Double Date night multiplied by 500.

Last night Matt and I had the pleasure of serving as well as attending  the first Date Night hosted by Southland Christian Church. It was such an incredible time to just hang out with your sweetheart and connect with many other dating, engaged and married couples in the area.  There was just such a sense of community and fun in the air that is rare between busy schedules, meetings and other priorities these days. It seems that so often our lives are being lived at such a hectic, fast pace that we can forget how important it is to reach out and hang out with others; at least that how it can be in our family. We forget that we are called to live a life in community with others, not separate and solitary. O how refreshing to the soul it is when you make the time to go out as a family and interact with other families building and investing into their lives as they invest and build into yours! It’s like taking a BIG drink of water after you have just come back from a long run, or waking up from a great nights sleep after a long, tiring day. It’s that feeling of renewal that can only be met through being around others, just how God designed it to be.

So, whether you were at Date Night, on Thursday or Friday night, with our little family or two and 500+ other couples or not I encourage you to go out this weekend and do something fun and refreshing for your family. Something that will breath life back into your soul after a busy week and rejuvenate your marriage! I encourage you to take that step of faith and invite someone to come spend quality time with you and sow into each other lives because that is what we are meant for, that’s what life is all about.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.

Having some photo-booth fun with some lovely friends of ours! Who ever said serving had to be dull had it all wrong. It's supposed to make people feel welcomed and encourage them to have a great time, so therefore shouldn't we be modeling what that looks like as part of our encouragement!?!?! I think Yes! :)

Having some photo-booth fun with some lovely friends of ours! Who ever said serving had to be dull had it all wrong. It’s supposed to make people feel welcomed and encourage them to have a great time, so therefore shouldn’t we be modeling what that looks like as part of our encouragement!?!?! I think Yes! 🙂 

Going up, up, and away on a fun Ferris Wheel ride before heading inside for dinner and dancing!

Going up, up, and away on a fun Ferris Wheel ride before heading inside for dinner and dancing!

Much Love,

Blair

Nashville Visit

A couple of weeks ago, right after our second anniversary getaway to Gatilnburg TN, we made a trip over to our Brother-John and Sister-Carries home in Nashville so we could spend some quality time with them and our sweet nieces, Chloe, Mary and Evie, before heading back home to Lexington. We left Gatlinburg at around noon on Friday, August 23, 2013, and got to Nashville about thirty-minutes or so before Mary and Evie’s school bus arrived home. It was so much fun to be there when they came home and to see their excitement as they ran towards us with overflowing joy on their faces.

Having a blast in Nashville with these two sweet girls! There is such a special place in my heart for my little nieces. Their smiles just light up my whole entire world! :)

Having a blast in Nashville with these two sweet girls! There is such a special place in my heart for my little nieces. Their smiles just light up my whole entire world! 🙂

Love these two silly, goofy girls!

Love these two silly, goofy girls!

While we were there Matt and I got to enjoy some fun family movie nights snuggled up on the couch together with Evie and Mary as well as some delicious homemade Italian food compliments of my wonderful sister, one of my life mentors and dearest friends Carrie, or as I like to call her Care-bear. She really is an incredible cook! Every meal she makes is always so packed with delicious flavor, and I really do look up to her in that capacity, among many many others. One of the secrets she shared with me that brought a lot of hope to my heart in this area, over this weekend together, is that as Matt and I venture further down this journey called life I will find my go-to recipes and perfect them; in time I to will become a wonderful cook, just like her, in my own right. To think that she really believes that fills me with such encouragement and hope for my skills in the kitchen.

Matt trying a trick with Poppy

Matt trying a trick with Poppy

Playing "Nail-Salon" lol

Playing “Nail-Salon” lol

Putting the final touch on Evie's nails, sparkles of course!

Putting the final touch on Evie’s nails, sparkles of course!

On Saturday Matt and I were true tourists of Nashville and went downtown! We have been to Nashville a few times but never have actually went into the city itself. It was so much fun to go and explore the ins and outs of it all with the family! It really is a beautiful place to visit, just like everyone says. One of the stops that we made while we were in town was to the Guitar Center there, so that our niece Chloe could pick out her sixteenth birthday gift! Matt and I have had such a blessing in watching her grow up over the years and mature into such a sweet, kind, loving and gentle young woman… we still can’t believe she is going to be sixteen, but isn’t that how life goes, fast! Anyways, she really wanted a guitar for her birthday since she is taking a class at her high school and learning how to play. So we all went and helped her pick out one. It was so sweet to watch Matt, in his musical element, teach her the in’s and out’s of the instrument, as well as a couple cords and a song or two. He really is such a patient teacher and watching him with our nieces always makes me look forward to the day when we have our own children because he is just so nurturing and tender towards them. It just becomes that much more apparent when we are with them that my husband is going to make such an incredible, fun, caring father.

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Uncle Matt teaching Chloe how to play the guitar. Still can’t believe that she is going to be 16 years old in a couple more weeks! She really has grown up to be such a beautiful, talented young lady, and we are so excited to see all the plans God has for her life. We just know they are going to be stellar!

While we were there we also got lucky and stumbled upon a car show, our first ever car show at that! It was incredibly interesting to go and look at all the old cars that have been refurbished and restored to their original beauty, if not more beautiful than when their owners found them.

Piggy-backing through Nashville! Little Evie really got to see Nashville in style :)

Piggy-backing through Nashville! Little Evie really got to see Nashville in style 🙂

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Mary loving her favorite car at the show Pink-Ice. The owner was nice enough to give the girls little printed out tattoos, so they technically could take the car home with them, how cute!

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Evie proclaimed as she saw The Pink Ice car that it was THE car she wanted for her sixteenth birthday, and I totally agree with her! lol

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Mary, Evie and I all picked The Pink-Ice car, or as Evie named it The Barbie Car, as our favorite at the show. Seriously, they are girls after their Aunt B’s heart! lol

Care-Bear and Blair-Bear Vanna-Whiting the cars at the car show! lol :)

Care-Bear and Blair-Bear Vanna-Whiting the cars at the car show! lol 🙂

Enjoyins some live Blues at BB Kings with the family! Seriously can not even begin to describe just how much we love this sweet family! We always have such a fantastic time together! :)

Enjoyins some live Blues at BB Kings with the family! Seriously can not even begin to describe just how much we love this sweet family! We always have such a fantastic time together! 🙂

I love antiques, including antique cars! I love how someone can find something that has been mistreated, beat-up and broken-down and look past the harshness of it all to see what it once was, as well as how marvelous it could be if it was restored. To think of what these cars might have looked like before their restorer found them and began to work on them, relentlessly. To think of all the time, resources and energy spent to take them from what they were when they were found and redeem them to something far greater then they have ever been before just fills me with such a sense of anew, in the purest form, hope. I can’t help but see the parallel between my own life and an antique that is being, or has been, restored by it’s creator when I witness it’s great redemption, when I witness what it has been shaped into. To think of where I was, who I was, even just yesterday, let alone the twenty-three years I have been alive, and how my maker diligently continues to work on each area of my life, my soul, my mind, my heart until He has perfected it and brought it far beyond what it once was to something so much more glorious. How He never gives up on me. How he steadily continues His work in me, no matter how long it takes, how many re-do’s it needs. How I am never to far beyond repair in His eyes, but instead I am exactly what He has been looking for, and He sees me for what I will be when I am a finished product! For me when I need a renewal of hope, it can be found right there in that simple truth. That I belong, that there is a purpose, and that I am being restored to something so much more beauiful than I have ever been before.

Much Love,

Blair

The Terrific Twos – Cotton Anniversary

A couple weeks ago Matt and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary, or in our home better known as our cotton anniversary since I am set on fulfilling the tradition of buying an anniversary gift that goes along with the traditional wedding gift items for each year of our marriage for Matt, and cotton is the item for the second year; hence the cotton anniversary.  So far I have been able to fulfill this goal, but we are only two years in. The items on the list get much more difficult, as well as more expensive, as the years progress, which mean I am going to inherently have to become more creative.

Something that Matt and I specifically decided we were going to do, when we first got married, was of course, to alway spend our wedding anniversary together every year. I am sure we are not the only married couple who has this brilliantly romantic tradition that they keep to each year. Our goal though, is to spend all day of our wedding anniversary together. Yes you read that right. Here in the Pomeroy home we plan on spending every single second of our wedding anniversaries just with each other savoring the past year and all that God has taught us as well as all the ways we have grown in our family, from the first moment we wake up to the time we go to sleep, and everything in between. Right now this annual romantic notion is relatively easy to meet since it is just our little family of two. Our schedules aren’t too hectic that we can’t at least get that day off and we really don’t have to worry about any one else except ourselves. I am sure though, in the years to come, as our family expands and our lives become busier this will be much more challenging to accomplish. Still we are determined to do this. One of the many lessons we have learned in the past 24 months of marriage is that you have to make time. You have to make the time to show one another just how much you appreciate, cherish and admire them on a daily basis. Whether the actions are grand gestures or small remarks, they all count. By vowing to keep  our day, our anniversary, August 19th open is our way of reserving that precious time for us, both now and in the future.  It’s one of the ways that we intentionally tell each other that our marriage matters, it’s important, and you are of high priority!

So we celebrated our cotton anniversary by going away on our second annual anniversary getaway. We decided to return to the secluded cabin, which sits at the top of the Smoky Mountains in Cosby, TN,  where we spent our paper (1st) anniversary last year, called Mountain Berry, since we had such a wonderful time. Last year we could only stay for a long weekend, but this year we had saved up the time and finances to be able to getaway for a whole five days! On top of that the  sweet couple who own the bed and breakfast/cabin rental company, Janice and Tifton, remembered us from last year and therefore gave us a nice package deal as well as a friends and family discount to use towards our trip which cut the total expenses in half!  I guess what my MawMaw always said was true, you do get more flies with sugar than vinegar, which is southern Kentucky talk for you get more in the world be being sweet and kind to people than if you were to be selfish and rude.

Matt with Mountain Berry Cabin

Matt with the cabin

Me with Mountain Berry Cabin

Me with Mountain Berry Cabin

Our Cabin, Mountain Berry, in it's entirety!

Our Cabin, Mountain Berry, in it’s entirety

Our total trip time was from Sunday, August 18-23, 2013. So we packed up the car on Saturday night, dropped Kirby-girl off at some nearby families home early Sunday morning and left for Cosby, TN Sunday afternoon right after church let out. It is only a 4 hour drive from Lexington so we were there by dinner time which worked out perfectly since Marmie had given us a gift card, for our anniversary, to use on our usual Kracker Barrel stop. We spent the first couple days, including our actual cotton anniversary which fell on a Monday, just hanging out around the cabin spending time with each other,reminiscing and recording in our anniversary book, that we started our first year of marriage, all the treasured memories and lessons learned which took place this last year as well as the hopes, dreams and prayers that we hold for the upcoming year. We also record the personal vows that we each write and intimately renew, between the two of us and God, each year. During these days we only left the cabin and ventured all the way down the mountain once. Even then that was only because Tifton and Janice make an exquisite gourmet breakfast each morning for all their guests, and last year Matt and I attended the morning of our anniversary, which they deemed our anniversary breakfast. Since we were returning for our anniversary we all agreed that it was only fitting that we go back and enjoy a second anniversary breakfast. Along with many other delicious delicacies, such as warmed figs, homemade blueberry breakfast juice, fresh fruit with mint and goat cheese and local bacon, Janice generously made us these special blue-corn and blueberry pancakes because, as she said, the blue-corn is a special Native American blessing to who ever it is given to; seriously how sweet and thoughtful!

2 years later and I still look at him the exact same way  I did on our wedding day. Actually, come to think of it, I believe we look more in-love and absolutely just ecstatic to be together today, then we did two years ago.

2 years later and I still look at him the exact same way I did on our wedding day. Actually, come to think of it, I believe we look more in-love and absolutely just ecstatic to be together today, then we did two years ago.

My husband looking handsome at our cotton anniversary breakfast.

My husband looking handsome at our cotton anniversary breakfast.

Some nifty old gas pumps at the local five and dime store; how cool!!

Some nifty old gas pumps at the local five and dime store; how cool!!

Making ice-cream with my new ice-cream attachment that Matt gave me for our two year anniversary!! WooHoo!

Making ice-cream with my new ice-cream attachment that Matt gave me for our two year anniversary!! WooHoo!

The official taste-tester of our first batch of homemade ice-cream.. it was definitely husband approved!

The official taste-tester of our first batch of homemade ice-cream.. it was definitely husband approved!

Journaling.. I am the appointed transcriber of our house hold lol

Journaling.. I am the appointed transcriber of our house hold lol

Matt making lobster tail for our cotton anniversary dinner!

Matt making lobster tail for our cotton anniversary dinner!

My handsome date.. yes.. I know I am one very luck lade ;)

My handsome date.. yes.. I know I am one very luck lade 😉

We got fancy for our cotton anniversary dinner date. Doesn't matter if we were staying in I still had my one and only to dress-to-impress for :)

We got fancy for our cotton anniversary dinner date. Doesn’t matter if we were staying in I still had my one and only to dress-to-impress for 🙂

Our yummy anniversary dinner. Compliments of the chef at "Cafe Pomeroy" as we call it :)

Our yummy anniversary dinner. Compliments of the chef at “Cafe Pomeroy” as we call it 🙂

and for dessert Blueberry Lime Crumbbuckle and homemade Vanilla Bean Icecream! I was in sweettooth heaven!

and for dessert Blueberry Lime Crumbbuckle and homemade Vanilla Bean Icecream! I was in sweettooth heaven!

Besides spending time up in the mountains relaxing together, and taking in all that God’s magnificent creation has to offer, we also went on a White Water Rafting adventure! Matt had been rafting before, but this was my first experience doing such a thing. We chose to go on the upper river tour which boasted rapids in the classes of 3 and 4, but on the day that we went, since it had been raining so profusely the day before, the guide said that the rapids were at a class 4-6! Though it was extremely challenging, and I personally almost got thrown out of the raft a hand full of times, we still had an absolute blast! There was even a stretch of calm water that our guide permitted us to jump into and swim in for a couple minutes, which of course we did even though the fresh mountain water chilled us both to the bone! Like most other couples, we always have such a great time experiencing something new and exciting together.

Matt in front of the White Water Rafting companies sign

Matt in front of the White Water Rafting companies sign

Me in front of the White Water Rafting companies sign!

Me in front of the White Water Rafting companies sign!

About to go rafting!!

About to go rafting!!

During the middle of the week we ventured down the mountain and into the little tourist town of Gatlinburg for the evening.  We spent some time in Gatlinburg last year when we came for the weekend, but it was much different to go and see it during the week. The crowds were not nearly as booming and big. Therefore we actually got to see more of strip as well as not get pushed around on the tiny sidewalks when we were going from one store to the next. Of course we had to make our usual stops into the classic stores such as Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen, but we also got to see some new places that we had never visited before. We originally were going to eat dinner at the Pancake Pantry until we found out that they closed at 6:00pm. So instead we ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co since neither of us had been before, and we both were big fans of the movie that the restaurant is themed after, Forest Gump. We had an absolute ball! From getting our pictures taken in the standard park-bench that simulates the one in the actual movie to playing a trivia game with our waiter, it was a completely enjoyable experience, and the food was delicious which is always a plus!

We had to go to Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen and of course get some taffy for our game we made up last year called Taffy Roulette lol

We had to go to Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen and of course get some taffy for our game we made up last year called Taffy Roulette lol

We figured we would at least get a picture sitting on the swing since we didn't actually go up the mountain this year lol

We figured we would at least get a picture sitting on the swing since we didn’t actually go up the mountain this year lol

Having fun in the Ole Smoky Mountain Mall

Having fun in the Ole Smoky Mountain Mall

At the Ole Smoke Moonshine Distillery

At the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery.

In front of the first original pancake house in Tennessee, The Pancake Pantry. We were so excited to eat there.. until we realized they had already closed for the day.. so we decided we would come back later for breakfast!

In front of the first original pancake house in Tennessee, The Pancake Pantry. We were so excited to eat there.. until we realized they had already closed for the day.. so we decided we would come back later for breakfast!

So we had our first Bubba Gumps experiences instead for dinner! It was awesome!!

So we had our first Bubba Gumps experiences instead for dinner! It was awesome!!

On out last day in town we woke up early and decided to go back into Gatlinburg to eat at the first original pancake house in Tennesse, The  Pancake Pantry, for breakfast.  Even at 9:00 on a Friday morning it is still most definitely the place to eat the first meal of the day in Gatlinburg! Fun little fact, if you decide to go visit for yourself one day, make sure to bring cash since they do not take any other form of currency. Matt and I were particularly tickled over this since we run our family finances on a cash-only basis which includes an old-fashioned envelope system that I think is actually pretty charming and vintage. After breakfast we went to see the Smoky Mountains National Park.

Getting a picture with the Mountain Berry cabin sign!

Getting a picture with the Mountain Berry cabin sign!

Of course we had to get a picture with the park sign! It's a classic!

Of course we had to get a picture with the park sign! It’s a classic!

We would have loved to hike but didn’t have enough time since we were eagerly on our way over to Nashville to see our Brother-John, Sister-Carrie and our three sweet nieces, Chloe, Mary and Evie, whom we absolutely adore and try to spend as much time as possible with, that upcoming weekend. So we did what all good tourist do, we went “motor-hiking” as Matt and I like to call it. We took a nice hour long drive along the windy mountain roads and through the dark tunnels up to the very tippy top! The entire drive was beautiful, but the view from the peak was absolutely breathtaking! Even when we do, eventually, get around to hiking the trails there, we will more then likely still make a road trip up to the top to see that stunning view all over again!

With the river!

Matt with the river!

Us with the river! Thought we’d be “artsy” and get a picture of each of us standing on either side of it lol 🙂

HUGE TREES!!

HUGE TREES!!

Drive to the top!!

Drive to the top!!

Mountain views on our way up!

Mountain views on our way up!

Straddling the North Carolina, Tennessee State line!!

Straddling the North Carolina, Tennessee State line!!

Mountain view from look out point #1

Mountain view from look out point #1

Mountain view from lookout point #2

Mountain view from lookout point #2

Taking an extra hour to drive up to the top of the Smoky Mountains was definitely worth it in our book, just like taking time out from the daily grind of the life that we love and have created together is, to appreciate all the blessings that God has given our little family over the past year of our marriage. It’s worth the effort to get to the peak of the preverbal mountain of our marriage in that year. To take in the view together and see the whole grand perspective on things that we could not witness before that point. To see the vastness of change that has occurred during that year in our life.  To look back on all the trials and triumphs that God has faithfully brought us through, ever nurturing and strengthening both of us as individuals and as a whole, before climbing to the top of the next years mountain together, hand in hand. 

Just having some fun along the way with my best friend of course!

Just having some fun along the way with my best friend of course!

I am personally so excited to see how my husband will lead our family this next upcoming year. I am excited to faithfully hold Matts hand and follow him whole-heartedly, as he faithfully holds our Abba Fathers hand and follows His divine direction and will for our third year of marriage.  I look forward to this time next year, again, on August 19th, celebrating our leather (3rd) anniversary, taking in the breathtaking beauty of our life, our family, our marriage, our story, that God is working in and creating right this very moment. I look forward to  taking in that great view, seeing the grand scheme and all the ways His handy-work intricately knitted together each situation to make such a magnificent, love-filled story… up to that point!

Much Love,

Blair