Sunday, November 23, 2008

Congratulations SuSu and Daniel!!

We want to send big love and best wishes to our friends SuSu and Daniel. They were married last night behind her parent's home with the sunset and the water in the background. They are so perfect together, and they are just about the cutest couple that I've ever seen. I am so happy that they found each other. It was a beautiful wedding~the flowers were gorgeous, the ginormous tent with little white lights and seating areas with sofas was spectacular, the food was divine {shrimp and grits, crabcakes, grilled quail bites, beef tenderloin, ham and biscuits, potato bar, pheasant, duck and venison sausage, fruit with chocolate dipping sauce}, a super fun band and a glowing bride and happy-as-a-clam groom. The only thing that would have made it better is if I had gotten some better pictures. It seemed like every time that I went to take a shot that I missed the shot. Do you ever have one of those bad picture taking days? Anyway, congrats to the newly married couple!!

What a beautiful bride!!
They were dancing the whole night. I'm so glad that they enjoyed themselves.
They did the traditional change of clothes to leave for their honeymoon. The whole thing was just like "The Father of the Bride" movie. Notice that I once again missed the shot...I hope to eventually get a faster camera because this happens to me frequently. Bummer!
I did not capture the essence of the beautiful outdoor ceremony area. Take my word for it. It was stunning!!
Those flowers behind us were fabulous!!
Our friends Chad and Sara had his parents and sister in town from Illinois, so they were able to join in on the fun...and fun it was!!
Mike got to hang out with lots of his buddies that he doesn't get to see that often. What a downer that we all lead such busy lives that it keeps us from spending time with friends!!
Look at the beautiful tent!! It was beyond stunning!!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Goddaughter Love!!

I haven't been much for blogging lately. I lost my job. Yeah, that one that I just started 2 months ago. Yeah, the one that I have been traveling, training, working my tail off and putting my heart and soul into. Yeah, that one. There were 65 reps let go. Changes in the company. Bad economy. Yada. Yada. Yada. My sales manager told me not to take it personally. Yeah, right. I'm trying to pull myself up by my boot straps, but my arms are feeling like rubber and I can't even find those boot straps because my eyes are swollen from crying. My Goddaughter did her part to try to make me feel better, though. Little Chloe sent the above pic to my phone (check out her little I Love You top) with the message "I love you, Aunt Leigh Ann XOXO, Chloe". That was a bright spot to my day!!!
The worst part is that I had to miss my Goddaughter's baptism because I couldn't take the time off work since I was so new. If only I had known that I would lose my job a week later, I would have been there. With bells on. I'll never get that time with her back. {I'm sorry baby girl. I should have been there. I love you, and will be the best Godmother that a girl could ever have.} Isn't she beautiful? I knew that Nancy and Brad would make a beautiful baby. She doesn't disappoint.

Wednesday night Update:
I missed church this past Sunday. Mentally exhausted is the best excuse I have. My friend Margaret told me that I needed to watch the message online. I finally watched it tonight. It was the first part in a series called "How to Be Rich- Finding God in a Difficult Economy". It was really good. It got me to thinking and putting things into perspective. If you want to watch it, check out Click music and messages under Seacoast resources, then click messages, then click 2008, then How to Be Rich- Finding God in a Difficult Economy. It blessed me. I hope it blesses you. As I looked around on my church's website, I came across the scripture below. It jumped out at me. I thought I would share it in case it might help someone else. I probably should make several copies of this to keep around my house and in my car.

James 1:2-4 (New International Version)

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Rockin' the Vote in Columbia!!

I don't talk politics, and I for one am going to be glad when tomorrow is OVER!! This election feels like it has lasted 20 years. Smear campaigns, stupid e-mails going around on the internet...yuck!! I had to post about what I thought was absolute craziness, though. Unfortunately, I had to go to the county building last week to take care of some property tax paperwork. I think I would have rather stuck a stick in my eye. That place is madness on a normal day, but when people come to the building to place an absentee vote?? No thank you. Parking is normally horrendous around that building, but add several hundred people trying to vote. Insane, I'm telling you. The line was around the building as people were waiting 4 hours to place an absentee vote. It took 7 hours to place an absentee vote on Saturday. Are you kidding me?? Not even election day?? These pics do very little to show the sheer pandimonium, and I feel sure that it only got worse as the week went on. The news said that you had to have 1 of 17 reasons to be able to vote absentee. I wonder what people came up with?? I'd love to be a little bird in the building...tomorrow should be interesting!!

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