Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Playing Major Catch Up

Pretty sure I'm a straight up stranger around here these days!! My blog is so outdated, it's like going back in time when I log on to Blogger and look at my draft folder. I don't have a pup anymore so I'm not even sure I can still be THE PINK GROWL - is that allowed?? I do still love pink and gold (our wedding colors!!!) so maybe that's enough to get me by for now.

Currently - I have two posts sitting as drafts about wedding planning. WELP, I got married on April 9th so that's old news now! I can't believe the last time I blogged was in December after we got engaged. Obviously, A LOT has happened since then.

Let's play a little catch up! In November I sold my house, moved in the with (then) fiancĂ©. My house sold much faster than I anticipated and I only moved in with him temporarily to have a place to live. I had no idea in a couple weeks we would be engaged. We got engaged on December 12th after 8 months of dating and planned a wedding in 4 months. April 9th was a special date for us so I was really hoping we could pull everything together in time! The truth of the matter is, wedding planning can be stressful, it can be hard, it can drive you crazy and definitely drive you broke! BUT, it is doable on a tight budget & timeline! People told me I was crazy! I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard "wow you guys are really in a hurry!" or "it's so soon". Yes, we are aware that it's so soon, thank you for the update. It's not that we were in a hurry necessarily. But I'm 31 and he's 33, so we knew what we wanted and when we wanted it and we went for it. It's not like we just met each other either. We never wanted to be engaged for a long time, and honestly I think it was the perfect amount of time! I'm very happy with the way things turned out. And the best part is, now I have a husband!!!!

 {Photo Creds to B.Loved Images}
I look back at my old posts from last year when we started dating, and it's so exciting/crazy/overwhelming/AMAZING to see how things have happened!! All those times I was so stressed about finding the right guy, and what felt like the next step in my life. I had no idea that I would end up marrying someone I already knew (and totally had a crush on for years)! The Lord certainly works in mysterious ways, you guys! Trust me on that!!

I run into people who want to offer me marriage advice a lot. Sometimes more like comments vs. advice. And I think that's great. We all have opinions and I love an honest person who will tell it like it is. However, people can be so negative sometimes! It's disappointing actually. Haters in the grass! To be fair, I don't believe the majority of people mean any harm by it. But it can wear on your nerves when you're on Cloud 9. I don't for one second think that my marriage will be easy or a fairy tale story, but I know that I am hopeful that we will always make it work. I'd like to think that years down the road, I'm not the bitter soul giving out the negative words. I hope that I can take my experiences - even the awful, ugly, knock down drag out ones - and use them for good.

Certain parts of this journey have truly felt like a whirlwind adventure - both in good ways and some bad. Joining your life together with another person isn't always an easy transition and we have a 9 year old child involved too, so there have been some prickly moments. But you press on through the struggles when you KNOW things are right. Today, I 100% stand in a place where I can be fully thankful for all the mishaps along the way because that's how I ended up here.

So there's my two cents. Clearly, I don't have a dang clue what I'm talking about. Somehow now I'm a wife and a stepmom, when usually I can barely make it through each work day :) Such is life!

Missed all my bloggy pals!! XOXO



Nikki said...

First of all congratulations! I'm so super excited for you! You looked stunning on your special day! I hope your back to blog for a while again!

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

AWWWWWWW it was so nice to stop by and see this life update! I remember being an old school reader during the beginning and I'm so happy to see where life has turned and gone for you sweet girl. Marriage is an amazing thing don't let anyone talk negative about it! You get to hang with your best friend every day except you know men are gross/don't know how to clean so as long as you know that you're golden lol. I hope you keep updated! I love seeing a glimpse into your life! xoxoxo

Kelsey Sheron said...

Yay welcome back! You know I've been following along on Instagram and I'm just so overwhelmingly Happy for you!!

Vicki said...

What an update!!! Congratulations!!!

Jen @ South in the City said...

Missed you friend!! Xoxoxo. Congratulations on it all!! No one else is living your life, but YOU so do you and try not to listen to all the advice and comments. While I'm sure (hoping) it comes from a good place, no one is living in your shoes. Enjoy this ride SO deserve it!!!

Ann J said...

Welcome back! It's always such a pleasure to read your posts.

Alyssa said...

Welcome back and congrats on the marriage!!!

chantal marie said...

I met my husband on tinder in September. We got ended in Feb, married in March, bought a house in May and had a baby the following September. Now we have been married over a year and are happier than ever. I'm so glad we were husband and wife. Everyone gave us a hard time about moving fast but it has been right for us and we are happy. You know what is right for you. Congratulations!! So glad you're back.