Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ENTERTAINING........A Wedding Day Brunch for Sara and Steven....

 ~The Setting~

 The flowers were beautiful. These were similar to Sara's colors for her bridal bouquets!
The antique vase is a family piece of Pamela's.....jade...a significant color of the wedding.
 Orchids and Roses and other lovely flowers greeted the guests at the front door!

 ~Mimosa Bar~

The Steel Magnolia's
Pamela, B'Donna, Kara, Kacie, Angela, Terry, Mary, Kristen, and Shelly

Mini Steel Magnolia's
A Perfect Day!

Pamela, Kathy, John, and Angela
The Bride, Sara, and two of her Bridesmaids~
Special Friends....
Special Friends and Family
 Pretty Kacie, drinking her English Tea....actually from England (thank you Kara)
 Mother of the Bride, Sabrina, Brother of the Bride, Groom's Mom,Penny,  and another sweet friend, Becky!
Friends of the Bride and Groom

Special Guests

In the celebrated film, STEEL MAGNOLIA'S, the sisterhood of friends gave selfless love and support to Shelby and her mother on Shelby's wedding day in a small southern Louisana town. I love this film!!!  Move one state over to Mississippi and you would have my life over the past weekend.  My beautiful sisters, my sisters in laws, my niece, and my daughters were my sisterhood!  After weeks of planning and a few last minute preparations in the kitchen, my sister Pamela and her staff shared a generous spread, most all prepared by Honey Bee Bakery in Oxford.  They presented it all in China, Crystal, and Silver, much inherited family pieces which were a picture of perfection! The food, the fellowship, and fun are etched in my memory forever!  It all meant so much to Steven and Sara!

My sister owns her own company and has a personality that is perfectly suited for her profession.  She is on a mission to succeed and sucess followed her weeks of planning the delightful Wedding Day Brunch for Sara and Steven.  She is a natural hostess.  Each guest received a pretty invitation and an invitation  to meet the Bride and Groom and their families before the late afternoon wedding festivities began.  Pamela put on her best southern style and the love and the personal touches  were in every detail will be forever etched in my memory.

Everything was beautiful and perfect!  Weddings are a celebration of LOVE for us all.  This beautiful party certainly was filled with so much love!!!  Steven and Sara's friends have enormous talents and they along with the Steel Magnolia's made the Wedding Day unique and lovely!  These rare opportunites where GLORY is present is certainly a gift from above!  So truly thankful!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


 "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves!"
 Sharing fun times with family!
 A cup of comfort~with a pure heart no less!
Just around the corner....you could be the very sunshine to brighten someone's day and fill it with comfort and joy!

This is the time of year when we begin to settle down, evulate all that we still need to accomplish in this year before the holidays....which will soon be here.  October is winding down and this has been a full one for my family as we are all planning a gathering next week!  I have to pinch myself to realize it is actually going to happen!  All my family will be together under one roof!  YEAH!  To me, this is comfort.  Just seeing someone you love and being with them brings a settled and comfortable feeling.  I so look forward to this time with those I love!  As a mother, I live for these special times now because they do not come daily....they are truly treasured times.

What brings you comfort?  Comfort is closely connected to peacefulness which we can find in our homes and lives when we take the time to slow down and cultivate an atmosphere of love and peace.  For me, personally, this comes from the grace and peace given daily by God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."  II Corinthians 1:3~4  What a wonderful blessing to open the Bible and find words offered to nourish our soul and give us peace.  When we are filled, our hearts are open to nourish and comfort others that may be going through trials or uncomfortable experiences.  Praying for these dear ones is a valuable gift.  The Lord hears even the smallest prayer when uttered in sincerity.

Who do you know who needs an extra dose of love and comfort?  Perhaps a child, a friend, your spouse, a co~worker?  Being loved, unconditionally love, is a yearning we all have.  Age does not matter.  The tiny baby to the oldest adult.....love is necessary.  I hope today you can comfort another with your ability to love, to share, to enjoy their fellowship.  I promise, this will bring SUNSHINE to your soul!  Blessings on your day sweet friend!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sweet Angels.....

 ~Our little angels....Ava Grace, Olivia Ann, Mary Isabel, and my neice's daughter, Catherine Claire will wear these beautiful little dresses as flower girls....soon~
 ~The back of the dress is as beautiful as the front~
 ~Since the wedding will be outdoors, we plan to fill these little natural baskets with beautiful white rose petals for the flower girls to drop as they walk down the isle....this will be a sweet moment for sure~
~Two lives become one and then the celebration begins as Sara and Steven commit their lives together for a lifetime~

I love weddings!  The blessing of having four daughters, has been to help in the planning of the dream day...their wedding day!  Each one, that is married, has had their dream come true.  But now, our son is getting married my role has been less and I have truly enjoyed listening to my son and his sweet Bride share a little of what their special wedding day will involve.  It will be one filled with love and happiness!  They are so excited to become man and wife!  Steven just keeps telling me he's ready to be married!  So....assured of the love of his life and she describes Steven as her "twin". 

One of my areas of help has been to find flower girl dresses.  We found these beautiful dresses above and now all that is lacking is the girls wearing them on October 27th!  They will be adorable and precious!  I found the baskets for the four of them inexpensively and they are the perfect size for their little hands!  So very sweet! 
 ~Kristen's Wedding, her program attendants~
These sweet girls are all in the 20's now!
 ~Clayton was barely three when he was ring bearer for Kacie's Wedding in Seaside~
 ~Kara's Wedding Reception was outdoors at The Jekyell Island Club Hotel off the coast of Georgia~~
 ~I made the sweet dresses for the flower girls in Kara's Wedding~
This is one of my favorite pictures EVER~
~Ava Grace in all her sweetness, captured in a moment at Kara's Wedding~

Children are angels!  They are sent to earth as special gifts!  I believe that each of us and especially little children have their own private guardian angels.  Dr. Billy Graham observing the plural in the text found in Psalm 91:11~12 concludes that each believer must have at least two angels whose assigned duty it is to protect.   The Scriptures say..... "For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone."  The text goes on to say" his feathers" and mentions that we as Believers are under his "wings".  Since God has no wings or feathers, these passages must refer to our guardian angels which protectively cover us to keep us from falling, getting lost, or stumbing into unknown dangers in the unseen realm of the spirit.

These beautiful thoughts are good because it is fitting that these sweet little angels, dressed in white on Sara's Wedding Day to Steven will "float" down the aisle. like feathers before her, inviting the Spirit, quieting the guest gathered for the High and Holy Moment of two beautiful lives being joined as ONE!  I can hardly wait to share with you later in the month the beauty and joy of their day!

Stay tuned!!!