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Adulting + Life Lately – Thoughts on Feeling Helpless & Link I love

So this post was going to be all about my wedding, but honestly that just doesn’t seem to matter after what’s been going on the past couple of weeks in our country. I hate to get political with people because right now it just polarizes people. Unfortunately I’ve seen it within our families and friend groups. I feel hopeless sometimes because I just want people to listen, and realize we aren’t actually all that different.

I also feel really helpless because I don’t know how to help all of those people. It makes me want to cry when I think of everyone losing their homes like that.

The response to Hurricane Harvey has been life-changing for me. I’ve teared up multiple times reading about how amazing the response to Harvey has been.

Here are the best posts that I have read with information for donating:

The Everygirl

Erica from Coming Up Roses

Sydney from Summer Wind

JJ Watt’s Relief Fund

Prayers and thoughts are important. Encourage your friends and family to do what they can to help the survivors and they volunteers.

We’re a resilient people, and it’s important that we all continue to follow what’s happening to make sure people continue to get the long-term help that they’ll need.

I’m now done talking about what’s going on in the country and now on to a little life update!

We’re 44 Days Away From #BeineEverAfter

I can’t believe that we’re so close to our wedding day. There are about 4 million things swirling around my head right now, but I’m ready to be husband and wife, and go home over Christmas with no more wedding tasks.

Here are some wedding posts you might have missed, I’ll have a recap of my bridal shower up soon! For those of you sick of wedding posts, they’ll be over by Christmas 😉

Vendor Guide: How to Gift & Tip

How to Handle Being the First Person to Get Married

How to Save Money on Your Save the Dates 

Six Links I Liked This Month

A little self-serving, Matt and I were in Reader’s Digest talking about long distance relationship tips!

Love these tips from Carly on how to create great Instastories!

Alicia gives such great perspective about the Instagram algorithm!

Room tours are my favorite, and Cristina’s is no different!

Totally inspired by this weekly to-do list setup!

Spencer Pratt’s version of LWYMMD is hilarious.

My Life

Wedding, wedding and some coffee. That’s my life. All this little blog.

My beautiful, dysfunctional, lovable family. Nothing like weddings and anniversaries to make you all sappy.

The night before my shower, with the help of our closest family friends and family, my siblings and I threw my parents a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party! Their anniversary is in September, but they literally had no clue that it was happening. (Which is a feat with our loved ones, trust me.) They thought they were going to a little get together for my uncle (on my dad’s side). When they showed up to their friend’s house and saw my mom’s parents, my mom said “why are my parent’s here to celebrate Gary? What are they doing here?” My dad said “why is everyone yelling surprise? Gary knows this is his party.” It took us all pointing to a big 25th anniversary sign for them to get it.

It was such a fun night, and seeing how much fun everyone had made it all worth it. My parents are honestly the best people I know, and the life they’ve built over the past 25 years is so full. I can only pray that Matt and I can build half of the life that they have after 25 years.

My best friend literally threw me the best shower I could have imagined. Here are four of my bridesmaids at my shower!

 

So what’s been going on with your life? Favorite summer memory?

The Big Question: 

Are you a fall starts the day after Labor Day, or on September 21?

xx

Ashley

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  • thesophiadiaries

    omg, you guys look amazing at the bridal shower!! and congrats on nearing your wedding date!!

  • Christine Martinez

    It is so incredibly heartbreaking! I can’t even watch the news anymore because it’s just so overwelming and sad. On a happier note though I’m so glad you had a great shower! Such an exciting time!

  • It’s definitely been a hard year. It is definitely uplifting though to see the response of people to the hurricane victims. We are all not that different and do care about each other.

    With that being said, so exciting about your wedding! I bet you are just stoked! Looks like you’ve had an amazing month and lots of exciting stuff coming up!

    Cassie’s Big Adventure

  • My heart is so saddened for everyone affected by the hurricane!

    But, this year has been exciting for you! It’s a balance in life…

  • Seeing all of the people who are suffering because of Hurricane Harvey is absolutely heartbreaking. But my gosh, there have been so many genuine and kind people stepping up to help.

    Your bridal shower looked like a blast, the banner was adorable! Keep enjoying the planning process because the big day will be here before ya know it!

    P.S. Definitely a fall falls right after Labor Day kinda gal, if it makes Halloween sound closer, I’m in!

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    Talking about your parents reaction to their surprise party was so funny! What a great way to fool them, telling them they were coming to someone else’s party!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  • While the news from Houston has been heartbreaking, the reaction from everyone across the country has been SO inspiring!

    Looks like you’ve had a busy year – and month! – so far! Here’s to a good September.

    xoxo, Paige
    http://www.thedailypaigeblog.com

  • The news in Houston is so sad!!!

  • I love the photo of you and your family! – I am praying for Houston for sure!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

  • Greta Hollar

    I can’t believe your wedding is so soon! So excited for you!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • I also feel pretty disheartened and helpless with the state of the country (and let’s face it, the world) lately. I think it is great so many people are donating to the people who lost so much in hurricane Harvey, it really is devastating. So excited for you that your wedding is coming up so fast! Love that weddings give families so many excuses to come together (:

  • Amy

    Hearing about Houston breaks my heart. Thanks for providing such great ways to help donate!

    xoxo,

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Congrats on almost getting married! And yes… I agree what’s happened in Houston is so sad. Thanks for sharing those donation links!!

  • I think everyone has moments where they feel hopeless. The most important thing is to remember you’re never alone <3

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    Weddings are so fun! I was recently married and had the chance to participate as a bridesmaid a few times and it was always a good time!

  • My heart aches for everyone that has been affected by the hurricane. I’ve been praying hard.

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    http://www.thediaryofadebutante.com

  • Congrats on being almost married! I’m about a year away still, but can so relate haha.

  • Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

  • Elly

    eeeep congrats on the upcoming wedding!! x