Guest Post on A Delicate Gift


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Thanksgiving is in a week…man, this year has flown by!

I was recently given the opportunity to share a Thanksgiving tradition over at A Delicate Gift, an event planning and custom stationary company. As I wrote this post, the memories inspired me and it is definitely a tradition that I plan to bring back to my family very soon!

Please be sure to stop over for a visitย to find out what it is and show them some love!

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If Only You Knew

How much I do, dooo love yoooou!

It’s 2 years into our forever…and it’s been such a ride. We had our Operation Shower fundraiser last night and the hubby pointed out that we were doing the exact same thing that we’d done 2 years prior; we were having a line dance party as our rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding and this year, we had a line dance party for our fundraising event. He always notices these things ๐Ÿ™‚

But as we reflect over our first 2 years of wedded bliss, we reminisced over the moment when we knew “this was the one…”

ME: I knew he was the one on so many occasions. The most significant occasion was when I slept through his snoring. Random, I know, but I knew he was the one for me when I could sleep through the sawing of the logs. One day I was at his apartment and took a nap with him…I remembered hearing him snoring and then I woke up. This was a big deal for me because I’ve never been able to sleep through that kind of noise lol Even to this day, if I don’t hear him snoring at night, I know that something’s wrong because to hear him snoring means he’s resting and sleeping peacefully…and it’s the most beautiful sound to me ๐Ÿ™‚

HIM: I too, much like her, had many occasions where thought “she is the one”. The moment where that hit me the hardest was when I finished my Bachelor’s degree. There were hundred’s of people in the building. As other people walked across the stage, some got lots of cheers and some got none. I got one! She was the only one actually there to join me in celebrating one of the biggest moments in my life…and I was perfectly OK with that. I was OK with the fact none of my family was there because her presence more than made up for their absence. At that moment in my life, everyone that I wanted with me was there. It was at that point that I knew she had to be the one.

photo courtesy of Isaac Singleton Photography

photo courtesy of Isaac Singleton Photography

This is one of my absolute favorite pictures from our wedding day. He just finished scratching my nose because I wouldn’t let go of my bouquet and I made some crack about this is all the fancy romance he was getting himself into…everyone was laughing…we’re just weird and random like that lol

We’ve been almost inseperable for 5 years…best friends, getting into all sorts of adventures and shenanigans. From Mr. and Mrs. Spontaneous to Team Shorter…after all this time, I’m still in awe that I get to just hang out with my best friend each and every day. I know what it means to be given a gift from God and am humbled at the opportunity just to know him.


If you’re still looking for your other half, I hope and pray that you find that true love…there is nothing quite like it! And if you’re married, no matter how much they get on your nerves, cherish the love you have ๐Ÿ™‚

We’re continuing in our forever and I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful journey! Happy Anniversary!

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Don’t Be J…

I was able to attend a conference last weekend, Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas, hosted by The SITS Girls. They are a community of bloggers who truly support each other and want each other to succeed. Incredible women to meet and know โค

In the short time that I’ve been a member of the event planning community, I’ve found that isn’t always the case. The positives absolutely outweigh the negatives, but I firmly believe that if there were no challenges or competition, we wouldn’t be pushed to be our best.

I was blessed to be able to meet a lot of the positive women this weekend…Fawn of the Happy Wives Club, Christy of A Woman the World Deserves, Dottie of The Flirt Doctor, Jennifer of BellaGrey Designs and Amy of Living Locurto only begin the list of amazing bloggers that I met…every person there, from the guests to the hosts to the sponsors, were just phenomenally warm and welcoming.

Please don’t think I’m “name dropping” because that certainly isn’t the case. I mention them because I’d heard of them as leaders in the industry and when I found out they were there, I had the biggest groupie moments ever and I was afraid to even speak to them because I felt like I wasn’t good enough to even be in the same room.

But the strangest thing happened…I spoke to them and they spoke back.

They encouraged me and we established relationships. They gave me the confidence to truly be who I am and to keep pushing in my business.

They were real people…there to learn, to meet other people in the industry, and to be a source of encouragement to everyone. It was refreshing and unexpected, considering other experiences that I’ve had since beginning this journey.

During the last day of the conference, I was tweeting and Instagramming a lot of this things being shared at the conference to encourage us. It triggered a memory that I’d had while getting ready for work one morning. I’d been reflecting about all of the things that I’ve been through…the emotional rollercoaster of thinking that I’m not good enough or that I’m not doing as well as other planners (who’ve been doing this longer than me and have more time to devote to their work) or that I will never be able to make this into something bigger.

I dealt with emotions of anger, jealousy, despair and regret…and then the thought hit me!

If I’m jealous of other people, I’m pretty much telling God and myself that He can’t bless me in my own right. I’m telling God that He didn’t make me unique enough to do what He designed me to do and that my success is dependent upon other people’s opinion of me and my capabilities…and that I’m living for them.

Big mistake, BIG…HUGE!

There is absolutely no reason for me to be jealous of anyone! That’s is allowing people who don’t care about me and don’t want to see me succeed to occupy incredibly valuable time and space in my life.


Sorry, that lady still cracks me up…

But seriously, there is no reason to be jealous of another’s success. A lot of people want what someone else has, not realizing what they had to sacrifice, lose, or have taken from them to get there. You never truly know who a person is or what they had to go through to get to where they are.

Honestly, some of the people that I found myself being jealous of…I don’t want what they have and I surely don’t want to be who they are to get it either.

Just keepin’ it real, son!

So all of that to say this: be thankful for who you are and what you have. There is no reason to tear another person down because you don’t have what they have or you aren’t where you’d like to be. Work harder and earn it…for yourself. If you’re a Christian, remember who you’re working for in the first place. If you’re not a Christian, just be a good person, m’kay?

I made a printable to share with you. You may not need it (I sure need to be reminded some days) but just in case you do, enjoy!

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It’s an Operation Shower Event

I’ve blogged/talked about Operation Showerย a bit…I love this organization and am so appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of supporting them.

I think that it’s especially important on this Veteran’s Day, to let you know who they are and what they do.

More importantly, WHY they do what they do.

Please take a moment to watch this video about one of the recent showers they hosted.

Operation Shower “Baby Be Mine” Event

We are hosting a fundraiser to help them continue their mission. It will be held on Monday, November 18th and you can buy your tickets here.

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We are hosting a line dance party, not a baby shower…I’ve had inquiries about that lol For the donation price of $15, you receive admission, food, drinks, prizes and the chance to win a mini-vacation!

If you are unable to physically attend, you may still make a donation here.ย If you’re supporting this particular event, please dedicate your donation to PSLDance…it just helps Operation Shower to keep track of whom the donations are coming through, we don’t receive any payments ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for all of your support, but most importantly, be sure to thank our military and their families who sacrifice for us daily.

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Month O’Thanks

Happy Monday morning!

I hope that your weekend was peaceful, exciting, happy, and not as busy as mine…

You know I’m always busy with something *sigh* and this weekend it was delivering cookies for a silent auction, being the MC and teaching a self-sefense class at a 2-day long women’s retreat, hosting a game night at our house, ย attending church, finishing up another set of birthday cookies to be shipped to Philly, booking a client for a first birthday party…just the usual I suppose ๐Ÿ™‚

But I am totally and sincerely thankful for the opportunities that have come my way. Exhausted, in a good way, and thankful.

I tell people quite often that there is always something for which to be thankful, even if you don’t see it immediately. So to help you find the silver lining, I made a set of printables for the month of November!


My lovely friend over at Cupcake with Character has included them in her Fall Inspiration Newsletter, so check it out here and enjoy the other wonderful ideas and recipes that have also been shared.

Being thankful doesn’t have to end on 11/30! Feel free to keep it going on December 1st (and beyond) and I encourage you to find something for which to give thanks every day. Any day above ground is a day to find thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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