blech.


since monday night i have been a sicky. not too sure whats wrong but i just cant keep anything down. just another time where i am so thankful that i can work from home. yesterday i thought i was starting to feel better, and even though i still did not have an appetite, i tried to eat. just peanut butter and toast. it looked to yummy and i was ready to dig in. mistake. my body was ready to get rid of it in less than an hour. ugh. i am ready to get better! on the plus side, it was beautiful outside today! i am getting more and more excited for spring weather-no more snow!

friday's letters


dear liberty,  it would have been super cool to see the school i graduated from make it into the ncaa tournament, i was super bummed when you lost by 1 point! dear snow/winter/michigan, do i need to say anything...? im ready for the temperature to start rising. dear fellow michiganders, i am officially one of you now! plates, license, and ready to vote! dear wedding planning, i am organized and ready to take you on! 3 months to go...dear readers, i apologize for not answering any comments lately, i will from now on be replying to comments within 24 hours...and we will see how long that will last. i like a challenge!

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i hope everyone had a super week, and i am excited to read other letters today! the picture above is one from my engagement pictures, i will probably frequent those on fridays just as a excuse to share more!

-e-

michigander


as of yesterday, I am a true michigander. or michigandian. or however you say it. i have a michigan license plate, michigan car title, a temporary paper michigan license, AND im registered to vote. huzzzaaah. and then i get to change everything again in 3 months after i get married...blech. i mean, super exciting that i get to change my name and i am going to be married. but not super exciting that i have to go back to the DMV (or secretary of state, as they call it here in michigan) to change everything again. there were lotsa weird smells in that place. gross. not to mention you get to wait in line forever. its cool though...i'm making some major life changes!

-e-

snow, snow, snow.


the snow just keeps coming...will this actually be the last week of snow this winter? i mean...its supposed to snow thru thursday. it sure is pretty, but its also making winter pretty long. this time last year there was 80 degree weather, but then again, this time last year was a "mild winter" for michigan. so enough about snow, today liberty university's mens basketball team has a play-in game for the ncaa tourney. it would be awesome if they win! for being a smaller school, this is a pretty cool experience, especially since i graduated from there and would get to cheer for a school that i actually went to. go liberty!!

blessings


over the last couple days, i have been truly blessed by people i have met and the things around me. after a long a busy week of work last week, it was friday, the last day of my week. at lunch on friday kenny and i went to a local place, and i noticed a couple at the table next to us, taking a moment to pray and thank God for the meal they were about to have. then, on the way out when we were finished, i saw three other tables that were doing the same. when i got got to my car, i sat there for a minute and just took in what i had seen. i rarely ever see people saying grace before a meal in public places, but on friday i saw 4 different tables. how neat. and seriously, what a blessing and encouragement to me. 

on saturday i went to visit a college roommate, who since i had last seen her, now has one little boy and is pregnant with twins. it was so cool to see how she has matured and stepped into the "mommy" role. and as i caught up with her, i began to admire that faith that she showed in God through her words.

on sunday, when i was hanging my jacket up at church, a random older woman whom i have never met walked up to me and smiled. "you look very pretty today" she said, and the walked away. that was the first time that someone that who wasn't family or a close friend at the church i am currently attending has just walked up and talked to me. and made the rest of my day 10x better.

today, i was at a local mega-church for a leadership conference that they were holding. i work for a local college as a recruiter and we had a table set up. i arrived during the lunch hour, so there were barely any people in the building just walking around. while i was sitting there a woman named vicki walked up and started talking to me about the program we offer online, and she shared with me that she works for the local pregnancy resource center. I, being a health major, pried for more information, asking what exactly they do. we ended up sharing a little bit about ourselves to each other, and she gave me information to connect with someone who may be able to help me in my career field. come to find out, she wasn't even supposed to be at the conference but decided to come anyway, and wasn't able to register to the luncheons, so she decided to just walk around and look at all them empty displays. i was the only one sitting at a table. vicki took time to pray with me and she also said something that stuck out to me: "He can do no good things, when you do not believe". Vicki was a blessing to me today. she reminded me to work with a full heart, even though this is not the career that i am passionate about, that God will open doors when the time is right (His time), and to continually put full trust in him.

if you have made it this far down into the post, thank you for stick around and reading :) i wanted to share what has blessed me in the past couple days because this is a place where i share about myself, and have been encouraged when others share about themselves and when they are going through something.

have a great monday!

-e-

a warm drink with a song


okay so i had no plans of something to write about today other than my new cup. yea...lame. okay so i got this reusable cup from the bucks the other day for ONE DOLLAR. its just plastic, not double walled or anything so you still need a sleeve sometimes, but i love it! and if you bring it into starbucks, you get a measly 10 cents off, but 10 cents is 10 cents, right? and on top of it all, i guess im contributing to the environment by reusing instead of getting a paper cup every time. okay rant over. the only other thing that i wanted to share was the song that i have on repeat today...


have a great day :)

-e-

bachelorette no more








the thursday night before my sisters wedding, we threw her a bachelorette party. now, i was running on zero hours of sleep, so i was a bit slap happy and admittedly looking either kinda weird or super tired in some most of the pictures i was in. opps! we all had such a good time playing inappropriate games, opening gifts, chatting and trying different sangria recipies! and i would say that i did a pretty decent job throwing the party with a limited amount of prep time and low amounts of energy. props to kenny and iris (the pretty lady holding her cat, sunny) for the food prep help! now i can't wait for my bachelorette party!!

-e-

friday's letters.



dear sister, you are married already! i can't believe you are mrs. morales already. and you have been in punta cana for almost a week already living it up and relaxing in warm sunny weather. im not jealous... dear michigan, i have written to you for the past couple fridays, and here we are again. its 48 degrees outside right now, thank you. spring is coming and i cant wait! dear wedding planning, do i have to? cant a wedding planner provide me with free services? i love weddings, and all that is going into mine, but i am in no way a planner. dear future home, we are just waiting for you to show up on the market. please hurry! dear friends and family, i am so thankful for you! i am so grateful to be able to catch up with some of you that i haven't seen for a very long time last weekend, and cant wait until we gather together again in june!

-e-

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currently.

currently i am trying to catch up with my life.  after driving to new jersey and back for my sisters wedding and long weekend that FLEW by, i feel like i am not back to reality yet. i'm having a hard time adjusting back into work, getting things done at home, and a normal sleep schedule. it doesnt help that my car has been difficult since we have returned so i have been carpooling/borrowing. maybe its time to make one of my trusty lists and get organized? i think so.

currently my mouth is in pain. i had no idea my coffee was still so hot this morning. i literally burnt the entire inside of my mouth from my first sip. i can never wait long enough to take that first sip...ouch. but hurrah to me for getting used to drinking black coffee, i have eliminated dairy/creamer!

currently my hair is looking a little bit brighter. my hair had been turning this gold/bronzy color, and i was getting pissy about it because highlights don't come cheap. come to find out, my lovely fine and frail hair was getting iron and other minerals deposited on it from the hard water at the house i live at. after a $2.99 treatment, my hair is looking much brighter. and i will now be using shampoo/conditioner that helps protect my hair from those minerals. this city girl is not used to well water.

currently i am a little anxious about the next couple months. don't get me wrong, i am super excited that my wedding is getting closer, and i know that all the plans will come together. but its about to start getting cray cray you guys!

all the girl cousins from my dad's side of the family. excuse the poor quality phone picture!


i hope everyone is have a great week so far!

-e-

sissy got married.








so this year is a busy one in the murphy family. both my sister and i have weddings! being only 2.5 years apart, and both in a serious relationship, it was bound to happen so close together. this last weekend was my little sister's wedding. it was amazing! i got to see family that i haven't seen in years, and my own family that i haven't seen since moving to michigan 6 months ago! aand although i have been viewing my wedding planning as a second job that i keep calling in sick to, its time for me to get in gear. i'm not gonna lie, i wish i was in punta cana for 11 days right now. have fun kate and sam!

-e-
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