If you’re here looking for links to our TV interviews, scroll down until you get to the bold print and blue links. Thanks!
We’re blessed. No two ways about it. I have a sentence in my brain that’s just BEGGING to come out through my fingers. But I’ve gotta save it for the book. I’ve spilled too much already. Suffice it to say that we asked God for one thing, and He gave us something else. And we’ll never ask for what WE want again. Because His ways are un-bee-leeeee-vably BETTER.
We had a party this weekend. And I’m going to try to make it through this post without using my 3-letter cop-out word when I’m feeling speechless (wow).
I’m going to be honest. A few things bummed me out. We got home Saturday afternoon, and I had a list of regrets running through my head. We didn’t get enough pictures (and since I was the photographer and don’t know anything about when to use a flash…). We had lots of people RSVP and not show up (many had very, very good reasons, and the others? not sure). I got waaaaaay too much lemonade (and forks/cups/plates/goody bags…), and if there’s one thing I hate, it’s waste. I didn’t get my picture taken with this friend… or that friend… or that friend…
Anyway. Typical spiritual battle stuff. God does an AMAZING thing, and the devil would love to keep me focused on the shoulda, coulda, woulda.
I’m done with that. It’s over. The party ROCKED. And you know why? Because God has surrounded us with some of the most selfless, talented, giving, sweet, encouraging people in the UNIVERSE.
Here are five of those amazing people–Amy, Emily, Kim, Ali, and Holly. (Denise was working hard at the prize table, Cindy was holding a neon green sign, directing people to the party, and we missed you, Val!) These gals MADE MY DAY. Ali (in the green) gently offered to be the Party Coordinator when it became apparent that I was floundering under the enormity of it all. And each of the other gals (and many others!) sacrificed time, energy, and money to make our day special. Bless you, friends. My heart is swollen with love and appreciation.
We had about 140 guests (who had RSVP’d), then about 30ish more who popped in unexpectedly. The band was awesome. The prizes were great. People had fun. All, all, all glory to God!
Can you believe this cake?? Because I haven’t been able to get over it since I saw it for the first time. My friend Jessica, cake GENIUS, showed up at the party with this little beauty and stunned the daylights out of me. If you live anywhere close to Dayton, OH and need a cake, call Jessicakes immediately. My friend Jamie made the cutest 2-foot-tall (at least!) giraffe cake–melt my heart! My friend Missy made a beautiful cake that said 52 ZOOS in animal print letters (and sent her cake with Jess because her little girl got sick!), and my friend Jen decorated a cake with hershey bars and adorable wooden animals. Crazy-awesome! And so many people brought cookies! My friend Sarah and her girls cut out animal-shaped cookies and decorated them–so sweet!
This picture is a total God-thing. This is my friend Cheryl and her four could-be-super-models children. I’ve mentioned Cheryl before. We rode the bus together in elementary school. And despised each other. I was viciously mean to her. And she hated me right back. A few months ago, God brought her into my mind, and I couldn’t get her out. Then, two seconds later (or something like that), I got a friend request from her on Facebook. She told me later she had been debating about it forever (does Marla still hate me??) and finally did it. Praise the Lord! We asked for forgiveness, gushed all over each other’s kids, and thanked Jesus for His amazing grace! Thank you SO much for coming to the party, Cheryl!! Love you!
This is Scott (?) from 10TV Columbus interviewing us for the evening news. Our friend David Hutchison (thank you, David!!) took the video clips from TV and made them into YouTube videos so we could share them with all of you. They did a phone interview with me for the Weekend Morning Show (Saturday at 6:20am). Then coverage from the Zoo Party was shown at 6pm. Then some slightly different coverage at 11pm. Then (we missed this one) this morning at 6:15, they had another clip. Sweet.
Here are links if you want to watch (the first one is 5 minutes, but the other 2 are short):
10TV Weekend Morning Show Saturday (phone interview with zoo pics)
And I’ll be chatting with Stacy McKay on her Morning Show at 8 a.m. Monday (today) on 104.9 The River (Columbus). I’m pretty sure you can listen live on their site if you’d like.
I’ll have more pics and party news tomorrow. If you came to the party and didn’t get a chance to sign our guestbook, leave a comment here, and I’ll print it out and glue it in the book (I’m not kidding). Or if you signed the guestbook but have something else to say, feel free! Or if you wanted to come and couldn’t, I’ll put you in there too! And if you want to just praise God for something, I want to hear it!
We have so many people to thank. It’s going to take a long, long time to show them all how very much we love and appreciate them.
And there’s this book brewing and stewing in my head that’s not going to write itself.
And my house is a wreck.
I love you, Jesus! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!