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Saying Goodbye to 2014

For the past year, I have kept a memory jar of our 2014 year. A new tradition I would love to keep for years to come. Basically, every time we received good news or did something fun or wanted to remember a good day, I would write it down on a piece of paper and place it in the jar.

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On New Year’s Eve, we sat by the fire and read all the notes.

It was so much fun to sit and reminisce about all our experiences in 2014. And to think about the ones who helped us make these memories as well.

Some highlights of our year:

  • Celebrated our 28th birthdays
  • Cruise to the Bahamas
  • Summer Concert
  • San Francisco
  • 10 Year High School Reunion
  • Wags to Riches Gala
  • Wine and Dine Party
  • Sharing life with our small group
  • Family dinners and get-togethers

And many more great memories! This really helped us slow down and think about each memory. It was wonderful to see how God has truly blessed us – with joy, health, friends and family.

The word I picked for 2014 was change. I believe we have done just that. We have explored new places, experienced new things and have made wonderful new friends. We have changed and grown so much this year. We have learned to view the world and our lives in new ways. We have leaned on each other more, appreciated each other more and supported each other more this year; helping us to become even closer together and with God.

I look forward to see what God has in store for us in 2015! Happy New Year!


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10 Year High School Reunion + Fashion Talk

Nothing says like you are getting old like getting the invitation to your 10 year high school reunion. Has it really been 10 years? Already? I would like to say that it felt like yesterday, but looking back to my high school self, I realized how much I had changed over the years. I am almost a completely different person now then I was 10 years ago. My core values haven’t changed, but my perspective, my way of thinking and the way I see the world now… all that is different.

The one memory that sticks out the most to me at 18 was a conversation I had with my mother. I can’t exactly remember what we were talking about – something along the lines of life decisions – and my mom said something that surprised me. She said, “You will change the most between the ages of 18 and 25.” I remember thinking, no I won’t. I will still be me, I will still want the same things and my plans will never change. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is funny to look back at the years and see yourself change. But I like the way I have changed. I haven’t accomplish everything I thought I would, but the life I have now is better than I could had ever dreamed. 🙂

Before heading to the reunion, we did a quick photo shoot of just the two of us.

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And yes, I planned our outfits to match because I am cheesy like that! We got Randy’s shirt last year from Banana Republic. It is both of our favorites! 🙂 And it looks so good on him!

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I got this dress online at Ruche. I love, love, love the colors! Of course, you all know how much I love mustard. The shoes were my birthday present this year from Modcloth, which are no longer available. But they have tons of different options!

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I found the purse at an antique store in Hendersonville. I bought it for $12!

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My favorite picture from the whole night! Thank you Randy!

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And for my jewelry… the necklace is an antique and my gold bracelet was my high school graduation present from my parents. Seemed only fitting to wear it to my reunion. 🙂

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Our 10 year reunion was at a new brewery in Boone, the Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Coming from the beer capital of America, I was pretty impressed with their beers. Good job Boone! For dinner, they had a local food truck called From Farm to Flame. They made wood-fire pizzas and they were out of this world amazing! I will be on the hunt for this truck every time I go to Boone now.

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The night was a little awkward at first. It is hard to start up conversations with people who you haven’t seen in 10 years. But an hour into the night (after everyone had some drinks) it got easier.

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It was so nice catching up with old friends.

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Especially with these two. We have all been friends since we were 4 years old!

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First thought regarding reunions – Facebook can make it hard to have these, “I haven’t seen you in 10 years. How are you doing?” conversations. Mostly because you already know where they are and what they are doing. But seeing people in the flesh, being able to hug them and talk to them – it is so much better than seeing pictures on Facebook.

At the end of the day, I have to conclude that our parents did a pretty awesome job with all of us. We are lawyers, doctors, judges, engineers and small business owners and living all over the country – not bad for a tiny town in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Just goes to show you it is not how you start, but how you finish.

Overall, I am glad that I went to my reunion. I had a great time catching up with old friends and making new connections with those who I didn’t know as well in high school. Until next time WHS… see you in 10 years!

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