Three Years

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:: Written for Bill-Bill ::

I remember our wedding day so vividly. Weeks. No, months in advance I was so worried it would rain. (Our wedding was completely outdoors.) I literally looked up the weather probably two months in advance, and kept doing so til our day arrived. lol. God blessed us with the most beautiful spring day I’d ever seen. The sun sparkled over the bay, there was a gorgeous breeze, and I had never felt to peaceful and excited my entire life.

I remember excitedly peeking out of the window of my dressing room, watching the staff decorate the tables. I remember walking down the aisle to the theme from Anne of Green Gables.  I remember his face, filled with tears, as I walked towards him. I remember our friends and family laying hands on us.

I remember the happiest moment we both realized–we’re married.

The dance floor was full the entire night, and it was on our wedding day Billy realized his mad dance skills. lol.

It’s been three years since that day.  The crazy thing is– I love him even more now. I’m so thankful to the Lord. The best part is– I know I’ll only keep loving him more.

Here is our beautiful wedding video.  Pull up a chair and welcome to our wedding day.

I love you, Bill-Bill. Thank you for the three best years of my life. Here’s to forever more.



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How You Know You Met “The One”

Perched on my couch, I write to you with tea in hand and a smile upon my face. This post is written in honor of Billy and I’s upcoming 3 year wedding anniversary. Mmmm God is so good. He’s blessed me so beyond what I deserve. I will forever thank the Lord for the man that He has given me.

Talking about love and marriage always inspires me to share the wisdom I have gained through the years.  Finding the one looks different for everyone.  Everyone traverses a different path. A different distance. A unique journey. But God is near and He wants you to trust Him.

I believe we all desire love.  Many people desire a forever love. A spouse. I believe God put that desire in us. It’s a good desire.  It is from Him. Trust Him, follow Him, serve Him, and KNOW that He will provide.

Finding the one seems like a mystery. Until you meet the one. haha. I know it’s cliche, but the saying is true–When ya know, ya know. But, hindsight is 20/20. So here’s my insight on how you know you met the one.

  1. You can be yourself.

I remember when I first met Billy. One of the things I kept saying to myself was, “Wow, I can be my complete self around him.” It was astounding. Like nothing I had ever experienced before. I didn’t have to tame my silly side. He liked me. For me. My goofy, happy, loud-laughed, music-loving self. We were able to really embrace who we were.  There were no fronts. No performances. Just us. And that is SO important.

2. You have the same values.

I remember when Billy first told me he liked me, we were sitting on the beach at John’s Pass.  We realized our time together was headed towards relationship.  Billy asked, “Can I pray for us?” That’s when I knew, this was different.  This was something beautiful.

I can’t stress this one enough. You can have different hobbies. You can have the same hobbies. That really doesn’t matter, as long as you support each other.  What matters is that your values and beliefs, are the same.  Billy and I are both Christians.  We believe that we are sinners (duh, we’ve all done crap), that the payment for sin is death, that Jesus paid that price for us on the cross, and conquered death 3 days later so we can go to heaven when we die. Billy and I have a relationship with each other, but first we have a relationship with GOD. If your values are not the same, the relationship is not worth pursuing.

3. There is so much peace.

I am a firm believer that God reveals His will for us through His peace.  I had never experienced such peace in my entire life.  There was no turmoil.  No constant battle.  Just peace.  It felt right.  It felt good.

4. Everything is simple.

Now, life isn’t always simple, but we humans tend to overcomplicate things.  A right relationship shouldn’t feel like constant tug of war.  This goes back to there being peace.

When Billy and I were dating, we typically drank tea and watched movies when he would come over. One day he told me the moment he knew we were going to get married. “We were drinking tea, and it was the happiest, yet simplest moment of my life. I knew I wanted to drink tea with you forever.”

Being with the one isn’t about some over-planned, highly orchestrated moment. It’s about simple, real, life moments.

I hope you enjoyed my little nuggets of wisdom.  Most importantly, remember the One who loves you more than any human ever could. So much so, that He died for you.

Psalm 143:8: “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”


Sweet ’16

A blank page. So hard to fill. It has been far too long since I’ve written. I’ve almost forgotten how this goes.

Last we spoke, I was taking a social media break. In a sense, I still am. However, this blog was much too fun. I’ve had countless people ask me when I’m going to start blogging again. It’s pretty neat that you guys actually read my little heart ramblings and odes to green tea.

So let’s catch up.

Breaking away from social media has been so refreshing. I was in the terrible habit of constantly checking the news feed and not lifting my head up enough.  Since the “cleanse”, I have cultivated some new habits. I’ve read more. I’ve gotten lots of pictures printed instead of “posted.”(Check out Artifact Uprising. I will never print pictures any other way now.) And I no longer feel addicted to it. Facebook and Instagram are still not on my phone, and I don’t plan on downloading the apps. I will, however, post on the Young Wife Facebook page to inform you of new blog posts.

In early September, Billy and I went to Savannah, Georgia. It was a lovely trip. I fell in love with that place. Especially the HOMES. Oh my. I’ll share some pics below.

Then between September and November, it feels as though nothing happened. Because I got so sick. After a month and a half of not knowing why I was barely able to stand in the shower, I found out I had salmonella. Lovely. It was quite trial at the time. Especially before I knew what was wrong with me. However, it definitely enhanced my prayer life and my empathy for people who are going through medical trials. While, I’m not 100% to this day, I’m praying for complete healing and answers. I know God’s got this, and I’m thankful He pulled me through it! (Shoutout to Billy for taking such good care of me, to my family for praying for me and taking me to appointments, and all the love and support from my friends and co workers!)

December, my darling sister wed the love of her life. It was festive, magical, spiritual, and oh so very special! Here are some pics off of my iPhone from that lovely day!


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And this was me when I got home from the wedding… 🙂

2016, you were pretty sweet. I celebrated my one year anniversary with my hubby, met New York City and Savannah, Billy got a new job and launched his career, I got salmonella and launched my prayer life haha, and my sister got a husband which gave me a brother. I have an amazing God. I’ve really been starting to grasp His LOVE. Like, wow. It’s huge, guys. And I have such a wonderful family. I’m so thankful for the people around me and the Holy Spirit within me.

So now that we’re all caught up, I look forward to writing new blog posts for you all! I’m hoping to bring some fresh new content in the coming weeks.

Now I’m off to drink some green tea and watch Gilmore Girls! (I may have taken a blogging hiatus, but not much has changed. 😉)

Engaged. Now what?!

With my sister getting engaged (majorly excited 😁) I’m feeling inspired to talk wedding planning!

I’ve had a fair share of experience: a hospitality degree, an internship at the Don Cesar, an assistant to a couple wedding planning businesses, and planning my own wedding. I know weddings. And I am absolutely in love with weddings and the wedding planning process.

Currently, I’m writing an Ebook all about my best tips for enjoying the process. But since that won’t be released for awhile, I thought I’d share some quick tips with you all! 💍

Where to Start:

A lot of brides don’t even know where to begin. Here’s my tips to start the wedding planning process without stressing or freaking out! This is something to be enjoyed! So let’s get started…

1. Find a checklist.

Pinterest. Wedding magazines. Find a good month by month checklist and you’ve got your new best friend for the next few months. But seriously, the checklist is the key. It tells you what to do, when to do it, and keeps you on schedule. If you follow the checklist, it’ll eliminate so much stress. Make sure not to fall behind. Procrastination=Stressed-Frantic-Irritable-Bride 😬

2. Buy a planner.

That’s right. Get yourself a cute little agenda from Target and keep all the dates in one place. Dress fittings. Makeup trials. Food tastings. This’ll keep things organized.

3. Don’t get ahead of yourself.

Don’t start worrying about what you need to do in a couple of months. Take one day at a time and enjoy every moment! Being engaged is fun, but all too often, brides spoil this precious season by freaking out and stressing out. Have joy and create joy.

4. Take care of yourself.

Get lots of sleep. Read a book. Drink some tea. Go for a walk. Have a spa day at home. Being a healthy bride, makes you a happy bride.

5. Enjoy your fiancé!

Don’t forget the reason why you’re engaged! You’re in love with the man of your dreams and you are about to build a life together. Marriage is such a special gift. When two become one, they can do so much more together for the Lord. Go on dates. Spend lots of time together. Pray together.

I hope you found these tips helpful! Use them to help you plan your own wedding, or pass this post along to a friend! More tips are coming, lovelies!