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This isn’t just college, he’s really going, going on his own.

One of the reasons I started this blog was at the advice of my son and husband due to the upcoming wedding of my son. Well I am on the countdown and it’s only 15 days away. I am now feeling the pressure which is a little different since I haven’t been that involved.
Well, let’s just say that has been hard since I spent 7 years as a wedding an event planner. Now, I agree that was from 1995 to 2002 and well, that makes me sound like an outdated wedding and event planner, but let’s just say… a wedding is a wedding.

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“Feel” was not on the To Do list, but it made it’s way, thankfully!

48 hours ago I found myself starting this weekend with “no plan”.  I had a LONG “To do list”, but no plan. I knew what needed to be accomplished. I knew what my “stressors” were and what I should have accomplished in order to help ease my mind. I also knew what I really “wanted” to do. I do live a life of several personalities. Just as much as I love to be inside cleaning and “blessing my home”,  I also desire to be “learning” and planning  to Live Intentional and work on my future.  But, with that, I long to be out socializing with my friends as I see their pictures pop up on Facebook. I just know that for now, ” I need to live like no one else, so I can live like no else” in the future!

There is a sidepexels-photo-273132 of me that does love to be outside! Yes this a shocker to some. Wally has always been in charge of the outside of the house, but I do LOVE to Bless my home outside, in my own way. I tend to allow that to be the last place to be, I only have the weekend hours to take care of the Morrison’s so I end up spending more weekends working and doing and being side.

However, as the weekend progressed, I spontaneously got out of the house Saturday and decided to try 2 places to find my MOG dress. (oh for those not following, Mother of the Groom ALMOST purchased one but I really struggled with the price, and the fact that I would need to purchase my first pair of Spanks, and trust me, there was no forgiveness in this material, so it would have run from my ankles to my boobs! So, I snapped out of that, and walked out!

So I had ended the day with a plan for Sunday!  Order the previous dress I found and do our money saving trip to BJ’s. I had taken the time to match up my manufacturer’s coupons to the coupon book that came and I had a PLAN for Sunday! I was thrilled!

And THEN it happened. I woke up in the middle of the night and while laying there talked myself out of spending money at BJ’s on items I didn’t need between now and the wedding (Yes, even though I had coupons!), the panic set in over the money and spending and my reasoning. I FELT like I was making the wrong choice again. It was then I decided that I needed to continue to search for MOG dress, what if there is something else out there and less inexpensive! I mean…that’s the challenge that I love, bargain shopping!

I couldn’t wait for Wally to wake up and tell him of what I thought my new plan would be for the day. I would end up saving even MORE money than I planned, simply cause I decided we “didn’t” need those items right now. So a new plan was going to be in place.

That changed as well just shortly after we woke up. My parents are selling their home of 27 years and quickly approaching the time of when it will all take place with movers, etc. so I had to go claim what I wanted. I was thrilled to be able to inherit some of their pool furniture. We loaded up the truck and next thing I know, within 30 minutes of arriving home I was in my bathing suit scrubbing furniture to rid of the winter ick and rearranging my patio and pool deck! It was AWESOME !  I was in the sunshine, I broke a sweat, I actually FELT the sunshine and got some color for the wedding, and it was miraculous how it felt like everything I wanted to accomplish fell into place, with so much more meaning. I actually took advantage of the 90 degree weather at the end of April instead of staying instead and freezing in the Air conditioning.

When I look back on this weekend of no plans I can’t help but to FEEL so grateful. I was able to sleep in with my Wally on a weekend and be thankful for downtime, it’s precious. It’s our time! A quiet morning during breakfast and then the unintentional spontaneous plan to spend some time with my parents was to both our benefit, and that makes me happy. My parents are finally able to move forward and live intentional in their lives after a year long sale of their home.

To come home and allow myself to be “active” and in the sunshine and spend time with my Rylie, was precious! I mean, bathing suits and a hose….when is that not fun! It brings the kid out in everyone!

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Once I could mentally put aside the mundane tasks and allow myself to get out…

I was able to accomplish a few other things in the home that I needed to and I can honestly say that once I was able to mentally put aside the mundane tasks that I do “weekly” and allow myself to get out and do other things that “meant” the most and allow myself to FEEL the rewards, it was such a stress reliever for me. I felt accomplished. I didn’t realize how much that task and being outside today could open up myself to FEEL alive and realize that I was blessing myself and my home more than any mundane weekly cleaning task, again.

It was okay to NOT have a schedule for the weekend!

I just wish I could remember this! In order to FEEL all the emotions of accomplishment, family time, being active, enjoying the sunshine, and most of all, Blessing the Home and Living Intentional is what our days should be filled with ! What a wonderful Sunday!

What did you do today that made you FEEL the love of the day or loved ones around you?

RL

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We all have stories…and chapters…of imperfection.

I feel privileged that I came across this post from a friend of mine today.  There are so many of us that are just open books and share everything, and for those that are more private sometimes us “sharers” can’t understand how they can do that, how do you not go crazy keeping it all in. However, there are definitely times in my life where, frankly, I am glad that I don’t have to share, if I don’t want to. Some of life’s issues are between Me, and God. This is a great reminder of that, after all, GOD is the one that we can turn to for strength!

 

Some things are meant to go through with as few people knowing as possible, it’s what show true character in yourself and those around you…

Thursday morning and ready for a new day. 😀Spending time in His word before the day starts and I am reminded…we all have stories and chapters in our life that we do not share, nor do we have to. Some things are meant to go through with as few people knowing as possible, it’s what show true character in yourself and those around you. With Him I can do it all and that is a great comfort….it’s only Him that has the perfection to be what I need! – Christina

I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Phil 4:13

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So – Here is to a NEW day for you of trying, restarting, or beginning, and most importantly, remembering YOU ARE IMPERFECT and that is ok!

RL