planning

Y’all, I’ve been planning our wedding. (See how i really eased into that!?) It really is this unique time where you have the newfound freedom to talk with your other half about the future and then have the ability to actually make things happen. It still feels a little unnatural to me, but it feels most certainly like a gift. AND, we are, like, getting married!!!

There are decisions upon decisions to be made. Ones I never even dreamed of deciding (like using Jackson vine– 12 hours ago, I didn’t know what that was)! Venue. Date. Dress. Food. Flowers. Travel plans. Cake flavors. Wedding party. Guests. Invitation design. Rehearsal dinner options. Your color scheme–stumped by this. I’ve been feeling a little crowded with it all, but I opened my journal the other day randomly to my 22nd birthday and read:

lord, what you will, let it be.

This is my new motto as of this very second. How many times did I say “I” in the last two paragraphs? NINE REFERENCES TO ME. Yuck. Need my One+Only to get back to being my one+only. Here goes to letting it all be about Him! Lord, let it be your will even in something so typically “me” focused.

a new year

for 2012 i decided to make resolutions i would be able to keep. things turned out pretty well for me… my two resolutions were to bring recyclable grocery bags in when grocery shopping and to paint my fingernails regularly for work. if i had received a grade… i’d have given myself a B.

for 2013 —

I WANT TO TITHE REGULARLY

I WANT TO GIVE PRACTICAL, THOUGHTFUL, SMALL GIFTS

I WANT TO HABITUALLY PRAY BEFORE MEALS WHEN BY MYSELF

BRING IT ON 2013 — the year of the beard… (in more ways than one)

andrew

christmas shopping

confession: i have always waited until the last minute to do my christmas shopping. like christmas eve day.

this is what i dreadfully conquered year after year:

christmas crowds

this year is different. H A L L E J U A H !!!!! i am almost done (short only 4 gifts) and it’s only december 2! shopping stress avoided. that’s not what i want christmas to be about.. stress. i want it to be more focused on christ and his coming. and let’s be honest, that requires time. time that i won’t be spending shopping!

here are some christmas shopping tips that worked for me this year to change my bad habits:

  • i started thinking and brainstorming for “christmas gifts” in october // some may say that’s too early, but to find a bargain you have to look. to look you need time. to have time you need to start early. 
  • i created a google doc of christmas gift lists for my family + andrew // call me “crazy,” but i call me “organized” and i didn’t forget my good ideas when it was time to start shoppin’
  • every time i got a gift — i wrapped it almost as soon as i got home // no dreaded wrapping party for me
  • online shopping saved me // i accidentally got amazon prime, but it was a gift in disguise. free shipping on any and all items. amazon has been a big supplier of my christmas gifts.
  • i started budgeting money in september for the holidays // big ole shout out to dave brooks

speaking of online shopping, here are some of my favorite knick-knack sites:

Fab

Mark + Graham

Uncommon Goods

Furbish

Etsy

HAPPY SHOPPING, Y’ALL // christmas is happening

birthday traditions

for andrew’s birthday this year, we decided to start making some birthday traditions.

we went and ate sushi (at NAMA) in Knoxville. he forgot his id, couldn’t order a beer. we laughed.

coke-a-cola classic, it was.

now my birthday is here!    [ COUNTDOWN: 3 days ]    i asked erin if we could institute carvel ice cream cake as my new tradition.

(a little back story on this desire… when i interned at frontier, my boss’s wife, lisa (aka ltatt), always celebrated her birthday growing up with a carvel cake and i loved that! so merging my love of ice cream and my love of ltatt — my new tradition has been born!)

more celebrations to come!