Wednesday, September 5, 2012


August was an extremely busy month, hence the lack of posts.  So, this will be a long post to catch up on things!

Terry had the privilege of participating in the wedding ceremony of David and Jonna Jenkins' daughter, Brittany, to Brooks Till on July 28th.  It was such a beautiful ceremony and very touching.  I love it when the father does the always makes me cry.

The beautiful bride and groom.

I loved the cake being on top of the grand piano!

Terry also performed the wedding for Danny and Cheryl Puckett at Opryland Hotel. Danny grew up at Gateway where we pastored for 22 years. It was so beautiful!!

What a backdrop!!

They are such an adorable couple!!
I went with Terry to Louisville to a General Presbyter's meeting.  He had meetings all day, so I explored Louisville a little bit.  We walked downtown for dinner.

This sign was in the window of the Army Goods store.

We had a ministry enrichment conference at Allgood Trinity Assembly.  I went to the women's ministry sessions. As I listened to our new leaders, Lori Hawkins and Tammy Waycaster, share their hearts, my heart was so full and I did a lot of crying. They have such a vision and passion for women, not only in their churches, but in their communities as well. I cannot wait to see what God is going to do through them in the Tennessee district. We are SO blessed to have them as leaders! 

I think I inherited some of my mom's traits.  If she found a blouse or a pair of shoes she liked she bought one in every color.  I don't do that, but I do tend to "go overboard" sometimes if I like something.  If I find a good recipe, then I wear everybody out with it until they don't want it any more.  So, after I shared my mirror with you last time, I started pulling things out to paint with the chalk paint! 

Terry came home and saw all of this on the living room floor.  Our conversation:

Terry:  "So, are we painting everything in the house white?"

Me:  "No, not everything."

End of conversation.

I put empty frames on the walls going up our staircase.

Our conversation about that:
Terry:  "So, what are you going to put in the frames?"

Me:  "Nothing. Do you like them?"

Terry:  "No". 

I just love it that he is so easy like that! He knows me well enough to know that "this too shall pass". I pretty much go from one phase to another rather quickly.

So, I found this little black table for $5.00 at a garage sale.  This is the pathetic shape it was in when I got it:

Note that one of the little wheels is missing. 

Here it is after my makeover:

                                                    I love the little knob I got at Hobby Lobby.

I took one of the wheels off in the back to put in the front, and right now that leg is being held up by a spool of thread.  I plan to order a wheel off E-Bay if I can remember.

I have also painted a "few" more things with the chalk paint, but I'll save those for another day!

Rachel and her friends had a baby shower for one of their friends, Tricia, at my house.  They sure do showers differently than how we did them back in the day.  We would put a tablecloth on the table, run some streamers around the table, fold out a little accordion baby stroller, and it was ready in ten minutes flat.  If we knew what she was going to have, it would be pink for a girl and blue for a boy.  Now, their showers have themes and color schemes.  They order fabric to make tablecloths and straws and pom poms off Etsy.  They have menus.  I love it!!  They came early and did all the decorating.  My house looked great!!

Rachel made this frame and had all the ladies write something on it.  Tricia can put the baby's picture in it and hang it in her room.

Busy in the kitchen!

They served fruit tea in mason cute!  I helped by tying the bows on the glasses. Rachel ordered the straws off Etsy...coral and white striped.

Annie made the pom poms.  Rachel made the "Baby Girl" banner.  Rachel painted an old frame white and made a chalkboard using chalkboard paint, and Annie wrote the saying on it.

It was really a fun day!!

I've been doing a lot of reflecting over the past few weeks.  With all the twists and turns in life, I don't know what I would do if I wasn't completely and totally convinced that God is orchestrating every single detail in our lives.  I read this recently, and it spoke to me so much...

“If God is sovereign, then He is in control of all the details of my life. If He is loving, then He is going to be shaping the details of my life for my good. If He is all-wise, then He’s not going to do everything I want because I don’t know what I need. If He is patient, then He is going to take time to do all this. When we put all these things together—God’s sovereignty, love, wisdom, and patience—we have a divine story." 

I'm learning more every day what it really means to trust God in everything.  I may not understand why things happen the way they do sometimes, but if I trust Him and totally lean on Him, He does work out everything for our good.   I'm so thankful for his love. 

So, I guess that pretty much wraps it up for the month of August.  A full and blessed month!!