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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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  • Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    First off, congrats on finally being done with weddings. I can’t imagine the relief. My brother’s wedding was this past weekend and I have another in March. That’s enough for me.

    Secondly, you’re pretty. And if you ever want to talk to a psuedo-stranger to get things off your chest, I am always here. You are indented in my Google Plus chats, which makes us friends for ever. You didn’t know what you were getting into, but I think it’s too late to go back.

    xxoox, your favorite other ginger Katie.

  • Thanks for sharing your story and taking the time for yourself! Also, I love your tattoo

  • Love the new tattoo!

  • I am so sorry you are dealing with depression! I have struggled with depression and anxiety since high school and I know how hard it is. If you ever want to talk, I’m always here <3

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  • welcomingspirit

    So many changes 🙂 I’m brand new here but wanted to applaud you on being so open about depression. I was diagnosed with PTSD after our son was born and those kinds of things are scary and can make a person feel so isolated and afraid. It’s great that you are getting treated. Be gentle with yourself through the process 🙂

  • I’ve been through depression before and sometimes I’m worried its coming back. If you ever want to talk let me know. If I can get back into the hang of blogging and figuring out how to plan in advance I’d definitely be willing to guest post. Also I’m loving the tattoo!