Thanks Lauren M. <3 

 

Hard to tell in this picture but it's gold foil on navy !

Hard to tell in this picture but it's gold foil on navy !

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Today I'm grateful for a much needed hair cut. I missed two appointments in the past few months (one because of Rose's birth and another I embarrassingly mixed up the day I was suppose to go in), so my hair got really long. It's been quite helpful as a scarf for winter but it was getting to that gross length (triple split ends status). 

Anyway. It's been a rough week in the world of wedding planning. It was hard to be grateful this week but an email about cake from the wonderful Ashley and some reassurance from my awesome bridesmaids, put me back on track. This is such a blessed season and I don't want to miss it! 

Also, Peter's back from traveling to Florida and Barcelona and I couldn't be happier. 

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Guys, I love the show Fixer Upper on HGTV. Jojo and Chip are my heroes! It's filmed in Waco, Texas, and my sister and I even road tripped once to check out Jojo's store. 

Yesterday was the premiere of the second season, so I drove to Temple to watch it with the Riedels.

The kitchen Chip&Jojo transformed in the episode is my favorite yet, look at all that wood and open shelving!! 

Too cute. The stars of the show. They are parents to four kiddos and a ton of animals (including adorable goats!)

Too cute. The stars of the show. They are parents to four kiddos and a ton of animals (including adorable goats!)

Photos from here (check out more pics of the renovation). 

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Hopefully getting back in the groove of posting daily one thing I'm grateful for now that I'm back to the 8-5 grind... today I'm grateful for a long break (the perks of working in higher ed!). Most of my break was spent in Temple with the Riedels. Home is where family is: 

Kae and James baking cupcakes. It's a Riedel family tradition to bake a complicated cake for Jesus on Christmas day. This year we decided to make chocolate whiskey and beer cupcakes. The baking takes all day, and it's always quite an ordeal (usually Kae and James fight and forgive and make up) but so worth it to celebrate Jesus in this way. 

Kae and James baking cupcakes. It's a Riedel family tradition to bake a complicated cake for Jesus on Christmas day. This year we decided to make chocolate whiskey and beer cupcakes. The baking takes all day, and it's always quite an ordeal (usually Kae and James fight and forgive and make up) but so worth it to celebrate Jesus in this way. 

James helping us create characters for Dungeons & Dragons. My brother-in-law is the coolest nerd out there. My D&D character is a half elf with a pet baby goat. Kae is an artist gnome. 

James helping us create characters for Dungeons & Dragons. My brother-in-law is the coolest nerd out there. My D&D character is a half elf with a pet baby goat. Kae is an artist gnome. 

Rose and Kae matching in their vikings clothes. This family bleeds purple. 

Rose and Kae matching in their vikings clothes. This family bleeds purple. 

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A few weeks ago my brother-in-law James and I had planned a brother-sister date. James told me that he wanted to surprise Kae by shopping for her Christmas gift with me in Georgetown. Little did I know, Kae knew all along we were "shopping" for her. James and I drove to Georgetown together and on the drive there he told that he was looking at a house in Georgetown that he was thinking of renting and he wanted me to check it out before telling Kae.... he was actually driving me to the proposal site. 

Because I knew Peter would be traveling the end of December and beginning of January, I suspected (and hoped!) that he would propose before leaving on those trips. 

Now I'll let the pictures tell the story: 

When we pulled up to this park in Georgetown, I saw the twinkle lights and my first thought was actually "wait ... is someone going to propose?" I thought we had stumbled upon someones proposal site because I didn't see Peter or his car. James reassured me and walked me over to the blanket of mementos. 

When we pulled up to this park in Georgetown, I saw the twinkle lights and my first thought was actually "wait ... is someone going to propose?" I thought we had stumbled upon someones proposal site because I didn't see Peter or his car. James reassured me and walked me over to the blanket of mementos. 

I'm initially excited when I see the proposal site but then I get emotional. The whole time James is being an awesome brother and reassuring me it's okay because I am audibly melting down and saying "I'm scared!!" Even though Peter and I had talking about engagement and marriage and all that serious jazz, when the moment is actually upon you, it's a whole other ball game and intensely emotional. 

I'm initially excited when I see the proposal site but then I get emotional. The whole time James is being an awesome brother and reassuring me it's okay because I am audibly melting down and saying "I'm scared!!" Even though Peter and I had talking about engagement and marriage and all that serious jazz, when the moment is actually upon you, it's a whole other ball game and intensely emotional. 

At the picnic blanket Peter had written notes for me. Each note was set by some mementos from our past and one for the future. We've known each other since kindergarten and dated for a couple years in college. Peter also had shiner and water for me in the picnic basket and a playlist of meaningful songs to us streaming from speakers. When I got to the last couple of letters, Peter walked up from behind and joined me at the picnic blanket. I was very emotional and teary eyed while reading the letters but once Peter got there, I immediately lit up. 

At the picnic blanket Peter had written notes for me. Each note was set by some mementos from our past and one for the future. We've known each other since kindergarten and dated for a couple years in college. Peter also had shiner and water for me in the picnic basket and a playlist of meaningful songs to us streaming from speakers. When I got to the last couple of letters, Peter walked up from behind and joined me at the picnic blanket. I was very emotional and teary eyed while reading the letters but once Peter got there, I immediately lit up. 

He played me a song that he wrote. It was a very romantic song but we were laughing in between lyrics which made me feel less nervous and scared. 

He played me a song that he wrote. It was a very romantic song but we were laughing in between lyrics which made me feel less nervous and scared. 

Then he got down on one knee ... 

Then he got down on one knee ... 

and I said yes! and we start kissing but Peter stops me to tells me that there are cameras everywhere...

and I said yes! and we start kissing but Peter stops me to tells me that there are cameras everywhere...

At this point Benry emerges from the trees next to us (he's the one responsible for all these great pictures in this entry) and Peter points out Warren who is also taking pictures from across the waters. We have awesome friends. 

At this point Benry emerges from the trees next to us (he's the one responsible for all these great pictures in this entry) and Peter points out Warren who is also taking pictures from across the waters. We have awesome friends. 

I love this man SO much. I can't believe I get to marry him. Also .. bulby twinkle lights... the best. 

I love this man SO much. I can't believe I get to marry him. Also .. bulby twinkle lights... the best. 

After the proposal we drove back to Austin for a fancy dinner. Peter had made reservations at Wink and my sister had bought a fancy dress for me and had it in the car to change into. So considerate!! After dinner we celebrated at an engagement party. It's kind of crazy that so many people knew I was getting proposed to. Thanks for keeping it a secret everyone and thanks for coming out to celebrate, and thanks Betho and Sharon for envisioning and executing the whimsy woodland themed engagement party. 

After the proposal we drove back to Austin for a fancy dinner. Peter had made reservations at Wink and my sister had bought a fancy dress for me and had it in the car to change into. So considerate!! After dinner we celebrated at an engagement party. It's kind of crazy that so many people knew I was getting proposed to. Thanks for keeping it a secret everyone and thanks for coming out to celebrate, and thanks Betho and Sharon for envisioning and executing the whimsy woodland themed engagement party. 

Thank you all deeply for making this possible. You know who you are and I'm so grateful you're in my life.

Cheers to marriage. I can't wait! 

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Who wouldn't want a basket full of peonies and beer ? 

Thanks friends for packing up the decor from the proposal / engagement party in here

Thanks friends for packing up the decor from the proposal / engagement party in here


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The beautifully designed Advent devotional by the Austin Stone—and when I say beautifully designed I'm not just talking about how visually beautiful it is but how solid and good the content within the pages are—includes recipes! 

My small group decided to cook one of the meals together for our last get together before the Christmas break. We spent the evening cooking, eating, sipping cider, praying and reflecting on the past semester and dreaming for what's next in spring. 

I am so grateful for these past few months and getting to see these gals regularly and run after Jesus together. 

Apple slices and radishes in the spinach salad plus a peak at the design (love this Advent book)

Apple slices and radishes in the spinach salad plus a peak at the design (love this Advent book)

Sweet potatoes sautéed in bacon

Sweet potatoes sautéed in bacon

Rosemary and lemon chicken 

Rosemary and lemon chicken 



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Story coming soon. A few photos here on my sister's blog and a whole album on Facebook (thanks Benry for blessing us with these photos and the funny captions). 

rose gold and champagne diamond. be still my heart! Love my fiancé! 

rose gold and champagne diamond. be still my heart! Love my fiancé! 

photo by my rockin roommate Holly, hire her for your photography needs here

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“But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear heart," and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.” –C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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