A Quick Recap

This summer has been so busy, I’ve had hardly enough time to even think about writing a blog post! So much has happened since I last wrote, so here goes nothing.

First of all, Tim and I graduated from college on May 10th! I’m SO happy to have school behind me for good. One of our church’s missionaries, Bro. Carl Bernard (Quebec) was present to watch a young man from his church graduate. My graduation party included my family, the Bishops, and Bro. Bernard’s posse going to the taco truck! I had taken my family there one other time that week, but for almost everyone else it was a new experience.

Bro. Bernard, Tim, and Suzette

I hit the floor running when we returned home. My mom introduced me to the dozens of wedding projects and we got to work immediately. She had been doing most of the work on her own while I was at college, so I was glad to start helping her. Day after day we continue in our quest of making cupcake collars, bouquets, ribbon wands, and pew decorations. We’ve already had quite a few dress fittings (for me and the bridesmaids), made 300 cupcakes (go Whitney!!), received most of the RSVP cards, assigned jobs to our little elves, and had my bridal shower. I’ve started jogging every morning, cut down on the sugar, and created a THINspirations board on Pinterest.

Whitney probably never wants to see another cupcake again!

 

Dad working on various painting projects…

 

Tim’s mom and sister, me, and Becca working on ribbon wands.

 

Soon to be Mrs. Bishop!!

 

It was such a pretty day for the bridal shower!

Father’s Day was yesterday and my sister and I got our dad some of the most epic gifts ever. Whitney got him a sign that says, “We don’t call 911” with the silhouette of a gun on it (yes, we’re pro-gun… if guns kill people, spoons made me fat), and I got him a Star Wars t-shirt. He’s already hung the sign up and I can’t wait for him to wear the t-shirt.

 

Now do you see why I haven’t had time to write? =) It’s been a crazy summer, but I love summer anyway, and this one is especially good because I’m getting married!! I will try to be better about more blog posts, I promise.

Our Last Semester of College

Our life as college students is almost over! It is bittersweet, exciting, and terrifying all at the same time. We are ready to move on to the next chapter in our lives, but we will miss the people we have met in the four years we’ve spent in Oklahoma. God has allowed us to meet many friends who have shaped us and will forever hold a place in our hearts.

As a freshman I came to college thinking, “Okay, I can’t get too attached to any of these people, because I’ll have to leave them in four years.” I remember throwing that philosophy out the window and beginning to knit my soul to so many others here. Now we are almost at the end, and I will have to leave the people I’ve become so attached to!

We kicked off the beginning of the semester with the National Church Planting/Home Missions Conference, which is always a favorite among students and those in ministry. February saw the start of our intramural sports, one of my friend’s senior piano recital, and a late-night ice skating activity. Heartland takes the term “March Madness” to a whole new level as this month buzzes with Missions Conference, my last ever Neighborhood Bible Time, several recitals, Dorm Day (white glove inspection), College Days, and at last… Spring Break! April will hold our annual Southern Gospel Jubilee (you should come, it’s SO much fun!) and the last of the recitals and intramural games. But for the graduating senior, May is what we live for! After Final Exams Week begins the Graduation Preaching Conference, and it all ends on May 10th… GRADUATION!!

It has been a good semester full of its own set of challenges, and we are very excited to be so close to the finish line! If we can survive March, we will practically be done. Dorm Day is tomorrow, and everybody around me is running around like crazy trying to get the dorm clean, so… I guess I better go join them!

My Friend’s Wedding

I had the opportunity to assist my friend, Molly, in the final preparations for her wedding. The big day was December 16, 2011; the ceremony was at her home church and the reception was in the activity center located on the church grounds. Usually, this fellowship hall is used for less formal activities, so we had our work cut out for us as to making it glimmer with winter wedding elegance. However, I find myself in a very similar situation as I will have my reception in the Family Life Center at my church… so I paid attention to everything Molly did to make her venue look beautiful!

On the food/punch side of the building the wall was taken up with a kitchen, utility room and restrooms. To hide these, they hung a cable from wall to wall and attached home-made drapes.

 

The colors were hunter green and silver. Matching tablecloths pull it all together to create a beautiful distraction from the "gym feel."

 

The green drapes were centered and silver drapes were carefully placed and gathered near the middle, where pretty ribbon bows held them in place. Well done, everyone! Very pretty!

 

The backdrop created a focal point to draw attention away from anything that was not green and silver. This also made photography around the food/punch tables easy. They even did something like this for the cake table!

Would you have guessed that there is a door behind the green background?

 

Molly and I fastened this drape to the ceiling with a staple gun. The finished product made for beautiful cake pictures! Isn’t it nice to have a deep, rich color in the background to contrast with the bride’s dress instead of a white wall?

Molly’s family and church friends did an amazing job decorating their activity building, and now I feel like I can do it, too! The gym at my church is much bigger, but this experience inspired me to do what I can to pretty it up.

Western Hayride 2011

Last Saturday Tim and I had the opportunity to help out with the Western Hayride at Heartland Baptist Bible College.  Tim drove a load of equipment to the site, and I helped paint a few of the decorations.  Together we headed up a gunny sack race and when it was all over, we helped wash dishes.  The biggest adventure for me was driving someone else’s car back to the church, in the dark, through an unfamiliar part of town, in the middle of a rainstorm!

Here are some pictures of us at the hayride:

Here we are in front of the "general store!"

 

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"Swift Trigger Tim" and "Cimarron Suze." We could totally be in a western movie.

 

I love this picture. I even told the photographer where to stand so he could get the perfect angle! Yes, I'm a PK... a photographer's kid!

Always Wanted to Do That!

Every guy on GloryBound secretly wishes his fiance would magically appear in the GloryBound trailer at least once… and every girl who’s engaged to a GloryBound guy secretly wishes she could do it!  Well, I decided that I was finally going to do it… at the Sword of the Lord Conference in North Carolina.

My parents and sister parked inconspicuously afar off and videoed the whole thing.  After I had been locked in the trailer, one of our accomplices told Tim to go to the trailer to “count CD’s.”  What a surprise he got when he unlocked the door!  Poor Tim was barely able to regain his composure!  After my parents revealed themselves he took me inside to say hello to everyone else who was in on it, who greeted us with smiles and laughter.  Tim got the “night off” and sat beside me during the evening service.  You can still see the shock in his eyes in the picture above!

It was the biggest surprise of his life!  I thoroughly enjoyed making the night memorable for him, however I am keenly aware that he is going to get me back somehow! 🙂