Thursday, April 28, 2011

{The Wonder of The Royal Wedding}


On the eve of the much-anticipated Royal Wedding, there’s excitement rippling throughout the world.  News stations are on standby for the slightest movement outside Westminster Abbey and reporters are exhausting all their resources to find just exactly how Kate will be doing her hair and what the Queen will wear.  Facebook and Twitter were alight with updates tweeting or retweeting any piece of news on the Royal Wedding worthy of 140 characters.

As I was monitoring our social media sites throughout the day at work, one status in particular caught my attention.  I don’t remember what this girl said exactly but it was something to the extent of: “For every girl who grew up watching Disney movies, this is our fairy tales come true.”  Wow.  I am one of those girls who grew up watching all the “princess movies” [Cinderella and The Little Mermaid were my favorites].  Growing up, I definitely dreamed of meeting my Prince Charming and having the fairy tale wedding to go with it, which was usually reenacted by my Barbies in about a thousand different wedding scenarios.

My thoughts drifted to what my own wedding might look like…but to be honest, I’m still trying to decide between eloping, a wedding on the beach, or something more traditional.  I don’t even have requirement number one so I have some time to think on it. 

With a sigh of relief, my thoughts turned to two of my dear sweet friends [Erica and Erin] who will be marrying their respective beloveds this June about three weeks apart. I am excited to share in each of their “big days” which mark the beginning of a new and beautiful chapter in their lives.  [I love you both dearly and am honored you have asked me to share in your big day.]

Smiling to myself, I found my thoughts wandering to a Wedding that was foretold about 2000 years ago…. 

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

 “Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! 
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

-Revelation 19: 6-9

What a day that will be when we, as God’s holy people, will be ready to meet our beloved bridegroom who is Christ himself!  I’m barely ready to get married here on this earth so I can’t even begin to imagine myself as being ready or worthy to be presented as the bride of our Lord Jesus Christ!  But, I have to remember that as I spend time in the Word, praying, and seeking His beautiful face, Christ is working in me to ready me for that glorious day that is yet to come.  I’m sorry for the fanatics out there, but on that day, we will be saying, “Prince Who and What’s-Her-Face’s wedding do not compare to this.”

Tomorrow I will not wake up at 5 a.m. to watch The Royal Wedding as it unfolds because I love sleep more than them.  However, I will watch video clips and go through a million photos of the Royal event marveling at Kate’s dress, how she did her hair, along with all the gorgeous and immaculate floral arrangements.  I’ll probably slip back to the excitement of my younger years watching “princess movies,” dreaming about my own fairy tale, and playing “wedding” with my Barbies on the floor of my bedroom.  My sweet friends will then come to mind and I’ll say a short prayer asking God to bless their upcoming nuptials.  Finally, I’ll think about the wedding feast foretold and be reminded of the mercy, grace, and unfailing love that Jesus lavishes upon us. 

Calli

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

{Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute}

Parachute just released their music video for Kiss Me Slowly on Friday from their new album The Way It Was coming out May 17th!  Such a cute song I thought it was worthy of making a blog post :) This song may be good for a Wedding Playlist and definitely Summer Playlist material ;) I definitely recommend a lot of their other songs like Under Control & She Is Love.  Click Here to go to their VEVO Youtube page.

Without further ado....Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute:



Listen & Love...

Calli

Listening To:
Something To Believe In
by Parachute



Summer Playlist {Song #5: Through The Willows And Streams}

Howdy!

I listen to online radio stations at work (i.e. Pandora, Slacker, etc.) because I really can't stand to have just silence.  Not to mention, I sometimes have mini-dance parties right there in my cubie - you know, just the shoulder shake and the occasional power fist pump if it's pretty rockin'.  Don't judge.  You know you do it too.

Long story short, I've gone from Pandora to Slacker to last.fm and so far, last.fm is my favorite of all the online radio stations.  If you like discovering new music, you'll definitely like this station.  The next few songs for my Summer Playlist I will have discovered on last.fm so props to them.

So the latest band that I've "Liked" is Eye Alaska.  {And no, they are not from Alaska, they are actually from California.} They're an alternative band with some influences of 90's boy band sounds.  I'm sure you're goin "What in the world...?" Just check out Roll Right Over and you'll hear what I'm talking about.  A lot of their songs are "windows-rolled-down" worthy so I highly recommend checking out their other stuff like Walk Like A Gentleman.

I give you Through The Willows Streams from their Yellow & Elephant EP (once again not an "official" video, sorry!)


Enjoy!

Calli

Listening to:
Yellow & Elephant - EP
by Eye Alaska

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #4}

To be honest, it's kind of hard to blog on a consistent basis.  I feel like I need to have something really profound to say whether its talking about the songs I've picked for my Summer Playlist or just when I do an entry.  So, I think I set high expectations for myself and feel like I can't reach them so I don't do it.

Anyways.

I've struggled with my next pick because I love A LOT of Future of Forestry's stuff and it was hard to just pick one song.  On their website, you can go and listen to all four of their albums online in their entirety!  I love it when bands do that especially if I don't know their stuff real well.  FOF's style is definitely indie rock to a "t" (whatever that really means, lol) and so talented!  Some of my fav songs are Slow Your Breath Down (one of the first songs that I heard), Close Your Eyes, If You Find Her (such a sweet song!) and Twilight (no, not because of the movie, hehe).  I could go on but definitely check out their website where you can listen to all of these songs.  After much deliberation, I chose You and I from the album Twilight.  Hope you like it as much as I do!


(Sorry this isn't the "official" video)

Calli

Listening to:
Twilight
by Future of Forestry

Monday, April 4, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #3}

Ok, so next up on my Summer Playlist is a song from the extremely talented Adele.  I first fell in love with her voice and talent back with her first hit single Chasing Pavements from her album 19 {love the choreography and the use of shadows in the music videos}.  Other great songs in that album were Hometown Glory and Right as Rain {which is a fun one I would definitely recommend to add to your summer playlist}.  Adele has got some lungs and can sing a ballad like nobody's biz-ness.    So, I give you Rolling in the Deep by Adele.



Enjoy!

Calli

Listening to
21
by Adele

Sunday, April 3, 2011

{The Perfect End...}

What a weekend of awesome weather we've had: 70s on Friday, low 80s on Saturday and today got up to about 88! I got a touch of color so I'm getting a good start on my summer tan.

I try to use my Sundays and take it easy but it was so pretty today and honestly, you can't always get everything done on Saturday.  I detailed the inside of my car {it was horrendous}, helped my mom clean out the garage and clear the back porch.  My mom planted some beautiful yellow and purple pansies for the front porch.


But my real reason for posting is because of the beautiful sunset that ended this great day....and to show-off where I live.  My two favorite times of the day to take a picture is at sunrise and sunset; and living in the country is perfect for that.  Oh and it's great for star-gazing at night.  
    

Calli

Listening to:
20,000 Ghosts 
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