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What's Up Wednesday: March 2017

What's Up Wednesday: March 2017


I hope everyone is having a fantastic week and is enjoying the LAST week of March! I absolutely can't believe this Saturday is already April 1!

It's time for What's Up Wednesday!!
1.    What we’re eating this week:

Cory and I decided to try out Freshly, which is a pre-cooked, healthy food delivery service. We did it for 2 weeks and it here are my thoughts about it.

Pros...
1. I didn't have to grocery shop or cook, which was a nice break.
2. The meals come pre-cooked and all you have to do is reheat them.
3. All of the meals are gluten free, natural, and never frozen.
Cons...
1. Something about a meal coming in a black plastic container just isn't appetizing to me.
2. They give you a choice of meals to chose from, but I wished there were more options.

Overall, the food was pretty good. However, it wasn't so good that we would want to have it again. Also, I like to cook and I missed not doing it. We have canceled our subscription as of now, but would be open to doing it for a week here or there during a busy season. If you ever try it, get the southwestern chicken bowl! That was my favorite.

2.    What I’m reminiscing about:

Cory and I recently went to a wedding in Magnolia, Texas that was so much fun. Despite the rainy ceremony, it was so sweet getting to celebrate with the new bride and groom! Congrats Stephen and Amanda!!!
3.    What I’m loving:

We just got our first Magnolia Journal in the mail and I am beyond excited about it! This will definitely  be something I look forward to receiving every month.

4.    What we’ve been up to:

This past weekend I had so much fun in Waco with some girlfriends and Cory's family at the Spring at the Silos! You can read all about my trip here.
5.    What I’m dreading:

Nothing really!!

6.    What I’m working on:

I got a Cricut cutting machine a couple of weeks ago and am still in the beginning phase of learning how to use it. Does anyone else have one? Any tips? It seems very intimidating as of now! Haha!

7.    What I’m excited about

Our church has a ministry called Apples of Gold, which I started last week and am SO excited about. The class is a cooking, mentoring and bible study that older women from our church put on for newly married wives. I think it's going to be really fun!

"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, purse, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." -Titus 2:3-5

8.    What I’m watching:

I was always obsessed with 19 Kids and Counting so now I'm equally as obsessed with Counting On, which follows the lives of some of the Duggar daughters. I missed a couple of episodes on the most recent season so I'm currently catching up on those!

I also just started watching this show called American Housewife. It's really cute so far! What are your favorite shows to watch? I need recommendations!
9.    What I’m listening to:

We saw the new Beauty and the Beast last week and ever since I can't stop listening to the soundtrack. Have yall seen the movie yet? It's so good! The soundtrack is equally as amazing.


10. What I’m wearing

Last week I wrote a post about all of my favorite Spring clothes! Included are things I own and things on my wish list!! You can check that out here.

11. What I’m doing this weekend

I'm going to a cooking class with my parents on Friday, which I'm so excited about! Cory and I are going over to a friends house for dinner on Saturday to catch up. Other than that, I would like to go to the Tulip Farm in Pilot Point. I keep seeing pictures from it and it looks so pretty and fun! Have any of you been?

12. What I’m looking forward to next month

I get to go with Cory on a work trip to Missouri in April, which I'm very much looking forward to! I always love when I get to travel with him!

13. What else is new

Cory and I just celebrated one year from the day he asked me to marry him! You can read our proposal story and check out more pictures from that special day here.

Bonus question this month: What is your favorite Spring thing to wear?
Definitely dresses and anything with color!

Have a great Wednesday!!!

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Our Proposal Story

Our Proposal Story


This weekend was very special because it marked exactly one year since the day Cory got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!! I absolutely can't believe it's been that long and thinking back to that day makes me feel so many happy emotions! I thought it would be fun to share our proposal story because Cory did the most amazing job planning for it!!

So here goes...

On May 16, 2015, Cory and I got to know each other for the first time during a prayer, worship, and evangelism trip that our church puts on called Unashamed. We stayed at a church the entire weekend that had an absolutely amazing rooftop view of Dallas.

On March 26, 2016 Cory and I had planned to go on a double date with some of our friends, Ally and Ryan Wall. We picked them up and were headed towards Bolsa in the Bishop Arts District when Ryan asked if we could make a quick stop at the church (where Unashamed was) to pick up something that someone had left him. I didn't think anything of it because it was on the way to the restaurant and I figured Ryan, who started the whole Unashamed weekend, went to the church all the time to pick things up.

We got to Tyler Street Methodist Church and went up to the third floor, which is where they were supposed to be "looking for something." The whole time there, Cory and I were reminiscing about how it was so sweet to be back where we first met (well kind of first met.. haha more on that in a later post). Then Cory asked Ryan if he thought the roof would be open so we could take a quick look before we went to dinner. Ryan said he didn't know, but that we could check if we wanted to.

We then walked up a couple flights of stairs to the roof and I opened the door to a photographer snapping pictures of us. I was a little confused and even after I saw the beautiful set up of things, I still didn't believe what was happening. After some extremely sweet words (that I don't remember that much of), Cory got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him! Obviously, I said YES! 
The very first picture taken
And the second picture...
YES! YES! YES!
Isn't this view of Dallas beautiful?
This day was also monumental because it was the day we shared our first kiss together. 
Needless to say, we didn't make it to dinner, but we did go to an amazing engagement party with all of our friends and family. 
Some of our friends.. including Ally and Ryan on the right!
Our parents!
My brother's face! Haha!
All of the Dude Perfect guys
Huge shout out to the people who helped make this day incredibly special: Our parents, our friends who helped set up, and Paparazzi Proposals for taking the amazing photos! Yall are seriously the best! 

After our proposal, Cory and I were engaged for 4 months before our wedding, and have now been married for almost 8 months! Time sure does fly! Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Love,
Amy Cotton

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Friday Favorites No. 7: Fashion Edition

Friday Favorites No. 7: Fashion Edition


One of my favorite things about Spring is putting away (what feels like) all of the dark winter clothes and updating my wardrobe with a lot of pretty whites and bright colors! I am obsessed with fun and feminine details like lace, tassels and off the shoulder pieces right now and have found SO many absolutely precious things that would be perfect for Spring and Summer! Check out some of my favorites below...






As you can see, my favorite Spring colors are blue, orange, white and pink!! Let me know your favorite color to wear during Spring in the comments!!

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Spring at the Silos

Spring at the Silos


This past weekend I headed to Waco, Texas for Spring at the Silos! It was an awesome event put on by Magnolia Market that had tons of incredible vendors, including my sister-in-law's company, Marry Me In Spring! I also got to meet up with some of my girlfriends in Waco and it was so fun getting to catch up!
Friends at the Silos
Friends at Common Grounds Coffee
What's a trip to Waco without a stop at Common Grounds?
I got to help out in the Marry Me In Spring booth all weekend, and as always, Catherine's stuff was beautiful. I swear she gets more talented every time I see her. She does both pretty paper goods and amazing custom illustrations!

Marry Me In Spring Waco Print
We got this Waco print for our house!! Of course we also had to get a College Station one as well. 
Marry Me In Spring Custom Bridal Illustration
This is a picture of the custom bridal illustration Catherine gave to me on our wedding day! I LOVE it so much!!
Marry Me In Spring Dallas Print
Marry Me In Spring Custom Dog Print
Marry Me In Spring Dog Prints
Marry Me In Spring wrapping paper
Obsessed with her new wrapping paper designs! 
Marry Me In Spring Jesus Journal
This is my favorite journal and I talked all about how I use it here
We had so much fun exploring, despite the extremely large crowds. If you go to the Silos, you must try the cupcakes. The strawberry was my favorite! 
Silos Baking Co
Amy and Cory at Magnolia Market
Spring at the Silos

If you weren't able to make it to Spring at the Silos this weekend, check out some of the vendor's websites here. Happy Tuesday!

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Why It's Important To Have A Daily Quiet Time & What Mine Looks Like

Why It's Important To Have A Daily Quiet Time & What Mine Looks Like


I don't know about you, but during the week I normally get in this 'go, go, go' mindset. When I finish one thing on my to-do list, there is always a second, third, and fourth thing that needs to be completed. If I let myself, I can go an entire week without pausing to have quiet time with the Lord.

I will be the first to tell you that having daily quiet times has not been my strong suit over the past couple of years. I either didn't know where to begin once I started, rushed through it once I began, or never got around to it. Over time, I've learned the importance of being in my Bible and spending quiet time in prayer with the Lord.

"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you..." -James 4:8

"But for me it is good to be near God: I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works." -Psalm 73:28
How to have a daily quiet time
Isn't it true that we put the most time and effort into the relationships that are most important to us? Something that convicts me daily is the truth that if God is really the most important relationship in my life, how much time and effort am I putting in to getting to know Him through His word? Unfortunately, probably not as much as I should.

If Jesus himself needed quiet time in prayer with God, how much more do we need this time?

"Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, 'Sit here while I go over there and pray." -Matthew 26:36

"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." -Mark 1:35

"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." -Luke 5:16
Genesis 17
I am definitely not perfect at this, but this is what I've learned works best for me. As of right now, this is what my daily quiet time looks like:

1. When I do my quiet times, I normally sit at the kitchen table. I like to have a hard surface I can easily write on, so I found the table is where I like to be. It helps to have a place that is quiet and free from noises and interruptions like our phones or computers.

2. I always try to remember to open with a short prayer asking Jesus to speak to me through His word and to show me how I can apply whatever I'm reading to my life. If I don't do this, I find myself rushing to get through it or I get more easily distracted thinking about my to-do list. Even with prayer, it's sometimes a battle to stay focused.
Jesus Journal
3. I recently got this cute book called "My Jesus Journal" from my sister-in-law, which basically guides my entire quiet time. It's really great and keeps me organized so I'm not juggling so many journals/books. The book is broken up into 4 parts. The first is a Bible study section. After praying, I typically focus on one story from the Bible per day. If it's a longer story, I spend 2 or 3 days on it.

For example: I recently read the story of Abraham and Sarah and how the Lord promised that they would have a child together even though they were very old in age. As you can see in the picture below, on the left I wrote down key verses from the story. On the right I wrote down how we are broken as humans, how Jesus constantly redeems us, and what I learned and should remember about Jesus because of his example in their story. I chose to read the story of Abraham and Sarah because I wanted to read about patience. If you're not sure where to start, try Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
Genesis 15
4. The second section in the book is for prayer requests. Some days I write down my prayer requests here and other days I pray out loud without writing them down. I like writing them down though, because it's sweet to look back on old prayer requests and see the ways God has answered.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." -Philippians 4:6

5. Time in God's word and prayer are the two things I try and do daily. Two other parts of the book: journaling and scripture memory, are sections I try and fill in, but not always every day. Journaling is something that is new to me, but is pretty simple because it's basically a written letter to God. While journaling, I start with "Dear God" and write about things I'm thankful for, confessions, and prayer requests.

I use the scripture memory section as a space to compile scripture that I have memorized. It's so easy for me to memorize a verse and then forget it if I don't refer back to it frequently. Now I don't have that excuse because I write them all down here.

"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." -Psalm 119:11

That's pretty much how I do my quiet times every day. I hope this posts encourages you that having a quality quiet time isn't difficult to do, it just takes a a true desire to know Jesus and a little time to figure out what works best for you. If you're looking for a simple, helpful plan, check out the awesome book I mentioned, "My Jesus Journal!"

I'd love to hear how you do your quiet times! If you have a way that works for you let me know in the comments below!
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