Thursday, December 9, 2010

thankful thursday #14

The worst class of my life ends tonight. Thank God!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wow, where have I been

Yes, I know, I've been MIA too long.  I've been studying too much, but I promise to be back for real once I get those three little letters to go behind my name that have been monopolizing all of my time.

Tonight after my mind became almost immune to the torture that is hundreds of multiple choice questions about topics I don't like, I decided to take a break to work on our wedding album.  Yes, I'm designing it myself.  And, yes, I know that's probably crazy.  At the very least, it's the reason we are closing in on the sixth month mark without an album.  My goal is to finish by year end, which should be much easier to progress towards after I take my (last!) exam on November 27th.

Along those lines, as I was sifting through our 700+ pictures I thought I'd share one of the (hundreds?) that always make me smile.  I am blessed to have the best family I could ever ask for and it was so important to me to carry my grandfathers with me on my wedding day.


Photo by Clary

The real end of studying is in sight!  :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thankful Thursday #13

On this Thursday I am especially reminded to be thankful for second chances.  While I have probably had many second chances (some I am not even aware of) there are two that I am particularly thankful for today.

Today, I become a graduate student again and this is what has made me thankful for second chances today.

Five years ago, I graduated from high school and started college.  However, I was not at the college that was my first choice.  I was offered a full scholarship to one of the schools that I had applied to (though, probably my last choice).  While I was also accepted to my two other top choice schools, I could not bring myself to shoulder both myself and my parents with $80,000 of unnecessary debt.  Thus, I made the decision to attend a school that was not my first choice.  In the end, I know that I made the right choice.  For many reasons, I know that the school I was at is where I was supposed to be at that time in my life.  I had many experiences there and have left with many great friends that are proof of that.  Today though, I will become a graduate student again at one of my preferred choices from back then (and my father's graduate alma mater!).  I am incredibly thankful today for my second chance to attend one of my top choices from five years ago.

About two years ago, I sadly passed up another opportunity that I really wanted- this time in the career realm.  A few days before my senior year of college began, I was offered a co-op at the #1 STL company on my list of job choices.  While this was the exact company I wanted to work for, it was a full time co-op that wouldn't exactly work for someone who needed to be a full time student as well.  I briefly considered extending my final year into two in order to accommodate the position, but it just wasn't right for me.  I was heartbroken when I turned the offer down, including a bawling 30 minute phone call to my father at work.  I eventually came to terms with the fact that if that company was where I was supposed to be then God would bring me there at the right time.  A little under a year later, I received a second offer.  Not only was it at a time where I had about given up on the idea of finding a job in this sad economy, but it was with that #1 company that I had turned down a year before.  I have now worked there for a year and I know that it is exactly where I am supposed to be at exactly the right time.

To bring this whole idea full circle, my two second chances are related!  It is my 1st second chance (confused yet?) that is enabling my 2nd.  While it was financial issues that kept me from attending my new school five years ago, I am now blessed to be employed by a company that highly values continuing education and will be financing my graduate degree! :)

And so today I am thankful for second chances, and second chances that enable more second chances. 
Remember, patience is trusting in God's timing.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

So sad

This makes me incredibly sad.  We'll miss you Ryan.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday #12

I have the best parents ever, enough said.

Photos by Clary

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday, part 3

We worked so hard for this shot that I feel it warrants a post all its own.  When I mean hard I'm talking about there being at least five people involved and a very dedicated videographer holding me up to help get it! 

Photo by Clary

Monday, July 26, 2010

Random Wedding Photo Monday

Tonight I made long overdue sisterly bonding plans with the my awesome MOH, so here is a nice picture of her working on her MOH duties.  :)

Photo by Clary

Monday, July 12, 2010

Random Wedding Photo Monday

No pro wedding photo today, actually this one is courtesy of yours truly.

Incompatible schedules have led to me majorly missing my best friend the last few weeks, so that is where my mind is today. Love you Lys!



And yes, of course that is an ice pick in her hand! When your shoe doesn't fit on wedding day, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. I'd have expected nothing less from one of the most supportive people in my life. (What I didn't expect was said ice pick stowing away in her bag and becoming a Michigan resident!)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday #11

This Thursday I am thankful for a husband who is just crazy enough to slide down a banister on his wedding day. I guess I should also be thankful that he didn't rip his pants since this was before the ceremony! He did get a nasty bump but I'm pretty sure he'd do it again since someone recently asked him what he learned and his response was "don't hit the thing at the end."

Photo by Clary's husband and second shooter Travis - I believe there was a bit of encouraging Doug to do this involved too :)


For the man who can always make me laugh

"All that I'm after is a life full of laughter
As long as I'm laughin' with you
I'm thinkin' that all that still matters is love ever after
After the life we've been through
'Cause I know there's no life after you"
-Daughtry

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