A Whirlwind Escape

Hello from Ohio!

My fiancé, Steven, and I are currently on the plane flying back to NYC! We made a quick 48 hour trip back home to celebrate my brother’s 40th birthday!

And YES – it has certainly been a whirlwind of a week with wedding dress shopping and then this weekend escape! I feel like I need to just hole up for the near foreseeable future and just chain myself to my laptop and WORK!

Which is exactly what I will be doing starting tomorrow morning at 7am!


This was my face when I did!

Really buried the lead there! Haha but I am SO excited. I can safely say, I have NEVER seen a dress like this, and I would have NEVER thought I would go for anything like it!

It is a COMPLETE departure from what I thought I’d like. In fact, I tried on the EXACT dress I have been in love with on Pinterest, and it was totally underwhelming!

I will say: I had my “bridal moment” when I tried on the dress I ALMOST went with.

I put it on, and I was standing on the pedestal looking in the mirror, and I started crying. I had never felt more feminine and beautiful. And it got me thinking about the journey I have been on with my body. From the destruction I inflicted on it during my anorexia: hating it and abusing it; followed by the excruciating pain and illness, rebuilding it, cell by cell with my ulcerative colitis. And to be standing there, actually feeling — and believing — that I was beautiful, and worthy of a beautiful dress — I was overtaken with emotion. I felt God’s hand over me, giving me this peace in my heart that I have never experienced.

It was a moment I will remember and cherish.

And in OTHER news, there was also another reason why Steven and I were in Ohio this weekend…but I can’t say much more than that.

It has nothing to do with wedding things. Nothing to do with family parties. And everything to do with the future….

But that’s all I’ll say about THAT right now! 🙂

Anywho – I have to sign off because the plane is landing. BUT I just wanted to say thank you for your patience this last week with my mom visiting and finding THE DRESS! I promise from here forward content will be as expected!

I hope you have a beautiful evening, and we’ll talk on Wednesday!

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43 responses to “A Whirlwind Escape”

  1. A quick trip to see family is always wonderful! I love your smile in that photo, lovely! I’m glad that you have chosen your wedding gown, that part is all set. And, happy birthday to your bro! I wouldn’t mind being 40 years young again. Be well guys! ❤️

  2. I knew it; I can recall past times of a young princess worried about the “Dress”. Yes ma’am, after assuring you that you will have your moment and your dress, we spent a like of time in prayer. Fast forward: Eureka, our Princess has THE DRESS and more “Memories Made.” I am so happy for y’all. God is good. Hugs and Love 🤗 & ❤️!

    • you are incredible, you know it? thank you!!! so much!!! God is truly so good, and I cannot believe this dress – it is the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen. I’m bummed I only get to wear it on that day! hahah thank you for the prayers and for all the beautiful support and encouagement! Hugs and love xox

  3. Caralyn, congratulations on finding your DRESS! Change is possible and you are fulfilling your dreams. Happy Birthday to your brother. Enjoy each day of your life. Hugs and love!

  4. Oh, sweet lady!! We are all SO HAPPY for you and your sweet guy!!

    You are doing great!! Can’t wait for more deets on that dress!

    Your description of that moment where you were able to appreciate the Father’s hand on your life, and His goodness and blessing on you, brought tears to my eyes!

    And Ohio, huh!! 😁💞

    Lots going on!! These are wonderful times!! Keep savoring the moments!!

    • oh my gosh THANK YOU so much! Just leaving everything up to God, and trusting in His goodness and plan! and thank you! i can’t wait to share photos!!!! Hugs and love xox

  5. God is bringing all of your hopes and dreams into reality. I am looking forward to that upcoming post where you summarize the events of your Wedding Day. God is truly awesome!

    • Oh my gosh, is God every awesome!!!!! youre right about that! and thank you so much! Just trying to trust Him that whatever happens is His will and will work out! Hugs and love xox

  6. The Ohio suspense!!!
    Congratulations on finding your dress, Caralyn! Such a beautiful moment!
    May God bless your plans and your marriage ❤️

  7. The Ohio suspense!!
    It’s so wholesome to hear how this journey keeps taking you back to how far you’ve come!
    Congratulations on finding your dress, Caralyn! Such a beautiful moment! May God bless your plans and your marriage ❤️

    • Hi Mantu! OOOOHH I’m right there with ya in suspense! hahaha Just leaving everything up to God! and thank you! i can’t wait to share photos!!!!! it made me feel like a princess! aw, thank you my friend! Hugs and love xox

  8. Hmmm… I’m totally speculating here. I think you and Steven house hunted in Ohio and maybe found something. Even if I’m wrong, I’m glad you found your dress and were able to spend time with family!

    • hmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!! interesting idea!!!! 😉 😉 😉 Things are definitely in the works, and honestly I’m just leaving everything up to God! ah! I can’t wait to share the dress! it is the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen! Hugs and love xox

    • Hi Bridget! aww, yay!!! i’m so glad! it’s been a whirlwind to say the least, and I will say more when I can but suffice it to say I’ve been going at full speed! oh gosh, thank you – I CANNOT wait to share photos!! it made me feel like a princess! and it was TOTALLY not what I could have ever imagined!! Hugs and love xox

    • aw thank you Amy! Things are in the works and I honestly cannot believe it! God is so incredibly good! Hugs and love xox

  9. Congratulations on finding THE dress!
    As a Cincinnatian myself, I hope your secret is that you’re moving back to the 513! 😉

    • THANK YOU Amanda! oh I am so so excited! it’s going to be so much fun to wear! ooooohhhhh WHO DEY!!!! we were downtown during the game last weekend and boy was it exciting! fingers crossed! 😉 😉 😉 Hugs and love xox

    • thank you Rollie! aw, that is seriously so touching. i truly cherish these relationships with my whole heart. grateful for you 🙂 sending hugs to you, friend! xox

  10. Congratulations, Caralyn. I am very happy for you and am looking forward to the “News” you have in-the-works in Ohio. God. Is. Good. Hugs to you for sharing your personal story with us. 💕

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