my life for the past week according to my iphone— cuddle time with elizabeth/scout, outfits of the day, bare feet and sunshine, a night out with good friends, and a meal begging summer to begin.

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spring break 2013

it’s officially been too long since i’ve blogged. unsurprisingly, a lot has happened over the past week or so. let’s begin with last weekend:

friday-sunday consisted of a youth retreat called DNOW (Discipleship Now), and our group had around 50 kids participating. during DNOW, the kids stay at host homes with a leader or two, and there are group sessions friday night, and saturday morning and night. thankfully, ike and i didn’t have to be group leaders, so we were able to actually sleep in our own bed. however, there wasn’t much sleep to be had because we were constantly having to be somewhere to either pick up kids, drop them off, or set things up for the next event. we probably got around 4.5 hours of sleep both friday and saturday nights, and that daylight savings time change about killed us. we got home on sunday around 2 and both took over 2-hour naps. and then slept for 10 hours that night. it was glorious.

then, my final spring break began! on monday, we continued to recover from the weekend. tuesday, we went to college park to visit with friends for a few hours before heading to ike’s band rehearsal at 8. i was supposed to hang out with my long lost friend, taylor, while ike rehearsed, but i got a lovely bout of nausea (no i’m not pregnant) and a super sore throat. the nausea went away by wednesday morning, but the sore throat is still going strong even today. on thursday, the real fun began! we packed up our hiking backpacks + scout’s (it’s just as precious as it sounds) and headed to jack’s river up in the cohutta wilderness. we’ve both hiked into the wilderness there, but we did a trail neither of us had done before. we were under the impression that this trail was supposed to be about a 4 mile hike with no river crossings… instead, we ended up crossing the river 3 times, one of which included us crossing in waist-deep, 45-degree water. after the third crossing, we decided that we’d had enough of the frigid water and cut the hike short to set up camp. over the 24 hour trip we ate 3 cans of chili, had all of our fingers and toes go numb, set up and tore down a pretty sweet campsite, hiked around 6 miles, maintained a warm fire, watched scout be happier than we’ve ever seen her, and told countless stories about our childhoods. it was extremely relaxing and i’m so thankful that i got some alone time with my sweet man. i love watching him in this element because he looks so dang happy. we’re hoping to make it a more common occurrence. 

and that brings us to today. we shared a delicious french press of grassroots coffee, ate some fruit, cleaned the house, and then ike left for a wedding in north augusta. i’ve done some laundry, homework, and laying out because it reached 70 degrees today! 

time for a new outlook

have you ever found yourself constantly worrying about what other people think, if you’re doing everything right, or if others are happy? i’ve realized more and more lately that i have the type of personality where i feel like it’s up to me to either save people (from themselves/others), or ensure that all of their needs are met. while this isn’t a terrible quality to have, it leaves little room for helping myself. 

i’ve been married to the most wonderful man for almost three months now. we live in a small, small town in the middle of nowhere. our schedules revolve around my schooling and his job at the church. my closest friends live over two hours away in athens, and when i’m there for school, they’re all extremely busy as well. planning a night out with friends takes a lot of time because we’re so far from everyone. we have a painfully cute dog that makes it a little difficult to plan away trips when ike is out of town. i’m 3 hours from my loving family and my favorite place in the world— i’m trying to convince ike to love it as much :). needless to say, these past three months have been full of new circumstances that i’m trying to adjust to. i’m slowly learning to make more time to do things that i love and enjoy, even if it’s a little inconvenient.

all of that being said, i wouldn’t change a thing because being married has been the most rewarding and exciting adventure i’ve ever been on. i’m constantly learning new things about my other half, and i wouldn’t have it any other way. 

i’m pretending to be creative

you know those people that constantly post quotes on pinterest and attempt to recreate them, making it look like they’re really creative? i’ve become one of them… as least for the time being. our home walls are pretty much bare, and i’m always daydreaming about filling them with matted frames. i’m an avid reader of younghouselove.com— who are experts at framed quotes— so it was only a matter of time before i tried my hand are recreating the beautiful quotes that seem to be everywhere these days. 

just for good measure, those are a couple examples from younghouselove.com. i love the idea of breaking up the usual grouping of photos of loved ones with a few inspiring quotes.

i chose to doodle two quotes that i pinned to my own pinterest board. i love the simplicity of them, and one of them just happens to be the inspiration behind one of my favorite songs.

don’t worry, i’m not quitting my day job (which doesn’t exist). it was just fun to try something new! if you need any quote inspiration, check out my board on pinterest! i’m pretty sure there are dozens on there.

i’m on stylemepretty?!

when i was planning our wedding, stylemepretty.com (SMP) was instrumental in providing me with stunning and unique inspiration everyday. i can’t tell you how many of the pins on my wedding pinterest board are from SMP. they continuously have beautiful images from some incredible weddings, and even DIY posts that i adore.

so when we received our wedding pictures from red fly studio (theredflystudio.com), i pretty much immediately picked out the ones i would submit to the SMP blog. i figured it would be a long shot to get them actually posted on the site since i’m sure there are hundreds of weddings submitted every week. well… a few days after i submitted them, i got an email saying that they had been selected by the SMP Georgia blog!! needless to say, i was thrilled. i had no timeline of when the pictures would be posted until i received another email yesterday saying that they would be on the blog this morning! and silly me, i completely forgot to check until one of my close friends texted me to let me know i was a feature! i quickly went to the site and lo and behold:

queue my freakout. said freakout may or may not have included me reading the first paragraph to ike while he was in the bathroom. i couldn’t wait. and it wasn’t only because the blog is well-known and therefore many people would be seeing our pictures, but more so that all of the hard work that i put into that day, with major help from my parents + friends, was acknowledged as being “insanely beautiful” and “oh-so-fabulous.” isn’t that every bride’s dream?! planning a wedding without an actual wedding planner was definitely stressful, and it was so nice to know that we pulled it off. i’m extremely proud of how the day turned out! and of course, big kudos to our wonderful/hilarious/super-accomodating photographers, without whom our feature on SMP probably wouldn’t exist. their skills made a beautiful day even better.

if you want to see the post yourself, check it out at http://www.stylemepretty.com/georgia-weddings/2013/03/04/rustic-thomasville-wedding-from-red-fly-studio/!