Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Birthday Bash!

This is a few days late, but this past Friday night, June 19th, on the eve of my dear friend Sarah's 20th birthday, we had a wonderful girls' night!!

The festivities began with a delicious meal at Amsterdam. We all dressed up fancy and sat on the patio for a couple of hours, enjoying the sweet smell of summer nights and the lazy laughter of long-time friends.

Those in attendance: Brooke Rush, the blond bombshell, Jordan Lee Spencer, the Broadway babe, Sarah Bolton, the birthday broad, and of course, myself. Our meals were incredible. We each got something so delicious and divine, almost dreamlike. Not to mention the birthday dessert we were treated to at the end!

After our appetites were appeased, we ventured to WalMart to pick up breakfast food for the morning time. In our quest, we ran into a dear ole Auburn High friend - Cierra Cobb. We caught up with her, and learned of her recent marriage to who seems like a fantastic husband AND a new baby on the way!

After we procured our provisions, we headed out to the Bolton residence.

We shimmied into our pajamas, and then the fun began. After a frivolous photoshoot,

we settled into our seats and put on our feature presentation: Fried Green Tomatoes. Sarah had been raving all day about the movie, and much to her disappointment, none of us succeeded in fighting the heaviness of our eyelids before we were 5 minutes in!

After a restful nights' sleep, we woke up and had biscuits and honey. JLee had to leave before enjoying the edibles, but other than that, the morning was magnificent and a wonderful way to begin the golden birthday of our dear Sarah B.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Revolutionary Road

...came out on DVD today. I have been really anxious to rent it since I saw previews last year, and you better believe I was at Hastings this afternoon.

What a movie.

I won't go into much detail out of consideration to those of you who haven't seen it (although you should) but it basically chronicles the deterioration of a relationship. In this case, a married couple, but I think it can be representative of any relationship.

Right now I'm just struggling with my reaction. I liked the movie, of course. Both actors had some of their more outstanding performances, in my opinion. But it makes me wonder. Can relationships really become so distorted and out of focus, or is it just theatrics? The reason I'm having such a hard time is because I believe the former. That as a broken human race, we are not capable of having a perfect relationship. In any context. And seeing it in that movie really breaks my heart.

It's scary and discouraging. At the same time, I realize that the attitude we should take on is not one of fear or demoralization, rather of hope and perseverance. Because although we are incapable of obtaining anything other than imperfect relationships, the Lord can move beyond our imperfections and reconcile those relationships to himself. It's just a matter of putting him in the center of them.

Easier said than done, huh?

That's not something I've mastered. Quite the contrary, if I'm being completely honest. But what does it look like, to have a perfect relationship?

The very essence of who God is gives us the prime example. The Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Three in one. Three in perfect, untainted and unmarred relationship with one another. If man had not fallen, our relationships would still look just like that.

I suppose that's what we should aim for then. I couldn't tell you really where to start. Sometimes just the resolution is as good a start as any.