It's that time of year when one gets invited to the traditional bridal shower. Often included in the invitation are little cards telling you where the couple is registered. Although I think bridal registries are a great invention, often time and resources dictate a different path for me. If you like to get a little creative or more thrifty with your gifts for the bride-to-be this summer, we came up with seven unique ideas to get you ... Read More about 7 Unique and Thrifty Bridal Shower Gifts
What is the secret to enjoying your wedding day? Is it getting every detail to be perfect? Is it to make the day match the script of your fairytale wedding right down to the last grain of rice thrown? I’ve got news for you: you can never manage all those details. Even if you have the best plan, the most organized team, and have spent more money than you planned, you still can’t guarantee that you have a perfect wedding – because there are always ... Read More about Big Picture Wedding Planning
As a wedding planner, one of the first questions I tackle when talking with a client is "When are you getting married?" Often there are significant factors to consider, such as housing to prepare, schedules of extended family, or even a cross-country move. But I often encourage brides to consider another important factor: the timetable of the relationship. When does the couple feel like they will be ready for marriage? All the wedding experts ... Read More about The Theory and Practice of Short Engagements
Myth #1 There is a misconception within conservative circles (and among anyone who is familiar with the term ‘courtship’) that, if the couple who is courting do not end up at the marriage altar together, the courtship was a failure. I’d like to state right here, for the record, that there is no such thing as a "failed courtship". A courtship that doesn’t end in marriage is not a failure. It is a myth that “courtship should always end with a ... Read More about Courtship: Dispelling the Myths
When I first heard of Emily P. Freeman's book , I thought, "Grace? Check. Good? Check. Girl? Check." All those words were familiar to me, so I thought I didn't need this book. But then I saw the sub-title. "Letting go of the try-hard life." And I knew this book was for me. Like many young women who were raised in the the church and homeschooled, I know all about being a good girl. I know all the rules and just how to play the part. And I know, ... Read More about Grace for the Good Girl
I adore new year's resolutions. Not because I'm some saint who always manages to fulfill them all, but because it's like a chance to reset one's rudder. We are always growing, changing, sowing -- whether we're aware of it or not -- and the new year is a chance to choose what we're going to focus on, where we'd like to grow. I'm always filled with excitement when I look at the months ahead and think what they could hold! I've made new year's ... Read More about Loving Those New Year’s Resolutions
When I was young, my mom used to take us to art shows. This may sound like a crazy idea to you -- venturing out with five kids, age 12 and under, to a tent-city full of pottery, original paintings, fine glass and one-of-a-kind treasures. But she’d started when we were young -- cultivating an appreciation for beauty and training us to keep our hands to ourselves -- and we loved art show days. We loved the novelty of walking down the middle ... Read More about Gift or Giver?
My passion is real food -- meals made from ingredients that are as close to the way God created them as possible. I read about it, talk about it, live it, and dream about delicious meals made from whole ingredients. But why? Is it because real food tastes so good? Or because it’s so fulfilling to sit down to a meal where everything on the table came from my own kitchen instead of a box? Great reasons, but the truth that drives my passion is the ... Read More about My Passion: Food That Heals