Sunday, December 9, 2012


Mr. G and I have had so much fun attending several Christmas events so far this month!

The Truett Christmas banquet was so much fun. 

Lindsey's annual Christmas party was great, too.

So fun to celebrate the season with these sweet friends!

And last Thursday, we attended Mr. G's work party.

We had such a fun time!!

Last night, he took me on a special date to celebrate my graduation!  Yes, it is true, I will actually graduate from seminary on Friday -- Woo Hoo!!  We went to Fort Worth and ate an incredible meal at Taverna and enjoyed nutella cheesecake for dessert.  Then, Mr. G took me to see The Nutcracker at Bass Hall.  Pure magic. :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankful 9, 10, 11

So thankful for so much this weekend!

Friday night Mr. G and I enjoyed some Friday night football complete with Frito chili pie and chili cheese fries!!
So thankful for these fun Friday nights in Texas and remembering how cheering on the Wildcats growing up was such a wonderful community-wide bonding experience!

Saturday, I was thankful for a sweet time with some very special ladies choosing the bridesmaids dresses for our wedding. The ones we chose are so beautiful and I think will be just right for the occasion! I also picked out some adorable frocks for our flower girls and am so thankful for their precious lives! After shopping, we lunched at the Dream Cafe nearby and it was delish!! Mom and I braved the crowds and shopped for some boots and accessories for the engagement photos and found just the right things. :) Then I hopped in the car and made it back in time for a date night with Mr. G. We saw "Skyfall" and it is fantastic!! Such a great cast, too!

Today I am thankful for a true Sabbath that included a wonderful time of worship with my church family and an afternoon nap. :) I can't express my thanks enough to the Almighty God who holds onto us no matter what happens on our life journey.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 8: Thankful for Job

This semester my class is over the second half of the Old Testament.  We discussed Job this morning and my mind continues to marinate over the questions the reader walks away with upon studying this text.  It seemed to resonate in my soul how much I and so many fellow humans on the planet yearn for complete answers.  I worry, I stress, I struggle.  I'm impatient and want to move forward with decisions and next steps.  We yearn for resolution.  We yearn for equilibrium.  And yet, so much of the time, it is not there.  So much that surrounds us is the not known, the unknown.  Can we rest there?  Can we hold in tension the not knowing with the knowing of Whose we are?  Can we wrestle and rest at the same time?  I'm beginning to believe there is great beauty in the struggle and in the trust.  As I have pursued this seminary journey, one thing I have learned along the way is that the more I know, the more I realize I do not know and I have to admit that thought fills my heart with quite a bit of giddiness.  For the awe of serving One who is beyond my comprehension and yet encourages me to seek after and grow in knowledge of Who he is is an amazing thing.  What a great God we serve, One who is with us in each and every struggle and One whom we can trust completely in every situation.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 7

Today, I added a new little friend to my office. :) With an orange spice aroma, I feel the holidays are in full swing! Plus, I hear the smell of orange keeps you alert. :)

I'm thankful for tastes and smells that allow us to remember special times. I love pumpkin ice cream because it reminds me of a sweet evening  I spent as a child with my Grandmommie reading a Christmas book to me as we enjoyed our cups of Braum's ice cream.  I savored the seasonal pumpkin flavor and I still see the images of elves in Santa's workshop each time I taste it.  Of course when I saw this delight at my local HEB, I had to add it to my cart and each 1/2 cup is only 3 points plus!!  What a deal for a stroll down memory lane. :)
What are special flavors that transport you to special times?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thankful 6

So thankful for the right to vote and that we live in a country where elections are a peaceful process. I'm also pretty thankful to watch the election results with this guy :) love him!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful, Day 5

Today, I am so thankful for a job where I feel like I am making a difference, a mani/pedi to make this Monday extra fab, and maybe ending the day with a honey crisp apple and Nutella. :)  I know what your thinking, "don't get too crazy, Carroll!!"

Day 4 of Thankfulness

So thankful for a day to worship God, to be convicted of the importance of prayer and renewed in my pursuit of it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

San Jacinto Day

Last Spring I had the fun opportunity to serve on a committee that plans a celebration of San Jacinto Day!  We couldn't have asked for better weather and it was a great way to spend a Spring evening.

Here were our festive centerpieces.

Each plastic holder contained scanned historical images from the time.

Of course we had glass bottle Dr. Peppers!

We also held a salsa contest to raise scholarship funds.
I loved sampling the delicious recipes!

I was so glad Mr. G was my date :)
It was such a fun evening!
And look who made a guest appearance when we were cleaning up!
I'm looking forward to watching the Lady Bears again this season!!  :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thankful, Day 3

A Baylor football win!!

Plus quality time with precious college friends and the love of my life!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thankful, Day 2

Baylor Homecoming!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Give Thanks

I thought I might start a "30 Days of Thanks" series on my blog.  We'll see if I can post for 30 days in a row!
I bought these sunflowers at the grocery the other day and they sure have brightened up my office!  I love how different flowers remind us of changing seasons.  Sunflowers and mums always make me think of fall and offer a bright burst of color. :)

Another thing I am thankful for is Deck the Halls Holiday Market, our annual Junior League fundraiser!
I always love perusing the different vendors and working my shift.  I had a great time tonight seeing old friends and meeting new ones!  The thing I am most thankful for is how it raises funds to support community resources for women and children.  If you are in the area this weekend, please stop by!  It is a great way to get some good Christmas shopping done and know you are supporting a good cause.

Hope Gala 2012

Tuesday night, Mr. G and I were given the fun opportunity to attend the Hope Gala.  This event is a fundraiser for Generations of Hope adoption agency in our town.  I love going every year and hearing the amazing stories of families whose lives have been changed through adoption.

It was such a treat to bid on fun prizes in the silent auction and to put in raffle tickets for amazing gifts like vacations to Hawaii and a Macbook Pro!  I think one of my favorite parts of the evening was when the lady realized she had won the Hawaii trip!  She started jumping up and down -- it was a great moment. I almost felt like I was in the studio audience of The Price is Right.  :)

Thanks, Erin, for such a fun night out!  We had the best time. :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hearkening back to Halloweens past, I think my favorite part was pouring out my candy treasure chest of an orange plastic pumpkin onto my parents' breakfast room table and arranging the different confectionery delights into my own personal candy castle.  
Perhaps I played a little too much Candyland as a child. :)

Hope your Halloween is filled with all treats and no tricks!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend Recap!

This weekend was so fun!
Saturday, I went to Big D for a little shopping fun with my madre.  We started out with lunch at our favorite place in Neimans. :)
This chicken was delish!!

I may have also popped in to a few jewelry stores looking at wedding rings for Mr. G...
Here were a couple that I liked:

We'll see what Mr. G thinks ;)

After lunch, we spent a little time at Loft and Ann Taylor.

Next, Mom and I met my maid of honor at Nordstrom to look at a few bridesmaid dress options and buy my wedding shoes!!!  I LOVE the ones I found an think they go perfectly with my dress. :)
We needed the shoes because our next stop was my first fitting!
I couldn't wait to try my dress on again...and I still LOVE it. :)

After a late dinner at Blue Mesa with Mama, I was back on the road headed home.

Sunday was a fantastic day that begin with an incredible time of worship at church.
Then, I perused a local bridal show and found a fantastic string quartet for our big day.

But my absolute favorite part of Sunday was seeing this guy after he had been gone for 10 days!!
So good to be back together again! :)
Hope y'all have had a great Monday.  I'm about to dive into a little paper assignment for my class, so I will be spending the evening in the Psalms -- not a bad spot to rest. :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Welcome Fall!

Hope y'all are enjoying a wonderful weekend.  We are experiencing a little bit of a cool front in our neck of the woods and it sure is nice!  I have had a fun, but busy weekend and I'll be sure and recap soon!!  I'm thinking a cup of hot cocoa might be just right today. :)

Hope you have a cozy Sunday wherever you are! :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More Spring Randoms!

Another thing I found myself doing this Spring was spending some time outside in the beautiful weather studying.  Yes, I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but I am finishing up a Masters degree I have been working on part-time while I have been working full-time!  I graduate in December and am looking forward to moving on to the next chapter!! :)
One afternoon I found myself at a wonderful local coffeehouse and partook of a newly named Italian Soda called Lake Waco!  I had to try it to see what it tasted like and it was incredibly refreshing!! :)
I also spent an afternoon on campus with a picnic lunch and some schoolwork.  
On a day like this, it was simply irresistible to study al fresco!!
Mr. G and I took part in our Friday night traditional movie night date!
We took in several good cinematic features, but on this night we saw Titanic in 3D and it was so good!!  I still remember watching it with one of my besties Megan when it came to theaters the first time.
We are also planning to go to the traveling Titanic exhibit in Fort Worth sometime soon.
I also discovered some favorite snacks.  This sparking cranberry juice is delish!!  I think I could drink it by the case -- so refreshing!!
I also found a love for mixing gummy bears in my popcorn!  :)  I'm a sweet and savory girl and this combo did not disappoint!
And I'll end with these little items that were a must have accessory for a San Jacinto day dinner Mr. G and I attended.  More details about that soon!! :)

Monday, October 22, 2012


Three generations of Catherines photographed together in this photo, but a first name is not all that we share.  When you have the joy of living life with a grandmother, especially one so full of life herself, life is full and blessed.  My precious Muvie went to be with Jesus a month ago and I miss her.  I miss her very much.  Sometimes I forget she is not a phone call or car ride away and then I remember.  Although her physical presence is no longer on earth, I find myself reminded of her in words or phrases I say and thoughts and memories that continuously flit through my mind.  In this way, she is not gone from me, but continues to fill my life with her presence in the ways she has influenced who I am.  I hope to take some time on this blog to remember more details of her life, so I will have these stories with me always.  Though a loss like this is difficult, the caring presence of Christ is ever near and for that I am ever thankful.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Party Prep, Painting, & Pals!

Here's another rewind from the Spring!

I hosted a birthday luncheon for my mama in April and made a few preliminary trips to local establishments for some party prep!  One of my first stops was Wolfe's Wholesale Florist.  I thought it would be nice to have a few smaller fresh flower arrangements scattered along the tables at the party.  When I saw these adorable mercury glass vases, I knew they would be perfect.  We had fun talking about colors and flower options. :)  
My next stop was Scribbles one of my favorite stationary stores to find Mom's invitations.  These are the ones we used (sorry for the sideways photo!).  I loved the way they looked!!
I'll do a post of its own about the party soon!
I'm afraid I also discovered these little treats this spring.  Oh my goodness -- so delish!
My friend Ashley and I also tried a fun new place called Painting with a Twist!
They have these little shops all over, so if there is one near you I would highly recommend it as a fun thing to try.  You go on the website of your local store and look at the calendar to see what paintings will be available that month and then you reserve a seat.  It's super easy to sign up and so fun!

You literally start with this blank canvas
And end up with a painting!  I have NO painting background, but the teachers guide you so well.  It is fun to see how each painting is a little unique, too!  I'm looking forward to my next visit. :)
And finally, I took this little instagram at a favorite local restaurant.  This appetizer is call The Trifecta and it totally lives up to its name.  I feel it is necessary to order one each time I go!  
Over this particular Trifecta my friend Erin enjoyed a great time of catching up and I'm looking forward to another catch up visit with her tonight!  
Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

They Say It's Your Birthday...

Well, I had one of those little annual events celebrating my entrance on the planet this week.  It is so crazy to think that this is the last one I'll celebrate with the only last name I've known!!
Here's a little recap of my birthday fun:
Daisies from one of my besties!!  Totally made my day!
"Aren't daisies the friendliest flower?"
love that quote from You've Got Mail
Lunch at one of my favorite girly lunch places with my precious coworkers.
It is such a blessing to work with these ladies day in and day out!
Then, Mr. G treated me to a homemade dinner :)
Complete with my own pumpkin cheesecake cupcake!
I just love the fall treats that come with an October birthday :)
He also showered me with birthday treats, including this fabulous necklace!
I wore it today to cheer on the Bears!
It's my first birthday with my very own fiance and I would have to say I like it!  
Next year I'll have a husband -- what in the world?!?! :)
Tonight, another bestie treated me to fantastic birthday dinner. :)
Thanks for making me feel so special!!
It's gonna be a crazy fun year! :)

Hope y'all are having a great weekend. :)
I have a lot to catch you all up on -- life has been busy, 
but God's presence is mercifully faithful.

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Blustery Day & Meeting Friends

Top o' the muffin to you!  Any Seinfeld fans out there? :)
I've been going through my phone pics and ran into this one from earlier this Spring. :)
I also took this after I had put green apples in my apothecary jars and finished my coffee filter wreath .
Now, for less happy news.  I just have to write this down because it is almost unbelievable.  One Tuesday at lunch I went to an office building for my weekly Weight Watchers weigh in and as I opened the door of my car, a huge gust of wind completely pushed the car door out of my hand and flung it open all the way.  No problem, I thought, until I attempted to close the door to no avail.  It would not close.  Here I was sitting in my car in the midst of million mile an hour winds hanging on to the car door for dear life.  If I let go, it would fly all the way open again.  You can see in the photo above the dents from the door opening so far out.  Fortunately, some car help came speedily and eventually the car door was fixed, but what an eventful lunch!
I'm now all the more careful when opening my car door any time it is a super blustery day!!
On a happier note, in March Mr. G and I had so much fun going to dinner with our friends Heather and Neil.  I have found that getting to know your significant others' friends and introducing him to your friends is a real treat!  We had dinner at a local favorite and watched the Baylor Men's Basketball team beat Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament!!  What a night!  

We are supposed to have a cool front come through tonight!  I'm hoping these cooler temps stay with us for a while! :)  Happy Weekend!!