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Archive for December, 2009

December 31st, 2009

goal update

I’ve updated my goals from this year.  Check it out!

December 30th, 2009

souvenirs

I went on all these trips the past month and all I have for you is this pathetic post saying I have no posts.  To my readers: if there are any of you left, please accept my apologies for subjecting you to a post about FARTING for over a month. I suppose this is what you get when you spend lots of time around boys. Well, make that men AND boys. 

I really hope to have something more inspirational and less excremental for you to enjoy in the coming days…

December 19th, 2009

Planning the Wedding Without Thomas

Thomas leaves in 2 weeks to go on deployment to the Middle East.  He will be gone for almost 7 months.  I will miss him.

December 2009 - Our First Snowman

I think the hardest thing is that this wedding is a celebration of US. It is uniquely me and him and it represents the journey God has taken us on together – apart and finally together. So how can I plan this without him?!?!?

I will admit, there are times I wish he didn’t want to be so involved in planning, but that’s just because I’m selfish and want things my way – no questions asked. But truthfully, it is endearing that he wants to be so intertwined in the planning; it really feels more like OUR wedding rather than MY wedding – which I gather is how most weddings go.

So if you think of it, say a prayer…not for me, but for him.  He’s doing a great service for our country and I know it will be hard on him to be away for so long and not to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime-event planning. I have tons of support and people here to help me, but he is out on a ship, in a war zone trying to do his job and not think about how he’d rather be here.  Pray for his spiritual strength – to fight battles both seen and unseen, pray for his heath – mental and physical, pray for his heart – that it would swell with love for his Savior and that it would be comforted by our GREAT Comforter.

I can’t wait for this time to pass and to be reunited with my sweet husband-to-be!

December 14th, 2009

Deciding on Invitations – LOVE at first sight.

Thomas and I want a unique wedding…I suppose who doesn’t, right? We love all the quirks that make us individual, and we love all the quirks we have together.  We’re quirky.  So we wanted an invitation that was equally quirky, uniqely us and yet kinda vintage-like, because that’s what we like!

wedding invitation sample
So try explaining that to a designer: we want an invite that’s quirky, but serious, but fun, but festive, but formal, but not too formal, kinda vintage, and kinda modern.  We want an OXYMORON.  I suppose it’s not really surprising given that he and I are opposites in many ways…but I digress.

While obsessing looking online through various searches I stumbled upon a little slice of perfection…except it was someone else’s wedding invitation.  Hmmm…how could I steal imitate that look? Was it something I could recreate?  Being that we’re on a budget for our wedding, we are trying to cut corners where we can, but it’s not like I’m gonna hop down the aisle in a potato sack or like we’re gonna skimp on cake…we’re just conscious.

Once I deduced I could not in fact recreate the invitation (at least not to the level of being proud to send it out to our 100 guests with it bearing my name as the thief designer of the invite).  So the next best thing: I called a graphic designer friend and said, I want this invite reworded for my wedding – can you do it?  Unfortunately he couldn’t – I mean he COULD do it, but he didn’t have the time to do it.  Hmmm – back to square one.

What did I do then? I talked about the famous invite to anyone who would listen.  Luckily I did this with one of my friends who you could call a mover and a shaker – she gets things done.  And she gets them done GOOD.  SO I was showing her the site and she’s all, “Why don’t you just email the girl and see if she’ll make them for your wedding?”

And I’m like, “Uh, because she’s probably WAY out of our price range, not to mention I can’t tell her I want her to give me her wedding invite for myself!”

“Ok,” she says, “I’ll tell her.”

She then proceeds to email the girl and explain the situation – I saw her site/invite, I fell in love, I couldn’t recreate it, and now I’m begging for some direction. Can she help me?

And wouldn’t you even know – the girl lives in DALLAS. I’m serious. It’s like she was an angel sent from heaven! Not only that, but she and her (now) husband also did a long distance relationship like Thomas and I are doing!  AND – she was a bride-on-a-budget so she knows exactly how we feel! Praise the Lord for Divine Appointments!

After several go-arounds, and a quote later – Thomas and I decided we would spend money on the invitations and have them professionally done by Ivana at Love Ardently.  We are thrilled!

Now the fun part comes – she designs and we decide! I’ll keep you updated!