One aspect of wedding planning that I didn't really envision was the balancing act I would need to do in the family.
On the one hand I am an event planner (though never paid!). It's my 'thing.' On the other hand this is Lindsay and Joseph's wedding and not mine, and I want the wedding and reception to reflect them. On the other hand, I know that as the M*O*B it will reflect on me as well. Lindsay is laid back, I like to get things done. So I find my self walking a line here of not pushing what I think or what I want. That's good for us both and with 40 days until the big day, we have everything basically finished. Invites will be printed this week and sent out to our guests.
This is our running tally board that is on our refrigerator!
The other line I walk is between my work as the wedding coordinator and my real job of wife and mother. We still need to get our school work done, have meals, get groceries. I try to keep focused on what I need to do at the moment and not let all the "must do's" crowd in. One thing at a time, is my motto. An example this week was working out the challenges of a junior bridesmaid unhappy with her dress, trying to find a solution, while also having to deal with getting Rachel's cello repaired. How did it work out? Well, the junior bridesmaid has accepted that her dress doesn't have sleeves (this was her issue) and thanks to Rachel's cello teacher, we found a repair shop that does quality work, reasonably priced, that was only 20 minutes away. He got it done in one day as well!
This junior bridesmaid loves her dress, belt, and shoes!
A third line I walk is an emotional one. Balancing time spent with a beloved daughter who will soon be in her own home, and yet not focusing totally on her. We have 6 other children, an nearly daughter in law and a granddaughter. Oh and I have a husband.
This guy is so excited by his suit!
It's not a bad thing to 'walk the line.' In fact, I think it's good for me. It requires patience, and giving and receiving grace from each other. It requires the Lord's help in every aspect. We are still smiling here, and rejoicing in God's goodness.
I need to run - haircut today, it's badly needed and it will put me on track for the next one being timed for the week of the wedding! Perfect!