6.29.2012

A Very Patriotic Family Reunion {part 1}

This afternoon we are heading to upstate New York for the most interesting and certainly most patriotic (for real, we've been in the newspaper about it) family reunion you've ever witnessed.

More details to come after, but for now, I leave you with a little photo teaser...

Meet the Buckley's at our annual Buckley Family Weekend (this year will be the 42nd):


Yes. We wear matching shirts--it's part of what makes us awesome.

6.27.2012

Meet the Myers


This past weekend we traveled back to Georgia to witness our friends Lindsay and Travis tie the knot.  It was an absolutely beautiful wedding that has been talked about for a long time. =) Lindsay is such a sweet friend of mine, you can read all about her and her husband (!) over at her blog Have Faith.

They said I do at the Carl House in Auburn, GA.  Soft pinks and cream, candles and burlap decorated the ceremony and reception beautifully.  Lindsay looked gorgeous in her princess wedding gown, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen accented the wedding very nicely in khaki and green.

Meet the Myers:









Some of our sweet friends...







And they lived happily ever after!

6.24.2012

Windy Gap Camp

Windy Gap - A Young Life camp.

Next to our wedding/ honeymoon week, this was hands down the best week of my life.

If you missed all my prior ramblings about Young Life, in a nut shell it is a ministry with high school kids.  It involves adult volunteers like myself and my husband, diving back into the scary world known as High School to build long lasting friendships with these teens, to just do life with them and eventually, one day, earn the right to be heard and share the sweetness of the Gospel with them.

So like I just mentioned, we went to camp with our school 2 weeks ago and it. was. AWESOME.

I wanted to share some of the video's they made from each day so you could see with your own eyes the fun and excitement we experienced throughout the week, but I couldn't get them to embed properly, so if you'd like (which I highly suggest you do) you can go to Young Life Scrapbook to watch them. They're pretty awesome.  It should take you straight to our week's scrapbook but if not, we are Windy Gap week 3 (June 10-16).  I know everything was geared towards the kids there, but honestly, I'm pretty sure I had just as much fun as they did.

What I can show you on here, however, are some of the pictures of my girls and us leaders and our experiences at Windy Gap.  It was by far the most physically and emotionally challenging week I've ever experienced, and I would do it again in heart beat.

Eight of my girls accepted Christ that week, two renewed their relationship with Him, and one fell in love with Jesus the day we got back from camp.  That week completely put life into perspective for me.  As I saw my girls stand up during the Say So (a chance for kids to stand up the last day of camp and say out loud that they have started a relationship with Christ) a joy I had never felt before completely overwhelmed me. Here were all these new followers of Jesus standing before me and it was amazing. Obviously Young Life camp is not what saved them but God definitely used it as part of His plan to bring them to salvation.

This past week, seeing the change in all of my girls, was a loud reminder to me of why we are here.  Yes we have to work to make money to raise and support our family, but first and foremost, we are called to make disciples of all nations. Plain and simple, there is nothing more important than someones salvation.

I joked with some of our other leaders and a couple of my girls saying that I felt as though I gave birth to 13 children last week because of the bond that was formed between myself and them, and the two other leaders I was with.   We are on a whole new playing field now.  They don't look at me as the crazy weird 20-something year old leader anymore, but one of their friends who is walking with them as they continue or begin their walk with Christ, and I see them all as my sisters in Christ whom I love deeply.

If you want to know what fulfillment truly feels like, watch someone you love and know give their life to Christ. There is nothing like it.


6.07.2012

Why I love Nashville {part 2}

Part one of this series (and I'm sure there will be plenty more to come) was our first time at Capitol Records street party featuring Alan Jackson and a few others.

If we're Facebook friends then you probably already have a hunch as to what part two is about, but if not, last night we attended the CMT Awards! Whoop whoop! Yes, it was incredibly fun and so exciting, but there was a small part that  was also definitely not so fun. 

Let me explain.

In addition to selling tickets to the event, CMT hands out wristbands a few days before the awards to fill in the "mosh" area {a.k.a. the group of screaming fans around the stage you see on T.V.} as well as "bowl" seats {basically you fill any empty seats right before the show starts}. Sounds fabulous right? Kind of.  We had never done this before and didn't ask anyone about it so had no clue what to expect.

Like I said, it was definitely fabulous and fun because you are going for free to a nationally televised awards ceremony and seeing all your favorite country artists. Score.

Here's the not so fabulous part. 

We totally forgot to get our wristbands on Sunday night and so by the time we got to the place on Tuesday to pick them up, all the "mosh" tickets were gone. Bowl it was. We are actually kind of happy because then we could sit for the entire show {hello old people}. Not quite. Once you get into the area, they take you in groups to each seating section.  Que fancy CMT guy in all black "feel free to sit wherever you find an empty seat {SCORE} you can sit there unless someone with tickets to that seat shows up... then you have to get up and find another seat." {Uhh...come again?}

Awesome. So for a while we had INCREDIBLE seats. Hello second row.   

In the words of my husband, "we went from the best seats in the house to literally the worst."  I see the humor in it now, but it took me a little bit to find it even the slight bit funny last night.  No exaggeration, we ended up in the last row in the very top section. As in, the back seat of my chair rested against the wall of the arena.

We were there for free so there wasn't really any room to complain, and it was still awesome. Could be worse and to be honest, there wasn't really a bad seat in the whole place. They set it up really well.

Maybe next year we will actually remember to go pick up the wristbands on Sunday to get "mosh" spots, or maybe we can just buy our own??

Anyway, best or worst seat, I still was able to see a whole heap of celeb's and get a bunch of great shots and have a really fun and somewhat random night with the Mr.  Oh, not to mention watch Carrie Underwood ROCK the stage. Love. Her.

waiting in line with my super hot date. ;)

ran into a couple of my Young Life girls going to the awards too! Love them!

2nd row seats. 

the celebrity section!

Denise Richards!!

Tom Arnold, lol

Rascal Flatts member, Gary LeVox

The Band Perry!

here they are again! amazing!

So awesome- Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, the Zac Brown Band, James Johnson and Darius Rucker.

Luke Bryan

Good Girl
and finally CARRIE UNDERWOOD

Good Girl
perfection.

the end.

6.01.2012

These last few weeks..

Lately, work has been incredibly busy (not a bad thing), we've been doing a little bit of traveling for graduation celebrations and also hiding from the world for a long holiday weekend.  That said, this poor little blog of mine has unfortunately had to take the backseat.  I wish I could say that was all about to change, but with so much on the calendar over the next 2 months, no such luck. Although it does make me a little sad because of how much I enjoy sitting down to put our life's current events in words, we have so many trips to look forward to I can't help but be excited.

Here's what we've been up to...

A couple weekends ago we were back in Atlanta to celebrate Jamie {Bobby's youngest sister} graduating from high school.  It was so crazy seeing her so grown up in that graduation gown walking across the stage as her name was called.  She was in 8th grade when Bobby and I started dating. MIDDLE SCHOOL.  She heads to UGA in the fall which makes us happy to have a legit reason to visit the Athens for the next 4 years...  GO DAWGS!

found you!




darn tassels! ;)

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Last weekend {Memorial Day weekend} we made it a point to do absolutely nothing but veg, veg, and veg some more. It was amazing.  Our 3 1/2 days {including Friday.. duh.} went like this: breakfast and coffee hang out time, lunch, pool, dinner, game night, sleep. Repeat.
 

We had time to relax, re-energize, lounge around as much as we wanted and I had time to try a bunch of new recipes {cooking is like therapy for me}.  More to come on those delish recipes.




Oh, and somewhere in there I became a barber and gave Bobby a haircut.



Lovely, lovely weekend. I wish every weekend could last 3 days.



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Little Mr. Jack had his first birthday party over Memorial Day weekend as well. Unfortunately we couldn't go because flights are unreal out to Emerald Isle, but I did get to Skype with my little man and watch him open up his Sesame Street puzzle we got him.  He's become quite the little chatter box and makes the cutest scrunchy nosed grin when you talk to him as well as an equally dumbfounded looking stare when you take pictures of him... see below.

My mom sent us pictures of him demolishing his birthday cake as one should on their first birthday, and trying out the big bird chair we had when we were kids.


Yes, that would be the dog cage. Apparently he was fascinated with opening the door, crawling in and closing it. Ah the little things in life...








We get to spend an entire week with him (and the rest of my family) in a month and I am ecstatic.
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Over the next few months we'll be in NC for Young Life camp,  Cali for work,  NY for the most unique family reunion you've ever seen, Long Island for more family time, Georgia for a few weddings and back to NY for my best friends wedding.

Hello summer, here we come!
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