September 21, 2014

Time...where are you?

My's been a while since I've rattled the keys and given you all an update.
And I've missed it - I've missed you.  So much.

Time.  Where has it gone?  I used to have it.  Between planning a wedding, living my current life, and preparing for my future one, I seem to have misplaced all my free time, as well as my spare moments.  You wouldn't believe how much time and energy go into planning a wedding...unless, of course, you've planned one yourself.  In that case, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

But seriously.  This is insanity!  Which is exactly why the little bride-to-be ends up in tears or fits so often - everything else is crazy, so jump on in, the water is fine!  Actually, everything is going along so smoothly.  The venue is ready, the dress is (just about) finished, the dance floor is rented, the marriage license obtained, and everything has been planned out down to the smallest detail.  I praise the Lord for that and give Him all of the glory.

This is the picture we used for our invitations.
We are less than 2 weeks away from the wedding, people!  Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!  Last time I was on here, I believe we were still about 60 or so days out.  Yikes!  Time does fly.  These past few months have been both incredibly amazing and challenging.  But mostly amazing.  Hank and I have been going through premarital counseling with our pastor.  Which has been so, so good.  You know what my greatest discovery has been during this time?  Praying with Hank and for him.  Girls, there is nothing like it.  It draws you closer to the Lord while drawing the two of you closer together on a whole new level.  And it helps to keep the focus on God.  It is so, so easy to let that focus slip.  But how can you build a relationship when there is no foundation?  "Keep our eyes on You", has become our constant prayer.  I thank the Lord for everything that He has been teaching us during this season.

Goodness, that's all the time I can spare right now.  But here are some engagement pictures to keep you all busy until after the wedding! *grin*  So enjoy, and I'll see you all soon...ish.  Sometime towards the end of October, I'm thinking. *smile*

We used this one for the back of our invitation, with the details in the middle.  It turned out so lovely.

Photo credit goes to Kellie and Alex.  Thanks, you two! :)

August 8, 2014

Photo a Day // July

O N E | Pretty much the entire church lined up for a water balloon toss at our Independence Day picnic.  Way too much fun!!

T W O |  Being engaged to the best man in the whole world is incredible.  And completely unreal still, but entirely wonderful.

T H R E E | At the beach at Jenny's bachelorette party.

F O U R | Hank's birthday!  And my first time cooking in the "soon to be mine" kitchen. :)

F I V E | Getting to zip along to church in my bro's Mazda Miata!  So much fun!  Blingy sunglasses are a must.

S I X & S E V E N |  Sheep shearing with Hank again, which is pretty much my favorite thing ever.  Just spending time with him, and getting to see some really awesome sheep setups!  This place was particularly awesome.

And these yearling rams were huge!

E I G H T | Cherry picking and pitting time.  A ring picture was entirely necessary.

N I N E | Us. *smile*

T E N | My "soon to be" niece, Annie, at Jenny's wedding rehearsal.

E L E V E N |  Jenny's wedding, which I was honored and privileged to help photograph.  I was so, so nervous!  It's a huge responsibility, photographing a wedding!  But I made it through, and although I wouldn't want a career in it, I had fun and did a pretty good job...I hope. ;)

Anybody know of to turn off auto edit on Blogger?  Because it's really irritating me the way it's messing with my pictures!

And that was my July.  Crazy, insanely busy, but so much fun.

So far, I'm still on top of the planning for my own wedding.  The invitations were ordered, arrived ahead of schedule, and will hopefully be sent out on Monday.  Kellie and I have the fabric for my dress and for the bridesmaids dresses, so we'll be starting on those soon.  And I've still got some time to figure out the cake, the refreshments for the reception, the flowers, and the dancing.  Yep, it's all coming together.  I praise the Lord for helping me to stay calm and for all of my friends and family who have been helping me with the details.

Through this all, I've really been missing my mom.  I mean, she's here and everything, but because she's still in a wheelchair and not feeling good most of the time, she can't help me with a lot of the planning.  And I miss having her help with everything, but especially with my wedding.  Kellie's mom has watched me grow up and I've always looked at her as a second mom to me.  I am so thankful for her help and advice right now.  She has so many good ideas!  So, thank you Ma, for everything.  I appreciate and love you so much.

Well, I'd better start addressing those invitation envelopes if I want to mail them on Monday!

How was your July?  Full of fun, I hope!  
Tell me how your summer has been so far.  I want to know!

July 31, 2014

Fencing Masters

You know something?  I love working on the fence with my man.  
And taking pictures of him working.  And spending time with him.  
And you know what?  I love him so much it hurts.  But it's a good kind of hurt.

Just 64 more days until we're married, folks! *huge grin*

July 23, 2014

"Fishing for lake trout." {July 4th}

For lake trout?  For lake trout...actually, brook trout.  Whatever.  I wanted to use the quote.

My 4th of July weekend this year was AMAZING.  I was with Hank and his family, so duh, right?  But seriously, it was fabulous, fun, and fantastic.  It started off with Hank, his folks, and I going on a 16 mile bike ride.  So much fun!  And not as hard as it might sound, since it was a paved bike trail and mostly flat.  But it was just lovely, following the lake shore.  So beautiful.  I wanted to take pictures, but I need to figure out a way to bring Jack along so he will be safe and secure.  Anyway, that day ended with a Duck Dynasty marathon, which is always a great way to end the day.

The next day (the 4th) we went fishing at Hank's grandparent's place.  Well, he fished, I took pictures.  I've also been told that his sister, Bonnie, almost hit me on the head when the fish she caught came off the hook and flew through the air.  I was looking the other way, so I didn't even realize it until she told me. *grin*  We spent the rest of the afternoon eating, visiting with Hank's family, and went for a 4 wheeler ride, too.  And we were supposed to spend the evening at a friend's party, but I ended up with a nasty headache (too much heat, not enough water) so Hank took me home.  Which was really sweet of him, as I told him multiple times.

Warning: pictures of a dead fish coming up next. :)

And we finished up the weekend working on our fence at our house...well, it's not my house yet.  But it will be in 73 days. *smile*  I have fencing pictures which I will share with you all later.

So what did you do on Independence Day?  I want to know!