Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. ~Michael Leunig
Oh gosh, the time has been flying by as the calendar pages march on; only 4 weeks now until the big day! We have lately been hard at work getting the invitations out; until recently, there were stacks of envelopes, invitations, inserts, tissue and stamps piled on the dining room table as we went through the task of assembling all the elements of each invitation. Oops, watch out for the overseas ones! They require special postage…
We actually had to have some stuffing lessons to make sure we inserted the tissues correctly. Tissues? What an anachronism from the olden days of yore! Back then, they were useful to blot up the ink, because the invitations were hand written. Sometimes I wonder why we took the time to learn how to insert them properly in this day and age… but we did. All I can say is that I’m channeling Tevya as I sing, “Tradition!”
We were SO lucky to win the services of an awesome calligrapher at a fundraiser for my youth choir; Carrie is the mom of one of my current and former singers, and I am grateful for her generous gift. She did a beautiful job. The envelopes are absolutely gorgeous!
And then, finally, the invitations were mailed! There is no going back now.
Shannon and Kat have been honored with several showers this month, and literally, they have been SHOWERED with presents! Thank you notes have been and continue to be written daily. Shannon has been diligent about this, and I am grateful for her appreciation for the generosity of our dear friends and family members. We are so blessed.
One thing that had been nagging at me was the question about where we were going to put all this stuff. My knee jerk answer was UPSTAIRS!! You know, that’s the place where stuff goes. But then all the stuff up there will have to get stuffed elsewhere, like maybe in the garage?
Then I had an IDEA!! Sometimes when you think about something long enough, the solution finally comes. We reversed course and have finally decided on a display tactic.
Long story short, I removed all the comfy seating from the corner of my downstairs bedroom (yes, it all went upstairs), and set up long tables (that had been in the garage), covered them with lovely tablecloths… and then set the gifts upon them.
What fun it is to see all the brand new gifts, all clean and sparkling! Looking at some of our wedding gifts from 32 years ago, things may not be so shiny anymore, but there are some that have stood the test of time, and are very, very valued. I have no doubt that many of the gifts that Shannon and Kat have received will be likewise treasured.
What’s nagging at us now is the DETAILS. Hotel blockings, who will stay where and how will they get from here to there, who will be included in what function, lists and lists and lists. And more lists.
I took time off last weekend to go to Amelia Island, FL for a long weekend with Joel as he attended an ABA conference. There I did NOTHING… except read, nap, walk on the beach, enjoy great meals that I didn’t have to cook, soak in bubble baths, sleep late and so on and so on.
I returned home with new resolve to plow through this final month… we are well on our way. It is going to be such a happy day!
Now I just have to practice walking around in my fancy shoes so I don’t wobble down the aisle. Seriously, Bruno told me to practice every day. It’s quite an amusing sight to see me in my shorts and high heels!