Monday, December 28, 2015
For the past few years, I have sent out one of “those Christmas letters”, the kind that recap the year and tell you what I have been up to. When I started writing it in 2012 it was a way for me to reflect and document the big things that happened in a year’s time. Since I didn’t have a family of my own to put on a trendy Christmas card, I thought it would be a neat way to count my blessings. As Christmas 2015 came along, I realized that all those years of praying for a family of my own had become a reality in 2015 with Kevin. So, I decided to make a little change and not send out a letter in a card. As the holidays have come and gone, I have realized just how much I missed writing that letter and documenting my year. SO…here it is. In blog format instead of on paper, hopefully you all will enjoy it just as much! Our new year of 2015 started off in a unique way with my dad being in the hospital with an infection in his leg. Since then it has been a year of hospital visits and frustrations, but somehow he is still farming and ranching every day. His crutches are now normal and we pray that in 2016 he will gain the relief we have prayed for. I know God answers prayers because he somehow was strong enough to make a pretty important walk down our church aisle in May of 2015 (more on that to come later).
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 10:27 AM
Friday, October 2, 2015
So, it appears that I haven't written a blog since 10 days before the wedding. Man oh man, so much has happened since then. Up first...my bridal portraits. We were fortunate enough to have RayEric Photography, a wonderful couple from College Station as our photographers for my bridals and the wedding. At that point, Ray and Chloe lived here in town as Chloe was finishing up her schooling at the Vet School here at Texas A&M. Since then, they have moved to the Austin area and are still taking beautiful pictures. If you are in that area and in need of a wedding photographer, I would HIGHLY recommend them. As soon as Kevin and I met them at a local coffee shop to talk about potentially being our wedding photographers, we loved them! They were easy going, had beautiful pictures, and just wanted to be a part of our day. Kevin discussed potentially taking "Groomals" in addition to my "Bridals". For a minute, I thought he had convinced Ray to do it. Ray and Chloe rolled with our punches and we had a lot of fun with them. Our wedding photography was one of the easiest part of the wedding planning process for us. I took my bridals on a cloudy day in March. I was worried it was going to rain, but luckily, it held off. It all became real on that day. My hair was up, my makeup was perfect, I put on the jewelry, and then...the dress. At that moment, it really all came together and I realized that this was it. This was what I was going to look like on the day I married my best friend. Mom and both of my sisters tagged along and were a huge help me to me that day. They held my flowers, they added my veil, and yes, even helped me carry my train across campus. I was so glad they were with me to share in that special moment with me. So, here are a few of my favorites from that day. Wish I could share them all!
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 7:45 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Welp, I haven't been doing as well as I was in documenting my wedding journey lately. I made it up to March...and then...well...wedding things just started happening! Sorry for leaving you hanging. I will do my best to catch you up on as much as I can in the next 10 days. Yes, I said it. 10 DAYS. We are just 10 days away from me being Mrs. Kevin Gleason. Oh crap, how can it be here already? At times it seems just like yesterday that I saw Kevin on his knee asking me to marry him. And then other times it seems like it has been years. Lots has changed, lots has stayed the same. But through it all, I still couldn't be more confident with my decision to become Kevin's wife. Since January here is what we have been up to! We had two wedding showers...
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 7:41 PM
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Change is one of life's inevitable actions. There are times that I look back at the past 7 years and realize just how much has changed. I see how much I have grown as an individual. I see all the opportunities I've had to travel. I see all the moments I was able to connect with the people around me. But most importantly, I look back and think of one particular lady who inspired my actions over the past 7 years. Without a doubt, her legacy has led me to where I am. Today, 7 years since that sad day, I celebrate the life and legacy that Miss Lauren Lewis left for us. Just thinking about her, always has, and always will leave a smile on my face. Those of you who have known me for a while know that Lauren was an extremely influential person in my life. Her love for education, serving others, and connecting with people is the reason I got into student affairs. I was planning to finish my degree in agriculture and head into the world of extension. But as I got involved in organizations at A&M and saw just how important student affairs professionals are, I knew that was the field for me. Over the past 4 years, I often stop and think of her as I meet with students. I see that same sparkle in their eyes for Texas A&M and leadership. Last semester, we also had the opportunity to talk with Maggies (a women's organization that Lauren loved) about Lauren and the impact she had on so many during her time at Texas A&M. It was an amazing night remembering her and honoring her...a night that I will treasure forever. In my office, I keep her words right above my monitor to remind me of why I am in this field. For being so young, she indeed was wise beyond her years...
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 8:19 AM
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Right before the Christmas holidays, Kevin and I headed to the stores to take part in one of the most exciting and definitely one of the most tiring tasks that comes with getting married...THE WEDDING REGISTRY! Now, let me start by saying that I have spent a LOT of time looking at registries. I am a professional wedding goer, so if there is a registry...I have seen it. I like to think I am a master at reading a registry. I know exactly where every item is in the store, I know exactly which coupons get me the best deal, and I know EXACTLY how to use that coupon to get 15-20% off! One Sunday after church, Kevin and I decided to head over to the beautiful Bed, Bath, and Beyond. No, not Bath & Bodyworks. Although every time I try to say the name of one, I accidently use the other. While these two stores are unrelated, something about them both having the word "Bath" really can throw a girl off. Kevin and I sat down with one of the workers there and received instructions on how to make the perfect registry. He had lots of good tips that really helped us get started. Kevin took on the important role of registry scanner (which secretly I think he enjoyed), while I took on the task of pointing at items. Hey, both take a lot of skill. ;) After spending almost 3 hours in the store, we had compiled a list of almost 100 items. While to some, these are just items. I burst with excitment thinking of the wonderful conversations Kevin and I will have over a dinner prepared in those pots and pans. I smile when I think of the glasses of wine I will get to enjoy with Kevin after a long day at work. I melt when I think of the memories we will make as we bake cookies with our kids some days using those cookie cutters and cookie sheets. I am thankful when I picture us taking a casserole in those pyrex dishes to a friend who is just had a baby or who someone who just lost a loved one. Really, all these items are just that, items. But as I start to think about all these "items" that make up life, I just get MORE and MORE excited that I get to do life with Kevin. So, to all of you who will take a look at our registry and/or purchase items, please know that we are both so appreciative for these "items" and do not take take the blessings we have for granted. Here's some pictures of us after we conquered the Bed, Bath, & Beyond registry! We were exhausted and decided to take on store #2 (Target) another weekend!
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 4:26 PM
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Today marks 100 days until I marry Mr. Kevin Gleason. So, today my blog post is a special shout out to him. Here are a 100 reasons I love him. Over the next 100 days, I pray that we can continue to grow together and enjoy this special time in preparation of the sacrament of marriage.
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 8:56 AM
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I am little late but on Sunday, October 26, 2014, Kevin and I were very blessed to take Engagement Pictures with our sweet friend, and one of #LesleysLadies, Bethany Womack! Bethany and I have been friends since high school and have continued a special friendship over the years. Bethany and I have one of those relationships built on trust and honesty. So, who better than someone I trust and who will be honest with me to take pictures of my man and I! I spent a couple weeks shopping for new clothes, digging in the back of my closet, and hoping to find the perfect outfits for Kevin and I to wear for the pictures. After a weekend of laying out every option and not being able to see the bed, we had the outfits selected! Up next, the location. If you know us well, you know that country and laid back is our style. So, I told Kevin to start searching for some cool spots in Milam County. The week before our pictures we drove around as Kevin showed me all the spots he had picked. A few were good....a few were bad....some were impossible to get to in a vehicle. But after searching and searching, we decided to take most of them right behind Kevin's house on his land in Cameron. With the sun setting over the tree line, we knew it was the perfect fit. I had been looking forward to pictures for a long time...I like to think I am a natural in front of a camera. I mean, have you met our family? Pictures are a part of our daily life. I got my hair cut, my nails done, this was it. I was ready!! We started with our first shots in front of the tin barn then decided to drive to Milano to take some at the sale barn. The wood was a really cool tough and some of my favorites. Kevin found pictures a little more challenging. I told him to act normal but apparently, this wasn't normal. Haha...he was fun to watch and after a while started having fun with it too. Right at sunset we came back to Kevin's house and took the last round of shots in the pasture...with us....his cows...and his guitar. FINALLY, this man was in his happy place. And you can definitely tell as a result. The pictures turned out more perfect than I could have imagined. As I look at them (on a daily basis), I can see the love we have for each other captured perfectly in these shots. A huge thank you to my B for loving us, for being our friend, and for taking pictures that I will treasure for a lifetime. If you are looking for a photographer, check her out!
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 11:48 AM
Monday, December 15, 2014
Now that I had picked my 6 ladies to stand by me, I started thinking of creative ways to ask them to be in our wedding. I spent hours on Pintrest...browsed stores for days...and then finally decided that I wanted to put together a "Bridesmaid Box". These boxes ended up more perfect than I imagined and they were full of special items for each of my ladies. This best advice I can give to others planning to make a box for your bridesmaid, is to make it personal. Buy items that are special to you and your girls! That will make it even more unique and special for them! First, I started with the boxes. I was planning to make them with a variety of pictures but found these at Michael's and decided that pre-made boxes would save me time and money in the long run. So glad I picked these. Next I started collecting supplies to go inside.
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 3:19 PM