Wednesday, December 17, 2008
But I was OK with that. We would be going with the specific intent to get married. It would not be some crazy idea we concocted at 3 in the morning on the Vegas strip. And while it WAS the best deal, I could forgo the drive thru ceremony and splurge on the Cherubs' Chariot package!
Drive Thru Special $40
Religious or Civil Wedding or Renewal of Vows Ceremonies
Religious or Civil Ceremony
Professional Photographs (12 Poses - Traditional Film)
One Long Stemmed Rose
A Beautiful Love Recipe /Keepsake
Rules for a Happy Marriage /Keepsake
But bless his heart, he wanted a wedding and so that made me want a wedding for him. So I ditched my plan of having Elvis officiate and starting planning a traditional wedding. But even though this is what Josh wanted, you can guess who has done the bulk of wedding plans...although he did let me get an awesome wedding planner who has helped me from going totally insane.
So I'm now rushing to finalize wedding plans and Christmas shopping, preparing to move, go on the honeymoon, etc... And the girl who wanted to spend her honeymoon at the craps table, must now step into the Bridezilla confessional booth. I have let the stress of wedding plans blind me from what is really important: The fact that I get to spend the rest of my life with the love of my life. It's just so easy to get caught up in trying to plan the perfect wedding.
Is it really the end of the world if there's not enough seating at the ceremony or if we run out of wedding cake? Of course not, but when you're a perfectionist like me, it's easy to react like it is. So once again, I need to remind myself not to worry! Sometimes I wonder if I'm ever going to kick that habit.
So while I wanted a Vegas wedding at first, I know that when this is all said and done, I will be so happy that we did it this way. Sure it's costing a little bit more than the $888 Vegas wedding package with traditional wedding music, 8x10 Viva Las Vegas wood photo frame and Viva Las Vegas key chain. But having so many friends and family members there will be very special. And it will be one of the greatest moments of my life.
Oh and we are having a craps table, black jack and Texas Hold'em with professional dealers at the reception. Just because I settled on a Nashville wedding, doesn't mean I have to give up on all my initial plans! And there will be plenty of casinos on our honeymoon too!
So I just hope for the next two weeks I can keep it under control and focus on what's important...I'd hate to walk down the aisle in this.
And since I haven't had the time to blog as often lately, I want to go ahead now and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2009!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Below is one of our old Christmas trees! We always had live Christmas trees and then would plant them after Christmas. The one below is now huge and makes me feel so old!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I am the worst at worrying. I worry about everything. I know that is something I really need to work on. I am a perfectionist so when I see that things might not work out “perfectly”, I get very anxious and often can’t see past the negatives. I know it’s a bit early for New Year’s resolutions but that is going to be my top resolution.
I have been so blessed. I have NOTHING to ever complain about. Absolutely nothing. Yet I still fret about everything.
The recent financial crisis is especially hard on worriers like me. Are the markets up or down, will there be any money left for older Americans like my parents who will be cashing out within the next few years, will anyone I know be affected by losing their jobs, will we be able to sell the houses we put on the market once we get married, etc… Josh has said that we will never see another thing like this in our lifetime. And when you watch the news, they make you feel like we’ll all be growing food out of our own gardens to survive. But we are commanded not to worry.
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:26
I also keep finding myself being presented with a situation and automatically wishing it could be different instead of being thankful.
For example, I am getting married on New Year’s Eve. Josh’s house is a bit bigger than mine so I will be moving into his place in January. A few years ago, Josh signed a contract for a new house in Cool Springs, which won’t be ready until April. So we’ll be moving everything in January, then again just 3 months later. So I immediately think how inconvenient it will be to have to move everything twice.
I hate that about me. Why don’t I immediately thank God for the homes he has blessed us with, that I wake up every day with no fear of losing my home, that I am physically able to pack up and move boxes, that I get in a warm, cozy bed each night, that I am moving twice to live with the most wonderful man in the world, etc…?
So since I am going to have a lot going on this New Year’s Eve, I am going to make my resolution now! I know it won’t happen overnight, but I am going to make a conscious effort to be content and think positively no matter the circumstance.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
So here’s my list. I decided to come up with something I am thankful for by using each letter of the alphabet. It was kinda fun…try it and come up with your own list!
I am thankful for…
Aunt…my own Aunt Mary and that I am an aunt to 4 wonderful kiddos
Bridesmaids…all 10 of them!
Casinos…and they have them in San Juan where we are honeymooning!
Dave Ramsey and for being Debt free!
Examples…those my parents have set for me
God…who is so patient with me
Health…mine and my families
In-laws…I love my future in-laws!
Josh…my best friend
Lori…who is coming home from Japan for my wedding, and who I get to visit in Japan this spring
New Year’s Eve…my future anniversary date!
Old car…that after 10 years, still gets me from point A to point B (knocking on wood now)
Pets…my dog-child Scarlett who has a been a great friend for the past 8 years
Quarterbacks…yay Kerry Collins!
Republicans…who have a majority in both houses of the TN General Assembly
Soldiers…who will not be eating Thanksgiving dinner with their families
TV…especially reality TV
Vacations…next up San Juan Puerto Rico!
XLIII…Superbowl 43…Go Titans!
Yellow blanket…that I’ve slept with for the past 29 years
Zac Efron…HA! JUST KIDDING. I know nothing about that kid. I just hear his name and need a Z to wrap this up! OK, how about zebras!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Happy Birthday Kathy!
Ali and MK
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I woke up early one morning in the fall of my 36th year and traveled to Fort Dix, New Jersey, to take an Army physical. I felt faintly ridiculous, standing there in my briefs next to a bunch of high-school guys who looked like they just left a casting call for Friday Night Lights. They called me “sir” and talked about combat and death while I duck-walked past a stern-eyed doctor, took a drug test with absolutely no privacy, and strained to read the last line of the eye chart. Against all odds, my middle-aged body passed the tests, and a few months later I found myself standing under a blazing hot sun while a drill instructor mocked my inability to execute a simple “about face.”
Why would a 36-year-old lawyer with a beautiful wife and two young kids decide to join the United States Army Reserve? It’s no surprise that the answer starts with 9/11, but it doesn’t end there. Like millions of Americans, I can remember sitting in the safety of my office — watching in disbelief as the towers fell — and thinking, I wish I could do something. But I didn’t join then. Less than two years later, I had similar thoughts. My wife and I were returning from a steak dinner at Morton’s as we listened to radio accounts of a fierce battle against the Republican Guard on the outskirts of Baghdad. I was struck by the strangeness of the moment: I had just finished a delicious filet while my fellow citizens were fighting for their lives against the shock troops of a genocidal regime. Again, I thought, I wish I could do something. But I didn’t join then, either.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Bride Down Main Street Group Pic
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
"The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
I love how the Obamas donated less than 1% of their 2000-2004 income to charity...yet call those who do not want to pay more in taxes "selfish". Those "selfish" Republicans historically give more money to charities than Democrats. Pretty ironic if you ask me.
On the eve of the 2008 elections, I think we all need to say a prayer for our country. But no matter the results tomorrow night (or next month when all the lawsuits are settled!), I know that God is ultimately the One in control - and that does ease my fears of an Obama Presidency a bit.Here, Barack Obama feeds a crowd of 5,000 with 2 taxpayers.