Showered with Love

  It’s ok that her name was misspelled. This was the weekend to shower Mary Claire and Tyler with love. The Magnolia Tea Room was the first wedding shower of the weekend.  

 It was given by Vera, Superman’s momma, and her sisters. Mauvalene is there sitting on the left in the pink jacket. Now, Marva helped deliver Superman 50 something years ago! She was there every step of the way in raisin’ that young’un. If Superman had the sniffles, then by golly Aunt Marva was there with a shot. In fact, lil’ Reeky would hide under the bed when he saw her coming. She isn’t actually blood related, but she’s one of the family just the same. 

 The lovely thing about growing up in a small town, like Gaffney, not many people move away. So the same neighbor who saw Lil’ Reeky Toot-Toot grow up, are the same neighbors who watched his children grow. It was a wonderful reunion for us. 

 As you can see, Tyler was the ONLY guy in attendance. Before we left our house, Superman made his future son-in-law turn in his Man Card. Tyler totally can handle a room full of old ladies. I think he actually has a gift for schmoozing and wooing the older generation.  

 The tables were set in the perfect tea house way…salad, finger sandwiches, cheese wafers, madeleines, fruit and desserts. And the sparkling iced tea was especially delicious. (I think I may have figure that recipe one out to serve at my next party.) Oh, and don’t forget the nuts! Mixed nuts! Gotta have nuts! 

 I LOVE this family I married into! Although Superman is an only child, he had many cousins to torture and treat like sisters.  

 I think what overwhelmed me the most, was all these people who wanted to love on my little girl. This type of party does involve a lot of gifts, which might offend some people. But here is Mary Claire and Tyler who will be moving into a brand new house with not much more than a bachelor’s table, two coffee mugs from college and a plastic bowl. This party was about loving someone so much that you want to help them get started in their new life together.  

 Before becoming engaged, Mary Claire was a little put off by the whole concept of having a party like this. She didn’t understand the love that trumps all the dishes, crockpots and toasters. 

 Believe me, it didn’t take long for her to fully grasped how undeservedly blessed we all are. When she walked into that room love was present. 

 This sweet couple has bought a house with nothing in it. They have cautiously counted their pennies and budgeted their paychecks to plan for expenses. Willing to make due until the time was right to make purchases, a day like today was God’s way of saying I Love You. 

 So if Saturday was the day to show the young couple how much they are loved, Sunday was the day to shower them again AND to show me how much God loves me! 

 I know that this party was not about me, but I was overwhelmed by love I felt. Three of my dear friends, Sissy, Margo and Angie planned and organized this beautiful shower for MC and Tyler. 

(FYI: Costco has AMAZING cheesecake! OMG!)

(Gosh, whoever brought those beautiful lamps, sure has great taste!)

(Oh yeah, this isn’t about me. Me me me.) 

 My mom, my sisters Jane and Laura drove from Columbia and Atlanta to attend. To take a quiet Sunday and choose to drive a couple of hours means so much to me! 

 Beautiful “jewels” to represent beautiful hearts in that room. 

 Hee Hee…even the baristas got their bling on! By the way, these guys were so sweet, so talented and so fun. 

 The shower was held at a local coffee shop, Bella Latte. The baristas created delicious frothy cups of coffee and refreshing chilled drinks. Olivia loved her chocolate milkshake. (Isn’t she absolutely adorable?!?)

(By the way, just for your information…Olivia is turning five next month and she is having a birthday party and it is going to be a princess party and you are invited and you have come dressed all fancy and you can wear a crown.) 

(Just so you know.) 

 I guess this shower had me overflowing with emotion because of the people who were there. Not only family, but friends…long time friends. Hey Vet! 

 Friends of mine and friends of Claire. 

 Friends I’ve known and loved for almost twenty years. 

 Friends of Claire’s that I’ve seen grow up into beautiful, smart young professionals. 

(Waaaa! Where has the time gone?) 

  So again, for the second time this weekend, these two were showered with love.  They are physically and spiritually ready to start their life together after their June wedding. 
I was reminded again of the immeasurable ripple effect of God love for us. 

God first loved us, even before we were born. His love grows and grows with each interaction, conversation, hug, visit and prayer we have with each other. The overwhelming joy I felt this weekend was not about “Oh look at all the people who love me!” or “Gee look at all the pretty gifts they got!” BUT “God sooo loves me that He has blessed undeserved me with a beautiful loving family, genetically and family through marriage. He has blessed me with friends…so many friends. 

(I am wiping away tears as I think about all of this.)

He has answered my prayers to bring a God-fearing, smart, loving, sweet , funny guy into my daughter’s life. I have absolutely no doubt that God orchestrasted Mary Claire and Tyler getting together.

 Mary Claire’s little Honda Civic was packed with not an inch of room left. 

(Oh, and that was just from Saturday.)

Golly gee. I guess Momma is just going to have to make plans to deliver the rest of the gifts to Charleston sometime soon! 

(Yea!)

Thanks for dropping by! 

 

Good-bye Sweet Daisy

20140228-092458.jpgHave you ever been unconditionally loved? Forgiven and the misdeed forgotten within seconds? Has anyone ever greeted you with absolute joy every time you came home? I have. Daisy was a good friend. A good dog.

20140228-094510.jpgWe got her from the pound 15 1/2 years ago. Thomas was just a baby.They grew up together.

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20140228-095548.jpgShe was always by his side.

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20140228-100811.jpgNeeded a helping hand? She was there.
I wrote about sweet Daisy here. As time went on, I hated to leave her when we went away for many days at a time. Luckily for us, we have some responsible, caring, dog-loving teenage boys that will take care of the pets while we’re gone.

It’s hard deciding when the time has come that your beloved pet is not living a fruitful life. I didn’t intend to put her down when I went to the vet. It was obvious with her weight loss that she was not as healthy as she once was, but she still had a joyful spirit about her. If you asked her if she wanted to go for a walk she would immediately get up and go to the door with her tail wagging. She would nudge me as I put my shoes on letting me know she was ready. After dinner, Daisy would stand right in your way as you were cleaning the dishes. She loved the last piece of bread. Until just a few weeks ago, she was still jumping for a treat (maybe not actually getting air, but it was jumping for her) and doing a happy jog from the mailbox in the morning.

20140228-101635.jpgWhen I would be in my craft room upstairs, I would hear her walking around and around looking for me. So I would pick up her up and carry her up to be with me.

20140228-101748.jpgWhen Adam got ready to leave for college, he knew he wouldn’t be home until Thanksgiving. I remember him kneeling down and whispering into Daisy’s ear to stick around until he got home again. She did. She was there when he came home.

20140228-102725.jpgBut then I had to be out of town for a few days. Superman was concerned because Daisy refused to eat and she just didn’t want to get up. When I returned, I tried some wet food to see if she would like that better. She did. But vomited it all back up in about three rooms. Poor baby. So I took her in. I was by myself. It was heart wrenching. The doctor was crying, the nurse was crying and I was a wreck. I know I did the right thing, but it hurts so bad.

20140228-103244.jpgSuperman and Thomas took her to the farm the next day to bury her. They texted me to say they said a prayer for her and bawled their eyes out. She was a good dog.

20140228-104038.jpgA few days later this came in the mail from our wonderful vet.

20140228-104113.jpgI’ll see her again one day. She, along with the other dogs I have loved, have made my heart bigger so I can love even more.

Thanks for dropping by!

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