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God’s Timing~He knows what you need and when you need it!

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. ~John 14:26

Yesterday, I had a client walk into my office and what started as a regular insurance sales pitchy meeting ended this 70 year old woman sharing her faith, her church and her prayers with me.  It turned my day around quick!  She prayed the verse listed above over me and my family.  I will never forget her, this verse or that day.  We will be visiting her church soon!  But with all we have going on right now she just reminded me that all we have, all we are going through, and all we are promised is because of God’s will.  His will be done!

Lee graduates in 11 days and Marissa graduates in another Month.  We get married in 88 days.  WOW!  In a short time frame, I will be the mom of two adult young women, a highschool young man and a pastor’s wife.  Life has come full circle for all of us and God’s promises and timing are becoming abundantly clear to me.

In the past month, Marissa received the bad news that she did not get into her #1 program.  But she has taken it like a champ.  She has realized where she needs to strengthen herself and she is working on it daily.  We realize this was not where God intended her to be for now.  She can reapply for the program in October.  And today it hits me that if she gets into this program next year, she will be the first student in a wheel chair to successfully get into this program.  So for now, we are working on independence and strengthening her weaknesses.

We have begun our search for a new home.  UGH!  That’s all I can say.  Just UGH!  I spent all day Saturday looking at house after house and you would think it was me who was picky but it’s not–Lee is the picky one.  We want our son in a specific school district and that is limiting our search.  I know once we find the right home that God wants us to have it will be okay but for now the search is on!!!

Our wedding is coming together beautifully.  We are peeking into the $3K realm but haven’t quite crossed over yet.  For now, we have $175 on invites that would have cost me $500.  I have 2 cakes for $350 and everywhere else was looking at $1500+.  I also found an awesome photographer that will provide 2 photographers for $500 for about 4-5 hours of coverage.  The starting prices in my area are $900 and up for 1 photographer and I have 2!!!  And I’m still under $500 on my decorations.  All of this tells me God has his hand on our marriage.  Praise, God!  Praise, God!  Praise, God!

I am now working on the decorations and have some fabulous ideas that haven’t come together yet.  For now, here is where I’m at with decorations.

wpid-20150426_125501.jpgI found 6 of these candelabras on Craigslist for under $100.  My theme originally started as Country Chic but it is quickly turning into Vintage Country Chic-that is more me anyway 🙂  This probably isn’t the direction I will go with these.  I found some teacups and flowers I think I will use in conjunction with these.  They come apart and I can use two to hang from our trees in the backyard and the bases as pillars for table decorations.  I see it in my head but I’ll post pics when these things come together 🙂

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I of course have spray painted mason jars but I have also learned to use twine on my old wine bottles.  (No I’m not an alcoholic I drank these wines on special occasions with some of my favorite people over the last 6 years).  I am proud to say I only have 8 bottles.  I’m having to reach out to people to find empty wine bottles, if you know me and you can give to the cause, please call me!

wpid-20150426_141114.jpg  And I also have some old syrup bottles and other bottles I liked over the years I am using.  The great thing about these is the cost.  $2 for the jute twine (covers 3-4 bottles), $3 for the lace (used on all the bottles), $.92 cents for each brooch, and around $2 for the flowers that will fill them.

I’m having a craft party this Saturday at my house with two of my favorite people in the whole wide world.  Lee is stuck in Dallas with some graduation things to tie up and it’s just me and the kids this weekend.  So it’s a girl’s weekend for me!

God has blessed me with a lot this year.  I have a man that spoils me with love, affection and some material things I want but mostly his love for me and our children amazes me everyday.  I never have to worrry about cooking, cleaning or laundry.  He’s the man!!!  I also have a fabulous job that allows me time at home now.  I missed one baseball game this year and it is the first one in 13 years.  I believe I’m doing great! And finally my biggest accomplishment is being able to lead 5 female insurance agents and teach them Christian leadership skills.  Whoot! Whoot!  wpid-20150424_205709.jpeg

Now I have to really brag on my man for a minute.  For  a man who has no job, he sure does spoil me.  For my birthday, I got Neiman’s.  For Christmas my engagement ring.  For Valentine’s Day my favoritest cheesecake ever and now for Mother’s Day a beautiful sapphire bracelet to match my sapphire engagement ring.  It’s a big deal to me because this is the focal point of our wedding….hence the sapphire and coral colors!!!

As always, I am a very blessed woman and God bless that sweet, sweet lady who stopped by for a visit yesterday.

Have a blessed day!

A Blessed Woman

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Wedding Update: Making it About us and not them

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord ~ Proverbs 18:22 NKJV

If you have ever planned a wedding, then you know it can test the strongest of relationships.  I have to give Lee some props for being extremely understanding and patient the past few weeks.  After a long conversation, we have decided to move our venue from DFW to our backyard and this will save us thousands!  In doing so, it has relieved all my stress and made my wedding fun again!

Driving back and forth to DFW, spending many weekends with my parents, and spending thousands per vendor versus hundreds. I was turning into Bridezilla, momzilla and just an all around zilla in every aspect of my life.

Then one morning during quiet time I asked God to give me guidance.  I asked him to take away all my worries and stress.  That afternoon He put it on my heart to talk to Lee about the wedding venue.  We figured out we were making this what our family wanted and needed and not what we needed.  And here we are in my backyard!  It was the easiest decision for us both…….

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Since that decision has been made, things have fallen into place:

I found a cheap rental facility $800 out the door for everything we need to accommodate 100 people

One of the men Lee works with in his ministry is doing the catering for a very reasonable rate (not yet determined)

My cake is $425 for a three tier and groom cake

My photographer is only $500 when the normal package runs $900 in my area

My bouquet has only cost me about $125 vs. $500

My flower girls are looking at $50 total for both girls

The decorations are costing about $5 per table

The outdoor signs and decor is budgeted at $300; craigslist is a Godsend………

And most of all, I have a peace of mind. But the biggest realization is seeing that when I followed what God had intended life got easier.  Our wedding has been stagnant and not progressing and now we have so much done!

God is good!

small bouquet

This is what my flower girls will carry and be able to keep as a keepsake; I hope to see them used in their weddings some day……..

5 inch bouquet

this is my bouquet; it is not 100% completed but maybe at 95% now

Today, we are spray painting and starting on table decorations.  I am becoming a pro at burlap, muslin and lace flowers.

Pics will follow on my next update.  For now, I’m off to clean, create and plan for the week.

Thanks for hanging in there during my lack of writings ……..more time will be available soon!

I am blessed to have you as a follower, my family and friends.

God is good!

Thanks!

A Blessed Woman 🙂