Message in the Mirror Mondays

"I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in his toil-this is God's gift to man."
-Ecclesiastes 3:12&13

Life has been very busy for me lately, but this verse reminds me that all my toil and work everyday is to be enjoyed. I need to be joyful and do good, and eating, drinking and taking pleasure in my work is God's gift to me. 

I think this verse is really great for right now as summer is around the corner. For me personally, my soul feels the most free, carefree and joyful in the summer. That is the time that I really do find joy in things like a good meal with friends, salt water in my hair, warm nights outside...I could go on and on. I hope this verse is encouraging to y'all this week.


May Goals.

::May Goals::
Exercise 3 days a week.
Finish spring cleaning around the house.
Participate in the 30-Hour Famine with our youth group May 6-7.
Go to a sweet girl's dance recital.
Swap out winter clothes for summer clothes-yay for shorts!
Take youth group to a concert on May 21.
Go to Charleston, SC with two of my best girlfriends for a GIRLS WEEKEND!
Catch up on my journaling.
Help host Charis Mother's Day Banquet at church on May 20.
Unveil new logo for the youth group {tonight!}.
Take a relaxing bath at some point and slow down {if I can}.

May is busy for me, but I'm always prepared for it because every year May is just a busy month. It kicks of crazy summer time for the Mister and I. With him being a youth pastor and I the trusty side-kick summer is a whirlwind for us and it already looks like we will be gone at least 4 weeks, and knowing us, even longer. See, crazy, but we love it. 

If you have any goals, to-dos, wanna-dos or wannabes then leave 'em in the comments!


Message in the Mirror Mondays

A favorite verse of mine that I really need this week.

"From the ends of the earth I call out to You, I call as my heart grows faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
 -Psalm 61:2-

This girl is hanging on that truth this week.

Check back tomorrow for May goals!


The Royal Wedding

Who else got up at 4am to stumble out of bed and watch the Wedding of the Century as I like to call it? If you did then you know it was worth it, and if not then I've got a re-cap for you. 

 This is what we were all waiting for people! What will she wear?? Well, here it is. A dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. I had a feeling it would be quite modest since she is normally, let alone at her wedding, the royal wedding. While it is nothing that I would wear, I think for the future Queen of England it was the right choice. She is young and so had a v-neck front and the bodice was cinched in very tightly to accentuate her tiny waist, yet she was nothing but elegant and not the tiniest bit ostentatious.

Personally, I dislike veils over the face of a bride. I refused to wear mine that way as much as my mom begged I wouldn't do it. However, when I watched Catherine get out of the Queen's Rolls Royce, and the wind blow her thin veil across her face so gracefully, it really took my breath away how beautiful she looked. This picture above is exactly what I'm talking about.

Here are Her Royal Majesty, the Queen of England, her husband, Prince Phillip, Charles, the Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall. I thought every one of them looked lovely and seemed to all be very genuinely happy for Will and Catherine's wedding.

There it is, that is the fairytale! This is what I screamed to my husband as they walked down the aisle....demure and royal, I know. I can't get over the trees inside Westminster Abbey, so genius! I love the natural beauty of it instead of gobbs of flower arrangements. Even her bouquet was uncomplicated.

THE KISS! The kiss that lasted .0021 seconds that is. Even my dear Mister turned to me and said, "That was it?! That wasn't a kiss, that was a peck!" True, I was disappointed I waited for 4 hours for that. But they quickly redeemed themselves when the crowd chanted for one more kiss and they kindly obliged. Did any of you see when those doors opened on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and Catherine said "Oh wow!" when she saw the sea of people gathered just to see her. If it were me, I would have said Oh wow, too!

As the Queen does for special occasions such as a wedding, she bestowed titles on the newly married couple and they are:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Earl and Countess of Strathearn
The Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus

However, we will refer to them as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge instead of that whole long list. Apparently, once Prince Charles becomes King then we will officially refer to William and Catherine as Prince and Princess. All this monarchy formality stuff is quite interesting, don't you think? 

Now onto some fashion...can we say, heelllooo fascinators?! Now, honestly, some were downright beautiful, tasteful and stylish, but what in the world were Princesses Eugene and Beatrice thinking with these??!!

Yikes! Is all I have to say about that. Now, Catherine's little sister Phillipa or "Pippa" as she is called looked absolutely stunning!! Her dress, another Sarah Burton design would make a beautiful wedding dress itself. Not for a royal wedding, but for a simple commoner's wedding for sure. I loved the cowl-neck with lace trim, mermaid silhouette, cap sleeves and buttons up the back. The fit was perfectly altered to her tiny frame. That family has some good genes! 

The beautiful bride left with her Prince in a horse-drawn carriage and later changed into another dress by Sarah Burton after the luncheon given by the Queen. Other celebrations included a dinner by Prince Charles, an all-night party given by Prince Harry and Pippa which was to last until 6am. Finally, to wrap it all up Prince Harry hosted a "Survivors Breakfast" at 6am for anybody who wasn't too tired to make it.

Here are a few last pictures just for the fun of it. And boy, wasn't the excitement of it all just that...fun!! 

So, what did you all think of the Royal Wedding?