Wednesday, October 19, 2016


One thing I love about weddings is when the couple chooses to incorporate family traditions or things from their parents' weddings into their own.  It's such a sweet way to honor their family and in a sense, thank them for bringing them to this point in their lives!

I don't have many pictures yet, and didn't ask anyone to take candids for me at the wedding, so those are still to come. Here's a few we took and a glimpse into some of the sweet ways they honored the family:
I made all the bouquets/bouts/corsages for the wedding except for her bouquet.  She wanted us to tie on as streamers some lace taken from her mother and grandmother's wedding dress! 

In the actual ceremony, the song, "Sunrise, Sunset," was a recording of her grandfather singing it acapella, recorded in 1981 for her parent's wedding!  It was awesome!  He didn't even recognize it was his voice at the rehearsal.  A piano song she composed a few years ago was recorded also, and all the wedding party entered on that song.  We sang congregationally "Come Thou Fount," as the couple took communion during the ceremony.  I loved it!

I wore my grandmother's pearl necklace and earrings that my aunt let me borrow.  My grandmother Flora passed just about 5 years ago, and she really loved my son because he has a special way of acknowledging older people.  The Hubs wore a polka dot tie our son got him.  It's the first time he's ever worn polka dots and I loved it - made him look youthful!

Our gorgeous daughter - just because!

My son had taken his bride out a few times in this classic convertible Corvair that belonged to my Dad - although he's been gone 15 years, my mother has lovingly kept it and driven it occasionally.  Our friend got it repaired so they could leave the wedding in it!

It was special to us that these friends came from Tennessee and Tulsa to celebrate with us!  We were all married the same summer and were in a Bible study together for years (one couple is missing because they are teaching in Europe this semester).  As each couple moved away, we continued our friendship by vacationing together every other year, with all our kids.  We all try to attend the weddings of our children and continue to support each other however we can!

This is from Rehearsal Dinner (my previous post).  All the cobalt blue glass decorations were part of my mother, aunt, and friend's collection.  I was so excited to get to use it, and I think they enjoyed the fact that it was used in this way.

What fun/hardwork it's been - but totally worth it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Just got a chance to sit down for a moment after a whirlwind of events:  hosting our son's rehearsal dinner and then helping with the flowers for the wedding!  It was crazy but fun. You only do this once!

We wanted to have the rehearsal dinner in our backyard, and were so pleased that the weather cooperated.  I tried all summer to get grass to grow in some of the shady spots, paid special attention to all the flower beds, etc.  I figured out closer to the date that it would be dusk and none of that would matter!  Ha!  I also decided if there were weeds showing in the flower beds that it would be time for a little mulch.  Other than that we hung lots of lights, I borrowed almost everything, including lots of cobalt blue glass from my mother, my aunt, and my friend to make some beautiful tables!  We had the food catered:  Italian chicken, pork chops, salad, fancy mac-n-cheese, vegetable medley, and bread and butter. I made all my son's favorite desserts since his bride had no preferences:  banana layer cake, lemon bars, and blonde brownies!  I was pretty pleased with the cakes!  Take a look:

Friday, October 7, 2016


Sorry to borrow the cheesy country song title, but it just fit the evening last night.

With 24 hours till the the wedding frenzy of the rehearsal dinner here in the backyard, praying the rain stays away, making sure every detail inside and out is taken care of, the desserts are all made (7 of them), the making of bouquets for the wedding is beginning.  My kitchen is a wreck with dirty dishes and buckets of fresh flowers on the floor, rehearsal dinner decor overfloweth on the dining room table.

My handsome son, the groom-to-be, comes in, decides he better eat something and makes what he calls his "last meal to make in this house," a quesadilla, of course!  So sentimental.  And he asks me to dance.  What, with all this mess around me?  YES.  So we did!  We danced in the kitchen.

Just wanted to document this moment in the midst of all the stress (which I know, I put on myself by wanting to host and bake and be their florist!).

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Oh, we're in a busy time right now, with a wedding in 6 days and a women's retreat in 12 days...two events I've been very involved with for a while now!

But my oldest and her husband have birthdays about a week apart this week too. Thankfully no BIG birthdays!  Our family gathered and we did the simplest meal we could think of on the patio:  rotisserie chicken!  Everyone brought another dish, and I made chocolate sheet cake.  It was a good relaxed time and reminded me that what really matters when you are gathering together is the fellowship, not the food or fancy decorations!

Friday, September 23, 2016


Sunday I had the opportunity to go to one last shower for our almost married son!  Their church showered them with prayer!  There were a few gifts too.  It was a nice casual time of visiting, snacking, and then a time of prayer from anyone who wanted to offer a word for them.  So sweet and good to know their friends are also striving for godly marriages.  I didn't take too many pictures (I'm probably the farthest thing from cool for even wanting them!) but it was nice afternoon!

Sunday, September 18, 2016


This week I went to two funerals.  They were both parents of friends of mine.  What struck me was that even though the ones that passed were very different, one a woman and the other a man, one a small event, the other quite large, two different speakers, the message was the same.


These three words were from the son, speaking about his mother.  He said he had recently said these same words to woman's basketball team at the university he works for.  He realized his morals were gleaned from his mother's life, and expounded on how they became her legacy to her family.  She was a simple woman who lived through the Depression, never asked for much for herself, worked hard, and expected the best from her children. She LOVED her family, many, many schoolchildren, and her church.  She SERVED as a good mother and school worker, and GREW in her faith and expected it of her family.  

The other funeral was that of a successful pharmaceuticals manager who later in life, found a calling to helping the poor and needy of Guatemala.  He and his wife had four wonderful daughters who all now have given them eight grandchildren.  Over and over again the words of LOVE he had for them echoed in the words given by the minister and family members.  The word SERVICE came up over and over again also, to his family and the people of Guatemala.  It was also mentioned how he GREW in his faith over the years; how intimidating he was as a younger man, and had mellowed in his later years.    

As I reflected on both of these beautiful lives and the awesome families that resulted from them, I thought how both funerals shared essentially the same three words of lives well-lived:  LOVE, SERVE, GROW.

It's a message worth repeating time and time again!  One that causes me to reflect on my own life.  It reminds me of the simple passage in Luke 2, taught to me as a child in Bible classes:  "And Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and Man."  A simple way of saying that Jesus loved, served and grew all his life!

Monday, September 12, 2016


One of the projects that I've been working on for quite some time is a women's retreat for the women of our church.  Along with a committee of hard working ladies, we've been praying and planning for over a year since our church has not had an event like this for more than ten years!  Needless to say, we want it to be AWESOME!  

One of the things I've been helping with is decorations and I was so thrilled to get to use this old door as a "frame" for our advertisement!  The door came from a house that The Hubs and I flipped earlier this year.  The bottom of the door was a lot more weathered, and I tried to recreate that on the top part.  It was difficult, but I think the effect is fine.

It fits our theme"Interior Design:  Renovating the Heart," so well!  Some may see the door as an interior design piece as-is and some may see it as something needing renovation.  Anyway, it came along at just the right time for me to use it!