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A Hurricane is About to Blow In! 
Aug. 5, 2012 6:02 am 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2012 1:10 am
Right now it is Sunday August 5, 2012 at nearly 9 a.m.  I am alone in my home (well with my two cats) as both my DH and DD are out working today.  This may be the last time in a while that my life will be quiet because a hurricane is about to blow in.  Not a literal hurricane but by this time next Sunday I may feel like it.  Next Saturday, August 11 at 3:30 in the afternoon, oldest DD is getting married.  Between now and then, lots will go on of course but in addition I have been tasked to make a bunch of brownies (probably around 100 - at first I was told 1,000, whew!) and a chocolate pound cake for a fund raiser/spaghetti dinner for a coworker of DH who is dealing with breast cancer as a single mother.  I'm happy to do it but does everything have to happen at the same time!

I probably will be taking the cheaters way out and use brownie mixes (which I already have on hand) to make the majority of the brownies.  I also have candy bars, sprinkles, marshmallows and peanut butter to jazz up those mixes.  It should be quite the adventure and I will post pictures as I get them made.  Stay tuned!

If you have a moment, say a prayer for me and my family.  This is our oldest child and first to get married.  She's handled it all very well herself and I really just need to get dressed and show up except for the responsibility of appropriately fastening up her bustle for the reception.  I was the only one with her the day she tried on her dress and the lady showed us how to fasten the train so I'm it!  Oh dear, where was the matron of honor that day!

Our only other child, another DD, is coming in from 2,000 miles away on Wednesday.  She's dealing with a major boatload of personal problems of her own and I'm hoping this will not take away from the joy and festivities of the week.  She tends to lean toward the dramatic.

I'm excited to be the Mother of the Bride but being in the spotlight is so not in my comfort zone.  A great friend has told me repeatedly to be sure to sit back and enjoy the festivities and take it all in before it is over.  Great advice I think.  It is going to be her day, not mine.

So as you are going on with your normal week this week, take a moment and think of me if you don't mind.  I can use all the thoughts and prayers I can get!

Aug. 5, 2012 6:08 am
Good luck! Nephew is getting married on the 24th and driving my SIL to distraction. I've offered to help with the shower, the rehearsal dinner, etc.. but she wants to get everything catered.
Aug. 5, 2012 6:11 am
Thanks sassy! I really feel like I've done very little to this point. I'm trying not to be a meddling MOTB.
Aug. 5, 2012 6:28 am
I will definitely keep you in my prayers! I know what you mean about it all happening at once. My daughter has preeclampsia and is on beseech, so trying to help her with meals and cleaning, and watching her 17 month old son, my son-in-laws father is having hip replacement tomorrow, and being a rehab nurse, I volunteered to help him with his recovery, and my Mom and I are having a huge garage sale Friday and Saturday that I need to get ready for. Not to mention running my household and working 12 hour might shifts at the hospital! When it rains, it pours! Take care and enjoy the wedding!
Aug. 5, 2012 6:29 am
*bedrest* Darn that autocorrect!
Aug. 5, 2012 6:37 am
it's an exciting time- bitter sweet as they say- breathe deep my friend- it's a new beginning:-) lovee & prayers from your friend in georgia-judy-
Aug. 5, 2012 6:41 am
Congrats to the bride to be! Try to enjoy it!
Aug. 5, 2012 6:48 am
What a special time that is! You will have a wonderful time! Congratulations!
Aug. 5, 2012 6:54 am
What an amazing week you'll have! :-). We'll be praying for you and your family. Congratulations, Mother of the Bride. :-)
Aug. 5, 2012 7:35 am
All the best to you and yours....
Aug. 5, 2012 7:51 am
Mason's G-Ma - that made me tired just reading it. Best of luck to you in your week ahead! Thanks to everyone else for your best wishes. I forgot to add that I'm desperately trying to get a room painted and put back together today so DD coming in on Wednesday will have somewhere to sleep! It's going to be a wild ride!
Aug. 5, 2012 7:58 am
You will have an exciting week. Thank goodness it was 100 brownies and not 1000! Just do your best to go with the flow and enjoy yourself. Congratulations to your daughter.
Aug. 5, 2012 8:01 am
I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following. Mahatma Gandhi
Aug. 5, 2012 8:04 am
You will come through shining!
Aug. 5, 2012 8:55 am
Take a deep breath before the storm and a smile on your lips. Take care.
Aug. 5, 2012 8:58 am
Maridele, I hope all goes smoothly for you, the bride and your family! Try to think of your DD in the spotlight and you are going to enjoy the glow! While overwhelming, the day will go quickly so enjoy each moment. Wishing you all the best!!
Aug. 5, 2012 10:15 am
Rest whenever you can, Maridele! Remember there will be pictures of the wedding you will have "forever"! Also, if you are likely to tear up, be sure to have tissues, blush and lipstick in your handbag! Try to have some fun, also. Wedding mishaps become treasured family tales!
Aug. 5, 2012 1:23 pm
Oh boy, they say weddings can be some of the most stressful days. I hope your worst mishap is the ring bearer or flower girl doing something their mothers are dreading. Wish you and yours the very best!
Aug. 5, 2012 1:27 pm
Bibi offers good advice. It is a time filled with emotions for you, maybe all the projects are a good way to maintain an even keel. My very best wishes to your daughter on her marriage and a lifetime of happiness!
Aug. 5, 2012 1:29 pm
Yes Cat Hill they are using a very young flower girl and both Mom and Dad are in the wedding. I fear it may be a big disaster. We'll see.
Aug. 5, 2012 4:56 pm
Congratulations to you, your daughter, and your family!! Weddings are so stressful but it's a great reward in the end! Good luck on your upcoming days!:)
Aug. 6, 2012 4:50 am
10 deep and calming breaths,and congratulations,and i will surely keep you in my prayers.
Aug. 6, 2012 6:23 am
I don't doubt for a minute that you will be able to pull the whole thing off. Best of luck !
Aug. 6, 2012 6:46 am
You will be one busy lady. Congrats on the wedding. I hope all goes well. You have your hands full with Maridele's Brownie Hurricane!
Aug. 6, 2012 2:21 pm
Oh Maridale, some of the cutest moments I have ever seen have been the little ones doing something at the wedding. Everyone knows it could happen when the kids are involved. As long as no one faints or is sick or falls into the cake.... Do get plenty of sleep and the rest of us will be sending you positive thoughts!!
Aug. 7, 2012 7:10 am
Maridele, sending you hugs and prayers! I know your daughter will have a wonderful wedding and hope that the whole family is able to enjoy themselves. Remember....perfection is not the key to happiness, but spontaneity might be!
Aug. 7, 2012 7:14 am
When my youngest sister got married one of the flower girls (then 3) shouted she was not going to walk down the aisle. Her older sister (age 5)leaned over and said some thing and the little one took off like a shot. Later we found out what the elder sister said was "Grandma has gum in her purse".
Aug. 7, 2012 4:13 pm
Lilcat that is too cute!
Aug. 8, 2012 1:23 am
Have a wonderful time, forget about all of it but the fun. I'm getting to the age where I think back at what I missed while trying to "take care" of everything and everyone. Enjoy the day, it will whiz by.
Aug. 8, 2012 10:21 am
Hope everyone enjoys a wonderful day. Is there someone you can "assign to" DD2? When one of my sisters got married, another one pulled all sorts of drama ahead of time but at least she behaved on the wedding day. I am taking at least 2 of my three little ones (ages 8, 6 and 4) to my niece's wedding in September and am hoping they behave! I am afraid the little one won't so I may not take her this time. We'll see... But do enjoy yourself and, just think, grandchildren may be in the not-too-distant future. They are a pure joy!
Aug. 8, 2012 4:14 pm
I was the mother of the groom two years ago...remember that something will go wrong, and it will be something you laugh about later. Relax and enjoy yourself! Congratulations all around, and I hope you are soon in my shoes...as the new grandmother! (My GD Lili is so precious!)
Aug. 9, 2012 7:08 am
When my DD got married almost 9 years ago; she was leaving the recepiton hall to move across the country. It was a bitter sweet day for us. When I kissed her good bye - I did not know when I would see her again. BUT, that being said.. she did almost all the work too, she is so orginized. I, other then a few Mother of the Bride things , just had to show up. It was a wonderful but 'bitter' cold day - a January wedding on the East Coast. Most of the California crowded stayed... and gave her a party there. - smart folks... But. I knew everything was well taken care of, set back and I watched with misty eyes as her dad walked her down to her nice looking, smiling husband. They both - Daughter and Dad - too had tears in there eyes and it was beautiful.. But we especially me, (normally the one to worry) set back and had a great time, I knew it was all going to be ok!!. Everyone did their part to make it a wonderful and beautiful day. As the laat dance - 'Can I have this Dance' played my husband and I danced with such joy and happiness for them both. We knew it was the beginning of changes in not only their lives; but ours too and we where happy and content, knowing all would be fine. And it has been. We go see them every Jan or Feb and then come East every August...So this is a long story - you brought back wonder memories and I just wanted to wish you the best. Enjoy the moment, and just have fun and be proud. It will be fine.
Aug. 9, 2012 8:35 am
Praying. I too am the eldest DD in my family, and through an amazing and fun wedding all on my own in 1987. My father is gone now, and my mother still speaks fondly of that day. Your friend offered good advice. The years go so quick, so enjoy!! Grand kids next? Praying for all, even the drama queen!
Aug. 11, 2012 5:34 pm
it's over now. we all love ya! yeah, relax and enjoy it...sure. i'm sure i would blow a gasket over trivia stuff that the bride and groom won't remember. i'm hoping everything lived up to your daughter's expectations and you still have your sanity.
Aug. 12, 2012 2:39 pm
It is over and all is well. I think my DD missed her calling as a wedding planner. Everything went beautifully and even the mini munchkin performed better than her parents expected. It was a beautiful wedding and we are blessed. Thanks for the prayers and kind thoughts!
Aug. 12, 2012 5:19 pm
Congratulations on your daughter's wedding! What a joy. I am so happy to hear that all turned out well. God Bless.
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