Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thankful Thursday, Wedding bell blues.

What a day yesterday was. I began my day at 345 am and it ended around 11 last night when I passed out in bed. It was a really long day but a good one. After hitting the gym for an hour workout, I came back home and began making flower arrangements for the wedding.

Soon my entire family was up and we all pitched in to get everything ready. We made about a hundred deviled eggs and two big pans of Swedish meatballs for the reception. By early afternoon we were all exhausted and running on adrenaline and clouds were building so it was time to pray. God answered our prayers and the clouds went away just in time for the wedding.

So here is my Thankful Thursday list:

1. I am thankful for a glorious day in the park and that everything came together for the wedding. The weather was just about perfect and there was no arguing or fighting. For a moment, I thought I was at the wrong wedding. Haha

We decorated this handrail.

2. I am thankful for my family who pitched in and made the day a special one for our niece. We make quite a team. Diane and I did the flowers, and food. My oldest son helped set everything up and helped with the arrangements. My youngest son (12) helped hand out programs and helped me take photos.

#2 Son, handing out programs:

He went for a walk around the pond to take some photos of the pond and ducks and this is what he took:

Duck in the pond (nice shot):

View of the wedding area from the lower pond. (nice again)

Hey these aren't ducks. Boys will be boys.

3. I am thankful that I listened to my wife and went to the gym yesterday because I was so tired this morning that I had to sleep in that extra hour. She is probably wondering who wrote that “listened to my wife” part. I never do that or so I am told. I need more coffee by the way. Does anyone out there deliver?

4. I am thankful for all my aches and pains this morning because that tells me I am making progress on my fitness program. No pain no gain or at least that is what I hear.

5. I am thankful that I am not the Governor or our State this morning. I never realized that we had so many perfect people in this country that could stand up and throw that first stone. I am guessing he will resign because that is what Republicans tend to do when they make mistakes while in office.

Have a great day,


Deb said...

Beautiful pics!! You all did a great job with the wedding! No doubt your niece was blessed by and thankful to you.
Agreeing with you about your governor and all the perfect people in our country....but oh let someone in Hollywood have an affair.....(sorry, one of my soap boxes)...
Have a blessed day!

Gina Stinson said...

Wow! Beautiful flower arrangements!

Susan D said...

The flowers are beautiful. You niece looks lovely. Nice job! Blessings, SusanD

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Your flowers are stunning Greg, it is such a joy to read your blog and look at your lovely photos.

Collette x

Terri Tiffany said...

It looks beautiful!! I wondered if you would post today if you would be exhausted. Wow-- you did great!
And as for Foxfire--just go to and download. It takes seconds and you still keep your old browser if you want to. My husband is thrilled with the speed.

Jenny wren's nest said...

Greg looks like a beautiful event, good job.

Chatty Kelly said...

Loved the pictures and glad you had a great day at the wedding.

Sad story about the governor.

Suzanne Casamento said...

Lots of stuff to be thankful for! Your flower arrangements are gorgeous. (Did you grow those zinnias?) And the decorated railing looked great.

Looks like your family had a fabulous day together. You've got some team over there! Lucky you. : )

Patrice said...

You are a man of so so so so many talents!! The flowers were beautiful was well as everything else! I had to giggle at the last one about your governor, so true, so sad, but very true! :)

I have missed you, by the way! Life is so busy....we need to catch up!

Becky said...

Where were you when I got married? Those flowers are lovely. What a nice park to spend they day in.

Edie said...

How gorgeous! You really did a great job. You and your family are natural event planners.

I'm thankful that I'm not in the public eye!

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Lori said...

Very nice!

Truth4thejourney said...

Hi Greg,

Loved your list! That is great how you all pitched in to make the wedding day memorable for your niece. Teamwork brings families closer together.

I can feel your pain as my hubby has had me up and in the gym this week, as well! I was so sore this morning that I was ready to track down the trainer and PUNCH him (and I've never punched anyone LOL!).

As far as coffee delivery, Kelly brought over an iced coffee when she came to visit today. Friends, they are amazing!

Hope you catch up on some rest this weekend.

Will you be going back to the gym tomorrow? I committed to going, so I'll stick it out.

Take care,
Sonya Lee

The Dental Maven said...

Greg, the florals looked fabulous. Better watch out, you could start getting more requests for your services in that area!

I heard George Stephanopoulos saying yesterday that the Republican Party should change its name to "Survivor." The media is just loving this story. Conveniently forgotten is former Presidential candidate John Edwards.

B His Girl said...

Love the cheery flowers for a special day. What love you showed to your niece. May their marriage be strong in love and be blessed with many years by the Lord. B

Playwright Chick said...

Those are gorgeous flower arrangements! You are very handy to have around, I can tell. Your niece looks gorgious too & outshines the flowers, as a bride should! Lovely wonderful post!

Jamie Dawn said...

I am veery disappointed with your governor. I am sick of politicians on both sides not being able to keep their promises to the ones they are supposed to love the most. What does that say about them keeping their promises to us???

What a gorgeous setting for the wedding! That park is lovely, and all the work your family did really paid off.
I'm sure your niece appreciates you all SO much!!!
Your son is such a cutie!


Jody Hedlund said...

Hi Greg,
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I always love to see a new face! And to answer your question about Twitter,it's very, very easy! Just type in and you'll come to a sign up page. It takes all of five minutes and you're ready to go! It's definitely been fun! But I also realize that it's not the tool everyone needs either.

Jenny said...

I am glad the wedding went smoothly. The flowers were lovely.

As for the Govenor...Do I even want to go there...why not, I really think that is between him and his family and should not be aired for the whole worlds opinion. Yes he needs to pay back the government for his little trip down south, but the rest should be for them to handle in private. So glad I am not in the public eye.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Looks like it was a lovely day and a levely place for a wedding. The flowers look beautiful.

Yes, boys will be boys. Ha!

No stone throwing here, I am just always curious as to how these politicians can think they won't get caught.

Wanda said...

Oh Greg ~~ your family did a wonderful job on the flowers and wedding. What a lovely spot.

Your son is adorable, I just want to hug him.

The wedding party was very attractive too.

O Lord, none of us are without sin...most of us will never have to confess on TV. I do pray for his family... that's heartbreaking.

2Thinks said...

Nice flower arrangements. What a loving uncle thing to do and swedish meatballs, too! Nice.

Good job with the pics #2 son :)

sara said...

the pictures are beautiful and it looks like it was a lovely wedding!!

but the part that got me was...3:45 am!!! I could not be up at that time let alone heading to the gym...yikes!! i'm impressed!

AirmanMom said...

magnificent photos!

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