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

Make Your Own Paper Flowers

This is a tutorial on these beautiful paper flower balls that my husband and I made for our wedding. We made 100s. We had all sizes and all shapes (all shapes being two shapes - half sphere and sphere)....more

What Does Happily Ever After Really Mean?

This week my parents celebrated 42 years of marriage. In a Facebook, my mother pondered if anyone truly understands the promises they are making when they get married. Her conclusion was that they don’t. Anyone who’s been married a decent length of time would probably agree—I know I do....more

How We Came to Be

It all began with a friendship, as great relationships do. My then friend, Miguel, was newly divorced and I was married...to someone else. What?! Yeah. Miguel and I worked together, he in the mail room and I, an Assistant (Secretary). He was dating and I was pregnant with Alex. My feet swelled, I was tired, worried I would lose Alex, because I'd lost my baby the year before. I don't talk about that often. ...more

Same-Sex Marriage: Why Everybody's Right ... and Wrong

Lines have been drawn, the symbolic moral high road taken, and the demands for social acceptance...um... demanded in the latest showdown between Christians and homosexuals in the War on Marriage/ Battle for Marriage Equality. (It all depends on which side of the fence you're on. But everyone seems to agree that they are engaged in combat of some sort.)...more
janespringfield Good point.  And "Dresses for Jesus" is kind of catchy.  And I would definitely ...more

Getting Married in 5 Days Apparently Makes You Crazy.

So, for weeks now people have been commenting on how calm I seem leading up to the wedding. That I don’t seem stressed at all and I’m the picture of a cool and collected bride. I mean, I’m paraphrasing, but that’s basically the gist. Uh, don’t sound so shocked, EVERYONE, I don’t understand how you’d expect me to be any other way! However, I think the calm exterior is my way of shielding people I love from the insanity that lurks just beneath the surface....more

Body Image After the Wedding

Your wedding day. You worked so hard to get to that day looking your best. You munched on salads, tried crazy diets and avoided sweets for months to drop those pounds. Maybe even a slight stomach flu to help you drop those last 5 pounds. After all of that, you looked amazing. The dress fit flawlessly and you pranced and danced all night, glowing in your new marriage and hot body. Because you are supposed to drop weight to be beautiful, hot on your wedding day, right? But after the wedding, after the pounds make their way back, comes a new body image struggle. ...more
I had this on reverse...I wasn't worried about my weight prior to the wedding, even though I ...more

Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar

Twenty-five years ago today, which would have been a Thursday night, John and friends were having a bachelor party (and the less said about that the better!) while my friends and I celebrated more sedately at the family home of one of my bridesmaids.  We were married two days later, on August 12, 1989, which means that we are marking our silver anniversary this week....more

7 Random Facts About My Lucky 7 Wedding

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Now, THAT, calmabrave , is cool. And the rainbow? Perfect. Thank you for sharing.more

Your Guide to Wedding Themes

Choosing a wedding theme is often Step One in planning your wedding. Here are some helpful tips to get you started. ...more