Our Wedding Day in Pictures

I fully intend to write a wedding recap post at some point, but since I have no idea when I will get around to it and pictures say 1,000 words, we’ll let them do the talking today!












Have a marvelous Monday and stay warm!

What’s your favorite part of a wedding? I love dancing at receptions. And of course, I love the desserts 🙂

A Letter To Me

My posts have been a bit all over the place lately, I realize. In fact, I tip my hat to you, or curtsy, if that’s more your style, for continuing to read my haphazard writing. My goal for today is to stick to a theme. But, I’m not making any promises. 

With my 26th birthday on the horizon, I can’t help but think how crazy it is that it has been 10 years since I turned 16 years old and felt so on top of the world backing out of my family’s driveway in my hand-me-down Mercury Tracer. A lot has happened in my life since then, and I would love to take a page out of Brad Paisley’s book, and write a letter to me and send it back in time to myself at…16. I would start by saying…


It’s okay that you suck at algebra. You will be grateful that you struggled to pass and that you had to work hard. Not everything in life comes easy. 

Tell the people you love that you love them. Even though it seems like you will always have another chance to say how you feel, there are no guarantees in life.

Be present. Enjoy the pep rallies, football games, cross country meets, state soccer, and sleepovers.


Realize how amazing your parents are. Stop worrying if your mom hears the guys in your grade cuss, or if your dad comes to grab a pop while you and your friends are watching a movie in the basement. Your parents will end up being the people you choose to spend your weekends with, believe it or not.


Be you. It’s okay that you aren’t the prettiest, smartest, most popular, or most athletic girl. Be yourself and be okay with it.

Respect everyone. Don’t ever rank people or treat people a certain way according to what they wear, how much money they make, what they do, or where they live.



Reader Question: What would you write in a letter to you at 16?


Love You

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants

There must have been a wave of self-acceptance and confidence in the air this week, because I have read so many amazing posts about this very topic. It is refreshing to read about the journey that others have taken to feeling self-assured. This is something that I, like many other gals, have struggled with throughout different stages of my life. And to hear your stories and how far so many of you have come is incredibly inspiring.ImageTruth be told, the same insecurities and self-doubt that I carried as a middle school student continue to impact me as a mid-20s adult. I waver in my confidence, and even worse, I waver in my feelings of self-worth. However, in reading your posts and applying them to my own life, I realize that it doesn’t have to be this way. I don’t have to let a number on the scale, a snide remark, one too many chocolate chip cookies, or a bad hair day impact my attitude towards myself.


On the running path near our place, someone spray painted the words “you are beautiful” on the sidewalk. Each time I tackle that incline, I read those words and smile. Dare I say that my goal this week is to incorporate those words into my life and to love myself instead of comparing myself to others. I hope you’ll do the same.

Reader Question: What is one thing you love about yourself?