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Lucky in Love

I mentioned it a couple blogs ago, but Ryan and I just celebrated the first anniversary of this special day:

Under the Big Tree

Our anniversary was wonderful! We both took the week off work, and we made a last minute trip to the mountains. It was great to get away for a while! Our cabin had an amazing view (I’m such a nature girl), and we were able to take LuLu with us. We had originally wanted to go on a trip up north for our anniversary, but with my back and hip problems, a long drive or plane ride just isn’t a good idea.

For our actual anniversary (Sunday, October 3), we went to the Pineapple Room at Cheekwood and had lunch. We visited Two Rivers and took pictures under the tree where we got married, and we had dinner at J. Alexander’s (where we had our first date). We also watched our wedding video (see the teaser here) and ate our leftover wedding cake (yuck!) and opened presents. It was great!

We spent the day before our anniversary cleaning up around the house. I spent well over 8 hours cleaning out the craft room. It’s pretty much been a mess since the wedding (so for at least a year). Ryan was great and pitched in to help and moved all the heavy boxes around for me. While cleaning out the craft room, we found over a hundred dollars!! We found two Target gift cards that equaled $83, a $10 iTunes gift card, a $10 P.F. Chang’s gift card and $13 cash. It was hard to believe we had misplaced so many unused gift cards! I guess it’s a testament to how crazy wedding planning can be! (Although I’m pretty sure some of those cards were from 2008, before we got into wedding planning mode.) It was a pretty lucky day during our anniversary celebration week.

Then when we went to dinner at J. Alexander’s, where we had another lucky streak. We were happily enjoying our appetizer and conversation for about 20 minutes when the manager comes over and apologizes for the wait and says that she is going to take care of our meal. We were kind of confused since we didn’t even realize we had been waiting for very long. But sure enough, at the end of the meal, our server told us that the manager took care of our meal and we didn’t have anything to pay. Free anniversary meal! How lucky are we?!

Speaking of lucky, a couple weeks before our anniversary trip, this arrived in the mail for me:

Do you remember this post when I dreamed about owning it one day? My dear husband was able to buy a package that included the poster when Ray LaMontagne’s new album came out! Now I officially own the poster from the concert we went to on the night of our engagement day. And it depicts the cutest little tangent bike (that’s a two-seater if you didn’t know), perfectly printed in our wedding colors. It’s just a little thing, but it makes me very happy.

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Last week Ryan and I watched two movies about homelessness without meaning to. At the beginning of the week, we watched “The Soloist,” a Netflix movie we had lying around for a while because neither one of us could remember what it was about. Jamie Foxx plays a homeless musician with a mental disorder and Robert Downey Jr. is a journalist who befriends him. After we returned that movie, Netflix sent us “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which also has a main character that struggles with homelessness. After watching “The Pursuit of Happyness,” we had a conversation about how ironic it was that the two movies we saw that week were about homelessness.

Then on Sunday morning while we were in church, four homeless men walked in. We scooted down to make room for them. I talked to the man who was sitting in the chair next to me, and he told me that he had been pushed in a fire and robbed. He showed me the horrible blisters on his hand from the fire. He told me that he went to the Nashville Rescue Mission, but someone took his stuff, so they were sleeping under a bridge instead. He said that they were going to try to make their way to Denver. The four of them were really sweet to one another.  It was really humbling to sit beside them and see and hear them praising God when they have so much less than I do. Funny that I often struggle so much with my faith when I have been given so much.

I didn’t have much to offer besides conversation, but I left feeling compelled to do something for a homeless ministry. I had no clue where to start, but it just felt like all the signs were pointing in that direction.

This morning on the way to work, I got another sign. Literally. A sign for the Hike for the Homeless to benefit Safe Haven Family Shelter was posted at Edwin Warner Park. I immediately knew that I had to participate. So this Saturday, Ryan and I will be hiking for the homeless. And we would love for you to join us!

You can sign up for our team (the Trailblazers) or donate here.

Here is the information from Safe Haven’s website:

Safe Haven Family Shelter is gearing up for our 6th annual, Hike for the Homeless event, an annual favorite for its heavy dose of outdoor time, friends, family, food and fun. The event includes hiking on two paved hiking trails, which vary in length two to three miles, a complimentary breakfast and lunch, face painting, inflatables for the kids, live music, goody bags and more. The hike will take place at Edwin Warner Park, picnic shelters 9 and 11, on Saturday, October 16th. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with hikers hitting the trail at 10 a.m.

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The Great International City Swap

My friend Laura emailed me earlier this week about The Great International City Swap. Laura is hosting the event this year, and it sounds like fun!

Basically, you will be paired with another participant from somewhere else (could be someone from the U.S. or someone from another country) and you will “swap some thing(s) that, in your opinion, best represent the place where you live, and what you think makes it unique. It can be anything from handmade to store-bought, mugs to magnets, framed photos to local food items and handicrafts to postcards and local candy…just use your creativity!”

Head over to Laura’s blog (http://justputonalittlelipstick.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post.html) to find out all the details, and leave her a blog comment or send her an email (address provided in the blog post) to let her know if you would like to participate. She would like to know by Sunday, October 10.

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Last week Ryan and I took a much-needed vacation from work to celebrate our one-year anniversary (which was Sunday, October 3). We had an amazing time, but we’ll post more on that later. This week we actually have a few different cancer-related events going on, so this post is to remind everyone about the importance of cancer research and to encourage you to join with us in donating time and/or money to some valuable organizations.

On Thursday, Ryan and I are both participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) Light The Night Walk with the Real Wives of Country Music. We obviously aren’t wives of country music, but Becky (Ryan’s sister) is the team captain. Find out more and donate by going to our pages.

Savannah’s Donation Page

Ryan’s Donation Page

Then Saturday is Nashville’s Komen Race for the Cure. I had been planning on joining my friend Laura’s Fight Like a Girl team, but with my back and hip still giving me trouble, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to participate in two walks this week. So instead, I joined the team as a Sleep In for the Cure participant. Yes, it does make me feel a little lazy to be sleeping in instead of walking or running, but I’m excited to be able to help support breast cancer research while giving my body the rest it needs to continue to recuperate from my surgery. You can find out more about event and make a donation by going to my page.

Also this week, I am sending my hair off to Locks of Love. A couple weeks ago I went to Eyecandy Salon and got 10 inches cut off! I was so nervous that I had Ryan come with me. (He’s the best!) But in the end, it really doesn’t seem too short. In fact, a lot of people haven’t even noticed the difference. It definitely looks different when you see the looks side by side though. Check it out:

Before:

Before

After:

After

You can find out more at Locks of Love’s website. There are other great charities to donate hair to that actually make more wigs each year, but since my hair has been colored in the past and hadn’t quite grown out all the way, Locks of Love was my best choice. Here are the other options I looked into:

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Wigs For Kids

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