What a whirlwind of a week we've had, but it ended happily ever after with the wedding of our youngest daughter going beautifully!
The week began with a great forecast for an outdoor wedding, but as the week went on the forecast got more and more bleak. The week began with our youngest grandson, the little ringbearer, having the sniffles, but as the week went on he was hospitalized with a respiratory virus. The night before the wedding, our grandson was discharged from the hospital. The morning of the wedding it rained, and though the skies were gray, the afternoon was dry with temperatures that were cool, but not cold.Even a glitch in the sound system was resolved in time for the ceremony. I don't think anyone coming to the wedding had a clue that we had faced so many challenges, because the wedding and reception went so wonderfully well. I'm so thankful! Above all, I'm thankful for the evidence of God's presence during the ceremony, for the reassurance that my daughter married the man God has for her, and for the happy texts from her today as they left for their honeymoon.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little green journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-our son-in-law making the wooden arrow for the entrance to the wedding venue
-all of the help we've been getting
-praying simple prayers
-our middle daughter's birthday
-finding plastic pie carriers for all of the homemade pies for the wedding at the Dollar Tree
-peonies covered in raindrops
-I.V. fluids, breathing medication and oxygen-help for our grandson who has a respiratory virus
-groceries needed for the wedding reception costing less than expected
-God's got us in His hands
-my husband going up to the hospital and telling me to keep doing what I need to do for the wedding
-so many people praying for our grandson
-his mama reassuring us that the things she needs to get done for the wedding are done
-our youngest daughter, the bride to be, staying calm in the midst of all of this
-my girl buying her and I a massage
-going to the hospital to see my grandson
-getting the last of the wedding errands done
-mani-pedis with the bride
-our grandson was released from the hospital! He gets to be in the wedding!
-a wonderful rehearsal dinner provided by the groom's parents
-the weather clearing up enough to have the wedding outside as planned
-our daughter hiring a bagpiper to surprise her Scottish daddy
-all of those who helped to set up and decorate, prepare and serve food, and clean up afterwards
-my brothers and sisters coming from out of town to be here
-all of our daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren having a part in the wedding
-the sound system working in time for the ceremony
-a full house, more people than chairs!
-God's evident presence in the ceremony
-this happy, happy day
-a great memorial weekend Sunday
-an all church dinner after the morning service
-happy texts from our girl before they left for their honeymoon