Playing Catch-Up From the Last Two Weeks

I cannot believe I have not written a post or been involved in the blogging world for the past two weeks! My life has seriously been so crazy and busy, and if you follow me on InstagramΒ you already know that some pretty big things have been going on in my life! Here’s a little overview of what all has happened to me the last two weeks, and why I have been absent from blogging these last couple of weeks.

  1. I got my thesis passed!! I had been working on my thesis for a year and a half, and it was such a relief to finally be done with it! The day before my presentation I worked all day on my powerpoint, and I wrote out about 40 notecards.2013-05-15 16.23.41I also have the sweetest fiance ever (in case I don’t say that enough), and he was there to greet me as soon as I walked out to my car after getting my thesis passed with flowers! I was so surprised! I love flowers!2013-05-16 14.39.162013-05-16 14.40.46I was also blessed with the world’s best thesis advisor! It’s such a small world; I ended up finding out last summer that she actually knows Ryan’s family!

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  2. My big bro graduated with his Masters from Texas Tech University!2013-05-17 21.25.53

    Get your guns up!

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    3. Ryan and I found a house!!!!!!! This was such a huge answered prayer, and we give all of the glory and thanks to God!

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    To say we were excited is an understatement. πŸ™‚ The house is seriously perfect for us! It is exactly what we want, and it’s in a perfect neighborhood. God definitely had a much better plan for us than I did! After we got the house my mom asked me, “Aren’t you glad God didn’t answer your prayer about finding a house when you wanted Him to?” And, boy am I! If God had answered my prayer about us finding a house when I wanted us to find a house, we would have settled for some little house we didn’t like that much in a bad neighborhood. Instead, we have a house that we love in a great neighborhood!

    Always remember, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

    God is always there for His people; we just have to be patient and keep trusting in Him.

    4. We signed our marriage license!!

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    I guess this means we are really getting married! I can’t believe how close we are! 10 days now! Ahh! (This is another reason I haven’t been able to blog recently, I have been wedding planning!)

    5. I planned and went to one of my best friend’s, Chelsea’s, bachelorette party.

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    We went to a cute place called the Mud Hut, where you could pick some type of dish and paint it, and then they glaze it in a fire and make the colors brighter and prettier! We should get our piece back later this week. I made a little candy dish for me and Ryan’s home. πŸ™‚ I am not sure how it will turn out though, I am not the most creative person! After the Mud Hut, we all went to Red Lobster for a delicious dinner!

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    6. Our best friends Chelsea and Tanner got married!!

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    I am so happy for my friends! It is crazy to believe that two of my best friends are married! Does that make me old? πŸ˜‰ Ryan and I have spent many nights staying up late talking, laughing, and making memories with these two.

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    Chelsea was such a beautiful bride!

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    I loved having more of my best friends as bridesmaids with me!

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    This handsome groomsmen really caught my eye πŸ˜‰

    7. My family and I went to a Memorial Day Party at my aunt and uncle’s house this past Sunday.

    Ryan and I Memorial Day Party Kaleigh Memorial Day Party

    8. This past Monday I had my bridal portraits! There won’t be any pictures of these though. πŸ™‚

    Health News

    I also want to keep everyone up on my latest diet changes. Last week I decided to do a little experiment and see how gluten affects my diet. This just means that I am trying to cut wheat out of my diet. I had already done some research on how to know if you are allergic to gluten or intolerant to gluten, and I know I am not allergic to it, but I thought there might be a chance I have a gluten intolerance. I thought if I tried to cut most of the gluten out of my life (I say most because I have not cut all of it out), I could see how my body reacts without it. I have been doing this for about a week now, and I feel great! I haven’t had bread at all, and I’m really trying to stick to more natural foods. I won’t say I have been perfect though. For Chelsea and Tanner’s rehearsal dinner, we went to a Mexican restaurant and there was chips and salsa, so of course I ate some. πŸ™‚ I don’t ever want to deprive myself of something I really want because I think that is when cravings start to hit people, and that usually does not end good. I haven’t had cereal since I started doing this, and the only crackers I have eaten are gluten free crackers (Although, you need to be careful with gluten free products, because lots of products that claim to be gluten free are just as bad for you and have little nutritional value).

    In case you are wondering if you might be intolerant to gluten here are some of the symptoms:

    • Weight loss or weight gain
    • Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption e.g. low iron levels
    • Gastro-intestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
    • Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)
    • Aching joints
    • Depression
    • Eczema
    • Head aches
    • Exhaustion
    • Irritability and behavioural changes
    • Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
    • Cramps, tingling and numbness
    • Slow infant and child growth
    • Decline in dental healthSource

      I have had some trouble with a few of these symptoms, but for this last week when I have cut most of the gluten out of my diet I haven’t had any of these symptoms! I feel great, and I feel like my stomach is flatter. I am usually self conscious about my stomach because I always feel bloated, and I feel as if my lower stomach “pooch” will never go away. I have never understood this because I eat healthy most of the time and workout, but it was still always there. I really feel like reducing the amount of gluten in my diet this last week has made me not so bloated, which makes me feel really good!

      Now, I would not be surprised at all this week if I have accidentally ate things that contained gluten without knowing it, but that’s okay. I have tried to read ingredient labels of things I eat and see if it contains wheat, and I have stayed away from things that obviously contain wheat, such as bread. I want to keep trying to keep the amount of gluten I eat to a minimum, but I never want to claim to be gluten-free, because I don’t ever want to make myself feel like I can’t have something I really want. Since I am not allergic to gluten, and it doesn’t make me really sick, I can still eat it at times. But I think I have learned from this little experiment I am doing that gluten does affect my body, so I need to watch how much of it I am consuming. I am going to keep trying to go without gluten (or mostly without it πŸ˜‰ ) for the next week and see how I feel then. I feel like two weeks without much gluten should really tell me how my body reacts to it. If anyone else wants to join me, please go ahead! πŸ™‚

      But, if you do decide to join me and try to reduce or not eat gluten for a week or two, then you need to make sure you are still getting all of the nutrients you need. There are risks of going gluten-free if you do not have celiac disease (this means you are allergic to gluten) because you are eliminating whole categories of food your body is used to getting, which could lead to nutritional deficiencies. Please read this article hereΒ to learn the truth about gluten, and you can also read thisΒ to find out 5 things you should know about gluten.

      Anytime you make a change in your diet, it is always best to do your research, and most of all, listen to your body! Don’t worry about trying to look a certain way or weigh a certain number, just make sure you have a healthy body.

      So, sorry I have been MIA for so long from the blog world! I have missed all of my blogging friends so much, and I feel like I am so behind! I get married in 9 days (Wow!!!), so these next nine days will be crazy, but hopefully I can make some time to blog!


      1. Did you do anything fun for Memorial Day?

      2. Did you live in a house or apartment first? We had to get a house because Ryan has 2 outdoor dogs.Β 

      3. Have you ever gone gluten-free or have you ever wanted to? Does gluten affect your body at all?




  1. So many exciting things going on for you! Congrats on finding a house, passing your thesis, and making some big changes to your diet that are working for you! Personally, I can’t see myself ever going gluten free because pasta and bagels are everyday staples for me, but I know for some people it’s the answer. I expect tons of pictures after your wedding!!

    1. Thank you so much! And reducing the amount of gluten I am eating is definitely not easy, and I know it won’t ever be easy. My favorite meal is spaghetti, and I absolutely love sandwiches, so those will be hard to not have as much. But I won’t give them up completely. πŸ™‚ And don’t worry, I will have tons of pictures! πŸ™‚

  2. Wow you have such a busy time right now! Totally understood why you went MIA and I was excited for all the fun happening in your life! 9 days will be here before you know it πŸ™‚ ENjoy the time leading up to it! I spent Memorial Day buying f urniture for our house and relaxing. I am so glad you both found an awesome house! We chose to get a house because renting an apartment is more expensive, and the interest rates are so low! Works out!

    I have been tested again and again for Celiacs because of my stomach problems, but thankfully I never tested positive. I really don’t think I could do it. Pretzels are like my best friend, and pasta, and bagels, and carbs in general. Sooo I won’t be joining you but I think it is great you are doing it! Everyone needs different things, and finding out what your body needs is the best think you can do!

    How’d the bridal portraits go?! Is this a southern thing? I really never heard of getting bridal portraits taken before the wedding! In fact, my dress isn’t going to be picked up until 3 days before my wedding! Haha Maybe I need to invest in some of these portraits πŸ™‚ I am a photo lover, after all!

    1. I knew everyone would understand me being gone for so long! And yes, I think houses are a better option because they are cheaper and have more space!

      Reducing has been hard for me because I also love pretzels, sandwiches, and pasta, but I know reducing it is best for me. But, I will never completely get rid of these things since I do still love them. πŸ™‚

      I can’t believe you haven’t heard of bridal portraits! Especially with how much you love pictures! Maybe this is a southern thing, and I didn’t realize it. Haha! But they went great! My mom and my brother’s fiance came with me; it was so much fun! We took the pictures in a huge, beautiful garden; the location couldn’t have been more perfect! I can’t wait to post them after the wedding! πŸ™‚

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