Save. The. Date.

Drumroll, please…..

The official day of our wedding will be:

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(Invitation to follow for invited guests)

Yes, it is a VERY short engagement.

One of the many pitfalls of a military engagement is that you have no idea when you’ll be able to come home to get married, or if, hey, you’ll be deployed next year at this time.

We figured Micah would be about 95% sure he could be home over 4th of July weekend to get married, and those were our best odds–so we went with it!

The downside to such a quick engagement is that we are quite limited in locations and vendors, but we are making it work and are happy with how things are turning out so far!

So excited to share our special day with our loved ones!

xoxo,

Monica

PS–A VERY special thanks to my friend Hannah at HowTall Designs for putting together this Save the Date. She and my friend Kaylie, with Mellema Photography & Design, have both kindly accepted my request to be my official “Wedding Graphic Designers”. They are amazingly talented–check them out!

Another shout out to my sister, Emily, who took this photo and many others last summer, as I yelled directions at her from a distance. Thank you.

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Continuing Tradition

Habemus Papam.

We have a Pope!

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Yesterday, our wonderful new pope, Pope Francis, was officially installed as the leader of the Catholic Church.

With 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, it was an exciting day for many, many people.

Francis, was elected on the second day of the Papal Conclave, in which 115 Catholic cardinals met and voted on a new leader within the walls of the beautiful Sistine Chapel.

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For those who do not understand the traditions of the Catholic faith (Non-Catholics & Catholics alike) the whole process can seem confusing and somewhat silly at times. However, tradition, is what sets Catholics apart from most other Christian denominations.

We believe that without tradition, there is no foundation to our faith.

By that I don’t mean that Jesus and the Bible aren’t also foundational. I mean that the foundation of our faith stems from tradition. The Bible, as we know it, was compiled roughly 300 years after the birth of Christ, and since the church was instituted by Christ, the traditions and customs that came out of those first 300 years make up a large and integral part of our faith. In fact, if you think about it, for those religions that base their faith upon the Bible alone, much of the New Testament is actually a written account of the first popes, bishops, and priests who were inspired by the Holy Spirit to start many of the traditions seen in the Catholic church today. In many ways, it is a narrative of the infancy of the Catholic Church.

Today, over 2 thousand years later, we carry on many of those same traditions.

The tradition of having a pope, a leader of the faith, was begun when Jesus said to his blessed apostle Simon, “…you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

It was continued last week, on a rainy March evening. The bells of Saint Peter’s square rang joyously as a man dressed in white walked out on to a balcony and humbly asked the world to pray for him.

This can explain more beautifully than I ever could.

xoxo,

Monica

Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice

Every once in awhile, at our house…

…we have an impromptu photo shoot.

(Probably more often, here, than at most other households)

As the girls get older, they have learned to grasp the concept of getting their photo taken.

They have also learned that their dear Nanny Monica will pay a hefty price for good photograph.

So this little photo shoot cost me my stash of M&Ms that the girls somehow knew I was hiding in my room.

Anything for some “choc-oh-let!”

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Their gorgeous smiles and contagious laughter bring such light to my life.

I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to be a part of their lives.

They don’t know it, but they have given so much more to me than I have, or would ever be able to give to them.

xoxo,

Monica

Wed-nes-day

Aristotle

© Monica Rentschler

Here is my latest installment of “quote over a backdrop”

Also, I promise that I will eventually move on from using sunset photos, but they’re kinda my thang so I have a lot of them to work with.

I thought it turned out really great!

Happy Wednesday!

xoxo,

Monica

PS: Feel free to look at my slightly renovated  “About” section!

I haven’t changed anything on here in awhile so I was proud of myself that I could figure out how to do it again.

This is what I get…

…for sleeping all day.

I literally slept nearly the entire day today.

Why?

Well, to spare you the details, I don’t recommend eating questionable day-old, cream cheese pizza.

It ended with Ruthie asking me if I threw up in her bed or in mommy’s bed (the two places she frequents for her barfing experiences) and Viv telling me that she “frew up tooooo” (One of her favorite sympathy cards she likes to bring into play on far too regular a basis)

Luckily, the girls had school (daycare) today, so I was able to ask Alisha to take them in so that I could try and get better. And, after finding that I wasn’t quiiiite over the horrible bug for parts of the morning, I found myself feeling lethargic and sleeping through the rest of the day…until around 10pm.

Now, here I sit, after roughly 21 hours of sleep–feeling much better (albeit a little shaky and eating stacks of saltines), but unable to fall back asleep.

So I figured I’d post a few of the photos that me and my friend Kaylie took a few weeks back when we went searching for some photo locations!

Nothing like a story about barf to lead into some fun adventure photos!

I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone with the details of my sickness–in the last 3 years working as a nanny for babies, my meter for gauging what amount of details that are socially acceptable to share has been completely thrown off, as nothing really phases me anymore.

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Hope you enjoyed!

Now to decide whether I should use this time to get stuff done and be tired tomorrow, or attempt to fall back asleep.

xoxo,

Monica

Weekend Update

I hope everyone has had a great weekend!

Mine was full of this new thing I have in my life called Wedding Planning.

It’s mind bottling to know that my wedding Pinterest board is actually getting used for a real wedding.

It was also used to make some nommy Root Beer with my good friend, Hannah.

We then proceeded to make Root Beer floats, which is the obvious choice to make when making Root Beer.

I also bought $8 worth of cheese, which actually wasn’t a lot of cheese.

Pretty fun weekend!

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xoxo,

Monica

Farewell, Papa.

“Sede Vacante”

The See of Rome is vacant.

Today, I was happy to be able to witness, live, the final moments of our Holy Father’s papacy.

As I watched Benedict climb into the helicopter and fly over the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the beautiful Italian countryside, I couldn’t help but feel a wave of sadness come over me. I probably wouldn’t be the only Catholic to tell you that we don’t really think too much about the Pope on a daily basis–but we know he’s there, and praying for us. And that is comforting.

It’s times like these that we realize that this man is truly our Shepherd.

The Rock upon which Christ’s church continues to be built.

It’s when this man’s papacy comes to an end that we truly understand our love and faithfulness towards him for all that he has done for us.

I recall the days near the end of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s life and have similar feelings of a sort of finality, the turning of a page, the end of a wonderful book.

I realized I had spent my whole life with him as the leader of my church, and while I had great love and respect for him, I somewhat took him for granted.

You always expect your Father to be there for you. It’s only when he isn’t that you truly realize how much he meant to you.

I have great faith that this is the right thing to do for the Church in this moment. We are living in times of great hardship and persecution from those that live in a world based upon relative truth and selfish desires. I trust that our newly elected Pope will have the strength and perseverance to lead us through and do what is right no matter what.

The succession of Saint Peter is truly a witness to the Truth of the Catholic Church. It has gone through so much turmoil, so much dissent, so much fracture and breaking and human imperfection…and yet it survives. Like a lighthouse in a storm, it holds fast to Truth. It has held on for over two thousand years, and will continue to do so.

The story of our Church is not over yet.

Our Holy Father may be closing a chapter, but the Catholic Church marches proudly on.

“May no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weaknesses. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, His name will continue to resound throughout the world.”

–Pope Benedict XVI

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Thank you, Papa.

xoxo,

Monica

Monday Motivation

Quite literally one of my favorite things in the world is the quotes section of Pinterest.

It’s always very inspiring.

Which inspired me to be inspirational.

So, here starts what I hope to a be a series of my own “favorite quotes over a photo backdrop”.

I realize the concept can be silly at times, but I think it’s a neat way to use some of my favorite photographs in a different and fun way.

Plus it combines two of my favorite things: Photography and motivational quotations!

Happy Monday!

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xoxo,

Monica

Psssst!

….The girls have something to tell you!

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Yes, it’s true. After dating for 6.25 years, Micah has finally popped the question!

I am still very shocked by the everything–we have been together so long that it’s strange to think that now our relationship status has now been upgraded to fiancé .

People always ask why we’ve taken so long to get married – why would we wait 6 years to do something that most people do after a year or so together?

We don’t exactly have a real answer to that question, except that when we first started dating we were so young–19 years old and barely out of high school. Looking back on it all makes me realize that we’ve grown up together. We started as kids, and grew into the people we are today.

To be honest, I’m very thankful that we waited as long as we did. Maybe our story isn’t as romantic or as exciting the movies where people fall in love and get married right away…but it’s real. It’s a story of young love that has gone through it all: Good times and bad. Smiles and tears. Anger and Laughter. It has survived even separated by vast oceans and foreign lands. It has fought through times that even we didn’t think it would make it through. It has weathered the storm of Life, and has blossomed into a strong and committed relationship. It has foundation. And if no one wants to make a movie about that, well then, they’re missing out.

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The Engagement:

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The story is simple.

He flew home without me knowing, and proposed on my parent’s doorstep at sunset.

It was perfect.

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We are so very excited and thankful for all the well wishes and support!

xoxo,

Monica

Valentine’s Day

Hello!

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day!

I was lucky enough to be able to spend the day with my 3 little lovebugs!

Here are a few photos from our day!

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And they are still riding their sugar rush!

Oh, and for my 21 and over friends, I made these fun little Valentine’s.

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Affordable, easy to make, and really cute.

I’m a sucker for miniature versions of anything.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Monica