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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Interview with the Mr.

That's right ladies, I've got this hunk of a man on the blog today to hopefully answer some questions! The good Lord has blessed me one heck of a husband, so I thought I'd share him for just a wee bit with ya'll.
 
 
 
one: How does it feel to be a married man now? Any differences?

Very weird (cue glare). I'm just kidding! It doesn't feel very different other than we're joined in the eyes of God and it's official (Anything else?) Nope. 
 
two: What's some advice to folks for their wedding day?

Don't stress about anything. Just let it roll, enjoy the moments. It's a quick day but take time to enjoy it. 
 
three: If you could travel anywhere in the world (no regards to money), where would you go and why?

Anywhere?! (Yes. He's thinking for several minutes) I'd go back to Europe or Australia. (And why?) Back to Europe because I would have a greater appreciation for things there. I would go to Australia just for adventure. 
 
four: Quick! Favorite bible verse?

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20. That right there is the truth about not only my redemption, but everybody else's. 
 
five: You're such a trooper Huntman. Last question: What's your take on the wife's blog?

It's a good outlet and you've been able to connect with people across the country. 
 
There ya have it ladies, Hunter in all his glory on the blog. If ya'll have any other questions for him, feel free to shoot me an email and maybe we'll have another interview sesh down the road. Let's try not to let his head get too big though with all this fame.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I'm learning

I can honestly say, with all my heart, this marriage gig has been quite the diggity bomb experience. Granted, we haven't been married quite as long as some of you lucky ducks out there but nevertheless, I think we've made it last longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage to whatever-his-name-was.

 
I fully thought that going into our marriage, that I had a pretty good idea on how to live with Hunter, how to fight with Hunter (clue: disagree with respect), how to put up with his dirty clothes everywhere. I kept thinking, "Ya'll, I've got this!"
 
Uhm, yea. About that. I was totally not ready for sharing!!
 
Hear me out, er, read me out. I come from a good sized family; I'm the oldest of 4 so I get the whole sharing is caring (except germs, that's just not nice). Even with dating Hunter for 3.5 years before the big I do, I was used to splitting my time between his and mine. Key word: splitting.
 
Now, when it comes to holiday plans, financial plans (I'm the bill payer here), and plans for the future, I have had to really stop and remember that we are attached. I can't just go gallivanting off to Georgia for my family's Thanksgiving and leave him in the dust to figure out stuff himself. Okay, well technically I can but that's not very fun.
 
The good news is that we both love the spouse's families so much. The bad news is that we both love the spouse's families so much. So trying to decide where to do the holidays has kind of been a toss up for the both of us. I guess the good news is that whatever we decide, it's a win-win because we're spending time with people we love and with the person we love most.
 
Learning to ask my husband what he wants to do, rather than assuming and making decisions for him, has been something that I'm slowly but surely beginning to grasp. I hope. So Hunter, here's to many more years of making decisions on how to spend our holidays, trying to decide between tires for your truck and all the many shoes I need want, what to name our kids, who takes the dog out to use the bathroom, and all the millions of other things we will encounter. I'm so glad it's you I'm making those decisions with.



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Friday, November 21, 2014

That little swallow

Sage

Or rubber ducky as Hunter so affectionately calls it... Love you too honey. Ha! Today, I'm so excited to be joining in with Cassie and Kaitlin to talk about ink.

I got my tattoo when I was 22 years old and after going through some really difficult times in my life. Some people know about the general situation of my previous relationship: with the guy for 4.5 years, engaged to him for a majority of that time, we were financially tied in every imaginable way (stupid on my part, I know). Thank you GOD for saving me from that mess!
 
What most people don't know is the deep depression I went through in the last 1.5 years of that relationship. I can honestly say that I didn't love him anymore, who he was, or the situation I was in in those last several months. I didn't even love myself. You may ask, "Why did you stick around that long??" I honestly couldn't tell you except I had thought I could change him, the situation, the pain. When I realized I couldn't and that the situation was slowly killing me, I began to develop an exit strategy. You would have to understand the situation and person I was with to know what I mean by exit strategy. In lament terms, I had to be sure that I could leave without any chances of my return to the relationship, and without him having any chance of taking me back.
 
Fast forward to December of 2010, I was able to walk away from that mess forever. God brought me back to the realization (and physically to my knees while sobbing my eyes out) that I did not need to subject myself to that abuse, the lies, and the pain that were inflicted upon me. I was worth something so much more. That late night in December forever changed my life.
 
I had always said, "I don't want to get just any tattoo just because I want a tattoo." With my newfound freedom, I knew what I wanted: a tattoo that would forever mark my body, that would remind me of the strength I found that night, and the love of the freedom I have in Christ. It's a very, very simple tattoo with not much detail at all.

And it's perfect.
 
I don't plan on adding to it, and I don't think I ever will. I love what it represents to me: the simplicity and complexity of it all is in one single piece of artwork. I really wrestled with the idea of having it shown during our wedding. I was torn because I wasn't sure what people would think of it - not that I'm ashamed of it at all! But you know how some people can be, they judge the book by the cover before they ever hear the story behind that cover.
 
In the end, I decided that not only was this mine and Hunter's big day, but this tattoo represents a part of me that makes up my life story. It represents the woman I became subsequently following that night. And it's for damn sure part of the woman that Hunter fell in love with.
 
Do ya'll have any tattoos that you just love? Or hate? I always love talking about tattoos with people - the stories behind them are always fascinating to me!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Liebie Liebster Award

Yep, I just totes baby talked in the title of this post. The sweetest gal on the face of this earth nominated me for the Liebster Award! I know some people don't like getting these things because oh my gosh it takes time out of my busy schedule, but me on the other hand, I love the fact that this little ole bloggy has had an impact on somebody else's life. Enough for that person to think of me. So Rebecca, thank you!

I've decided to answer her questions first because hey, I'm a rebel like that. The facts will follow shortly thereafter.
 
one: What topic do you enjoy blogging about the most, and why?
 
Honestly? Faith and the daily struggles and triumphs that are packaged with that. Second to that though, mine and the hubs adventures! 
 
two: What is your favorite meal to cook / treat to bake? 
 
Well because I've got me a strapping country boy that loves his meat, I would have to say a meal is always in order. We specifically love venison steaks with bacon wrapped around, twice baked potatoes, and a good hearty salad.
 
three: If you work outside of blogging, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it? 
 
I work for the Office of Senate Secretary for the state of Florida. I'm specifically a journal writer and researcher. Basically, it means lots of writing, reading, and staying on top of legislative rules. We also construct and publish the Journals for Sessions, and work with Senators on a daily basis. I truly love everything about my job! Did I ever expect to be in the political realm? Heck no, but I wouldn't change a thing.
 
four: What was the worst date you've ever been on?
 
Oh man, it's been awhile ha! Let's see, I was in high school and I went on a date to the movies with a guy a couple years older than me. I had met him through my brothers playing baseball because he used to umpire some of the games. Such a sweetheart, honestly. On the date, I found out he had dropped out of high school, was a HUGE pot head, and couldn't hold a conversation for more than a minute (I'm not kidding, it was probably because of said pot). And I had to pick him up for the date because he didn't have his driver's license (found out why during the date, it was because of said pot). Needless to say, there was NEVER a second date.
 
five: What goals do you have for the next 5 years, both blogging and personal? 
 
You sure do have me picking the depths of my brain contents Rebecca ha! In 5 years, I'll be 31 (eek!) so as for personal: still married to my hottie, moved into the little house we're trying to get now and it'll be oh-so-cute, possibly a kid or a bun in the oven or we've adopted a beautiful child, a fully renovated bathroom and kitchen in said little house that we'll hopefully get, and that Jep has calmed down significantly (that's our Blue Tick Hound for those that are wondering who Jep is....). Bloggy wise, the only goal I have is that it will continue to provide hope and faith to those that take the time to read it. And maybe some laughs too.
 
six: What is a Christmas song that truly rings in the season for you? 
 
I love Christmas like a kid loves candy (if you didn't like candy as a kid, you're weird. I'm kidding). Silent Night sung by Amy Grant is what brings that holiday season into a nice little packaged gift for me. Just something about the melody is soothing and reminds me of the beauty of Christmas.
 
seven: Do you have any pet peeves? 
 
Liars and people who fake their way through relationships. Seriously, get over yourself and just tell the truth. The person on the receiving end may not like it but at least it's out there. Another big pet peeve of mine: people who refuse to be transparent, which I guess ties into lying and faking their way. Just be real - we're all sinful, horrible heathens.
 
eight: How does a typical day begin for you? 
 
Chaotic. I am not a morning person in any way, shape, or form. Coffee. It's what saves me from myself most days. I always applaud those people who can get up at o'dark-thirty and make gourmet breakfasts, do blog things or whatever else, and can manage to look fabuloso by the time they walk out of the house. Look, ya'll are lucky if I remembered to put underwear and deodorant on. True story: I showed up to work one day in leggings and a sweater, parked in my usual spot in the parking garage at work, and proceeded to get into my dress for work. Don't worry - I had a tank on underneath my sweater so nobody saw the goods.
 
nine: Is there anything you don't think you would ever blog about?
 
Politics. I work in it daily so I will NEVER share that on a public forum. Sorry, certain things are to be kept between me a God. Also, I will NEVER discuss any personal issues that involves my husband. If you want to have a hen party, go find that junk somewhere else. Kind of like politics, certain things are just meant to be between you and God.
 
ten: What three things can you not live without? 
 
In a non-materialistic sense: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. In a materialistic sense: coffee, coffee, Hunter.
 
eleven: What's on your Christmas wishlist this year? 
 
 I actually don't have a Christmas wish list. I'm a weird person and I don't like getting gifts. I'm serious (no Hunter, this isn't a test)! That goes for birthday's, anniversaries, Christmas, definitely Valentine's Day... I will always say, "Just spend time with me." I'd rather have the memories and experiences than the physical gift because it'll probably end up in Goodwill in a couple of years #truthhurts.

Just a few fun facts about me:

+ I just did the whole gel nails thing for my wedding and I can honestly say I will never do that mess again. The polish absolutely destroyed my real nails. And I had pretty nails to begin with!

+ Ya'll, don't laugh. I cannot clean bathrooms without gagging. I have this weird thing with hair being on shower walls and sinks... It grosses me out. Even though it's my hair, I just don't like it. Hunter thinks it's hilarious.

+ I found my time capsule the other day from when I was a freshman in high school (cue oldies music) and I saw where I said I wanted to be a pediatrician. Just bless your heart, young self.

+ I've never played a team sport. I rode horses all throughout elementary, middle, high school, and parts of college. Team playing just sounds awful to me. Ha!

+ Sarcasm is my native tongue. Except when it's serious time, then I can be serious. But otherwise, my words are usually dripping with sarcasm.

+ I'm one of those people who will tell ya like it is. You will know by my facial expressions alone if you're irritating me. And then I'll tell ya. I will say this, I am working on being more graceful with my words rather than them being like acid. It's a process, ya'll.

+ I'm too lazy to put pictures in this post because honestly, yesterday was a super busy (and long) day at work thus the reason for this coming out a wee bit later in the morning. Work with me!

There ya have it! A little bit about me, myself, and I. I hope ya'll have a beautiful week - this is the day the Lord has made!



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Monday, November 17, 2014

Following the sound of His voice

Transparency moment time: I go through seasons of faith. There are moments when I am in the word every day, I can confidently say I'm tight like this with Jesus, and that I'm stronger than I've ever been. Then... There are those moments that I'm not proud of. Those days that slip by without even glancing at my worn leather bible. It's those days that I feel like I've stepped so far from Jesus that I'm pretty sure I would need a spotlight to find Him again.
 
It's those moments that I'm reminded how blessed I am to have a God that adores me and welcomes me with open arms. ALWAYS.
 
I hate excuses. I really do. And that goes for everything in life. You couldn't show up? Just say you couldn't show up. Didn't feel like being social? Just admit you would rather spend time with the remote and tv. And what's even crazier is the fact that I'm making excuses right now. I don't know if it was the busyness of our wedding, or the traveling, or the approaching holidays, or the fact that I am exhausted by 8:30pm, but I have drifted from God like a lost pair of sunglasses in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
And I hate that feeling. It's a feeling of shame and bewilderment in my futile attempts to practice what I preach when in actuality, home girl hasn't whispered words of prayers to the Big Man like she should be. I can't help but always think, "WHAT are you DOING?!" Last week during bible study, I had that realization that my excuses are useless and wasted breaths. My season of wandering is solely because of me, and me alone.
 
Have I restored that kindling fire into a burning inferno for my passion of God? Not quite, but it's a daily process for me. And God is so patient with me. These seasons remind me so much of Nehemiah 9:16-33. It's a continuous war going on between our flesh and our spirit to follow God wholeheartedly. In the midst of all of the chaos, God provides His love, comfort, forgiveness, and so much more.
 
But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God. (Nehemiah 9:31)
 
In realizing that I have struggled with my nearness to God lately, I also realized that I have failed as a dutiful wife to Hunter. If I'm not encouraging him towards the Spirit and we're not growing together towards God, then what good is our marriage in the eyes of God?
 
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)
 
So friends, the beauty in all of this is this: we will always fall short of the glory of God. It's just human nature because we are never of capable of being perfect. But, because of the love and mercy of God, we are always welcomed back with open arms.
 
...Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
 
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold...
(– Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker, Matt Papa 2013)

 
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

I don't know what to do with my hands


Ya'll, it's one of those days where about a million and one things are racing through my head. Between things coming up, things that are in the making, and things that just plain mess with my head... My mind's a'spinnin!
 
+ I don't want to say too much about this but some wheels have been put into place just a couple of days ago with a house Hunter and I are trying to get. We'll see if those wheels move us into a direction that we want to go. If not, we've got back-up plans.
 
+ I cannot say thank you enough to the sweet friends who have welcomed me (and Hunter) into their lives. They're real as they come, no drama-mama kind of friends, and we have been beyond blessed to grow with them.
 
+ This past weekend, I went to go see my brothers, their girlfriends, and friends. Being able to spend time with my brothers did some good to my soul. We were always so close when we were young, kind of drifted apart, and we're getting to be close again. Even though both of my brothers are younger than me, they sure do act like protective, older brothers and I can't say I hate it. Love you Joe and Jordan!
 
 
+ Hunter and I are going to the North Florida Fair tomorrow and I'm pee-in-my-pants excited! It's nothing big but it's still the fair and we can eat like junkyard dogs. Holla!
 
+ God is continually blessing our marriage every.single.day. I mean, the Big Man is just rockin our socks off with this whole being a married couple now.
 
 
+ Finally, God has been working in my heart daily to realize that sometimes you can't help somebody that doesn't want to be helped. I had a really good conversation with a sweet friend of mine (hi Jessie!) about my struggle with trying to juggle loving somebody without letting their negativity pull me down. And she summed it up so well - sometimes you really just cannot save someone from themselves. I've always said that God can and will use different people in your lives to teach you things, or to get His message across to you; that conversation would definitely be one of those moments. 

I hope ya'll are all having a wonderful week so far!
 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The dress

I can finally finally FINALLY share with ya'll my beautiful wedding dress! I absolutely loved it. I even loved it so much that I just kept it on all night rather than changing into my exit outfit.
 
Yep, I was that chick that checked into her hotel at 1:00am in her wedding dress with husband and suitcases in tow.
 
My wedding dress was actually my mother's wedding dress. I only had to make minor alterations to it to make it a bit more modern.
 

 I took the lace from my mom's veil (I didn't wear a veil - so glad I didn't!) and used that to add the length at the bottom.

Please excuse blurry iPhone pic...That train though...
 
 
We took in the 80's style sleeves quite a bit to form a more fitted sleeve.
 
I received so many compliments on the dress and people absolutely loved that it was my mother's dress. Right before my father and I walked down the aisle, he looked at me and so very sweetly said, "You know... You look just like your mother." *cue waterworks*
 
I wanted to channel a vintage, classy, southern look and I was more than blown away by it all! Between my hair style, the dress, and makeup... it was all so beautiful and sentimental to me. Hunter was absolutely smitten when he saw me!

So mom, if you're reading this, thank you again for letting me wear your wedding dress. I truly felt like Cinderella at the ball with her prince charming.

Fun fact: When I was little, I used to make my dad put on a suit, take off his glasses (because duh, princes don't wear glasses), and we would dance to the Cinderella song "So This is Love" in our living room. Take a wild guess to what our father/daughter dance was...

My sweet friend, who was our wedding photographer, is putting the finishing touches on our pictures. If you want a sneak peek to some of our pictures, feel free to click on over to her Tumblr website.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Some Tips and Tidbits

The week leading up to our wedding + the wedding day itself was all a bit busy for us. Especially leading up to the wedding because we had an entire tobacco barn to decorate. Have I mentioned how grateful I am for all the help we received from family and friends to make that beautiful day possible??
 
My MIL did an awesome job with all the tulle! Trust me, this is just the beginning phase.


My sweet FIL pressure washed every single table and chair

 Seriously, ya'll are some awesome kids.
 
As I went throughout the whole process, and even looking back now, there are some tips and tidbits that I felt I wanted to share. So if you're already married, you may agree with me on some of these things. If you're engaged, please take some of these things to heart. If you're not engaged, just store this in your memory bank for a later date.
 
one: If you're the wedding planner (like I was), be sure to take a second and breathe. People will be coming at you with about a million and one questions simply because they have your best interests at heart and want to provide you the absolute best.
 

At the end of every day we would set up, my mom and aunt would stop me and ask, "Are you happy? Is this what you envisioned?" Every time I would answer, "It's better than I could ever imagine." Because I'm a pretty laid back person, I pretty much let my mom, aunt, MIL, and friends take charge of their little tasks and decorate how they felt. I told them what I had in mind and they did excellent at reading into what we wanted! There may have been one or two things that I tweaked but otherwise, they did great.
 
two: Do. Not. Sweat. The. Small. Things. Seriously ladies, it'll only make you more stressed.
 
For example, Aunt Flo decided to show up the Thursday morning before my wedding. Did I freak? Eh, maybe slightly. But by Saturday morning, she was gone. The tip here: Prayers really do work people.... #Ikid #slightly. After the minor freak out, I came to my senses and thought, "Hey! You're going to be married to this guy for life. It's okay if there's a minor hiccup in the beginning of the honeymoon."
 
As setup week was underway, we realized that we never got the boutonnieres for the mothers and grandmothers. Not that the florist forgot, we just simply didn't think of picking them up. A huge shout out to mom and Aunt Jana for making those babies the day of.
 
Totes didn't have a toss bouquet - mom and aunt went to Hobby Lobby, bought some flowers, and ta-da. A toss bouquet under $10.
 
My brothers forgot to go back into the church to escort my mother out after the ceremony ended. It made for a really good laugh when our pastor said, "Boys... Come get your mother."
 
There were so many small details that just ended up not happening. Don't sweat it!
 
three: This one is a biggie: Be intentional to slow your big day down. I was told by tons of folks prior to the big day that it all flies by in a blur. So I made every effort to slow the day down, and to enjoy every second as it came. It was glorious!
 
four: Remember that all of this is about the marriage, not the wedding. Don't get too caught up in trying to make the wedding exactly the way you saw it on Pinterest because honestly, the days after the wedding day are the best. God is my witness on that one.

 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Recap of sorts

So my first week back to work post wedding went relatively quickly. The good Lord knows how to treat me well I tell ya. Because it's Friday, and in good lazy Friday fashion, I figured ya'll could use a recap via Instagram of the happenings of this week. Oh so vain, I know.
 
 
The Welborns voted on Tuesday for their local government. Just doing our civic duty, ya know.
 
 
Thursday morning, I woke up to find out that my youngest baby brother, along with his girlfriend, were involved in a bad accident Wednesday night. By the grace of God alone, they were able to walk away with scratches, bruises, and sore ribs. The vehicle they were in was totaled but as we told them, that's just material things and their safety and lives are all that matter.
 
 
Aren't they just pretty?! Hunter and I will be going this weekend to take care of them and spend time with them. Love you Jordan and Brooke. No more letting people hit ya'll, okay?! 

 
Thursday evening, I came home to this adorable card from Emily! Thank you so much again sweet girl for this. I absolutely cherish your friendship!

 
To wrap up a crazy Thursday, Hunter and I sat around and watched a classic, Hook. Robin Williams, you were a man of many talents and you are truly missed.
 
Hope ya'll have a wonderful weekend!! 



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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Now here's the milllion dollar question...

"When are ya'll going to start trying for kids?"
 
I can honestly say I've already heard this question a few times, and even a couple more times before Hunter and I got married. I know that some couples become offended that people would ask such a question - oh the blasphemy! Honestly though, Hunter and I just laugh and love the fact that people are wanting to see some mini-me's of us. God bless your souls for wanting a Kelly #2. I kid...
 
But in all honesty, the question does make us think. Of course we talked extensively before marriage about kids - how many do we want? Where will we raise them? What schools will we send them to? How do we want to have kids?
 
To kind of start answering those questions, Hunter and I know for a fact that we do not want to expand our family with little minions anytime soon. Call us crazy, but we really want to be married for awhile. Just the 2 of us. There are certain things that we want to accomplish before we bring a child into the mix because hey, it's pretty life-changing from what I've heard. I've had a couple of people say, "Oh you'll change your mind as soon as you get married and you'll want them right away."
 
Nope, still haven't changed my mind. I don't care how many of my friends are getting pregnant and having babies; Hunter and I are in this for us and not others.
 
Then that question comes along: "What if you can't bear children?" My answer to that: Ain't nothin' but a thang. See here's why....
 
Hunter and I want to adopt.
 
 
Yes, we will certainly try to have kids of our own but we are beyond adamant about adopting and growing our family with a child or children from all over the world. We've actually even started the process with researching information for 2 specific countries that we would like to adopt from. And call it a God moment, but about the time we want to start trying to expand our family is actually the time we can legally start the adoption process.
 
We haven't decided yet if we want to adopt first or try to have kids first. There are certain age limits that your other children (if you have them) need to be in order to adopt. Honestly, we'll leave that decision up to God because He knows more than we're ever capable of knowing. If we're in the position to adopt first, then we will. And the same goes for having a biological child.
 
Adoption has always been very near and dear to my heart. For those who don't know, my sister was adopted from China when she was just 10 months old. I've heard people who have never adopted before make statements that it's just not the same. You are so sorely, sorely mistaken my friend. The instant I saw my sister, I loved her just as much as I love my 2 biological brothers. No questions at all. She is my sister regardless of skin color, DNA make-up, different momma and daddy. She is my sister in Christ.
 
 
So I guess at the end of all of this, mine and Hunter's plans to expand our little family in the future may be different from what other folks would envision. And that's okay! In the meantime though, we'll just keep giggling and smiling when people ask us about kids. And we'll keep dreaming of the day that we can someday become a momma and a daddy.
 
If you have any questions about my adoption experience with my sister, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email. I absolutely LOVE talking about it!

  


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Follow-Up of Sorts

So in the midst of getting back into the swing of things yesterday, I totes magotes realized it's November. Which means October is over. Which means I need to recap my October goals and make some newbies!!
 
In case you missed it (or need a reminder like me), here were my October goals and the pass/fail rate....

  • Get married - this is a no-brainer but hey, it's important and needs to get done. Le duh...
 
  • Really reduce my eating out habits. I'm talking no more iced coffee's from Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, or Starbucks. This actually pains me to type this but I have found a few iced coffee recipes that I'm going to try. Thank you Sarah! PASS! Gotta love that iced coffee.
 
  • Put the rubber to the road with ministry things. In all honesty, I have been running around like a crazy woman trying to plan a wedding but hey, no more excuses! Fail. I don't even want to talk about this. I'll do better Coach.
 
  • Knock down more debt - Hunter and I just got our checking accounts and savings accounts combined (I know, real life stuff here) and we have some big plans to pay off debts. Slowly but surely, we're becoming debt-free. Half-pass I guess... We're knocking out stuff much quicker now that our finances are combined.
 
  • Send out thank you card's for wedding gifts - I've been working on these as each wedding shower has happened so I'm staying pretty on top of it right now. Just can't slow down now! Ha! Fail... But I am working on those this week because it's just rude to not thank people.
 
  • Run - I'm not even putting a specific mileage number here. I just need to get back into running. Hunter has decided to start running with me so I'm very excited to have a running buddy. He just needs to take smaller steps with that big ole stride of his! What does this even mean?! *whomp whomp*
 
So my little chickens, this brings me to my November goals....
  • Try to really buckle down on ministry things for Quincy such as youth stuff or finding a program that helps abused women.
  • Forget running, at least go walking with that hubs of mine. Not only will we feel better but we'll feel better - win win eh?
  • Knock some Christmas shopping out. I can't get over the fact that Christmas is next month.
  • Complete the paperwork and have my last name legally changed over. Moving from the front of the alphabet to the back ya'll!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Did ya'll miss me?

Looky looky who's back and in action! Ya'll, it was so so nice being off of work for 2 whole weeks but I will say that coming back to reality is also very nice too. I still cannot get over the fact that I have been a married woman for over a week now... and the holidays are just around the corner. Uhhh hellllurrrr?!
 
As I'm getting back into the swing of things, I'm going to make this pretty easy on myself. I'm joining up today with the beautiful Mrs. Emily because ya'll, she's just awesome sauce.
 
Today I'm so grateful for my wonderful workplace and job that I can return to. I honestly had no regrets about returning to work today. That says a lot when you love your job that much.
 
Today I'm so grateful for the time off I had. I got to spend the first part of my 2 weeks off getting things ready for the wedding (a post on that will surely come), and then the 2nd part of the time off was spent with my husband. We enjoyed life, laughed a whole heck of a lot, and drank in all the warm fuzzy newlywed feelings. I truly married my best friend.
 
 
Today I'm so grateful for the cooler weather. I woke up today to a brisk 36 degrees and smiled the biggest smile ever.
 
 
Today I'm so so  so grateful for all of the friends and family we were able to see at our wedding. I cannot begin to tell ya'll how happy that made our hearts.

 
Here's to a beautiful Monday and every other day after this! What in the world have all of ya'll been up to??
 
Had to put this up... Just because my SIL is amazing 



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