Live.Laugh.Love

prayfordaisy:


I have a funny habit. While on vacation or just a pretty day at the beach I have collected shells for years. When our lives changed and Daisy got sick those days were few and far between, becoming a sprinkling of beauty in a life that had become one filled with hospitals, pain, fear. I decided to put those tiny tokens of natural beauty in places that would both give me pleasure to look at them and remind me the future won’t always be flavored bitterly. I leave them in purses, pockets, drawers, my car; always waiting for me to discover them, waiting to whisper of beauty to come.
A couple of days ago I came across one of my secret treasure chests in a bag containing chapstick and sunscreen. I had spent a sunny day with great friends, hiking, swimming, holding a precious newborn.  With my  handful of shells such a display of simple pleasure, I was so thankful to have spent an entire day full of simple pleasure. Life is so different now,the days flavored with a different type of bitter, yet peppered with a different type of beauty. The beauty of anticipation.
My daughter lives, not here with me but in a different country. One containing loveliness unimaginable. Like my shells whisper of sweet days spent in the sun, my home whispers of sweet days spent with my sunshine. Her drawings are everywhere, hilarious ones all over her schoolwork, adding mustaches and buzzing flies to the characters teaching her phonics. Some have anchor tattoos, others clever sayings in bubbles extended from their little cartoon heads.  Her secret placement of plastic mice in nooks, waiting to frighten someone. Her tiny leopard print leggings folded on the dryer, her toothbrush in the cup.  Her artful arrangement of painted pinecones, the barn she made out of a cardboard box with happy ponies sticking fuzzy heads through the window, and her Teddy bear tucked safely into my bed.  I leave these tokens of sweet times to remind me it won’t always be this way. I won’t always be without her, and my days won’t always be shrouded with a sense of sorrow and longing.   There is more joy and laughter with her to come. So I continue to keep tangible reminders, little sneak peeks into our glorious future and reunion. They remind me of truth, and encourage me to live and love.
-Kate

prayfordaisy:

I have a funny habit. While on vacation or just a pretty day at the beach I have collected shells for years. When our lives changed and Daisy got sick those days were few and far between, becoming a sprinkling of beauty in a life that had become one filled with hospitals, pain, fear. I decided to put those tiny tokens of natural beauty in places that would both give me pleasure to look at them and remind me the future won’t always be flavored bitterly. I leave them in purses, pockets, drawers, my car; always waiting for me to discover them, waiting to whisper of beauty to come.

A couple of days ago I came across one of my secret treasure chests in a bag containing chapstick and sunscreen. I had spent a sunny day with great friends, hiking, swimming, holding a precious newborn.  With my  handful of shells such a display of simple pleasure, I was so thankful to have spent an entire day full of simple pleasure. Life is so different now,the days flavored with a different type of bitter, yet peppered with a different type of beauty. The beauty of anticipation.

My daughter lives, not here with me but in a different country. One containing loveliness unimaginable. Like my shells whisper of sweet days spent in the sun, my home whispers of sweet days spent with my sunshine. Her drawings are everywhere, hilarious ones all over her schoolwork, adding mustaches and buzzing flies to the characters teaching her phonics. Some have anchor tattoos, others clever sayings in bubbles extended from their little cartoon heads.  Her secret placement of plastic mice in nooks, waiting to frighten someone. Her tiny leopard print leggings folded on the dryer, her toothbrush in the cup.  Her artful arrangement of painted pinecones, the barn she made out of a cardboard box with happy ponies sticking fuzzy heads through the window, and her Teddy bear tucked safely into my bed.  I leave these tokens of sweet times to remind me it won’t always be this way. I won’t always be without her, and my days won’t always be shrouded with a sense of sorrow and longing.   There is more joy and laughter with her to come. So I continue to keep tangible reminders, little sneak peeks into our glorious future and reunion. They remind me of truth, and encourage me to live and love.

-Kate

Love that I saw this picture posted on Tumblr, and this happens to be my sweet, sweet friend who was a bridesmaid in my wedding! :) So proud of you, lady!!!!

Love that I saw this picture posted on Tumblr, and this happens to be my sweet, sweet friend who was a bridesmaid in my wedding! :) So proud of you, lady!!!!

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Tears already. No other words than to just say, “I love you.”  Oh, and I’m ready to break it down with you. Repeat of last year? Now, hurry and come to me.
oheavenlyday:

five. days.
i am more than ready to be in the presence of my best friend.
to hold her hand as she prepares for this day of love.
to smile and she and klint dance their first dance as hubby & wifey.
to eat cake. no need for fancy adjectives or descriptions there.
i am currently perfecting my maid of honor speech & when all is said and done, I will share.
love love.

Tears already. No other words than to just say, “I love you.”  Oh, and I’m ready to break it down with you. Repeat of last year? Now, hurry and come to me.

oheavenlyday:

five. days.

i am more than ready to be in the presence of my best friend.

to hold her hand as she prepares for this day of love.

to smile and she and klint dance their first dance as hubby & wifey.

to eat cake. no need for fancy adjectives or descriptions there.

i am currently perfecting my maid of honor speech & when all is said and done, I will share.

love love.

Countdown: 12 days

Promise to catch all of you little birds up soon, especially this week.  Things have been much of a whirlwind the past month.  A lot of bittersweet moments, time I’m really trying to cherish with family and friends before I pack up and become a Texan.  The Lord has been so kind recently and I have felt so undeserving of it all.  Not only have I been in this preparation stage of becoming a wife, but I’m really beginning to feel a multitude of change within me overall.  Yes, I’m entering into full “adult status”, however, I feel this has been one of the most difficult, yet beneficial seasons of my life.  I’m so thankful to have been blessed with so many amazing friends, friends I once dreamed of having.  As ready as I now am to get this wedding rolling, I’m still wanting to hold tightly to the minutes of each day to soak in and be able to remember every laugh, every thought, every action that happens throughout my long, yet short days.

On another note, I received a call about my dress today, and we are finally going back up Thursday for my (hopefully) last dress fitting and bring that baby home on Friday.  For those of you unaware, I went up for my first fitting two weeks ago, and when they made my dress, they definitely added enough length, though not enough in the torso.  Thanks to my 6’ frame, some issues were bound to happen. BUT they were able to send it back to the designer in NY and it is being overnighted Wednesday and will be there Thursday! Woohoo!

For now, I am off to search for some burlap fabric. mmmm. Blog soon! Love and peaches.

So excited LAD has now joined tumblr land! She has been one of my dearest friends since high school, and her gift of writing is so inspiring. So thankful for you, LAD! Follow her here! : http://laurashleyd.tumblr.com/

So excited LAD has now joined tumblr land! She has been one of my dearest friends since high school, and her gift of writing is so inspiring. So thankful for you, LAD! Follow her here! : http://laurashleyd.tumblr.com/

Sneak peek into our Dallas shoot last week. The photographer who took these (Lindsey Brittain) will be shooting our wedding, and this was my first time meeting her. I am even more excited about our wedding day with her being there - she is such a fun, genuine, loving person. This picture will also be in the paper for our wedding announcement - yep. we’re going that far. :)

Sneak peek into our Dallas shoot last week. The photographer who took these (Lindsey Brittain) will be shooting our wedding, and this was my first time meeting her. I am even more excited about our wedding day with her being there - she is such a fun, genuine, loving person. This picture will also be in the paper for our wedding announcement - yep. we’re going that far. :)

Um, I love this a lot. 
tupelohoney:

we are totally going to do this on our farm. 
you guys are all invited, but just a warning- we don’t put butter on our popcorn, so you’re on your own there.  
punkrockbarbiedoll:

Um, I love this a lot.

tupelohoney:

we are totally going to do this on our farm. 

you guys are all invited, but just a warning- we don’t put butter on our popcorn, so you’re on your own there.  

punkrockbarbiedoll:

My precious (with a tooon of personality :) ) little flower girl. Apologies for the quality being so bad, Blackberry is losing it’s faithfulness. We are thinking of adding a sash to her dress around the waist, and then she will also have a flower or two in her hair like me. 
Cute story from last week.  She told her mom one day, “Mama, you know I’ve been thinking. When I walk down that path, I think I should wear a hat that says ‘LOVE’.”  I am a lucky bride to have such a creative flower girl. :)

My precious (with a tooon of personality :) ) little flower girl. Apologies for the quality being so bad, Blackberry is losing it’s faithfulness. We are thinking of adding a sash to her dress around the waist, and then she will also have a flower or two in her hair like me. 

Cute story from last week.  She told her mom one day, “Mama, you know I’ve been thinking. When I walk down that path, I think I should wear a hat that says ‘LOVE’.”  I am a lucky bride to have such a creative flower girl. :)

Bridesmaids’ dresses are ordered and I am toooo excited!!  Jcrew sent me the color swatches that I chose for the girls to choose from, and they are even more beautiful in person.  I tried to take a picture of them to post, but the picture makes them look so much different.  I gave the girl’s three different dress style options and 2-4 color choices listed with each dress.  I wanted the girls to pick the one they loved and would feel most comfortable in.  What is so neat is that we turned out with 3 of each color!  It turned out PERFECT!  So so excited to see all of them standing up there in their beauty.  Yay for the little things falling into place!