Grand Gestures

I'm sorry it's been a few weeks since I've last posted, but I've been pretty busy (as usual). Last weekend Trish and I took a trip to Atlanta to see the Braves play the Arizona Diamondbacks (The Braves lost); which was really fun. We stayed at a great hotel, ate at some great places, and even managed to run in to some really great friends from here in Franklin! We enjoyed IKEA and the Science museum IMAX, and of course, riding the MARTA (public transportation)!!

My work schedule has stayed pretty busy between nannying and the church. I sure am looking forward to some summer breaks! In just a few weeks I am heading to the Washington, D.C. area for my younger brother's high school graduation. They grow up so fast now a days! I'm also looking forward to camping with Katie, a white water rafting trip, lake-housing it with my family, and trips home to KY to see family and friends. I'm also hoping to make it back to ATL soon to visit the cousins down south.

I've been thinking lately about grand gestures. Everyone dreams of someone who will make the grand gesture of how much they mean to them, care about them, etc. You see it played out in movies; lavish affairs with flowers, etc. But what is a grand gesture to you? I recently had a "grand gesture" experience. It was on my birthday, and my mom wanted so badly to have me home for my birthday. Instead, she knew how much it would mean to me to come down to TN for my special day; that she brought my dad and step-dad with her. That gesture spoke VOLUMES to me, but to someone else it may have seemed small.

That day made me think about those things in my life. How can I show those in my life just how much I care? What gesture of appreciation that I know THEY will love receiving more than me giving it? Is it hours spent playing their favorite video game? Is it going somewhere you never would, but knowing they love it, and doing it anyway? In the end, it's all about serving that person, be it your spouse, significant other, or best friend; and putting their preferences before yours. How many times I have fought for what I wanted? How often have I thought only of myself, and not of those around me?

Everyone wants a grand gesture. Everyone wants to know they are worth more than the mundane things in life. It's up to us to show them they are.


Ok, ok, I know I talk about CrossFit alot lately. How can I not, when it's pretty much what I'm living and breathing?? Some of these CrossFitters out there are pretty extreme, just click here for an example from a team in Florida. Or you can check out the "Firefighter Fran" video on the CrossFit website.  It's pretty intense what they do, and I'm just tipping the iceberg!!


Wow, it has been a full week! Full of life, work, friends, etc. Jon and Bethany's wedding was last weekend, along with Mother's Day; which I made a day trip to KY to see my mama! I had a great time with the family, catching up with my brother who was in Virginia for a few months, and planning our first ever "Siblings Vacation"! We are planning on going to Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky this summer and renting a cabin for a long weekend. I can't wait! 

Speaking of planning, Trish and I are headed to Atlanta this coming weekend to see the Atlanta Braves take on the Diamonbacks. Should be a great game! Both of us have had the itch to do something fun that weekend, but with flights so expensive, we couldn't find something worth doing. We opted for a baseball game + fireworks, IKEA and a IMAX showing of the Grand Canyon River at Risk, featuring music by Dave Matthews Band. I'm also hoping to get lunch with my lovely aunt and cousins, who just became parents!!

I had a wonderful weekend this weekend, starting with doing an overnight babysitting trip with the Lamb kids....which is always an adventure. In the 24 hours that I was with them, Wilson (who is two and completely crazy and adorable) managed to put a bead up his nose (which almost sent us to the hospital!), fall in to some serious thorn bushes, and then later bust his lip (blood was everywhere) playing Frisbee with his older brother, Jake. It was quite the adventure, for sure butI loved every second. After leaving the Lamb's ,  I headed straight for my date with CrossFit.  We had to do as many rounds in 30 minutes of:
10 45lb Thrusters
10 Walking Lunges
10 17.5lb Kettlebell Swings
4 Tractor Tire Flips
10 Box Jumps

I was able to complete 7 rounds of each in 30 minutes, beating everyone in the class. I am quite proud. :) After that torture, Katie and I headed down to Thompson's Station Park to watch the ultimate Frisbee tournament going on to raise money for Camp Courtney. It was a beautiful day, perfect for being outdoors! Church was amazing this morning, God is really moving within our congregation and city. I'm so glad to be here, right now! This afternoon I caught a matinee of Made of Honor (with Patrick Dempsey) with my girls, then had a wonderful dinner with two of my dear friends, Kyle and Scotty. It seems like I haven't caught up with them in forever, so we had a wondering time catching up. Those guys make me laugh!!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well! 

That's right, my good friend (and practically brother) Jon Melton, is getting married this evening to the lovely Bethany Hawkins. It's hard to believe that the day has finally come-and we are all SO excited! Last night we had a hilarious rehearsal dinner, sharing stories and memories and just laughing it up. I'm so excited for Jon and Bethany; I know their life together is going to model a marriage that is full of fun and adventure.

So, to Jon and Bethany! We love you!


I finally did it. I went Mac. My Compaq laptop breathed it's last breath on Saturday, May 3rd. I couldn't have been any happier! This opened my options for a new laptop, and to finally take the Mac plunge. Originally I wanted a MacBook, but in thinking things through, I opted for a refurbished iBook. It works just as well, and will suit my needs just fine. For the time being. :)

My friend Andy showed me this video, and it's just too good NOT to share. It almost makes playing the flute cool. Almost.

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