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I'm sorry for another lame apology and for the lack of posting related to my actual wedding lately. I want you all to know that obviously this blog isn't my full time job- I have a life other than my blog- although I can see with how time-consuming it is to maintain my blog how it COULD be a full time job if I got paid to do it. πŸ™‚ A lengthy personal update ahead.

ALOT has been happening in my life as of lateΒ besides my upcoming wedding and it's hindered me from being able to keep on top of the blogging. Between the tornado destroying half our neighborhood and family stuff that's happened over the last week or so it's just alot to take in, deal with, and process.

My younger sister has had two seizures in the last 3 weeks and had to be rushed to the hospital last Friday.

I've been working on alot of freelance work so I can be caught up before I go on my honeymoon.

Yesterday our whole family from Florida to New York rejoiced over a cousin of mine coming back into our lives after her father kept her from us for nearly 10 years. It's a long and complicated story but we are so overjoyed to have her back in our lives and we are frantically trying to find a way to bring her up for the wedding so that we can all see her for the first time in so long.

Over the weekend I also realized that my car actually did have some major damage from the tornado- the rear passenger side of my roof is caved in from being hit by debris. Since I'm so short and never get in on that side of my car, I never even saw it until Saturday! My car's kind of old and since the paint is bubbled and my roof is now rusting over since it's been exposed to rain- there's a good chance my car is going to need major repairs which might exceed the value of my car, in which case I dunno what I'm going to do.

It's ALOT for me to deal with right now. In addition to the wedding stress these other factors in my life have pretty much had me on an emotional rollercoaster for the last month. From ‘wow- I'm so thankful to be alive!' to being so worried and concerned for my sister, to getting to assist Evin on some wedding shoots which has been amazing! to finding out one of my mom's best friends has breast cancer, to speaking to my cousin on the phone last night for the first time in nearly a decade when we never knew if we'd hear from her again. WOW- God has been up to alot in my life. I am not complaining or giving excuses- this is my life and part of my journey and I want to share it with you.

If it weren't for the many corporate emails I get asking me to host contests, I wouldn't have any content to put up on the blog because things are just THAT crazy at the moment. Plus, I like to share the opportunity for you to get some freebie action- nothing is more budget-savvy than free. πŸ™‚ I want you to know I don't make any money off my blog– and none of the contests I've posted have given me any compensation for doing so- I am thankful that I've been getting so many emails from these companies so that I at least have SOMETHING to post on the blog for you, even if I don't have time to write about my personal experience at the moment.

I really do love blogging and I enjoy sharing my process with you all. I love every comment, email, tweet, and facebook message I get from you, my blog friends. I already feel guilty when I don't have a post to share with you each day of the week- but please understand that there is ALOT going on in my life. Trust me, if you continue to follow along I will get you what you're looking for- the recap pics, my cost breakdown and general advice from my experience- it's all gonna be worth it if you can hang tight until my wedding is over. πŸ™‚ I appreciate that you are invested in what I have to say and share with you, that means alot to me that you look to me for inspiration. I'm honored and blessed to have so many of you who come back to read my inane ramblings about my wedding craziness. Thanks for following- and stay tuned- the best is yet to come. πŸ™‚

— Jessica

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About Jessica

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Don’t forget to breathe girl! You and your family is still in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Phew, you’re going through a lot… I wish you good luck with everything and very sincerely hope your sis will be alright. Thinking of you.

  • Marcy

    Wow, what a lot to deal with and especially right before the wedding!! Do NOT even give the blog a second thought!! I really enjoy reading about your wedding stuff – but you take care of yourself!!!! We’ll catch up on everything after the craziness has died down πŸ™‚

  • AyTa

    God never gives us more than we can bare. I will be praying for your sister,moms best friend and you!

    I am one of those who checks your blog everyday and do miss when we don’t here from you! So just know that we are thinking of you and understand when we don’t here from you.

    I know you don’t know me from Adam and Eve (old saying my mom has always said) but if there is anything I can help you with just shoot me an email.

    Continue to Thank God and he will get you through it!

  • I love reading your blog (it’s one of my most visited sites), but I understand. You have a whole lot on your plate and you really don’t owe us any apology, but thank you for doing so. πŸ™‚
    Remember to take it easy (I know easier said than done, but you gotta do it)!
    God bless you and your family and loved ones!

  • Oh girl– I just want to give you a big hug! I know that these times seem really tough, but you will grow from the experiences. I’ll be thinking of you!

  • I hope all starts to smooth out for you in the next few months πŸ™‚

  • I hope things start settling down for you. I’ll be keeping your sister and yourself in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t even imagine how scary it has to be to see her going through a seizure. Hang in there and as you said, the best is still to come!

  • Leonor

    So sweet of you to stress over your “readers”
    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog.
    You remind me a lot of myself…
    But first things first.
    You have to take care of yourself and your family.
    You and your family are in my prayers
    -God Bless

  • Consider yourself forgiven. I’ve missed your posts! Glad the things that kept you away are mostly good.

  • liz

    you shouldn’t have to apologize for life getting in the way of your blog – but still managing to find the time to post some info about freebie stuff! i’m not complaining!!!! and no one else should either πŸ˜‰

  • JD

    Take a deep breath and just do what you need to do…we’ll me thinking of you!

  • Nicole-Lynn

    You do not have to appoligize, life happens… blogging is just fun! I am so glad your family is being reuinted with a loved one… that’s great. Your big day is fast approaching, I bet you’re getting so excited πŸ™‚

  • Don’t apologize! We all appreciate your blog and are glad you and your family are safe! Life can be hard, but time heals most things.
    The wedding is 1 day – those people around you are forever!

  • Tami Stafford

    xoxo! Praying for your family! We LOVE reading your blog- whenever you can! Try not to be stressed! Your doing awesome!

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