Last weekend, my future father-in-law and his brother, along with a couple of the kids, repainted the “barn.” (They call it a barn, but it is currently just a tool shed. The chickens all passed away last winter, and Mr. Handsome’s parents decided to wait until after the wedding to replace them.)
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When it comes to flowers, I’m not too picky. That’s why I was happy to hand off the task of choosing flowers for the ceremony and reception to my mom and Mr. Handsome’s cousin. Both of them know way more about flowers than I ever will and can pretty much name every type out there.We will order flowers for the corsages and bouquets and some for the tables at the reception. (Once we get our act together on that, I’ll post pictures.) To save money, my mom and mother-in-law came up with the idea of using hanging pots to decorate the church and our outdoor reception venue (aka Mr. Handsome’s family’s backyard).
The initial plan was to order pots of white wave petunias and blue lobelia. (Don’t feel bad if you have no idea what those are; I sure didn’t.) That would have ended up costing $200 for 20 pots, so we were thrilled when the woman at the hardware store came up with a cheaper solution. We purchased pots, soil, and bedding plants for $90 and planted them ourselves.
Saving money is a beautiful thing. Now we just have to keep the flowers alive until the wedding. Mr. Handsome’s grandma (we call her Gram) graciously offered to take on that challenge.
We celebrate your union, as this year we celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Of all the memories, I’m reminded that the best were of the simple things from the heart.
The card was signed by distant relatives who live 2,000 miles away. I had only met them once and was touched that they had taken the time to send a gift, and so soon after the engagement. We hadn’t even finalized our wedding registry yet!
I unwrapped the burlap and found a beautiful, handmade quilt. Each square had a fruit of the Spirit and a Bible verse written in perfect cursive print. I had tears in my eyes as I showed the quilt to Mr. Handsome and our parents. This gift was definitely from the heart, but there was nothing simple about it. She had spent hours making a quilt for us, and we barely knew her. I think this is going to be my favorite wedding gift, and I look forward to hanging it in our home.
More than five years ago, my mom (Lily) and I (Ellie) started the Duggar Family Blog, which follows the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children. A few years later, we launched the Bates Family Blog about Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 kids.
After I shared my engagement story in March, readers asked me to start my own blog. Your wish is my command! I am pleased to share this new website with you all. My fiance (Mr. Handsome) proposed on March 10th, and our wedding is this summer. For those who have not read my engagement story, here it is:
Handsome decided he wanted to propose and that he wanted to make it really special, so he found cheap airline tickets and arranged for me to fly to Florida. I work for his uncle at a Christian organization, so Mr. Handsome had my boss
tell me that I was going on a work trip to write a news article about a retirement community for missionaries.
My parents, Lily and Mr. Lily, also happened to be in Florida on a
business trip, so they picked me up at the airport and took me to a
hotel on St. Petersburg Beach. The next morning, my parents told me that we were going to meet
my dad’s high school friend for a quick lunch on the beach before I had
to leave for my interview at the retirement community. Mr. Handsome
popped out of the bushes and said, “Hey, do you want to come over here?”
My parents joined his parents on a bench about a hundred yards away.
Mr. Handsome read Proverbs 31 and said: “I’ve been looking for a
Proverbs 31 wife all my life, and I’ve found one. Will you marry me?” I
After the proposal, we were blessed to spend a couple days in
Florida with our parents. Our siblings were all pretty jealous about that, but they are excited for the wedding, so they quickly forgave us.