A Mathews Tradition

Hey lovely blog readers! I have a quick favor to ask.  Basically, the Tar Heel gets his talent honest.  His whole family has special gifts and his cousin, Luke, has entered a video contest featuring his sister Jerri-Rae and her husband Robby.  It is an AWESOME video and it is a Top 10 Finalist in the contest. 

Now here is where ya’ll come in.  Would you mind taking a second to cast your vote for the video?  It is really cute and definitely worth watching. Even if you don’t have a big interest in hunting (like me!) you will love the video regardless.  All you do to vote is register by providing your email, but you can opt out of ever receiving anything from them. Really simple!  Head on over now!!!  You can click directly on the picture above to get there or on the link listed below.

Thank you and I promise I have a great post in the works as we speak!! :)

A Mathews Tradition.

A new chapter

Well, I am officially a resident of Wayne County for the first time since I left for college at the ripe old age of 18 almost 7 years ago but let’s not talk about that.  Back then I didn’t know much, but I just knew I would never, ever, ever move back to Wayne County. Literally, never.   But as it turns out  there is only one thing in the entire world that could bring me back, and that of course is my sweet Tar Heel…and I have never, ever, ever been happier!!!

So  today was Day 1 of my 1.5 hour one way commute to work.  It wasn’t as horrible as I thought it would be, but I do sincerely hope this is only for a couple more weeks.  The big secret I’ve been keeping from you all is that I have a second interview for a job this Thursday and I could really, really use all prayers!  The first round of interviews were last week, and it went well apparently since they asked me to return for round two.  It is honestly a dream job for me, and I am still a little amazed that I am a candidate for it.  Taking this position would make me a part of some of the greatest medical research going on that I know of right now, and it just gives me chills thinking about it.  I figure if only a handful of people read this blog, then that’s still more than just me and my family praying for God’s will with this job.  So I hope you pray for that with us!

Moving day was quite an adventure for the Tar Heel and I.  We borrowed my brother’s huge, old box truck.  It was so much fun puttering along in that big truck that would max out at 55mph.  We sang random songs and laughed the whole way since there wasn’t a radio (or A/C… and it was ridiculously HOT this weekend).  But we had so much fun, and apparently the Tar Heel is a Master Mover.  We had everything out of my house and in the truck in four hours.  We haven’t been quite as successful with getting everything out of the truck, but we are trying.  I am currently residing at the cutest house in Wayne County with the fabulous KSG, and I love it. If I get this job that I soooo hope I get, it will only be  about 30 minutes away.  Her home is in the country, and I am completely in love with it’s “middle of no where-ness”.  There are tobacco fields on every side of the house, and a cute garden the Tar Heel and I are working hard to help maintain.   I don’t get signal on my iPhone at all anywhere in the house and only a little bit outside. It is AWESOME!! :)  Never in a million years did I think I would so appreciate a slower-paced environment, but maybe all the hustle and bustle of Raleigh was starting  to catch up with me. 

Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment… disregard the fact that I looked like a hot mess and I am still a little swollen from surgery (but doing MUCH better overall).   It was already nearly 100 degrees outside and we hadn’t moved a thing yet!

I can’t wait to bring you all more adventures from my new “Country Home” and the stories of this chapter in our lives.  Also, major kudos to the Tar Heel and his hard work getting the new set ready for its debut this weekend at Whitley Church.  The service was just awesome and the set was a major contributor to making the worship experience there even better.  I am so proud of the Tar Heel and his dedication to not only his job, but the ministry he is a part of!

Blog magic

I wish I could say I were coherent enough at this point to write this post, but thanks entirely to the wonders of blog magic I am bringing this post to you from the future.  Or past. Or basically, I set this post to show up Friday night at midnight. Either way, I just wanted to share with you the results of a project from back in April that I just realized I never showed you! Remember this post?  Here is the final product. (Click to view larger)

This sequence of shots actually happened entirely by accident.  We weren’t going for this effect at all. But you know what they say about the best laid plans… So while we were testing the camera, I ran down from those steps to  the right and jumped into his arms and voilà!  The camera caught the whole thing.

We were planning for something more like us just walking toward each other, inspired  by this shot from Kelly Hornberger Photography (found via The Bride’s Cafe.)

The Tar Heel used his edit-savvy skills to produce the final result, and I happen to love it.  By the way, we took these pictures before the Tar Heel bought his new pair of flip flops for the warm weather.  After revisiting these pictures, I had to laugh.  I was still instantly drawn to his “niks” as he refers to them, and I still wish I could crop them right out!  If you’re my friend on facebook, I’m sure you remember that discussion. :) But that’s my sweet Tar Heel and I love him. Niks and all.

A photo shoot preview

This weekend the Tar Heel and I decided to have a quick photo shoot. It was somewhat sporadic so we just had fun with it.  I must say I am in love with our end product.  I loved the old blue house — we could not have asked for a better backdrop. If anyone is familiar with the area, we took these in the big city of Princeton, NC just off Main Street. It is amazing what you will find after driving for 5 minutes in an old, tiny town!  I am only posting a couple because a few of the shots are being combined for a really interesting final effect so I will share the rest after that has been completed.  Here are a few of the best outtakes for now!

Easter 2010

My weekend in a brief equation.

Amazing worship services at The Bridge and WC’s The Cross and The Crown drama


Yummy turkey with all the sides lunch at my parent’s house with the Tar Heel, Bobo, SIL and Baby Dane


Yummy fish fry at the Tar Heel’s Mema and Papa’s house with his sweet family


An Easter egg hunt!!


Meeting my best friend Spinner at Sonic for a chocolate milkshake and life chat


A hilarious new video


Wrapping up three glorious days with porch swinging while watching the sun set with my love


One fun weekend!

I am sad it is over and exhausted (and probably 5lbs heavier!) but it was all worth it.  Let the warm weather, flip flops and sundress season commence! I Loooove the Springtime :)

Images from here, here, here, here, here and here.