In July, we had the absolute BEST time at our Engagement Pictures Session! It was such a fun, exciting time and made me so impatient for our wedding day! Our photographer was an absolute precious treasure that we couldn't have been happier with. We took a trip to the mountains about an hour out of town and enjoyed the quiet beauty all around us.
July was also the month of our first gathering in our new house! We had some friends over, including one of my besties Karissa and BBQ'd and lit fireworks. Karissa and I bought houses about two miles away from each other, not on purpose, but kind of yes, on purpose so it was so fun to have our first summer gathering together as neighbors!
I also started my new job. A job I had been praying for for months. A job that was worth the wait, as I accepted a position working as a Recruiter for the State of Idaho! I love my job so much and am so thankful for how God provided for me and our family in this way!
August was the month of Stacey's wedding! Being in each other's wedding made this year a non-stop wedding planning party, and finally it was Stacey's turn!
In September, Karissa and our mom's threw me the most beautiful Bridal Shower Brunch! It was complete with a mimosa bar and beautiful burlap and lace decor that is right up my alley. I had the BEST time with some amazing women and remember feeling so loved and so very blessed by the women God placed in my life!
What happened in October???
OH YEAH. I GOT MARRIED!
First though, two of my besties Lea and Sarah flew to Idaho to be bridesmaids in my wedding, and I had the most fun night out with them + Stacey and a bunch of other girl friends for my bachelorette party.
Our wedding was a dream, and just the start of this beautiful story God is writing. I couldn't have been happier to be surrounded by so many of our dear family and friends when I married my best friend.
We hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner as a married couple, and I also ran the Turkey Day 5k.
I am so blessed. This year has been amazing, and I look back and see how God can make beauty from a battle. The process of healing that has taken place in my life has been so incredible, and I think back to the prayers I prayed for my health, for my relationship, for my family, and our careers and I see time and time again how God proved himself to be faithful.
Thank you Jesus for holding 2013 in your hands. I can rest easy going into 2014 knowing you have already gone before me, and you have great things planned ahead.
- 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess
- You Are Already Amazing
- A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study
- The Shelter of God's Promises
Please take a quick look at these books and then fill out this Google Form if you are interested in participating! I would love to have all the responses in by Friday, and then I will pick the book the majority of you are interested in reading, and send out more detailed instructions on how exactly the study will work and when it will start!