We rang in the New Year in Nashville with my sister McKenzie and some of her sweet friends. I also asked some sweet ladies to be my bridesmaids!
We had our engagement party in Johnson City. This was so much fun! We had friends from all over travel to my hometown to celebrate our engagement!
As the beginning of the month, we celebrated John's birthday (his last a single man), my family traveled to DC for McKenzie, Mom, and me to run the DC Rock and Roll Half Marathon on St. Patty's Day. We had a BLAST that weekend! My sweet life-long friend Holly took engagement pictures for us in DC. They were amazing and we had so much fun getting to spend time with Holly and her new hubby Jason.
April and May -
During the Spring I was one busy lady! I took lots of trips back to TN for wedding planning (which also meant listening to Call Me Maybe on repeat). While it was time consuming and sometimes exhausting getting to be home with family and friends really was one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding. In May my family traveled to Chattanooga where they got to meet John's family. Some of his family hosted a fun engagement party for us. Sadly, I was overcome by meeting new people and introducing my parents to the sweet folks that had become so welcoming to me that I didn't take a SINGLE picture! Late in May I had one of the most fun weekends of my life - my amazing bachelorette party! My sister really outdid herself and planned a great girls weekend in Nashville. McKenzie was the BEST Maid of Honor (a.k.a. the Maid of Fun) that I could have ever asked for.
Summer arrived and I was full on consumed with work, wedding planning, and working out. I carried my to-do list with me everywhere and I sent my poor Mom and Sister no less than 10 emails a day. I really should thank them again for always taking my phone calls - especially McKenzie. I can't remember if I blogged about this, but we had quite a scare less than 100 days before the wedding. We thought we lost our church! We later found out it was a misunderstanding of a church employee but for 24 hours I went into a full-blown meltdown. In those 24 hours I realized how wonderful my family is, how patient and encouraging John is, and how many wonderful friends my family has, as everyone came together to get to the root of the misunderstanding and attempt to find a new church. In the end, everything worked out well and we got to get married in the church of our dreams, but it was a very scary 24 hours.
We also got to celebrate with John's best friend and his sweet wife Rachael, when they got married on a farm in middle-Tennessee. This was our last one as guests, before our own, so the reality of our closely approaching wedding kicked the stress into high-gear while driving back to DC! The weekend, however was a blast! I have always been blessed with great friends, and I can say the same for me "new" friends that I've married into! John was a handsome groomsmen too. :)
We showered!! Some of the BEST bridesmaids ever threw the cutest bridal shower in the history of the world. (ok - probably an exaggeration, but I can't say enough just how much I love these ladies) and my life-long best friend Carey and her Momma Pam hosted a wonderful monogram shower. Both showers had such wonderful details, food, and so much fun to be surrounded by my wonderful friends. So blessed!
The biggest news of the year - and really the biggest news of my life, John and I got married (we had an amazing rehearsal dinner too) and then traveled to Rome on our honeymoon.
September and October -
The fall brought us back to DC on the weekends and we really enjoyed fall! The most special part of the Fall was my Papaw traveled to DC as part of the Honor Flight. McKenzie surprised him too! Getting to see him visit the WW2 memorial was a memory that will last a lifetime. I've said many times on my blog just how special he is to me and getting to spend this morning with him, was just an honor! Speaking of surprises - we got to attend our first surprise wedding!
I celebrated my 31st birthday with a quiet weekend in DC, visited Memphis, spent election night in DC and each day during the month before our first married Thanksgiving I reflected on all my Thankful Thoughts.
This past month John and I celebrated our first married Christmas and worked ALOT as we prepare for 2013.
As I look back on all the changes, excitement, and many many many blessings of 2012 I am excited to see what 2013 may hold. I really am excited about what God has in store for us!
Happy New Year friends and family!