Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Verve-y. Elan-y. Sick-ly.

Well, right off the bat, I have to sadly confess to you that I have taken very few pictures so far on this trip. If you promise to forgive me and not be too terribly mad, I promise I will hereby endeavor to do better.

So help me, Nikon.

Some of the few measly pictures I have managed to take fall just a wee bit short of absolutely inspiring. Like this one.


I had fired up my computer camera on the 13-hour trip to Florida and messed around with goofy backgrounds as we went down the road. I can’t say that Sarah and I have ever had our picture taken with a Ferris wheel in the foreground, but hey, we love to live dangerously.

When we arrived in Winter Haven at 10 pm (which is way past my bedtime), we were greeted by this lovely Hampton Inn hotel room. Happily, we got it for a reduced rate because Meagan and Nathan negotiated cheaper rates by reserving a block of rooms for the wedding. My bargain loving soul rejoiced.



And what could be better than a room with a reduced rate than a room with a reduced rate that also sports a fab gift basket!


It was accompanied by this sweet note.


When I opened it and started reading, I found that it was from my son’s future mother-in-law, the wonderfully generous and mega gifted, Sheri Hawley, whom I am blessed to call a dear friend. Sheri writes an excellent blog where (among other things) she’s been writing about the upcoming wedding from her inimitable point of view.

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Although Sheri is an energetic, “git-er-done” kind of woman, she was not quite up to her usual form yesterday when we saw her. As it turns out, Sheri, Meagan, one of Meagan’s sisters, and several other women important to the wedding all either contracted the flu or food poisoning and they were all in various stages of misery, from feeling weak, to feeling queasy, to having bouts of vomiting.

As you can imagine, this was not something that was real welcome five days before a wedding since the intensity of Official Wedding Preparation has officially morphed from “fast” to “warp speed.” Thankfully though, Meagan was feeling better this morning (after going to bed at 8 pm last night) and the rest of the crew seems to be feeling a little stronger as well. We continue to pray that they will all recover quickly from whatever has hit them and be able to jump back into the Wedding Week Festivities with their usual verve and elan. Because it’s hard to feel verve-y and elan-y when one is feelin’ sick-ly.

So that’s the scoop from Wedding Planning Central. As I said, I will do my best to take a lot more pictures and share them with all of you who are happily counting down the days with us until the big event.

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Jessica Kramasz said...

Oh wow - I'll be praying for all the sick wedding ladies!

leeanne said...

Oh Yikes!! Having just gotten through the marriage of our daughter a few weeks ago, I can feel the pain and potential panic of the sick wedding ladies and especially the mother of the bride! I pray that everyone is back up to speed very, very soon so that all the festivites can be enjoyed to the max! So glad you arrived safely and I will be very anxiously waiting to see some pictures!! :)

MaryH said...

Hope everyone is feeling better and that all the fun can begin again - all the craziness too but that is part of the fun. Please listen to your Nikon and take pictures - or post other's pictures - don't miss out on a moment for yourself because you are behind a lens for us! WE are not that important - maybe curious but certainly not worth missing a precious moment of this wonderful time with your son and new daughter-in-law. Enjoy!

LizW said...

Thanks for the update. Hope you can enjoy all of the festivities as mother of the groom.

Jenna said...

Today's the BIG day!! Congratulations on Nathan and Meagan's wedding. I am praying that God will bless their marriage and put his hand on their life together and that he will not only grant them many, many years of love, joy and togetherness, but will also use them to bless many, in ways neither they nor you can yet envision.

Jenna Hoff in Canada

Anonymous said...

from the Book of Common Prayer:

O gracious and everliving God, you have created us male and female in your image:
Look mercifully upon Nathan and Meagan
who come to you seeking your blessing, and assist
them with your grace, that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep the promises and vows they make;
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

mrs pam