Social Saturday #23

November 22, 2014

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Guys. Carl and I did something I’m a little bit ashamed of yesterday.  We put up our Christmas tree.  I’ve always been a major supporter of no Christmas decor until after Thanksgiving. But this year, I couldn’t stay strong. Carl starts radiating Christmas spirit by mid October, and it’s pretty contagious (but only after a few weeks of being obnoxious). Yesterday we went shopping for a new Christmas tree and as we walked into the store Carl said, “We don’t have a budget, just holiday spirit, so pick whatever you have the spirit for”. He didn’t regret those words like I expected him to. Since we left with a tree and some other decor, it was too exciting to not put them up.  My shame is dwindling.

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New to Social Saturday? It’s pretty much the rebel of all the link ups.  The purpose is to meet new bloggers and get some blog love, so go right ahead and comment on all the the links if you like, I’m not here to judge.  If you feel compelled to, you can link back to here or share a tweet or something. There’s no harm in spreading the word about this linkup.

My only request is that you link up real posts, not giveaways or only sponsored content. The point is to get know each other’s blogs, not get free promotion for your giveaway or sponsored post.  I understand sometimes those posts need the extra exposure, but just be mindful and don’t take advantage of the linkup.

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Wedding Photos…A Few Months Later

November 20, 2014

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It’s Friday (or Thursday since I’m posting this right before bed)! First, thank you everyone who texted me and commented on my post Tuesday. It makes me uncomfortable, but it’s nice to have people who are willing to put it out there that they are there for you.  But to quickly change the subject, remember when Carl and I got more wedding photos taken? We finally got the final pictures back! And they’re beautiful! Here are my favorites. Which one do you like?

P.S. Click here if you want to see photos from our actual wedding.

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Hump Day Treats #10

November 19, 2014

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Time for another Hump Day Treats! After a wee bit of a downer post yesterday, I thought I’d quickly change the subject to something more enjoyable.

Hump Day Treats

// This is just one of many pretty colored photos on Oh Joy’s Make & Give post //

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// The House That Lars Built is sharing some of her favorites from her Craft The Rainbow Instagram series. //

// This photo series was fascinating as well as a bit disheartening. It made me wonder how I react to the people around me.

// Puppies versus stairs. You’re welcome.

// Now this is just weird…yet really interesting.

// “God never intended for Christians to all be the same.”

// Napoleon Dynamite cast 10 years later. YES.

// In case you missed it, turns out T-Pain can actually sing.

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Checking In

November 18, 2014

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I haven’t talked much about life recently and I thought it was time to share what’s been going on.

We finished our final (5th) wedding of the year.

I was in four weddings this year (including my own) and attended a fifth.  They were all fun, but praise Jesus they are over.  Weddings are expensive and exhausting.  I’m glad our wedding was the second wedding out of them all, because it gave me a whole new appreciation for them.

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I got a new tattoo!

And it’s a big one.  I’ve started a floral half sleeve on my right arm.  It’s gonna be like a vintage painting of the flowers in my wedding bouquet.  It’s beautiful.  So far only the outline is done, but I’ll go back for more in January.  It took about 4.5 hours to do the outline, which was long enough for me.

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I’m getting a new wedding set.

I’ve lost a fourth diamond in my wedding rings.  Turns out, if you have small fingers, you shouldn’t choose a ring with small diamonds going down the sides.  Apparently, since the rings are being sized from a size 7 to a 5, it puts extra stress on the prongs.  We have a meeting with Zales’ jeweler on Sunday where I can look through all the rings and he can help me choose something that will resize well but is still something I love.  I must say, Zales has been amazing through this whole process.  I was very attached to my rings, but it dwindled with each diamond I lost. At this point I’m excited to pick something new because it allows me to get something bigger and fancier.

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I’m going through the process of getting diagnosed and treated for depression.

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I’d be one of those fake bloggers if I didn’t put this out there. Currently Carl is the only one who knows what’s going on, but for some reason putting this on the blog doesn’t feel like I’m broadcasting it for the world to know.  Let me tell you, depression sucks. I could elaborate on what it’s like, but that would just be, for lack of a better word, depressing. Every day tasks are a struggle and I just don’t find the joy in many things like I used, hence why my blogging has been off lately.  Fortunately I am getting help and I’ll be back to normal soon. (P.S. I’m trying to keep up with blogging through this, but I would LOVE to have you guest post for me. So if your interested, please shoot me an email, tweet or message on Facebook.)

We’ve come a long way from this time last year.

This time last year, we didn’t know if we would be able to pay rent the next month. I had just started working a third job at GAP and trying to pick up extra shifts.  Carl had been applying for hospital jobs and just learned he didn’t get the job he interviewed for.  We were preparing to work Black Friday at the mall and I was going to miss my first holiday with my family.

The holidays and the new year brought a lot of changes.  Now I have a full time job I could not love any more and Carl is literally saving lives at the hospital. (Seriously, he did CPR and restarted a patient’s heart a few weeks ago.) We’re finally married and are so in love with each other, it would make you vomit if our love was put into words.  After trying to get by and enjoy the days as best as we could, it’s just so wonderful to finally be where we want.
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Social Saturday #22

November 15, 2014

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Happy Saturday everyone!  How was your week? Mine has its up and downs, I’m definitely excited for the weekend.  Today Carl and I are heading to Columbia so I can get a new tattoo! So. Excited.  But before I get inked we’re getting a late lunch/early dinner with some BFF’s. One of those people wrote a lovely guest post on the blog yesterday (which you should totally check out).  So while I’m stuffing my face with some sushi and getting some permanent art done, you should link up a post for Social Saturday and make some friends.

Social Saturday

New to Social Saturday? It’s pretty much the rebel of all the link ups.  The purpose is to meet new bloggers and get some blog love, so go right ahead and comment on all the the links if you like, I’m not here to judge.  If you feel compelled to, you can link back to here or share a tweet or something. There’s no harm in spreading the word about this linkup.

My only request is that you link up real posts, not giveaways or only sponsored content. The point is to get know each other’s blogs, not get free promotion for your giveaway or sponsored post.  I understand sometimes those posts need the extra exposure, but just be mindful and don’t take advantage of the linkup.

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