Friday, May 16, 2008

A Married Woman!

The day finally came and is gone! And it was a freakin awesome day :) It was seriously everything that I imagined and more. It was so perfect and beautiful. I admit, I totally got a little teary here and there, but I didn't have a total meltdown or anything. I've gotten a lot of the pictures back that people took, and luckily for me, my 2 fabulous photographers are e-mailing me a few here and there when they get time. The one on the left is by Erica Foley and the one on the right is by Rachel Beasley. I love them both and cannot wait to see the rest of them. Thank you SO much for being a part of my day, girls. It was so much fun and you both are SO talented!!

I've also gotten a lot of comments about my tattoo on my shoulder and asking the meaning of it. I know that I already posted about it, but I have never explained why the word "Faith" is so important to me. When I was a teenager, probably about 14 or 15, I dealt with a lot of depression. So much, in fact, that I had terrible thoughts and completely isolated myself from people. Then I started going to church and the youth leader, David Spring, reached out to me. I started meeting with him on a weekly basis, and he honestly probably saved my life. Faith was a big part of our meetings. The way he explained it to me made so much sense and really touched my life. He said that faith is as simple as the scripture: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." It's SO true and we all use faith everyday and just don't know it. It's like in that Indiana Jones movie, the third one, I think. Indy is searching for the holy grail and has to pass certain tests to get to it. One is a HUGE ravine with no possibly way to get over it. And he remembers about faith. He closes his eyes and takes a step into the unknown. But there's a bridge to catch him before he falls. It was always there, but he couldn't see it until he had faith that it was there. That's our daily lives. We can't see God or know that He is physically there, but He has a hand in everything that we do. We just have to have the faith that He is there and will guide us. Anyway, there's my story. David Spring changed my life and my outlook on it. So now when I am unsure about things, I close my eyes and pray for the wisdom and courage, and have faith that I can do it because God has faith in me.

I also have faith in my family. Without Seth, Brooklyn, and Wil, I have nothing. So my tattoo is a reminder of what I have and what I am thankful for in my life. And also that it's important to have faith in everything. So there ya go. There's my perspective on that. And did I mention that I'm oh so happy?! ;)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Getting Close...

Well, it's almost THE day. It kinda stresses me out, but then again I'm just ready for it to be here. The only thing is that I've been sick the last few days. Everyone says it's just because my life has been so crazy for the last month and I haven't had a break. And I'm sure they're right because I seriously have been going non-stop. But my managers at work are totally understanding and have given me the rest of the week off to finish stuff up for the wedding and to rest and get better. Leslee and Shannon freakin rock :)

This past weekend we had our Fun Meet at work for the little ones and it was a HUGE success! They all were SO cute and it was so much fun working with them. I definitely didn't mind being there because it was more fun than work. Brooklyn and Wil did it on Sunday and did an awesome job! I'll have to get some pictures up of them. But every kid got a gold medal just for participating, and they are so proud of them. Brooklyn also got invited to join the All Stars team, which is awesome. I'm so proud of her!

So basically for the next few days, I've just got to pull some things together and make sure everything is set for Saturday. Right now the forecast is calling for rain, so please pray and cross your fingers that it doesn't b/c I really want my reception to be outside! I know it will all work out.

Tiffany also planned my bachelorette party this past weekend. We met up at Rachel's house and then headed off to Nashville to dance and have fun. I wasn't feeling well at all on Saturday, but I'm so glad that I sucked it up and toughed it out, because I had an awesome time! Thanks to everyone who came; it meant a lot to me :) If you want to see pics from that, go to my myspace page. I uploaded them all this morning.