Tie the Knot Tuesday, 10 Weeks and Counting

This has been a slower week than the past few weeks on the wedding planning front, but fortunately there are some things regarding my upcoming marriage that I would like to share with you all.

Everyone has heard of a bridezilla right? Wikipedia defines a bridezilla as a bride whose behavior is seen as demanding or unreasonable. There is a whole TV series about them! They’re mean, usually ungrateful, and make ridiculous requests of everyone involved. Their focus is primarily on ensuring that their wedding day is PERFECT. It must be exactly like they’ve dreamed since they were five years old. Well, I am literally the opposite of a bridezilla. Matter of fact, I’d call myself the brideCHILLA (where is the roll on the floor laughing emoji when you need one?).

With that said, let me share with you a list of what would make my wedding day perfect:

  1. God is glorified
  2. Our family and friends are there to support us, and celebrate with us
  3. Everyone has a great time

Anything outside of that list is not that important to me, which apparently is pretty annoying (haha). Whatever is suggested to me, if it sounds good, we’ll go with it. If it’s cute, lets do it, if it’s free, we can have even more of it. I’m not super princess-ey (yes I made that up), and I’m not high maintenance. This doesn’t mean I’m not excited about getting married, because I’m over the moon about it. However some things are more important to me than small details that honestly don’t even matter in the long run.

Now, when you get to the wedding and see how beautiful it is, don’t start thinking, “all that stuff Keturah was blogging about was bologna!” Just know that I have a rockstar wedding venue and a ridiculously talented wedding coordinator that have been on the verge of strangling me to make decisions! God is good and He is blessing Korey and I with some amazing people. We’re having a “dream wedding” on a reality budget.

A sneak peak of the wedding chapel:

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I also wanted to share that my wonderful future mother-in-love is a jack of many trades (y’all I really hit the jackpot! We all know that Korey is great, and I know exactly where he got it from. His mom is such a such a blessing) . She is a seamstress (and you’ll see her handy work at the wedding because she is making our flower girl dresses), she’s a gardener, home remodeler, and soap maker. She started making soap not too long ago and this stuff is already in high demand. It leaves you feeling squeaky clean (literally) but moisturizes your skin at the same time! Lucky for us, she volunteered to make some for each of our guests, thus we have wedding favors!

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Lastly, during our engagement season, Korey and I have been doing some pre-marital biblical training through our church. During this process, we have learned a lot about ourselves, each other, and what God expects from us as husband and wife. Now that we’re at the end of our sessions, we have been given an assignment to interview 4 christian married couples, who have 5 or more years of successful marriage, that aren’t related to us and don’t know us from childhood. This week we interviewed our first couple. They’ve been married over 30 years. Meeting with them was such a blessing. They shared so much wisdom with us, and gave us some very sound advice for ensuring that our marriage stays Christ centered, and life-long.

That’s all for now!

Until Next Week,

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“Water Park” Days

As far as I know, everyone faces discouragement sometimes. Hopefully, it’s not something that is encountered often, and hopefully it’s not something that we allow ourselves to wallow in, but discouragement does happen. For me, I feel like I am in a season in my life where I have felt discouraged a little more often than what I consider normal.

In the spring of this year, I took a leap of faith and decided to apply for the assistant principal pool in my school district. I did get into the pool which is an accomplishment in itself, and I praised God for that! I was well aware that I was not the only person in the pool of candidates. I also knew that there weren’t many positions available, and the odds were not in my favor. However, I also knew/know that I serve an Awesome God, and as a really great woman once told me, “favor ain’t fair”. So I felt like anything was possible.

In the event that I didn’t get a job as an AP, I did want to put myself in a position where I could learn more toward accomplishing that goal. In an effort to do that, I sought out educational positions that would give me a wider range of experiences. I even considered changing grade levels. Throughout the summer break I’ve been standing on my faith that a door would open for me to move into one of those roles. I felt in my heart of hearts that God had a different place for me, and it just didn’t happen. Not only did I not get a door to go through, I didn’t even get a window, and it’s really hard not to feel discouraged about that.

(Please note that discouragement and ungratefulness are not synonymous. I hope you understand that I am in no way ungrateful for my current position.)

Another thing that I have mentioned before is the weight issue. I’ve expressed how I’m currently at a weight where I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin. Obviously that is not a feeling that I’d like to stick around. With that said, my partner in crime (my mom) and I came up with a plan. We decided that we would get back to into a running routine (something that we both love). A year ago we were both in really great shape while we were running regularly, and were both happy with the progress we’d made with our weight and health during that time. So about seven weeks ago, we began running using the couch to 5k app to get us back on track (we’re actually in our last week now and are close to running 30 solid minutes non-stop). We also began tracking our food using an app called MyFitnessPal, which I’m sure everyone in the world has heard of and probably used before.

As I mentioned in my post, All About That Bass, I made a commitment not to weigh myself. The scale is a beast of it’s own, and I didn’t want to give it the power to make me feel any type of way. I didn’t want to put work into becoming more healthy and not see the evidence of my hard work in the numbers on the scale (which was really the best plan for me). However, after seven weeks of running and over two weeks of tracking my food, I did want to see what kind of progress I was making toward achieving my weight loss goals. So Monday I decided to weigh myself. Well what did I do that for? I actually weighed MORE than what I weighed before we started running seven weeks ago and tracking our food. When I saw the number on the scale, so many words passed through my head: waste of time, pointless, hopeless, ridiculous, the list goes on. Only I could cut way back on my calorie intake and increase my activity level only to gain weight.  After weighing myself I didn’t actually feel any motivation whatsoever to continue doing anything I’ve been doing.  I am literally the heaviest I have ever been. Ever. The majority of my clothes don’t fit. And I’m getting married in 80 days. I spent the majority of Monday sulking about it (seriously, ask anyone), and I feel like discouraged is the understatement of the century, but since that is what I am blogging about, that’s what we’ll go with.

So what now? As a christian, am I allowed to feel discouraged? It almost feels like I’m not. It feels like by admitting that I face discouragement or disappointment, I’m announcing that my faith is wavering or I’m admitting that I can’t rest in God’s truths… and maybe I am doing both of those things, but it doesn’t feel that way. Let me explain… Let’ say you tell a child that you are taking him to a water park “tomorrow.” Tomorrow approaches, but it’s not a beautiful day like you thought it would be, instead it’s pouring rain and you can’t go to the water park after all. You tell the child not to worry, you can’t go today, but you will make it to the water park before the end of the week. Now, even though the child knows he’ll still be able to go to the water park later, he is still disappointed that he can’t go to the park today as he expected. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t trust your judgement to keep him in from the rain, or doesn’t believe he’ll get to go later, he is just feeling temporarily disappointed about something that he was looking forward to, and I feel like that’s okay.

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Even in my discouragement/disappointment, I am still fully aware that God is in control, He knows what’s best, and that He does have a plan for me. I know my “water park” day is coming, but sometimes I still feel the rain, and I feel like that’s okay.

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Tie the Knot Tuesday, 11 Weeks and Counting

Hello There!

Tuesdays sure do have a way of sneaking up on me! This has been another eventful week on the wedding front!

Since my last post, we met with our Piazza coordinator and nailed down some actual ceremony/reception details (which was very exciting). We decided on the food and beverages we’d serve, as well as the details we would  like to include in our ceremony, and the order of the ceremony and reception festivities. During times like those I am hyper aware that the time until w-day is quickly approaching.

In the last seven days we also had a day of fun with our wedding party! The guys met up and got fitted for their wedding tuxes and did “man stuff” while I got to hang out with my closest friends (who also happen to be my bridesmaids). We solidified the bridesmaid dress choice, decided on sizes and got those bad boys ordered and paid for! Afterward we did what girls do and hit up day spa for manicures and pedicures!

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I’m so grateful that these girls took the time to come and spend this weekend with me, especially the two that traveled hundreds of miles, one by plane and the other by four hour road trip (we won’t even talk about the 6 month preggo one). My favorite thing about each of these women in my life is I don’t have to see them everyday or talk to them everyday to have a relationship where we can pick up right where we left off and never miss a beat!

In other news, last week in my haste and excitement to post, I did forget to include one picture and I wanted to share it with you! It’s a picture of Mrs. Frances (the shop owner), my mom, and I leaving the bridal shop with my very amazing wedding dress 🙂

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That’s all for now! Tune in next week for more updates!

Until Then,

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