Wedding Wednesday: Planning It All

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Since the moment Pete popped the question, I have been counting down the days until our wedding. I thought the time would move subtly by, like more of an ebb and flow. And on occasion, it did. But, I am two months and five days away from the best day of my life and turns out time didn't slowly pass by, no in fact it quite literally flew. I blinked and here I am at the end of July, half of 2013 gone. I cannot believe that only 66 days stand between me as a fiance and me as a wife. I have been thanking my lucky stars that I made it to this point, mostly stress-free and still sane. But, I thought (spoke) too soon and I'm now feeling the crazy overwhelm me. You must understand that putting a wedding ceremony and reception together is a joy, truly. It's also consuming and at times quite frustrating. As of late, as I try to round-up my decorations, confirm with vendors, still find specific vendors, etc., I have felt like I'm barely keeping my head above the water. I would be lying if I didn't own up to the fact that there have been a few times I've considered eloping. Why, would I do that after all this effort? Plan your wedding, then get back to me; you may just feel the same urge to drop it all and run away to a courthouse, fiance and wedding bands in tow. 

Alas, I keep reminding myself of the fun I have had in all this. That, planning a wedding is a blessing because God has so graciously given me my soulmate to spend the rest of my life with. That, this process is a gift and I shouldn't take a moment for granted. So yes, I will complain at times about the stress I feel and the overwhelming emotions that consume me when I can't get in touch with the caterer, the price of flowers is a bit too high, and I second-guess my color scheme for bridesmaid dresses that have already been ordered and arrived (yes my brain really thought that; bridesmaids don't worry). Looking back on this in the years to come, the frustrations will all seem so silly, but I'll certainly appreciate the amount of time and thought put into all details of the wedding, and I'll definitely grin with happiness that I'm no longer planning a wedding (good luck to all you future brides)! 

So if I had to do it over, would I? Yes, but only because at the end of it I marry Pete. Until the big day, I will continue with my DIY decor and to sometimes sink in the stress that creeps up on me. All in all, I'm just so thankful that there is a honeymoon at the end of this :) 

DIY moss letters for our reception decor and my new last name in 66 days!

And The Hunt Continues

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Job hunting is grueling. And, of course that is what I find myself knee-deep in. I can't think of a less exciting way to spend my time, especially when it consists of a lack of responses or straight out no's from possible employers. I keep right on with it, though. And have found my skin has become thicker and my attitude about a job has become more determined. I am piling up the applications and diligently filling them out...I could probably complete one in my sleep at this point.

In the meantime, wedding planning is keeping me busy along with weekend visits to see my guy. This past weekend, a little country therapy was just what I needed to distract myself from my not-so-successful job search. That and some mouth-watering sushi. So you guessed it, that's exactly what Pete and I did. The sushi couldn't have been more perfect nor the wineberries sweeter.

Out of My Hands

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I thought the 'distance' aspect of our relationship was over when I moved to Maryland in January. What a relief to no longer travel long hours on weekends to see each other for a little more than 24 hours, to be able to spend every single day together. But, here I am in Virginia while my Pete is still in Maryland. I never saw it coming; didn't fathom spending any more time apart than we already have. Apparently, His big plan included a little more distance until our wedding day. And while I know God's path for me is His decision, I find myself grappling with the idea of more distance and loathing the thought of more time separated from one another. God's reasoning isn't something I need to understand, but with a humbled heart I find myself finding bits of His glory in this life of mine. I'm learning and finding Him more every day.

Like today, while I reflect on the circumstances I currently find myself dealing with. I can't think solely on the present, as the past has most certainly affected where I am at today. So much has changed in the last eight months. And it has lead me to this season of my life, which is full of excitement, uncertainty, and anxiety. I am counting down the 87 days left until I marry the love of my life, while searching for a job to secure a relocation back to our college town, and letting all the unknowns spike my stress levels. At times I find myself ready to break down in tears for no good reason at all, simply because I need to release all the emotions. And other times I am so filled with joy of the future possibilities I want to squeal and dance around. It's been emotional whiplash, I tell you. And thus, I am concentrating on the important things in this lifetime.

Now more than ever, I realize how I have I poured so much attention into some things and neglected others. Shame on me for not being more cognizant of this! With a temporary move back to Virginia I am being presented with ways to counteract my negligence, and in that I find God's plan at work. Maybe this distance has a purpose, much bigger than I thought. Not only am I able to reconnect with old friends, spend quality time with my family, but I am also able to focus on my relationship with the man upstairs. I'm finding so many ways to honor Him with my actions that I am constantly astounded. Having time in Virginia gives me the chance to do things I otherwise could not in Maryland. Like dedicating time to the temple God gave me by finding strength once again in this body of mine through exercise regimens, and sharing my journey with friends and experiencing theirs, knowing full well what a blessing it is to have them in my life. To top it off, I am discovering more and more how important Pete is in my life and to never take my greatest blessing for granted. I am in awe how God is showing me how special our marriage is going to be. That even with struggling with the hundreds of miles between us, there is some good coming out of it and He prospers our relationship every day.

I can't not be thankful for this opportunity, even with as much as I miss Pete (and do I ever!). I know these plans have purpose and will only grow my faith, my relationships, and my life in ways I couldn't do on my own. I don't express it enough, but today I am so thankful for the guidance of my loving God. No matter the difficulties I face nor the happiness I take pleasure in, I can rest assured that He's got my back, always has and always will.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.
And be thankful. -Colossians 3:15

Wedding Wednesday: DIY

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Weddings can be expensive! But, luckily, there are ways to cut costs and and keep your options budget friendly. For our wedding, Pete and I have found ways to eliminate unnecessary costs by choosing the DIY route for all of our decorations. By putting our own touches on these details, it also makes our wedding unique to us. And because it takes ample time and plenty of dedication to put everything together yourself, instead of relying on an outside vendor, it makes the final outcome that much more rewarding. Our efforts put into our DIY projects are also ways for us to share our personalities and style with our guests. From the tabletop decor to the photobooth props, a lot of love and thought has been poured into our crafts. We really can't wait to share it all with our family and friends. And we won't have long to wait, it's only a month and three days away!!

Here are some of our photobooth props that I found on Beautiful Matters. After printing them out and coloring them, I used modge podge to attach them to a piece of cardstock and seal them. Once dry, I sprayed on clear acrylic sealer to ensure that they last the entire night of the wedding. After letting them completely dry, I cut them out and my next step will be to add the wooden stick. So simple, so cute, so cost friendly! And it's up to you how to color them in, let your creativity soar! 

Guacamole Fiesta!

Monday, July 1, 2013
Guacamole, what's there not to love about it?! It's delicious and not bad for you, if anything it's healthy (a good fat to consume)! Pete and I are huge guac fans and have found reasons to make it. Like, any time we grill london broil or a pork log, we make guacamole to dip our meat in. Sounds a little weird right? Pete thought so too, at first. Well I insist you try it before thinking it's odd. Seriously, the way you eat meat will change after your first bite. I've converted Pete to a meat and guacamole eating machine and there's no turning back. He's even to the point of eating my homemade guac straight from the bowl with a spoon, no need for any food to dip in it. Guacamole has easily become one of his favorites and it's mine too! So even if it's not your fancy to put this green cream on your meat, you'll still love it on a tortilla chip or as a spread on your turkey sandwich!

Hobbs Guacamole 
  • What You'll Need (based on serving 2 ppl)
    • 2 avocados
    • Lemon juice
    • Garlic Salt
    • Salt
  • What You'll Do
    • Slice the avocados in half, and with a spoon, circle around the avocado meat to separate it from its peel. Keep the nuts to put in the guacamole to help it stay fresh. 
    • With a fork, smash the avocado until there are no big chunks.
    • Add lemon juice (a little to start with). I do all this to taste, thus you will need to taste as you go so that you don't add too much or too little based on what your taste buds like. 
    • Sprinkle in the garlic salt and stir. Remember, taste as you go so you don't overpower the guacamole with this or one of the other ingredients. 
    • Add salt a little at a time, stirring after every ingredient is added.
    • Taste the results and add more lemon juice, garlic salt, and/or salt if needed.