To say I’m playing catchup is a complete understatment. So much has happened since THANKSGIVING. I turned 23, got my very own paying job, one best friend got married (one is getting married this weekend, and one in July), spent sometime with family, bought a plane ticket for a Nashville vacation, and enjoyed some fun weekends with friends. I was really meaning to be intentional about this blog and have it be something I could enjoy! And I will start doing just that. Stay tuned for lots of crafty projects for a July wedding!
I know Thanksgiving was yesterday, but I have spent the last two days with family and cooking with my mom! So this post will just have to be late! But with so much to be thankful for, it seems wrong to not write about it!
First of all I’m thankful for my parents! I seriously have the best parents. I know that they are just perfect for me! I’m thankful that I get to sit next to my daddy every night at dinner, but even more so last night. My dad was diagnose with a brain tumor when I was a baby. By God’s grace and power he beat cancer and we are so blessed to have him! My mom is the glue that holds us all together. She sacrifices so much to take care of our family. If I turn out to be half the wife and mom she is, I’ll be so lucky! I’ve also been so blessed with the greatest big brother! He can always make me laugh. He may be so annoying but he’s just the right person for our family. He is also married to his high school sweatheart and she is such a great addition to the Smith clan!
As I’ve mentioned before, I have the greatest friends ever. I am so blessed to have met my best friends when I was in elementary school. I am so thankful that they’ve stuck by me and everytime we see eachother it’s like nothing has changed! I went to college and also met some awesome friends. We jsut get each other. The worst part about graduating was moving away from the friends that I basically spent every day with. I am so blessed to have so many great people in my life that I get to call friends and so very thankful for them.
Most of all, I’m thankful for grace. I’m thankful to serve a God who sacrificed His Son for me and who is rich in mercy. I am undeserving but so grateful!
As promise, a post about the pumpkin party! One of the things I miss most about college life was having friends over all the time. We’re always so busy now. Luckily my parents love having people over so they agreed to let me throw a pumpkin party. Big shout out to Samantha for helping! I spent Friday glittering pumpkins and I can’t think of a more fun way to spend a day!
I am so lucky that I had a great group of friends in high school. I’m even more lucky that we are still friends. It was so fun to get together with them, I’m so glad to be back in Austin! We at Halloween themed treats and had a blast carving pumpkins and then instagraming them! Such a blast! So here are some pics!
Seriously y’all, how can something so small change everything?!
Everyone meet Kylie Grace
Isn’t she the sweetest little angel?! She is more beautiful than you can imagine. Her and her sweet mommy are doing great! Baby Kylie, your Aunt Ray Ray loves you so much and I can’t wait to watch you grow into a beautiful person!
Since moving back, I’ve gotten to experience the church I grew up in as an adult. It has been pretty cool. I know pretty much everyone and they know me. So I still feel at home, but now I’m not in a youth group so there are more ways to be involved. Last night I got to participate in a ladies bible class taught by two amazing women of God. We’re talking about thankfulness! The class was inspired by the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. As part of the class they challenged us to start our own list of 1000 things we’re thankful for. This will shift our thinking into being grateful for the “little things”. I’m so excited to start this journey, and see where the Lord will lead me in thankfulness! Join me if you’d like!
I recently graduated from college (Texas Tech University) and have moved back home to Austin! I was incredibly blessed with a wonderful college experience. I made amazing friends and grew so much. My gracious parents have opened their home to me once again and I’m loving seeing them everyday! I’m currently interning with The Arc of the Capital Area in their Development and Marketing Department. I’m learning so much about their annual Gala and having a great time!
Which brings me to this blog. Those of you who have known me for a while, know I love a nice party! I’ve always planned amazing birthday parties (with the help of my great mom) for myself. When I was in highschool, I decided (again with the help of my great mom, seriously what would I do without her?!) to go into the hospitality field. I love everything about it! One day I would like to work for myself planning weddings and everything else that needs planning! This blog will be a little of that, a little crafty projects, a little cooking, and a little of what my life after college looks like!