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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tears of Joy and Gratefulness


I can truly say I am so tired that my eyes hurt.  My eyes have been shedding tears of joy and sorrow over all the events of the past two weeks.  The last two weeks I prepared for my daughter's wedding...tears of joy, while also hearing daily reports on my father.  One week before our daughter's wedding my father had a stroke...so tears of sorrow.  Each event ended in tears of gratefulness.  The wedding was a "TOTAL GOD" thing and my Dad arrives home today continuing his recovery...an answered prayer also.


Her three oldest brothers marched down the aisle in front of her and her Dad.  Her two youngest brothers, one a groomsman and Benjamin the ring bearer.  My Ethel saved the day by coming to my rescue and helping from sun up to sundown to prepare all the decorations for both the rehearsal dinner and wedding.  She is the definition of true friend.



So through my tired fingers I am leaving you with some of the first pictures.




We now enter our second unemployment period in six months, while looking back at the beginning of this roller coaster ride and recounting God's faithfulness.  Standing in the reception room, which was overflowing with 220 guest...we only expected 100...we stood as a couple amazed at the goodness of our God and "oh how He loves you and me!"


29 Joining in with more words:

Sassy Granny ... said...

Oh my goodness: what a gorgeous bride! I just know what joy what that special day for all of you.

So glad to hear your Dad is on the mend. But sad to hear about the unemployment. My son was out of work for 9 months and we got to see firsthand how difficult that can be.

You're an amazing, powerful woman, Janette. You honor God well, and I've no doubt He's got your back.

Will add you to my prayers.

Blessings,
Kathleen

Dianne said...

Wow! Just beautiful Janette. I know your heart is bursting with joy for her. I rejoice with you and mourn with you over the news about your father. Prayers that he will make a full recovery.

Try to put your feet up and take it easy for a little while--I know that is easier said than done.

Warm blessings to you and yours,
Dianne

Sonja said...

She is a stunning bride! I could hardly wait for you to post some pictures. I thought of you all this weekend, and I knew it was going to be so special, and that you would be limp when it was over!

I'm so glad your dad is doing better, praying for all of it Janette. The wedding details had God's hands all over them. SO happy for all of it!!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Rejoicing with you and sharing your tears, too.

Fondly,
Glenda

Vee said...

Beautiful bride...a very handsome couple...all good things to them! You and your husband must be so very proud of her.

Life's juxtapositions can be so bizarre sometimes. Praying for your dad and for The Lord to keep right on providing for all your needs. Love to you...

Sally said...

Hold on tight, all roller coasters have an end. Happy to hear your dad is in recovery and awed by the beautiful pictures from the wedding.
Hold fast.

Crickit said...

I missed you but knew you were only away for a little while! You daughter is a beauty and a gorgeous bride. I am so glad that the wedding went so well. Also, happy that your father is coming home. I will be praying for his recovery and the latest job news.

Hugs~
Crickit

Theresa said...

congratulations! Wow, your daughter is stunning! Beautiful :)
Glad your Dad is coming home and doing better.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

What an absolutely beautiful bride! I'm so sorry about your Dad but so glad that he is recovery. What an emotional time for you. Take care, rest up and may the Lord hold you extra close in these coming days. Hugs!

Pom Pom said...

Beautiful! I'm so happy for you! What a gorgeous bride!

Sharon said...

Oh she's beautiful. And what a handsome couple. Seeing the picture of them together, all I could think of was a knight in shining armor and his princess...

Congrats. I certainly hope that your dad is getting better, and that the unemployment situation will be resolved quickly. God be with you all, Janette.

GOD BLESS!

Christine said...

How you described your daughter's beautiful wedding is how I felt at the end of my daughter's wedding.
Saying good-bye to one season of her life and hello to another.

She is absolutely beautiful!

I really appreciate how she prepared for her marriage and not just the wedding.

Congratulations!

Farm Girl said...

Such a beautiful day. Such a beautiful bride. I am so happy for you. I will be praying for you all and I am so sorry about your Dad. I had no idea.
I hope you can rest for a bit.
I can't wait it hear more. Well because I know it will be filled with lots of stories of God's faithfulness.

Maryann said...

Your daughter made a beautiful bride and what a handsome couple they are. A wedding can take a lot out of you then add to that your dad's stroke...I am sure you are physically and emotionally drained. Glad to hear dad is better, will pray that he will make a complete recovery, and that God will continue to provide for your needs

Debbie said...

I don't know how I missed this yesterday as I have been ANXIOUSLY waiting to see. I am soo glad everything went well Janette. I remember being as tired as I ever been as well. She is just flat out GORGEOUS!! Soo pretty. I have prayed this morning for the happy couple that they might know years and years of happiness and blessings. Hugs to you...time to rest now!

Debbie said...

Oh I forgot....sorry to hear about your dad. As you know I know all about this problem, but God is faithful. I will add him to my prayers as well...

Sandy said...

What a good looking bride and groom they are!! She makes the dress even more beautiful. I love the pictures and look forward to more. I rejoice with all of you!
I am saddened though to hear of your dear dad's stroke. I pray he will make a quick and complete recovery. Keep us posted.
Love & Prayers~

Sandy said...

What a good looking bride and groom they are!! She makes the dress even more beautiful. I love the pictures and look forward to more. I rejoice with all of you!
I am saddened though to hear of your dear dad's stroke. I pray he will make a quick and complete recovery. Keep us posted.
Love & Prayers~

podso said...

I feel your joy and sense your fatigue, and the amazing mix of emotions with your father so ill during the festivities. Thankful he is home now and better, and the wedding looked just beautiful. What a dress! They look sooo happy! There is nothing more precious than God joining a man and wife together in him!

Cindy said...

Smiling with you and sharing a few tears as well! Hugs to you, dear friend.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, what a beautiful bride. SOOOOOO beautiful. And, I know in my heart, she is as beautiful on the inside as the outside. She comes from good folks... with an amazing heritage of love. I thought about y'all all weekend and I am rejoicing with you, Janette! I'm also grateful your Dad is recovering and getting to be at home. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

What a beautiful wedding, and a gorgeous couple,Janette. May they always be as happy as they are right at this moment. No wonder you have been shedding tears. So many challenges, big emotional challenges. So happy to hear your dad is recovering, and obviously the wedding went off beautifully!

Debbie said...

I don't know if I've ever told you, but I am a wedding fanatic. I just love them because I'm also a hopeless (hopeful!) romantic. Big or small, fancy or simple, I love them all.

How I would have loved to be there to see your girl walk the aisle. I didn't know or remember that he was military. That's just the icing on the cake. Her dress is drop dead gorgeous. I just retold the story of how she got it and all her other frugal blessings to my husband this weekend. I don't think he really cares about wedding girlishness, but since he prays for you and knows your whole situation, he was blessed by the stories.

She looks like her mommy, and she was such a beautiful bride!!

Praising and thanking for your father, and praising and thanking in advance for the job that I know in the bottom of my heart is right there for you.

Sorry this is so long.
Can't help it.
Weddings make me chatty.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

HI Janette...I love these pictures. Your dgt's dress is beautiful....and the couple are gorgeous.

As for the emotional roller coaster...life doesn't wait to give us it's best or worst. Praying for your dad...and for you guys financially. Thank God for 'grace.'

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Deep breath, my friend... With God's help, you did it! Although I've been AWOL here for a week, I've been sending prayers your way constantly. I am so happy for your children as they begin their new marriages. I'm thankful your father is progressing. And I'm trusting God that the perfect job is just ahead for your sweet hubby. Even with all of Life's challenges, I rejoice that you still choose to sing "blessings all mine, and ten thousand beside!" Still praying...

no spring chicken said...

He does love us.. so much and sometimes it's easier to remember than others. A stroke and a wedding? What a crazy time. But in true Janette fashion He is glorified. Your daughter is stunning and the groom (son in law) isn't half bad either! :)

CONGRATULATIONS, Debbie

BARBIE said...

What a beautiful bride and handsome groom. I am always in awe of God's faithfulness. My daughter married last June and my husband has been unemployed for three years. He is so good, my God!

So thankful to hear your dad is recovering from His stroke. Would love to see more pictures of the wedding!

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

Back from my trip and wanted to drop in to see the photos of the wedding..Glad all went wonderfully - beautiful daughter and handsome son inlaw.. Loved your daughter's dress and the way she did her hair.. everything looked lovely.. Now rest!!
Hugs

Jill Jones said...

Finally getting to catch up on reading your blog. Oh Janette, this was such a neat post along with the one that you wrote to her on marriage. So beautiful, so true. Marriage is hard work, but soooo worth the work. The wedding looked beautiful. Can't wait to see pictures in person sometime. Love you sweet friend, praying for your family daily. Miss you-need to meet again soon.

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