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So Long, 2016

2016 is coming to a close and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind year. Like most years, it had some high and lows, but overall I’d say that for me, 2016 has been great. Here are the highlights, in no particular order.

Weddings, babies and graduations, oh my!

I was lucky enough to celebrate a cousin and 4 different friends getting married, 2 of which I was honored to stand along side. Well, that ended  up being standing beside just one, but more on that later. I also had one dear friend have her first baby and one complete her PhD. It brought me such joy to celebrate these people with showers, bachelorettes, parties, and gifts. I wish them all the best of marriages, new families, and new jobs. All of this alone was enough to make 2016 a great one!


Moving Friends

A good friend moving away is not a good thing for anyone. It’s sad and difficult to come to terms with. But if it has to happen, you might as well make the best of it with a 7 state road trip in a car packed to the ceiling, complete with an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast. Definitely a highlight of the year, albeit a sad long term outcome.


Disney & Universal

My nephew is 2 ½ and you have to pay for children to get into Disney at age 3, so of course my Disney-loving sister-in-law had to plan a big family trip this year. Best. idea. ever. I didn’t get around to doing a whole post on this trip as the end of the year got away from me, but I feel like a Disney expert now. Although I’m sure I still know nothing compared to people who go all the time. This was my first time there since I was 8. And it was magical. The week after Thanksgiving is a great time to go if you can take time off. And I was really surprised at how much stuff there was for my nephew to do! It was an awesome trip and definitely a highlight of the year.



2016 was a year of many travels. In addition to the trips already mentioned, I made it to cities, states, and another country! Locations included two trips to Nashville, TN; multiple trips to Daphne, AL; Denver (plus south of Denver for work); State College, PA; Nicaragua; Austin, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Asheville, NC; McCormick, SC; Orlando, FL; Helen, GA; St. Augustine, FL

So many places, so little time!



The downfall of social media is that all you see is the wonderful, happy pieces of everyone’s life. Although a lot of great things happened this year, it wasn’t all sugar and spice. The night before my friend’s wedding – one I was supposed to be in – I landed myself in the ER, which turned into the ICU, with some kind of infection. And yes, that’s the most diagnosis I ever got. Needless to say, I missed my friend’s wedding and was devastated. It was also a miserable two weeks being in the hospital for 3 ½ days then recovering. But it was made tolerable and I made it out stronger because of my incredible family and friends. It was a reminder of how lucky I am to have the people who are in my life.



This guy

As incredible as everything was this year,  this guy takes the cake. We met in our condo complex with the dogs out on the lawn [cue the AWs]. Adorable, right? We grabbed dinner and drinks for our first date on a nearby patio and we hit it off. But little did I know how amazing this year would be together. He is kind, funny, thoughtful and caring. He made it through a stay, by my side, in the ER and ICU just 6 months in. I can go on and on about how much I love this guy, but I’ll spare you. He is easily THE highlight of this year and I can’t wait for the year to come.



I completed my book challenge by 10 books and had some great ones of the 30 I read! I think I’m going to up my challenge to beat my 30 next year.


I know not everyone had a great year. I am ignoring some major events that happened in our country this year to focus on my little insignificant life. If it wasn’t a great year for you, I hope for everything and more for you in 2017. Happy New Year!

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Wedded Bliss

I love seeing other people happy. And I love when I can be a part of and see others happiness. Last weekend, my best friend of 22 years got married. I was the maid of honor and it was a hard time holding my emotions together when she appeared at the back door of the sanctuary next to her father (my second father). But we all made it through a beautiful ceremony and a fun, exciting reception. I couldn’t be happier for my Natty. Below is the speech I made (which I wrote weeks ago and edited numerous times) and a few pictures. I’ll get some more pics soon (as our wonderful friend, Callie, was the photographer) and they will be even more gorgeous!


22 years ago, two toddlers, living down the street from each other, began the friendship of a lifetime.  It started as every friendship of little girls does: dressing up like the princesses; playing Pretty Pretty Princess; making Barbie and Ken go on dates with Ken always being the perfect gentleman; being mermaids in the pool, with Eric coming to rescue them from the evil Ursala; singing along with pots and pans as the Beast tries to win over Belle; and watching Disney movies over and over and over, dreaming of their own future princes to come, sweep them off their feet, and ride off into the sunset together on a white horse.  These two little girls got older, first grade to be exact, where one began her early quest to find Prince Charming.  But eventually, reality hit, and the glory of prince charming began to fade.  So instead they graduated to chick flicks, and dreamed of boys singing to them, chasing after them, and proposals of grandeur.  For Natalie, there were some wanna-be princes, there was plenty of chasing, and even some charm, but I never saw in them a lifetime with my best friend.  But I was never worried.  I always knew that God would send my Natty, my BFF, her Ken….her Eric…her Prince Charming.  We have talked about this day since we were girls and now it’s finally here.

Jonnie, you are one lucky man to have such an incredibly wonderful woman, and I have no doubt that you will love her and cherish her for all the years to come. Natalie, I could not be more honored to be a maid of honor and stand by you on one of the most important days of your life (other than meeting me, obviously).  You have always been one of the most beautiful, genuine, strong, loving friends a girl could have, and I know your marriage will only bring those qualities out more. You will always be my best friend, and I wish you both all the happiness in the world together.



Rehearsal (Natalie in middle)

Bride and Maid-of-Honor

Natalie and I


Beautiful bride