My Best Friend

As I sit on the couch tonight with tears running down my face all I can think about are the good times with my best friend.

The friend that I begged my parents for years to have. But it didn’t happen until I was 10. The day when we went to a breeder and picked out our new puppy. I was so excited to finally have a dog. All my friends had a dog and all I had ever had we’re outside cats and a hamster named hippity.

We brought him home a week later after we went on our annual spring break. It was all new for me, but I knew he would become my best friend. We named him Woody, just like Toy Story.

I enjoyed the times that I could take him for walks and even on roller blades. The moments when he would let me dress …

Back to reality

Well the Douwsma’s are back! … Well kinda… I’m writing this as we’re sitting in the Punta Cana airport with a five hour delay. Apparently when a Fight attendant is ill, there’s no back up. So I’m sitting here writing this in the ninety some degree weather in the airport like hut as every nationality and language surrounds me. I’m hot and sticky and wanted nothing than to be back home to see my Beckham, and oddly enough to grocery shop for the first time, but that won’t be happening since we’ve been delayed five hours and our flight itself is a little over five and a half hours. But I want nothing more than to be home…or back at the beach with my husband.

Husband…hummm…it’s weird, so weird! Last Saturday morning before our flight Seth called Chase to tell them “my wife and I are traveling out of the …

13…12…11 Bittersweet Moments

Where do I begin? I’ve been slacking on these wedding posts, yet I’ve been busy.

I’m sure most of you know that Seth graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University this past Saturday. I drove down Friday to watch Seth play in the alumni soccer game, and may I add it was the most beautiful weather to sit in. I enjoyed a fun time at Steak N Shake with close friends and laughed a lot after. I drove back home two hours that night, just to sleep six hours then leave at seven in the morning to head back the exact same direction to IWU. We made it to IWU on Saturday morning for his ten o’clock ceremony. We found our spots and I sat there for the next three hours with the most surreal feeling. It was all so bittersweet and there was a moment when I just took it all …

One More Day

It’s hard to believe that just four years ago we were so super giddy to be graduating high school and planning our open houses. Yet, today I’m totally blown away that time has flown by and tomorrow is your last day of school, and now I’m so excited for you to be done and we are planning a wedding. It’s also amazes me just how much we have changed in four years. How I’ve almost been done with school three years and started my own business. How much my hair has grown since you went to school and I chopped it all off on a whim. Or how I said I would never get a dog until we had a house and how we failed that miserably, yet I wouldn’t trade him for the world. Life has been so fun with you these past four years, I can’t wait to …

Ten Little Things

TEN things all about me…

one. My favorite travel snack is beef jerky. But only original, my mouths watering.

two. I’ve discovered that all my dreams of wanting a puppy have been smashed by the newest Wegmiller-gang, Wyatt. I’m thankful he taught me this until I discovered it out way too soon. I also never wanted a dog until after we were married, and now I wouldn’t trade mine for any amount of money.

three. I’m beginning to be this person full of stress with wedding preparations and real life big decisions that I let every {little} comment hurt and confuse me. I want to find the old Jillian that just brushed everything off and never was self-couscous or thought too hard into what people had to say. It’s stress, and it’s my perfection shining through, and trying to be the best to everyone is super hard sometimes. I hope …

That Thing I Do…

Moments like today make my whole career worth while, even on the days when I question it the most. After doing a new client she was not out the door but a few minutes after cutting and coloring her I got a phone call from her and I always expect the worst, it’s my nightmare although its never happened. Just imagining that she hated it or wanted something fixed. But she began to tell me that she just had to call me because she loved her hair so much and can’t wait to come back. I was truly taken back after a week that was sparse (which happens every now and then) ending with a week almost booked solid. My God never ceases to amaze me and remind me that he will always provide even when it seems impossible at times and the stress of the real world is coming …

Friends for Life

I’ve grown up in Nappanee all my life and went to an elementary close to my house. I was the girl who was always homesick and always wanted my mom, even when I started first grade. I cried on my first day of first grade when it rolled around to lunch time. I didn’t want to stay for lunch I wanted to go home with my mom and be done for the day, like kindergarten. Until the day I met my best friend, Sarah. From that day out we were inseparable. We would have sleepovers in tents, ride four-wheelers and the lawn mower – because that was super cool, it was like driving a car – we would play in our play houses for endless hours, and she always made it to my dance recitals in the summer.

Seth grew up in Elkhart/Goshen area and attended Elkhart Christian Academy. Seth …

New Beginnings

Earlier this Autumn I gave my self high expectations to start blogging more. At the end of ┬áthe hectic soccer season I logged into my WordPress site to find that every little detail that my heart ever poured out was gone. My posts to my best friends, my life, but most importantly the post I wrote a day after my proposal. The post that was every little detail from one of the best days of my life. Although I was a bit frustrated that this happened, it’s technology and I could either drag my feet about it forever or give my blog a fresh new start. This is where I am today, I’m ready for a fresh start, so how appropriate to blog right before twenty-twelve turns. My wonderful fiance also was ever so willing to change the looks of my blog with in the next few weeks, so keep …