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Most Forgotten Point

I know I am not perfect. I know sometimes I pretend to be, but I am working on humility. I also think I know what part makes me not perfect. And I think it’s something that a lot of people struggle with.

Sometimes I forget that people love me. Not that the people that love me do a bad job of showing me they love me, because they don’t. But because I get so frustrated or angry or upset that my brain clouds my judgement, and I don’t ever think that maybe the person who I am angry with isn’t saying things to hurt me. They are saying things because they love me.

Sadly though, this cloudiness can lead to people saying some extremely mean and hurtful things. I know some of the things I am most sorry for in life were because I said something when I was in this type of situation.

I think it’s important to remember that people are not evil…some are, but most aren’t. And the ones that make us craziest are probably the ones that love us the most. Maybe we should cut them some slack.

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Lucky in Love

I mentioned it a couple blogs ago, but Ryan and I just celebrated the first anniversary of this special day:

Under the Big Tree

Our anniversary was wonderful! We both took the week off work, and we made a last minute trip to the mountains. It was great to get away for a while! Our cabin had an amazing view (I’m such a nature girl), and we were able to take LuLu with us. We had originally wanted to go on a trip up north for our anniversary, but with my back and hip problems, a long drive or plane ride just isn’t a good idea.

For our actual anniversary (Sunday, October 3), we went to the Pineapple Room at Cheekwood and had lunch. We visited Two Rivers and took pictures under the tree where we got married, and we had dinner at J. Alexander’s (where we had our first date). We also watched our wedding video (see the teaser here) and ate our leftover wedding cake (yuck!) and opened presents. It was great!

We spent the day before our anniversary cleaning up around the house. I spent well over 8 hours cleaning out the craft room. It’s pretty much been a mess since the wedding (so for at least a year). Ryan was great and pitched in to help and moved all the heavy boxes around for me. While cleaning out the craft room, we found over a hundred dollars!! We found two Target gift cards that equaled $83, a $10 iTunes gift card, a $10 P.F. Chang’s gift card and $13 cash. It was hard to believe we had misplaced so many unused gift cards! I guess it’s a testament to how crazy wedding planning can be! (Although I’m pretty sure some of those cards were from 2008, before we got into wedding planning mode.) It was a pretty lucky day during our anniversary celebration week.

Then when we went to dinner at J. Alexander’s, where we had another lucky streak. We were happily enjoying our appetizer and conversation for about 20 minutes when the manager comes over and apologizes for the wait and says that she is going to take care of our meal. We were kind of confused since we didn’t even realize we had been waiting for very long. But sure enough, at the end of the meal, our server told us that the manager took care of our meal and we didn’t have anything to pay. Free anniversary meal! How lucky are we?!

Speaking of lucky, a couple weeks before our anniversary trip, this arrived in the mail for me:

Do you remember this post when I dreamed about owning it one day? My dear husband was able to buy a package that included the poster when Ray LaMontagne’s new album came out! Now I officially own the poster from the concert we went to on the night of our engagement day. And it depicts the cutest little tangent bike (that’s a two-seater if you didn’t know), perfectly printed in our wedding colors. It’s just a little thing, but it makes me very happy.

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Marketing/Life lesson class. Today’s Lesson: Where’s the Love?

Daily we are bombarded by advertisements, slogans, branding and messages telling us who a company is and what they stand for. But day in and day out, I hear my friends/family/Savannah/me complain about something a specific company has done. And ultimately it’s something that they claim to not do! For instance, so many companies push that people are important. Customers are #1. But are you really following through with that belief? And if so, are you following through with it with your workforce as well? I mean, aren’t they people too? You want your customers to love you? Well do your employees love you? If your employees don’t love you, do you really think they are going to make your customers love you?

I know we are living in a tough economy right now, but like John Lennon said, “All you need is love.” If you spent a little more time and energy loving your employees, I bet they would love you back and show some love to your customers. And those customers would spend more money with you, or tell other people how great you are. So then the little extra effort you spent loving your employees would lead to great rewards.

The really sad thing is that this lesson isn’t new. God has been telling us to love each other as ourselves for thousands of years. Maybe someday we’ll learn… Have you loved someone today?

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Greetings all! It’s been a while since our last update. As you can read from Part 1 and Part 2 of our last blog entry. Savannah had back surgery, and I have had play practice. Well we are finally starting to get our lives back into the swing of things, and the play I am in, “Father of the Bride,” opens this Friday, June 4th! If you would like tickets visit Pull-Tight Theater’s website.

So the play is all about the Banks family making preparations for the daughter’s marriage (her name is Kay) to Buckley Dunstan, a young business man who “makes something or other.” I haven’t done theater in eight years, and it seemed only appropriate to get back into acting by being in a play about a wedding the first year I am married. The play is quite funny and has some very warm moments. And there are definitely some parts that bring up memories from Savannah and my wedding.

When I was thinking about it this morning, the cast includes a cavalcade of characters separate from the family that, despite Stanley Banks’s initial reaction (who as my father would say is wound up tighter than a tick in heat), are there to help. From Miss Bellamy, Mr. Banks’s secretary, to the furniture movers who move every piece of Mr. Banks’s furniture, including his favorite chair, these people are here to make Kay’s wedding a day to remember.

Looking back at our wedding, this is a universal truth about weddings. Weddings are definitely about two people being in love, but it’s also about people coming together and making a normal day into the most special day in two people’s lives. It’s about sharing the love between those two people with all the people that they love.

But why wait for a wedding. I wanted to take this Wedding Wednesday blog to thank all of my loved ones for not only supporting Savannah and I during the wedding, but during Savannah’s first surgery, and my first play in a decade, and LuLu’s bad vet appointment, and checking on us during the flood, etc. Savannah and I are truly blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives. We love you all!

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Here’s an exciting Wedding Wednesday announcement: Ryan and I were the featured wedding in the May edition of Her Nashville! Be sure to grab a copy before while they are still available! Here’s the online version of the article.

Due to our internet being knocked out for a while because of the flood, me being out of commission from my surgery and Ryan having play rehearsal almost every night of the week, we took an unexpected hiatus from the blog world. We missed the first two Wedding Wednesdays of the month, along with our First Friday post for May. So we’ve combined the two in today’s post.

Here’s the story of our first engaged concert and our wedding ring inscriptions:

As mentioned in our engagement story blog, the night we got engaged, we went to a Ray LaMontagne concert. It was perfect. Ray has some great love songs—the kind that make you look at the person sitting next to you and fall in love all over again. (That night, I’m sure that ring on my finger helped with that too. 🙂  The concert was amazing, and thankfully, we had my friend Livi with us to snap shots of our newly engaged selves all around Nashville.

That Ray LaMontagne concert was the first concert we went to after making it official that we would spend the rest of our lives together, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts. To celebrate that, we decided to use Ray LaMontagne lyrics as the inscriptions inside our rings.

Of course, that decision didn’t come easily. It took us weeks to pick out our inscriptions! (If you know me, that probably doesn’t surprise you. I am the most indecisive person ever.)  We were clueless at first, and then I found these sites to get ideas from:

http://chris-parry.blogspot.com/2009/01/wedding-ring-inscriptions.html

http://www.allthingsfrugal.com/c_inscriptions.htm

http://www.e-weddingbands.com/store/engravefav.html

At first, we were debating on some song lyrics and Bible verses, and then we really liked the idea of doing a two-part inscription. Some of the original contenders included these:

1) 1st Band: Camelot exists!

2nd Band: Our forever fairytale!

(Cheesy, right? 🙂 )

2) 1st Band: I have found the one

2nd Band: in whom my soul delights

3) 1st Band: Many waters cannot quench love

2nd Band: Rivers cannot wash love away

4) 1st Band: Let’s keep dreaming…

2nd Band: Under the moon

But none of them were perfect. Until we thought about our engagement night and had the idea to use Ray LaMontagne lyrics.

In case you are wondering, Ryan’s ring says “You are the Best Thing” and my ring says “I Will Hold You 4-Ever.” [The actual song says, I could hold you forever, but that wouldn’t fit. We like the change to “will” though because it’s not just a statement, it’s a promise from him to me.]

In case you would like to use Ray LaMontagne lyrics too, others we considered include “I Will Shelter You,” “Let It Be Me” and “Forever My Friend, Forever My Love” (which could also be broken up into a two-part inscription).

As a side note about our first engaged concert, it haunts me to this day that I did not buy a poster at the concert. I almost bought one online last year, but put it in my shopping cart on the Ray LaMontagne website and never actually purchased it. When I went back, they were completely sold out! If you ever see this poster lying around an old poster shop (do they even have those?), buy it for me and I’ll pay you back!

Isn’t it the cutest? It’s even in our wedding colors. *sigh* Maybe one day…

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Hey Gang! Sorry for the ominous title, but this Wedding Wednesday post isn’t as bad as you think it is. Although if you ask Savannah it probably is. You see, Sunday afternoon, Savannah came down with what appears to be a pinched sciatic nerve. And as the afternoon turned to night, Savannah was confined to the bed. She wasn’t able to walk or even lay down comfortably. And since a doctor visit Monday morning, she hasn’t got any better. But we have an appointment to see an orthopedist tomorrow, and we are hopeful they will be able to help.

Anyway, the whole point of this blog is “For better or for worse.” Savannah has been completely incapacitated all week. About the only thing she can do is go to the bathroom, and even that leaves her shot for about 20 minutes. But as bad as it has been for Savannah, I have been meeting the challenge with great skill and my typical awesomeness. 🙂 I have been Savannah’s nurse, and as sad as I am that Savannah is in so much pain, it warms my heart that I am able to show the woman I love that I am there for her, for better or for worse or for pinched sciatic nerves.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers and hope for a speedy recovery.

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! This week we’re going all the way back to 2008 to talk about how we picked out our rings.

When I was in college, half of the girls I lived with got engaged and they had all these wedding magazines everywhere and every time I would look through them, I would see this ring that I thought was so beautiful, which was weird for me because I wasn’t one of those girls who had all the details of their wedding planned out or anything. Like, I always thought I would never really be that picky about that stuff or anything. But every time I saw that ring I just felt like I had to have it, and I would tear out the ad. I even gave it to my ex-boyfriend when we were going to go ring shopping (but we broke up the Wednesday before the weekend when we were supposed to go). So this time around when Ryan and I started talking rings, I saw some other ads and looked at some online, but nothing really appealed to me. And all I could think about was how I really loved that one ring way back then, and I would probably love it now more than anything else I was seeing. The only problem was, I couldn’t find a copy of the ad, and that was like 6 years ago. So I searched my mom’s house looking for it and went through tons of my old college papers…but nothing…

And then I started to worry that I would never find a ring that I really liked and so then I would never be able to get married, because who could live the rest of their life with a ring on their finger that they hated? What kind of statement would that make about the marriage they were in? I just couldn’t live like that. (Yes, I can be a little dramatic.)

So there I was, about to give up hope and I’m talking to God about it and I’m telling him how distraught I am and how much I wish I could just remember the name of the designer who made that ring, and when I got up, it just came to me—Verragio. So I went straight to the computer and Googled it, and within minutes, I had found the exact ring! Here is a link to the specific design on Verragio’s website.

So Ryan found some places in Nashville that carried Verragio and then found a store in Green Hills that has the exact ring—Genesis Diamonds. I went and tried it on the following Saturday, and there were none in the store that I liked nearly as much as that one. It had been calling my name for years! And Ryan agreed that it was the perfect one for me.

One of the things I love the most about this particular setting is that you can see the entire diamond–nothing is hidden.

Ryan later returned to Genesis without me to pick out the diamond that would be made into my very own version of the ring I loved so much. Even though I knew the setting, I didn’t lay eyes on my ring until the day that he surprised me with a proposal.

As for our experience with Genesis, we loved working with them and would definitely recommend them. They never seemed pushy at all, and they gave us (at least in our opinion) a great deal. My ring appraised for twice as much as they charged us. We also bought my wedding band from them, and probably would have bought Ryan’s band from them as well if they offered engraving on Tungsten bands. We’ll talk more about Ryan’s band and our engravings later.

I’ll leave you with this image by the fabulous Serah of Zoey Lee Photography (it’s the closest thing I have to a close up of the ring).

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