ooh la la! paris lingerie shower

My sister-in-law Mollie got engaged on Christmas Eve to the man of her dreams, and a few weeks ago we threw her a lingerie shower with many of her close friends. Mollie’s sister Courtney knew right away the direction we … Continue reading

valentine’s day fun + art print giveaway!

One of my favorite holidays is coming up: what’s not to love about hearts, flowers, and all that chocolate? Even when I was younger with no Valentine in the romantic sense of the word, I loved giving pretty cards to … Continue reading

Once Upon A Time

As a little girl I loved Disney movies, and probably spent way too much time in the fairytale worlds of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. What my five year old heart loved most about these princess stories was the idea that a young girl could overcome all obstacles and live happily ever after with her handsome prince. I’m pretty sure I had my first crush when I was 6 years old. By the time I reached junior high I was boy c-r-a-z-y and spent countless hours daydreaming about the man of the hour while blasting Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” album and naming our unborn children. At that age my friends and I would play a game: “Ok – the next song to come on the radio will be the one you and _________ will dance to at your wedding!” then run around screaming if it was a good one. I remember so well the butterflies in the stomach that made eating completely unnecessary and the adrenaline rushes that got me through boring classes. I will also never forget the searing pain of rejection once each fling ended and feeling like my whole world was coming down on me. This cycle happened many times throughout high school and my freshman year of college: “He’s cute…and funny. I think I like him. Oh wait, I love him. I’m the happiest girl in the world. I can’t believe I’ve already met the man of my dreams. What? This isn’t going to work out? I’m going to be single forever and die alone (insert here lots of tears, chocolate, and more Celine Dion)!”

Now I look back on all of those relationships and heartache and I’m overwhelmed at God’s faithfulness in my life. I thank Him every day that I didn’t marry any of the boys I daydreamed about in elementary school

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Or junior high

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Or even high school

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On the first day of orientation at The Master’s College, I met my future husband. For the first time in my life I was actually not looking for the one, and when I first met Tad I thought that he would make a wonderful friend (despite his tall, dark, and handsome stereotype). As all of the freshmen and transfers gathered for a welcome meeting in the upstairs cafeteria, the speaker boldly proclaimed, “Look around you. You may be sitting next to your future spouse.” Tad and I both turned and our eyes met for a brief second and I tried not to blush. Later that night as the speaker asked all of the high school valedictorians to stand up I noticed Tad standing and thought, “Hmm, I would love to have smart kids!”. After one month I couldn’t get this tall, funny guy with a great smile out of my head. After some discreet stalking, awkward moments and lots of waiting (the next three months felt like eternity), Tad told me he wanted to get to know me better. I remember trying to act surprised as he told me about his family and high school endeavors because I had been so thorough in conducting his “background check”!

In February 2004 we became official and after dating for three years through college we got engaged {short version!}. On July 20, 2007 we vowed before God, family, and friends to love each other no matter what for as long as we are both on this earth. And now, we’ve been living in the “Happily Ever After” stage for almost five years. And it keeps getting better and better.

Dating

Engaged

Our wedding

Our first year of marriage

Fun times

Our amazing trip to the Dominican Republic and last hurrah before baby

Transitioning from two to three

It might have been the Disney fairytale brainwashing I received as a child, but I have always wanted a good marriage above riches, fame, or glory. Today I can say that I am truly living out that dream with my real life prince charming; this is a constant reminder of God’s perfect plan which is not dependent at all upon my meddling. His plan for my marriage has gone completely beyond my expectations. I am learning to let go of my need to control every little detail of life and trust that He is both fully in control and doing what is best for me (even when it hurts).

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

Romans 8:28-29