Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

I'm linking up with Sarah for Thursday Thoughts today! I also kept her Thursday Thoughts picture because, well, it's awesome! She took it outside the Baylor Science Building and since that's where I spent most of my time while I was there, I love it!

1. While browsing the web yesterday I came across an article on Yahoo entitled: Amazing! See Jersey Shore's Snookie Without Make-up. So of course, I clicked on it. And what do you know? She looks almost normal and 10x better than she does when her face is painted. Crazy.

2. I took a winter-mester last week which almost killed me, but in hindsight it wasn't that bad. But I have a final due tomorrow and a paper due next week. I haven't started either. Here's to starting off the semester right!

3. We are going to Pennsylvania on Saturday to celebrate my Great Aunt's 90th birthday. That's a pretty big deal and I'm super excited to see all of my family. And they get to meet my super awesome husband for the first time!

4. I had my first day of class yesterday for this semester. Class started at 7:45 and since I live 40 minutes away I had to wake up before the sun. That wasn't so fun. However, I only have to encounter traffic ONCE this semester because of my schedule and that makes waking up before the sun OK.


5. Yahoo also posted an article about college majors that are useless. I clicked on it praying mine wasn't on there. (As if I could somehow change it?) Agriculture topped the list. Thankfully that was my 2nd choice.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tag: You're It!

Last week (maybe the week before?) Sarah at Life of Love tagged me in this fun post. I thought I would have time to do it while I was procrastinating while taking my winter-mester last week, but that certainly didn't happen. I barely had time to sleep. So here it goes!

[the rules]

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 11 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 11 new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
4. Tag 11 4 people and link them on your post
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

Easy peasy!

[11 facts about rachel]

1. I hate changing lanes while driving in a tunnel. Scary.
2. If I never had to read another school book, I'd be ok with that. I just can't make myself like reading. 
3. Bedtime is my favorite time.
4. I got married on a Sunday because it was an even number. I'm weird.
5. I like to imagine one day I'll get my PhD in Marriage counseling.
6. The idea of one day being a counselor scares me to death. That's a lot of pressure.
7. I hate talking on the phone. And if you leave me a voicemail, I probably won't listen to it for at least a week. Just text me.
8. Everyone thinks my younger sister is older than me. Probably because she's tall and gorgeous. Fact: I visited her at Baylor after I graduated and her friends thought I was a prospective freshman. No actually. I'm married and in grad school. 
9. I love weddings. So much love in the air, it's hard not to be happy!
10. I wish I had lots of money so I could just buy people presents. 
11. Sonic happy hour is genius. I bet they've made so much money off me.

[questions from sar]

[1] What's your favorite memory of 2012 thus far?
Definitely getting to celebrate the engagement of two of my favorite people!
[2] Did you make any resolutions? If so, how are they going?
I decided to take a picture-a-day for 2012. I got to January 3rd.
[3] What's the background picture on your phone or computer desktop?
My husband and I at our wedding!
[4] After you log onto the internet, what is the first website you go to?
[5] What is your favorite blog to read? 
This is a hard one since I read a bunch of random blogs. Right now it is probably Kelly's Korner. I've been following her journey of infertility for years. She now has 2 precious girls!
[6] If you could only listen to one song on repeat, what would you choose?
Barefoot Blue Jean Night. If I as a country girl this would be my anthem. 
[7] What is your favorite part about living where you currently live?
Familiarity & Family
[8] What's one thing you've been most proud of recently?
Completing my first year of grad school at DTS. Only 2 more!
[9] When was the last time you did a random act of kindness?
Last night. Shhh.
[10] What is one word/phrase you say entirely too often?
Shut up!
[11] What's your biggest pet peeve?

[I tag you]

Loren Hill @ Sit and Stay A While
Kate Habicht @ It's Kate not Katie
Amanda Molleur @ Baylor Graduate & Bride-to-Be
Krystal Armstrong @ A&K Armstrong

[questions from me to you]

1. If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
2.What is your go-to nail polish color? (I have 3!)
3. Even or odd numbers?
4. What is the last book you read?
5. Where is your favorite place to find clothes?
6.Where do you picture yourself in 5 years?
7. Sweet or Unsweet Ice Tea?
8. What is your favorite gift you have ever received?
9. If you could speak another language, what would it be?
10. What is your favorite drink at Sonic?
11. What are you most looking forward to in 2012?
12. What are 3 must-haves in a husband?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mark & Laura

This weekend two of my favorite friends got engaged.

I met Mark my senior year of high school. He lived in College Station 
where my boyfriend had just moved.
We both ended up at Baylor and were told we should be friends. 
(One of the best decisions ever, since He is a great friend to have)

One of the first times I remember hanging out with Mark, sans Frank, was when he invited
me down to College Station to watch his sister Lindsey in a high school production.
On the car ride we talked about many things, one being his future wife. 

He told me he had a strong feeling he would meet his wife at camp. 
And that he did!

He frist met Laura while working at TBarM in the summer of 2009
and the rest is history.

Laura would stay with me when she would come to visit Mark and Baylor
and ever since I first met her in 2009, we have become close friends. 

I love them both dearly and could go on and on about how wonderful they are! 
I am so excited to see where the Lord leads them 
as a married couple! I know He has some big plans!

So here's to Mark & Laura, two of my favorite people getting married!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

10 Facts

1. I graduated from Baylor University in 2010 with a degree in Psychology and Business. 

2. I am currently getting my Master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in Biblical Counseling.

3. Mexican food is my all-time favorite. I could eat it for every meal.

4. I have one younger sister. She is a Junior at Baylor and she is awesome. Today's picture is in honor of her because she stopped by my office on her way back to Waco to say "Bye!" and brought me this... Best. Sister. Ever. 

5. I work at an IT Identity Management and Security company doing marketing and sales work. I love my job and I love the people I work with. 

6. I've had a crush on my husband since I was 14, started dating him at 16, and married him at 21.

7. I will get hooked on any TV show if I start watching it from the beginning.

8. I LOVE cupcakes. It's always been my dream to open a cupcake shop. Then that became the cool thing to do so I had to find another dream. It's probably for the best anyways, since I would probably eat all the cupcakes. 

9. My toes always have nail polish on them. Always

10. I won't get in an unmade bed. 

Monday, January 2, 2012


One of my goals for 2012 is to document the year with a picture-a -day. I've seen this done as a countdown for those graduating college where they take a picture-a-day for the last 100 days and it seemed fun. I've never been good at keeping a journal, so hopefully I can keep this up!

Here is my photo for January 1st... the very first moment of 2012!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Highlights of 2011

Since 2011 is officially over, I thought I would wrap it up with a post of highlights. Enjoy!


  • Started my very first "Big Girl" job at PathMaker Group as a Marketing and Sales Support Administrator.
  • My sister and some of my best friends threw me wedding showers in Waco and College Station


  • Went to Arkansas and watched my husband graduate from John Brown!

  • Married my best friend on June 26 and got to celebrate with so many wonderful friends and family

  • Traveled to the Dominican Republic for the first time

  • Blessed with so many wonderful wedding presents to stock our little home 
  • Chopped all my hair off and donated 11 inches to Locks of Love

  • Visited Sarah while she was working in New Braunfels at TBarM. She was a counselor in the same cabin that I was in last year!

  • My parents got a new Golden Retriever puppy named Blue

  • Started my second semester at DTS
  • Turned the big 22, which was exciting for me because I love even numbers
  • Went to a Rangers playoff game with my wonderful friend Loren
  • Went to the State Fair of Texas

  • Frank got a job at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano as the Producer of the children's TV show, Living With Fish, that they make
  • Frank turned 23 and we celebrated at Javier's in Dallas

  • First Thanksgiving as a married couple

  • Frank also started doing PA work on the new TNT series Dallas, which airs next summer
  • Went to the Baylor vs. Texas football game in Waco. It rained the whole time but Baylor won, so it was worth it!

  • Attended my first grown-up Christmas party for my office at Lawry's. It was so much fun and I am so blessed to work with such wonderful people. There was a group of Carolers that came by and sang Christmas songs!

  • Sent out our first Christmas card. I had so much fun creating these that I made two versions. Here is one of them!
  • Celebrated our first Christmas as Husband & Wife and also got to celebrate with our families!