our bridal shower

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My best friend and next door neighbors threw a coed shower for us in April. It was clear that they put a lot of time and effort into it, which is nothing less than I'd expect from Lindsay. All of the details were so thoughtful! 

They created a photo scavenger hunt with pictures of us, and once all of the blank spaces were filled in on the sheet, it even spelled out a secret phrase about us flying! 

Lindsay's dad made these adorable bride and groom clothespins. 

Lindsay and Tom made us airplane cookies with our initials. How personal and sweet! 

One of my favorite details was the beautiful flowers. 

Thank you, Kelvingtons, for a wonderful shower!!! 

All photos by my pals Lindsay and Tom. 

thankful Thursday: Wesley

Thursday, April 30, 2015

We mourn the loss of one of our family. There are still reasons to be thankful. God is still good. 

I'm thankful for Wesley and the (not enough) months I got to know him. He became my brother. I'm thankful that the last time I saw him, I hugged him tight and told him that I love him. I'm thankful for the Lord's grace in that. I'm thankful for the sweet marriage he had with Jessica and for giving us his daughter, our first niece. I can't understand why he is gone, and we may never understand on this side of Heaven. But I'm thankful that Wes is there and we will see him again. Right now, it doesn't seem real. 

We are thankful for family and for friends who support and pray for us. Please continue to lift us up. 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.There will be no more death’or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 

bridal shower outfit

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I haven't done an outfit post in months, so I figured I may as well take a few photos while I was dressed for my bridal shower. These days I pretty much live in barre clothes. More bridal event outfits forthcoming . . . 

I decided to go the traditional route in a white dress and simple accessories. 

Zack and I got to visit with so many of our family members and friends this weekend. I am blown away by all of the people who support us and all of the gifts we received. 

I didn't give him any input with the registry sooooooo he gave us this face. He has no idea what's coming! 

hand me down earrings from Granny // Trina Turk dress // Jack Rogers sandals

thankful Thursday: health

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Last week, I wrote a little about my daily routine. I like to start my day with prayer and Bible study then a workout before tackling my to do list. I am so so so thankful that my body is healthy enough to exercise. This winter was the worst for sickness, and I missed working out when I was sick. It made me even more thankful for my overall health and each day that I get to work out. 

Pure barre has truly changed my body, and I recommend to it anyone! I was a competitive cheerleader for many years, I've worked out in gyms (treadmill, elliptical, weight machines), run (5k--tough, I know), walked, done water aerobics, and even tried a crossfit type workout, and pure barre beats them ALL for me. I still like to mix it up, though. My body has been in its best shape the last few years, better even that when I was nineteen years old, jogged every day, and practiced seven hours a week as a college cheerleader. Motivation has a lot to do with that. I can't totally control my health, but I want to do what I can to stay healthy and offer my body as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). I'm thankful for each day that I'm able to exercise. 

I am also thankful that I can afford to buy healthy food and that I have access to information to educate myself on how to eat healthy. I've been following a paleo diet for the last year--at times strictly, at times very, very loosely (what's a wedding diet?)--and I definitely feel my best when I eat paleo. I also just enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, and I'm thankful that I have time to cook these days.

Even in one of our marriage books, The Meaning of Marriage, I read about how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle. Staying healthy for my family is extra motivation, and I'm thankful that my fiancé supports my healthy lifestyle, even if we don't agree on which smoothie place is best ;)

How do you live a healthy lifestyle? 

thankful Thursday: quiet time

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I have realized that my days go best--I am happiest and most productive--when I follow somewhat of a routine. I am so thankful to have time to slow down each morning with the Lord. I try to start my day with prayer and Bible study, then a workout, before moving on to my to do list for the day, which usually includes some wedding tasks, moving tasks, and general errands. Yes, I realize that I am extremely fortunate to have the luxury to do these things! Every day looks different, but having this structure in place is a huge help for me. The outlook of my whole day is improved when I get in quiet time in the morning. I can welcome *interruptions* [God's plan] to my day with a better attitude. 

How do you structure your day? Comment at the bottom or email me at handmedownstyle at gmail dot com. 

Below are a few verses and quotes that have been on my mind and heart lately. 

thankful Thursday: blogging connections

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I started blogging several years ago to share my life events in college with a few friends and family members. I wasn't expecting blogging to lead to meeting new friends, encouraging acquaintances,  and even finding a husband for my friend. 

Y'all, this blogging thing is CrAzY!

In January 2014, I wrote a post about my friend Erin and linked up to Kelly's Korner for her Show Us Your Life: Singles Day link-up

In April 2014, I got an email from Jeremy, who was interested in Erin. 

In April 2015, Erin and Jeremy got engaged!!!

I finally met Jeremy in person on Saturday, after their engagement. 

I am so thankful for the many connections blogging has made for me and my friends! I never, ever expected these things to happen. I started Hand Me Down Style with a lot of prayer, and I had no idea the ways that God would use this blog. I'm so thankful He has done more than I could ask or imagine!  

thankful Thursday: family

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I moved out of my office this Monday and took with me some personal decorations that I had put up in years past. This year was so crazy that I only took the time to put up three pictures in my office: a church directory photo of my family from 2006, a church directory photo of my grandparents, and a snapshot of Zack's family at the fair. 

I hope I do the same with my time that I did with my office decorations. Family time is important, especially when I won't be able to have that time so easily soon. I can't go to church with my love on Sundays, so I did the next best thing this Sunday--went with his dad! None of his children made it to church on Sunday (working, etc.), but he had both of his daughters-in-law with him. I think that says a lot about the wonderful family I'm marrying into! I enjoyed spending time with all of my in-laws-to-be this weekend. 

My dad helped me move on Monday, and I'm getting more time to spend with my family now. I can have lunch with my mom, go on walks with my dad, and visit my brother, sister-in-law, and brand new nephew while I'm still living nearby and don't have work taking up my time. What a blessing!!! 
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