Monday, April 21

Operation Wedding: Centerpieces

Good morning ladies, and Happy Monday!  I hope you all have a lovely Easter Sunday/weekend, with friends and family.

I'm about 6 months out from my wedding, and I'm happy to say that I've been flying through my list of things to do before the special day.  

For those of you who enjoy crossing off accomplished tasks on their "to-do" lists, I definitely recommend, "The Knot Book of Wedding Lists" ($7.53 on Amazon!).  The Knot website, just in general, has great tips, ideas, resources, and printable checklist for free, that you can use in preparing for your wedding.

I'm currently drawing inspiration from the picture at the top of this post--my wedding colors are gold and pink, so it's perfect!

 Right now I am surfing Amazon and Ebay for mini tea light votives--these have a fun vintage-y feel to them.

Loving the baby's breath, and I feel it's pretty affordable.  I think that a sprig of baby's breath, here and there, with the roses that I want to put in the vases, would look very light and romantic.

Are any of you ladies prepping for a wedding??  Or maybe a friend is planning a wedding that you are assisting with? :)

I'd love to hear how it's coming along!

Tuesday, April 15

the ring.

After some adjustments that had to be made in Fremont, Michigan, I was thrilled to receive my engagement ring in the mail yesterday, and put it back on my finger! 

Thursday, April 10

All of the Time.

 Peplum top--Rugged Warehouse, Skinny Jeans--American Eagle, Sandals--Payless, Necklace--JcPenney

It's almost half-way into April and I'm still counting down every second until Josh comes home--I miss him so terribly.

Before he left, I discussed with him the idea of taking a few trips while he was away, as a means of keeping myself busy and to sneak in a few, no-stress vacations.

Later this month I'll be flying up to Michigan to visit with my Grandma, and possible assist her with moving out from her home into a retirement home.  I know it will probably be best for her, but I grew up loving that will be hard to see it go--so many memories.

Last night I went out for coffee with a dear lady from our church.  She runs the children's ministry and I've been privileged to be an assistant to her for the better part of this past summer.

Anyway, that coffee date went from 9 pm-11 and I walked away from it feeling incredibly blessed and very loved.
I haven't always known just how to express how much I miss my man or what all I've been going through, but somehow, she understood everything.  She could even relate to the military aspect of it because she had grown up a military brat.

I was encouraged to stay strong while Josh is away, and find peace in the Lord's Sovereignty and his goodness.

While driving away from that coffee date last night, I thanked the Lord that he hadn't ignored me, or turned a blind eye to my struggles.   He saw every one of them.  And he put a sweet lady from my church in my path, just to remind me that He has always been there for me, and that he always will be.

God is good, all of the time.

Wednesday, April 9

Five Favorites: a movie list

Pride & Prejudice
I've watched every version of this movie that exists but I'd have to say that this one is my favorite.  The cinematography is gorgeous, as well as the beautiful sweeping scenery, sound score and of course, the delicious story.  

A Man Called Peter
This is on the top of my list for inspirational films.  The movie is amazing and the book is as well.
Based on the true story of a young Scottish lad, Peter Marshall, who dreams of only going to sea but finds out there is a different future for him when he receives a "calling" from God to be a minister. He leaves Scotland and goes to America where after a few small congregations he lands the position of pastor of the Church of the Presidents in Washington, D.C. and eventually he becomes Chaplain of the U.S. Senate."

Little Women
I grew up on the version of this movie that had June Allyson in it (lovely version!) but again, I like the newest one the best.  A sweet tale of family, the things that pull them apart, and the love that brings them all back together again.

Home from the Hill
This movie is amazing.  I put it on my list because of the character of Rafe Copely, played by George Peppard (also had leading role in Breakfast at Tiffanys).  The movie talks about some not-so-pleasant realities for the southern Hunnicutt family--a husband that is a womanizer, a wife that doesn't try to love her husband, and a boy that loves a girl but runs away after he finds out she is pregnant (here the movie throws in a twist).  It's a pretty terrible situation, but enter Rafe Copely, the illegitimate son of the womanizer.  He was the half-son and wasn't treated with any of the luxuries that his brother had, yet, he cared about his brother and looked after him when he was sick, he even cared about his 'no-good' father, what's more, he didn't leave the young pregnant girl to fend for herself when everyone else left her and looked down upon her.  
The grace shown by Rafe Copely's character is overwhelming beautiful, and it reminds me that all of us have made choices in life we are not too proud of--but God is willing to wipe our slate clean and look past all of our mistakes.  

Sound of Music
Yes, I had to list this film.  I grew up on Maria's optimism, her beautiful grace and tomboy-ish charm and ever since I was 5 years old, I've been singing her songs.

Although it's not quite Friday yet, maybe you could put one of these movies on your list of "must-watch" films in the mean time, and when the popcorn starts can start watching.

Monday, April 7

some favorite things / blog purpose

The purpose of my blog is to encourage, inspire, share and interact with other bloggers.
It's really pretty simple.  I've been blogging for years, but since at least last summer, this blog as experienced a sort of hiatus.  Life has changed a lot for me (I'm getting married this fall!!) so I expect to see this blog take form on it's own and shape itself as time goes by.  I look forward to blogging about my journey, wedding, and married life--it will be quite the adventure!  Please join me--I'd love to get to know you. :)

Fun Facts About Me-

I love to:

write poetry
watch old Hollywood movies

dream of traveling around the world

read historical fiction and missionary biographies

take long drives on summer days with the windows down and the music turned up

do 'artsy' things  (crafting is awesome)

research...I love looking things up :P 
explore old buildings
read other style blogs

Favorite colors:


My Camera:

A simple lil' iPhone4

Monday Snapshot

The breezes had swirled these pretty blossoms together and tucked them away to a little sidewalk corner.