Sisters & Sunny Saturdays

Heidi and I got an early start yesterday morning . . . out to hunt down some bargains at garage sales–or at least that was the goal. We found one pizza stone for mom, but we did not find a nice container to put place-seating cards in for my wedding reception. We almost bought a wheelbarrow that was kind of cute and could have looked good with a coat of paint and flowers, but I wasn’t sure if it was really what I wanted–for $10.00. When we were tired of walking into people’s basements, garages, and yards, we decided to go for iced cappuccinos at Tim Hortons. Delicious!

On our way home we just “happened” to keep meeting up with a guy in an old blue car. We kept saying to each other that it would be so wonderful if we could get that guy to chauffeur us around on my wedding day. After meeting at several intersections, the guy was finally driving behind us and as we were driving by Husky the Muskie Park, Heidi yelled at me, “He’s turning in there! Quick! Turn in too!!” So, I turned into the park ahead of him.

The guy must have thought we were crazy as we motioned that we wanted to talk to him. We asked if he was from Kenora and if he had ever chauffeured for weddings. He said he’s thought about chauffeuring, but just hasn’t yet. We talked a bit and he said he would do it for us for the price of the gas and a tip. We exchanged names and a phone number and were soon on our way! Heidi and I were just laughing after we left there as we realized how bazar or “ordained” that meeting was–however you want to look at it. But most of all we laughed because no garage sale bargain could compete with THIS biggest bargain of the day.

A few minutes later we arrived at our picture-taking site and then to our reception site–just to check things out and decide what work will need to be done there in the next week. Finally, we came home and for the next two hours enjoyed the sun and the kiddie pool with our three little sisters out in the backyard. Such a fun and beautiful day with my sister, Heidi. I will treasure it in my heart always!

I’m Grateful For . . .

Spring thunder storms
My dear, elderly widow friends
Relaxing Sunday afternoons
The children in my Sunday School Class
Hearing of God’s working in another’s life
Warm weather
Beautiful Lake of the Woods

Counting Down the Days

The month of May has been a whirlwind of activity and wonderful times with both family, friends, my husband-to-be, and my Lord. In the first week I had two fun Bridal Showers to attend! The Pampered (Chef) Bride Show was planned by Mom, Heidi & Katrina. I received many useful kitchen tools from that evening, thanks to the generosity of so many neighbours and friends! The other shower was planned by Deb Brown, a wonderful friend from Kenora, and the people who attended were mostly homeschooling mothers, their daughters, and a few other friends we’ve made over the years. What a fun evening, and once again, I received many wonderful gifts to stock our new home!

In the second week of June, one of my bridesmaids, Priscilla Loewen, planned a girls’ outing for me, Heidi, Katrina, and Priscilla’s sister Hannah. We’ve all been friends for . . . a long time and it was so much fun to go do something special like this together. We drove to Cove Point Lodge on Lake Superior in Minnesota, and though the weather was quite cold and dreary, we had a great time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Thanks, girls, for the memories!

From June 19-23 I was in PA again to visit my man and attend the wedding of two dear friends. This trip was short but worth every moment. Phil and I (with the help of his family) were able to get our place cleaned and ready to move into next month!! The Lord also answered our prayers for finding furniture that we liked and that was within our price range–so very exciting to actually think about setting up house for the two of us!

And now I’m back home with my family again, counting down the days til June 16th!We’ve all been working busily both inside and outside the house to get this place in shape for the many guests that will be around here over the time of the wedding. It’s fun to work with my family, treasuring these moments that will never again be ours in this way. This is one of the happiest times of my life, but it is definitely bittersweet. Each family member expresses their love for me in different ways, and the fact that they realize our days together as a family in this way are limited. It makes me miss them so much already–and I haven’t even moved yet! But it also makes the parting easier, knowing that they stand behind me and Phil as we begin our own home together. So, yes, the countdown is on. Only 18 days to go!!

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