Category Archives: Life as I know it

08/30/16

My Roommates Wedding | Adventuring in Greenville, SC

This past weekend, my sweet Roomie Katie got married!

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Do I foresee a time where I no longer call her my roomie? Not really… we both agreed that technically, we were each others last roommates, so we get to keep that title. Indefinitely. In fact, we even have a hashtag. #alwaysroomies

Yep. I know what you are thinking…

We are super cute!

We kicked things off on Friday morning at our Bridal Luncheon at Mary’s at Falls Cottage, a historic building, now restaurant, in downtown Greenville, SC. Hometown of our sweet Katie.

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And the details were simply perfect!

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Just look at that lovely, personalized place setting.

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Our bride, her gorgeous mother Jean, and her grandmother Barbara. I love pictures like these… 3 generations of godly women! What a tremendous legacy Katie has stepped into.

We laughed, we talked, we shared stories, we ate a delicious brunch, we prayed over Katie and her love Bill, took pictures, and ultimately, had a wonderful time. It was the perfect catapult into a blessed weekend of celebration.

Which brings us next to the Rehearsal…

Here we all are at the rehearsal later that same evening.

A bride and all her maids. Beautiful women, all of which I have so enjoyed getting to know during this season.

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They were married at Alder’s Gate United Methodist Church and I so regret not getting a picture of the beautiful stained glass windows that lined this charming sanctuary.

{And, I am sure you have already noticed, and it’s worth mentioning so close to college football season kicking off… you notice Katie’s ribbon bouquet? There is a theme here! Her love of Clemson was very evident this entire weekend.} 

For the rehearsal dinner, the groom’s parents hosted us for a lovely down-home, Southern comfort meal in the Fellowship Hall of the church where we enjoyed a slideshow of Bill and Katie’s younger years and then pictures of the two of them together in this last 13 months since they reconnected. We had an “open-mic night”, so to speak, and we shared lots of laughs and stories of shared memories with our bride and groom. It was a sweet time of celebration and so evident that this night and this weekend was the culmination of so many people’s prayers.

And then, that brings us to the following day… the main event. The wedding.

Everything was lovely, including this bride of ours. Isn’t she stunning?

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I know Bill had to firmly plant his feet at the foot of that altar just to be sure he didn’t fall over in shock when the wedding march began and she made her way up the aisle towards him.

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For their reception, all the guests enjoyed the view from the top of Commerce Club downtown venue in Greenville, SC.

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Just perfect as the sun was setting! And the bride and groom went up on the rooftop for pictures about this time in the evening. I can’t wait to see those as I know they were perfect.

It was such a fun night capped off by sharing in the festivities with some of my favorite people.

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Or sparklers, in our case.

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Mr & Mrs William David Stanford!!!

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It was a fantastic weekend full of fantastic people & memories that will stay with me for quite a long while.

Much love and happiness to you and your love, sweet Katie. May the Lord always be at the center of your marriage and may you light up the lives of all those around you.

I love you.

xoxo…

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01/19/16

Life lately…

Wow!

It’s been a while since I have written or checked in here. Life has been completely exciting, busy, stressful, tender, and beautifully messy all at once. Maybe yours has too? Well, the Lord never promised that the road would be easy,  but He did promise to walk it with us, didn’t he?!? And I am truly grateful that He does. My life continues to be such evidence of that.

Maybe you will allow me to catch up with you a bit?

For New Year’s my sweet little family and I ventured to Hilton Head Island, SC, truly one of our favorite places of respite and renewal. And early on January 1st, despite the dreary weather, we suited up in our rain coats and went for a walk on the beach.

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Such sweet family time out on that sea shore.

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And each year, we rededicate our years to Him, as a family. We joined hands in the living room of that little seaside condo and prayed for one another, for our broken hearts to be mended from this previous year, for Him to renew purpose in each of us, and that we continue to seek Him always first above all other endeavors, desires, or dreams. Grateful for parents that desire more than anything else, for our family’s cornerstone to be built upon His rock, upon His promises.

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Just a few short work days into the New Year separated the sweet roomie and I from our 2nd annual Disney trip!

This year I challenged myself to the 10k. Every mile was magic, with the exception of it being very, very wet.

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I just love the way I feel at Disney. Who doesn’t love reverting back to their 11 year old self every now and again?

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And as always, this girl and I pack it all in & have an absolute blast while doing so!

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We stayed at the Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and it was absolute perfection. One morning while enjoying coffee out on our balcony, the Lord met me in all His prolific beauty. I just sat there, incredibly grateful, marveling at His abounding goodness & grace already so apparent to me in that very first full week of the 2016.

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I often feel like He gives me a word, or even a few words each year as part of my focus in my walk with Him. And this year, it is Brave.

Be bold.

Raise your voice.

Develop life-long learning.

Do things you never expected or considered, and give Him all the glory.

I remain expectant of all His has and all He gives.

Continue to follow along with me, in this #YearofBrave.

Onward!

And then, that brings me to this past weekend where I stood by the side of one of my dearest and most-cherished friends as she pledged her love, loyalty, and heart to the man of her dreams.

My sweet Sarah got married!

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Here we are pictured with the lovely bride in the atrium of their church directly following our first rehearsal.

The church was absolutely beautiful with the stained glass windows, a tremendous organ, and a long, long, long tiled aisle. Very Sound of Music, if you know what I mean. I kept waiting for someone to start humming a few bars from “How do you solve a problem like Maria?”

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My 3 best friends in this entire world. Without them, I am not fully me. Grateful for their love and investment in me these past 11 years.

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Watching her step into that crisp white dress was something out of a dream.

Isn’t she just stunning? And oh so giddily happy!

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And so were we!!

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We had plenty of Sigma Kappa representation and had an absolute blast at the reception. Love in the Dove ladies! You all hold my (lavender) heart!

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Great story about the above picture… we are all 3 in our grandmother’s furs. It felt so luxurious, so old Hollywood, and the absolute epitome of glamour.

So, congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. James Rumph! It was an honor to celebrate by your side all weekend, but it is even more of an honor and privilege to be your friends through all of life’s ups and downs.

I love you!

So, thank you for indulging me in a little catch-up time and for forgiving my leave of absence these last 2 weeks.

Can’t wait to see what else 2016 has in store…

#YearofBrave

xoxo…

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