Thursday, January 24, 2013

Trying to be Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

As much as I would love to pretend that everything in life is peachy and perfect
I'm afraid I have to be honest.
I've been having a hard time being thankful as of late.
More so I've been having a hard time,
remembering God's faithfulness.

I'm currently struggling.
It's been hard watching those around me move on with their lives
while I feel like I'm stuck, stagnant and going no where.
I'm struggling to fight off thoughts that
I am not good enough
I am not desirable
I am not worth it
I am unwanted, unloved and unworthy.
It sounds so silly as I write this,
but unfortunately it's my reality and it's ugly.

Needless to say I haven't really been in the 
"thankful" mood the past few weeks.
All the more reason to sit and think about all of the Lord's provisions.
He is faithful,
whether I "feel" it or not.

So today I am thankful for
great books
time alone reading in the park
soccer games
letters from Hawaii
the ability to run
apples and peanut butter
gmail chatting
learning how to love from my sweet niece

 designing wedding flowers
getting to wear a bridesmaid dress more than once
these two lovely ladies who have greatly impacted my life
and relationship with the Lord

snugly couch conversations
giving terrarium building lessons
getting to know my friends husband more
babies being born
spending time in Utah with my dear friend Christina

being in the mountains
cold weather
really great hot chocolate

spending time with my family
a dad who takes care of my car troubles
(even when thousands of miles away)
a brother who has allowed me to use his car for the past few weeks
while I don't have one
catching up with friends I haven't talked to in ages
planning reunion weekends with college friends
my sweet roommates

decorating our cozy apartment
watching my front porch garden grow
Downton Abbey
trips to the zoo
learning how to pray
learning about my passions
sweet times with the girls I disciple

I know that today,
I am truly thankful that there is purpose in all things.
That no matter what season of life I am in,
God's purpose is great and His faithfulness will be unveiled. 

What are you thankful for today?...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

You Know You're a Horticulturist When You...

... take a trip to the amazing San Diego Zoo
and you daydream about exploring forests and jungles

drool over lush, green ferns

swoon over the large array of phenomenal blooms

and come home only to realize
your camera roll is filled with more photos of landscapes and plants
than animals.

Just another successful day in the life of
a nerdy horticulturist.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Brittany and Adam's Winter Wedding

Happy New Years to you!

It's my first blog post of 2013
and I can't think of a better way to kick start the new year
than with a dose of wedding flowers.

 I met Brittany and Adam almost 2 years ago,
they're students in our Cru movement at UCI.
I have had the privilege of discipling Brittany for the past year and a half
and it has been so wonderful getting to know her 
and her heart for the Lord.
She is probably the most gentle, sincere and compassionate person I know
and it has been so neat to walk alongside her and Adam 
as they begin this new adventure.

It was this past December they tied the knot,
and it was so fun to be a part of their wedding day.
I absolutely love getting to work with brides,
creating arrangements with personal touches
 that reflect their style and personalities.

Brittany's choice of colors and flowers 
matched the wet, wintery wedding day perfectly.

Brittany's bouquet was overflowing with gorgeous
stems of white Hydrangea and Vendela roses
and accented with antique blue Hydrangea and sprigs of babies breath.
All wrapped in burlap and lace.

For her bridesmaids she wanted contrast,
she wanted their blue to pop.
And pop it did.
Their bouquets were filled with Vendela roses,
babies breath and stems of bright blue Hydrangea.
They were all wrapped in burlap and lace and tied up with 
a blue ribbon.

The men all wore a Vendela rose and babies breath boutonniere
while the moms and grandmothers all carried a single,
long stemmed white rose.

Getting to do the flowers for 
this beautiful, winter wedding was 
pure joy.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Clements,
thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!