Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Rehearsal Dinner

So I am so excited to share our wedding weekend and honeymoon with you!  We'll start with the rehearsal dinner.  It was at Starmount Forest Country Club here in Greensboro.  
The AMAZING groom's cake...
...the caketopper - handmade by our wonderful friend, Bonnie... adorable grandparents...
...lots of friends and family...

it was a great night to celebrate and prepare for the next day... 

I will finally be coming around to everyone's blogs in the next few days to catch up and leave some comment love.  I have missed you all so much!  Hopefully, I can quickly get back into the swing of things.  Does anyone have any good ideas for a new blog name?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

We're Back

We're married! And for that I am so happy and thankful :) I can't wait to show you all pictures of the wedding and our honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

However, I need a little bit of time... while on my honeymoon, the company I work for had to do some downsizing. I found out yesterday, along with 3 others, that I no longer have a job. I promise that I will update you on all the festivities and fun soon, but right now I have to figure out some things so that I can enjoy the Christmas season.

Meanwhile, our photographer put a sneak peak of some of our wedding photos up on her blog... so you can look at those to hold you over :)

ALSO, do you need some decorating help at your house? Or do you know someone with a business that needs some interior design help? ORRR do you need a nanny? or an administrative assistant? or anything? Please please leave a comment and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Thanks, Y'all. This new family needs alot of prayer and support right now, and I know that my blog friends can help with that.

Friday, December 5, 2008


My nails have been painted, the church has been decorated, and I'm sitting alone on my couch listening to the refridgerator hum.  The butterflies have come and are dive bombing the walls of my stomach.  None of this flitty floaty princess butterfly stuff.  I guess I should get ready to go practice a wedding, instead of blogging :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Four Days

Do you remember when there were 160 days left? This week seemed like forever away.
So, here I am.
Here I am the week of my wedding. The day I have dreamed about since oh... birth. I was the 6th grader that bought wedding magazines. I was the teenager and 20-somethinger that had file folders for dresses, flowers, centerpieces, invitations, etc. I longed for the day that I could have my dream job for a few months, and plan my own big day. I couldn't wait for the pomp, the circumstance, the cake.
So, here I am.
Here I am the week of my wedding. Will my big day look like all the torn magazine pages from my file? No. Was planning a wedding all that I thought it would be? No. Don't get me wrong, it was mostly fun with a dash of stress. Would I do it again? Of course, for a friend or for money. Do you want to know what I'm most excited about? My marriage. After years and years of looking forward to a wedding, I am absolutely thrilled beyond all excitement about my marriage. When the big party is over, I am so excited to have normal life with my husband. To have the good times, the hard times, the in between times... to just have life together. To start our own little family. To both live in the same house. To experience all that God has prepared for us in the blessing of marriage.
This week has brought a new calm to my spirit, despite the last minute party details that may or may not be addressed. This weekend our friends and family will gather around us as we say our vows and start the next chapter. Next week I'll be somewhere on a honeymoon (Did you know the trip is a surprise?), and I'll be reading New Moon, too. All I can do is take a step back, smile, and know that I am so blessed. I'm going to be a wife on Sunday.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Family Fun

We loved spending time in Raleigh with Justin's family on Thanksgiving.  The food was great, and so was our sweet little niece, Amelia, who you all know and love.  We tried to take our annual family photo on the tree that looks like a camel/giraffe in the front yard, and ended up just standing in a line.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I might have time to blog this weekend, but I'm not making any promises... I plan on being productive, decorating for Christmas, and enjoying my last weekend with my maiden name :) I can't wait to see my family, too! I hope you all have a wonderful time with the people who matter most to you...
I leave you with photos... Meet Zoe!!

I sure wish she was mine - Congrats Blair and Andy! She's the cutest thing!

Monday, November 24, 2008

thirteen days

Only thirteen days. ONLY THIRTEEN DAYS!
This is so surreal. I can't imagine what days twelve through zero feel like.

I'll be finishing my wedding favors tonight, so hopefully I'll have photos for you soon!
Programs must be finished this week - which will have to be an entirely separate post including an AMAZING bargain at Michael's!
Justin doesn't have to teach on Wednesday, so he'll be refinishing that hutch I told you about SO long ago!

What do you all think of me having guest bloggers during the honeymoon? I am not sure I am famous enough for that... however, I do have famous blog friends...

Oh yeah - I saw Twilight this weekend. Sigh.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twenty Five Years...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Justin,
Happy Birthday to you!
(*sung in my best Michael Scott falsetto voice, of course!) Wasn't he a cute little boy, playing "ballet" with his big sister? Happy 25th, darlin'!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


My oh my, have we been busy! Lots of showers, thank you notes, planning and cleaning. Every day (did you catch that, June?) we have been blown away by our friends' and family's generosity! Thank you, everyone! Here is one of many photos from our shower at Kendra's on Saturday...I can't wait to use my gift card to My First Kitchen!

This weekend, I decided to start the overhaul on one of our guest bedrooms. You know, in all my free time. It is definitely going to take some time to get it just right, especially since I threw my original plans for the room completely out the window. So, here's a shot of the before... it is so ugly, I couldn't bear to be close to the room...

Yes, electric lime/yellow walls with a fluorescent orange closet. You have to believe me when I say I love my house... We loved it so much that we could quickly overlook this putrid room. Stay tuned for "Almost After" photos!

Friday, November 14, 2008

22 days

We are so excited :)Our last 2 showers are this weekend - one of which is a class with Kendra at My First Kitchen! I can't wait to tell you all about it. Her classes are so fun! I'll show you pictures on Monday...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

VERY long post.

I don't have many of my own words to say today, so I will share with you the words of someone else. Words that are encouraging. Words that are real. Words that tell me, "keep on doing what you're doing." The following is an interview from with the brilliant Rob Bell...

WITTENBURG DOOR: Everything is spiritual? Even the Roseanne marathon on TV Land?
ROB BELL: There's a Roseanne marathon on?

BELL: Sorry if I seem a little spacey. I woke up this morning and looked out the window at this huge Country Music Hall Of Fame thing and thought ...

DOOR: Welcome to Nashville. Tell us about your tour.
BELL: It's just for one month and we're in a different city every night. An hour and 45 minute talk-message, experience and um, a sermon on steroids. I don't even know what it is. Thelonious Monk says that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. I've learned on this tour that trying to explain what it is doesn't work well. And generally people get different things. But that's what we wanted.

DOOR: You talk a lot about storytelling—reclaiming the art of preaching away from the engineers and back to the artists.
BELL: Preaching is one of the original art forms, kind of the original guerrilla theatre. A sermon was an electric event; Martin Luther King Jr. changed the whole shape of American culture with a sermon. John Wesley out in a field in England, the Hebrew Prophets, (and) great movements like women's rights were often birthed through preaching. In our unbelievably wired culture, nothing is more foolish than somebody in a room standing alone insisting that God has spoken. So it's either brilliant or absolute foolishness. And I am open to both. Originally, the word "sermon" meant you'd have no idea what was coming next. It was theological but also political and economical and obviously highly creative because if it didn't engage, then you wouldn't listen and you wouldn't be provoked or challenged or comforted. So in some ways for me my life's passion is to pursue this art form. Pump some electricity into it.

DOOR: The Church hasn't always been kind to artists. Especially ones bringing electricity.
BELL: Our assumption is that Church is where you say the things that have to be said. So people will speak but say, "Oh, I wouldn't say that in church." Well then, where would you say it? To me, it's the place where you would push it the furthest. A faith community should be the place with the most honesty and vulnerability and prophetic culture—calling things what they are. So when I hear people say, "That's nice but you really couldn't do that in church," I can't even fathom that. My understanding is it would lead the culture in reality. I talk about having the first word. This idea that Church waits to see what the culture is doing then produces a D grade version with some sort of clever Jesus twist to me is utter blasphemy. The DaVinci Code, for example. You wait for a C grade movie with stars with bad haircuts and then gear your church teachings around a movie that many people aren't even going to see? That seems absolutely anemic.

DOOR: Welcome to our world.
BELL: I don't believe in Christian art or music. The word Christian was originally a noun. A person, not an adjective. I believe in great art. If you are an artist, your job is to do great art and you don't need to tack on the word Christian. It's already great. God is the God of Creativity. Categories desecrate the art form. It's either great art or it isn't. Followers of Jesus should have the first word instead of coming late to the game with some poor quality spin-off. Let's talk about things before everyone else.

DOOR: Most preachers never get to see their good theories make it to practice—are you seeing change?
BELL: Oh yeah—there are huge things going on. Like micro-finance. I was in Rwanda—essentially you take someone in poverty and give them a couple of bucks so they can start a business. We met a woman who started a business, built a house, fed her family and her business was now self-sustaining and growing—on a $40 dollar loan. A Western church gave this woman forty bucks and look what she's done. Economically speaking, that's one of the hopes of the world right now. We have more money than we know what to do with. American churches have more concentration of wealth than any time in history in a world with massive poverty. But some are exploring with micro financing, working with ground churches and trying things that could help save our world. They are so far out front. I was hiking through these slums in Nairobi where people are dying of AIDS and it's the Church figuring out how to give them medication, how to prevent and educate, to help give people an honorable death. The Church is on the front line.

DOOR: As a pastor, how do you motivate people to the front lines?
BELL: First, the scripture always bends towards the oppressed and the marginalized. Beginning in the Torah—take care of the widow, the orphan, the stranger among you. The story is written by oppressed minorities. And it continues, no room in the inn, they follow Jesus because they are hungry. The story always goes towards the underside of the Empire. I think it is sometimes hard for the American church to understand the Bible because we are the Empire. We are the ones in power, the ones with wealth. I think in some settings that's why the Bible has such little power—because it's an oppressive narrative. There are six billion people in the world, three billion live on less than $2 dollars a day, 800 million people will not eat today, and 300 million in Africa alone do not have drinking water. So we as Americans are six percent of the population yet we consume 40 to 50 percent of the resources. We are the upper, upper, rich elite. And our way is taking over the world. So we have to first ask the question—how can we take all this wealth and give it away? All the technology and beautiful parts of capitalism and bless the world and the poor—or else we're in deep trouble.

DOOR: Sometimes the issue of the poor gets lost in all the left vs. the right crap in this country. How do you cut through that? Serving the poor is not a new message.
BELL: The issue is not saving the poor—it's saving us. When Jesus uses the word hell, He does not use the word with people who are not believers or not believing the right things. It is a warning to religious people that they are in danger of hell because of their indifference to the suffering of the world. So the parable of the rich man and Lazarus is not what heaven and hell are like. It's a parable to rich people warning them that their apathy has them in danger. Heaven and hell are present realities that extend into the future. For a lot of Americans, this is about the saving of their own soul. Recapturing God's heart for the world. Otherwise I will end up not caring and not passionate. At our church, people are desperate to understand this culture of excessive materialism. We were made to bless the world. The original call is that blessing was always instrumental. When that blessing gets misconstrued as favoritism you have a very toxic thing happening. Our people are desperate to give, hardwired for it. I assume that people are good and just need opportunities.

DOOR: Um, we're getting the impression we might not see you on TBN anytime soon.
BELL: Ha. I think that's one of the most warped ideas—that God just can't wait to bless you. God blesses you so you will bless the world and if at any point I keep that for myself, then I am in trouble.

DOOR: Speaking of trouble, the Church hasn't always been the safest place to be real. You've gotta be catching some heat ....
BELL: Hmm. I don't read reviews, but apparently there are some people out there who feel that God or Jesus is being threatened. I catch wind of things, some people are pretty cranked up but it's not something I spend any time on. You can't take people somewhere they don't want to go. For every fundamentalist you piss off there are probably five more who start listening. For a lot of people it's like, "Oh, we can talk about that? Well, now you've got my attention." You know the issue is whether or not it's true and whether or not it's compelling. Someone asked me the other day, "What's the demographic of your people?" I was like "I dunno—sinners?"

DOOR: Actually, your church is one of the hottest churches in America.
BELL: I don't even know what that means. I know there's a woman in the second row in the second service that has cancer for the third time. I know there's a single mom named Erin who needs a place to live. I know this guy who just got custody of his kids and he's trying to figure out how to be a single dad. So to me a Church is real people trying to figure it out. The word hottest isn't really a word I associate with a community of Christians. (laughs) For my wife and me it's very important that we live as close as possible to a normal life in our city. So words like hottest and up and coming are not reality and not a place to live. It's a dead end road.

DOOR: What about the labels of Emergent, Neo-realism, Relevant, Post-modern? I've seen your name associated with all those movements.
BELL: I don't use those words. It's easy for that to become "Are you in or out?" A friend of mine calls it a conversation. Which I think is a much healthier way to think about it. There are all these people who are having a conversation about these pressing matters of theology and practice and I'm all up for that. But when it becomes some sort of label—are you with us or them?—that seems so destructive. But it's a discussion that needs to be had. I haven't heard anything dangerous. It's necessary for each generation. I'll take the Christian/Jesus label. Other than that, it seems a lot of labels really don't help anybody.

DOOR: Why do you think we have so many Jesuses? My Jesus vs. your Jesus, Conservative Jesus, Liberal Jesus, Pentecostal Jesus, Episcopalian Jesus ...
BELL: People will grab all aspects of the truth. I guess it would be hard for one person to wrap their arms around that much truth. Easier to grab small pieces, I suppose. I'll take all the good. I want the best of the Assembly of God Jesus, the Latin America Jesus; I want the best of all of them. Jesus talked about fruit, told great stories—you can say anything, but its actions that you can't argue with.

DOOR: How did this Mars Hill thing happen, anyway?
BELL: Seven years ago, a group of friends were just dreaming of something better. I guess the natural evolution of each generation is to explore what it means. How to live the way of Jesus here and now. So we started and it now feels like fifty years packed into seven. Mars Hill is an old mall. Our "architect"—I say that as a joke—says everything about the church should scream "Welcome to our church service! Now get the hell out of here." We say, "This isn't the church, this is a church service. It's just an hour where we have some teaching, some singing and you'll hear about things in the community." If there are 43 "one anothers" in the New Testament—serve one another, carry one another's burden's, confess to one another—you can only do a couple of those in a church service. Until you have a community that you are journeying with, please don't say you are a part of this church. You just come to a gathering. We are very intentional about that. The question is, "Who do you call when your brother ODs on cocaine? If your mom is in the hospital, who comes and sits in the waiting room with you? When you cannot pay your rent, who do you go to and say please help me out?" That's your church.

DOOR: Sometimes it seems the world gets that concept better than the "church." It's difficult to have community when you feel pressure to put on an act.
BELL: Oh yeah, that's not something we would ever place a value on. I don't understand why a Christian would ever put themselves in that sort of environment.

DOOR: What background did you come from?
BELL: I think if you are a follower of Jesus, everything you do is a life of mission and ministry. I actually think the "call to ministry" language was invented by Christians to excuse the disobedience of everybody else. If you are thinking of going into full-time ministry—are you a Christian? Too late. My parents are very passionate, curious Christians and intellectually amped up. They were committed to their faith but very restless with the current manifestations of faith and spirituality. So I think I grew up on the edges with the idea that things could be better. I grew up in a nondenominational church but with the troubling thought that "Something's not right." There's a bass note missing, there's a poetry, a passion, a world-changing impulse that I don't see here. So I grew up compelled with Jesus but not particularly enamored with his followers. So I decided to change it! (laughs) I stumbled into something I love. I went to Wheaton College and I played in a punk band and I ended up preaching a sermon for some bizarre reason and it was a moment. I thought, "I could give my life to this even if I wasn't very good at it. Even if I totally suck at it, I'd rather pursue this preaching thing." So I've been on a tear ever since. Um, can you pause this for dramatic laughter?

DOOR: We're still trying to wrap our brains around the idea of a punk band at Wheaton!

Monday, November 10, 2008


Anonymous is back! It is wrong that I find it amusing? I want to figure out who you are, since obviously we know each other well... keep leaving me hints! I love puzzles :)

What a Weekend

Those Creative Women sure do know how to have a good time! Saturday was such a success. We had people filing through the doors all day long, and boy were they in the mood to shop! Too bad they didn't want their presents wrapped... at least I got to talk to alot of fun people! Thankfully, once my friends started coming, I had some gifts to wrap. My mom and grandmother even bought stuff so that Kate and I could do something! Next year, I am going to have all sorts of bells and whistles and puppies so that our little gift wrapping corner will have a magnetic force that pulls everyone to us... I really enjoyed the whole day, and I love my Those Creative Women friends :) If you want to see pictures, go to Emily's blog and see them!

Saturday night we celebrated alot of birthdays with Justin's family. We could not get over how much our little niece, Amelia, has grown! Seriously, she gets cuter every day.

Sunday, Justin's sister threw him a "Man Shower" - It was fun to get together with his Raleigh friends and family and hang out. He got lots of gift cards, a tent, a hedge trimmer, a record, and more screwdrivers than I have ever seen in my life.

I am a bad blogger for not having any photos of the weekend. I will steal one of Emily's photos and show you me and my maid of honor, my sister - Amanda!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tell me YOUR story

So, I had my first Anonymous comment left here on our blog! They commented on yesterday's post and said "you are pretentious".
This is so funny to me. And it is a little sad at the same time. At least come out and tell me who you are so we can have a healthy conversation about whether I am or am not "pretentious"!
Now, I want you all to leave me some comment love today and tell me about all your "Anonymous" comments... Hopefully we'll get some funny stories!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


-I woke up to a sparkling house because my mom and dad stayed at my house until 11:00pm helping me clean.
-We will find out who has been elected as the leader of our country.
-My Russian friend voted for the first time as an American, and told me that she is saving her sticker to remind her of today for the rest of her life. She also said that it felt like Christmas.
-I will get free Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Shane's Rib Shack, and Ben & Jerry's... once I decide who to vote for. (I admit that the free food is forcing me to make my decision more quickly)
-I will remember that Jesus was not a Republican or a Democrat, and my vote will not validate or break my relationship with Him.
-I became brave enough to voice my vague thoughts on the election here on our blog, knowing that some of my readers may drop me today.

-I will remember that God is in control, and He promises to take care of us when we make both good and bad decisions.

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Great Weekend

If any of you know me in real life, you know that I hardly ever get a "free" weekend. This weekend was a dream come true!

First of all, Halloween was fun - we decked out the front porch for our trick or treaters, complete with orange lights, candles, jack-o-lanterns, and a sparkly black cat. I bought a witch's hat from WalMart for $2, and let that count as my costume. We had a grand total of 4 trick or treaters. A little disappointing, but fun to share our first Halloween together in our new house!

Saturday, we met at Mimi's for breakfast with our good friends Chris and Molly. Chris is officiating our wedding, and Molly is helping with programs/guestbook. We had a great time planning out the order of the wedding ceremony and catching up with them! If you all haven't been to Mimi's lately, you need to go because they have pumpkin pancakes. Enough said.

Saturday evening, we had a couples wedding shower that was SO much fun! My good friend from college and her husband drove all the way up from Atlanta, and it was a highlight of the night to get to see them! Thanks, Leah and Kyle! (Leah - I'm stealing the photo from your blog!)
We were definitely showered with so many great gifts, but the best part was being with friends, and hearing their "recipes" for a good marriage. Noah, my godson and ring bearer, was so excited for the party, and wanted to be in on all the fun...

The cake was absolutely beautiful, and DELICIOUS!!They planned a game for us to play where Justin and I had to feel all the girls/guys legs and decide which legs belonged to each other. Wait, that sentence is confusing. I had to pick Justin's legs out of a crowd... (and let it be known that I picked correctly!)...and Justin had to pick my legs out of the crowd! (He was able to narrow it down to me, and my friend Katie, but he picked Katie as his final answer!)Here is a shot of us with all the couples that threw the shower for us....(L to R: Adam and Katie, Jimmy and Holly, Justin and Me, Emily and Stephen, and Leslie and Howie) Thanks, everyone!! We had a blast!!

Sunday morning, I woke up and did the unthinkable. Instead of cleaning, planning, exercising, etc., I picked up my copy of Twilight and finished it. Man, oh Man, is it so good... I can't wait to start the next book in the series! After reading for a few hours, I had to start being productive. I wrote all the thank you notes from the shower, and started putting away gifts. In the process of putting away gifts, we filled up 4 huge bags with stuff to take to Goodwill! (All you Greensboro Goodwill Junkies, our stuff will be at the Goodwill on Battleground - I will laugh if I see photos of my old stuff on your blogs!)

I hope your weekend was great, too! Don't forget - this Saturday is THOSE CREATIVE WOMEN!!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloweenie!

We only bought one pumpkin this year.
Yep, only one. The big one that looks like it is rotting, but really it is just dirt. He was $14. The other 6 pumpkins - FREE! It seems than I have much better luck at church pumpkin patches than I do at Goodwill, yard sales, thrift stores... I guess waiting until the night before Halloween to buy your pumpkins has it's perks. We decided to only carve one Jack-O-Lantern so the rest of the pumpkins could stick around for Thanksgiving decor until they rot. We have a new tradition of watching The Office on Thursday nights with our mentor couple (now great friends), the Shades. We carved pumpkins with them - here is their's... his name is Jean Luc. (He is french, duh)
They took photos of the action last night - I'll share them with you when I get them. The rest of our little punkins have moved in around our friend, Gladys.Ain't she cute? Do you know what else is cute? All the weeds that have grown THROUGH the bed of leaves surrounding our house. (We refuse to clean up ANY leaves until they have all fallen.) Have a safe and fun night Trick or Treating, and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I Gave In.

On Friday, I spent over 12 hours in airports or on airplanes.
So, naturally, I bought this to pass the time...
...and now, naturally, I have a crush on...

(him, not her.)

So, now I'm thinking, naturally, how can I find a movie theater while I'm on my honeymoon, so I can see the movie?

I have seriously been missing out on this series, and for those who care, Justin knows about the crush, and since it is on a character rather than a real person, he is OK with it.

UPDATE: I just found out that the movie actually comes out Nov 21 in the USA, so I won't have to see it on my honeymoon. Whew, I was worried.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I'm Back!

My goodness, I've been missing you all! Let me tell you, it is pure torture being away on business, and unable to keep up with everyone in blogland!
I had a wonderful bridesmaids weekend away in the lovely Boone, NC, complete with a lingerie shower! A restful weekend with the gals was exactly what the doctor ordered...Look at all the good loot! (Don't you just love the word 'loot'?) And yes, that is a furry crown in the middle bag. I think that one won't make it in the luggage for the honeymoon...

Speaking of crowns... I saw so many cute princesses yesterday! Did you know that in addition to being a designer, and a fiance, that I teach dance? I usually only teach the older competitive team, however this year I added a 3 and 4 year old class to the mix. How could I pass up the opportunity to teach my flower girl AND ring bearer in the same class? So cute. Yesterday, I let all the kids wear their Halloween costumes to class... they were adorable!Left to right we have: a princess, SuperGirl, Minnie Mouse, a Butterfly, another princess, a Ballerina, another Butterfly, Swiper (from Dora), Snow White and Cinderella. Swiper is my cousin and flower girl (she did have a mask on, but that lasted all of about 10 seconds). Unfortunately, my little ring bearer couldn't be there yesterday, and we didn't have a little Pirate there to chase all the little girls... I told all the kids that when they saw their parents they had to say "Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet!" It is really fun to be a kid again with these little sweeties!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

the one, the only (maybe)... WEDDING WEDNESDAY!

Welcome! I hope the thousands of new readers today can grab some coffee, get comfy, and really enjoy reading about all of this wedding BLISS! Whether you are reminiscing about your own sweet wedding, or daydreaming about your upcoming big day, we want to hear (and see) it all! Give me advice! Show me photos! Tell me funny stories! OOOOH, even better... Tell me what you always love the most and appreciate the most when you are a GUEST at a wedding! With our upcoming nuptials, we really want the whole evening to be romantic, fun and memorable for our guests, so please... spare NO detail!
Here's how you play...
Unfortunately, I cannot figure out Mr. Linky (apparently he is like most other men on the planet). So all you have to do is post a comment with a link to YOUR blog post about weddings! I promise I'll visit every single one of you, and I will even post about my favorite finds later this week!
To start you off... Go visit JENNIFER and KRISTEN!!! They are good little girls, and have already posted about wedding fun. Jennifer started with an inspiration cake, and ended with an entire dream wedding all planned out with photos - her shoes and groom are breathtaking! Kristen has photos from her wedding last year, and they are so sweet they just melt your heart. Check them out!

Here are some inpiration photos I used in the "conceptual design stage" of my wedding... can you tell I'm a designer?
Ok, at the sound of the wedding bells... GO! I can't wait to hear from everyone!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wedding Wednesday

Well, guess what... I must still be a natural blonde under all the highlites. (Hi-lights? highlights?) Tomorrow is STILL Wedding Wednesday, but I have no clue how to do this whole "Mr. Linky" thing. So, here's the deal...
Tomorrow, you've got to leave me some comment love! I'll post tomorrow morning, and I want you to leave a comment with a link to your blog entry about your wedding. I promise I'll read everything, and I'll even try to post about my favorite entries later this week!

I am having to leave tomorrow for an install with work in Florida, so I'll be gone until Friday night - but stop crying! I'll take my laptop with me and check all 6 of your cute little blogs when I'm in my hotel in the evenings.

Now, back to filling you in on the past few days...

This past weekend my hubby-to-be completed his first half-marathon! I know alot of you that I know in real and blog life have men that do this, or full marathons, or triathlons, or whatever, and you're thinking "Half-marathon? pshh, whatev, Lauren. That is only 13.1 miles and that is like soooooooo easy." Well, I think it's pretty darn great, considering he only trained for 4 weeks!

I had to include this photo... I have no idea who this guy is, but he was stretching hard core with his white gloves on! (Leah, you would have cracked up if you saw it!) I was standing by myself on the sidelines laughing until I snorted! Justin finished the race, averaging 10 minute miles - Great job, honey!

Can't wait to see everyone's wedding goodies tomorrow!!

Friday, October 17, 2008


How has this week slipped by me? I have barely blogged this week. I haven't taken a single photo this week!
One thing I have done is thought about a way to bring all of us together, and introduce all my known and unknown bloggy friends to each other. about this?

NEXT WEEK, in honor of the 50 DAYS LEFT until my wedding (can you believe it? I think I might make a paper chain!), I will put a Mr. Linky thingamabob up, and I want all of YOU to post a link to a blog post about YOUR wedding! If you are married, show us pictures! tell us stories! give me advice! If you are NOT married, then show me inspiration pictures of what your dream wedding would look like! and you can still give advice if you want to! I can't wait to see all your pictures... maybe they'll be as pretty as this wedding:So simple, yet so elegant.
Sound good? Let's plan on WEDNESDAY of next week. That will give all of you ample time to round up all your old or not so old wedding photos, scan 'em in, and write something to go along with it.

I'll remind you again next week, but until then, HAPPY WEEKEND!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Meet Phoebe Mae...

Phoebe Mae is my dog - a Maltese.  I adopted her from the Watauga Humane Society on April 5, 2006.  She was 3 years old then.  Before she was taken to the humane society, she was living in a puppy mill in a trailer with 35 other dogs.  She had 3 litters of puppies within her 3 years of life.  She had never been outside, nor had she ever had dog food.  Over the last 2 years with Phoebe Mae, we have really loved watching her develop a sweet personality and really funny habits.  When I first adopted her, she did nothing but sit and look depressed all day.  She wouldn't eat dog food, was not housebroken, and bucked like a bronco if you put a leash on her.  Now, she LOVES to eat dog food (and anything else she can put in her mouth... last week we found her eating a DumDum lollipop the same way a human would eat one), she tells you when she needs to go outside, and she doesn't really need a leash outside - she stays right by your side.  She can sit, shake, dance, catch treats in her mouth, and is learning "Lay Down".  If you tell her to "Go get your baby," she will run and bring you one of her 20495825610245 toys.  She loves playing on PhotoBooth on her mom and dad's mac. 
This dog LOVES wearing clothes, and you better believe she dresses up for Halloween.  Maybe soon I'll do a Phoebe Phashion Show and take a picture of her in every outfit she owns...  Anyways... all of this was meant to introduce you to the spoiled little dog we love, and give you some background knowledge before watching this video of her.  Make sure your volume is up, so you can hear her talking in her sleep!!

My New Friends

I'm a little late in posting, but....Y'all, I got to spend some quality time with these lovely ladies, and it was just wonderful. I already knew some of these bloggers in real life (like, way before they were bloggers) and the others I am very happy to call new friends in real life.
Bottom Row: Me, Kendra, The Nester
Top Row: Jennifer, Kimba, Jill (SHE SO NEEDS A BLOG!), and Emily

This weekend was a busy one...
Friday, we took a quick road trip to Boone to pick up my wedding dress and have dinner at the Mountain House.
Saturday, we took a road trip to Raleigh for me to have my bridal portraits made and to have dinner with Justin's family. After "dieting" (aka starving myself) to fit into my wedding dress, it was like heaven to eat as much as I wanted for dinner at Mellow Mushroom.
Sunday, I taught dance all day, and finished just in time for Awaken. I love my church. Really. Afterwards we went to Krispy Kreme. Have you ever noticed how horrible your clothes smell after eating at Krispy Kreme? It was a little nauseating on the drive home...

Now that wedding invitations are finished, and the dark clouds of stress and envelopes have lifted, hopefully I will have more fun crafty things to post. (Did I tell you that my mom and I found urns on clearance a while ago at Old Time Pottery? only 99 cents! brilliant!)