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Monday, August 28, 2017

My Engagement Story

Dear World,

I am now an engaged woman. 

xoxo,
A Stunned KC




Honestly, this sweet guy pulled off such a thoughtful and perfect engagement! Previously, Preston had asked me what kind of engagement I would like. I quickly thought of all the engagement videos I had spent time watching and laughing over on YouTube.



A flash mob proposal, surrounded by strangers? 
A beach side romantic words in the sand?
A picnic proposal?
A scavenger hunt?


There were so many kinds, and so many cheesy ones that I didn't like. I had always said "I want a flash mob, BIG, with flashing lights, singing, and Howie Mandel in the background orchestrating it all!" But when I considered it in real life, I realized that isn't what I would want at all. In all seriousness I told him that there were only three things I really needed for a perfect proposal:


1. Like any practical girl would demand, I needed to be dressed up (obviously you can't have good engagement photos if you're wearing sneakers and your hair is in a messy bun)




2. I wanted it to be an intimate/just the two of us sweet proposal moment, with family and friends nearby to celebrate with right afterwards.




3. It needed to be a COMPLETE surprise!



Now Preston was arriving for a 2 week long visit on Thursday, July 27th. I had been planning my time off and all sorts of fun things scheduled for the days ahead. In order to have all of this free time, I had quite a few errands and things to do the Wednesday the 26th,  before he got into town. I called Preston, like I usually do every day after work. He talked and told me he had chicken for dinner and was hanging out with his brother. He also told me he couldn't talk long because he had to get ready for church...which was all fine and well until I realized it was 4:45 pm in Minot...and why did he have to be at church 2 hours early?! Preston tells me he had errands to run and was running sound...and I totally bought it.


As I was running here and there, I managed to squeeze in some time to have a little photo shoot with my friend Gabby (who I had not seen ALL SUMMER LONG!) for an upcoming blog post I had on She's Intentional. (BTW my mom made this red dress for me, which I had been asking for a long time, and it was the absolute most perfect timing that she was already working on it when she found out that I was getting engaged! She's an angel.) She claimed that we could ride together because she was nearby, so I ran home and got ready. Gabby suggested a woodsy theme and a flower crown to go with my outfit, which I thought might be a little overkill and extra, but who am I to say no to extra? (I mean seriously.) (to all of those that know me IRL, I'm sorry. Your girl is always doing the most.)

When Gabby arrived and saw my outfit she instantly started gushing about how pretty I looked and how cute my dress was, and how cute it looked with the flower crown and all. Which was honestly so nice and sweet, but totally not normal. Her compliments normally go as far as "No, leave it! It's cute!" or "That's so cute, I need one". On the way to the park, Gabby tells me she has found the perfect little place in the woods for pictures, and she keeps pointing over to the side window for me to look. I make sure and nod my head and say "Yeah, that's pretty", when I notice an empty picnic table decorated with a banner that read "Hooray!". So I figured I was probably being lured into a surprise birthday party because I was going to be out of town for my birthday, and I hadn't seen Gabby in the longest or something...but usually a banner says "Happy Birthday" when it's your birthday...also it was empty and no one was around. 

Gabby parked the car and says "Kimberly I have something to tell you..." I was getting all jittery and nervous but she looked so serious it couldn't be good. Was she pregnant?! But that would be exciting news! She leads me down to a path and says "I need you to give me your phone, and I need you to walk..."


 and that's when I realized what was happening. 

I saw the candlelit path, the twinkle lights woven about the gazebo, the pictures, the flowers, and the man that I am absolutely in love with, standing in the center of the gazebo waiting for me with the cutest grin on his face. 




What happened next is a blur, but I do remember my knees feeling as if they were made of jelly and I was worried they would give out on my way to Preston. My hands...I had no clue what to do with them. Jitters took over and I felt as if I was in a daze. The sun was setting just around this time, and the light streaming in was perfect. Preston got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife.  

Needless to say, 

 I said Yes!

Preston gave me the sweetest engagement gift, an ornate key with our initials on it. After I hugged Preston, I remember just trying to wrap my head around the fact that I AM ACTUALLY ENGAGED! And then he tells me "You need to turn around" and I find my family, and his parents, and some of my dearest friends standing behind us waiting to congratulate us. We all hugged, and cried, and cheered. Preston's mom had prepared food for every one afterwards (remember the picnic table I mentioned earlier?) and it was lovely. I enjoyed this moment of a lifetime, with my most favorite people in the world. 

Note to Preston: You completely nailed the most perfect engagement of all time. I love you.




There are so many things that I don't want to ever forget about this perfect moment. The way that my hands were shaking and Preston's too. The deep breaths he had to take before talking, and how he couldn't stop smiling at me. The swell of emotions that arose inside of me. How absolutely hot and humid it was outside and I didn't even notice it. His question after I start asking "Is this real?! Oh my goodness Preston!" "Soooo is that a yes?" I had completely forgotten that he needed an answer from me! How surreal it felt even days afterwards.

Preston has been an absolute dream since day one. He has treated me like a princess all along, and loved me for me. He brings out the best parts of me, and encourages me to be my best self each day. I am so certain that God has lead us to each other, and that has made all the difference in the world. God knows the desires of our hearts, and Preston has been an answered prayer that dropped out of the sky when I was least expecting it. God's timing is the best timing. So to all of you single ladies, be picky! Whatever you do, do not settle. God has someone perfect for you, and he will make his entrance exactly when God deems it time.


xoxo,
  













Monday, August 21, 2017

Kindness is Underrated


I was grabbing some caffeine at my local coffee shop -- my mind preoccupied on work and random things -- and when I got to the window to pay I was told that the person ahead of had bought my coffee.

That small act of kindness changed my entire day around.

After it happened, I first thought about how I wanted to reach out to that stranger to say thank you, but they were gone by the time I knew of their kindness. The second thing I thought about was paying for the person behind me in the drive-thru line. By doing so, I immediately got a little joy in my heart knowing that I would make that stranger smile.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.        
{Ephesians 4:32, KJV}

How often do we become preoccupied with our own interests and worries that we overlook opportunities to be kind to strangers who can do nothing for us?

It's easy to get into a routine and a mindset of keeping to ourselves that we miss out on making connections and being a light in the easiest and simplest of ways. By lending a hand to someone struggling with their groceries, paying for the person behind you in a drive thru, simply smiling at your cashier and talking to them, or by asking someone about their day and really listening, you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone else's life. All of these simple small things could lead you to making a connection with someone who is in need and aching. Lend them hope that kindness is still out there in the world -- let them know that someone cares and loves them. Tell them about Jesus and share His word.
I encourage you to find a simple way to make a difference to someone who will least expect it. Leave a cupcake for the mailman in your mailbox, bake some cookies for your neighbor, and share a smile with a stranger.


xoxo,


*This blogpost first appeared on www.daintyjewellsblog.com


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Chime of Time


TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK

Just a quick blur of a day flashes by, and before you know it, it’s dinner time and the night is winding down.
Where does the time go?! 
I ask myself this question so often, I should probably tire of it by now; but time continues to flit on by — whether I want it to or not.
Tick-tock, tick-tock. So many days I feel as if I am racing against the clock, for there is so much work to be done, and I cannot possibly do it all on my own! On the days where I am feeling overwhelmed and a tad bit stressed with work and the day to day struggles, James 4:14 comes to mind:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 
We are here on earth for a length of time, and then it is gone, over. Time is our greatest enemy, it never sleeps, never rests, and never stops. So many times we feel as if we have all of the time in the world, and that is a false sense of security that I have come to terms with and now realize, I’ve got to let go. Every second I waste scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram is a second that could be spent on something valuable and more worthy of my time.
I want to encourage you ladies to be intentional in the conscious ways that we spend our time, let us strive to make the biggest difference possible. What things could you be doing with those spare moments to draw you nearer to God?

THE CHIME OF TIME

Time is valuable, precious
Time is fleeting, my dear
One second can make you breathless
One second could bring great fear
Time is of the essence
so, darling go and live
There is no time to be messin’
Life’s too short, go and do it big
Every time a moment slips
Your life has went away
I’m not one for giving’ tips
But now is no time to play
Its a race ya know
Against the clocks of time
There is no friend or foe
Until the final chime
Do all ya can while ya can
For every moment counts
At the end, you don’t want to just begin
So, by all means go and settle your accounts
For my dear friend…time is running out!
-CB
xoxo,






*This blogpost first appeared on www.daintyjewellsblog.com*

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fourth of July Modest Outfit Inspo

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

THE FOURTH OF JULY IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOLIDAYS, AND IT’S ALMOST HERE!

Whether you’re spending the holiday at the lake or your backyard, it’s fun to feel festive for the day, and what better way to do that than by playing dress up?
For any of you ladies needing some outfit inspiration for the upcoming cookouts and family get-togethers you came to the right place. I always like incorporating patterns or textures into my outfits. To start off with I wore a simple red pencil dress (this one was handcrafted, but you can find a similar one here). Other super cute fourth appropriate Dainty Jewell’s dresses include The Highlands Dress and the Sidewalk Stroll Dress.
I paired my dress with a navy and cream thin striped belt just for a touch of navy and a bit of a nautical look. This complemented my Seychelles sailboat espadrille wedges perfectly. These shoes are so fun to wear and they are definitely a statement piece on their own. Wedges are the way to go when you know you’re going to be outside on grass or unpaved terrain and they are so comfortable! Some other cute espadrilles I’ve been eyeing include these shiny ones and these pop-of-color ones. Lastly, I paired my small leather Dooney & Bourke bag with this outfit as a solid/neutral piece. I love this little bags classic shape, it is one of my favorite thrift finds to date. What will you be wearing this fourth of July?

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration



Happy Independence Day to you all!


XOXO,

*This post first appeared on www.daintyjewelsblog.com*


Friday, June 23, 2017

Dreams of Purpose

DREAMS DON’T WORK UNLESS YOU DO.

Those dreams that are lingering in the back of your mind, kept in the shadows on a shelf, the ones that you say you’ll get to; but deep down, you’re too afraid to try them out for fear of failure. 
Those dreams that glisten and shimmer around the edges. The ones that scare you, draw you, amaze you, and yet seem so out of reach. That is the great big dream you should be chasing daily. 
We all have goals and dreams we want to accomplish for God’s kingdom yet we hold back. Whether it’s because we are unsure of how to pursue this new path, or because we’re afraid of failing, we need to keep these three things in mind when considering our dreams of purpose:

    1. WE SHALL NOT FAIL WHEN GOD IS ON OUR SIDE.

    With God all things are possible. Yes! Even the great, big, scary things! The enemy will try to intimidate you and tell you are thinking too big and grand, he will try to scare you away, but the Bible says in Joshua 1:9 (KJV), Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

    2. BELIEVE IN THE ONE WHO GAVE YOU THOSE DREAMS TO SEE YOU THROUGH IT.

    With prayer and guidance from The Lord, we are the vessels he has chosen to use. You CAN do it! Let God work in you, that when you accomplish something and seem to have reached the unattainable, God is glorified when people realize you couldn’t have done it on your own without His divine help. Don’t let the daily toil get in your way of pursuing your God-given dreams and wear you down. Be strong and determined! Philippians 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

    3. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU SHARE YOUR DREAMS WITH. 

    Be careful who you share your dreams with, as anyone who doubts and instills doubt in you can very well kill your dreams before they even had a chance to take flight. A Debbie downer can squash your dreams out quick. An example that comes to mind is Joseph the dreamer. Joseph had dreams at an early age, and when he shared them with his family, they mocked him and hated him because of these dreams. Joseph’s dreams were on a shelf for a very long time, and there was a point where he possibly laughed at himself for having those far-fetched , ridiculous dreams, especially while sitting in a jail cell! Joseph’s far-away dreams were probably a mere memory, but it wasn’t too long before God allowed them to come to fruition.
I believe Jesus has given us all our own individual dreams that align perfectly with what He has planned for our purpose. We can use this as our compass to guide us through life and follow the direction in which He leads us. 

WHAT DREAMS DO YOU HAVE FOR ENHANCING GOD’S KINGDOM?

That little one that pipes up when its quiet all around? Whether its starting a Sunday school van route, teaching a Bible study, or even starting up a new ministry at your church, I encourage you to pursue it. However, you make yourself available, God can and will use you. Those dusty dreams that seem all but forgotten, tucked away in between the pages of a prayer journal or diary…
Jesus still hears the echoing prayers you prayed as a child. He hasn’t given up on you or your dreams. He is working in you daily to prepare you and equip you to use those dreams of purpose for victory.

xoxo,



*This blog post first appeared on www.daintyjewellsblog.com*

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Little Letters: Memories of May Edition




The month of May has been a fantastic one full of adventures and new things. Spring is in full swing, the cold a mere memory, and the pollen a very real reality. 

 

Dear Bible Book Club Gals,
Thank you for jumping on board with all of the enthusiasm, zest, and love possible! You girls are the best and I am soooo grateful that you are in my life. With all of your curious questions, helpful pointers, and friendship overflowing we just may have the best thing going. Not even going to lie, ya'll are the best!


Dear Bonfires,
I don't even really care for s'mores but there's something about the way that the fire burns and the smoke curls that always induces me to having all of the traditional fixin's. [PSA Daniel Chavez makes the best most perfect s'mores on the block! I repeat! Daniel Chavez makes the best most perfect s'mores on the block!] Zero crumbling, zero mess, and 100% ooey gooey goodness that didn't burn me. #onpoint



Dear Beef Jerky,
Carolina girls really like you. Thanks for staying salty.


Dear Sunsets at Jogging time,
Absolutely lovely is what you are. I am convinced that there is nothing more beautiful than the dappled shadows of the forest during golden hour. I'm glad that the days are longer now allowing room for me to enjoy some sunny outside time.


Dear Tennis Champions,
Ya'll are the real MVP's. I had a blast with our olympic team taking the gold and balling on the court like we were the next Serena Williams. #champs



Dear Mom,
Happy mother's day to you! You're the absolute best mom in the whole entire world that I have ever had. Which also makes you my favorite (and I know I'm your favorite, so we are even steven here). I love you!


Dear Neighbors,
You're seriously the cutest. Thanks for visiting me and asking me all the questions and keeping me laughing. Also, Sunday school with you was such fun!


Dear Memorial Day Weekend,
First of all, a huge thank you to all of those who have served and are currently serving our country. We are such a privileged nation because of people like you.

Dear Atlantic Ocean,
Thank you for the natural beach waves (tangles guaranteed) and the nice tan I've got now.


Dear Hiking Trips & Waterfalls,
I seem to never tire of your beauty. I just can't escape the beauty that is the green lush forest and the sound of rushing waters.

Also Dear Watermelon,
There is no better way to eat you than with those smile shaped slices that smear juice on both of your cheeks at the same time and leave you sticky with juice dripping down your wrist. Am I right?





Dear Almost Summer Time,
WELCOME!!!


xoxo,




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review



Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

If you haven’t checked out the spring Dainty Jewell’s collection, you are missing out! Spring is the perfect time to pull out the floral prints and the pastels, so when I saw the Sweet Peony Dress I instantly fell in love and knew that I had to have it!
This dress is an easy go to for any Sunday morning, wedding, or formal event. It’s the perfect midi length and made of the softest and most comfortable lace. You will feel like a perfect lady and still be absolutely comfortable! The lining is light and soft as can be, and keeps you cool throughout the day. I think we all know that I have a weak spot for details and textures. That being said, this dress has it all! The skirt flares perfectly at the bottom, the details around the top are just perfect, and there is a mix of textures and fabric that has me swooning (insert all the heart eyes please!).
I paired my dress with these mauve suede ankle wrap heels for a contrast on the peony pink. For an extra spring-and-picnic-y flair I added a wide-brimmed straw hat, the essential for spring and summer time adventuring. I relied on my Kate Spade Spring Blooms Grant Street Neda wallet to provide the ultimate spring and floral pop combination for this delicate dress. Overall, the effect was pretty and pink as could be <3 font="">
I hope you all find some inspiration to mix your textures and play with colors! Happy spring darlings!
Dress: Sweet Peony Dress / Shoes: similar   similar  / Wallet: On sale here  and here / Straw Hat: similar   similar
Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review
XOXO,


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Little Letters: April Adventures Edition


Dear Sunsets,
I want to pull out my watercolors and try to recreate you, but you're perfect, and I'd ruin it anyway.

Dear Rain/Thunderstorms/Electrical Storms/Tornado warnings,
YOU MAKE SLEEPING SO EASY! (and getting up in the mornings so unbearable).


Dear Roll-a-bout,
Slushies are your perfect complement.

Dear Easter Sunday,
You were perfect. From the wonderful sunshine, to the favorite people surrounding me. Jesus is oh so good!


Dear Easter Monday,
I wish I could keep you on repeat. Every monday should feel this good, with wind in your hair, sun on your face, boyfriend at your side, and the sound of the ocean filling your ears.


Dear Boyfriend,
Adventuring NC with you is always such fun. You know just what to say to make me laugh, and you keep me so well fed, I could never be grumpy.






Dear Sisters,
Kayaking adventures are too real. Spider survival, duckling sightings, pelicans, herons, and alligators too. With all of the albondiga making, chicken cooking, sopa fria, hot pockets, and chick-fil-a for emergencies etc. admit I'm a good cook ya'll.





Dear Parents,
Come home already. Being a "mom/babysitter" is too stressful, I want to revert back to my carefree days of being 5. Also mom, how do you do it all and make it seem so easy?





Dear cousins,
How are ya'll so cute?? I think we need more cousin dates because I don't see you enough.

Dear Life,
You are quite fantastically grand each and every day. Let me always remember that.


xoxo,