Celebrate!

Celebrate: May Flowers

We haven’t posted a ‘celebrate’ piece in a while and to kick us off again we wanted to share something beautiful and worth celebrating – friend’s birthdays!  Enjoy below some lovely photos, as well as some great links and tips, from a ‘may flower’ themed party.  The cake was not only stunning, but was INCREDIBLY delicious as well.  (It even has coffee grinds included in the recipe, which would probably explain why I am still craving it to this day!)  Pick a fun theme for a party and find recipes and crafts that correspond! Celebrate with us and share some of  your journey on the blog!

Delicious chocolate cake recipe found here!      Ridiculously adorable frosting technique found here!         And basic buttercream frosting recipe found here!

Super easy and cute flower ring tutorial found here!

**If you have a celebrate entry you’d like to have posted, please let us know! It could be a little thing like a beautiful photograph you have taken or a big thing like a job placement!  Send us an email, we’d love to hear from you!

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Celebrate.

I recently finished reading Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist, a collection of short essays on celebrating the small things in life. I can honestly say that celebrating small things isn’t something that I do naturally, but I now believe it is a discipline that needs to be incorporated into my daily life.  One of the ways I plan to celebrate is to keep a notebook with two things from that day that can be celebrated. I’m still not sure how I will incorporate celebrating into the rest of my life, and I know it will be a work in progress, but I am resolved to this: life is short enough, but even shorter when we don’t take (or make) the time to celebrate.

The graduate wife journey is often fraught with worry, shattered dreams, and crushed expectations.  The darkness crowds out the light, the bad outweighs the good.  Those feelings often define our journey.  What would it look like if we took the time to celebrate even the smallest of things?  Would it bring us joy amidst the pain?  This question has plagued me for the past month!

Because of my reflections on this issue and a few discussions with thoughtful friends, we’ve decided to start a ‘Celebrations’ section on this blog. We want to hear from YOU. What are you doing to celebrate in your life? It literally can be anything – a new baby, a husband passing an exam, a good day at work, getting a job.  Whatever you decide to share with us, we will post it.  Let us celebrate with you!

I am selfishly writing this post, celebrating a BIG event that took place in our lives earlier this month. My husband graduated with his PhD. (Can I get an AMEN?) We celebrated. We’re still celebrating. I think I will be celebrating for awhile. This 7 year chapter in my personal graduate wife journey is over, and I’m turning the page, greeting the future with courage and a hope of things anew.

So, I ask again. What are you doing to celebrate in your graduate wife life?

Mandy