We had such a wonderful weekend for my “first” Mother’s day. We spent Friday and Saturday celebrating my brother’s graduation from NC State with his Master’s degree. I always love attending NC State events – sports, graduation, all of it. Friday was the departmental graduation which was smaller in size (but still conferred around 450 degrees) and Saturday morning was the BIG graduation for all the undergrad/grad school graduates. There are now 5,255 additional alumni in our NCSU family. I am still so jealous that undergrads get to wear the RED caps and gowns (started just a year or two after I graduated) for graduation! I just can’t put into words how much I love that university. It was above and beyond some of the best years of my life. I cannot WAIT to take our sweet little baby bee for a tour of my beautiful campus. One of my favorite parts of attending big graduation is when we always close the ceremony with everyone singing our Alma Mater. It just gives me chills to hear everyone shout NC STATE! and I always get a little choked up. I am so happy to have the opportunity to be completing my professional degree at Campbell, but my heart belongs to State.
One of my favorite moments this weekend was when my nephew, Dane, asked me and Uncle Dustin when we were going to the “baby store” to get our baby. Hah! How sweet is that. He definitely knows a baby is on the way, just a little confused about when he/she will get here. I think he is more than ready to finally have a little cousin to play with!
Sunday was the big day – my first mother’s day. It was so exciting to be able to celebrate that event for the first time. I felt a little like it wasn’t entirely for “me” since my baby is still growing in my belly – but I have had more than my fair share of sleepless nights and nauseated days to be able to carry the mommy title. At least everyone I saw that day still told me Happy Mother’s Day and confirmed that “it still counts”! Mother’s Day morning we worshiped at Vintage Church in downtown Raleigh where we were lucky enough to watch Dustin’s newest baby cousin being dedicated to the Lord.
The service started out with the story of Abraham and Sarah being told they would conceive, and it was such a beautiful and fitting story for mother’s day. It is one of my most favorite stories of the bible and is a beautiful example of the Lord’s steadfast love for us AND his sense of humor! If you haven’t read it, you should!! We also sang In Christ Alone, one of our wedding songs. The Lord was certainly speaking to us that morning and I will always remember it as a very special way to start my first mother’s day.
Vintage did a super nifty thing for all the guests that morning – they set up a photobooth outside in the parking lot! Here’s one of our shots.
We then went back to Luke and Jamie’s for a cookout/hangout with the family for the afternoon. It was so much fun! I loved catching up with Jamie and talking to her about all-things-baby. She has been a sweet source of encouragement ever since we told everyone we were expecting. She will randomly send me a text of some helpful pregnancy hint or a good book recommendation. She is awesome like that! Luke and Jamie did a wonderful job hosting the whole bunch of us and I am so glad we got to spend time with them and the rest of our family on such a special day!
I had several sweet texts and calls from friends telling me Happy Mother’s day that morning. One of my favorites was from my bff Salty. She sent me this and I thought it was cute to share for all the mommies out there:
It is so hard to believe that we have been married for over a week (and soon to be two). I know that seems crazy to be counting the days we have been married, but I guess I don’t know what to count down to anymore since the wedding is over! It still seems like a dream. I can’t tell you how amazing our wedding day was, and the overwhelming sense of peace and calm and “rightness” that permeated the entire day. It was literally a perfect day. When neither of our 18 month old nephews decided to walk down the aisle as our ringbearers, it was perfect. When Dustin and I both broke down into tears, like steady-streams-funny-face-with-lots-of-sinus-noises kind of crying, when the wedding march started playing and we saw each other for the first time on our wedding day, it was perfect. When I forgot to hand my bouquet to my bridesmaid before stepping up on the stage and she had to step up and get it from me, it was perfect! Every single little detail of that day was beautifully perfect.
I am so excited to share our wedding pictures and rehearsal dinner photobooth shots from our photographer, Julie Mixon. I can hardly wait to explain every little detail behind our wedding and show you why I’ve been such an absent blogger for the last 9 months!
I honestly thought we may have been a little crazy for planning our wedding in 9 months, but I think it was just the right length of time for an engagement. Not too short, not too long. I remember hearing a sermon from my pastor at Hope Community church in college saying he didn’t believe in long engagements, and I really took that to heart. :) hah! In all honesty, we chose our date according to Dustin’s school schedule. It worked out well to have the wedding on March 19 because he was on break between his winter and spring quarters and we were able to go on our honeymoon immediately following the wedding. Speaking of honeymoon, I have lots of great pictures to share from that AND a few great stories… if I can suddenly become brave enough to post them :) Let’s just say I may never ride a vespa again. Hah!
I am so thrilled March is here, I don’t know what to do! This is IT! Only 18 days to go before I get to marry the greatest man I know. One small part of me is a bit apprehensive because I feel there are still so many little things left to do, but the overwhelming majority of me can’t stop smiling at the thought of our wedding being so close.
One thing I wanted to share are a couple pictures from the shower my parents held for us at the small church where I grew up. My mom and the ladies of the church put on such a lovely shower and we received many wonderful gifts. This is the shower my MaMa provided the flowers for, also. It was so special for me to see those flowers, a very real reminder of my MaMa and the love she has for me and her entire family.
My sweet nephew, Dane, is one of the ring bearers in our wedding with the Tar Heel’s nephew, Brannon being the other ring bearer. They are at such a cute age and Dane was so excited to help us open presents at the bridal shower. He was an adorable helper if I do say so myself!
The Tar Heel and I are so immeasurably blessed to have two wonderful families.