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August 2015

Yours Truly, Zoe

When Love is not that Strong Enough

August 30, 2015
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Dear Yours Truly Readers,

In case you’re new to reading my blog, I posted an article entitled, “It Takes Two” in the beginning of the year where I mentioned the high statistic of divorce rate from 50% in the 70’s to 75% to date.

I’ve also shared a couple of my friends who had gotten divorce and are currently going through a divorce since the launch of Yours Truly. See articles, “Another Love Bites the Dust”, “Time to Heal” and “After 15 Years”.

On our (Chad and I) way back from a business trip last week, while in the plane and as I looked out the window, the thought of my girlfriend who is going through a very emotional and hard divorce came through my mind (Read my blog post “After 15 Years”).  I really tried to understand what could’ve gone wrong.  From an outsider’s point of view, the reasons given by my girlfriend’s soon-to-be just didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. But, outside knowing that he had committed adultery, I’m still at awe as to what caused him to do such dishonesty.

I talked to Chad about how disturbed I am as I feel so much heartache for my girlfriend. I said to myself, “Really…after four children that piece of s#*t just gave up on her and his kids?!?”

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Zoe's Thoughts

The Last Three Weekends of Summer

August 27, 2015
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There is no way that we only have three more weekends til summer officially ends! Really?!?

I didn’t even spend enough time riding my bike after work, or enjoy an ice cream cone while soaking up the sun! And yet, summer will be over?

Alright.  Instead of moping, there are three weekends to plan and celebrate summer to welcome fall. How’s that for positive thinking?

  • Labor Day Weekend is normally spent with family and friends so that will definitely be fun!
  • The weekend after can be a Shopping Weekend for fall clothes! Who wouldn’t want that for a weekend activity?
  • The last weekend could be “Goodbye Summer/Hello Fall” Grilling Party with a few friends.  Ask your friends what’s the best part about their summer.  This would be a great start of a conversation.

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Contest

Selfie Contest Winners Album Reveal

August 24, 2015
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Weddings are about dreams coming true and it happened to Stephen and Kristine… twice! First, they got married on October 20, 2013 and 16 months later, they won a professionally-made wedding album for posting a selfie!

Yours Truly Wedding Albums launched a selfie challenge in January this year which aimed at celebrating different couples’ love stories even with just a single photo. We received entries from all over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. After a month, our team chose the winner with help from our friends and followers in social media.

In a close competition, Stephen and Kristine’s photo emerged as the best! We worked with this beautiful couple for a few weeks and our hard work paid off. Today, we are so excited to share this gorgeous album with you all. 🙂

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Inspirations

When Beauty Queens Say “I Do”

August 21, 2015
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They are the masters of high heels and they know how to charm a fully-packed arena with their smiles. Beauty queens are certainly among the most glamorous people in the world. So, how glamorous can they get on the day when a woman is expected to be at her most beautiful.

We picked some of the recent beauty queen weddings to share here on the blog. With or without a crown, you are a beauty queen and you deserve your own fairy tale moment. Here are some inspirations!

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Jennifer Hawkins was not a beauty queen yet when she and her husband Jake Wall met each other. Despite the instant fame given to her when she became the second Australian to win the Miss Universe crown in 2004, she held on to their love affair. Their relationship went on even if she was based away from her hometown to serve the duties of a Miss Universe title holder in New York. On June 4, 2013, they got married in a quiet ceremony at the majestic island of Bali in Indonesia.

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Zoe's Thoughts

Not Love at First Sight but Love at Second Sight

August 19, 2015
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I’m sure you’ve heard stories about couples who didn’t really fall in love at “first sight” but the attraction grew stronger the second or third or even the fourth sight?

Attraction comes in different ways. Some are physical, others are mental or emotional. And it strikes you in all sorts of ways.

 

There are also relationships that engagements are short, too long, and not long enough before couples get married. Yes, some marriages last a week, a month, a year then break off or others last a lifetime that never ends.

Anyway, love is complicated.  But, it sure has one common theme – the feeling of making someone feel good, happy, excited, wanted, needed, etc.  For however love strikes you, the first, second or third, one thing is for certain… it sure gives you a purpose to wake up each morning. 🙂  Continue Reading…

Yours Truly, Zoe

Chad’s Birthday Dinner on a Boat

August 17, 2015
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Dear Yours Truly Readers,

OK, ladies. How many times have  you been stuck thinking about a birthday present for your husband?? I bet many times!  Chad and I have been together for many years and coming up with unique gift ideas get challenging each year. I’m normally pretty good with creative birthday ideas; but, this time, I struggled.  So, I asked Chad what he wanted for his birthday (which is the first time by the way that I ever asked!).  He was no help!  The answer, “Whatever you want, baby” doesn’t help.  Or, “It doesn’t matter as long as I have you.” was not the right answer either! Well…I thought of an idea that many “Chicagoans” have done, but Chad hasn’t experienced. It’s a birthday dinner on a boat cruise. We’re lucky that Chicago has a handful of boats that cruise along Lake Michigan.  I threw out the idea and he LOVED it!  I didn’t waste a minute and reserved two tickets. I couldn’t wait for his birthday to celebrate on the boat.

Well, his birthday came and the experience on the boat was rather disappointing. It wasn’t what I remembered it to be.  Although Chad, as always, was appreciative of the gift – quite frankly the service could’ve been better. Since we are a pretty optimistic and positive couple – Chad and I tried to make the best of the night.  There was a DJ on board and he requested one of my favorite songs, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Michael Buble (originated by Frank Sinatra). When the song played, Chad took my hand and we held each other tight. For a moment, we forgot about our disappointments and just thought of how fortunate we are to have each other.

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Inspirations

Album Cover-worthy Autumn Wedding Photos

August 14, 2015
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It’s  still  officially summer here in Chicago, but in less than 5 weeks, autumn will start to kick in. We’ve  gathered some of the best fall wedding portraits which will make gorgeous wedding album covers.

Take a peek at the images below and get some ideas for the perfect bride and groom poses, that will go great in the album you will pass down for generations!

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Yours Truly, Zoe

Could I Really Be This Lucky?

August 12, 2015
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Dear Yours Truly Readers,

I want to share a text response from my mom to Chad after he had sent her a “thank you for your hospitality” text message after our visit with her last weekend. As I read through her text, I thought, “Could I really be this lucky to have a mother who is a remarkable, kind-hearted and generous person; who loves Chad like her own son?”

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Hi Chad,

I am relieved to know that you and Zoe landed safely in Chicago. Your message was heart-felt. I will hold it close, which will serve as an everlasting bond between you and me.  Having you over the weekend made me further realize how lucky I am to have you as my son-in-law. I want to thank you for being there for Zoe, who like you, never failed to amaze me in many ways. I may be hundreds of miles away but the love I hold for you will have a big place in my heart. I love you like my own.

Mom

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Yours Truly, Zoe

Romantic Wedding Vows

August 7, 2015
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Dear Yours Truly Readers,

I don’t know why I’m feeling sappy today … maybe because next month, Chad and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary. It brings so much joy in my heart.

Here’s my favorite romantic wedding vow from the movie, “The Vow”.  The Vow is an inspired true story of Leo (Channing Tatum) as he attempts to woo his newlywed wife Paige (Rachel McAdams), who has amnesia after miraculously awaking from a deep coma.  Among a montage of flashbacks at the beginning of the movie, we get a glimpse of the newlywed’s vows, which were the “real  vows” exchanged between script writer Marc Silverstein and his wife, actress Busy Philipps, in 2007.

Paige: I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not, to agree to disagree on red velvet cake, and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.

Leo: I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other.

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Zoe's Thoughts

Do a Project That You’ve Been Dreading!

August 5, 2015
Blog- Brave to Do a Project That Youve Been Dreading to Do

People say that “Spring” is when you carve out a time to clean your house, apartment, car, etc. and that’s how the phrase Spring Cleaning started.  I also know that summer is when people want to be more active outdoors. So when do we get around to projects that we’ve been dreading to do?  Winter? Fall?  But yet we always find a reason (or two) not to do them!

In my case, I’ve been dreading to go through my collection of books, and sort out the ones I want to keep and donate the ones I don’t. Believe it or not, I still have some books from college! It won’t be too long before I run out of space!

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