Sunday, December 28, 2008


After going to the doctor, my new due date is August 4th. I will still be delivering early due to c-section, so subtract 7-10 days from that and we will have baby in hand at the end of July. Our families accepted the news with great excitement and ease. I was thankful that no one was negative or hurtful. Everything is still going well. My only pregnancy symptoms remain at: exhaustion constantly, food aversions, and crazy indigestion. We are excited!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

July 10, 2009

I was waiting to post too much about this before Christmas so that our families would be pleasantly (hopefully) surprised. However, I've decided that based on my lack of comments in the past, no one really reads my blog and we are in turn safe. But this is my official announcement: I am pregnant and the due date is currently July 10, 2009. We have known for a few weeks but are trying to surprise the family at Christmas, since this is our first child and the first grandchild/great-grandchild. Obviously, this is a big deal and we are very excited and feel so blessed.

In the event that I do have a reader or two, please do not be offended that I haven't called to dish on this new development and please don't welcome my mother or Gary's with the greeting, "Hey Grandma!" Very soon the cat will be out of the bag and we will gladly discuss everything with you all. If you know me at all, you can only imagine how excited I am! And to be frank, this is also a little overwhelming and scary. I have thought about this many times before and I am so thankful that things are happening in this way. We did not plan a child yet but I definitely wouldn't call this a mistake either, lol. God is good and we are always experiencing this first hand. WOW!

Much love and many blessings,

Thursday, November 20, 2008

And we're back!

Ten years later, I've finally gotten back to this place. (audience applauds) :D

First, let me say that I have already begun the transformation into my mother... I've made fun of her to years and years because she crashes early and wakes up EVERYDAY by 3:30 or 4. The very concept was ludicrous to me since I've spent most of my life as a proud "night-owl." But for the second time this week alone I've gone to bed by 9pm and gotten up at 4am myself. I'm not sure why I've been so exhausted the past few weeks, but I have been, I'm just completely drained.

Anyway, what really prompted me to write was the overall "holidays are coming" feeling in the air. If you've ever met me you certainly know that I love to eat, so of course having a long weekend devoted to food, family, and shopping is one of my favorite things. But in addition to that, I find myself looking forward to seeing friends that have made their life in another city but make time at the holidays to visit. My Amy and my Timmy are just a couple that I am so excited to see. There is something about the fall/winter transition that always makes me nostalgic. I believe it's because I became a Christian in November 2004 and that has forever changed my life. So I begin to think of Tim especially, and what an amazing and integral part of my very existence that he became. At our last small group meeting Michael said something about being a Christian and having an impact on just one person could change the life of millions... instantly I thought of Timmy and his family and hoped that because of the life the changed (mine :D), that the world could one day be changed. I know that's a high hope, but I'll hold onto it! It brings me to tears, literally, out of happiness and thankfulness everytime. I love the Carters!

So even though I'm a week early, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that each of you can be inspired and want to reach millions with your kindness and love. And thanks again to the Carters, even though I doubt they will ever see this.

Much love and many blessings,

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

sorry if you're sick of these

I promise that I will have something of interest to post again soon. But for now, I will continue to be unoriginal and share other thoughts that I feel say it all.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Something beautiful

I may sound pessimistic to some and to others I could be construed as honest, regardless of what anyone thinks, I believe that there are too few instances of something beautiful in our day-to-day lives. Now for something encouraging and optimistic: friendship. I believe that sharing with others and being in community is one of the most wonderful gifts God not only gave us but INSTRUCTED us to utilize. Having friends, people to help you thru the thick of life and to enjoy the highs with, are one of the many ways God expresses His love to each of us. There was a time in which I felt that I had no family, but I had the BEST friends money couldn't buy. :) When I married Gary, everything seemed to shift to having this new wonderful blessing of a close family, and somehow in the mix I lost quite a few friends. For an individual such as myself that lived my life for my friends, and spent myself as "everything to everyone," this was a bit disheartening. I say all of that to now say that I'm finding a comfortable medium and loving it. I am still very grateful for my new, very loving, very accepting, family but I am also infinitely grateful for new (and old) friends that I feel have lasting power. I'm meeting people that will not only touch my life for a few years but that I feel will be active participants in the thick of life and the joys. Maybe I wrote all of this to say, I'm very excited about the beautiful that is now.

<>< Cassie

Friday, September 26, 2008

89 days

Who cares how many days it is until Christmas?! We're taking our pictures tonight to order the Christmas Cards. Can you tell we're newlyweds? :D

Thursday, September 25, 2008

it always works out

Last Wednesday (a week and a day ago) I went to something at our church called GroupLink. During multiple quiet times with God in the past few months I felt that He was urging me to lead a small group. So when I went to the Associate Pastor about this he said something along the lines of "Well GroupLink is coming up." And anyway, there I was with no one in attendance seeming interested in driving to Hixson to attend our group. I love my husband very much but the two of us alone wasn't what I had in my for a small group... I mean that's a SMALL group. :) But Dale (the Associate Pastor again) told me not to lose heart, that none of the people from our area that wanted a small group could actually come to GroupLink and he would give me their e-mails, etc to contact them and make it happen. Maybe because I can be a "Debbie Downer," or maybe because I was scared, I was convinced that I had read something wrong and that a small group wasn't happening after all. When I finally got the e-mails (yesterday afternoon), I e-mailed everyone in our area, which was like 10 people, and most of them are siked and ready for a small group!!! Seriously, Praise God because I have missed being in a small group for like 2 years and I want to go where the Lord takes me. I am Mrs. Play-it-safe and I don't want to be. I've never been afraid of the challenge to lead. Look at my track record, I have always been a leader in some form or fashion.... but I was afraid of jumping in with a group of people I don't know in the slightest. And I want more than anything to let go of my fears and follow His path for me. So anyway, my point in this really long mess is to say how excited I am about having more friends, new friends, that I can build up and grow with. And, God knew I was sad, that I felt like a loser with no buddies at my table and He knew I needed the reassurance in time that I was doing as He asked.... who cares if I had to wait for it?! haha

Praise the Lord!!! :D

Cass <><

Saturday, September 20, 2008


I don't care how trivial it may seem... I am so ticked that Auburn lost the game tonight against LSU. This game could have easily been theirs and it really bothers me that they messed up such an important game. By losing tonight they have essentially eliminated their chances at the SEC Championship and are not going to be in the top 10 ranking anymore. It really bothers me... I'm so worked up right now its ridiculous!

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Currys

When I married Gary, I married into a large, loving family. One segment of this family are the Currys (his aunt, uncle, and two cousins). They are a wonderful picture of the American dream and honestly some of the nicest people I've ever met. The kids have excellent manners but far more important to me are their fun and enthusiastic personalities. These kids are not born, they are made, and they are being brought up by extraordinary parents. I say all of that to say this: they have had a horrible heartbreaking event today that also breaks my heart. The Currys prayerfully followed a calling to adopt a 15 year-old boy from Ukraine. They've spent two months away from their children, untold amounts of money living in a horrible flat and on who knows what else, only to be shutdown today. Today was their court day and there was nothing joyful about it. The young man they intended to adopt, simply wanted his freedom and what can you say to that?! He turned 16 last weekend, which makes him a legal adult in Ukraine, and if he doesn't want to come, then he has no one to make him. It just breaks my heart to imagine the joys that he could have if he had only allowed himself to accept this gift from them. It makes me think of people that won't accept God's love, His grace. They simply cannot allow themselves to fathom a happy, fulfilling life. That is how I see his situation now.... that he will be so miserable and poor and lonely forever because he couldn't accept this new and amazing life they offered him. Please pray for the Currys broken hearts and for a safe travel home.

If you are interested to see all of their story, they wrote a blog along the way: Another Curry Kid

Much love and many blessings my friends,

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I'm bad, I'm bad, you know....

I'm working and blogging, how bad am I? :)

Anyway, I wanted to post something that's really important to me, something that I'd like others to pray with me about. A dear friend of mine, which will remain nameless, is having medical problems. She is in her late 20s and has not yet had a child but has been told by her physicians that she needs to have one of her ovaries removed. She really wants children but she and hubby aren't sure that they're ready yet. Of course she can still conceive with only one ovary but the other nice little variable is that her husband had testicular cancer 8ish years ago and lost one of his testicles. So in terms of making a baby, their chances with one ovary and one testicle are obviously limited. I'm writing to ask that others pray for her to make the "right" decision and that she feels confident in God that whatever she decides (have the surgery now or try for a baby first), God will bless them. All of this aside, she's just not feeling well; the ovary is very problematic and I hate to see her in pain constantly. She's afraid and I want her to go to the Lord with this and know that He will make all things ok. Thanks for your prayers friends.

Much love and many blessings,

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sometimes I'm a hypocrite

I was just complaining yesterday on Facebook about how everyone keeps posting way too many political links but I'm going to post something here today. I justify posting the link with this: the young man in the video is my cousin's friend and it was e-mailed to me by my cousin (a U.S. Marine currently serving in Iraq) who asked me to pass it on to others. Hope you all enjoy it, I found it to be very moving.

Much love and many blessings,

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We're moving

Yes that's right, Gary and I are moving away from Chattanooga. Don't get too excited yet, we can't move until next summer. I really love Chattanooga but we both feel that God is leading us away from here, away from the comforts of familiarity and family. We both came to the conclusion that God has other plans for us around the time we got married and actually got the courage to tell each other about it a few months later. (He was afraid I wouldn't want to move away because I've lived here most of my life and I was afraid of approaching him about the situation because I know how close he is to his family.) Anyway, we are moving.... at the earliest, June, and if not then, at least by January 2010. We will continue to pray about this but truly hope to find His direction as soon as possible to do our research and planning. :D

I have to say, I'm scared by this prospect but also completely excited and hopeful. We will go wherever the Lord takes us but I have to admit, I'm hoping for some sand and water nearby! :D

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Oh no, I'm dishing on politics now, yikes!

I just wanted to say a quick word about politics. When I voted in the 2004 elections, I voted for Bush and here's why: he was the lesser of the two evils..... its sad but true. However, this year I will be voting for McCain, and for the right reasons. On top of the fact that I think he's the best candidate and I really like him, I really don't like Obama. Yes that may sound like a contradiction to my previous post but it isn't. I'm stating that on top of truly loving one candidate, I have MAJOR issues with the other one. Though I won't go into it on here, I can safely say I believe Obama is the anti-Christ. Last thing: thank God for the people that are not ranting and raving about McCain's running mate choice (and I feel sorry for those that can't accept the two candidates and their running mates- get over it, the decisions have been made). I intent to remain positive no matter what... hoping and praying that EVERYONE makes the choice that will allow them to sleep well at night and that no one will attack me for my beliefs. :D

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Birthday Celebrations and Other Musings

Last Friday was my 24th birthday. Let me just say, I love birthdays! I'm sure my sentiment will change eventually but for now I still think they rock. I care far less about the presents I receive than I care about who I spend my time with. And how could you not like ice cream cake?! :D This will probably be the most freakish thing you'll ever hear from me but I'm SO glad that year twenty-three is over. I have an odd obsession with numbers and with the exception of the 29, I hate odd numbers. So, that being said, I'm very happy about 24. Being the planner that I am, I've planned a lot of wonderful things to happen by and during year 24.... and I'm well on my way! Want to know something completely moronic? I nearly rescheduled my wedding to the fall of this year because I wanted to be 24! Haha, I know that's a bit ridiculous, that's why we went with April anyway. Silly me...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

the kids

I have the two best kids ever! My kittens, Delilah and Wisp. Hope you enjoy their precious pictures and as much as I enjoy their sweet, cuddliness. :D
Wisp, when he was about 2 months old. He's a lot bigger now but still just as sweet. He's a purr monster!

Delilah, she's so beautiful and calm. She never plays, just looks at you "what could you possibly want with me?"

Monday, August 25, 2008

raindrops are falling on my head

Good day ladies and gentlemen. It is a good day but also a sleepy day. I can't ever seem to control the yawning on rainy days such as these but I enjoy them from time to time. :) It amazes me that we are quickly approaching the end of August. This year I was really caught by surprise, moreso than ever before. I guess I've get caught up in the daily grind and miss a lot. The good news, possibly why this time of year is my favorite, is that my birthday is this week, and then on Saturday college football season starts!!!! I love football. I love autumn weather and football more than the average person. I can't explain it but let me convey that I am excited. :D

Thanks to our new subscription to the Times Free Press, I got a College Football '08 guide book with my paper yesterday. It has all the schedules and lots of articles to catch me up since I've been a complete slacker and have very little idea what's up with which teams. haha
My hubby is even a little excited this year.... maybe he sees how much fun football season is for me, who knows?!

I'll write more again soon but I promise not to make this a play-by-play blog about college football. I love it but I'm not into forcing anyone to read about it. :D

Much love and many blessings,

Saturday, August 23, 2008


I had completely forgotten about this site. I started it nearly a year ago (which is obvious by the old content below, lol). I'm sure no one missed something they never knew was there but hopefully I will feel inclined to post here again, now that I've rediscovered it. :D

Depending upon who you ask, life has changed only slightly since last year. The biggest change of course was getting married in April and sharing my life with my wonderful husband Gary. Otherwise, nothing else has changed. I still work for the same two doctors, oral surgeons in Hixson, and spend a great deal of my life there. I have two awesome kittens, Delilah and Wisp, which bring me the joys of motherhood without the REAL responsibility yet (haha). I love them oh so much!!!

A great adventure and challenge has presented itself to me. In September, I'll begin leading a small group in our home. I'm not certain about many of the details for now, but if you want to know more, just e-mail me. My church is having a group leaders' training day/meeting soon and I'll know a lot more after that. I am really excited to lead a small group. I've done it only briefly before (3 months-ish) and really miss the relationships that are built there.

I guess there's not much else to include for today, just wanted to say a little something and get back into the swing of things. :D

Much love and many blessings,

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