thankful Thursday: birthday trip to SSI

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Zack knows his wife well and took me on the perfect little getaway for my birthday. On my actual birthday, I worked some and visited with friends. Zack was working, so we went out to a late dinner. 

We got to celebrate big with a trip to St. Simons Island later. We flew down on a Monday with no plans at all, stayed at the hotel recommended by the FBO staff, and ate our way around the village. We came home on Wednesday. I am so thankful that I can work a flexible schedule and go on trips with Zack when he is off work! I enjoyed walking on the beach, shopping, and of course the food.

I was most excited to revisit Southern Soul Barbeque. If I had to pick one must-eat in SSI, this is it! You could even walk there from the airport, eat, then fly right back home. I like the pulled pork, fried okra, and collards. If you get a craving for a fried Oreo and it's not state fair season, this is also your place.

We ate breakfast both days at Palmer's Village Cafe. The omelets and grits were just that good!!! They serve breakfast until 2:00, which is perfect for vacation--no rush! I will be back next time I visit the island. 

Zack loves coffee, and we stayed thoroughly caffeinated on our trip. Wake Up Coffee Company has the friendliest staff, and we went there both days, too. We are creatures of habit! We went with the recommended island mocha, one frozen, and one iced, both excellent! The chocolate chip cookie was delicious. The patio was nice and relaxing, and I have a feeling if I lived in SSI, I'd be working there every day.

We had dinner at The Half Shell and Del Sur and would go back to both of those as well.   

I did the most damage at Butler's Stash, where I found some cute tops to go with my favorite LuLaRoe piece, the Cassie skirt. Redfern Village is a great place to walk around and shop, and I especially liked looking around the beautiful, newly renovated shop Two Friends

We flew into Malcom-McKinnon airport (SSI) and rented a golf card from Island Carts. We had a great time cruising around in the perfect spring weather!

I'm so thankful that we took time for a spontaneous trip. It was especially sweet to go back to where we spent a few hours on our honeymoon. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday!

oversized Julia + Sarah

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Julia dress is one of my favorite LuLaRoe pieces. When I saw this print, I immediately had to have it! Since it is two sizes larger than what I normally wear in that style, I added a belt and a Sarah cardigan. I love how it turned out! 

LuLaRoe Julia dress // LuLaRoe Sarah cardigan // HMD belt // Jack Rogers Palm Beach Sandal

I got even more daring this time and went up three sizes in this Julia dress. It's so comfortable that I may be reaching for this size all spring and summer! When it heats up, I'll ditch the extra layer and roll the sleeves. 

LuLaRoe Julia dress // LuLaRoe Sarah cardigan // HMD scarf // Jack Rogers Palm Beach Sandal

For more of my LuLaRoe outfits, follow me on Instagram @lularoe.kathrynschmidt

To snag some LuLaRoe clothes for yourself, host a pop-up in the Raleigh, NC area or northeast GA or shop online with me! 

Zack's big birthday

Monday, March 28, 2016

Yesterday, my love had a birthday. We were the same age for just over a month, but now he’s moved on to the next decade. 

I’m so thankful for Zack. I still pinch myself when I realize that I get to live life with him. 

Zack is an amazing, encouraging husband. He can find the positive in any situation. Zack is devoted to Jesus and reminds me that I should pray. Even when I’m mad, discouraged, or feel like giving up. Especially then. He shared his favorite verse with me before we were dating. Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” He pointed out that God gives us just enough light for the next step. That should have given me a peek into my future life with Zack: we only know enough to take one more step. He keeps me on my toes!!!

Zack and I connected over flying. The very first time we flew together, I was impressed with his calm manner and skill as a brand new flight instructor. Zack has made flying his career. He has blasted through numerous checkrides and earned his ATP this year. Zack lives incredible, adventurous stories, and he is truly an excellent pilot.

Every single meal I make, Zack tells me that it is the best meal ever. He doesn’t like tacos, so I usually eat them when he is gone to work. The other night, he came home earlier than I expected, when I had made tacos, and he fixed two plates and told me the food was great.

When we were house shopping, Zack told me that he’s not much of a handyman. Since we moved in, he has installed dimmer switches, replaced the ice maker in our refrigerator, and built a dog house. It’s not just any dog house; it has insulation and an architectural roof. The dog isn’t even his; hand me down Dan came with the marriage to me. There are so many more things he’s done around the house that I can’t explain because I don’t understand them. I realize how much grace God showed me by not letting me buy a house before I was married. I have no idea how I’d handle this on my own. Probably find a great handyman! Ha!

Even though Zack works and I stay home, he still helps with regular around the house tasks. He is much better than I am at vacuuming and even sweeping. He swept the other day and under the pie safe, swept out a bottle that had been there since our niece came to visit, almost four months ago, oops. Zack enjoys taking care of everything in the yard, and he has learned so much this year about caring for our grass and plants. Like everything he does, he’s done an exceptional job.

Many of these special characteristics may be a mystery to others, but anyone who’s met Zack knows his charming personality. I saw what an impression he makes on people when I was referred to as “Zachary’s wife” by our dentist’s office receptionist, and the man at Discount Tire said “Oh yeah, I remember your husband. He’s that cool pilot dude!” I can’t even count how many times people have asked me if he is that fun/hilarious/complimentary/generally enjoyable at home, and the answer is YES! Even when I’m mad at him, he can still make me laugh. I often wonder why in the world God chose me to be his wife. It is a privilege to be his partner.

Happy birthday, Zack! I hope we celebrate many more!!!

Showing You My Singles: Sarah

Friday, January 22, 2016

This Friday, I am linking up with Kelly's Korner blog for show us your life: singles. 

On the right is my pal Sarah. She loves Jesus and has been all over the world doing missions. Sarah will get up and go with a moment's notice even if it's not missions related. She is up for all kinds of adventures, including a planned sky dive on her next birthday! 

I met Sarah through a mutual friend who was in my small group in North Carolina. Sarah invited me to her church, hung out with me, and introduced me to many of her friends. She is the reason I know anyone in Georgia! 

Sarah loves on her friends' babies. These are not her own. 

She has done triathlons and enjoys working out at boot camp, running, climbing, and hiking. 

Sarah works full time and is also pursuing her Master's degree in social work. She works at a university and formerly worked all over the state of Georgia, helping migrant students access education. 

Sarah also has an awesome tattoo. 

I am so thankful to have Sarah as a friend! 

To get in touch with her, send me an email at 


Thursday, January 7, 2016

I first heard of LuLaRoe last fall, when my pal Kelly's sister in law started selling it. I got hooked on the clothes and found myself wearing them almost every day, especially when I traveled back and forth to Georgia. They are the BEST for traveling! 

This fall, I decided to jump in myself and start selling LuLaRoe. I love how comfortable and versatile these clothes are--perfect for moving around all day with children at work and nice enough for church or a date. 

You can look at my LuLaRoe instagram here, facebook page here, and join my private shopping group here

HMD necklace // LuLaRoe Cassie skirt

HMD sweater // LuLaRoe Amelia dress // Sam Edelman loafers

LuLaRoe Sarah cardigan // HMD necklace // LuLaRoe Cassie skirt // Sam Edelman booties

six months

Sunday, December 27, 2015

We are six months into marriage today! I love being Zack's partner. Many people have asked me how I've adjusted to changes over the last six months, and I often say, ask me in a year. We are still in it. Someone asked recently, what does a Christian marriage look like, and I said, a lot of forgiving. Months ago, my mother in law sent me this quote: 
“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers” – Ruth Bell Graham
So far, I'd agree. We are both sinners, so living together peacefully takes a lot of forgiveness. Romans 5:8 says, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
When I think about all that God has forgiven me for, how could I not forgive my husband? 

game ranch

Monday, October 19, 2015

Zack had heard about Lazy 5 Ranch but had never made it there, and I enjoyed visiting the ranch a few years ago with friends. He was excited to find a similar place near us. We visited the Yellow River Game Ranch on a recent weekend. There are all different kinds of snacks there that you can buy to feed the animals; we chose an apple and peanuts. 

My backpack is this one from Tradlands, made by Archival Clothing. I carry it just about every day, whether it's holding only my wallet, phone, and keys, or my camera, or clothes for barre. 

Maybe one day we can have our own goats!  

Check out this deer's tongue. 

The donkeys gave us a good show when begging for food. 

The foxes and coyote were some of my favorites to see, though the hardest to photograph. 

It was neat to see so many different animals in one place. It's not quite as up close and personal as riding on a wagon inside the fence with the animals (like at Lazy 5), but we could take our time and give the animals different types of food. I would recommend visiting Yellow River Game Ranch, especially with young children. 

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