Before the New Year Comes…

toppostsI’m spending the new year in comfortable clothes, in the house I grew up at, with not a party in sight. And I’m happy about it! ((Does that mean I’m an old adult!)).

So because, I’m no party animal, and there may be a some of you out there who need something to do tonight–I’m sharing some of the top viewed posts that I shared with you this year. I haven’t inclouded the Real Women series in the top 5 posts, but seriously, so many of these stories made the top! Check out this series while it’s still here.

And since a few more of you have joined the Down Cottonwood Lane journey, some of these posts may be new to you! So, thanks for being here. 🙂

Before we get started, I just want to say that— Read more

My Wedding Day

1. What did you feel like when you woke up on the morning of your wedding?

I felt happy! I also felt normal, it was just like another day…except I was getting married! I showered and had some time to myself to pray and then I made myself some mint tea. And that was really nice. I was getting married in our backyard, so I was able to stay at the house all day & I wasn’t getting married until 7pm! 🙂

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My brother sat on the couch and I sat in the recliner, and while I sipped my tea—we did some talking. “You know Bodie, a wedding day feels just like any other day, except you are getting married…..and whoever said you won’t be hungry on your wedding day doesn’t know what they are talking about.” Well, I did most the talking! hahaha

Handing Ben my suitcases for the honeymoon was another vivid memory. Him packing up the truck with our stuff made it all so much more real! I was like “I’m leaving tonight, and I get to be with him. This is really happening.”

2. Was there any point before the wedding ceremony that just really stressed you inside out? Read more

My Story | Engagement

Meet Sierra…oh wait, you already have!

profile1. Did you enjoy making wedding plans? And which month was the absolute bear of the whole experience & why?

I did enjoy making wedding plans. I’m a list type of person, so it felt nice to write things down, then check them off accordingly. Although, near the end…I just wanted to be done with it all. Really, really done. March was, by far, the worst of the whole planning process.

More than making wedding plans, I was scurrying around trying to switch insurance providers, schedule doc appointments as well as get surgery done. The month of March was full of doctors and pain, then the beginning of April was surgery and recovery. It was very difficult to be having doctor apps, surgery, recovery, wedding plans, teaching, and regular life all at once.  People didn’t always understand the pressure I was under, but it was good for me to feel that pull. I learned to just do what I was able, instead of trying to meet everyone’s expectations with an A+.

After the long-awaited surgery! So much physical pain, but so much JOY.
After the long-awaited surgery! So much physical pain, but so much JOY.

2. What was one of the most difficult parts of being engaged? Read more

Leanne’s Story | Dating

Meet Leanne!

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1. How did you meet your man?

Working at Panera bread. We closed together every day and just starting talking, then one day we went out to eat and bam!

2. What is one of the most difficult things about dating?

Communication and understanding. It takes time and patience to understand each other and learn how to respect each other through communication. I want him to understand and listen to me and be there for me, but I also cannot be selfish and not put in the same effort. This is how you fall in love. It’s about loving the other, respecting the other, knowing the other, and understanding, or trying to understand.

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3. What kind of pictures and/or statuses bother you most when girls post about their relationships on social media? Read more