Marv + Kate | An Outdoor Finger Lakes Wedding

My oh my, it’s almost been a year since I last updated. Say what? But honestly I don’t feel bad about that. The flow of life is like seasons, a time for everything, and the past year has been one of the best seasons I’ve ever had yet. Let me catch you up a bit on what has happened since my last post last May.

I completed my 100 Day Project. I got engaged. I planned our wedding (in 4 months). My husband and I bought a house in Lancaster, PA. We got married. I moved from Upstate, NY to Lancaster, PA. I started a new job. I joined a new church. And I’m trying to settle into a new life, a new family, make new friends, and learn my way around a new area.

Did I say ‘new’ yet? Hello, change.

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It has been oh so good. I love married life. And though I miss my family and friends like crazy this changes has been good for me. In the uncomfortable, growing pains sort of way. All that said this season of life has been a break from my old, normal, routine and now I’m trying to find my new normal. Maybe the season of life is shifting or maybe it’s hints of Spring coming but I’m feeling a new inspiration to be creative again.

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I want to start blogging again. I’m hoping to have some content since I’ll be starting 2017’s the 100 day project again tomorrow (April 4th). I haven’t announced the details yet. I’ve also been working on making our new house a home lately so I want to update a bit about that as well. But until then here are few photos from our wedding.

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Our bridal party. How are we so blessed to have these beautiful people as our friends?

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My nephew Carson is always the flirt.

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Having a the amazing Sari Esh set up the Hors d’oeuvre table was such and win. Thanks for making my foodie dreams come true.

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My bridesmaid Ruth helped me create all of the concrete candle holders for the centerpieces. What was supposed to be a one day project turned into a 3 day affaire. But she helped until the end because she’s cool like that.

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The photos are dreamy. I could gush about David and Sarah for days. They played such a huge role in making our day peaceful and smooth. I will treasure these photos for years to come.

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What can I say? This was the most magical days of our lives. There was a ton of work to do in the month leading up to the wedding day and all the people closest to us stepped in and stepped up to make our wildest dreams come true.

Marv and I could never repay everyone enough for all that was done for us. The people in our lives are incredible. Thank you all.

I could have posted 400 more photos because I am in love with them all but for your sake I condensed it down to the highlights. Here’s a sneak peak into our wedding day.

And a few credits to the people who made our day.

Photo and Video: David and Sarah
Flowers: Anne Lapp
Hair: Patricia Stoltzfus
Make-Up: Beka Caitlin
Venue: Private Residence
Caterer: Bev Weaver
Hors d’oeuvre: Sari Esh

Sock Monkey Gifting

Sock Monkey Gifting

Besides good intentions, gift giving opportunities always seem to sneak up on me from behind, leaving me with little time to make anything personal or heartfelt. I normally end up handing them the dreaded department store find. While I still think impromptu, personal gifts are the best kind I’m beginning to see a reason to have gifts on hand for every occasion.

Recently I was gifted by my Grandma with a white garbage bag full of red heeled sock monkey socks and stuffing that had belonged to my Great-Grandmother before she died. I took up her half finished project and completed it years (decades?) after she had started it. The resulting monkeys ears are uneven and the stuffing is lumpy but it’s charming. I decided to mail it to my out of state cousin who recently gave birth.

This brings us back to the on hand gifts idea. I’ve been wanting to come up with a few gifts for baby showers, weddings, parties, and such to keep on hand. They would have to be handmade so they still have that personal touch but I would no longer be caught last minute with no gift. Maybe this winter I’ll make a stock pile of sock monkeys.

Do you have any go-to gifts of your own?