4/4/15


I just wanted to pop in quickly and say I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting lately.

The Cowboy & I lost his Mamaw recently and it’s been very hard on our family. The day before Easter was a blur for everyone, as we watched our sweet Mamaw slip away into God’s arms. She got to spend Easter Sunday in Heaven, can you imagine that? Celebrating Jesus’ coming back to life with all the angels in Heave! Even though times like these are often hard for those who are still here on Earth, and frustrating, I wanted to thank you so much to all of you who have prayed for us, and kept us on your hearts. Your prayers have meant the world to us. Throughout the past week and a half our Pepaw has constantly reminded us of the following passage. The other night before we all sat down to eat he read this passage out loud, he shared with us how this has been his “go to” scripture through all of this. I just wanted to share this with you tonight.

 

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Psalm 30 (NLT)

1I will exalt you, LORD, for you rescued me.

You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.

2O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,

and you restored my health.

3You brought me up from the grave,a O LORD.

You kept me from falling into the pit of death.

4Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones!

Praise his holy name.

5For his anger lasts only a moment,

but his favor lasts a lifetime!

Weeping may last through the night,

but joy comes with the morning.

6When I was prosperous, I said,

“Nothing can stop me now!”

7Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.

Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

8I cried out to you, O LORD.

I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,

9“What will you gain if I die,

if I sink into the grave?

Can my dust praise you?

Can it tell of your faithfulness?

10Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on me.

Help me, O LORD.”

11You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.

You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

12that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!

So no matter what you may be going through this week remember our Lord is a might one, and he will turn our mourning into dancing, isn’t that amazing?

PS. I love these joyful dancing photos of Mamaw, Pewpaw, and The Cowboy at our wedding!

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XOXO,
Stephanie

10 Amazing Wedding Ideas

Happy Monday!

It’s a happy Monday because you are now half way through the day! Whoot whoot! Why do Monday’s have to be such a drag, I just don’t understand it. You know what’s not a drag though? Planning a wedding! All the excitement and endless possibilities, it’s anything but a drag!

Planning The Cowboy & I’s wedding was so much fun! Let’s just say I had to cut myself off from all the pinning, simply because we couldn’t accomplish everything in a short 9 months. The other day I was thinking to myself, why let these wonderful pins I didn’t use go to waste? That would simply be selfish! Below you will find a compilation of wedding ideas I simply love but didn’t end up using. And ladies they’re all free game!

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// 1. I loved this wedding cake topper! We decided to go with something more simple and just used flowers. But here’s the link if you wanted to order it!

 

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// 2. We searched high and low for lighted branches for center pieces and they were no where to be found! We finally decided you have to get them at a certain time of the year, and summer was not it. Either way I love this idea, it’s simple beautiful!

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// 3. Have each girl write on their chalk board how they met the bride and take a photo!

 

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// 4. IN LOVE WITH THIS IDEA! Instead of the traditional place cards for the reception use these!

 

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// 5. Map out your relationship on a chalk board for your guests to read.

 

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// 6. Instead of throwing rice throw sprinkles! I’ve heard the photos turn out amazing!

 

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// 7. “I Spy…” wedding edition! I had the idea instead of using disposable camera have everyone use their cell phones and then post to Instagram with the wedding hash-tag.

 

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// 8. We didn’t do a groom cake but if we did, this would have been my choice!

 

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// 9. I’m in love with these rustic invitations, they just didn’t flow with our theme. But look how gorgeous they are!

 

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// 10. What girl doesn’t want a chandelier at her wedding? This one would look adorable hanging in a barn!

 

How did you decorate for your wedding? I would love to see some pictures! Tweet me a photo or use the hash-tag #thecowboyandi on Instagram!

Stephanie

 

My Barbies Never Got Married

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Growing up I never planned my wedding, my Barbies never got married, and I never played “bride”. My thoughts in high school were not consumed with color swatches and floral arrangements. After The Cowboy & I got engaged my head spun with ideas, and projects.  It was a blast creating such a magical day with my  Mom’s help and endless redirection. (gotta love those A.D.D. moments)

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I absolutely loved my wedding boots! You can check out the designer here, she’s AMAZING!

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I loved our wedding, I know every bride says this but I truly believe our wedding was the best!

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The day wouldn’t have been so perfect without the touch of my Mother’s creative mind, and multiple lists! <3

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A big thank you to our photographer who captured all the little moments within the day, such as The Cowboy & I praying before the ceremony <3

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And a massive thank you to our family friend who video taped our entire day, and created a timeless video for us to keep forever!

We can’t forget our amazing travel agent who helped us plan the most perfect honeymoon ever!

Although I didn’t spend years planning my wedding, I think it was simply perfect in every way!

Stephanie

Catch Up Tuesday

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, I know I sure did!

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So many fun things happened this past week I could probably write three or four of these posts!

1) At the beginning of the week I got to watch my little cousin kick butt at her swim meet. To be honest I don’t really understand all the rules in swimming but she seemed excited so I assume it went well.

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2) Our area had a bad storm sweep through knocking one of our trees down. Praise God it didn’t fall on any cars or houses.

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3) I started packing for the move, and honeymoon. Thought I would share this picture with you so you can see how crazy being almost married looks, don’t let those other brides fool you.

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4)  And of course all things 4th of July happened this past week! Since the 4th is my families favorite holiday I could not simply share one photo, what kind of blogger would I be if I did that?!

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You Might Have Missed

Happy 4th of July– ‘Merica!

4th Of July Treats– These are so  yummy, and easy too!

DIY: Framed American Flag– Such an easy DIY to show how patriotic you are!

Good Reads

Salty Caramel Iced Coffee– Cannot wait to try this delicious looking drink

Farm DIY: How to Paint Crisp Lines With No Bleed + A Chalk Board Wall– Love this idea

20 Ways To Say I Love You– Such a fun list!

 

In other news The Cowboy and I are getting hitched in THREE DAYS! No big deal…

What did your holiday weekend look like?

Stephanie

 

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