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Fingerprint Tree

Time keeps rushing on! I can officially say that my wedding is next week now. Eeek! It’s crazy, it’s awesome, it’s crazy awesome.

I’m working my butt off to try and finish all my work for my current class before next tuesday. After this class ends, I get two weeks off!! My first non-holiday break since July 2011. I can’t wait for a break and our honeymoon! I think I feel static electricity going through my skin just now thinking about it. ¬† :P

Linds and I are trying to get our scrapbook done for the wedding. Here’s a pic of the fingerprint tree I drew for our guest book portion of the scrap book. We bought burgundy and orange ink for all our guests to leave their fingerprints in the form of little leaves on our tree….it’s going to be such a special way to remember everyone who supported us during this time!!

 

Won’t that look cool? I can’t wait! :D

Taking a break

2 weeks until our wedding now! I.am.so.excited.

The wedding work is definitely taking its toll on us! We’ve been doing such a good job of planning and staying organized, but (as I’m sure is normal) we are feeling the pressure and exhaustion of planning all the details of such a big event! This past weekend we both desperately needed a break. Since we have the Rocky Mountains in our proverbial backyard, we decided to spend Sunday in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was so refreshing, beautiful, peaceful, and just what we needed. I took about 150 photos! That was heaven for me. :) Here are just a few!

It was so lovely! And, as you can see, we got quite close to a bull elk and several of his cows who were enjoying the river and foliage along our hiking trail. What a privilege!

The next two weeks are going to be crazy for blog writing (as this whole month seems to be!), but exciting changes are coming to “a better story” in October! Can’t wait to show you guys. :)

For today I’m going to focus on some more wedding day work that has to be done! Enjoy the pictures!!

sick

I’ve been sick since Friday. It’s not fun at all. I still have a fever, sore throat, sinus issues, and low energy today. I’m pretty sure this bug needs to move on!

Thankfully I have most of the week off of work anyway! What a great time to rest. :)

I’ve been thinking about peace a lot these last few days, praying for peace, imagining a more peaceful me. Even the thought of peace makes me feel more peaceful. It’s easy to be a person who experiences only moments of peace every once in a while. After all, my world is a hectic, busy, complicated place (not all bad, mind you, but it does have its moments like any other). Peace seems like wishful thinking sometimes. But, I am praying for and focusing on surrendering my heart to peace, the peace that passes all understanding. Because I really truly want to be the most peace-filled person you’ve ever met.

Have you thought lately what having real peace and lots of it would like in your life?

Not the absence of difficulty or business or challenges, but the presence of peace in all of those things.

Lord, fill me to overflowing with peace!

Thankful

My quality moment today comes in the form of thanksgiving because I’m seriously tired and I don’t feel like participating in any of the things that I’m needed for today. Naturally, thankfulness is one of the only ways to change this kind of attitude. :)

Today I am thankful for…

Clouds (because the air conditioning is broken at work, and with less sun, it’s cooler in here)

Lindsey (she makes me giggle, she’s just so cute, and her precious texting during her lunch break made me smile today)

Babies (they really are cute little things…especially the one I work with)

Our new camera (I can’t wait to take pictures all weekend…this new SLR camera is opening a whole new world for me, and I’m incredibly excited)

School (it challenges me and stretches me in ways I wouldn’t be stretched if I wasn’t attending)

Home (this needs no explanation)

Thank you, Lord. Thank you for life, for things that make me smile, for getting me through even on tired days. May I bless your heart today.