of humanity - the carriers of this sacred substance endowed to us through the love of our Creator, the sacrifice of our Savior, and the preservation of the Spirit.

Beloved, protect your very self.
Lie will follow you around, break bread with you, and sleep beside you. He is heartless.
He will tell you to compare yourself. He will whisper you are unloved.
He will tear you apart, slowly and carefully. He will suffocate you with work.
Lie will offer you allusion of the valuable; do not sacrifice even a moment of your existence for him.
So, shut the door. Burn the notes. Break the mirrors. Protect what is precious.

Your value was intrinsically designed in creation;
so, I beg you, protect what is precious.
Oh, my loves, allow God to cover you,
be at the very center of his protection and hold tight to your precious selves.
The Lord is our shepherd; we lack nothing.
Speak and believe it today, tomorrow, and the next: I am precious.

I dare you.
I dare me.

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Cora Ruth Flottman is the best friend, college room8, and complete inspiration to Sheila.
She is an actress, teacher, student, Christian, lover of the written word,
and men who can change tires on a car.



She blogs here on a great day, Friday, when she fancies it of course.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Woke up Due West, SC... Falling asleep in Laurel, MS

Friends!

I am sooooooooo tired. My body doesn't like me anymore for all of this travel. I got home from Charleston yesterday around 5ish... ate a bowl of cereal... watched some lame tv and went straight to bed. I have to work until 6 p.m. today and then we are driving 8 hours to my sweet home in Mississippi. I have to be up early to go to the big pep rally at my highschool! I'm am really excited about that and spending some time with this amazing girl...


blah. I'm just tired. I have to go pack now before my lunch break is over!

loves.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Current Address: Charleston, South Carolina

My feet are killing me. I walked around too much today. I spent the day at Wando high school and Charleston Charter for Math and Science school. I'm super tired. After I got to my next hotel I decide to go to the mall so I wouldn't take a nap and now my feet are aching from walking in my sandals. I bought these shoes from AE  in a poppy pink color and they were 50% off so I got them for $8!

I've been working out for the past three nights. I'm trying to work myself up to doing more and staying positive. I think that's the biggest part... staying positive. I get so upset when I don't see results or when it's easy to get in a work out. BUT I'm doing it and that's what is important so I'm going to keep it up.

I'm heading home tomorrow after my next college application day. I am so excited about this weekend b/c I'll be going home to Mississippi!!! So ready to see everyone.

There have been a few things I've been praying about lately to do with my job, school, my future in education. I can see God working and putting different opportunities in front of me. Cody and I both are trying to prepare for our future so we can provide for our kids. I really want to get my Masters before we have kids. It's really important to me to be able to provide everything I can for our family so taking this step will help. I'm really praying that this is what God wants me to do and if so to continue to open doors and make it possible.

I am loving my job right now too. I think I can see lots of success everyday. I am getting my groove in this position. I am challenging myself to meet more and more student and build these relationships. I really want God to teach me by using these students. It's such an awesome job to work with highschools looking at colleges and current students. I am just so lucky.

Anyway, these are just some things going on in our life right now. It's exciting. It's not always "post worthy" but I want to write it down so I can come back to it later to remember what God was doing with us so I can see where he's brought us to. He is good and I can't wait to see what happens in our lives.

Have a great week! Loves.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Current Address: Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

So, let's just start with a photo update...


Cody and I took a few photos of some of my new friends at Erskine...

Here is Katie, Ashley and Amanda...



Ashley is my personal student worker... love her. She makes my job a little more fun!


Such great girls!

I went to the dentist this week... this was hanging on the wall. Made me laugh. This was my first visit with this dentist since I moved. I got my teeth cleaned and then he came in... HE IS MY AGE. I started laughing when I saw him. It was awkward for me. I want an old grey headed man who is experienced and has bad breath. Is that too much to ask? Is it mean to ask for a different dentist?

Yesterday, Cody and I were hair models for a friend's mom who is a hair instructor for Kenneth Schular.
We got our haircut in front of like 35 women. It was crazy.




Even though it may not look like it, I got six inches cut off. EK!

She dyed it a chocolate and caramel - which you can't tell in the photo so you'll just have to see me in person.

I have more pics from the weekend I'll post later.

On another note...

I'm in Mount Pleasant for the evening. I just picked up dinner from Longhorn. They forgot to put silverware in the bag... so I ate a ribeye, salad and sweet potato with my fingers. NOT EVEN JOKING. I felt like cave man....er, woman.

Yeah, I'm classy.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

love like that...

love that quote.


Today, a donor gave our department a 1995 cherry red convertable BMW...
Not too shabby... minus the fact that I can't drive a stick shift...

It's a shame I grew up in the country and never learned.

Monday, October 3, 2011

not your average pumpkin...

I'm loving these Fall decorations...











I love pumpkin decorations, but I can never make them look this awesome!

Current Address: Florence, South Carolina

I'm currently in a hotel room in Florence. I should really start taking pics of my rooms so you can see how much they all look identical. Next week I'll be in two others so we'll see.

I have one college fair in the morning and will head back home tomorrow. yep, quick trip.

God is really using these moments that I have alone to bring me back to Him. I never slow down, I'm usually never alone with just my thoughts and I really reallllly needed these moments.

Here are a few photos from the past few weeks of traveling...

Charleston, SC with Haley & Phillip





Husk was just named Bon'appetit's #1 restaurant of the year!



If you look in the background you can see the Cooper River bridge

Here are a few photos from this weekend...

We love our BBQ. It's kind of our thing.



Um, yum!

We got to photograph little DJ and his grandma, Debbie. He lives in California. His dad is deployed right now and his moma just gave birth last week to his new baby brother. They waited until I was able to take his picture before they took him home. I was really honored.


There's my sexy husband in his hometown of Honea Path, SC.




We had another photoshoot on Sunday but I haven't been able to edit the photos yet. They are going to be fun! Check back this week! We are finally getting internet at home so you should see more post very soon!

I know you are all so interested in my daily life.... (April, I know you care. ha)

Love ya'll.

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