one of the joys of wedding planning

Wedding planning has not all been a breeze. I quickly learned that it was not just picking colors and making decorations. The logistics are frustrating, and there are days where I am sick of planning and am just ready to be married.

And maybe that’s a good thing – that I am excited about my wedding day, but I am more excited to be married to Eric. I am planning a simple wedding, low-budget, not only because that is my and my family’s financial situation, but also because to me it’s more important to have the people in my life there than it is to limit a guest list so that we can serve fancy food or be in the most elaborate venue. In fact, I am asking my in-town friends to bring food for the reception, since it’s in-between meal times.

{If you haven’t been to our wedding website yet, it’s http://www.mywedding.com/ericlovessamantha. Cute, right?}

However, one of the really fun things about preparing for a wedding is registering for wedding gifts! Eric and I have next to nothing in terms of what you need for a house, so it is such a blessing that we have friends who want to bless us.

Also, it’s fun to daydream about the kind of house I want to have. And the kind of kitchen. I am getting so excited about putting a home together! Earlier this week, Eric and I received our first wedding gift – a blender!

My company recently started a cooking supply store, and I have been eyeing many of the products. Mostly daydreaming, as most of it is higher-end products that will probably be things I invest in over time. Such as the KitchenAid Artisan mixer. This is on my wish list in cobalt blue, though if I had seen the yellow pepper color first I probably would have registered for that since it is so bright and cheery, and would be a great accent for my planned blue-and-white kitchen colors.

I also registered for Calphalon’s Simply Nonstick cookware set,  and I am so excited to cook with matching pots and pans that are not the hodgepodge set of a college student. I also registered for silicone cooking utensils, since I am so worried about damaging my cookware. I am sure that, after a few scratches, it will become less important, but to start with I am excited to take my time and keeping it pretty.

If I were to keep daydreaming about my kitchen, it would include names like Emile Henry and Le Creuset. But if I got all of that now, there would be no fun upgrades later in life.

fighting like a lamb

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” -Luke 12:32

“He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.” -Isaiah 40:11

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing… He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23: 1, 3-4

The best way to fight lies and fear is through Scripture. Satan can do nothing to refute God’s Word {Matthew 4:1-11}. I believe it is my sword and it is sharp {Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12}. So as I am frustrated and worried and exhausted, I am going to fight back by clinging to my Shepherd and letting Him lead, because I am doing a terrible job of it on my own.

different people

Eric and I were talking last night about when we first met a year and a half ago. He was wondering if we seemed like the same people, and I said nope.

notice the awkward distance between us, leaning in slightly but not too closely...

It’s hard to believe that this was our first “date.” Well, sort of. More like the first time we ever spent more than five minutes talking together, and it just happened to be a weekend in Memphis for his fraternity formal. At the time, I definitely had no idea that I would end up starting to like him, then decide I did not want to date him, then end up dating him, then be engaged to him, and – soon – marry him!

I don’t feel like he is the same person. At all. It’s weird to connect the two, honestly. Maybe because it took me so long to put away my fear and date him. Maybe because he was able to let his guard down once he realized I wasn’t perfect so he didn’t need to try to be.

Whatever the reason, I know the Lord has grown and shaped us both, and I am so thankful for the people we have become, both individually and together.

the comeback kid

I miss blogging. I used to do it all the time, but I got out of practice.

First, I was bombarded with senior year of college, including an honors thesis, and a pretty serious boyfriend.

Then, post-graduation, I had to start adjusting to a full-time job, which I really struggled with at first. However, God has been super faithful, and I am content with where I am at and really enjoying what I do.

Then, I got engaged! And started wrapping my brain around the idea of planning a wedding in less than 100 days. (98 days total, to be exact… and 65 left, as of today!)

 

So, I don’t know what to promise out of this blog. I have good intentions of keeping up with this! Planning a wedding and preparing for marriage are some of the biggest changes in my life, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this next stage of life!

As for the blog name, I can make up some great, deep meaning behind it. And maybe I will at some point. Right now, that’s what this will be called just because I like it and I was desperate to make something up that wasn’t just my  name. Especially since I will be getting a new last name in two months!

…and praise the Lord, that new last name is one syllable and easy to spell!