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Tis the Season, FOR WEDDINGS!

What a crazy season the last nine months have been for Hubby and I! We have been in more weddings in the past 9 months, than I have any other time in my life COMBINED! I have been surprised at how beautiful and unique each of these weddings have been. When I think back to each of these weddings, I am amazed about how I can see elements of their personality shining through in each of their special days. I have been praying for these ladies and the lucky men that get to be called their husbands for a while now. I know that God has amazing things in store for their future.

Here are just a few pics of the amazing/crazy/joyous occasions:

Kristen and Trey (October 20, 2012)

The couple got married in a little wedding chapel on Tybee Island.
The couple got married in a little wedding chapel on Tybee Island.
Really...are there even words to describe this picture?!!?
Really…are there even words to describe this picture?!!?
The brides father almost didn't make it to the wedding for health reasons, but it was so special to see him walk his beautiful daughter down the aisle. Both families are the epitome of Southern hospitality and charm.
The brides father almost didn’t make it to the wedding for health reasons, but it was so special to see him walk his beautiful daughter down the aisle. Both families are the epitome of Southern hospitality and charm.

Katie and Josh (November 17, 2012)

This describes their personalities to a tee!
This describes their personalities to a tee!
Katie and Josh are very artistic! If you look closely in the flowers you can see the ones made out of antique music paper! All the personal touches in this wedding really made it a special day!
Katie and Josh are very artistic! If you look closely in the flowers you can see the ones made out of antique music paper! All the personal touches in this wedding really made it a special day!
If you look REAL closely, you can see Hubby and I!
If you look REAL closely, you can see Hubby and I!
This couple is such a hoot! So retro!
This couple is such a hoot! So retro!

Meredith and Justin (May 18, 2013)

All of the decorations were hand crafted by the bridesmaids, the bride, and her sister! It was a work of love!
All of the decorations were hand crafted by the bridesmaids, the bride, and her sister! It was a work of love!
These guys are too sweet! Justin sang a song her wrote as Meredith walked down the aisle AND they had a foot washing ceremony!
These guys are too sweet! Justin sang a song her wrote as Meredith walked down the aisle AND they had a foot washing ceremony!
Justine and Meredith are some of the most giving and caring people I have ever met. They are going to do amazing things for Christ, I just know it!
Justine and Meredith are some of the most giving and caring people I have ever met. They are going to do amazing things for Christ, I just know it!
16 bridesmaid and 10 groomsmen...they almost couldn't get us in one shot together!
16 bridesmaid and 10 groomsmen…they almost couldn’t get us in one shot together!

Laurelee and Paul (July 6, 2013)

This is how Paul proposed! He is a keeper!
This is how Paul proposed! He is a keeper!
The wedding party looked great in their khakis and cowgirl boots! (I am not in this picture....but it is a LONG story...)
The wedding party looked great in their khakis and cowgirl boots! (I am not in this picture….but it is a LONG story…)
Laurelee and Paul got married at Bethesda Boys Academy, where her grandfather was formerly headmaster!
Laurelee and Paul got married at Bethesda Boys Academy, where her grandfather was formerly headmaster!
This wedding was all about Southern sophistication and style. The reception was brunch food, and it was GREAT!
This wedding was all about Southern sophistication and style. The reception was brunch food, and it was GREAT!

Trish and Ryan (July 27, 2013)

Trish and Ryan were married last weekend at the Savannah Yacht Club! The music and food was amazing. They left at the stroke of midnight!
Trish and Ryan were married last weekend at the Savannah Yacht Club! The music and food was amazing. They left at the stroke of midnight!
There were many more bridesmaids than this, but these girls have been friends since high school, and some even earlier! They take a picture in the same position as one they have from high school. This is their 15 year picture!!! How sweet!
There were many more bridesmaids than this, but these girls have been friends since high school, and some even earlier! They take a picture in the same position as one they have from high school. This is their 15 year picture!!! How sweet!
Trish (my sister-in-law) looked amazing in her dress, although I think she would look gorgeous in anything!!!
Trish (my sister-in-law) looked amazing in her dress, although I think she would look gorgeous in anything!!!

After the many hours of planning, prepping, rehearsing, and partying, I can’t believe that all of these guys are married off and beginning their new lives as newlyweds. Each of them will face different challenges and trials over the next years and decades, however they will have each other to hold onto.

Waring and I have only been married for four very short years, but when I think about the meager advice I could offer these couples,  a particular verse seems to come to mind.  Christ doesn’t warn us that we will have trials he GUARANTEES  it!  However, he follows by promising:   “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33

In the years to come, I hope and pray that these couples grow stronger in Christ and as a family. I hope that they rely on Christ and their relationship with each other as they live each and every day. Waring and I feel so blessed to have been asked to be a part of each couple’s special day. My daddy once told me that weddings are special, and that I should always take it seriously and feel honored to be asked to be a part of such a special day in a person’s life. I am truly honored, and I can’t wait to share many more memories with these beautiful couples!

LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

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Guess What Day It Is?

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Yes, I am still working on lesson plans for the new school year! I feel like I am cutting it close, but if I can knock them out this week then I will be able to breathe a little bit easier next week (last week before pre-planning) and I can focus on last minute things I want to clean around the house, the nursery, and setting up my classroom! I know that people think all teachers do during Summer Break is goof off and sleep in (and you can be sure that there has been some of that too…) but I can’t count how many hours I have been spent glued to this computer screen planning my little heart out! This will be the 5th new subject I have planned for and taught in the past 4 years, YEESH! But, planning on the front end makes teaching a lot easier during the year, and with BABY ADDIE coming soon I really need to push myself!

 

But at least I have some comic relief for today…because it is HUMMMMP DAAAAY! YEAAAH!

 

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Gender Reveal Party Review

We had a great (I mean REALLY GREAT) Gender Reveal Party. I was a little skeptical about having a party like this, because I have never been to one myself, but I am so glad that we decided to go for it. We had so much fun hanging out with friends and family that we don’t always see. We couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of my Mom, Mother-in-Law, Aunts, Grandparents, and Besties Tori and Mariah! Mom and Hubby’s Mom were the only ones who knew the sex of the baby…and they had a BIG secret to keep!

Here are just a few quick pics from the day. Thanks Aunt Karen for being lead photographer! 🙂

The cake!
The cake!
Pick a team and guess the due date/time!
Pick a team and guess the due date/time!
Cravings: PBJ, Funiuns, Pickles, and Skittles...YUM!
Cravings: PBJ, Funiuns, Pickles, and Skittles…YUM!
Me!
Me!
Hubby!
Hubby!
College Besties!
College Besties!
Baby GIRL!!!
Baby GIRL!!!
Boy or Girl???
Boy or Girl???
Granny Layne did a great job! (and it tasted as ever better than it looks!)
Granny Layne did a great job! (and it tasted as ever better than it looks!)
Friends!
Friends!
Family and God Family!
Family and God Family!
Friends/family!
Friends/family!
My Grandparents. The two lovely ladies are who Adeline Faye is named after!!
My Grandparents. The two lovely ladies are who Adeline Faye is named after!!
God family. Love them!
God family. Love them!
Bestie Tori. I am so glad she came down from the mountains to see me!
Bestie Tori. I am so glad she came down from the mountains to see me!
My favorite CPA! Love her!
My favorite CPA! Love her!
Mom is in the middle. LOVE HER!
Mom is in the middle. LOVE HER!
Bestie Mariah and Tori (they spent the weekend with us and we had a great girl's night!)
Bestie Mariah and Tori (they spent the weekend with us and we had a great girl’s night!)
Guest Book Print!
Guest Book Print!
Parents-to-be....Scarrryy....
Parents-to-be….Scarrryy….
Thanks for the beautiful cake Granny Layne!
Thanks for the beautiful cake Granny Layne!
Sissy love!
Sissy love!
Good Friends, Good Life!
Good Friends, Good Life!

Alaska…the Last Frontier

We had such a blast on our Seattle Adventure and Alaskan Cruise. It was one of the best trips we have taken since getting married. All the plans went smoothly, no one freaked out on the plane rides, Baby Addie played nice and didn’t make me sick, and Hubby and I really enjoyed spending time with each other and exploring new places and escaping for a little while. Isn’t that was travel is all about?

Exploring Seattle on our First Day!
Exploring Seattle on our First Day!

Here are just a few snapshots from the week. I miss it already!

Pike Place Public Market. We got here early to beat the crowd!
Pike Place Public Market. We got here early to beat the crowd!
The infamous gum wall down Post Alley...it smelled interesting...
The infamous gum wall down Post Alley…it smelled interesting…
Yummy!
Yummy!
Space Needle
Space Needle
View of Downtown Seattle From Our Ship
View of Downtown Seattle From Our Ship

1st Port of Call: Ketchican

Lumberjack Show
Lumberjack Show
Downtown Ketchican
Downtown Ketchican
Downtown Ketchican
Downtown Ketchican
Totem Bight State Park
Totem Bight State Park
Bear Chief Murdered by a Neighboring Tribe
Bear Chief Murdered by a Neighboring Tribe

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Port of Call #2: Juneau

Sailing the Inside Passage!
Sailing the Inside Passage!
It's was a little chilly!
It’s was a little chilly!
Glacier...dead ahead!
Glacier…dead ahead!
Beautiful Juneau Bay
Beautiful Juneau Bay
Fresh Catch!
Fresh Catch!
Here is Sasha, showing us some tail~
Here is Sasha, showing us some tail~
Mendenhall Glacier
Mendenhall Glacier

Port #3: Skagway and the Canadian Yukon

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Glacier Flow Waterfall
Glacier Flow Waterfall
Summer Training Camp for the Iditarod Mushers
Summer Training Camp for the Iditarod Mushers
Sweet-talking the Goats
Sweet-talking the Goats
The little one was begging...
The little one was begging…
North America's SMALLEST Desert (in Canada!)
North America’s SMALLEST Desert (in Canada!)

On a Roll!

A quick glance at the calendar, and I see that I only have two more weeks of Summer. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job, but it takes so much of me mentally, physically, and spiritually that I often have little time when I get home to do anything in the way of hobbies or crafts (and I am guessing that those moments are going to become even more scarce once Baby Addie arrives).

So, after a little reality check with the calendar, I got myself out of the bed and hit the ground running! I took Miss Lily to the vet (she wasn’t so thrilled about that) and went to Wally World for some supplies! The rest of the afternoon I spent making fridge bread and butter pickles, blueberry jam, and lemon cranberry scones!

It was a great day, and I topped it all off with a nice candlelit bath…it really doesn’t get much better than this!

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