Tuesday, September 10, 2013


This past week, I have had the word "thankful" shoot out of my mouth more often than I think I've ever said it. I started to realize, every time I had said it, I really meant it with all my heart. The school year has begun...my senior year has begun...and I have begun to taste this season of thankfulness. A sweet friend of mine left a letter on my desk last week with a beautiful tangerine paint sample stuck inside. Knowing the color of tangerine can brighten my day, my heart skipped, and then I turned it over. Written on the back was a verse that I don't recall hearing before, from the book of Hosea. Hosea is also not a book that I usually go straight too either, but after reading it several times to really grasp what this verse was saying, I got it. Well, at least I understood as much as I could, without saying that I understand every aspect of what this verse was intended for...but for me...in this season of life that I have been given...I got it.

"Sow for yourself righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come rain righteousness upon you." Hosea 10:12

There are countless ways I am thankful for since the end of July, and it seems as if more and more blessings have been pouring in without me even noticing until I really stop to think. It is such a refreshing feeling to grab a hold of the blessings. The word blessing is used so lighthearted these days, I don't even like saying it within this context, but this is what it is, blessings. I don't think I would be able to be thankful for the people and situations in my life as they are today, given a year ago, but this is why this is my season of thankfulness...and my goodness am I thankful!

"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:13-14


Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Future Mrs. McConnell

The past two weeks have been a whirl wind of emotions and non stop going going going. Today has been my first quiet day to sleep in and enjoy the beauty of relaxing. I am realizing as I am typing, that being a busy bee is what I had wished for the past two months during my dreadful quiet summer days. There are so many things to share I don't know where to begin, but I guess I will start with this...


I couldn't be more overflowed with joy when I think back to the moment James got down on one knee and then when I think towards the future of spending the rest of my life with the man of my dreams. I am humbled and overwhelmed that the Lord has chosen James as my husband. He couldn't have chosen a more perfect man to match my heart. On July 30, 2013, James and I started our journey to become Mr. & Mrs.!!

Knowing James and I were headed to Charleston 3 days later to celebrate Lindsay (his sister) and her future baby, Henry, we decided to hold off on making our engagement public so we could surprise his siblings when we arrived. I don't know if you guys understand how hard this was for me! I was about to explode, but luckily I was able to call a couple people; including my family! The NEXT day I received these at my doorstep from one of my very best friends, Katherine, AND my roommates showed up as well! I have the sweetest friends!!

Luckily I was able to hold my tongue on social media until we arrived in Charleston, and then as soon as we got there Maddie left to run an errand! More waiting, and then we finally shared and it was such a sweet moment! I love James's siblings like my own and I can't wait to have 3 new sisters and 3 new brothers! Let me also add...I will also become an aunt for the first time to beautiful Abiella & soon-to-be baby Henry!! Mmmm family is a wonderful and necessary part of life and an even bigger family is more incredible than I could have imagined. 
Charleston, You have brought upon a lot of sweet memories.

how CUTE is my fiance!?

xxx, Meredith

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Glance into "5th grade" Me

Before I share about our trip to Hilton Head, I will share a little email I received from my dad a couple of days ago. He had recently discovered an old email that I had sent to him way back in 2002.

Here's 5th grade me...can you find me? Yes. far left with the baby blue pajamas.


hey dad!  heres a list of my favorite things u were wanting.
*favorite food: brownies, candy, popcicles, corn, and cheese dip
*favorite flower: tulips and roses
*favorite song: sadie hawkins dance, when i call on Jesus, complicated, sk8r boi, and everywhere
*favorite color: blue and green
*favorite movie star: Jennifer Aniston and Amanda Bynes
*favorite movie: Big Fat Liar, Princess Diaries, tuck everlasting, and sweet home alabama
*favorite store: LTD2, Bath and body works, and ZainyBrainy
*favorite role model: Lindsey, Whitney and Brittney Boyd, Mary-kate and Ashley
*favorite show: Lizzie Mcguire, Boy Meets World, American Dreams, and So Little Time
*favorite subject: math, PE, Bible, and recess
*favorite teachers: Mrs.Casady, Mrs.Wilder, Mrs. Malone, and Ms.Stinson
*favorite sport: soccer and cheerleading
*favorite animal: Penguin
*favorite name: Jeff and Hannah
*favorite bible character: Matthew, Luke, and Jesus

Obviously, there are some things that haven't changed among my favorite things, but I will leave that to you to figure out what those are or aren't.

Stay tuned for the most memorable trip to HHI yet. Including a broken bone, thunderstorms, a smashed face, and that's not even the half of it.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Second Home

Tomorrow, James and I are road tripping to the place my heart loves the most, Hilton Head, South Carolina. My second home. Although, I have many "homes," this island, holds a place in my heart that no matter how hard other cities and towns try to squeeze in, there will always be a space for Hilton

I grew up going to Hilton Head every year for the week of July 4th, and the memories are ones that I will cherish for a lifetime. We have missed going the past couple of years due to things like being on summer staff in Colorado, or just deciding to change up vacations, but this year we are back in action and I couldn't be more thrilled! Although, when we go, we tend to eat at the same restaurants, visit the same shops, and stay at the same places, (almost as if it's ritual), the redundancy is left behind when we arrive. I could visit the same Harbor town, with the same red and white lighthouse every year because of all of the many flavors of emotions I feel.
 I am overflowing with excitement on top of everything because this year I have the pleasure of bringing James!! Yay! (might I add, I have never taken any other person on this vaca.) I can't wait to share all about this week and all the new memories we made!!

Whether it's a cookout, a lake trip, a beach trip, or any other festivities you and your friends might be having, I hope everyone is safe and enjoys this fun filled week. Happy 4th of July!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cold Tangerines

I haven't been on this baby in quite awhile. Looking back through old posts from this time last year, my summer has quite a different feel than last. Last summer was filled with taking my first trip to Charleston, taking YoungLife friends to Windy Gap, being out in Colorado for a month while I was on summer staff at Crooked Creek Ranch, and everything in between. This summer I have a lot more down time, and a lot more me time.

I am currently curled up in my apartment, in Milledgeville, watching the rain pour like I've never seen, whilst watching E news and a mug filled with coffee ice cream. Many would read and think, wow that sounds peaceful and cozy. Well......it is. And I am SO thankful for this moment right now. This summer hasn't been one that I thought it would look like, but after reading, "Cold Tangerines," by Shauna Niequist, I have tried to discover the little celebrations in my day to day even if it is that E news is on and I'm obsessed with Guiliana Rancic and I want to cut my hair again because of her even though I would never forgive myself if I actually went through with it. Mrs. Niequist has taught me that celebrations don't just have to be when we celebrate birthdays, holidays, and the end of school (even though those are WONDERFUL to celebrate!). Celebrations can be about having a cold tangerine, and that is what I am discovering. Within the past month, these are some celebrations worth sharing.

I spent the month of May with my very best friend and we love to celebrate with chikfila ice cream
Dinner with friends before many move away
Spent a lovely night at the Marietta square when some of my friends and I sat down next to THIS.
When Derek and Kari Beth became Mr. and Mrs. Chitwood!!
seeing old but beautiful friends
Road tripped from the wedding all the way to Nolensville, Tennessee, (my new favorite town), to surprise James' family!! I also got to finally meet Abiella, one of THE greatest bundles of joy to celebrate!!
Arrington Vineyards with the Mcconnells, wine never tasted so good.
my handsome boyfriend is always worth celebrating

What are some of the little things you've found in your every day life worth celebrating?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What is unseen

Today I am weary. 
I am weary of my thoughts concerning the pain and heartache of this world. 
I am saddened each time I read or hear about the news more and more as the days pass by.
Sometimes this fear of the world and what could happened consumes my thoughts before any action I take.
I was talking about this to one of my very best friends the other day and she told me that these horrible things that "could" happen, aren't anything that I can control. 
To live in a state of fear and let it consume you, isn't living, and it isn't showing the Lord that you trust Him with your life and with the plans He has for you.
I think this is something that is very hard for me, and as soon as I feel as if I'm letting the control of my life go, and into the Lord's hands..this feeling of wanting control comes back.
This is something I dealt with a lot in Colorado last Summer.
I think this is just one of my many struggles that, obviously, won't be connected to any sort of "formula."
I think that's why the Lord's relationship with us is so special.
Getting to a certain point with the Lord isn't enough.
Pursuing Him daily even in the confusion, heartache, pain, and anger is.
Today, I'm taking a breath, and stepping back from being so "quick to anger."
Today I am digging in to 2 Corinthians and letting God breathed word sink in to my yearning soul.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"You Can't Play Cards Here"

On this fine long weekend, I got to hang out with these wonderful people in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.
Our original plan was to go skiing in Boone, Nc, and this was going to be James' gift to me for my 21st birthday!!! (best boyfriend award right??) But.... there was a quick change in plans when the warm front came in and the majority of the snow turned muddy. We were bummed because Emily and I had never been skiing and were really excited about it, but that didn't stop us from finding something adventurous to do.
On Friday, James and I loaded up the car when he got off work, and headed to Lilburn, Ga to pick up Derrick and Emily (we also headed to Lilburn only knowing we are going to Asheville with no other details....ahhh panic). We headed to Asheville and stayed in a boys camp, thanks to Emily's connectionsssss!!!! AND it was freeeee. SCORE.
Saturday we headed in to the city to find exciting local restaurants and cool mountain shops. The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was exciting, and there were too many dreads on heads to count (yes I'm referring to dreadlocks. It's just cooler to refer to them as dreads, well at least that's what I heard). We then headed to the beautiful Grove Park Inn and walked around to catch glimpses of the breathtaking view.
How beautiful is this place?! STILL the perfect birthday getaway.
By dinner time we were winding down and the boys were dying to take Emily & I to this place called the Grey Eagle to eat to-die-for hush puppies and listen to mumford & sons type music. I was pumped. I love the idea of chowing down on a bunch of appetizers while listening to live music. We arrive...and...well it went a little different as planned.
1. I get the mark of hey-you-aren't-21-so-let-me-black-sharpie-all-over-both-hands
3. We walk in and we are the only people there...besides the cook and bartender
5. We have two hours before the band starts to play
......then we had the brilliant idea to play cards..pitch to be exact. Just a little harmless competition between girls & boys. Then the following hostile man comes into the picture.
(bodyguard with bald head, glasses, and sleeve tattoos leans over our little table of four): "Um. You guys can't play cards here."
(one of us laughs): "Are you serious?"
Bodyguard: Yes. (sternly)
Emily: (laughs) "We've been playing for the past 30 min. and no one has said anything to us."
Bodyguard: (bobble head )"WELLL, I am TELLing you now."


Long story short...that little mess set James over the edge, and he had no problem walking straight up to the bartender and letting him know how our experience had gone that night at the Grey Eagle while taking his tab back. We walked right out the door, but not without asking for our money back for the show.

As we drove away we started coming up with "what we should have done" scenarios which involved James fake crying, punching the bodyguard AND bartender, and asking the bodyguard to join in our game, which left us all in tears of laughter, which made out for a great night. We decided to end our night at a local coffee shop and tasted some heavenly hot chocolate. 
The next day we woke up thinking we were going to spend the day hiking before we went home, (obviously we thought a lot of things during this weekend that went differently) but ended up walking around the little town of Black Mountain, and venturing in to probably one of the most beautiful college campuses I've ever seen at Montreat College.
After this visit, we jumped in the car, made a pit stop at the Tanger Outlets, and headed home just in time for Revenge!!!

mmm. My weekend is complete.