Cattails, Rabbit Trails, and Thistlefish: May 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Modest Budget: Orange! (Catching a hot trend cheaply)

Hello, everyone, hope ya'll had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! We had nothing but sun on Friday and Saturday on our VA coast, but Sunday and Monday were full of steady, heavy rain. But we weren't that disappointed, because we still had a long weekend off work to keep working on making our new house a home! Progress is being made. Can't wait until the day when it is a restful space to come home to.
Orange seems to be the color to have this summer! Don't believe me? In J Crew alone, in less than 10 minutes, I found three different everyday pieces proclaiming this bright color!
(The bright orange cardi was my favorite!)
When this was pointed out to me (by my fashion-savvy mother) I immediately started looking for anything orange I could find.

Following a trend can get a bit pricey though, especially if you want to get it while it's hot. I would typically just wait a few seasons and pick it up later at a thrift store or off a clearance rack, but this was one that I just had to be a part of.

Introducing my $5 Wal-Mart find!
The fit of this simple T has quickly become on of my favorites. Adding to that an Old Navy button down that I've had since high school and my most comfortable pair of jeans makes this outfit one that is incredibly comfortable and kinda cute (and I'm all about that combo!).

This is a way more casual look to the J Crew pieces I had tried on, and the orange is not as brilliant, but I'm excited to try this with some white or light denim shorts, or even tuck it into a pencil skirt with a cardi and some pumps! The possibilities are endless... and easy on the budget.
 I've never owned a real pair of TOMS, so purchasing these BOBS on clearance for $25 at the Exchange seemed like a no-brainer. They're so cute! And following Mama's Thrift Trick (you pay a dollar for every day you think you'll wear it) I think I've already gotten my money's worth out of it.

The moral of my story, ladies, is don't so get caught up in name-brand trends that you miss out on some cheap treasures that might be found in unlikely places (like on a Wal-Mart grocery run!). Trends don't always have to take a wad of cash to accomplish, but it sometimes may take the effort of keeping your eyes open for alternatives, or hunting around on the internet or local thrift spots!

Have ya'll been getting into any orange lately? Or am I the only one who's a fan of this bright color?

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Keeping up with the Capra's: An Update

Sometimes I forget to tell people what is going on in my and Jon's life, and then I'm surprised when they don't know what is going on! Lol. I'm a mess.
SO. Here are a few random updates!
1. We are working in Maryland.
Jon and I both were offered a full-time job that is too complicated to get into over blogging (just assume it's top-secret and super intriguing;) BUT we're still living in Virginia.
Which means we are driving back and forth from home every weekend.
Which means a 3.5 hour drive normally takes 6 hours.
Which means a lotttt of books on tape and tired car selfies ft. Starbucks.
We even pick up a passenger sometimes!
The "moving" back and forth each weekend has been a little tiring, but we get a lot of fun time together. Especially when it comes to my next update!

2. LOTS of new date night locations!
Living life with this man is always an adventure. He's never satisfied with staying in one place for too long, but it means we have a lot of fun exploring and adventuring. 
Not only that, we really try to have a homework-free date night every week, so it gives us a great excuse to take off on a drive to see what we find, or to plan something a little more special.
 Our first Tides' game together (which was technically in our hometown, but still, it counts)
 National Harbor, MD (our new favorite date spot!)
We both visited Annapolis, MD for the first time, too! 
(And yes, that caramel-covered chocolate-drizzled rice crispy treat was uhmazing)
 Finding new places that neither of us have been to (AND THE BEST FUDGE SHOP EVER) is always super fun.
We even got to see one of Jon's favorite artists at a swanky DC venue... for a really cheap price!
 The Great Falls were appropriately named, and was a great way to spend a drizzly afternoon last week.

3. We moved into our first little house!
My parents recently moved back "into town" and their new location has the cutest little in-law-suite-type house on the property, completely detached from the main house. My parents offered to rent it to us cheaper than our apartment on-campus, so we will be living there until Jon and I both finish our undergrad degrees.
So far, we love it! My family is the best, and they love Jon a lot, so living close to them is great. Not only that, but the house is adorable, and just the right size for us, so we are looking forward to staying there for our last few semesters.

....BUT moving houses while we are working in MD means that our weekends home have been packed with packing! Not to mention the endless trips back and forth, car troubles involving a broken window, and the loss of everything you need when you need it.
So that's been not-so-fun, but we are almost finished and settled in!

4. We're Going to ALASKA
Yep. And we are STOKED. Jon's brother and his wife are stationed in (or near?) Anchorage, Alaska, and his parents got us plane tickets for Christmas! That trip is fast-approaching, and I can't wait.

Now I just have to find which box is hiding my camera..!

5. We are so blessed
I cannot begin to describe how much we have experienced the Lord's grace in our first ten months of marriage. It sounds cheesy, but we have experienced His provision in ways that neither of us have seen before. Not only does He provide for our basic needs, but He blesses us above and beyond! He absolutely knows our needs before we even ask Him.

We already have so many stories of His faithfulness over the past year, and love sharing testimonies or how good He has been to us.

Jon and I don't have any crazy plans for this holiday weekend (we're just looking forward to being home for an extra day!) but what do ya'll have planned for Memorial Day??

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wedding Pictures Part 3: The Ceremony!

Ok, now for the best pictures!
(If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you can find them here and here!)

I can hardly remember what I was feeling before I walked out onto the altar, except for asking my dad to get the venue to change something about the lighting! It was like brain knew that if it was truly present in the moment that it would be flooded with too many emotions, so it settled on being pre-occupied with something stupid... Like lighting.

The only other thought I can remember was, "You have to walk in to the right part of the song." The woman standing at the doors asked me, "Can you hear the music to know when you should go in?" I remember nodding, but thinking "No, wait, I can't, I have no idea when I'm supposed to walk out!"

I ended up walking in a little late because I was so afraid I would walk in early, but I don't think anyone noticed. I sure didn't. I was just looking at this studly waiting for me at the altar.
 This was the moment I started to get just a little emotional....
 Can you see why I married him?? No man has ever looked at me like that.
 This was my favorite part of the ceremony. After my dad gave me away, and before the ceremony officially started, we wanted to worship. I'm thankful we did, too, because worship is when I, personally, feel closest to the Father's heart, and in the moments we sang I think I finally realized what was happening. I also felt so much joy and peace and pleasure from my Heavenly Dad that it was overwhelming.

We sang the song Holy Spirit (not the one by Francesca Batistelli, the one by Jesus Culture and Kim Walker-Smith) and Shiloh (the most beautiful voice I've ever heard) sang for us.
The only time I cried was the few tears that slid down my face in this moment. And if I was given the chance to relive one moment in my entire life, I would choose these couple of minutes, worshipping with my soon-to-be husband, asking the Holy Spirit to come and guide the rest of our lives together.
This picture made me tear up, and I'm so thankful Daytona captured it. I love how you can see both my parents and Jon's worshipping together.
I've tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
In Your presence 
 Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
My face is so cheesy... but I just couldn't help it!
 It was really special that Adam was able to do our ceremony. Adam was my youth group leader in high school, and a mentor to me after that. He has been a spiritual father to me of sorts, and one of those people I don't know where I would be without. Him and his wife, Stephanie (and their three kiddos!) are definitely close to my and Jon's heart.
 I will admit, though, that I had to have Adam send me his notes afterwards because I didn't hear a single word the entire ceremony!!! I just couldn't stop looking at Jon, and I could hardly believe that everything that was happening wasn't a dream.
 Jon prayed for us and led us, as a new family, through communion as the first act as husband and wife. My anticipation for Jon to become my spiritual leader in a new and deeper way was unreal in that moment.
And just like that...
We were married! 

The whole experience is still totally unreal. Somehow, in two months, the perfect-for-us wedding was accomplished. I have no explanation for it except for that the Lord was so so so involved. He was definitely sweet to me, and brought together so many details that I feared I wouldn't be able to have with only a few short months to prepare.

Also, NONE of this would have happened without my parents. My mom was a rock-star when it came to the details, even though my indecisiveness made me a pill to work with sometimes, and my dad made sure every decision was exactly what I wanted. Going over these pictures always makes me incredibly thankful.

Next up: the after-party! Not just reception pictures, though... you won't want to miss pictures of my fabulous wedding party, too!

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Wanna see more? Check out our wedding page, and our #CountdowntoCapra on Instagram!
I also just made my wedding Pinterest boards public! If you want to check out where I got my inspiration, go check them out;)