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This upcoming holiday season is destined to be hectic and somewhat chaotic due to wedding stress but before it comes to that I am going to do my thanksgiving early.

I am thankful .... for all of my wonderful friends and family who continually give me support in all that I do, not only just with the wedding.

I am thankful ... for mine and Jared’s family for all the help they have given us both financially and through their labor. I can never express how much it means to me that Jared’s family loves me so much and that my family loves him so much. This is truly going to be a blending of families. Thank you Ann for the use of your house and for all the hard work you put into my bridal shower. Thank you David for all the hard work you put in on my decorations. Thank you as well for all the advice, even if I will only listen to half of it.

I am thankful ... for my bridesmaids, Patsy, Thera, Janna and Jessica, because without them I would be crazy. I have leaned on them throughout this process and I love each of them for the strength they give me.

I am thankful ... for all the fun we had at the bridal shower. The shower was a great success even though the dates on the invitations were wrong. Once that little goof was fixed and everyone had been called with the correct date, things were smooth sailing. The shower was a Pampered Chef Death By Chocolate theme. We made Chocolate Lava Cake (my favorite), White Chocolate Raspberry Trifle (my favorite) and Chicken Fajitas (my favorite) along with the shower cake that my future mother-in-law picked out for me which was marble (my favorite). I believe all the ladies had a great time cooking and playing games. My mother won the ‘Who knows Lisa the best’ game, which is not very surprising. We also had a clothes pin game in which you could not say certain words and if you did you lost yours and the person with the most at the end of the shower won a prize. I lost mine officially about 15 minutes in, unofficially about 20 minutes before the shower even started. I can’t help myself, sometimes words just pop out of my mouth willy-nilly. My future step-father-in-law also handwrote several copies of a word scramble game. Thank you for that, Kenny.

I am thankful ... for the crazy, wacky time had by all at the Bachelorette party. Thank you Jessica for the use of your house and the beautiful cake, which was a Tiffany’s box, sans diamonds, that was absolutely gorgeous and tasted fantastic. It also really fits me because I have dreamed of having one of those blue Tiffany’s boxes since watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn when I was a kid. Thank you to all those ladies in attendance, you know who you are, for the crazy memories  you helped me create. Jessica set up this really cool photo booth where everyone got to write word bubbles and take pictures. Some of the things my friends think blows my mind and others scare me to death such as Thera’s word bubble, “I think your Dad is here!” Love you daddy.

We also made pizza (my favorite). Thera made a deep dish supreme with the help of Daniel and Cody and it was delicious. Lots of black olives (my favorite). Reneé also made a regular crust pizza with a homemade sauce even though she could not find a rolling pin, even with Jess’s help, it turned out beautifully, if a little lopsided.  Good food, good company, good fun. 

Jared’s bachelor party was held on the same night, at a different location. As I’m sure we all realize it was not half the fun as mine. Men are not known for their party planning. Needless to say Jared and his guests got bored at their party and decided to crash the girls’ party. They might have thought twice if they realized how crazy we were but we welcomed them with partially open arms. Love you Jared. After they arrived the party seemed to wind down a little faster than it had been.

I am thankful ... for my mom, who no matter what will rub my back (in just the right way) and dry my tears, even when she can’t understand why I am crying. Such as a couple of weeks ago when for some unknown reason I was predicting doom and gloom for my special day. Mom let me cry it out in her bed, rubbing and hugging the whole time. When I was finished she calmly let me know that my day would be special no matter what. Not because of who shows up, what happens, or what doesn’t happen, but instead because of who I am marrying. She said the only people who matter are me, Jared and the preacher.

I am thankful ... for Donn Adamson, our preacher. Thank you Donn for taking time out of your busy schedule to help us make this monumental decision. We just finished our three premarital counseling sessions. WE PASSED. Not surprisingly, like every couple, we have our differences, but the answers on the compatibility test did surprise me. I always believed that Jared and I were complete opposites. Apparently not, because there were only a few questions that we totally disagreed on, one of those questions I answered incorrectly accidentally. Thank you Donn also for the good advice and tips on handling married life.

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I am thankful ... for my boss who could very well be a motivational speaker. He never lets me get down on myself and always pushes me farther than I think I can go. “If you believe it ... you can achieve it.” 

I have also gotten quite a bit of stuff done and ordered. I have gotten the Unity Candle, the cake monogram, the groomsmen’s gifts and the mother’s gifts. I also got the labels for the invitations but have not gotten them printed yet. That is the next item on my list and will be finished by the beginning of next week. As to everything else, all the little details, I have decided that I am not going to worry about anything anymore. Yeah right. 

40 Days. 40 Nights. That’s it. 

Lisa Malone is a staff writer for the Daily Journal and can be reached by e-mail at lmalone@dailyjournalonline.com or by calling 573-431-2010 ext. 177. She is sharing her wedding plans with our readers.

 

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