The sun....the ocean....the sand.....flip flops.....seafood......ahhhhhhh Hilton Head, SC!!!! The room has been booked and we're headed back this year. We are so excited to sneak away to Hilton Head again this summer. We absolutely LOVE South Carolina and Hilton Head has always been one of my favorite places to spend time at during the warm summer months. Brian and I spent our honeymoon in Hilton Head last year and have so many wonderful memories from our trip together. This year my mom and sister are joining us for our road trip to the beach.....it should be A LOT of fun and I'm so happy that they are getting to come with us for a vacation.
The countdown has officially begun.....now, back to daydreaming of the sun in between our toes and sun kissed skin :)
Since I seem to have come across some free time (gasp....what's that?!?!?) during the week (my husband has spent the past four weeks in D.C. for work) I have a lot more time to do one of my favorite things. Read :)
I absolutely love to read....I'll read just about anything but nothing is better than curling up with a good book that helps you understand the Word more deeply and grow closer to the Lord. I'm very thankful that a mom, from the dance studio I work at, suggested the book "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers. It is INCREDIBLE!! I'm not done reading it yet. I'm more than halfway through but I have fallen in love with the characters and every girl deserves to have a "Michael" in her life. Read the book and you'll know what I mean ;)
As I said before, I'm so thankful this book was recommended to me so I just thought I would pass the recommendation along. Happy Reading!!
At this time last year Brian and I were dancing up a storm and celebrating our marriage with our closest friends and family. We had an intimate ceremony, at the beautiful Berry Hill Mansion, and spent the rest of the evening in a daze. The whole night went by so fast and it felt like a dream! We were riding to our hotel, after the reception came to a close, and just kept talking like we were heading home from a regular night out. I may have been sneaking a few bites of some country ham wontons along the way...thank you DaRae Catering!! I remember looking over at Brian, while he was talking and it hit me....this is my husband!! He looked so handsome in his suit and I looked down at my wedding dress and felt my veil still tucked gently into my hair and that's when it finally dawned on me....I was married!! Everyone had warned me that I wouldn't remember my wedding....I would be so caught up in everything else. They were SO right....I was overwhelmed by excitement and emotion ( I mean....if you were there you know I cried during 99.9% of our ceremony!) and the day really did feel like a daydream.
It wasn't until we were away from the crowd, away from the music, away from the hustle and bustle that I realized that we were married. It was by far the best feeling that I've ever had. To know ,that for the rest of my life I was going to to be married to my best friend....I can't even describe the happiness that overcomes me. I feel so blessed to have Brian in my life and I am honored each and every day to call him my husband.
The year has been a whirlwind. We have been fortunate enough to be able to travel, we have started Brian's journey for a neuroradiology fellowship, we have adjusted to married life and we, of course, have had some up's and down's along the way. Whoever said that the first year of marriage is the toughest clearly didn't marry their best friend ;) We have been richly blessed and we are forever grateful for those of you who who have supported us and continue to support us. Because of you all we have grown, not only as individuals, but as a couple. We are looking forward to what the future holds for us and we just continue to pray for our relationship to continue to grow and bloom every day.
I am still in disbelief that it has been a year since my dad walked me down the aisle and I said "I Do" to Brian. I am truly a lucky girl!
The pictures at the top are some of our favorites from our wedding day. Jim and Carla Winn, of Winn Photography, were absolutely amazing. We are thankful that we can call them our friends and that they were able to share their talents with us on our special day.