Okay, okay.. So I know I have been slacking in making blog posts, but given the fact that I am planning a wedding in a 2 months span I haven't had much free time.
Can you believe I am getting married in 34 days? My mind and calendar have been full of all the things I need to get done in this last month before the wedding. However, I wanted to take a second and just share some photos of my venue with you because it is so lovely!
Jon, my mother, and myself got to meet with the owner of the venue, Cody, and he was seriously the nicest person. Did you know he and his wife, Jessica, build and designed this venue? We were all just in love!
In the midst of all the stress planning, I figured we could look at this place and just sign in relief. Who else is stoked for September 7th?
On my 2016 bucket-list I wanted to see every scenic place in Arkansas. I certainly haven't accomplished this completely but this weekend I was able to cross one of those places off my list!
So Sunday night our sweet friends, the Tolleson Family, invited us over for the night so we could all go to the Caddo River on Memorial Day.
Mother and I got a canoe and I am very pleased to say, although there were some close calls, we did not flip over once! Nope. There was actually a point when we were going through a rapid and weren't able to steer it good just yet and we ran straight into a rock. Like a massive rock, and it threw mom forward in our boat. We about died laughing for a good 20 minutes after that.
So a fun, short canoe ride and a bad sun burn later- Monday became the beginning of my adventurous summer ahead.
Next stop? Who knows! But I'll be sure to take you all along for the ride.
It's no surprise that once you get engaged everyone wants to hear how it all went down. It's a story I love to share, but am finding that I am a much better writer then story teller. (Just trust me on this statement, okay?) So I figured I would type it up for those of you who have been curious!
I was a little curious as to why we were making a stop here, but knowing that Jon is an adventurer I figured he found out about it and wanted to see it for himself. After using their restrooms (which had pluming and were very clean. PTL!) we started stretching out our legs as we walked the trail towards all the gigantic rocks.
Looking at this place, it is like God was just playing with pebbles and sprinkled them all over the place- except they are the biggest rocks I have ever seen.
So, as we were walking I noticed a rock off the path that looked like it had a seat like indent in it and jokingly told him he should sit in it so I could take a picture. He deflected this and instead had me sit up there. (This is very typical Jon behavior because he hates taking photos, but will do them for me occasionally.) I hand him my phone and get myself situated, trying to not slide into the water puddle, and fix my shirt. As I look up Jon starts by saying that he loves me, and the way he said this made my heart just about stop. Before it could beat again he was already getting down on his knee, and I am almost certain my heart started working overtime. We have talked about our future plenty of times before, and we knew we wanted to be married to one another, but to actually have him ask me? It is a feeling I can not explain. It was just Jon, Myself, and that rock- our rock- and it was beautiful.
Turns out, there was no retirement party, but on Saturday we were going to take some engagement photos along with some Brekken Family photos. (So I suppose those nice clothes came in handy) I am telling you what, the photo sessions in and of itself were an interesting experience of it's own. I will share that story and those images with you all as soon as I get them!
If you were to ask me my favorite part of it all, I would have to say is the pride and joy on Jon's face whenever he sees the ring on my finger. My heart just cannot take that look.
So thank you all for the the best wishes and congratulations, it means so much to both Jon and myself. We love you all and are thankful for everyone who helped us get to this season in our lives. Here is to becoming the new Mr. & Mrs. Brekken!
For those of you who do not know, at the beginning of the year I created a bucket list of things to achieve in 2017. I don't care about going in any specific order, so I decided to jump down to #29- Get Another Tattoo.
This tattoo is one that I have been thinking about for a long time now, but I wasn't sure how to really do it. My Aunt Nevie passed away from colon cancer a couple of years ago, and I always wanted my first tattoo be represent her or something about her. I've mentally created multiple tattoos but I never could stick to them until I just decided to get one thing to just be a symbol. But what does a moon have to do with my Aunt?
Once when I was in high school my mother was talking to my Uncle. She handed the phone off to me, and then I somehow got to talk with my Aunt. Her cancer had come back and it was in full force. She hadn't been in the mood to really talk with people at the time, but this day she wanted to talk with me. I honestly have no idea what our conversation even consisted of or how long it was, but I can vividly remember the end of our conversation. I was telling her I loved her and she told me, "I love you to the moon and back". Afterwards I remember just bawling my eyes out because it felt like she was saying goodbye and I wasn't ready. Little did I know she would have gotten worse, and soon the family was called in. On August 24, 2013 Aunt Nevie went to heaven and I've never cherished words more in my life. I got the opportunity to say goodbye, and she gave it to me.
So, this one's for you Aunt Nevie.
I am so glad you stopped by. I cannot wait to hear from you!