Monday, August 1, 2016

Tips & Tricks - Linky Party

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Cheesy Zucchini Muffins from Courtney's Cookbook – Kathleen (Fearlessly Creative Mammas)
Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes from Mom of 6 – Krysta (
Red Velvet Pancakes from Marilyn's Treats– Jessica (My Life By Jess)
Cheesy Chicken Ranch Pasta from Lou Lou Girls - Gabby (Not Too Shabby Gabby)
Farmhouse Vegetable Stand from Redo it Yourself Inspirations – Heather (Stringtown Home)
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wedding Bells are Ringin'!

Hey, everybody!  It's been too long since I've written a post!

You may remember my posts last year about how 
things were changing in big ways for my little one and me.
We packed up, moved back home, and started fresh!

It was just what the doctor ordered!
Life had gotten hard, and things had gotten rough.
I was at a low point, and needed friends and family near.

Being home has been the best thing ever.
We've had nights full of girl talk and laughter.
Good and bad tears have flowed, and our spirits are lifted.
After the cold of winter cleared and spring blossoms came up,
we began to feel more alive, with each new day.

I taught my first year at a private school in town,
and my sweet Karlee went to prek there.

And, in the midst of a broken heart being mended, 
a little girl's home being moved hours away, 
a new normal being forged....
love snuck in. 

Last fall, after moving home in July, getting into our new groove,
and the dust began to settle, I reached out to an old friend.

He is a wonderful, sweet, precious soul.
He's always been wonderful at listening and giving advice.
We dated for a short bit, back in college, and I always cherished his friendship.
He was always a sweet spirit.

I remember our first phone call.
It was in November.... He was expecting a, "Hey!  Hope life is good! 
Just wanted to say hi!" phone call.

Instead, I unloaded my circumstances over the phone.
I told him about my failed marriage, about the divorce, moving, and starting over.
I cried.  I told him everything I had been through, and how badly I hurt.
And, he just listened.

That's it.  He listened.
He would call to check on us.
He would make sure that we were doing well.
He was a long distance shoulder.
A friend.
A confidant.

New Year's Eve, he stopped by to say hi.
We've not been apart, since.

This sweet, sweet love is amazing.
In April, he asked me to marry him.
And, of course.... I said YES!

It may seem rushed, or unconventional.
Perhaps it is.
But, it is the best, most amazing thing I've ever been a part of.
He prays with me and for me... reads the Bible to me...
And, he loves me like I've never been loved.

This sweet amazing man will become my husband, July 22.
I cannot wait to live life with him.

He's my knight in shining armor, my heart mender, my love.
I'll forever be thankful that God gave him to me... 

Stay tuned for more posts with wedding pictures!
The ceremony is being held in our church,
but the reception is being held in a really cool, rustic venue 
that my parents have recently opened in town.

It is dreamy!

Have a happy weekend!  
See you soon....