The post where I get personal. It's such a rare thing these days, I know.
I've found myself drifting away over the years from personal blogging into a more creative space where my days are filled with unicorns and rainbows. This has become somewhat of my happy place, where I can, on some days, escape reality. But, we all know that behind every happy place there is always something going on, right. Nobody's life is perfect, and a lot of us tend to hide behind our computer screens or iPhones, rarely sharing much about our heartbreaks, fears, and failures. What would people think of us if they really knew that 'staged Instagram photo of that perfect cup of coffee at an even more perfect outdoor cafe in the sunshine' wasn't exactly as it was pictured, but instead we were in sweats, had no makeup on and the only thing that was going to get us through the day was that caffeine fix because we hadn't slept again.
The past year around here has been hard. There have been more tears shed than I ever care to repeat. Remember that bucket list I created at the beginning of the year. I've failed miserably at it. Instead I've been going through a divorce. It's been over a year since I ended my marriage. Divorce is never easy. It's not easy on you, it's not easy on him, it's not easy on the kids.
For a while I thought I was destined to be alone. I felt like a failure. I could see every single one of my flaws so clearly that I wondered who in their right mind would accept me the way I was. I was in a very dark place.
And then I met 'him'. He came into my life when I least expected it. He swept me off my feet and accepted me for exactly who I am. He embraced every one of my perceived flaws and reminded me that every flaw that I saw was what shaped me into the person he loved. He made me smile again. And sometimes things are messy and complicated, but he has given me renewed faith that true love can happen and even though I may not be perfect in my own eyes, I'm perfect in his. And we talk a lot about our future together, what it holds, and what we both want. And one day, when the time is right, we would like to try our hand at this marriage thing again, we haven't lost hope in the concept of happily ever after. And so I've started a hope chest. For that perfect day. For our future together. Because I'm a hopeless romantic.
And those who are close to me have questioned my beach themed wedding board on Pinterest. It's very specific isn't it. It's part of that 'one day'. That small, intimate, special day I envision. One day.
Thanks to Personal Creations I was able to start my hope chest with a few of my favorite things for our 'one day', and our future.
I love stemless glasses and thought these would be perfect not only for a casual wedding, but being able to personalize them to toast our happily ever after, and use them as often as possible at home to celebrate our every day together seemed perfect.
I ordered 3 of these, you'll see why in a minute. If you look closely, there's a very subtle etching of our initials.
Oh yes, it fits 3 bottles. Perfect for an intimate reception, and now you can see why I chose three bottle stoppers above. I can't wait to use this after the special day too. How perfect for dinner parties.
The quilt has been stitched with the day we had our very first date. The date that started it all. I imagine big cushions on the beach with a cozy fire, lanterns, kids making s'mores, stories and laughter, sparklers and champagne. And cozying up under this quilt under the moonlight.
Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic.
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