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This past week flew by and although I didn’t get a post up on Friday, but I did finish our wedding invitations, yay!

It was definitely a super hectic week with designing and then putting together each wedding invitation. On top of that my mom threw out her back {that was really scary but she is doing much better now}, and we had a get together for a friend’s birthday.

For those of you who don’t know, I was diagnosed with CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome and also known as RSD) last August, and it’s crazy to think a year has passed and how much I have been able to accomplish since then. If you want to read more about that story you can click here, but to sum it up I injured my hand playing volleyball a year ago and after weeks of doctor visits I was diagnosed with CRPS.

My right hand was practically useless and it was difficult for me to type, drive, get dressed, work out, etc. In fact, Eric couldn’t even hold my hand because it was so sensitive to touch and the pain was nearly intolerable. It was scary. Really scary. However, after just 2 visits to physical therapy, faith, the will NOT give up, along with the most amazing fiancé and family EVER, I overcame my injury rather quickly.

Yes, my hand may cramp up after lots of painting or waxing but I have continued my exercises and honestly, I sometimes forget I even hurt my hand in the first place. Just a couple weeks ago I was able to peel a whole batch of potatoes without having to take a break which was crazy and exciting. Funny how we take the simplest of things for granted at times.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I think working on so many projects and having to use my hand has actually given me more strength. I also just want to bring hope to anyone out there who may have been diagnosed with this terrible disease. When I was diagnosed most of the information I came across was so depressing that I decided not to read anymore and just do my own thing. I think this also helped so that I didn’t feed into all of the sad or negative stories out there and instead created my own story.

I feel so blessed and grateful for each day and am also so lucky to be marrying the most amazing, patient and understanding man who also just happens to be my best friend.

Speaking of… Check out our awesome DIY wedding invitations! Eric and my mom were superstars and stayed up late with me last night to finish them up. There was a lot of trial and errors but I am sooooo happy with the end result. Sure there are a couple of things I would change if I had more time and resources, but in general, I think they came out pretty decent. What do you think?



  1. Katie! I’m so glad to hear you are doing so well and these invitations are far from just decent. They look amazing! Can’t wait to see the details!
    Corey from TinySidekick.com

  2. Thanks Corey! You are probably the first person to actually read this post, lol. I’m pretty sure most people just skim what I write and look at the photos ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s probably best considering I’m terrible at run on sentences and the use of commas, haha.
    Side note: I’m so excited to see how everyone’s tablescape turns out!

  3. I love the look of your invitations and can hardly wait for the tutorial. My granddaughter is planning her wedding for next year and wants to do most of it herself. What an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

    1. How exciting! I have really enjoyed working on all of the projects myself. In fact, even if I had a huge budget I would still want to do most of the details myself {and with the help of the fiance and family}, because I think it makes it that much more special ๐Ÿ™‚

      I definitely now understand why most couples spend a year working out all the details though… time flies and the list keeps growing, lol!

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

    1. Congrats on your engagement! I am enjoying working on all of our wedding projects and don’t know what I’m going to do with myself after the big day, lol! I think that’s why I’ve decided to start up a separate blog dedicated to weddings ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Awesome!! My daughter will be getting married next year and this (minus the lace, more of a twine kind of girl, would be right up her alley. Casual, rustic weddings are getting more acceptable up here in CT, but it’s not that easy to pull off. My MIL will have a fit and a half :-).
    BTW I came here from Show Me What Ys Got.

    1. Thank you Janet! I am definitely more of a laid back, casual chic so I’m happy that those types of weddings have become more acceptable. I will admit that at first I was nervous about what some of our guests would think since we are not doing things quite so “traditional”. However, in the end I realized that it’s about the celebration of our marriage and what makes Eric and me happy which will {hopefully} also make our guests happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I am truly amazed at your ambition, with the debilitating disease..that we both share.
    I would be very honored to speak/inbox or something with you, if possible for desperate thoughts on ways to adapt, as DIY, was/is my passion as well!! Since my diagnosis of CRPS 2, my entire L side has it so far:( they don’t have the “pain controlled” yet:(, I wish I had your outlook. I used too…it’s getting hard now.
    Thank you for this inspiration on what IS possible:)

    1. Hi Allison,

      Feel free to email me whenever you want {[email protected]} and just stay positive. I hope you are able to get the pain under control soon because that is no fun ๐Ÿ™

      I still have days where my wrist or hand starts to hurt but I seriously do the exercise all throughout the day and just tell myself everything is good, and then start moving my left hand too since the whole mirroring technique is what worked so well for me. My hubs is awesome and gives me hand massages on nights where my hand is soooo tired from being on the computer all day.

      I still don’t like to read other people’s stories because my imagination is so vivid I will actually start to feel like the pain is coming back in my hand. It sounds super silly I’m sure, but I’ve realized that what works for me is really not talking to much about it or reading about it. I was on a CRPS facebook page a couple weeks ago {I thought enough time had passed and it would be okay} and my hand started hurting while I was reading the stories so I had to leave the page. So yeah I just try to focus all my energy on good feelings, good thoughts and know that I can’t let it control my life because there is just too much I wanna accomplish ๐Ÿ™‚

      I also take these mannatech vitamins my mother-in-law sends me and they seem to help a lot. I like the powder kind I just put in my juice because I hate taking pills, haha. I don’t want to sound salesey or anything but you way want to look into their products for a natural option worth trying out ๐Ÿ™‚

      You got this and you are so much stronger than you realize!

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