Dreams do come true

Hey guys,

I am about to come up on my one year anniversary of marriage with Michael, and in honor of that I would love to share some photos of our wedding day with you! For those of you who don’t know, me and Michael dated for about a little over a year and a half before we got engaged.

We decided that we wanted to get married that same year instead of waiting another year for a summer wedding, which ultimately meant planning our wedding in 4 months!! This was an absolutely crazy task to take on. We were so blessed with family and friends who supported us and dropped everything to drive and fly in from different places around the world just to be there with us. As well as family who went out of their way to help out with wedding related tasks while we were stuck working during the day.

Our wedding party consisted of some of our favorite people: Josh, Evan and Kevin were the groomsmen. And Yana, Katie and Kendra were my beautiful bridesmaids. Along with a photo of our pastor Ken, who was absolutely wonderful. We were absolutely so blessed to have all of them there!

The boys waited…

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And waited ..

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And waited…

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For us to show up.

While they were waiting me and the girls were improvising on hair and makeup, while speeding down the highway to the church. After a stressful morning, we ended up making it to the church. Our lateness did come with a price of several panicked phone calls, checking to make sure that we were indeed still planning on showing up.

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And after having to be sown into dresses, a quick makeover and prayer meeting we were ready to roll!

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I had the privilege of standing in front of my closest friends and family and confessing my love for a man who walked into my life and change everything. He has completely ravished my heart.

The night before we stood at the alter in our rehearsal having a hard time holding it together. We had waited for each other for years: Praying, wishing and hoping that this day would come. And it finally did! And our hearts were overflowing with joy. That look he gave me on the alter he gives me quite often. He always protects me, and my heart. He constantly tells me I’m beautiful and takes care of all of my needs. He is everything I wanted and more, a true answer to prayer.

It was so much fun being able share in this day with people who have been at our sides through the thick and thin. I cannot express what joy I still have from looking back and being able to celebrate such a huge milestone. Thank you for letting me walk down memory lane with tonight. As much as the wedding day was beautiful our marriage is even more extravagant as we continue to grow in love. I wish the same for every single one of you who are reading my post. A marriage where you are fulfilled and delighted in, just as you were created to be.

Much love from me and my hubby to you and your families.

The Father to the Fatherless

This is for those of you who grew up with a unloving, inconsistent Father figure. Those who were abandoned, rejected and could not put your hope and faith in your dad.  Those who had a dad who valued work over you, or took advantage of your kindness and fragility. That was not the way family was intended to be. You are worth investing in, more then that you are worth crossing oceans for. The things you have to say hold insurmountable value, and time with you is irreplaceable. The giftings you carry in your life were meant to be recognized and cultivated by your parents. I am sorry that your upbringing didn’t contain a overall sense that you are loved. And that love not being dependent on what you did or didn’t do. No matter if you grew up with a dad or not today there is a invitation to have a relationship with the ultimate Father, who is the Lord.

One of the roadblocks into relationship with Him could ultimately be the way you were treated by your family growing up. I want to suggest the idea that the way you view your earthly Father is the same way you will view God. Not in the context that your earthly dad has Godly powers, but in the sense that if your dad is distant then you will see God as a distant God who has the power to have a close personal relationship with you but ultimately chooses not to. Someone who could come to your aid, but refuses.

Without knowing who God is we assume He is like the most relate-able figure we know. When the reality is; God is the opposite of human nature. He is the epitome of love and can not act inconsistently from His Identity. In him we are fully loved and delighted in, and without this truth in your life you will struggle with believing the lie that God is not good, and God does not care. We tend to let our circumstances define our view of God rather then allowing the Lord to define what our circumstances should look like.

Here’s what you need to know in the core of your soul: You are loved passionately  by a man who died so that He could have a relationship with you. He’s not scared of you messing up or failing. Your dirty laundry doesn’t stop him from pursuing you. If you do not decide to follow him He will love you 100%, if you are unlovable he loves you 100%. There is nothing that you could do to take away His love for you.  When He choose to die on the cross he already knew all of the mistakes you were going to make, and He has been pursuing you since the day you were born! He delights in you, and rejoices over you daily, He really is a happy Father! He wants to do life with you, everyday!It’s not in Gods nature to lie to you, it’s not his nature to give you something and take it away. He’s faithful to you. His nature is kind. He is gentle with your heart.

The bible talks about evil dads knowing how to give good gifts, and if they do how much more the Lord wants to give us good gifts. (Matthew 7:11). I actually believe this scripture was not only one to reveal the Lords nature but a invitation to ask him for good things. For those of you who have a good father this may be easy. But those of you who struggle with depending on others and a self sufficiency you may struggle at first.

Here is my challenge this week for those of you who have pushed God away because of a earthly struggle with your natural dad. First ask the Lord how he sees you, and really allow him to come in and heal those broken places. Remember that it is IMPOSSIBLE for Him not to talk to you. He desires a relationship with you and is faithful to come when you ask. Last but not least when there is lack or need in your life give it to him, and ask for His help. The Bible says when we ask according to His will we will receive. If you start to believe in God as a Father and believe He wants good things for you then you will begin to see your life radically change.

This Fathers Day know you are loved deeply by an unchangeable unshakable man, who will never give up on you. He’s a safe place to put your hope.

Here’s to new beginnings

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Hello wonderful people,

Today is the ultimate fresh start of a beautiful journey with you. My goal is to inspire you as you read about my life, hopes, dreams and desires. I’m a 24 year old fashionista, who is into hair, makeup, trends and almost anything associated with being a girly-girl. As we grow deeper together you will learn about my heart for justice, my wild entrepreneurial ideas and my wanderlust for hot destinations .

The man standing next to me happens to be someone very near and dear to my heart. The story of how we met comes a little later on, however I know as you continuing reading my posts you will grow in adoration for him just as I have found myself doing.

Thanks for checking my page out and stay tuned for more

Much Love-GG