I have been thinking a lot this past week about the things I’m so grateful for this year. While I will always be grateful for the standby answers (family, friends and health), I’ve got several others I thought I’d share with y’all.
(In no particular order, except for #1! : )
1. My sweet husband – I am so lucky to have him. We laugh constantly. I find so much joy and refreshing in our time together. Everyday I tell him how blessed we are because I never want to take him or our relationship for granted. Sharing so many memories with Tyler this year has been amazing. I fall more in love with him everyday. We work hard to have the relationship we have and know that God has blessed us with the passion for each other and passion to always fight for US.
2. Growth & the ability to keep learning – I’ve been reading a TON lately. Some on important stuff like health and nutrition, my relationship with God and some less important things like cooking and makeup. It’s been amazing to see what I’m capable of when I simply LEARN how to do that which I want to do. There are no limits, people! That should fill us with so much hope for the future.
3. Peace – My life seems perfect at the moment. Unfortunately my little brain takes that as my cue to worry that something bad must be happening soon. It’s a terrible habit but one that has gripped me a ton the last few years. Lately I have been resting in God’s peace and simply enjoying the moments as they happen and staying present.
4. My journals – I write in a journal almost every morning, my thoughts and prayers to God. Last week I found journals from three years ago, around the time I got fed up with my old job, or bummed that I hadn’t found Mr. Right yet. My worries were real but seeing how God was in control the whole time (hindsight 20/20 right?) is so inspiring and such a great reminder that in this very moment, God is working and knows what the future holds.
5. The trials of this year – Though this year has been free of any huge disasters, the small trials of everyday life, I am grateful for. From each of them, I’ve grown so much. I faced burnout twice this year (during the two busiest months) and came back each time stronger than ever. I’ve learned more lessons in how to avoid that in the future and am taking better care of myself as a result of it, including hiring help. Which leads me to…
6. A wonderful team – I hope I don’t sound like a gushy middle schooler but I have the BEST sister in the world. Natalie Claire Metrejean. She loves my business like I do and shows it by working her butt off on wedding days. Some times I just look at her and think “I don’t even know if I could have done that that easily.” She’s given rides to MOB’s after the wedding, removed grandma’s shoes, kept me calm when I want to go in a tizzy. And she’s just plain FAST! That’s a biggie on wedding days! And Mattie Henry. I feel like I’ve been looking for the perfect addition to our team: someone who could work part time with Southern Fete during the week and wedding days. Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt such a sense of relief to feel I’ve found that piece of the puzzle. Mattie is so willing to take on any task and confident she can do it. She’s positive and seems to get things done as quick or quicker than I imagine. These things are rare to find, people! I am so grateful!
Our sermon Sunday was on gratitude as well and I was reminded again that when we stop and choose to remember what we have to be grateful for, our whole mindset changes for the better! What an incredible and inspiring way to start the day!
What are you grateful for this very moment??
We had a wonderful time coordinating Whitney and Eric’s wedding a few weeks ago! The weather was absolutely perfect for an all outdoor event!! Courtney Dellafiora posted this sneak peek (which I’m obsessed with!) AND we’ve also got an amazing video trailer by Contrast Films.
A little background. I definitely cried during a very special moment at the wedding! I don’t normally do that. The groom had been planning for months to surprise the bride during the Hava Nagila song (custom Jewish wedding dance). He was going to start playing his trombone and slowly have 10+ friends from the bridal party come out with instruments playing. A very musical group!! I had known about it for a while but was stunned when I started tearing up at the bride’s reaction. I could see that that moment would be one she’d remember forever when her new husband gave her an unforgettable experience. Anyway here is a link to the video. You’ll see a snippet of this magical moment! So glad Jordy and Chase were there to capture this memory for the bride and groom forever!
I helped host an engagement party for my cousin getting married in February. The theme was black and white. She told me she liked the Valerie Suite at one point so I incorporated part of the design into her party invites. Enjoy!!
Happy Monday Everyone! I’ve been inspired a lot lately by gold and thought today was the perfect day for a little French glamour incorporating a little black and peony pink! Enjoy!!
I’m off for a morning of meetings and a trip to Monroe to meet with my December bride! Just wanted to share a wedding I saw yesterday on Snippet & Ink. The details are simple but began with such a naturally beautiful canvas in their location. Nothing is overdone. Perfection!!