The morning after…

…this is us right now.  Exhausted.
Last night was Uncle Seanie and Aunt Catherine’s wedding!!  We’re happy, exhausted and ready to be home!  We’ll spend today flying back to Dallas and then tomorrow regrouping!

My 52 Shades of Shay series will post on Friday along with Pin-spired!  It’s about mamas getting out of the frump…and I’ll look to good old Pinterest for help!

On Wednesday morning, I will post my wedding weekend recap!  Yes!  Prepare yourself people…it will be a fun post!

Don’t forget to check out my Meal Planning Monday today!  I might be tired but I’m a food blogger, so I have my meals planned for the week…

Happy Monday Everyone!  See you Wednesday!
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  • vanillafrog January 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Your kids did such a good job walking down the aisle! I've never watched the Bachelor, but I wish I had, Sean and Catherine are so cute!

  • Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    it was such a beautiful wedding. Your dad did such a wonderful job. Your whole family looked fantastic. Susan Campbell

  • Chrissy January 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    The kiddos looked adorable. You were gorgeous. Such a beautiful wedding!

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy January 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I watched the episode; your family looked beautiful! I was disappointed that they didn't show the bridal party getting ready, or the reception afterwards. How was the reception? Fun, I hope! Congratulations on your brother getting married!

  • Allison @ Texas Mrs. January 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    You looked stunning at the wedding, along with the rest of y'alls family of course! I am sure y'all are exhausted but we're really looking forward to the recap of the wedding 🙂

  • Dana January 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    It was absolutely beautiful and perfect! You looked stunning and the kids were adorable! Happy for you all!!

  • Lea January 27, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    You're amazing to post anything when I'm sure you must be bone tired. The wedding was beautiful!!! You guys have to be so proud and elated!!!

  • Paula January 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Shay, Oh My Goodness! The wedding was beautiful, sweet, touching, loving and full of God! I think your dad is even more precious than I already imagined. I loved how he described both Sean & Catherine! I love his advice and encouragement to keep Christ the focus and top priority.
    Your children were absolutely darling! You were stunning! Congratulations for gaining a new sister! Have a relaxing week…I am sure it is much needed!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} January 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    GET HOME! CALL ME! SOMETHING!!!! TEXTING IS NO LONGER SUFFICIENT. I need to know each and every single detail IMMEDIATELY! The ceremony was perfection and it was SO MUCH FUN watching your sweet (and GORGEOUS) family on t.v.!!!!

  • Cheryl January 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    It was just beautiful….so glad ABC let faith and God be at the forefront….you looked gorgeous……I'm sure you know how special your father is….but…..that man is just awesome… only complaint???….not enough Shay, Andrew, Kensington and Smith…..ha, ha…..

  • Val @ Chicken Scratch. January 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Your whole family looked beautiful!!! Can't wait to read your recap post!!

  • Sharon S January 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    So yes, ditto to everyone else. I loved loved the wedding (although they could have kept all the awkward lingerie shopping out….I actually felt bad for Sean)but little question about today's pic of Kensington and Smith…did you take your flannel sheets with you for them to sleep on?

  • Meryll January 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Shay – I was following you on instagram and twitter and loved the behind the scenes!! Looking forward to your recap post! You all looked so gorgeous and flawless.

    I just commented on Andrea's Never Say Never blog (so happy I found her through yours!!) that the first hour was awkward with the 'grown sexy' concepts hahaha!! whyyyyy? did they show these recaps before the reception started also? wondering how you even explained everything to the Smith and Kensington!! everything was so PG rated!!

    thanks for sharing your wonderful life with us 🙂 I'm only a student but I can't help but take notes for meals, (living on my own) and organizing tips and fun things to do when I have kids of my own! 😀

  • hillary January 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Oh. My. Word. Your kids are gorgeous and so precious. You looked beautiful. I looooved Andrew praying right before commercial break. Your dad did a great job. Your mom was stunning and I think I thought about her more than anyone! So proud of Sean and Catherine for sharing their faith. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

  • Maureen SIM January 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    So excited for your recap!!!! I just posted my own at

    It's odd how much I can admire your marriage and your brother's without knowing you.

  • Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Your children were seriously, the cutest… It was a beautiful wedding!

  • Whitney Buckingham January 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    You looked so beautiful! Loved seeing your family in such a wonderful, God-centered wedding!

  • Jaclyn Johnson January 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulations!! I'm sure you all had an amazing time, it was beautiful and so were all of you!!
    Jaclyn G. Johnson

  • Caroline January 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Congrats to you and your family!

  • Liz/happymommy January 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I can only imagine how tired you all are! The wedding last night was such a joy to watch and I loved seeing your sweet family! You all looked AhhMazing and the wedding itself was just Beautiful! Your dad, well he is just the sweetest and he always makes me cry….I absolutely LOVED his message at the ceremony, it was just so heartwarming to see God be such a focus on their special day. All the best to Sean and Catherine, they look truly in love and they are just so perfect for each other!! Safe travels home!!

  • Sara Laverty January 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Hope your travels home today are stress free! What a sweet ceremony last night. Everyone looked so beautiful and it was absolutely wonderful to see the Lord's name proclaimed so boldly! Can't wait to hear more about it. Congrats to your family again! xoxo

  • Maureen W. (Maryland) January 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Hi, Shay! You are a dedicated blogger, posting this photo after such a LONG day!

    The moment I lost it and started crying was after Smith walked down the aisle, watching Andrew scoop him up and embrace him. I almost went into my own sleeping son's room to hug him!!

    I hope life can get back to "normal" for you all now and that K and S will have their uncle back. They won't remember promotional appearances in Las Vegas and such, but they will remember the little things like him picking them up from school and taking them to gymnastics, etc.


  • JESSICA January 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I was smiling the whole time, but I got so teary-eyed when I saw Smith & Kensington. Something about little ones at a wedding that always gets me.
    I, for one, am very glad that they didn't show any more than they did. While it would have been nice to take a sneak peak into the "getting ready", and the reception, I'm glad that they gave Sean, Catherine, and all of the family some time to enjoy the wedding without the cameras being turned on.
    …and dear Gussy! Your dad is awesomely fantastic. I woke up still in prayer over Sean & Catherine. His words stick like super glue. What a great man!

  • Keisha Dawson January 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing all of your pictures on Instagram this weekend! You are so sweet to give all of us an insight into the fabulous wedding of two precious people! I cannot tell you how amazing it was to see your dad perform a God centered ceremony on national television. I know that God has used your family and the platform of The Bachelor to share the Gospel with the world. He works in such amazing mysterious ways. He is SO GOOD! You and your precious family looked absolutely stunning!

  • Sarah E @ January 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    We had a super busy weekend, but the thing that kept me going was knowing I'd get to relax and watch the wedding last night. What a beautiful ceremony and so special that your dad officiated. You and your entire family looked gorgeous and Kensington and Smith did so well! I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating and that you can catch up on some sleep on the flight home!! 🙂

  • Andrea Worley January 27, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Congrats to your family, the wedding was beautiful and your dad did an amazing job. What a blessing to see such a God centered ceremony on tv. Your dad was spot on with his words! Your family looked beautiful!

  • Lisa Odom January 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I know you are tired today. I thought the wedding was beautiful and very personal in spite of it being on national tv. In your blog post, I hope you touch on the direction it was taken in by the producers and your thoughts on it. I thought the honeymoon cam and the maids making up the bed and all was very tacky. I was trying to watch the wedding with my three teenage daughters and had to turn it. Such a shame they chose to do that to such an event. Just was wondering your thoughts and how your children were going to be able to watch themselves back on TV with all that other stuff on there. Sean and Catherine both looked so happy.
    The kids did a great job. It was BEAUTIFUL!

  • Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    The wedding was amazing, loved that it was Christ-centered! I have to say your little Kensington delicately throwing the flowers down the aisle was just perfection…both of your children were so cute (the camera loves them). You are truly a blessed family. So happy for Sean and Catherine!

  • Tammy January 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I watched the wedding last night from my t.v. here in Omaha, NE and it was beautiful as ever. You family looked stunning. Watching your kids walk down the isle made me smile 🙂 Great night and beautiful wedding 🙂

  • Rebecca Batten January 27, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Could your Dad be any sweeter? I LOVED how touched he was when Sean and Catherine asked him to offiate. I had tears in my eyes:) Everyone was stunning and I loved seeing the kiddos walk down the aisle. Congrats!

  • Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Beautiful family! However, to me the star of the show is your Dad (not that he was trying to upstage anyone, it was all natural). If ever I get married again (I'm a widow) I would like him to officiate.

  • Katie January 27, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I loved watching the wedding. It was beautiful. My hubby cried during their vows. 🙂

  • skess January 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Can I make a request to see some detail shots – the flower girl dress, the hair, etc? Looks so great!

  • Kelly January 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    What a beautiful ceremony. The fact that your father officiated was so wonderful. He did a great job and brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful man! I am excited to see your recap. I wish ABC showed more of the bridal parties and more of the SHULLS! Side note: loved Sheaffer's must have denim jacket making an appearance when Sean and Catherine announced the date!!! I'm sure there were wedges underneath the table that we didn't see 😉

  • marianne January 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    LOVED the wedding. Your dad did a fabulous job!! I felt so proud that Christ was the focus of the wedding and marriage. You all were beautiful too!!!

  • Kristen Wood January 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    So excited for Wednesdays post!!! The wedding was amazing! Your whole family was gorgeous and I'm pretty sure I love your father! He's the cutest and sweetest!! And of course Kensington and Smith were too stinking cute!!!

  • V @ X-tremely V January 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I never watch the Bachelor, but I wish I would have watched when Sean and Catherine were on there. Loved watching the wedding last night! It was beautiful and so heart felt! And you, Andrew, Smith, and Kennsington looked gorgeous! Can't wait to hear all about it on Wednesday!!!

  • Audrey January 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    My mom and I watched together and we cried through the whole wedding! I just love that God was the focal point of the ceremony and that your dad did not shy away from speaking the Lord's name on national TV – numerous times. It was awesome! You and your entire family looked stunningly beautiful. Wishing you all so much love and many blessings to come. All glory and honor to God!

  • Christine January 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Shay, I follow your blog and rarely ever comment.
    I wanted to comment today though. I watched the wedding last night and it brought tears to my eyes. Not just because every detail and person in the wedding was beautiful and flawless, but mostly because of how much glory you all gave to God! Seriously, I LOVED how Christ-centered the wedding was! What a great testimony.
    Your dad seems SO sweet. 🙂
    Also, I applaud Sean and Catherine for waiting until marriage. Not an easy thing to do in this day and age. My husband and I waited too and exchanged our promise rings at our wedding.
    Anyway, CONGRATS to all of you and I'm excited to read your recap.

  • Jennifer Cannon January 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I have no shame in saying I cried through the entire thing.

    1) your dad is precious. You know that. America knows that. Duh.
    2) the actual ceremony- full of Jesus. = Perfection.
    3) smiths precious facial expression walking down the isle. Made my night!
    4) Your mom looked absolutely stunning.
    5) you and Andrew…. looked like a couple right out of a magazine!
    6) Seans face walking down the isle….Cant. even. talk. about. it.

    I mean I honestly can go on and on……

    Oh yeah- Kensington, sweet sweet Kensington, took her job OH so seriously and it was adorable!!

    Thank heavens I recorded it, so I can watch it over and over!
    Safe travels Shulls!


  • Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I think Catherine and Sean are a perfect match! I am so happy for them! What a beautiful wedding! Please continue to keep us posted on their journey. They are a great example of TRUE christians. I love them!

  • Kelly January 27, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    You should do a post about YOUR wedding sometime! 🙂

  • Carrie January 28, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Do you bring your own flannel Christmas sheets when you stay at a hotel? 🙂

  • Renee I January 28, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Can you consider doing a Q & A??!! You and your family looked great!

  • Karla and Edmond Long January 27, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I just finished watching the wedding and cried through most of it. Ha! Your dad did an amazing job officiating. It was so refreshing to hear so much of our Lord during such a publicized wedding. Your family has done an amazing job of sharing your faith through this entire process!

  • Karla and Edmond Long January 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I just finished watching the wedding and cried through most of it. Ha! Your dad did an amazing job officiating. It was so refreshing to hear so much of our Lord during such a publicized wedding. Your family has done an amazing job of sharing your faith through this entire process!

  • Amy Lynn January 28, 2014 at 3:30 am

    You and Andrew both looked fantastic and the kids were so adorable. That little Smith face was too much. They did great, you should be so proud! Can't wait to read the recap. 🙂 Also, your dad reminds me so much of my dad- such a Godly, sweet, loving man. He was the star of the show in my opinion 🙂

  • Kristin January 28, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I had a glass of wine in hand, cried (especially hearing from your dad) and loved watching! My 7 and 5 year old watched, too and were glued to the TV. My son joined in and said "I will" when your dad asked everyone to pray for your brother and sister-in-law 🙂 It was funny because they noticed your kids and asked their names. Normally, I'd say, oh I don't know but I am sure they are sweet! And though I don't know you personally, I was telling them oh, that's Smith and that's Kensington. Everything and everyone was so beautiful, congrats!

  • Mike and Molly Spivey January 28, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Ok – Loved EVERYTHING about that wedding! I loved the boldness of Sean and your precious dad! I loved how tender he was to both Sean and Catherine – so stinkin' sweet! I love how Christ was so evident in their lives – not only for the world to see, but for the "Bachelor Nation" to see! They get to know Sean has a friend, instead of someone famous, and they can see his faith.

    Loved loved it! I feel like I know you from the blog – so I felt like I was watching my friends wedding – over dramatic, I know! 🙂

  • Mike and Molly Spivey January 28, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Oh and last night your mom and Kensington looked SO MUCH ALIKE! Twinsies!

  • MorganizewithMe January 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I am DYING to watch the wedding. I'm still waiting for it to come through via itunes…since I'm in Europe! But your twitter/instagram pics are helping to keep me patient! Your family is simply amazing and you all shine so bright for Jesus! xoxo

  • Angela Ellingson January 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

    So I may have watched the wedding twice now. So happy for your family. Loved every glimpse we got of the Shulls. Can't imagine what it was like growing up with parents like yours. You and Sean are beyond blessed. Your dad gave the best wedding sermon I've ever heard. Excited for your recap!!!!

  • Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Loved seeing your little family on TV. Your kids were adorable. Your little girl looked like an angel!!! and I love your dad, he is so cute. Reminds me of my own dad. 🙂


  • Sarah January 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Between this blog and The Bachelor/ette, I feel like I actually know your family. I feel like I know you well enough to see if you wanted to grab coffee so I could hear about the wedding – never mind that we live across the country and I've never met you. Ha ha! What an amazing world we live in that we can feel this close with people we've never actually met. I am just so thrilled for all of you and it looked like such a special day. Your entire family is just so darling. Thanks for including all of us in your lives!

  • Jordana Faith January 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Ah Shay, that was such a beautiful wedding. Love how Jesus was exalted. Your family is just too precious!

    Pray that Sean and Catherine marriage would be blessed beyond measure and that their marriage would be an example to the world – as are yours and your parents.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. We feel like we know you and we love you for being so open and honest.

  • Jordana Faith January 28, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Oh, and for anyone wanting to watch the wedding in Europe or in my case, Dubai (expat from South Africa!) there are (finally) links online, even on youtube.

    P.S. Sarah is so right – we all do feel like we know you! Crazy, haha.

  • Amanda Long January 28, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I love watching Sean and Catherine's beautiful ceremony. Your kids did an amazing job, and the vows and everything Mr. Lowe said was so perfect. I'm so glad I found (both) your blog(s). Your family is so blessed and I feel blessed reading your posts.

  • Avery January 29, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I loved watching your family at the wedding – so fun! Thanks for sharing your life with us, and opening up to all of America. Your passion for Jesus is an example to so many people 🙂

  • Avery January 29, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I loved watching your family at the wedding – so fun! Thanks for sharing your life with us, and opening up to all of America. Your passion for Jesus is an example to so many people 🙂

  • Anonymous February 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Sean & Catherine's wedding was beyond beautiful. Watched their relationship unfold to their happily ever after. They are most real, down to earth, genuine , goofy & smart couple, a match made in heaven. ! Your family looked gorgeous , your dad officiating was heart melting Catherine's mom, dad & her 2 sisters are fabulous. Grateful for your blog on their wedding & for many if their guests posting on twitter as the live event unfolded. More blessings to Sean & Catherine & the Lowe& Guidici families;)