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A Love Story, Part Two: Engaged.

June 19, 2014

Truth be told, Christian and I vowed from day one that we would never get married. It was a pact we made, like a secret handshake or club. We’d even high five each other after we confessed to someone “We’re never getting married!” Weird? Maybe. But we got it. We’d both previously been married and there was no way we were going to do that to each other. Those chapters we’d each had, while separate, they were also so very…

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A Love Story, Part One: We met in an alley

June 12, 2014

That bit about the alley is a true story, you know. Actually, it’s not just any story… it’s a story I share with Christian. It’sΒ ourΒ story. Well, parts of it anyway. These are the parts I’ve decided to share with you all πŸ™‚ I love when people ask me, “So how did you meet your husband?” because the first part of that answer is, “We met in an alley” which is quickly followed by, “he walked down the outside steps of…

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Flashback Friday: Laughter.

April 25, 2014

December 2009 – Laughter.  (Oak Park, IL) It was one of the first times in a long time that I’d laughed. Like, really laughed. I’m talking can’t catch your breath, almost pee your pants, choke on your spit, abs of steel, no sound comes out kind of laugh. And as if he knew I’d been needing to have a laugh like this (although he didn’t know it at the time), with one click of the camera he was able to capture…

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That one time I cried when vacation was over.

April 3, 2014

Have you ever had a vacation that was SO great, you actually cried when you had to leave? I’d heard about other people doing this and totally judged them for it. Seriously? You cried because your vacation was over? You literally cried? What, are you five? Yep, I judged away. Until it happened to me. I’ve had some pretty awesome vacations in my life – I’ve traveled to some really beautiful places, and know that I still have many other…

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Grateful Heart Monday (+ Linkup!)

March 31, 2014

I am starting my week with a grateful heart and here’s why, My husband. Saturday night, X and I sat on the couch, drinking red wine and listening to the new Beck album (which is nothing short of dreamy and lovely and sooo good.) We were so relaxed, with happy hearts- content; the babes snuggled around us, when X looks at me, smiles, and says:”I thanked God for you today.” … my dearest Lord, thank you, a million times I…

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Date Night: There were lights and tattoos, cheers and tears

March 28, 2014

One of the (many) things I appreciate about X is that he always makes time for Date Night. We had the best time dating each other in the early days and I told him that I wanted to continue to date him, even after we got married. He agreed πŸ™‚ Life can get so busy and it really can be tough to make time for special nights out – even if you both really want to. Work and deadlines, not…

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Flashback Friday: Fresh

March 7, 2014

April 2010 – Fresh. (Chicago, IL) It was the most perfect Spring day in Chicago. The sun was out, birds were chirping, and new buds starting to bloom. There was a bit of chill in the air, but warm enough for me to wear my first sundress of the year. Christian and I had just walked out of my apartment building on Lake Shore Drive and were headed who knows where, I didn’t care. I was with him. And by…

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And it was totally Empire Records (ish).

February 22, 2014

Happy weekend, guys! If you live in Chicago, or- let’s be real- pretty much the entire midwest and northeast, are you SO ready for Spring like I am? I saw the first Cadbury Egg commercial of the year last night so surely that means something, right?! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I spent the one Spring-y day we had last week with Oooj in the park, but the rest of this week has been rainy, cold, and…

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Our (Anti) Valentine’s Day

February 15, 2014

I hope everyone had a sweet Valentine’s Day yesterday! And if you’re not a fan of the “holiday” – congratulations – it’s now over! So what’s up with the “anti” title of this post, I know. Obviously I’m not anti-love. I love love. I really do believe in a forever kind of love. I’m even starting to like pink and red together. And I totally cry over Hallmark and Cheerios commercials. So, told ya. If crying over sappy commercials doesn’t…

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Flashback Friday: Heart Bursting.

January 17, 2014

August 2010 – Heart Bursting. (Glenview, IL) It was fresh… still so new. It was really new, actually. It was one of our first dates with friends. They were X’s friends, new to me. I felt free. To be happy. And we were. We had great conversation with our friends and I just remember feeling so comfortable. In my own skin, but next to him too. He had reached under the table to squeeze my hand, and I remember the…

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