Archive for the ‘More than a Wedding Planner’ Category

Looking at the date of my last blog post I am surprised and a little embarrassed. I told myself I was going to be much more faithful to this poor little blog. It seems I took the spring and summer off.

Well I’m back and I have made some changes to the focus of my blog. The title of this blog is ” Begin With Grace. Plan your wedding and live your life with amazing grace”. I want to focus as much on life as I do on weddings.

I’ve been planning weddings for almost 20 years. Oh my glory how the industry has changed! I still love it and I’m not sure I ever wanted to give it up. All too often I get calls from brides who really don’t understand the value of an experienced planner and are looking for a bargain planner. That’s just not me!! The industry standard says that planning a wedding takes 250 hours. Even though I love what I do, I am not willing to dedicate 250 hours of my time, my heart, and family time to earn little more than minimum wage.

I spent a lot of time in prayer in the last few months about what I was supposed to be doing with my time and talent. I had to wrestle with the tight grip I had on wedding planner being who I am. I had to let go and turn it over to the Lord. I had to admit that He knew how much I loved that part of my life, but He wanted me to love Him and to be obedient to His plan for me more. ( oh man that word obedient is hard for me).

I kept coming up with plans, but they were my plans. Throughout this time a woman who previously had been part of the wedding industry in Houston, Tysh Mefford kept popping up on my news feed on Facebook. She had closed her invitation business and began as a Stella & Dot Stylist. Interesting, but not for me. When I was a very young Mom I “sold” Avon and I was terrible at it. So I kept trying to listen for God’s plan for me.

A few weeks ago I was reading a post by the adorable Emily Ley and she mentioned a cross she received from Stella & Dot. There it was again! So I emailed Tysh and a few minutes after I hit send I got a call from the mother of a former bride, telling me daughter number 2 is engaged.

There it was …. I could do both. I will do both

So here it is
I am a daughter of the King
I am a wife, mother and grandmother
I am a friend
I am a wedding planner
I am a Stella & Dot stylist

Now that I have all this off my chest I hope you come back for more.

” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. Phil. 4:13




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I found this picture recently and although I couldn’t find a photographer’s name so I could give credit I just had to share it. I’m planning on buying a bike next week. Not a racing or mountain bike but one more like this one. I think the “feel” of this picture is one of those things that “Fires Me Up”


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There’s not much else that needs to be said.
I hope you all are surrounded by love today. Romantic love, family love, friends love!!!

The beautiful print above comes from a sweet sweet girl ( I can call her a girl because I could be her Momma). Lara Casey. Please check out her new amazing site at Lara Casey Media

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Happy Saturday morning everyone! This week is always such an odd week for me. The excitement of Christmas is winding down and I anticipate the arrival of a fresh clean blank slate of a new year. I thought I might share a few thoughts and images this week that I have collected but just never found the right time to share them.


Sadly I can’t give credit to the originator of this picture,but I hope it will speak to someone the way it has to me

Love ya,

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Bob Goff wrote a wonderful book ” Love Does” It’s one of those books I need to purchase a real copy of so that I can highlight and turn down pages and reread. Below is a Twitter post from Bob this morning and I wanted to share it with you all.

Grace means we don’t need to just cross our fingers anymore about how our lives will turn out “

Everyone have a wonderful day!

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From my home and family to yours


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