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Blake is one of the most humble people I know, so I have to brag on him a little bit!

He has been the most amazing groom through this process and I'm really lucky to have him on my side. His involvement is so appreciated and he's really done a great job of helping me out in so many ways. From getting our AWESOME save-the-dates designed to working on finding a great band for the reception, he's all over it! The thing that I might be the most proud of is this great website that he designed by himself and created (the man has never taken a web design class). It has all the important details for our wedding day from hotels to logisitics....

Check it out!

Blessings in the Waiting: 169-167

1. Watching kiddos walk to school in their halloween costumes this morning. Too cute!
2. Having B come and see me at my house after a long travel day. I love a little cuddling in the chilly weather!
3. Being energized to be back in the office after a long stint on the road
4. Getting errands run after work before the weekend begins!
5. Enjoying some delish TX BBQ compliments of RUDY's with some great company

6. A relaxing evening with pressure to do anything or go anywhere...just hanging out
7. Mandy's creativity and energy for some hilarious costumes! (winners!)
8. Cleaning my apartment and room up a bit with a cup of coffee in hand and football on the TV
9. Seeing SOLA start to come together and already seeing the community of shop owners, etc. drift in! So exciting!
10. Not walking while running our Spooky Run!

11. Doing something a little out of the norm on halloween.....including FREE boo-ritos!
12. Mac and B's growing relationship :)
13. Hearing the Word in full force this morning. The sweetness and goodness of reconciliation when I don't deserve it from the Lord
14. Easy soup
15. Having a decorating vision for our new place and finishing a few items up on our registry!


Blessings in the Waiting: 170

1. A wonderful catch up happy hour with my dear friend Aleigh. I miss that girl!
2. Sweet, giving parents who spent their evening making address labels for us
3. A night to just relax, read and watch some TV from my hotel room
4. A morning of working alone, first from my hotel room, walking stores and then a great meeting at the customer
5. Anticipating a hug when I get home :)


Blessings in the Waiting: 171

1. Willing and helpful co-workers
2. News of new life!
3. Meetings that went better than expected regardless of my stress level :)
4. Having the whole Sephora store scream Happy Birthday when I recieved my b-day gift!
5. Looking down at my hand and still being excited about the newness of having a ring on my finger and the fact that it means i'm marrying Blake!


Blessings in the Waiting: 172

1. Connecting with a work friend over lunch on a sunny day
2. Forgiveness when I need it, and when I don't deserve it
3. Having a man that knows when to hug me when I need it
4. Practicing our first dance moves in the living room
5. Cool nights


Blessings in the Waiting: 175-173

1. Date night with my man!
2. Dressing up for an night on the town - he looked so handsome!
3. Change of scenery, heading into Phoenix
4. Enjoying a fabulous birthday gift with tickets to Grease!
5. Having Blake enjoy something that I love so much ....or at least fake it for me :)

6. Not setting an alarm and sleeping in
7. A pretty day for the zoo - seeing co-workers and their familes (many new additions) outside of work
8. White bean chicken chili
9. College football and cuddling
10. Relaxing most of the day and not feeling guility about it

11. Seeing the new coffee shop start to come together....I can't wait to see what God has in store for it!
12. Feeling like we accomplished a lot of stuff for the wedding
13. Making my own marinades
14. Kisses.
15. Playing with kids that aren't ours :)



I think I just need to stop and take a moment to publicly say thank you.

I will be the first to admit that this engagement phase of my life has been quite a whirlwind. There is ALWAYS something on my to do list. I don't think it will end until I walk down the aisle.....wait maybe after the house is organized, thank yous are sent and my name is officially changed....ok probably not. I would not be holding it together (that's a subjective phrase) without some very very KEY people in my life who are GIVING so much of themselves to make our say as SPECIAL as can be. It's good and right to say thank you.

First, Mom and Dad....
You two are incredible. From the countless work days you have given up to the endless phone calls, emails and contacts you have made, you have worked tirelessly on the wedding since day 1. All of your efforts are so so so meaningful to me and I'm super grateful for your help and selfless hearts. I know you want to make the day as special for me as you can and your generosity is humbling. Thanks is not enough.

You amaze me. It's so obvious that you are so focused on making this a wonderful season in my life. You are always so willing to do what you can, make every detail important and step out of the spotlight to let me have the moment. Your humility speaks volumes about the woman you are. Thanks for serving and loving me so well.

I know that you probably wish for just one night free of wedding talk, but your tender way of answering my questions, following up on things and allowing me to always talk about it shows me how much you love me. I am so very grateful for the way you have served me in helping me plan, care about the details and help me tick off things on the do list that might not be very fun or glamorous. I promise our lives will be wedding talk free on April 17th. :)

To everyone else who has called, offered help, loved me, shared know who you are. I know who you are. From planning showers to make me feel loved and special, to calling to ask about details and being excited for me, to making tags for my lingerie months before I leave for my honeymoon or just sharing in my joy, from bringing me wedding magazines, to opening up your homes for bachelorette parties, from doing research for me or crafting somethign special with your talents....


Blessings in the Waiting: 176

1. A relaxing happy hour with Kristi and hearing her wisdom and experience as a married woman
2. Solo shopping for the perfect outfit for my engagement pics
3. Being silly with Blake, I love just being me with him
4. Being called out as a leader twice in one day....scary truth, scary responsibility
5. MOH pulling through for us! She's so on top of it and I'm so lucky!


Blessings in the Waiting: 177

1. A lunchtime date with myself. A small dose of solitude.
2. Feelings some relief from the chiropractor....I actually think it's working
3. Dinner over some fajitas with Jen - it's about time we connected our crazy travel schedules
4. A call to understand rather than be understood. What a challenge
5. A few extra minutes of sleep.


Blessings in the Waiting: 178

1. Sneaking out of work a little early to get some grocery shopping done
2. Making a yummy and healthy dinner!
3. Getting to bed early and sleeping really well through the night
4. Watching another great counseling video and a great discussion that came out of it in thinking about our future
5. Hearing from a dear college friend - we don't connect often but it's always wonderful when we do!


Blessings in the Waiting: 179

1. A beautiful bouquet of orange tulips, "just because"
2. Actually sticking to a few health challenge goals I steps....motivation to keep going!
3. An evening walk getting lost in the neighborhoods around my condo and imagining ourselves in every house we pass with a "For Rent" sign
4. Mandy's sweet guesture to tag all my gifts for the honeymoon!
5. Bringing back an old hair-do today....switching it up :)


Blessings in the Waiting: 182-180

I was in Texas all week for recruiting at UT. I got to take Friday off to do a little wedding planning and then headed to Houston (courtesy of my mama) for a weekend with the fam. Blessings overflowing!

1. The open door policy of Mindy and Nathan's home and hosptiality
2. Girl time with mom
3. Productive florist and coordinator appointments filled with creativity, vision and energy
4. Incredible weather - clear skies, low humidity! ahhhhh
5. Dinner with the entire fam lakeside, so good to be back together!

6. New Longhorn running shorts
7. Parents who get a "W" regardless of the football game outcome :) House divided
8. Screaming at the TV during the TX/OU game. Good sportsmanship all around
9. Girl talk
10. Seeing Mac's new apartment & taking a run through Herman Park

11. Creativity through worship
12. Lunch with merging families
13. Willing family to help with wedding planning
14. Home sweet home
15. Laughing with Blake


Blessings in the Waiting: 183

1. Starting my workday with my laptop in bed
2. Bottomless cups of fair trade coffee
3. Laughing in my head at a hilarious conversation at the coffee shop between a planner and a Bridezilla - ohhh the wedding drama
4. Migas
5. The Austin vibe....i need to soak it up and take it home with me.....


Blessings in the Waiting: 184

1. Being on campus even on a rainy day!
2. Chuys for dinner. Queso is not the same outside of TX!
3. Catching up with Greta - so great to pick up where we left off
4. Seeing my Goddaughter, Avery, Mindy and Nathan
5. Remembering to wear flats to walk around campus today :)


Blessings in the Waiting: 185

1. Getting a ride from my man to the airport
2. Connecting with students on campus
3. Dining at Moonshine! So delish!
4. A wonderful bday gift from Mandy and Shey. super excited!
5. Companion Pass X2!


Blessings in the Waiting: 188-186

I had a wonderful birthday weekend! I added a few extra blessings since it was such a special few days! ENJOY!

1. Walking in to a cube covered in streamers!
2. Birthday love via email and lots of funny "best wishes"
3. A lovely girls lunch at one of my favorite lunch spots
4. Serenades and Sprinkles! What a combo!
5. Picking up LB from the airport! What a great bday present!

6. Cowboys, Tush-Push and Burgers at Greasewood Flat
7. Campfire smell on my sweater
8. Late night dessert!
9. Perfect weather for a fabulous hike on Pinnacle
10. Pool time with Bloody Marys

11. Lots of calls, texts and birthday love from friends, family and Facebook :)
12. A not-so-sappy but VERY sweet card
13. My mom's expected birthday tears - reflecting back on the
14. A delish dinner with so many wonderful friends
15. A little Bocci ball competition!

16. Racing for the cure....a sea of inspiring pink!
17. A cuddle nap on a Sunday afternoon....
18. Dinner with family from near and far
19. Texas Football Victory!
20. Feeling loved and celebrated all weekend!!! What a blessing!


Blessings in the Waiting: 189

1. Feeling like I was a stay-at-home mom going to the grocery store over lunch in my work out clothes....kind of an out of body experience
2. Long 1 hr convo with the mamma....we never run out of things to say
3. Sushi with some pals.....starring at some Cardinal players and good convo
4. A new birthday shirt and some fun gifts for Lauren at Anthro!
5. DOWN TIME - for the first time in a LONG TIME! I watched a movie, can you believe it?!


Blessings in the Waiting: 190

1. Delish Pita Jungle lunch....hummus and chicken hit the spot every time
2. New faces at Bible study!
3. Praying for my sisters in Christ and knowing I'm upheld in that way when I'm not there each week
4. God's persistance and patience with me....repeating themes of teaching over and over until I get it
5. A solo run and good time with Jesus in the sweaty process


Blessings in the Waiting: 191

1. Getting some closure/confirmation
2. Support, concern, love and comfort dispite the outcome
3. Chicken and White Bean Chili with the Taylors
3. Chicken Bock-Bock.....ohhh Natalie
4. Another great session with the Taylors; truth communicated, sin revealed....


Blessings in the Waiting: 192

1. Seeing Dr. Julia over Lettuce Wraps and Sliders...I missed her dearly!
2. Realizing how blessed I am to have such a large, amazing group of friends at this point in my life
3. A great catch up lunch with co-workers and the blessing of having friends in the office.
4. Boot season begins :)
5. Seeing the roomie for the first time in a few days! I missed our catch ups on the stairs!


Blessings in the Waiting: 195-193

1. Fun socks and sweatpants
2. Driving only 1.5 hrs and being in the mountains and pine trees
3. The smell of a campfire (even when you can't get it out of your hair)
4. Golden brown mallows
5. Watching men be men: chopping wood, building fires...

6. Breath taking views of God's creation
7. Dutch oven dinners....incredibly delish!
8. A chilly sleep curled up in a sleeping bag
9. Blue skies and fresh air
10. The sound of rain on the tent roof

11. A 2 hour nap
12. A fall evening complete with awesome testimonies of people who have walked with God for a lifetime
13. A low stress Monday
14. Getting to see Julia tonight! YAY!
15. More registry fun!
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