I am so humbled to be published in the Fall/Winter 2016 THE KNOT TEXAS MAGAZINE alongside such talented and amazing vendors! Thank you for making MAI + AARON’S wedding a beautiful event! You all are the best of the best and you absolutely made it happen!
Gown | La Sposa
Pumps | Ivanka Trump
Robe | Victoria Secret’s
Dresses | Dessy
Suits | Men’s Wearhouse
Shoes | Men’s Wearhouse
Cuff Links | Crimson King from Etsy
Paper Goods | Up Up Creative, Lavender & Mint
Jewelry | Nadri from Nordstrom
Decor | Etsy, DENY designs, Z Gallerie, West Elm
Rentals | Elegant Beginnings
Hair & Make-up | Pink Palette Artists
Florals | Maxit Flower Design
Paper Flowers | Balushka
Cake | Cakes by Gina
DJ | LG Entertainers
Photo Booth | CuPics
Officiant | Jennifer Luu
Wedding Planner | Pomp & Circumstance
Limo | Monarch Limos
Venue | Royal Oaks Country Club
You can pick up your copy on newsstands starting May 23rd, 2016. Click HERE or go to BARNES & NOBLE, GOOGLE PLAY, or ZINIO to get the digital issue!
See the full wedding post HERE on my blog.
Last year around this time, Jeff and I were in Singapore celebrating Mother’s Day with my mom, grandma, and their helper. We went around town looking for fresh flowers, made a handmade card (we even translated the text to Indonesian for our helper), and cooked dinner for everyone. It was a sweet memory of our final days with my 外婆. She was happy and we were too, and all the worries about her cancer momentarily disappeared.
I sat on the couch with her and the Ellen Show was being broadcasted. 左左 友友 (Zony and Yony) were the guests that day and we both commented on how adorable they were. I held her hand and felt how frail, thin, and cold it was. Yet she was still very beautiful and lively because of the joys surrounding her. She tightened her grip and I reciprocated back.
I still can’t believe that I will get the chance to be a mom. At one time, I wished she was here to see her next generation, her great grand daughter. Then in a dream, I saw her and mom in my labor and delivery room. My 外婆’s face beamed with joy and happiness. My mom smiled brightly too. It wasn’t until I realized that she was no longer around that I woke up with tears filling my eyes. Somehow I think she will get to see little Josephine. Her presence will always be in our hearts forever.
1 \\ Start maternity leave.
2 \\ Clean the house.
3 \\ Wash baby bottles and pacifiers.
4 \\ Prep prepared meals.
5 \\ Clock in hours of sleep.
Gratitude changes everything.
Throughout this pregnancy, I have been so encouraged and grateful towards all of the love and support from my friends, family, and the moms in my life. As the final weeks inched closer, I grew anxious about the birthing process, having enough clothes for the baby, and even worrying about getting the right number of diapers to last us the first few days. Without knowing, God had planned for the right people to enter my life and nip my worries in the bud.
I met with a lovely family from our new church and they live only minutes from our home. They invited Jeff and I to their small group and as we were about to leave, they graciously handed us two full bags of baby clothes for our girl. Talk about an answered prayer! We were overwhelmed and filled with thanks for the Lord knew about our need and provided!
A week later, a friend of mine messaged me on Facebook asking if I needed newborn diapers. As I read the words, my heart couldn’t help but give Him praise. Little did my friend know about my deepest thoughts, yet somehow, God used her to bless both of our situations and to teach me about letting go of my fears.
I truly believe that every encounter I have in life is purposeful and meaningful. I can only hope for the opportunity to pay it forward to another expectant mother in the future. We are here on this earth for a reason and it’s to love God and His neighbors in this lifetime.