Dream Big. Pray Harder.

Most of you don’t know but this past year has been a whirlwind of a year for our family. We’ve endured somethings that I never thought we’d have too. But no matter what came our way it wasn’t too big for God. He knew what we needed and when we needed it the most.

“Dream Big. Pray Harder” is my life motto. Since I read the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, my prayer life has never been the same. “Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? because they don’t require divine intervention.” is one of my favorite quotes from the book. God WANTS us to Dream Big but most importantly he wants us to Pray even Harder.

My Mom is one of the strongest people I know. She’s been through the ringer this year, but she never once stopped Dreaming Big or Praying Hard. When we were younger, Mom quit school and put her career on hold to be a full time mother. She was going to school to be a nurse. I still think that’s hilarious. My Mom, a nurse? HAHAHA  Never in a million years, But it all make sense now… the Lord was preparing her. Preparing her to be help others. Geenks (AKA as Mom) always dreamed of being a teacher. Her heart for helping little ones learn is like nothing I’ve ever seen. She’s traveled the World pouring into the lives of children everywhere.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/chooperchristmas In May of 2016 I am thrilled to announce that she will be graduating with her degree in Elementary eduction from Auburn University Montgomery. As a part of her work study she will be traveling to Costa Rica this summer to help develop an elementary science curriculum related to rain forest ecology. Fancy Huh? Most of you are well aware that traveling isn’t cheap and times can sometimes be tough. I wish I could fund her entire trip, but I can’t. I wanted to surprise her so I came up will a brilliant idea… I know, I’m the worlds BEST son. 2015-12-08_0004 My brilliant idea… the “Dream Big. Pray Harder.” t-shirt.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas All the profits from the sales of these t-shirts will go towards Mom’s trip to Costa Rica. The shirts are $25.00 and include complimentary shipping. Pre-Orders begin TODAY. We will be accepting pre-orders until December 17th. If you are interested in giving one as a gift for Christmas they will be ready and shipped just in time. We are currently working on our e-commerce site and hope to have that ready in the next upcoming week or so. Until then if you are interested in ordering a shirt you can email: evan@evanandcompany.com.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas  I couldn’t have pulled this surprise project off without the help of the talented team of folks that are behind it. A HUGE thank you to Nick Drollette, Tiffany Taylor and Cameron Norris. We’ve quietly been working on the this for several weeks and I am thrilled it’s finally finished and ready for the world to see.

You’re going to be one heck of a teacher. Those kiddos will be lucky to have you. I LOVE YOU MOM.

#EGCdoescollegefootbal Part 3

When I set out on my #EGCDOESCOLLEGEFOOTBALL journey a little over a month ago, I never imagined where it would lead. After going to 2 Alabama games within a 3 week period all my Auburn friends were beginning to think I didn’t love them. As soon as V, our summer intern at Evan and Company, saw my first video she immediately invited me to an Auburn game. I thought it was only fair I took my sister along (she’s a HUGE tigers fan). We started our Saturday with a little tailgate fun and tiger walk. I’d been to walk of Champions, so it was only fair I showed my respect to Coach Gus. Sir, you looked fancy in that suit. 2015-11-27_0001 A tailgate party is not complete without custom Auburn Sugar cookies from Liger’s Bakery, right? Did you know Liger’s is over 70 years old. It’s Montgomery’s oldest bakery. Just a little fun fact for ya.  2015-11-27_0002 After we drank and ate our little hearts out, it was game time. I think the coolest part about the game was seeing that eagle fly around the stadium. It was magical. For Real. 2015-11-27_0003  Of course, I would be chopped liver if we left out the cutest mascot of them all… AUBIE THE TIGER. Life Goals, a photo with Aubie. Can anyone make that happen? PLEASEEEEE. I’ll buy you a funnel cake. 2015-11-27_0004 What would we do without our iPhones. So glad we ran into by best bud Jonny and his sister, Emily at the game.  2015-11-27_0005 I can’t explain how much fun we had this past weekend in Tiger town. It was a BLAST. I know what you you’re all intereted in… it’s below, I promise. My video re-cap of my LOVE-HATE relationship with AU/AL  football. Enjoy!Thanks to Mrs. Lori and Victoria for hosting my sister and I. We had a blast! Tiger Town, I’ll see you this weekend. Who’s ready for #IRONBOWL15

Meet Victoria

Summer is here. We’re are in full wedding mode and couldn’t be busier. When summer arrives it usually means one thing…. INTERNS. Meet Victoria, one of our adorable summer interns. She wrote a little about her journey with Evan and Company thus far.  2015-06-12_0001 I contacted Evan back in early spring about an internship opportunity for the summer; I am a Public Relations major and wanted more experience in my field and also a better idea of what I might want to do in the future.

Coming in I had some experience with event planning; my sorority’s formals/socials and with Auburn Donor Relations events, but compares to my first weekend as an intern for a wedding planner.

With the wedding being on a Sunday, prepping flowers started Friday morning. Walking in to the office full of big beautiful flowers certainly made me smile, but my love for these flowers faded after the first hour of clipping, stripping, and green fingers. It took a full day to prepare the flowers and create arrangements the bride was sure to love.  2015-06-12_0005 2015-06-12_0002 Saturday was neither hectic nor stressful. Although we were crunched for time, the wedding party knew their cues and positions within the hour time slot we were allotted.

For me, the night before the wedding was like the night before a big test I studied really hard for, I was full of anxiety, excitement and dreams of being late (being late to a test is one of my biggest fears and I guess being late to wedding setup is on that list now too.) I arrived to the office on time and ready to load up the van only to unload it 20 minutes later at the venue.

Because of Evan’s vision and Laura’s guidance, setup, from my point of view, was stress free and fast paced. The worst part about set up was definitely the heat and the bugs. (Note to self: do not have my wedding outdoors between the months of May and September because I burn, sweat and lots of bugs bite).   2015-06-12_0003 The wedding was fabulous and the bride and groom seemed truly pleased with how everything turned out, but I expected nothing less from Evan and Company. There might have been a few hiccups throughout the day, but that’s normal and nothing that couldn’t be fixed.  2015-06-12_0004 I know not all weddings/brides will be as laid back and easy going as this one, but I am excited to gain experience in the hectic world of event planning as well as to work for and learn from the master himself, Evan G. Cooper.