Hey! I'm Emily and this is my little corner of the internet. 

I'm married to Jeremy and we have two sons, Harrison and Elliot. I teach elementary school and Jeremy recently left the education world of being a school psychologist to pursue full time ministry. We are living in Birmingham as Louisiana Expats  - which means I've leaned to cook a lot of the recipes I can't just drive down the road and eat at a restaurant. 

why I blog

I started this little ole blog back in 2008, on Halloween to be exact (my 2nd favorite holiday). We were newly engaged and I wanted to bounce ideas off of my bridesmaids, who happened to live in other states. It turned into more of my grandmother and her friends commenting. By the time we had the wedding there were so many people interested in our swing dance (first dance) that our little invite only party had quite a few crashers. It was there at the wedding, when I was ready to close the book on Louisiana Bride, that one of my (total of like 3) readers convinced me to keep going. I changed the tag line from "and a Mississippi wedding" to "life post wedding" and I've been writing here ever since. It took some times to find my niche, but I love food, meal planning, funny stories, and everything in between, so I just write from the heart and forget the blogger norms. 

fun facts

My husband and I met in psychology class, Sensations and Perceptions to be exact. We didn't really start talking until we were both due to give a presentation the same day. I bugged his friend for his number and text him the following swoon worthy message: I will kill you if you don't present before me. 

Obviously that swept him off of his feet. 

We've ventured through both of us going to graduate school, you can read about my Graduate Wife Journey here. Although it appears to be never ending since he started back at it again and is going to seminary these days. Explain to my why a Master's in Theology is longer than a Specialist in School Psychology. I think I married a career student. 

I really love to cook and my originally life plan was to attend culinary school, but life took me a different direction. That's why I love to document what I make, learn, and aspire to not destroy in the kitchen here at Louisiana Bride. It's mostly for me, but I don't mind if you read along. I just know that if I don't write these recipes down I will either forget them or lose them. 

Murmur's of Ricotta King Cake - the best!

We've been through a lot of changes around here lately - moving two states over, changing careers, a big fat pandemic not long after we arrived. This beginning of ministry life, so far from family and friends, has been rough at times. But we are slowly getting in the groove. 

Lucky for us we enjoy being together and the boys are great friends, I think distance from family have cultivated some of that. As a family we love to try new restaurants, go new places, and drink good coffee (except Harry, he's the only non-coffee drinker - Elliot is all Cajun Baby). 

I finally got in my groove with a great job in Alabama in that has made all the difference for me. 

I'm loud and prefer to be laughing. It's a family trait. Life can be so negative, it's important to find the humor in everything. It keeps me sane. I talk with my hands and can't hide my thoughts. I think half the reason I enjoy teaching upper elementary age kids is that they've developed a sense of humor and we can spend all day laughing while we learn. 

Like my bio says, I've got a minor case of hippie. Funny enough things that use to be so "hippie" are becoming mainstream. I'm always diffusing some oil, slathering something on a person in this family, cleaning with ingredients that bother my allergies, and drinking kombucha like I get paid to do it. I love yoga and when the boys are grown I'd like to get certified to teach classes. I might not do yoga daily (and man I miss the outdoor YOD classes in New Iberia) but I have gotten back into lifting weights again (after two babies). 

The workouts I've been loving (I started when I was pregnant with Elliot) is Faster Way to Fat Loss. I was recently accepted to be a brand ambassador for FW. Here are my link - you'll see me talking about this more and more in the coming months. 

Aside from my yoga love, gardening is about as relaxing as it gets. I'm convinced there's nothing a little workout and afternoon gardening can't cure. There's just something about tossing seeds out and getting something back. 

I haven't gotten my garden back up and running since our move, but as soon as I do (hopefully in the fall) I'll document it all! And yes, I prefer a fall/winter garden to summer. Less creepy crawlies. 

Another adventure we are into - tent camping. 

One year when we couldn't land on a vacation, but really needed one, I finally talked Jeremy into tent camping together (we never had) and it stuck. Now it's our family vacation and the kids adore that week outdoors every chance we get. You can read more about our adventures in the camping tab on the home page. 

where to go from here

The best way to connect with me is by commenting here on the blog, I do my best to respond to all of them. You can also email me at labrideblog{at}gmail{dot}com or reach me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest

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