Friday, April 26, 2013

Sweet Memories

Around this time last year I was in the midst of so many exciting changes - I was about to graduate grad school, move to Louisiana, start a new job, and was planning for the wedding of my dreams to my best friend. Looking back, those are such happy memories. I was so busy at the time but did my best to soak it all in. During all of that, we also took engagement pictures. I loved the pictures from the time our photographer sent them to me, but looking at them now I think they mean even more. I love looking at us in the pictures and realizing how much we've grown and changed - as individuals and as a couple - since we took them. I loved Andrew then but compared to what I feel for him now it seems as though I only thought I loved him. Marriage has changed me - Andrew has changed me. He makes me want to be a better person and everyday I learn a little more about love, a little more about grace, and more about putting others need before my own.

I enjoyed looking at these photos again today and realized that in the midst of all the craziness, I never shared them publicly. I think my photographer shared a few, but the ones I post here are my favorites. 

A little background - a month or so before we were to take pictures, Andrew and I were riding around on a Sunday afternoon as we often do, looking at property and dreaming about the day we would own our own. He wanted to show me a pecan orchard and plantation home that he fell in love with when he went to buy pecans for business gifts. I was instantly in awe myself, but as a girl with a wedding on her mind, all I could think was how I would love to take our engagement photos there on the beautiful live oak lined drive. We never thought it would become reality and Andrew cautioned me not to get my hopes up. Of course I did anyway and with the help of a family member, we were able to get in contact with the owner who graciously allowed us to take our photographs there. (I will also add for you Duck Dynasty fans, that this is the same property where they later filmed their intro).

Another funny story comes to mind. Our precious photographer, Lauren Liddell saw a willow tree in a neighbor's yard while she was driving in and asked if we knew who lived there. We did not but she thought it would make a great picture. So here we go taking off into another person's yard who we really didn't know - we just hoped that if they saw us outside their window, they would feel honored that we wanted pictures with their tree :) The pictures turned out great and I even used one of them for our save the dates. 

I had anticipated the pecan orchard photos and planned props that meant a lot to us. We sat on a blanket hand stitched by Andrew's great grandmother, I wrapped lace around a glass bottle of my great grandmothers, along with other small but meaningful details.

Some of my favorite pictures we made I had not planned at all. Isn't it funny how that works out? Lauren loves to take pictures in open fields at sunset and for good reason. We trekked a couple hundred yards across from the pecan orchard to a wild coffee bean field which was absolutely breathtaking at sunset. Oh the joys of living in the South! I wish that sunset would have lasted awhile longer but the sun kept sinking lower and lower and we knew that these were the last pictures we would make. My absolute favorite photo was made here, of me kissing Andrew's forehead, him with his eyes closed, just soaking it all in. I think at this point into the session we had finally gotten comfortable enough to just be ourselves and that's why I love it so. It's just us. 

Oh what sweet memories! May we always take one day at a time, living in the moment, not forgetting to thank God for granting us the opportunity to love together. Thank you God for such precious gifts as these.

Photos courtesy of Lauren Liddell

I also realized I never shared our wedding video. How could I forget? Brian Flint captured our day perfectly. Please click on our names below to watch the video.

Monday, April 8, 2013


I am blessed beyond measure.

I get to go to bed every night and wake up beside my biggest supporter, my encourager, my best friend.

I get to work at a job where I get to spend every day serving children and their parents.

I say this right now because I am overflowing with thanksgiving to a Savior who heard my many cries and pleas for these very things years ago. And I never want to stop thanking him for his provision. He just keeps opening up doors and ways for me to learn and grow and I know that he is still working on me, still shaping me and molding me into the person that I am becoming.


Soon after I started my new part-time job back in January, I was offered the opportunity to work an additional part-time job through my company for our parish's school system. Life got busy really fast and in the midst of it all, God used my husband to help me see it all as a growing experience. I look back at the past few months now and can totally see God in it all. These past few months have offered me opportunities to grow as a professional and as a person that I would never have received otherwise. God has placed all the right people in my path at just the right time. I am blessed with so many mentors and so much support from co-workers and friends. My joy is abundant.

I am thankful for my job, but I'm also thankful for days of rest and relaxation. Me and Andrew have been working a lot at home lately too - doing some major remodeling of the house we have been blessed with for a time. (More on that later). Anyway, we very much enjoy the opportunity for "play days" and especially when we get to share them with great family and friends!

Andrew's parents decided to get horses! We were so excited to welcome a mare and two ponies home to Tri Oaks Farm!

My mother-in-law with beautiful Ma'Mere

And our sweet Avery Mae turned one year old on March 21st!! And I attempted making her a birthday cake that I guessed turned out really well because she didn't complain one bit! She really is the best dog. And we spoil her to death and treat her like our child but that's okay, every dog should be so lucky to have so much love!

We also celebrated Andrew's brother, Nic's birthday with a crawfish boil! Andrew made some of the best crawfish I've ever had! This is a picture of us afterwards peeling the leftovers so we can make some more yummy dishes!

Also, our good friends Greg and Kelli got engaged! We are so excited for them and can't wait to share in their special day! They have already bought land where they will build their home and we like to spend time there fishing, making bonfires, etc. Here are just a few pictures from the last couple of weekends!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Please excuse my rambling post.. I hope to get back to blogging more soon!