Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Poem

Lately, I have been sorting through my belongings, cleaning out desk drawers and closets, and packing boxes to move.  In this process, I came across a poem I wrote when I was a young teen in celebration of my cousin's marriage.  It made me smile.  Perhaps it will do the same for you! :)

The greatest gift of all we hear;
The perfect thing to cast out fear.
You'll know it well when it is there;
It's something wonderful to share.

This gift is patient and is kind.
It envies no one, you will find.
But you will see it bright and clear
Whenever your beloved's near.

It is not selfish nor seeks its own;
Finds joy in all and never moans.
What is this gift of which we speak?
We saw it well in Jesus meek.

A marriage must be built on this
To last in hard times and in bliss.
We know it well from God above,
It is His gift - you call it love.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

There Shall Be Showers of Blessing - Part Two!

Last Saturday, the ladies at my church, as well as dear friends and family, came together to give me a second bridal shower!  

 The location was the club house at the Lakes on Eldridge neighborhood. 

 It was a beautiful setting right on a lake!

When I first walked in, I felt as though I had arrived at bridal shower paradise!

Everything look so beautiful!

These four dear ladies were the hostesses of the event!  
L-R: Nora Knowles, Melody Cavicchi, Patty Loo, Kim Taylor 
I am so grateful for their hard work and generosity!

With my grandmother... 

...and my grandfather! 
(who made a special badge to wear just for the occasion that read: Katrina's Grandfather)

 The Naquin ladies playing a game: "How Well Do You Know the Bride?"

 Lovely flowers

 With Mrs. Loo

 Debbie Hughes, our amazing photographer for the day!

 Gracie Loo, my special little friend

 The Jorski Ladies

 Gracie and Robin playing the game

 Mema smiles for the camera!

 Friends enjoying lunch.


 Since the theme of the shower was called "The Flavors of Life," and centered around the kitchen, my corsage was made out of herbs and a rose!

 Mom and Mema received one too!

 What a great shot of my beautiful mother.

 After lunch, Mrs. Powell sang a hilarious song she wrote both the music and lyrics to called "Stuck in the Kitchen Again."  We were rolling with laughter!

Then, Mrs. Loo shared a fun, practical, and meaningful devotional that blessed us all!

Gracie finished the sharing time with a lovely song.

 And who should arrive but my beloved himself?!

 So happy he came to join the party!

 Mrs. Hughes captured many delightful facial expressions on her camera as we opened gifts!

 Thanking the hostesses with special little gifts of aprons and purple spatulas!

 Then, Nathan and I shared our courtship story.

It was such a fun day filled to the brim with blessings!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Guess what world???

In ONE month, I'm getting MARRIED!!!!!


How exciting is that?

:) :) :) :) :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I read a very well-written, thought-provoking article from a link on Facebook today that I thought was worth passing on. It's called, "Clothing Matters: What We Wear to Church." It's somewhat lengthy, but I encourage you to check it out!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

There Shall Be Showers of Blessing

Two weeks ago, the ladies at Nathan's church blessed me with the first of many bridal showers during this beautiful season of marriage preparation! I am so grateful for the hard work they put into the event and the abundant generosity of the women who attended.

Beautiful flowers from the garden of one of the hostesses.

The beginnings of a mountain of gifts!


Look who I found at the party!

My darling fiancé decided to come up to the church and work in his office while the shower was taking place. He also made several appearances throughout the event...much to my delight!

Part of the team of hostesses and their young lady helpers.

My pretty mama enjoying the conversation with new friends.

Talking to guests...

Time to open presents!

So many ladies blessed us with items for our new home together or money toward the purchase of furniture!

My right-hand assistant.

I love the facial expressions going on here!

Sweet friends.

Hand-embroidered pillow cases!

More delightful facial expressions. :)


Catching up with old friends too!

So very thankful for the shower of blessings!

Photo credit: Maurice Blackman