I feel like so much has happened in the past month that it would take 20 blog posts to try and describe. But since I have absolutely zero spare time to write about any of it, the highlights will have to suffice.

The beginning of my May 2014 was filled with both excitement and anxiety: excitement over a fabulous vacation in Mexico with all the people I love; and anxiety over a major career move I couldn’t make up my mind about until the very last second… Enjoying the beautiful beaches of Rivera Maya were a nice distraction, to say the least.

Needless to say, I did not come home relaxed and refreshed. I had only 1 week to formally resign from a position I loved and leave behind a group of people I’d come to call family. Ironically, my new home is called FamilyLife, and I, the new Brand Marketing Manager for the Weekend to Remember. As dramatic as it sounds, none of this was my doing. There’s a bigger Guy in the sky who’s calling the plays right now and I can’t tell you how at peace I am with it. (brochure needs updating- on my list of to-do’s)

(so much more to come on this later!)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

And how’s this amazing contribution for only the first week on the job?

While I realize I’m still a newbie, I can honestly say I’m in love with it! FamilyLife is where I’m supposed to be.

But let us not forget the other business I’ve tied myself to. Ah yes, the photo booth. My partner and I have been working our butts off and couldn’t be more thankful! We are booked (almost) solid until August and this month was no exception…

And just last weekend, there was this minor little thing of my only sister’s wedding… No big deal, right? I was the maid of honor and spent hours agonizing over my speech. My sweet baby sister- 11 years my junior, was married away to the love of her life and I could not be happier for her…

she's still 3 years old in my eyes...

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

details on all of the above to come!

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Saturday was my little sister’s engagement party at my dad and step-mom’s house and all the immediate family attended. It was small and so cute- decorated by my step-mom Debi who I swear should start her own party planning business she’s so good. The “fall” theme was perfect, as it was the first weekend of fall, and everyone had a great time! My dad cooked his famous shrimp boil and it was truly special that all the grandparents were able to attend. Such a sweet, adorable family I have!

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my sweet grandma's- but they could not be more different!

Grant's little sister Marie

Katie & Caleb

i love these two!

happy fall y'all!

Ashley & Gabe

my love

some of my favorite people

my dad makes the best faces!

blending families!

little touches :)

Grant & his Papa

Cheers to the chef

Hannah n' the Wilcox's

head tilting runs in the family

the dates

the girls

Sweet siblings

my sweet step-mom

Old fashioned pose ?

good genes!

the happy couple! Love you guys!

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my Aunt Becky’s wedding and it was absolutely perfect. She looked every bit the radiant bride and David just as handsome. The ceremony and reception was small and beautiful, held at Lakewood Park in North Little Rock.

To give words to how much I love this person is difficult and I prefer to remain surface level. But let me just say, I love her like a mother. She is my favorite aunt by far (nothing against my other aunts of course!) and our relationship has always been special. Maybe because she only had boys (3 of them!); maybe because people have always said we favor; maybe because she and my mother are more than just sisters but without a doubt best friends: Aunt Becky and I have always been super close. When my uncle Chuck died of cancer almost ten years ago I thought my heart would break for her… But now that time has passed and love has overcome, I couldn’t be happier for this very special lady.

Here’s to new beginnings and proof that ‘happily ever after’ might really exist!

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My little sister is getting married!!!

I never thought I’d be doing this, helping her try on big beautiful wedding dresses, as I myself flounder around the world of the unwed. We’re different like that though- in just one of so many ways- and I can’t help but admire her for being so “traditionally” perfect. This girl is good to the core- still lives with my parents, isn’t even out of school yet- but she knows what she wants and will make a wonderful wife and mother. I can’t help but feel emotional about it! I remember praying for a little sister for YEARS and all I got was brothers until that one special day when I was eleven years old and my mom gave birth to this perfect little princess. I was even in the room- although I remember so little of it. All I know is that God answered my prayer and gave me the most beautiful, kind-hearted, special little girl who is now all grown up and starting a life of her own.

I love you Hannah Brianne, and am so honored to be your maid-of-honor! You are so precious to me!

mom is pretty excited!

Ash helping find the perfect dress...

sweet love!

my baby sister!

the wedding gals

So many choices!

We didn’t find the perfect one this time but I’m ready to do some serious shopping over the next few months. Can not wait to be on this ride with her- finding the perfect dress, the perfect flowers, the perfect song; as she’s already found the perfect man. I’m so proud of this little girl! And she’s going to make a beautiful bride!!!

xoxox

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So this weekend was the big day- Saturday evening my brother and Ashley got married! It was absolutely one of the happiest days ever to stand next to them as they vowed their lives to each other. Although the weather was rainy and chilly- especially for early May- it was such a joyous occasion that no one seemed to notice. They are now on their way to Jamaica for a week of sun and relaxation! I wanted to get a few pics posted before I leave myself for Hawaii on Wednesday!!!

Congrats to the happy couple. Love you guys.

flower girl and ring bearer at rehearsal (playing on their phones!)

baby Jasper and momma Jessica

taking the shuttle to wedding!

loved the simple decor- so pretty!

"vintage chic"

getting ready!

Ashley pre-gown

Ashely and her flower girl :)

cheers!

adorable Jaydon!

getting ready to see the groom for the first time :)

so sweet!

watching them from inside (all of us tearing up!)

picture time! The Knight's with our new sister!

all the kids

plus Dale & Emerie

both families

Jacob & Jessica Knight, and crew. How gorgeous are they!

Ava is ready for showtime!

my sweet momma

I was in the wedding so this is where pre-ceremony pics stop and post-ceremony begins. I actually didn’t have my camera for the toast or cutting of cake, so we’ll have to wait for the real photographer’s pics to see all that. (And most of the following from reception were actually taken by my sweet cousins Lauryn and Laynie who I let run loose with my camera. They did a fantastic job- love these girls!!!)

Lauryn, Caleb, Laynie

me and Trysta (the L's momma)

Angel child!!!

best cousins!

finally did it!!!!

sister of the bride Christy and her bff Meredith

love Laynie-bug!

stosh and broc (what cuties)

the McGuires (the L's parents)

Caleb & Lauryn bff

i'm her favorite ;)

time to go!

I will spare you the 500 or so other pics the girls took of the decor of the house- I’ll have to put them in their own post one day as they have nothing to do with the wedding but are pretty cute just the same. After the reception (which the above pics are pretty limited to one area of outside- there was a dance floor and dinner that we seemed to have missed completely! Again, the camera wasn’t around till late night) many of us from the wedding party took the shuttle back to our hotel and hit the bar downstairs…

so happy!!!!

Josh and Caleb

Christy and Tabitha

beautiful bride! (even at 1 am)

sweet pic!

my honey

even a few kids still around!

love my brothers!!!

hugs for everyone!

sweet sisters

congrats to the best couple I know- Mr. & Mrs. Knight!

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