August 22, 2010

Wedding Dress Recycling

August 22, 2010
Every girl dreams of her wedding for what seems to be a lifetime. You dream about the man you will marry and the venue and how spectacular your wedding dress will be. It was no different for me... Chris and I were young when we got married, but we knew without a doubt that God had created us for each other and that this was His will for our lives. The moment he proposed wedding dresses started floating through my mind! I looked through magazines and catalogs non stop until I found what I thought to be THE ONE! It was a plain simple dress with nice beading around the edges... I'm a plain simple kind of gal so I thought it was perfect for me. So naturally when my mother and maid of honor and I went wedding dress shopping this was the first dress I tried on. I made my way out of the dressing room, up onto the podium turned around looked into the mirror and knew right away that this was not the dress! ha! I was so disappointed. I thought this was going to be an easy process. ummm.... no! Several hours later still dress shopping my mom kept mentioning a certain gown that she loved and I would not give it a second look for one because of the price and for two because it was so fru fru! To make my mother happy I tried it on. When I saw myself in this dress I fell in love with it instantly and knew I had to have it!

Chris and I have been married for eight years now and I am so tired of seeing this beautiful wedding dress hang in its bag in my closet. I did not like the idea of preserving it in a box for so many different reasons. For one once its in the box then it is "stuck". So I have been in search of ideas for what to do with it. My husband says "sell it" and for me that just isn't even an option. I'm not sure why we are women grow these attachments to material items, but there is not way I could let go of my wedding gown.

So I am curious what others have done with or plan to do with their wedding dresses! Share please... I need some ideas!!

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August 18, 2010

Summer Fun!

August 18, 2010





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August 11, 2010

Milestones

August 11, 2010
Milestones - markers of reaching an identifiable stage are huge when you become a parent. I try to always give God the glory for each milestone in my children's lives and my own for that matter - big or small. I feel so blessed each day that God has allowed me to be a mom to two of His children. He has trusted me with this task, this responsibility and I do not take it lightly.

Before having children of my own I never understood why birthdays or other general "age" milestones made parents sad. I am sure it was just a combination of my handsome little man turn 2 and having just brought home our little girl, but the evening of Colton's second birthday I was a total mess! A mess I tell you! It was a busy hectic day starting with his 2 yr old checkup and a vaccine that I went against my gut and got it anyway (thats for another post) and ended with my Christopher and I sitting on the couch watching a slide show of the past 2 years that he had put together to music. Once the tears started flowing they just wouldn't stop. I could not believe that 2 years had passed since we first brought him home and that little itty bitty 6 pounds 12 ounce newborn was now a 24 pound bouncy (literally) toddler!

Here are a few pictures from our "Backyardigan Style BBQ"






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August 10, 2010

Friends... Pregnancy.... Babies

August 10, 2010
Yesterday I packed up Colton and Claire and headed out early to spend the day with a great friend and her two girls! It was so nice to be in her company and to see Colton and Iris play together even though he was a bit of a bully pushing her around - which was so strange because I had never seen him act like that before. Chris says he was just being a boy, but none the less I didn't like it.

Christine is one of my dearest friends. She is possibly one of the easiest people on the planet to have a conversation with. Anyone who knows her would agree. She is sweet, funny, so caring and not a judgmental bone in her body. She is a hard working mom of two and I often ask myself how she does it while keeping her sanity! We first met while working retail together about ten years ago. We spent a lot of time having dinner together with our hubbies and even went on vacation together. I had the wonderful privilege of being a part of her wedding in Washington State. Needless to say we have seen each other through some big events!

It wasn't long after getting pregnant with Colton that I got a call from her saying she might be pregnant! It was so exciting going through our first pregnancy together. It was nice to have someone that close to you that understood what you were going through and that continued when we both gave birth to our firstborn babes. Iris made her debut exactly 11 weeks after Colton. The fall after Colton's birth we spent almost every Monday with Christine and Iris in Knoxville shopping, eating, and lots of girl/baby talk. We soon found the most convenient places in the mall to nurse and had our shopping routine down to a science. We went from newlywed (baby free) friends to toting our infant carriers and strollers through the mall. We had lots of fun that first year of motherhood figuring everything out together.









Around Iris' first birthday Christine found out that she was expecting. I think anytime you and your spouse are not "actively trying" to get pregnant it is a little bit of a shock when you do - and I'm sure an even bigger shock when you realize your babes are going to be 20 months apart. It was at this point that I knew I wanted to wait longer to get pregnant with our second. As you know by now, the Lord (and Chris... haha) had different plans. I honestly do not think Christine was surprised one iota when I told her I was pregnant. She went a week over her due date and I went 11 days early so now our beautiful baby girls are only 3 weeks apart! Yesterday was the first day we had all four of them together at her house for our ritual Monday trip to Knoxville. We didn't brave the mall with all four of them, but we certainly had a good time. Christine captured a couple of sweet moments with our four little ones!








When I was in the hospital in labor with Claire Christine called to remind me that if I had Claire that day that all of our babies would have been born on a Wednesday... no pressure though ;) ha! So here are our Wednesday babies!

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August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

August 4, 2010




Elizabeth Haley Bingham - Our Pastors Granddaughter

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