Behind The Butter

Virtual Coffee Date

If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you that my heart is still breaking after last Friday’s shootings. When I heard what happened, all I could do was cry. It’s too horrific to wrap my mind around and makes me feel scared to have kids someday. There’s so much hurt, pain and brokenness in the world —- it makes me look forward to heaven when none of that will exist anymore. Until then, I’m going to keep trusting God even when I’m hurt, confused and don’t understand. Even in the darkness, He is still there. Of that I am sure. Families of the victims, you continue to be in my deepest prayers.

If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you that I’m drinking a double espresso because it’s going to be a LONG night! I’m taking a red-eye to Georgia this evening and can’t wait to spend time with my family. I haven’t seen my parents since we’ve been engaged and we have lots of planning/chatting to do! I’m going wedding dress shopping on Thursday with my mom and maid of honor — I can’t wait!

If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you what a wonderful trip Adam and I had last weekend when we went to Yosemite. It was purely magical. We took about four hundred photos (like usual) and I’ll be posting a trip recap with our recommendations for the area on Friday!

If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you our Save the Dates just arrived and they are so cute! I think I’m going to wait to send them out until a week after Christmas so they don’t get lost in the holiday card shuffle. Seeing them sitting on my counter makes the whole thing feel start to feel very real!

If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you that we picked a caterer for our wedding and the menu is amazing! I’m so pumped. While we’re in Austin over New Years, we have a menu tasting lined up. Macaroni and cheese is involved. So is tequila.

If we were having a coffee date this morning, I’d tell you how flippin’ excited I am that Downton Abby finally returns January 6th!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh Mr. Bates…it’s been far, far too long.

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  • Tiffany @dynamics of happy
    December 18, 2012 at 3:58 am

    It’s funny that you are now a big Texas convert and Adam is still a big Texas guy!! After living in SF for a year, I immediately fell heAd over heels in love with the Bay Area. I thought Austin was the greatest city ever…until I saw SF. (I went to HS and college in Austin)
    Aren’t Texas guys the best though ๐Ÿ™‚ so gentlemanly

    • Natalie
      December 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      I Love Austin too!– born and raised here.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    December 18, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I love these virtual coffee dates Jenna! And I’m so excited for you and all your wedding planning. Can’t wait to see what dress you pick out. Have a fantastic time with your family and safe travels!

    • Sienna
      December 18, 2012 at 6:23 am

      I second this comment. Sometimes it does feel like we are having coffee and you are sharing your life updates!

  • Kelly @ Femme Fitale
    December 18, 2012 at 4:47 am

    This is the first time I’ve come across your blog. Not sure if the “coffee morning” theme is a regular occurrence, but just wanted to say it’s the cutest/most creative thing ever!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mila
    December 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

    “Oh Mr. Batesโ€ฆitโ€™s been far, far too long.” lol agreed!! I just wanted to say aside from loving these posts, I love all the different shots of coffee that you use for them.

    Also, I made your Linzer cookies and they were so good I have decided to make multiple batches as Christmas gifts for my boyfriend’s family. Thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa
    December 18, 2012 at 5:00 am

    If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you that I am so excited for Christmas I cant hardly stand it! (and I’m 27 btw lol)

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    December 18, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Have you guys been to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park? We went there last month and it was gorgeous! It’s a little farther for you guys than Yosemite but it was closer for us which is why we chose it over Yosemite this last time.

    • Sharla
      December 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

      My husband and I visited Sequoia National park this past spring. It was amazing!!

    • Molly @ RDexposed
      December 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      I’m pretty sure I typed this this morning as I drank my coffee. Not sure how my info was mixed up!

    • Lolly
      December 19, 2012 at 5:18 am

      I will throw in a mention for Zion National Park in Utah. Was there this past week…an amazing KINGDOM! I hiked Angels Landing and happily lived to tell about it although I wasn’t sure I would at the outset.
      I raised my kids two towns over from Newtown, CT. It is a wonderful town. Everytime I see another photo, my heart breaks open all over again. Those sweet little faces and those beautiful, honorable educators. It’s all too much.

    • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
      December 19, 2012 at 6:02 am

      Okay I’m a little freaked out here because I didn’t post this comment…

  • Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama
    December 18, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I have a daughter in kindergarten and cannot imagine the heartache and pain. This world is becoming a very sad and dark place. I, too, long for heaven when all our tears will be wiped away.

    On a much lighter note, Yay Downton Abbey!!! I can’t wait!
    Love the virtual coffee dates!

  • eliz@ourcrazysweetlife
    December 18, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Safe travels home! Enjoy every moment of being engaged. I spent far too much of mine worrying about the details and, in retrospect, wish I’d soaked up the last few weeks and months of dating before entering the “forever” phase. The anticipation really is special!

  • Karen
    December 18, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Dress shopping with my mom was one of my favorite experiences of wedding planning. Enjoy every minute of it!! So happy your wedding plans are moving along, being engaged is such an exciting time! Just read your book and am a huge fan!

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    December 18, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I love these virtual coffee dates, as I sip my coffee at my desk i feel like we are having a conversation!! I can’t wait until January 6th!!!!!!!! Free Mr. Bates!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    December 18, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Will you show us the Save the Dates cards?!? I love looking at fun wedding stuff . . . . ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to hear more about the menu, too. I can only imagine how great it is seeing as how you and Adam are picking it!

  • Lia @ Sojourning
    December 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I also love the virtual coffee dates! I’m excited for all the things happening for you right now! And Macaroni and Cheese is so fun on a tasting menu! Love it! Dress shopping with my mom wouldn’t be as fun as I think you’ll have with yours. We have different opinions of what makes a dress beautiful. So enjoy your time!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    December 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Looove your coffee dates. I think I need to visit Texas real soon- you’ve convinced me!

  • Heather @ Heather's Dish
    December 18, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Mac & cheese + tequila = wedding menu of my dreams ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Living The Sweet Life
    December 18, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Cheers, it’s been great having coffee with you <3 Your tasting menu sounds out of this world ~ yum!

  • Sweet Sarah
    December 18, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I love this series. I always read the whole thing, and it always feels so heartfelt.

    If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…
    …my heart is still very heavy, too.
    …I’m drinking a double espresso also! My boyfriend and I got a espresso machine from his brother for Christmas. We’ve been putting it to VERY good use!
    …wedding dress shopping! So fun! You’ll love it.
    …I’ve always wanted to go to Yosemite! Promise you’ll post pictures soon?
    …save the dates are so fun. Good thinking about sending after the holidays!
    …I wouldn’t imagine the food at your wedding being anything less than spectacular ๐Ÿ™‚
    …Okay, okay! I’ll start watching Downton Abby already! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Creativity | Inspiration | Heart-to-Hearts

  • Marguerite Miller
    December 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Enjoy all of this planning! And you will definitely enjoy the “tastings” you set up for the menu! And just keep taking deep breaths when it gets overwhelming! It will all be worth it! You are going to be a beautiful bride! I can’t wait to see what style you wind up with for your Wedding Gown!
    And I am glad you are waiting until just AFTER Christmas to mail the “Save the Dates”! It makes so much more sense!
    Have a wonderful time with your family for the Christmas Holiday!

  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}
    December 18, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Have a good trip to Georgia!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    December 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Great coffee date! I am so happy for all the goodness in your life right now. Enjoy the family.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    December 18, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Good luck on the CA to ATL red-eye. I just did that flight twice in the past month. Once with a five year old and once without. And any wedding where mac n cheese and tequilla is served, sounds like a total winner!

  • Sarah F
    December 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I love your virtual coffee dates!

    I can’t get over how quickly you’re planning everything. You’re the most organized bride I’ve ever seen (read about?). Congrats on your Save-the-date cards!

  • Maura
    December 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I love the coffee dates and couldn’t agree more with you about the tragedy. As someone who just moved to CT in August, it has especially hit close to home. Newtown is a beautiful little community and it really makes you think that this could have happened to anyone. My heart and prayers go out to those that were affected. All I can do is trust in God and know He’ll be the light even in such darkness.

    Have fun in GA! Sounds like a great trip is in the works!

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  • Caroline L.
    December 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I am so darn excited for you about this wedding!! I’m sure it’ll have lots of good food and good cheer ๐Ÿ™‚ And my heart is still broken from the shooting as well, especially now that we know a little bit more about the victims… they held so much promise.

  • Anne
    December 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Ive always wondered what you do with Dexter when you go on all these amazing getaways???

  • Ella
    December 18, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Downton Abbey!!!!

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl
    December 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

    If we were having coffee together….we could cry together over the school shooting. I just cannot get over the awfulness. I would also tell you that I’m so excited for you! You are going to have so much fun shopping for your wedding dress and most of all, menu tasting. Good luck!

  • Liz @ TurnUpTheEat
    December 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Speaking of Downton Abbey, this season is amazing! My boyfriend found a way to get it online after each time it aired in the UK this fall and you will NOT be disappointed! Riveting!

    • bekah
      December 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      I agree! My roommate and I spent our fall scouring sketchy websites and curling on the couch after each time it aired. Lots of squealing was involved. I’m about 97% sure we will be watching it again in January!

      • Liz @ TurnUpTheEat
        December 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        Haha me too!

  • Tami @Nutmeg Notebook
    December 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

    What a fun post! So much good stuff going on. I can’t wait for Downton Abbey to start again.

  • Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit
    December 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I love the virtual coffee dates! ๐Ÿ™‚ With all the funerals now happening for the precious, innocent children who lost there lives in the shooting, I can’t help but to crumble into to tears at times. It just breaks my heart.

    I’m looking forward to the Yosemite recap. Now that my husband and I are living in the Bay Area, that’s a trip we’re definitely going to take. Your wedding sounds like it’s going to be amazing – I mean, you can’t go wrong with mac n’ cheese and tequila! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Safe travels & Happy Holidays!

  • Corrie Anne
    December 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Have a wonderful time wedding dress shopping! So fun!

  • Alicia K
    December 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Loved your post today. From the thoughtfulness to the families in Ct to the shout-out to Downton Abbey! Got t-shirts from my BFFs and we plan to wear them and have a party on Jan 6! Good luck dress-shopping!

  • Angela
    December 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I love so much about this post. Mainly wedding dress shopping, family, save the dates, caterers (ok everything wedding related I guess…) and DOWNTON ABBEY! So obsessed. I love Matthew Crowley.

  • Lisa
    December 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Welcome back to my neck of the woods this week. It’s supposed to be in the low 30’s so bundle up!

  • Caroline
    December 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Love this virtual coffee hour! I’m a huge fan of your blog – also, I’m planning a wedding in Atlanta and just did my dress shopping over Thanksgiving week with my Mom – the third appointment was the charm! Good luck to you!

  • Laura
    December 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Love your coffee date posts, as well as the wedding updates. Your positive spirit keeps me reading, and I”m very excited for you! Have fun visiting with your parents.

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