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107 Days

"It's not just a shiny new ring, its a silent promise of eternity."

“It’s not just a shiny new ring, its a silent promise of eternity.”

I’m counting down the days to my wedding! My love and I have set our date and ordered our invitations. It’s funny how  much closer I feel like we have grown since he placed this ring on my finger and asked the question. I feel like we are more open with each other. The time we are forced to spend apart grows more and more unbearable.

We have started pre-marital counseling and have had a blast so far. It is such a wonderful process this marriage thing. I love it and I am thankful my soon-to-be-husband and I are both enjoying it as it brings us closer together. The coming weeks will bring our engagement shoot! What fun that will be!

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Daily Photo Challenge: Green

"Green is life and happiness."

“Green is life and happiness.”

Today’s photo challenge is green. I thought this picture captures green in all its joyful beauty in a soft, bright, cheery kind of way. This photo just brings a smile to my face, I hope it does for you as well. Enjoy!


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A Million Firsts

The other day I was thinking back to all the memories I share with my new fiancé. Joy and laughter came flooding back to my heart, along with the feeling of incredible love and a hunger to create many more equally wonderful memories. Then another thought came to me as well. It was the realization of how many “firsts” this sweet man has given me – and not doubt I will continue to be granted many more firsts through him.

Some of the firsts he has given me are:

1. My first  prom experience

2. My first dance

3. The first time I ever held a boy’s hand (and wanted to)

4. The first time a guy ever told me he loves me

5. The first time I ever told a guy I love him too

6. My first kiss

7. My first time making French Macaroons

8. My first time trying Vegemite and Turkish delight

9. The first time anyone has ever read me stories

10. The first time I had ever realized I am not alive if I don’t have this young man’s love

So, so many firsts given to me by this one person, and so very many yet to come.

My first and my only.

My first and my only.

 


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Something to Remember

I am homeschooled, but run track for a local high school. One thing that has been a dream of mine, since my freshman year, was to be asked to prom. I don’t know why I wanted to go so badly, I just always have. I’m one of those shy girls who only has a little group of special friends, the ones who were nice enough to pull me in and break me out of my shell.

Every year, as prom came and went, I would log on to my Facebook account to see all of my public school friends posting their stunning prom photos. I would look through them all, admiring their attire and happy memories, thinking I would never be able to experience them myself.

Then my senior year came. I never thought of prom until track started. It was months away, yet people were already being asked and getting their dresses. A few of my wonderful friends decided that they were going to take me with them to prom, with or without a date. By then, I was willing to tag along with them just so I could see what prom would be like.

The school was down to the last two weeks before prom. Everyone had their dates and their dresses, everyone except for me which was usual and expected. I was completely sure no one was asking me to prom this year and decided that I would feel too awkward attending a high school prom alone as a shy, little, homeschooled girl. So there went another year – my last year – of getting a chance to be asked to prom. I accepted it and tried not to think about it too much.

Monday started like any other day. A morning full of school, an evening full of running, and two jars empty of honey.  When practice ended for the day, I was going to give my honey jars to my sprinter coach whose family had a honey business. When she found me, she told me to give them to Will. I thought absolutely nothing of it. Will lived right next to his cousins who did the honey. I just thought she said that so he could give it right to them.

Now let me pause for a second to explain something. This Will guy is one of those guys who everyone in the school loves. He is super athletic and good, excuse me, amazing at everything he does. Not to mention super smart.

So anyway, I grabbed my jars and went into the school to find him. As I’m standing in the commons, he walks out from one of the halls. I shyly walk up to him and hand him the jars. I’m nervously asking him if my check is made out for the right amount, then I plan on bolting to the door. As he is explaining the amount should be correct, I start to inch away, but he follows. After he answers my question about the check he calmly and simply adds, “and I was wondering if you’d like to come to prom with me.”

I finally stopped trying to escape. I was speechless. All I could think to say was “for real?!” He assured me he wasn’t kidding and, of course, I said yes! Then I sped home, texted my friends, and panicked. Only a week to prepare! Even though I was offered to borrow some gorgeous dresses, my mom felt that she needed to buy me my very first prom dress.

On Friday, the only day my mom had free, we went on our search at 6:00 p.m. after I had been running at a track meet all day. We grabbed a pizza and headed for the nearest mall which was only a little over 100 miles away.

As we rushed from shop to shop, nothing caught either of our eyes, other than the dresses that only had sizes 10 times too big for me. We were headed to a store we weren’t really sure even sold dresses when I confessed to my mom that I was starting to get scared. After asking a clerk if the store had any dresses, we headed for the small juniors section way at the back. The two racks of leftover dresses did not look promising. As I moved one of the dresses, something caught my eye. A beautiful white, black, and silver dress that would match my date’s already-purchased grey tux, and it was my size! We snatched it up and grabbed some accessories with 30 minutes to spare before the mall closed.

That following Saturday was prom, and it was amazing! Whatever I thought it would be like was shattered and replaced by the reality of an unbelievably wonderful day! My date was the biggest gentleman I have ever met and even let me hang off his arm anytime I tried to stumble anywhere in my heels. And then there was my first slow dance.

I realized that night that I have an incredibly amazing and caring group of friends, even if it is small.

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New Perspective on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday that celebrates the life and trials of St. Patrick. There was once a time when the holiday was Christian and Catholic, but could it be those days are over? St. Patrick was once represented in and with the color blue. How did green find its way into the mix? What about those clovers? It is said St. Patrick used the shamrock to symbolize the holy trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Now, all you see in St. Patrick’s Day are four-leafed clovers and hear of nothing but the “luck of the Irish.” Has this holiday been transformed into something else…something totally different?

Image credited to rightful owner.

Image credited to rightful owner.

The Irish were once (and perhaps some still are) a people who stood firm in their tales and folklore – something I’ve always admired them for. What if their stories have truth in them? What if the “good folk”, or leprechaun, and the fey are real. Perhaps these beings the Irish folklore warned us about are real, and perhaps they have taken over a once blessed holiday.

Call me crazy, but here is the fun way I like to look at it. What was once a peaceful holiday, has been taken over by the mischievous leprechaun people and the beautiful yet brutal faerie folk. Since green is the usual color for the leprechaun and is more of the earth for the fey, blue was replaced with green. The holy three-leafed shamrock was cast out and in its place the four-leafed clover was erected. The four-leafed clover is said to allow a human to gain the sight, in other words, it allows humans to see the otherwise invisible-unless-want-to-be-seen fey. As for the “luck of the Irish,” well that was added in there by the good folk who, if pleased, would reward the person who benefited them with a happy and prosperous life. What about the parades and celebrations, you may ask? Well, everyone knows that the fey look completely different from humans in skin color, hair, ect. So, just like they do on Hallowe’en, the fey take advantage of the costumes and crazy dress of the celebrations to disguise their different and lovely selves.

Now that should get you wondering.

 

©Lindsay Amber


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Snow Days

Yesterday it started to snow here, and that’s just what I’ve been waiting for! As soon as the snow began to fall, and all the mud had frozen solid, I grabbed a hat, scarf, and my pit bull pup, Loki. I ushered him outside and had him sit in the road while I shot pictures of him. I think these pictures came out cute, so I thought I’d share them. I hope they put a smile on your face! Enjoy! 🙂


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My Bucket List

I’ve always heard about bucket lists, but never really made on of my own. In October, I finally decided I should make one, and I did. I typed it up and put it in my room as a reminder everyday to keep working on my goals for my life. Here it is!

My Bucket List:

  • Learn to draw/paint.
  • Teach my dog how to run with me.
  • Own an Arabian horse.
  • Own a Mad Hatter hat.
  • Learn to dance.
  • Get a tattoo.
  • Run track in college.
  • Own a Volts Wagon.
  • Own a professional Nikon or Canon camera.
  • Dye my whole head of hair a totally different color.
  • Register Loki as a service dog.
  • Master all songs on “Just Dance 3.”
  • Give someone who really deserves it the middle finger.
  • Buy my very own house.
  • Grow an amazing garden at that house.
  • Build a personal library consisting of at least 100 books.
  • Read 200 books.
  • Climb an Egyptian pyramid (I will find a way!).
  • Star gaze from deep in the Sahara desert.
  • Touch the Moon.
  • Find the Moon a real name.
  • Scuba dive in the Red Sea.
  • Dive in the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Try a Vegemite sandwich.
  • Sail down the River Nile.
  • Visit another part of Africa – not just Egypt.
  • Run through the ruins of a Greek temple.
  • Celebrate a Hallowe’en in Ireland.
  • Eat a taco in Italy!
  • Visit an old Norse castle.
  • Go on an African Safari and get a picture of a wild lion!
  • Listen to a story told by a village elder of a tribe somewhere in the world.
  • Visit at least 7 other countries not already listed.
  • Create a delicious recipe all my own.
  • Pet an elephant.
  • Pet a shark.
  • Help a baby sea turtle get to the ocean right after he hatches.
  • Ride a camel.
  • See a Humpback whale in the wild.
  • See a wild toucan.
  • Find a four-leafed clover.
  • Try a piece of Turkish Delight.
  • Read the entire Bible.
  • Meet on of my favorite actors.
  • Make homemade pasta.
  • Sew a beautiful and wearable dress.
  • Enter one of my photographs in a contest and win a prize for it.
  • Run a marathon.
  • Help a noble cause.
  • Ride in a hot air balloon.
  • Sky dive.
  • Write a book, even if it’s never published.
  • Ride in a parade on my Arabian horse while dressed like an Egyptian.
  • Find and marry my true love.
  • Raise a family with him.