Bridal Tea - 4/19/15

On Sunday, April 19th, these ladies (plus a few who aren't pictured) hosted the sweetest Bridal Tea in my bonor at our church. Let me say, it was the most perfect way to kick off the wedding season for us.

There were photos of David and I and flowers everywhere. The ladies had it decorated so beautifully, and walking into our fellowship hall brought tears to my eyes. Truly! I wasn't expecting to react that way - I don't get emotional about much, but it touched my heart for this to have been done in my honor with so much thoughtfulness in mind for me.

David says I've cried more since we got engaged than I ever did for the 3 and a half years that we dated. I can guarantee you this, it has been the happiest of cries in the world.

The cake that we had was a buttercream frosting with white cake underneath, and it was divine! It just melted in your mouth.
I love the little birds on the left. 

When you walked into the fellowship hall, to the right was the gift table and the ladies put these old painted doors behind it and sprinkled photos of David and I all over the them. I haven't mentioned this to anyone other than mom, but this is exactly how I had the set up pictured, but it was so much more beautiful in person. 

And gifts, my goodness, we were blessed with so many wonderful things! Useful things, cute things, sit around things, and pretty things! It was truly OVERWHELMING! We are so so fortunate to have friends, family, and a church who have shared with us during this exciting time in our lives.

I love this of me & Mamma. I feel like the last 4 months have been spent with these looks on our face. Reality is starting to set in. Plans are really being made, showers are starting to take place, and sooner than later I will have a new last name, but I am cherishing these days spent planning with Mom, Mimi, Nannie, Daddy, and David. (Believe it or not, yes, they have had a good amount of say-so in all of this!) It has been fun. I can already tell it will be a season that I look back on and remember as one of my favorites. 

A few candids from the shower - Emily helped with all of my gift opening, and not pictured Laura helped count bows that I broke (because we all know what that means ....) Thankfully I didn't think I broke any, but that is debatable if you ask them. 
I also love these looks.

More family shots! It meant so much to my family that other members of the family came as well, and I know if MeMaw could have been there she would have been in hog heaven with everyone that showed up! She would have loved it.

Mimi and her girlfriends!

Selfies with my mamma & almost mamma in law before the tea started!
I am so thankful that she was there with us! :)

Sweet Meg came!

Some of the old "crew".

Sunnie Kate (who is always dressed to the nines) took this day to show off her precious Tea Set dress, and it was darling. Mollie thinks of everything! It is so strange that Mollie is grown and has kids, and I'm getting married. I can still remember when we played Uno in the office until (i'm sure) Mollie wanted to choke me!

All my gals (except for one!) I am so thankful that they all wanted to be there for my first shower. You all mean so much to me!

& my cousin, Alison traveled from a pretty far distance herself in order to be there. 
It really means so much to me.

Had to embrace the flowers for background!

And what would I have done without Maridee (and the guy she hangs around) coming to help clean up afterwards??

Seriously, though. I will always remember this! It's been a week and I still think of things and ask Mamma, "did you notice this?" 
"did you see them?" 
"do you remember that?" 
This wedding countdown thing is pretty fun, but having a church family to host an event like this makes it even better. 
Thank ya'll for celebrating with us! 
I'm forever grateful.

Love, love, love...



On January 30, 2015, I found david on one knee, asking me to "be his wife for the rest of his days" as I sat by the firepit in the back yard of the home I grew up in, and it was by far the easiest question I have ever been asked. 

So many of you know our story, and you know that we have longed for this season of our lives for quite sometime, but God didn't see fit until recently. We were patient. We waited. We waited some more. We got frustrated, sad, and became hopeless many times that God would never open the door for the two of us. We just wouldn't accept that The Lord intended on us living an hour and a half apart forever. We knew He had a plan for us, but sometimes it was just hard to be patient. I am so thankful that we didn't rush the situation & now everything seems to be falling right into place. David has a place to live, a job in our area, and we no longer have to count down until the weekend in order to spend time together. Times are changing for us, and we are loving watching His Hand work in our lives. We take His plan for granted so often, but we are reminded of His goodness everyday. 

I have to say that there were times when I told my family (and david) "I will never look back on this season and laugh about it," but here I am. 

All of those trials aside, David and I have known for a long time that we wanted to marry. He is my best friend. He has seen me all dolled up and at my worst. He has loved me when it was easy, but better than that, he has shown love to me when I haven't wanted to love myself. He has no reason in the world to do the things he does to me other than for fact that he loves me - and that's always been enough. I don't deserve him, but I am so glad he chose me, and I can't wait to spend forever showing my love to him.

We can't thank everyone enough for joining in our excitement with us. Our friends and family have been such a blessing to us - and we appreciate the encouragement so much! 

We are having tons of fun planning a June wedding! ❤️


Blogger Slacker!

Before today, the last post I made was in April! 
Whew. Life sometimes gets ahead of me! 

However, I have updates for the month of May and most of June, so here are the posts if you're interested: 


Beach 2014

Last Saturday morning ended the countdown for our family beach trip, and though the odds were against our favor, we were able to go! I was SO excited and GRATEFUL! 

We made the normal 5 hour drive that turned into 7 hours because of traffic, so even though we left at 7am we were still way after lunch getting there. 

David and I drove Mimi's car, Mom and Dad were in mine, and Matt and Mimi were in Matt's truck. We had to take several vehicles because let's face it - 3 women were going! Ha! Just kidding.

We got to Foley and David & I stopped by the outlet because I wanted new glasses, so we hung around getting those and then made our way to the condo! 

The first night, we at Doc's Seafood House and it was delish! Since David can't have seafood, he ate a hamburger and loved it! I had oysters and grilled shrimp. Yum!

Afterwards, we all went to the Hangout where Matt cracked us all up the entire time we were there. This photo is priceless to me! This is how everyone usually is around Matt. He's a nut! 

On the first day at the beach, we mainly kept cool under our tent, but I convinced myself to get in the water {something I never do because I am far too familiar with the movie Jaws, and that is clearly home of the sharks, so I usually don't invade}. However, I made myself comfortable about waist deep, and we threw the football for awhile. I have to admit, it was refreshing! I also have to admit that every time I missed the ball, I would think I saw a jellyfish in the water when it was actually the shadow of the ball on the water. 
I'm insane, I know. 

That night, Matt went to see some friends of ours that were also at the beach, and David and I went to the souvenir store where David found a hat that he "HAD TO HAVE" and I found one too because he's a bad influence. :) 

It was beginning to storm pretty bad, so we came back to the room fairly early and watched the storm for awhile from the balcony and later from the living room. 

The winds from the storm caused our tent a little trouble, so Matt and David spent the early morning repairing it after we made a trip to Target for some Gorilla Tape!

It was like new after that!

We are new to taking a tent to the beach, but we all loved it so much! There was plenty of room for all of us and all of our "necessities". 

We got the ladder ball game out that day, and played a few rounds that became fairly competitive before it was all said and done!

Before Dad had to leave, we all went out to eat at Ribs and Reds. We had never eaten there before, but the food was good! I had fried shrimp, and David had a steak! He said it was really good, too!

We said goodbye to dad, and we headed off to Target to shop!

We took a few pics when we got back. 
I love this guy! 

That night, Matt, David, and I all sat on the beach and watched yet another storm pass by! The lightening was beautiful! 


On Tuesday, we spent another full {beautiful} day at the beach, and David took me out on a date that night. Unfortunately, I got scorched by the sun, and ended up with a migraine. It was terrible! We kept our yearly tradition of going to Cosmo's, and David got Chicken Alfredo. 
If you have someone with a seafood allergy with you, this place is super accommodating about it! They have been very nice every time we have been!

I got seafood pasta; it has shrimp, crab meat, sundries tomatoes, snow peas, and broccoli in it. Mmm! 
I had to take most of it home with me, and I actually ate it for lunch today! It was just as good as before!

We attempted to go to the Wharf and ride the ferris wheel because I thought I could endure it, but after we paid and stood in line, I decided I was too nauseous to handle it. :( 
No fun! 

We went back to the condo, and David sat on the couch with me while I slept for the next 3 hours. 
He is truly a little doll.

Yet again, a trip to the beach with David was a success, and I am so glad we got to spend it with my family, too! 
I have always prayed for my future husband, and part of that prayer was that he would blend with my family well. I am so thankful that he fits right in! 

Love you for the rest of always!



June is David's birthday month! So I wanted this date to be extra special! 
I know you can't read the card, but it says for him to pick out a cake of some sort at walmart that we can share (you know, the mini "smash cakes" they have in the bakery?) So, we set out on a quest for one, and we were disappointed at the options. None of them seemed pleasing to him, so he suggested we get ice cream instead. Just for the record, I'm a big fan of birthdays or celebrating in general, so whatever birthday boy wants, birthday boy gets!

Ask and you shall receive! 

This was the next day at church, but I don't think we changed much from the night before! 
Love this guy! 


Florida Georgia Line Concert: Round 2!

At the last minute, someone posted on Facebook that they had two tickets for sale to the Florida Georgia Line concert that was an hour and a half away from us, and of course I wanted to go! 

David and I have started a new motto of "You gotta live a little", and we have been trying to embrace that {within our means} over the last several months, so we decided to go!

As it turned out, Gabrielle was going too, so we all rode together! 
We had a great time! 

FGL played the same setlist from Spring Break, and Nelly was there too, so my 12 year old self got to  sing to him a little bit!

Before the concert, as we were walking in, we noticed a "familiar" face! If any of you watch Party Down South, you'll recognize Murray! He was so hilarious and nice, and he seemed pretty well on to his part he plays in the show. 

{If you watch, don't judge me for watching! I just find those people hilarious.}

So glad we decided to go! We got home around 3am, but it was worth it! SO MUCH FUN! I wish I could be a roadie for FGL. It's that serious! 


Memorial Day: Porch Makeover!

Since I was little, my grandparents have owned what we like to call "the farm" or "the barn". We have, every summer piled up into that one roomed place and enjoyed each other's company. It has been a safe haven for my entire family at some point. My PaPaw had a major hand in the whole place, and my Mimi loves it because he loved it. I know I feel closer to him when we gather there.

 Lately, we have felt "confined" to the inside of the barn or outside the walls of the screened in porch because the porch felt cluttered and uninviting, so Mom, Mimi, and I set out on a mission to recreate the screened in porch, and we had so much fun doing it! 

First, we started by clearing the porch. I wish you could have seen it with everything in it! It was not a royal mess of any sort, it was simply just too much for one fairly small porch. The objective of this project was just to make the porch inviting and "homey". 

And there you have it! The only difference is that we have another rug underneath the chairs and glider closest, like the one you see towards the front of the porch. It really cleaned the space up while adding a homemade feel to it. We love it! I am sure once fall rolls around, we will have many nights on this porch. I know we are already spending the late summer afternoons here!

We found a set of 2 chairs and love seat at Lowes, the love seat glider cushion at TJ MAXX,  indoor/outdoor rug at Walmart, and the chair covers at K Mart! 

I would love to string some fair lights from the rafters, but we will reserve that for a later date! 

Here's a {semi} before and after!

Mom also crafted this little fence with Dad's help, and her and Mimi found the metal decor at Hobby Lobby. I love how it added an outdoor feel to the porch, and also brought out tons of color! 

Mimi and I even re-painted some lanterns!
We also ended up re-painting all of her side tables that were on the porch. We painted them with Rustoleum spray paint from Walmart. They have a great selection of colors, and we used turquoise, purple, green, orange, and red. 

We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out at the barn and watching the sunsets together. 

....and taking way too many snap chats! 

Happy Summer!!