Fall Wedding Reception & Update

Friday, October 31, 2014


If you are a fellow blogger, you know that as bloggers, we get in some pretty strange positions to get a good shot.  I've climbed on top of chairs, gotten down on the floor, etc.  Unfortunately, right now I'm pretty limited on what I'm allowed to do and am not very steady even standing still .  .  .  thus, I didn't get very many good photos from the wedding day.  Fortunately, we had an amazing photographer and I promise to share some of those photos when we get them, because mine just don't do the day justice.

The Sweetheart Table

One of the Reception Table Centerpieces

We used industrial spools in several areas of this amazing space.

I also wanted to let you know what will be happening with my blog while I'm out recovering from my surgery beginning next week!  I hope to pop in occasionally - probably on the weekends with updates for you.  But, I have something really special for you all for the entire month of November here!  Some of my very favorite blogs will be featured right HERE in November.  My amazing friends have come to my rescue and will sharing a post here at Hymns and Verses beginning next Monday!  You will NOT want to miss a single post and it's an opportunity for you to meet some of THE BEST home decor bloggers on the net - I promise!  I am so thankful for my blogging family.  These ladies have very busy schedules, yet were so quick to offer a post for me to share!!!  I'll be back here on Sunday to share the month's schedule with links to each featured blog!

Lastly, I wanted to thank you all for your many thoughts and prayers!  I can feel them!  I'm feeling confident of the outcome of my surgery and just want to get through this, move on to my recovery, and am soooo looking forward to a bright future!   Thanks so much for hanging in there with me!!!  Will be back soon!


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A Beautiful Fall Wedding

Monday, October 27, 2014

First, I want to say thank you so very much for all of your prayers and words of encouragement after my last post.  It so touched my heart to read each one!   I'm so thankful to have you alongside me on this journey!  

I can't believe my son's wedding is now over!  It's been a year of planning and preparing and it was all worth it!  What a gorgeous fall day we had - sunshine and trees full of color!  It was perfect!  


The wedding was held at The Booking House, originally a cigar factory dating back to 1884.  It is a gorgeous event venue here in Lancaster County.


The day was a flurry of activity and I really wish I had more photos, but I kept getting interrupted every time I picked up my camera!  So, here are a few pre-wedding pics of the decor.  The photo below is the room where the ceremony took place.  We mainly decorated with white pumpkins, dried strawberry and cream hydrangeas, and lots of candles in this space.  




This little wagon was pulled by Savannah, Sarah's sweet niece.  She looked like a fairy princess!  The precious cargo in the wagon was Sarah's other niece, Annelise.  There were lots of oohs and ahhs when they came down the aisle accompanied by the little dapper ring bearer, Sarah's nephew, Ethan!  Baby Annelise was just adorable with poofs of tulle spilling out over the wagon!  I can't wait to get the photographer's pictures!!! 


Here's a photo of the two flower girls in a candid moment before the ceremony!  


Did you ooh or ahhh?  Simply precious!!!  Sarah and her sister, Julianna, made their little dresses!  Julianna has an Etsy shop and I think she should make these little flower girl dresses to sell!  They were gorgeous and full of lovely details!

I'll be back tomorrow to share more!  Again, thank you for all of your prayers for me that day!   I slept like a baby the night before the wedding and had an amazing day!  



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A Health Update: God is Good - All the Time!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yesterday I had a bad day.  A long 5 hour car ride and doing more than I should sent me to bed early.  I didn't sleep.  I laid in bed and listened to U2 .  .  .  I know, not relaxing to most people, but it was just what I needed to lift my spirits a bit.  

So, today I feel I should update you on what's been going on with me.  I'm going to give you the Reader's Digest condensed version.

Since January, I've been experiencing numbness in my lower extremities.  It started as tingling and numbness in my toes and slowly over time has spread upwards.  I am currently numb from the chest down.  It feels like when you have Novacaine at the dentist, except it's not just in my cheek!   I've also had a few falls and I'm overall unsteady.  A few weeks ago I had an MRI which revealed the source of all of this - I have a tumor in my thoracic spine between my shoulder blades, that is almost completely crushing my spinal cord in one spot.  It is likely NOT cancer - and that is what had caused me so much concern when I first found out I had a tumor.  

However, even if it is cancerous, it's very slow growing and it can be taken care of.   I saw a neurosurgeon who told me that he couldn't believe that I was actually walking on my own and really should be in a wheelchair - completely paralyzed for life.   He said if this had come on all at once - that is where I would be.  Because it has been slow growing and I've likely had it for years, my body has adjusted to it.  And, even though I'm so numb, he was amazed at how well I was doing.  

But, he gave me a serious talking to about taking it easy and taking care not to do anything that would impact this tumor, because it could be life changing.  That's hard for someone like me to take - I'm a doer.  I have lists, projects .  .  .  but, they have to be put on hold.  Fall decorating is partly done, and it will stay that way.  I've been putting my energies into my son's wedding, which is this coming Friday (I can't believe it).  I'm still doing most of the things I wanted to do, but much slower and without a lot of bending and no lifting.  

I can't say how thankful I am for my friends and family - and that also includes you - my blogging friends, for your prayers and warm wishes.  My close friends and family were quick to cheer and encourage me - bringing my family delicious meals and treats, cleaning my house (I should get sick more often -  ha, ha!!) and taking charge of the wedding rehearsal dinner!   I'm blessed!  

My surgery is scheduled for November 5 in the morning and I would so appreciate your prayers.  I know many people are already praying for me because I can feel it.  And, God has shown his hand in some amazing ways already and I want to share some of those things with you too.

I had been given the appointment to see the neurosurgeon from my family doctor and I fully expected to go and find out that they would zap this little tumor with a laser and that would be it!  I didn't think it was going to be anything serious.  My husband is a hard worker who never misses work!   Early in the morning (like 3 a.m. early) he rolled over in bed and said, "I'm coming to your appointment with you"!  Half asleep, I couldn't believe my ears and said "Why?  I'm fine, it's fine .  .  .  "  He said, "No, I feel I need to be there".  I'm so glad he was.  It was a long appointment full of detail about a very complicated 6 hour surgical procedure that was super scary for me and him - but it was good to have him there to hear everything from the neurosurgeon, because I was a little bit dazed at the end of it all.  That was totally God speaking to him.

The day after my appointment I went out to pick up a few things at Walmart - I'm really supposed to keep my driving to a minimum, but I was feeling some rebellion and needed to get out of the house!  So, on my way there, I was at a stop sign and looked up to see this bumper sticker on the car in front of me.  I never look at people's bumper stickers?  But, that morning this one just jumped out at me! 


And, today when my husband told me to stay home in bed instead of going to church, I did.  I had a restless night and actually ended up falling asleep on the couch.  I woke up at 7 a.m. and climbed into my warm bed and finally woke up at 11 a.m. - I know, that's crazy!  When I woke up, I felt much better than yesterday - still numb, but pretty much my baseline.  Last night, I was having a hard time walking and even harder time climbing the stairs.  I knew my husband had been worried, so even though I knew he was at church, I texted him to tell him that I was up and feeling pretty good.  He immediately texted me back to tell me that my pastor and church family had just finished praying for me five minutes earlier!  I wrote back - God is Good!  And, he is - all the time!

This week is wedding week and I'm so looking forward to all the festivities.  I'm going to take it easy and let others do things for me - even though that's hard for me to do!  Hopefully I will be back next week to share some photos with you.  Then, I'm going to rest up for my surgery on November 5.  If the procedure goes well, I could be home and on the mend the same week - so please pray to that end!  Like I said earlier, it's a very complicated procedure, but I have a good surgeon and feel I'm in good hands.  Thanks so much for your friendship and your prayers!


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