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A Glimpse of our Wedding Day

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Today we are one year married! I can hardly believe so many days have passed. But on the other hand, I look back and can see how much I’ve learned, how much I’ve grown. Thanks be the God for the grace in both the mundane and the big life occasions, learning the live and love another person so closely, so deeply.

{First look}

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{At the swing he built for the proposal}

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{Those who stick by me}

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{Down the aisle with my first hero, my wonderful Daddy}

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{What joy and relief to finally be married, undivided hearts}

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{We laughed, we cried.}

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{We ran out to sparkles and the support of our loved ones}

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I could not have dreamed of a sweeter day. No major stress. The sweetest of emotion pricked the back of my eyes throughout the whole day. My heart at probably its fullest — love, gratitude, strength. Overwhelmed by the love and support of family and friends, complete with the best guy for me by my side.

These are days to savor.

Here’s to many, many more.

To God be glory, honor, and praise.

Forever loves

Posted in relationships

These people. So wonderful, for all my life, but especially these past few months. They have been inexpressibly helpful, and have done so much for me.

Encouraging embraces, wise counsel, running errands, completing tasks, making appointments, etc. I can’t even count all the ways they have been gracious and fantastic during this busy season of my life.

Family is forever. Whether made up of good relationships, stressful, bad, intense — family is forever.

For me, our four person unit is a rock, a safe place, an atmosphere for honesty and vulnerability, for help and growth.  Leaving and cleaving is a good, rich part of life, but this will always be my foundation, no matter how old or how far I go. And for that I’m thankful, that it was these specific human beings.

Legacy, learning the ways of life and love, being about to develop strong wings.

I am who I am because of these people, growing up with them, around them, being taught and impacted by their choices. Blessings. Lessons. Growth from trials.  Sharpening from conflict.

Fills me with joy when I reflect on this unit, and it breathes life and strength into my future steps.

I’m excited to celebrate my wedding day with them by my side.



Married in THREE DAYS.

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Let’s just say my inner being is almost at a melting point.

God has provided, emotionally + physically + mentally, and my heart is humbled and grateful. But this week is overwhelming.

Eight hours in the office, having a seemingly still growing list of things to do when I leave work… details with our future home, packing for the honeymoon, errands for the weekend, all the while trying so hard to find time for mental rest, focus of the heart.

The time has come to see how wise I can be with my time-spending choices, because my biggest fear is getting to Friday and being weary and numb.

On a happier note, I can hardly believe the time is almost here.

As a person grows up, ‘somedays’ are created.  Someday, I’ll be a business woman. Someday, I’ll have a house full of kids. Someday, I’ll take this trip, or I’ll build that house.

A major someday for me is almost here. Days away! A gift from God; He who knows me best, loves me most. Another way to glorify Him, to deepen my relationship with Him. My wedding day, to celebrate and rejoice in Him. With J, with family and friends.

Underneath all the frazzled and overwhelmed is a heart that is singing. Joy, thanksgiving, praise, love, anticipation.

So, I do my best to cling to these: The true love of a good man, the support of family & friends, the presence of a faithful and holy God. 


Growing Up Into Christ

Posted in faith, inspiration

Paul, in Ephesians 4, challenges me to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which I have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

I then wonder what my calling is. Apart from treasuring and obeying Jesus, enjoying God, and loving people (those are a lifelong calling), I think callings may change with seasons. For the past four years, a calling of mine has been to do my best in school, honoring the Lord with my actions, choices, and behavior in college.

Now, in this very current season — wedding planning and life transitions — my calling is to allow the Holy Spirit to help me continue to grow into Christ. Small tests of patience, the strength to forgive, the power to love and be gracious, the ability to let go. Growing into Christ, steadily.

There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

The idea of one is unifying, foundational, stabilizing… don’t you think? It helps my focus. When my attention strays, it feels a tug back to one thing. Always One.

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 

[And he gave] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

I’m sure this context leans more toward ministry work, but in its structure I find a challenging hope of God. He gave grace to equip me for work that reflects His Kingdom, to build up His people… to mature me, to help me get to a place where I can be more full of Christ, to be more like Him. This, in turn, helps me not be tossed by life’s hard waves or carried away by other’s sin or humanness.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the Head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

In the past I have looked at this passage very closely. But the eyes through which I read it now have the scope drawn back far. I am to grow up in every way into Christ. Christ, in whom the body (His people, the Church) is created, held together, and equipped. Growth can be small, it can seem trivial, it can be leaps, or it can be tiny steps. Growth can be physical, mental, emotional, but always spiritual. Growing in Christ is about a direction, I think. What am I growing up in? What am I growing toward?

In Christ. Growing in every way into Him. Gathered in Him, found in Him. Equipped in Him. 

And, in love. This passage is also a reminder to not only do things in love, but that it happens by love. Love is the means God burns away sin. Love is the best space for growth and change. And what I’ve learned over the past year is that love sometimes doesn’t look like love. It can be tough love, it can be disciplinary love. Sometimes what is best isn’t always easy, and oftentimes what seems easy isn’t really love.

In Love. A daily reminder and challenge for me.


Neck Deep In…

Posted in lifestyle

… wedding details

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… moving from Statesboro back home

… mentally, emotionally, spiritually preparing for marriage, even amidst all the lovely chaos

… preparing for my new job (two weeks to go)

… emotion from permanently leaving day-to-day life at Connection (excitement for their next steps, a little sadness over not working with some people) Even though I know I’ll keep in touch with so many of them, it was still a sad thing to leave Statesboro. The best is yet to come!

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… tasks to be checked off, decisions to be made

… prayer to be like Jesus during these passing days of planning and doing

… soaking up minutes with loved ones, enjoying summer

… a desire to immerse myself in the Bible

… juggling a thousand thoughts seemingly at one time