Friday, July 23, 2010

Part 4 in the Story of Us: A Wedding Story

6 years of Married Bliss... and maybe a few marriage bumps...

But this guy…

Is still the only one for me =)

Part 4: A Wedding Story

Click Here to start from the beginning...

Our wedding day was awesome, but it wasn’t completely void of mishaps…

1. Me and the girls went to get our nails done, on the way there my maid of honor left her wallet on the trunk of her car while getting gas and drove off without it. Then, somehow the rest of us did not have cash or credit cards… longstoryshort… we got our nails done with NO way to pay for it… I am pretty sure there was a frantic phone call involved and someone rushing up to the nail salon…

So we were already off schedule…

2. We went to get our hair done. We drive ALL the way there and realize, I don’t have my veil… which was supposed to be fixed into my hair… whoops! get hair done without veil, we deal with that later….

3. My mom calls in the MIDDLE of getting my hair done and says this,

“yeah Lily, the table centerpieces (which we had put together the day before) are blowing all over the tent… what do you want me to do?”

“ummm let’s see mom, probably NOT call the bride 4 hours before the wedding and make her FREAK OUT… Just FIX it!!”

4. I forgot to buy shoes. (I told you I was bad at being a girl, who forgets their wedding shoes???) I realized this like an hour before the wedding- Thankfully, my Aunt Tanya wears close to the same size as me and had a pair of white shoes that I could borrow at the last minute. =)

Regardless of the mishaps we had a sweet, fun wedding that was exactly what I wanted… a little unconventional, but it was definitely “us.”

Wedding Location: My Aunt and Uncles back yard- down by the river. Reception in a rented tent.

Theme: Rock-n-Roll- black and white




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Music: Goose’s band, Anthem, played and we had other dance music.

First Dance: Anthem’s version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis


Food: ummmm...who cares?

Send-off: Instead of bubbles, we gave out lighters with hearts on them. To go with the “rock-n-roll” theme, we had everyone light their lighters as we walked through- then my Uncle set off some huge –probably illegal- fireworks… We drove away in my aunt’s convertible and went to the Westin in Atlanta for our wedding night…

Everything went by sooooo fast.

My in-laws ~ Love all of them!!!!


My beautiful siblings =)


6 crazy, hectic, amazing years...

Can't wait to see what else God has in store for us!

....and I also can't wait to see where goose is taking me tonight. ;)


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Part 3: An Engaged Story

If you want to catch-up on the first 2 parts, click here: A Dating Story and The Proposal

After our “we’re getting married” announcement over the holidays in 2003, me and Goosers had no idea what we were getting into...

Now as I have mentioned before, I am kind of terrible at being a girl… and I didn’t really think I would be getting married…



So I didn’t have this “dream” wedding idea in my head and I was without a giant, pink notebook of magazine cut-outs and cake designs.

But what I did have is a very large, creative group of women in my family who started coming up with crazy ideas for location, theme, reception, all that.

I think our first wedding date was Sept. then it changed to August. then I moved it up to July. See I didn’t really give a crap care about the wedding, I was just ready to be married! (I’m a little impatient that way)

I found these pictures of when I went to try on dresses with Jess and my sis-n-law Brit.

I laughed and laughed… (they probably aren’t that funny, but you should have just seen me at the time, I was sooooo out of place…)

Here was a nice night-gown wedding dress??? (and what is up with my mushroom haircut?)

Jan 2004

Trying on wedding dresses- not my idea of a good time…


The Cinderella dress… I felt like a little girl playing dress up:

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Jan 2004 sparkle dress

This was one of the only ones I liked- it was sooo pretty, but it had so many beads and details it weighed like a 1000 lbs and I was getting married outdoors in July… wasn’t tryin to have a heat stroke on my wedding day =)

And I am sure they will love me for posting these- but look at my bridesmaids faces!

these dresses were all terrible- blech!


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My dress and their dresses ended up looking NOTHING like these…

When my mom seen the dress I bought, she actually said, “Oh No Lily, you can’t wear that”

The dress was the only thing my mom and I fought about the whole wedding. But I think once she seen the bridesmaid dresses and everything else, she realized my dress wasn’t going to look that out of place. =)

The next 6 months flew by. I wanted a simple outdoor ceremony. I didn’t want traditional, no wedding “etiquette” books for me…

There was the shower (Egyptian theme pool party-tons of fun)

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And all my Chilis girls (where I worked at the time) threw me a bachelorette party at one of their houses.

SOOO much fun- Some of these girls i haven’t seen in a long time! – miss them!!

Bachelorette Party

Then there was the rehearsal dinner, which was on my 20th birthday. Goosers got me a guitar for my birthday… I think that is the only birthday present he has ever bought me. Ha! …. no seriously. I usually just go shopping for my bday and pick out my own gift. =)

My bridal breakdown happened a few days before the wedding- basically we were working on flowers and seating for the wedding ceremony and I just lost it...

started bawling my eyes out for NO reason whatsoever...

I think everything was just overwhelming, I went from just wanting a little ceremony somewhere and a party with friends and family to inviting 200 people and worrying about a bunch of nonsense. But I got over it and went on to really enjoy everything!

So are you wondering what my bridesmaids dresses ended up looking like, and why my mom almost fainted when she seen my dress? I'll show you on Friday (which is our 6 year anniversary) with the Final Part of our beginnings...

A Wedding Story =)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We are Fam-i-ly

Big things are coming next week: Birthdays- Anniversary- Blog changes-

but for the next 4 days I am GAME LEADER for VBS at our church. Last night was our first night and I was exhausted, but we had so much fun! (BTW, any game ideas for kids K-5th?)

So I might not be the best blogger this week- but I will post this picture for the Happiness Project:

My older brother and sister, me, and our better halves last weekend at my niece's bday party =) I love my family and it makes me happy that we all get along and enjoy our time together!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Wishful Thinking...

Sometimes I wish I could take my kids to a store without being embarrassed.

Like last week when Nolan found a bottle of acrylic paint in the craft aisle, opened it, squeezed it on the floor, and then walked through it to create a trail of lime green footprints leading straight to me.

I wish I didn’t have to frantically dig through my purse to find something to wipe down said aisle before the paint dried.

Thankfully, I got to it in time and it only cost me one little boy sock.


I wish my kids had some kind of spatial awareness. Then maybe I wouldn’t have had to clean up SIX drinks in the past 24 hours… oh, and 2 jars of finger paint.



I also wish I was one of those moms that can do crafty projects with her kids and it not be a total disaster.


Sometimes I wish my son Nolan wasn’t such a sneak. Like when I uploaded my pictures from my camera and found that he had somehow gotten a hold of it and taken about 45 pictures in his room…

He must have thought it was time to take inventory of all his toys:

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then there were like 15 of his feet:


and of course about 10 face shots… I mean he is my kid after all:


I wish I had thought to wear sunscreen when we played in our volleyball tournament last weekend… that might have kept me from having a wicked bad sunburn for 3 days and killer cool tan lines for the rest of the summer.

Lily Volley

I wish I had taken more pics of my hubby playing with his rockin long hair (which I think is as long as it’s been since I have known him)

Goose volley

what a nerd…


(Stone Mountain for the Laser Show)

I can’t believe the year is half over,

I wish time would slow down just a little bit…


What do you wish had (or hadn’t) happened this week?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Spiritual Freedom

What comes to mind when you think of freedom?

Is it living in a free country? the privilege of voting?

Is it being able to stay home with your kids? Being able to raise your children how you see fit?

Is it the dream of going to college? owning your own business? the idea of marrying for love? or living wherever you choose?

Or is it simply getting to chose what you wear? what you eat? what you read?

Freedom can mean so many different things to different people… some freedoms we enjoy change day to day. Someone loses a job and suddenly they might not have the freedom to go out to eat 2x a week or pay their bills on time. We could lose the freedom to walk or talk after a bad accident. Even the rights and freedoms we share today as citizens of the US might not be the same tomorrow.

There is only one freedom that I have that I know without a doubt, a hundred percent, I will never be without…

and that is the liberty I have in Christ.

Even though I live in a free country, I have been bound and broken many times.

Like many others, I was enslaved to a life that didn’t fit, a life that made me bitter and angry. I pretended to be confident and happy, but I was really self-loathing and irresponsible. I acted like a arrogant, pessimistic child who believed generational curses would forever determine my future… so why bother trying for anything better?

I was going down a sad, slippery slope a hundred miles an hour until God stopped me dead in my tracks.

Trusting Him, I began a new life, without excuses, without the burden of my past. I was free from what the world’s statistics said I should be and began to experience a life full of more love than I ever imagined.

I’m sure Americans were pretty ecstatic when they first won their freedom… they were pumped up with big ideas, ready to move forward, live life to the fullest, and try to make this country better than all the rest.

When we feel that first rush of freedom in Christ, we are fired up, excited about where God is taking us… spiritual highs are so powerful…

Then the world’s excesses start squeezing back in; physical circumstances, family, jobs, and internal struggles start to take over. We allow ourselves to be forced back into the bondage of discontent, busyness, and our “to-do” lists.

God is put on a back-burner and faith becomes boring, stagnant religion… completely lacking passion and joy.

It doesn’t make sense to let fleeting circumstances steal my joy because I know what God’s true Love feels like… I have never felt more alive, more inspired, and more free than when I am walking with Him. It just takes the effort of ridding my head of the garbage that is constantly thrown in it, and allowing Him to fill my life with all that is good… sometimes all it takes is a quiet room and a few honest words to get back there.

Christ came so that we could be free: free from the pain of our past, free from the burden of our present circumstances, and free from fear of the future.

His is a freedom that I don’t ever want to take for granted.

So during this Independence Day weekend, along with being incredibly thankful for all of those who fought and died to free this country,

I will also remember to thank the One who came to free the world.

Galatians 5:1
1: Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

I have to thank my pastor for inspiring this post with his message on freedom =) I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe weekend!