This weekend, Chad and I had the privilege of watching two of our great friends get married, Mike and Carrie. Mike and Chad met while both working at KTXS in Abilene, and I was introduced to Mike shortly thereafter. As an avid lover of both sports and Jesus, it’s no surprise that we all hit it off instantly!
Mike met Carrie while she was his waitress at Texas Roadhouse. Nope, I didn’t make that up! After working up the courage to ask her out, the two have been inseparable ever since :) I remember the first time Chad and I met Carrie – she was still an undergrad, and we all went to church and then lunch at Jason’s Deli together, in Abilene. Being the protective friend that I am, I asked Carrie a million questions – and of course, she answered with all the grace and class that I’ve come to know and love in the years since. We had no doubt that these two would be married, and when Mike called Chad last winter to ask him to be in the wedding, we eagerly and immediately said yes – we wouldn’t miss it for the world!
Chad was one of the groomsmen in the wedding, and I had the pleasure of sitting among the throng of friends and family who gathered in the church on Saturday afternoon. As always, Carrie looked absolutely breathtaking – but of course, with an added “bridal glow!” There was so much love felt in the church – between both the Skow and Channer families, and all of their friends and loved ones – it was palpable. I cannot tell you how excited I am for these two to be married! Nor how jealous I am that they are now in Jamaica!
And to top it all off – they served a homemade lemon cake at the reception! Many of you know that I did not get to eat any of my wedding cake that I worked so hard to pick out – a lemon cake, my absolute favorite! And to find out that Mike’s mom made and decorated a homemade lemon cake for their wedding – and that I would actually get to eat a piece! – was definitely the icing on the cake (pun intended)!
So congratulations to two amazing people, joined together by a love that only God could design. We are praying for you and wish you a lifetime of fun, happiness and blessings!
One year ago today, I married my very best friend. It was the happiest day of my life, but I’m glad to say the happiness didn’t end there. Each day with Chad is greater than the last – he fills me with so much love and joy, and I couldn’t imagine life without him. Our wedding was beautiful and magical, and I’m happy to say that our life together is the same way.
In just one short year, we’ve come a long way. We’ve traveled, grown and loved – and we have so much more to go. I look forward to what life has in store for us – home purchases, babies, puppies and who knows what else – and I’m so happy that I’ll experience everything with him by my side. God really knew what he was doing when He brought us together!
Thank you to our friends and family who have loved and supported us throughout the journey. We are so grateful for you and your love!
To my husband – I love you more than you’ll ever know and more than words can express. Thank you for all the hugs, kisses and encouragement – and even for the words I didn’t necessarily want to hear, but needed to. Nothing makes me happier than being your wife – I look forward to our lifetime together! I LOVE YOU!
Over the weekend, we paid off my engagement ring and wedding band! Now, we’re one step closer to being debt free :) HOORAY!! It’s a small, yet significant victory for our little family :)
That’s right, it took me almost 6 months from wedding day to last night to sit down and go through the approximately 1,700 photos from the best day of our lives and select those that would be in the album that we will cherish forever. There are many reasons why it took me so long, including, but not limited to: there are A LOT of them, I don’t have that kind of time and I didn’t want to half-A do it. Don’t judge me.
But, now that it is finally over, I can say that the experience was a great one. Sure, it took me hours upon hours upon hours to complete, but I am very happy with the result! I custom designed each page of our album (made through Mixbook.com), and it will arrive early next week. As a bonus, I even uploaded some selected pictures to Facebook last night! I hope you have as much fun looking at them as I did :)
I will say, the best part about making the album was definitely reliving the day. The emotions, the friends and family, the laughter and the tears – it really was an amazing day – the first of many in this amazing life we live :)
You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been AWOL for a while. Well, I was all wrapped up in the joy that was my BESTIE getting married! That’s right, Lindsay Lehfeld is now Lindsay Robison, and it was a beautiful ceremony and reception!
I don’t really have a lot of pictures from the big day (bridesmaid duties consumed me!) and Chad manned other people’s cameras to document the big day. However, I do have a few from my iPhone and from Lindsay’s sister, Lauren!
SO HAPPY for Luke and Lindsay!! Congrats you guys!! Can’t wait to hear all about the Dominican Republic and see the pictures from your honeymoon!!!
I love you. Remember when we used to hang out every single day? We’d frolic amongst the hundreds of thousands of people wearing burnt orange on any given Saturday and mock other places for being less fortunate than ourselves? Those were the days.
Now, we are in a long distance relationship. As you know, I am very good at long distance relationships and am committed to seeing this one through until one day we are reunited. Thankfully, we got to spend some much needed time together this weekend – I think we both enjoyed it.
Bright and early Saturday morning, I boarded my first of two planes en route to my beloved city. It was a beautiful day, and my BESTIE met me at the airport with a smile. It was almost time for the bachelorette festivities to begin!
The bachelorette party consisted of the W Hotel, Lambert’s BBQ, Hangar Lounge, Six Lounge and Roial. I’m not particularly a loud bar kind of gal, but when you’re surrounded by 8 of your best ladies, you can’t help but have fun! The next morning we had a gentle brunch at La Condessa – sadly, only a few non-egg options :( But delish nonetheless!
The rest of the day was filled with watching football, being lazy, hanging out with friends and eating the most delicious pork chops ever, thanks to Lindsay. I must say, it was a lot of fun! One of my favorite parts (there were lots of favorite parts) was getting to hang out with the newly engaged Emily and Bryan – one of the cutest couples on the face of the earth. If you don’t know them, get to know them. It will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made! Special thanks to these two for graciously hosting me, transporting me to and fro, taking me to the airport before the sun came up and for just generally being amazing :)
And the Longhorns won. Bliss.
One year ago today, I packed up all of my earthly belongings and drove away from my childhood home, where my entire family lives on a single street in a city with a population of 291, en route to Little Rock, Arkansas. Chad and I had been dating for just over three years, living 6.5 hours apart the entire time. I’d secured myself a job and a place to live, and had it on good authority that Chad would propose before the year was up (read: I made him promise he would propose before the year was up before I agreed to move out of state).
So many things have happened in the past 365 days – it’s almost unreal. I started a new job. I moved – twice. We joined our first church together. I got engaged! Chad and I took our first vacation together (the engagement cruise). I planned a wedding. I made approximately 16 round-trip flights to Houston for family, holiday and wedding-related things (both my wedding and others). WE GOT MARRIED. We honeymooned in Mexico for the most amazing week of my life. I made significant accomplishments at work. The list goes on and on…
When I look back on it, there is a huge mixture of emotions that I can recall. Lots of nerves when I first moved here. Joy from seeing Chad several times a week, rather than once every 8 weeks. Pure elation and shock when Chad proposed. Stress when it came to wedding planning. A complete surrealism as I walked down the aisle. Total relaxation on the pristine beaches of Playa del Carmen – and so much more.
Yes, it has been quite a year for me/us. It’s amazing how so much can change in such a short time. Let’s all just make sure we’re taking the time to ENJOY life!
Here’s the past 365 days in a slideshow (just the highlights!):