Category Archives: Wedding

I’m Back!

And I’ve moved.  I’ve decided to break away from Blogger and move my site on over to WordPress.  Yippee!  It’s taken a while…but now it’s done.  Hopefully the user friendliness of this blog site will be just the encouragement I need to write more.  If you’ve subscribed to my posts, you will continue to receive email updates whenever I post.  Yep…I’m excited.

Natalie and Justin’s wedding was absolutely beautiful, amazing, and dreamy with yummy food and wonderful friends and family to share it with.  It’s crazy how so much blood, sweat, and literal tears go into planning this one day event.  But, it was more than worth it.  Our prayers, as well as the prayers of so many people, were answered above and beyond what we could ever ask or think.  We continue to hear reports of how hearts were touched and lives even changed by being a part of the day.  That was Chris’ and my prayer.  We wanted people to leave having encountered our Lord, Jesus.  And they did.  God is so good. 

So, now that the wedding has passed, and our lives seem to be moving on a more…shall I say, less hecktic path, I will try, try, try, to write more.



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Countdown Wedding Day

Wedding planning has been a daily task these days. We are down to the last 2 months. Invitations are out. Venue is booked. Dresses are being made, suits are being rented, photographer is booked, and the D.J.’s ready to rock. We even chose the cake at a wonderfully, delicious cake tasting last night. I can’t tell you what it is because we want it to be a surprise. The above picture should give you a hint. And I have two words for you….YUM!

In light of all the tremendous progress we’ve made in planning, there still seems to be a million things left to do. Linens and chairs to rent, finalizing the food, taking candles over to the fire department to have them fire tested and approved for use, hiring security guards for the reception (what do they think we’re going to do for heaven’s sake?). And then there’s the flowers. We still have to get the flowers. And the decorations, and…oh dear…I still don’t have a dress. Friends, as well as my mother keep asking me, “What are you going to wear, Mary? Have you gone shopping for yourself yet? Whata ya mean you haven’t gotten a dress yet? You can’t wait till the last minute!” For goodness sake people…I haven’t had a chance to think about it. Who knows, maybe I’ll just pull my own wedding dress out of the box and wear that. It still looks good.

But in all seriousness. This truly has been an amazing experience. I already feel like I could write a book on what to do, and what not to do when planning your only daughters wedding…and I’m not even finished yet. The time I’ve spent with Natalie in the planning and preparation has been so precious. I treasure every moment. She won’t be here much longer; in our home that is. The very thought of that…well, I just can’t imagine it. How blessed I am to be so intricately involved in the planning of this glorious celebration. Stress and all…I wouldn’t change a thing.

Trying not to countdown to quickly,

The Mother Of The Bride

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A day in the life

I haven’t really used this blog as a means to let people know of the everyday events of my life. Not that that’s a bad thing. It just hasn’t been the direction I wanted to take.But that’s about to change…at least in this post.


Here’s a brief, and in no way complete, recap of recent events in my life.My children are growing up


And talk about anticipating the empty nest. It’s happening as I speak. I’m planning my daughters wedding, as well as getting ready for Nate’s graduation from High School. The two of them are gone more then they are home. What with school, work, girlfriend, fiance…you name it and it’ll take them away from home. At least my baby boy, Zach, is still around. But wait! He’s turning 16 this summer. He’ll be getting his drivers license. And he too, being the skater dude that he is, seems to be gone more and more these days.


And Mom just watches. Sometimes helplessly, but not hopelessly. I believe this is what we raise them for. We pour ourselves into our children, teaching them to the best of our abilities to be respectful human beings, good communicators (at least the Blaustone’s do), competent in their abilities to take care of themselves and to be financially responsible. Then, as always…you pray, pray, pray. You let go, and let God work in and through their lives. But I have to say, my heart still hurts these days.



Chris in Sedona

Chris took a trip to Arizona to spend some time with his mom. Carol has been fighting the battle against cancer for almost 5 years now. She gave up a lung the first time around. Now she fights with one. Her chemo has been changed to a pill that she will take once a day, every day…probably for the rest of her life. The goal is to shrink the tumors and provide a remission.

Carol Blaustone is a fighter though. She’s a little spit fire who loves to talk. Let me say that again. She loves to talk…which sheds a little more light on my husbands passion for gab. She has been through so much over the last 5 years. The first lung removal, radiation, and then chemo. After this last remission more cancer was found and a second, little surgery happened. When you have one lung you can’t just remove it, or pick at it for that matter. After this, another round of chemo. And now the once a day chemo pill. But like I said, she’s a fighter, and she’s strong. She blows everyone in the family away in that regard. I love her dearly.

To get a job, or not to get a job…

That is the question. I had the fun privilege of working at a Christian book store for over a year. I hadn’t worked in a number of years before getting that job. I ended up quiting back in November and have been jobless ever since.

Now, the thought of going back to work isn’t the most appealing to me, but it is necessary. I mean, hello…wedding. So, needless to say, I NEED direction. There aren’t a whole lot of jobs out there these days. Not to mention that making more than $8 an hour would be special 😉

Anything else?

Lets see. It’s very windy outside. And, I’m going to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull tonight!

I said it would be incomplete.

Blessings to all

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Seeing The Invisible

Well, I’m trying to get myself back on track…whatever that means. Ever since my grandma died back in January, life has been a bit off kilter for me. A lot of traveling in different directions to see family. Various ministry events and happenings with the church. Issues of the heart right here close to home that seem to wring my emotions dry at times. My daughter getting engaged, and the planning of the wedding. That one is certainly a happy distraction, but still quickly approaching and picking at my heart strings.

So, what have I been doing, you might ask, to get myself back on track?

Well, today…I baked banana bread. And boy oh boy does it smell good. It tastes even better.

But that’s beside the point…

I’ve been getting into the Word more and more, as well as going through a devotional called, The Indwelling Life of Christ, All of Him in All of Me by Major Ian Thomas. I know I’ll be writing more about that book here in this blog. It has been speaking to me in combination with the Word of God in a way that is so necessary of me right now. I want Jesus in every area of my life. The older I get, the more this becomes a reality to me. He’s working, but sometimes I just don’t see it. Even in and through the painful circumstances. Even in the life of someone who isn’t looking for Him…He’s working. A greater good. A greater glory. It may be unseen, but it’s there.

Now, if this sounds a bit too deep and ethereal…believe me, I hear you. But this is where He has me right now. Attempting to grasp concepts that can cause the brain to pop. I want to learn to see the invisible. I don’t want to be so caught up in the visual circumstances in front of my eyes that I miss the work that is producing an eternal weight of glory. What does that mean? I’m not sure…it’s too high. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.

But I think I’m learning to see the invisible

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Ding Dong The Bells Are Gonna Chime!

Justin and Natalie are Engaged!

And thus begins the planning of a wedding in 6 months or less. I couldn’t be more blessed. This will definitely make for some good posting.

So pull out the stopper, let’s have a whopper, But get me to the church on time!

“I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore.”

Psalm 86:12


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