Engagement Photos - Yay or Nay

Devon and I are really fighting with the idea of having engagement pictures done.  Neither of us like having our picture taken; we actually both rather despise it, so we really think we might not do them....more

5 Ways To Drop Hints About The Engagement Ring You Want

Relying on your other half to pick up the right milk can be a stressful ordeal, so imagine how much stressful it would be letting him loose at the engagement ring counter! Ask any women what they would do if their other half bought them an engagement ring they hated and you’ll discover there are two types of women. Type one will say with confidence that they would love whatever their partner chose. But type two will only be happy if the ring is exactly what they want....more

When Someone Tells You What Your Dead Child Told Them To Tell You

Boundaries. With chalk in hand, I am declaring mine.I received a note out of the blue today, no doubt well meaning, but it told me to be happy during this time with Ryan and that she felt Justin was urging her to share this with me. I haven’t responded, I may or may not. I have learned to wait twenty-four hours before responding to boundary incursions....more

Wearing My Engagement Ring Without My Wedding Band

While doing some heavy cleaning, I put my diamond engagement ring and simple wedding band on my ring holder. Later in the evening I noticed my naked finger and asked my husband to retrieve my rings from the bedroom. He brought the sparkly round diamond ring, surrounded by a halo of small diamonds, and mimicking a proposal, he asked me to marry him as he slipped it back home on my finger. ...more

Engagement Anniversary: My Husband's Surprising Proposal

I don’t know about you, but I hate public marriage proposals. I find them kind of awkward. Yeah, they’re incredibly sweet and the person has to be the most courageous person ever in order to accomplish that. The thought of being proposed to in public, though, was enough to make my introverted self go crazy....more

How Much Will Your Wedding REALLY Cost?

The weeks and months after getting engaged can be overwhelming for many brides. Planning a wedding is a totally new experience and so many of us don’t know where to start. I was the same way! Last week on the blog I shared 8 things to do after getting engaged. This week, I’m going to delve a little deeper into one of them: the wedding budget....more

Lessons Learned Wedding Planning, Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I shared a post with you guys with some of the lessons I learned while wedding planning. When I shared it, I told you it would be Part 1 of 2. The post was written before the wedding (though shared after). I knew even then that there would be lessons I learned about planning at or after the wedding that I would want to share as well. Now the wedding and honeymoon have passed, Dave and I have been married more than three weeks, and I’m ready to share some more lessons!...more

Eat, Drink and Be Married: A DIY Engagement Basket!

One of my best girlfriends got engaged over the weekend and I couldn’t be happier for her and her fiancé! Her fiancé not only surprised her with a gorgeous ring, but he also surprised her by inviting all their family and friends to celebrate at a local restaurant later that night! She was so surprised and couldn’t stop smiling all night long! We are beyond thrilled for the two of them!...more

The Engagement

For the past week, my daughter has been out of town visiting friends and loved ones in another state. What happened the first day she arrived there? She got engaged! Her long time friend took photos of the happy couple. See the post HERE...more

Tales of my fabulous engagement ring

 I love my engagement ring to death. I love the story of where it comes from, how Hunter went about designing it, the sad but "everything happens for a reason" part of the story, all of it. Since I am such a die hard costume jewelry wearer on the daily, Hunter loves that he is the one to find a piece of good jewelry I will wear every day. Which is rather impressive, seeing as I have a beautiful collection of real goods from the span of my almost 29 years on this planet....more