Friday, 8 November 2019

A Huge Life Update!

Well guys it sure has been a while since I last shared my world with you all and I'd like to thank you for your patience and support following my impromptu hiatus last month. I'm finally back on the blog and wanted to fill you in with what's been going on in my life for the last few weeks!

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Note: Thrice Upon a Dream has now moved to Wonder and Grey!

The Reason

So first of all I'm going to talk about the reason why I decided to stop blogging for a bit. If you follow me on Twitter, you might already know that there was a family emergency and thankfully, we were blessed with a miracle but it was pretty rough going for a while. I just didn't have the heart to continue writing while my heart felt like it was breaking so it made sense to just take some time, stay hopeful and well, here we are.

Without going into too much detail since it's not my story to share, I'd like to raise awareness of the silent dangers of drinking too much water. It's called water intoxication and while it is exceptionally rare, it is very real and can have heartbreaking outcomes.

At the same time that my brother had just stunned his doctors with his recovery against all the odds, I read a post on Facebook of a mother who, like me right now, just wanted to raise awareness about water intoxication. The difference being that she was the mum of a toddler who had ended up in a critical condition after drinking some bath water. I cannot express to you how angry it made me reading the comments from the parenting police who claimed that you cannot drink too much water, that it was scare-mongering and that the mum clearly should have her kids taken away from her because she was incapable of looking after them properly. 

Let me tell you this: if a 28 year old, 6 foot man had horrific chances after drinking too much water then the reality of the damage that water intoxication can cause a small child is even more devastating and very much a reality.

And honestly, you don't have infinite control as a parent. A few posts back, I even shared that my own son had decided it was hilarious to throw his face into his bath water - we ended bath time abruptly at that point but we had zero control over it happening the first time. Just because something hasn't happened to you doesn't mean that it couldn't possibly happen to you. But I digress.

With water intake, it's about balance. We all know the dangers of not having enough fluids yet we struggle to comprehend that there could be an opposite danger if we have too much. You don't want to end up dehydrated nor do you want to end up with water intoxication so it's all just about balance.

So that's why I took a break to begin with and I'd really like to say a huge thank you to everyone who prayed for him or sent their well wishes. I'd especially like to thank Gabby for sharing her light at such a dark time and enlightening me with some biblical verses that gave me back hope when hope was lost. We were truly blessed with a miracle so thank you for bringing God into my life when I needed to have faith the most.

Even though my brother was on the road to recovery a few weeks back, I decided that with everything else going on I could probably use the break. Our wedding was drawing closer every day and I'd started experiencing palpitations from all the stress so I gave myself some time off and just focused on other things for a while.

The Future

During my break, I started reflecting on the blog and my goals for the rest of the year and into the next and you know me, I never have one of these life updates without shouting "changes are coming!" but honestly I'm really excited for what's ahead. I've got some great topics lined up, endless ideas and I'm contemplating dabbling with some micro-blogging next year so yeah it's going to be a lot of fun! As for the rest of 2019, I'm obviously running a bit behind schedule but I'm determined to reach my 100th post by December 31st so expect to see a lot of me over the next few weeks!

The Wedding

Now before I wrap this post up, I think there's one life event in particular that might have piqued your interest enough to read this and that is our wedding day!

So a little over a week ago, I became a wife! We shared our day with our families and closest friends and honestly we couldn't have asked for a better day. I can't speak for my new husband but I spent the afternoon feeling elated in a way that I'd never felt before which was kind of wonderful. Weather-wise, it was pleasant albeit a teensy bit on the chilly side but hey, that's the price of coastal living!

We'd booked The Guildhall in Poole as our ceremony venue as we knew that registry offices were our most viable option and honestly Dorset, supposedly known as "the wedding coast", houses some of the most stunning choices for that kind of ceremony so we were very lucky. The Guildhall is absolutely breath-taking and the registrars there were fantastic. They made Mini a huge part of our day which just made the whole ceremony that much more enjoyable for us.

I agonised a lot over our ceremony music for pretty much the entire year and we ended up making our final choices two nights before. It felt like an impossible task but I was just majorly overthinking it. So here's what we picked:

Entrance: I See the Light by Kowrites
Signing the Register: Forever by Boyce Avenue and Can You Feel the Love Tonight? by Boyce Avenue & Connie Talbot
Exit: Happily Ever After by Jordan Fisher & Angie Keilhauer 

Each of these choices meant a lot to us in one way or another. It was really important to kind of capture our love of Disney through the music which is why we chose the two covers and of course, Happily Ever After which was going to be our first dance song. The cover of Forever was obviously a nod to the iconic Halpert wedding from The Office. So yeah, it was very much "us" which was what I was hoping to achieve while curating a playlist.

Given the circumstances regarding my brother's hospitalisation, we made some changes to our plans and cancelled our reception which is why we no longer had a first dance. Instead of having a big party a few towns over, we invited our guests to join us at a nearby pub for a drink after the ceremony. Honestly, I couldn't have asked for a better reception. It was lovely and low-key which is exactly what we'd wanted it to be and it sounds like everyone had a great time regardless.

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out this update and keep an eye out for even more posts heading your way real soon!

1 comment on "A Huge Life Update!"
  1. Who knew that drinking too much water was a thing! So glad to hear that your brother is on the mend now, it must have been such a scary time. Congratulations again on your wedding, you looked absolutely beautiful.

    Jane xx