Favorite Things Friday #4 (Wedding Edition!)

Happy Friday!

For this edition of Favorite Things Friday, I wanted to share some of my favorite things that have been super helpful in the wedding planning process. Hopefully they’ll help out some of you brides-to-be or will be things to tuck away for later if you get engaged!

Disclaimer: These things have been super helpful for my wedding, but they may not work for your style. We’re on a small budget with a huge guest list, so we’re keeping it simple and chill. No matching linens (slash no linens at all, honestly) or letter-pressed stationery for us. Also, we’re still a little less than three months out, so I may have more favorite things to add later once all’s been said and done!

1. Vistaprint
I self-designed our save-the-date postcards, invitations, and thank-you notes on with Abobe Illustrator and InDesign and used Vistaprint to print them. I bought a Groupon for half-off some orders, but Vistaprint is also usually running some sort of sale. Sign up for their emails for coupons, but be prepared to hit “delete” a lot since they send emails daily (if not more). I originally budgeted more than $500 for our invitations, but they ended up costing us a little more than $100! Now, these may not be printed on the most luxurious paper or have the most premium envelopes, but they are pretty, functional, and don’t look like we’re cheapskates. They’re simple and perfectly match the mood of our casual 2 o’clock wedding!

2. David’s Bridal
Lots of women have negative things to say about DB, but my experience was great! I honestly was dreading the dress-shopping experience, and I did have some bad experiences, but DB redeemed the whole process.

One store I went to was really, really unhelpful in helping me stay in my budget. The type of dress I had originally envisioned myself in was way more than I wanted to spend on a dress; the dress wasn’t a top priority to me, so I was hoping to spend less than $500. The other store I went to told me I needed to go home and do more research about what dress would realistically be in my price range and refused to help me find a cheaper dress because “I had my heart set on expensive lace.” So I cried in the dressing room there.

But David’s Bridal was so helpful! I explained that the look I was going for was probably out of my budget, but they helped me find more reasonably priced dressed that matched the style and mood of my original dress ideas. While the first store only brought me dresses outside my budget, DB brought me dresses under my budget, and the one time my sales associate brought me a dress that was slightly above my budget, she made sure to warn me before I tried it on.

So if you want to look pretty in your dress, but you don’t care about designers and want to keep your budget low, DB was great!

3. Pinterest
I’m a little humbled that this is on my list because I was not one of those girls with her entire wedding planned on a board titled “Someday My Prince Will Come.” But real talk, the website is perfect for wedding planning. I started with one big wedding board, but that has quickly branched out into a bunch of boards for various things so I can just concentrate on each task or item I’m trying to figure out: wedding hair, shoes, makeup, bedding to register for, etc. It’s a great place for inspiration, but also for pinning things you need to remember. I repinned ideas for my reception, but I also pinned all the shoes I was looking at for my dress.

4. Google Docs
I hope you already know how awesome Google Docs is because it will change your life. It’s been the perfect place to store all my planning documents: guest list spreadsheets, day-of timelines, lists of honeymoon ideas, the budget spreadsheet, etc. I can edit it from anywhere (work, home, my phone, Greg’s iPad…) and share specific docs with whoever (my mom, Greg’s mom, our photographer, Greg). I made a folder for the wedding and have each document stored within so certain people can see certain docs. Love it.

5. Real Simple‘s Wedding Magazine
I bought several wedding magazines looking for inspiration and guidance in the planning process. Although it was fun (sort of?) to look at magazines like The Knot and Bride, they just were not practical for me. Trying to sort through the ads and the actual content was annoying, and most of content was really just… superfluous.

I could write an entire blog post about the wedding industry and how it’s a huge money-suck that often loses sight of marriage and focuses on the party. But Real Simple cut through the clutter and provided a straightforward, organized wedding planning guide and magazine that gave inspiration, but also gave a really helpful structure for planning. Sure, it included extravagances that Greg and I are not indulging in, but it also affirmed that small, simple, and inexpensive are great, too. You don’t have to spend the American average of $20,000-$30,000 on a wedding, and Real Simple is helping me make that a reality.

(Side note: The magazine cost quite a bit more (~$15) than it’s competitors, but it was worth it for the lack of ads and it included a year-long subscription to Real Simple, which is really an excellent lifestyle magazine that I would happily subscribe to anyway.)

6. Etsy
Now that I think about it, the only wedding things I think I’ve gotten from Etsy is Greg’s wedding band, but it can be a great and unexpected (many time cheaper, too!) place to find wedding things! I know my roommate got her wedding stationery design from an Etsy shop, and I’ve bought lots of accessories or gifts that people always comment on: “That’s so cute/cool/unique/perfect! Where’d you get that?” “Etsy.” Check it out for gifts, headpieces, jewelry, cake-toppers, and lots of other fun wedding items.

That’s all for now! I started to write other wedding planning tips, but I think they would fit better in an entirely different post, so we’ll see what comes of that. Happy planning (or imagine-planning)!


Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 4

Welcome to the fourth installment of Past-Lindsay Tweets, Colorado LT edition!

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I got food poisoning pretty much right off the bat at LT. It was bad.

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Truer words have never been spoken. She got me.

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My first neti pot! Which is now a staple in my medicine cabinet.

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Luckily the sicknesses ended after that.

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I was pretty proud of that card.

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I even blogged about it.

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So many firsts that summer…

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See next tweet for how that turned out…

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Awkward. Nice, Barclay.

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Summer 2010, aka the summer I realized I was homesick for Tejas.

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Present-day Lindsay approves!

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And forever since this day, Thomas Fritts has called me a squirrel killer.

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I appreciate Greg being 6’6″ for this very reason!

Not as many tweets this time because I was busy living an amazing life in Colorado! 🙂

Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 3

Welcome to the third edition of Past-Lindsay Tweets! This post comes to you from Spring 2010, aka my spring of my junior year of college. Reading these tweets was actually sort of hard at times for me. This semester, as I have written about previously, was really tough on me academically and with my job-load. I also recall struggling socially transitioning friend groups and (I’m a little embarrassed I tweeted vaguely about this) with a few crushes that year. Anyway, here are some funny and poignant tweets that sum up that spring!

Things to know: I was still an RA and front desk supervisor, but I also worked as an infographics designer for the Missourian and finally really committed a lot of my time to the Twain canvas group this semester.

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Who do you think you are, Past-Lindsay??

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This was about my new supervisor, Laura. I still have a huge friend crush on her. 🙂

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This is only funny if you know who both these people are. So it’s hilarious to me!

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My empathetic life.

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One time I dreamed I married one of the desk attendants I supervised. I made the mistake of telling him this. Awk.

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Well, duh.

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There were way too many tweets like this from this semester. It’s gonna be okay, Past Lindsay! Unfortunately Present Lindsay still struggles with paralyzing fear and procrastination when she’s overwhelmed.

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My first ever Vlogbrothers video! The beginning of my citizenship in Nerdfighteria.

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Yeah. Sums up that semester.

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Somehow I’m always in the male-heavy small groups at church…

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Beginning of my stationery obsession? Also I just realized that I need to clarify this was The Office themed paper. That’s who Jim is.

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Yeah. Sad Past-Lindsay was consumed with worry.

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This was the time I was talking about when I blogged about deodorant tissues!

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Haha! Good times at the graphics desk at the Missourian. Referring to this graphic, which became a scale rather than a map.

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One of my FAVORITE John Murray moments/stories.

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It was really hard leaving the dorm after living there for 3 years!

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Mission accomplished and ego boosted!

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One time my friend Katie and I were studying for a final and we flipped over a bowl of ramen all over our notes, books, and my dorm room floor. #latenightsinTwain

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Working at the front desk was so weird sometimes.

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But seriously. I miss regular #johnmurrayquotes in my life.

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Spoiler alert: I did not make an A on that test. Got my first C+ of college!

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Aw! Love that guy and that dorm.

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I snort-laughed when I read this one. Good times closing the building as an RA cleaning out people’s rooms!

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What say you, Greg?

Up next: Summer 2010, aka the summer of LT!

Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 2

More tweets from Past-Lindsay! This time it’s from the fall of my junior year of college, aka Fall 2009. Things to know: I was an RA in Mark Twain Hall and also ran the residence hall front desk.

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I should have seen my career change coming from a million miles away.

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Blech. Can’t believe I used to follow that “news” regularly!

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YES. Vague Blink 182 song-lyric reference to the boy I liked at the time.

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I should have known I would never be a journalist…

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My life as one of the only girls in the Twain canvas group.

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I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS. People used to trip on this ledge in the front lobby of Twain ALL THE TIME. And I made it more than 2 years without doing it. The front desk would keep a tally of people who tripped on the ledge, and the 100th person to trip got a certificate. I LOVE RESLIFE.

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It says SO MUCH, Past-Lindsay! Fly! Get your master’s degree and never be a journalist!

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Got this job.

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Oy, the RA life.

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This is just funny remembering my residents from that year.

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Oh front desk duties.

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When my mom visited Mizzou. Past-Lindsay was moody!

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I mentioned this on my last tweeting blog post. See below for the next tweet in this series.

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Before I even knew I wanted to be an Aggie!

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My brother’s interpretation of “Don’t Stop Believin'”

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It’s funny because I’m ISFJ now…

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Nope, still haven’t seen the first half.

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Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 1

So, I don’t know if you knew this, but you can download your Twitter archives (under “settings”) and search them by date or key word. Y’all. This is a treasure trove of old 140-character thoughts from past-Lindsay.

I haven’t gone through all my old tweets yet, but I think I’m going to blog the best ones from various spans of time over the past four-to-five years. Yes, I have had Twitter for four-to-five years.

Here are my faves from Spring & Summer 2009, the end of my sophomore year of college and my second summer in Columbia when I worked at the Rec Center and reported for the Missourian. Enjoy!

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I Wikipedia’d this a few weeks ago. Interesting stuff.

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Oh, how times have changed, 2009 Lindsay. Now your phone has the internets on it!

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Sums up my summer.

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Early shift swiping at the rec center probs.

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What a fabulous woman! I wonder what I did to gain her approval, and can I do it again?

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Did Eric Dundon have something to do with this?

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Ah, the end of an era!

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The time Michael Jackson died and it’s all anyone cared about for a month.

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Guys, I loved living in Twain.

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A defining moment in my life, though I guess it took seven quizzes for me to accept. Badgers foreva.

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That summer I read “Devil in the White City” and became mildly obsessed with World’s Fairs. I told my roommate Melanie facts about them for weeks. She hated me.

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Favorite Things Friday #3

It’s been a while, but here’s another round-up of some of my current favorites:

-roasted kale (or any roasted veggie)
veggies + olive oil + salt + fresh ground pepper + fresh garlic = heaven. i’ve even gotten lazy lately and bought pre-chopped kale in a bag from HEB, which make my favorite snack/dinner side dish even quicker to make.

-old navy’s sweetheart skinny jeans
just bought ’em a few weeks ago and i’m obsessed.

-google docs
this only way my wedding is getting planned at all. spreadsheets for guest lists and budgets that i can share with greg or my mom? documents to list honeymoon ideas? all in a tidy #stadterday folder. perf.

-himym (how i met your mother)
i’ve been binging for weeks rewatching the old seasons on netflix getting ready for the series finale in a few weeks. caught up to the new season last night! i’ve been loving seeing how the reoccurring jokes run throughout all the seasons!


-austin, tx
by sunday, i will have driven into austin for various fun things 4 times in the past 12 days. the 45-minute drive and ever-present city traffic is enough to keep me from visiting that often, usually, but friends from mizzou in town for sxsw (amy & breezy) and a few limited-release movie dates with greg (hayao miyazaki & veronica marshave had me traveling i-35 multiple times this month!


-the floor to ceiling window in my new office
a co-worker left to take a job elsewhere last month, which meant her office on the other side of the hallway was open. after some debating on whether i wanted to pack up all my stuff and rehang my diplomas, i decided to take the room with a view over my little box office. i’m in love.

-along for the ride jewelry
my friend laura is closing up her etsy shop, so all her adorable jewelry is on sale! check her out and treat yourself to an $8 fabric button pendant necklace. she’s sending a free pair of bias tape rosette earrings with each purchase this week, too!

That wraps it up! Until next time…

(See other Favorite Things Friday posts here.)

The Beginning


I found this post tucked away in my “drafts” folder, so I’m hitting “publish” now!

The story of how Greg and I met is a little windy (wine-dee, not win-dee). We had a few brief encounters before we “met” in Italy, which is usually our response for, “How did you two meet?” But let me assure you: our meeting in Italy was not some romantic Lady-&-the-Tramp-nose-pushing-meetball experience. It took some time after that trip before things started happening. Here, let me just start from the beginning.


Greg: Graduates from Texas A&M with a degree in Biology but decides to go on staff with Fellowship Church in College Station, Texas. Begins support raising.

Lindsay: Begins school at The University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.


Greg: After briefly joining the church staff at Fellowship, leaves with a team to plant 2.42 Church at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, about 2.5 hours from College Station.

Lindsay: Still at Mizzou, goes to Colorado LT over the summer and promptly falls in love with the idea of going to grad school at Texas A&M.


Greg: As part of his church plant duties, decides to scope out some mission trip opportunities to partner with Fellowship for 2.42 students in future years. Decides to go on the Italy trip.

Lindsay: Now in grad school at Texas A&M, decides to go on Fellowship’s trip to Italy to teach English to college students in Milan.

Both: Go to mutual acquaintances’ wedding. A few weeks later, get on a bus in Texas and drive to Ohio for GCM’s Collegiate Ignite conference. Greg remembers seeing Lindsay decked out in full Mizzou gear and wonders why that Mizzou girl is on a bus full of Aggies. Lindsay has no recollection of ever seeing Greg, but there is photographic evidence showing that they once stood near one another in a line for McDonalds.

Spring 2012

Both: Formally are introduced and meet at a support-letter-stuffing party for the Italy trip. Lindsay recalls talking about which Star Trek series was the best (she says Voyager; he says DS9… or maybe TNG?) and also off-handedly mentioning she should marry a man on staff since she has good support team connections. #foreshadowing

Lindsay: Friends Greg (and other team members) on Facebook.

Both: See each other a few times throughout the semester at team meetings, but don’t talk much. Are both assigned to teach the advanced English club with their teammate Lindsey.

May 2012

Greg: Calls Lindsay to ask her about information he missed at the last team meeting.

Lindsay: Wonders how Greg got her phone number (it was later determined it may have been from her email signature during team email communications). Also wonders why Greg’s asking her these questions when she’s never been on the trip. Suggests Greg calls the team leader Jordan or other teammate Lindsey who both have been on this same trip previously.

Greg: Denies that this phone call was at all flirtatious or an excuse to get Lindsay’s number.

Both: Go to Italy for two weeks and get to know one another.

Lindsay: Finds Greg intriguing, but isn’t instantly attracted and is wary to fall for another guy who probably, in line with her track record, won’t like her back. Wants to know more about him, but also prays with teammate Cherise that she will not develop feelings for him because all she wants is a summer away from boy drama.

Greg: Likes Lindsay and tries to flirt with her, but pulls back to take time to think it all through before making any moves.

Lindsay: Is completely oblivious to attempts at flirting. Determines she had a “mission trip crush” on him that will soon dissipate after the trip ends.

June 2012

Lindsay: Flies to Oregon for nine weeks for a summer internship. Spends a lot of time alone in her office working on projects on her computer.

Greg: Goes back to San Marcos for the summer. Starts Google chatting with Lindsay on a daily basis.

Lindsay: Is instantly suspicious and nervous. Is unsure of how she feels towards Greg. Decides there’s no harm in instant messaging and getting to know him better.

July 2012

Both: Continue chatting regularly.

Lindsay: Prays about the friendship and her suspicion that it could turn into more. Feels led to “give him a chance.”

Greg: Calls Lindsay a week before she returns to Texas and asks her to go on a date with him.

Lindsay: Says yes!

August 2012

Greg: Drives to College Station and takes Lindsay out on an 11-hour date.

Lindsay: Has a good time and hopes there is a second date.

Greg: Ends the date by asking if he can give Lindsay a hug.

Lindsay: Says yes but out of nervousness gives him a side hug and feels like a goof.

Both: Are happy.

So there you have it, folks! The beginning of our dating relationship. Maybe I’ll write more about the past two years of our friendship and dating relationship as we near the wedding date. Just 114 days to go!

When ruining a friendship is actually the best thing to do

I had an epiphany today, and I wanted to share it.

Today a friend of mine was asking to hear a little of my story of how in the past I told a guy friend that I had feelings for him. Little did she know that the situation actually happened a few times with a few different guys who are not Greg, haha. (He was wonderful and did the vulnerable, emotional ask-out. What a champ!)

She was asking me how I stayed friends with the guy, which is a legitimate question. I am still on good terms with these guys I’ve DTR’d with. How did I do it? I had to think about it. It was then that I came across my epiphany.

I think a lot of times, when a girl starts to have feelings for her guy friend, she worries about saying anything about her feelings because it might “ruin” the friendship. But here’s the thing:

I think a lot of the time, when a girl really likes a guy, she might be spending unhealthy amounts of time with him and crossing emotional boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed. The friendship needs to be ruined.

(Disclaimer: I am not saying that all “crushes” come from inappropriate boundaries. You can have feelings for someone in a healthy way. Just hear me out and then check your heart on where you really stand.)

This might not be the case every time, but in many instances, romantic feelings begin to form when emotional intimacy increases. When you spend time with someone and talk to them about deep things (or things beyond current TV and the weather), it is natural for emotional intimacy to grow. But I think a lot of times, girls and guys cross emotional intimacy boundaries that do not match what is appropriate for two people who are not dating (or related).

So when a girl tells her guy friend she likes him, and he doesn’t return the feelings, emotional intimacy decreases. Maybe they don’t see one another as much or talk about such deep things.

But maybe that’s good. Maybe that’s healthy. Maybe that’s what platonic friendship looks like.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t talk about deep things with people you’re not dating. I’m just saying there’s a line, and I think many times, in the moment, we cross it, grasping for something more that isn’t there yet.

And we say we “don’t want to ruin a friendship,” but maybe we just don’t want to lose that emotional intimacy or that companionship or that attention, even if it might be bad for us or confusing. The part of us that that wants human validation, love, and connectedness overruns the part of us that says, “Hey! You guys have not committed anything to each other and you shouldn’t be sharing your heart in such a deep way with this person!”

So when the friendships shrinks to more appropriate boundaries, we think we’ve lost or ruined a friendship.
But really, we’ve just put that relationship in the proper context.
So it feels “ruined” but really, it’s “healthy.”

Maybe I’m just blathering and speculating, but I think this has been true in my life. There have been a friendship or two with a guy that got a little too deep too quickly, and I got my heart invested.

“He trusted me enough to tell me those things! He must care for me romantically! But wait, if I say something and that isn’t the case, we won’t be as close, and I won’t feel special any more. I would miss the attention. I won’t say anything.”

And that only led to prolonged confusion, the need for several DTRs, and heartbreak. In reality, the “friendship” was too deep for where we stood relationally. That friendship needed to be ruined for the sake of my own heart!

I deserved more than intimacy without commitment. I deserved to spend time with someone who was willing to give both. But I didn’t want what was best for me; I wanted what felt nice in the moment, so in the end, I hurt myself by not advocating for what I deserved.**

Just something to think about…

Do you need a ruin a friendship? Does this ring true to anyone else? Just me? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

**Thankfully, Greg came into my life and gave me what I deserved (haha!) — a man who is always straightforward with his feelings for me and lets me know where I stand. Our emotional intimacy grew as our dating relationship grew, and it’s still growing! I take pride in how well I know Greg (and he does the same with how well he knows me), but we are still continually learning about each other and each other’s hearts. Before we started dating, we shared a few conversations about deeper things, about God and things from our pasts, but really, most of self-disclosure unfolded in the context of our dating relationship, within the context of commitment in some form or fashion.


The Lord has put rest on my heart lately.

Rest is okay. Rest is good. Even when my wedding to-do list seems never ending, I can rest. I have to rest.

More importantly I need to rest in the Lord — which I know — but often forget.

I really love Audrey Assad’s song “Restless.”

“And I’m restless, I’m restless, ’til I rest in You, ’til I rest in You.”

-Audrey Assad’s “Restless” (sort of)

Then I found out at our Women’s Retreat last weekend that she totally stole those words from Augustine. Which actually makes it cooler. (Side note: I should have remembered that from what I had to read Augustine for my college honors humanities class buttttttt I didn’t. Also I could have learned that had I watched this video. Who knew she co-wrote with Matt Maher??)

“You stir man to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”

-St. Augustine’s “Confessions”

Holy cow, does that ring true for me. I so often forsake rest with the Lord for productivity, and though I don’t realize it in the moment, it makes me weary.

“Let my pain reveal your glory as my only real rest.”

“Like a bed of rest for my fainting flesh, I am satisfied in you.”

-The Sing Team’s “Satisfied in You”

I could write a million more words on this topic, but really, all I really want to say is that God is the only rest that satisfies my weary soul.

“You’re all that really satisfies.”

-Bryan & Katie Torwalt’s “Lover of your Presence”

(End note: I am dreaming of a large canvas painted with those Audrey Assad lyrics in one of our guest rooms/study/my hobby room in me & Greg’s future home so I can be reminded to take time to rest in the Lord!)