Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Thankful Thursday

What moved me this week?
I hope you all have a neighbor (or two or three) that you can count on -- someone who will be there when you are in need (or not). We have several, but the two we feel closest to live across the street from us. A couple of years back Trace Adkins recorded the song, "Find Out Who Your Friends Are." The song chronicles the type of friend we would all like to have (or be). F&J are not your run of the mill neighbors. If we were in need at 2am I wouldn't hesitate to call them, and I know they would be at my door 30 seconds later. It's wonderful to have that kind of friend in a pinch or in an emergency. What's even better is to have that kind of neighbor in your every-day life. Last week my husband and I went out of town. We've done that a lot this year. In fact it seems as if we are habitually going out of town. F&J keep an eye on our house, and, more importantly, watch our cat, Freckles, when we are traveling. I'm so grateful that they make sure Freckles has enough to eat and drink, but being the animal lovers that they are they do more than that. They spend quality time with her while we're gone, giving her attention and love. I'm fairly certain that Freckles looks forward to our departure, just so she can get some tender loving care from our good neighbors. F&J do all this without thought of compensation and with a slight shrug of the shoulder when I thank them. They are such good people. I am moved by my neighbor's good works and their willingness to serve others so cheerfully.

What surprised me this week?
Yesterday I placed an order via email for the invitations for my daughter's wedding. When the printing consultant called me back to review the order, she gave me the cost of the order. To my surprise it was almost two hundred dollars less than I had expected. Oh, how I love surprises!

What inspired me this week?
I've mentioned several times lately that we are in the process of planning our daughter's wedding. While in Idaho this last week I came across another couple, B&J, who is planning a wedding reception for their son. The newlyweds were married several months back at a beautiful wedding in Kentucky. The festivities were held at an exclusive country club next to a beautiful golf course. Apparently, it was an extravagant affair with many luxurious perks. To give you a sampling of the event, as the bride and groom got ready to leave the reception a helicopter swooped down to transport them on the first leg of their honeymoon. Apparently, it was a dazzling wedding and a reception long to be remembered.

B&J don't have the resources or the inclination to host such an ostentatious affair. They live in the country outside a small farming community in northern Idaho. Although they live a modest life, the scenery surrounding their home is anything but plain. Their home is situated on the banks of a huge lake that is surrounded by lush vegetation and pine forests. Against the sky, surrounding the lake is a timbered mountain range comprised of back-country wilderness that stretches to the Canadian border. It is an idyllic setting. B&J have decided, with their son and daughter-in-law's enthusiastic approval, to have the wedding reception in the hay field bordering the lake next to their home. They will set up a beautiful tent, in case of inclement weather, and have several boats parked at the lake for guests to enjoy. They plan on roasting a pig, bales of hay will serve as benches, and wildflowers in mason jars will adorn the tables. Instead of a helicopter as transportation, the bride and groom will arrive in a tractor. I'm certain the newlyweds will have another memorable day.

I love the fact that these two events are so very different, but equally charming. The bride's parents, no doubt, wanted to honor their daughter and future son-in-law with an extravagant flourish that reflected their lifestyle. The groom's family will host an informal, relaxed affair that mirrors their circumstances. Both are wonderful! I am inspired by people's creativity and individuality!


Renee said...

1. Good neighbors are worth their weight in gold. Seriously!

2. That is the best surprise ever! I even get excited when I find a hidden dollar bill in last year's winter coat, but $200!!!! Wow.

and 3. I love the idea of a country reception! Beautiful. -And is there anything tastier than a roasted pig? I don't think so.

Jan said...

I love your outlook - I need to take a page from your book on this one and look for things that really make a difference in life.

PattiCakes said...

My husband and I were married over 30 years ago on the 4th of july, 1976. It was a "surprise" wedding to all except those who were at the morning church ceremony (about 10 total), and announced during a 4th of July picnic in my parents' back yard that afternoon. We had invited over 200 people to come to the picnic, and all brought something - potato salad, coleslaw & etc. We provided burgers, dogs, beer, soda, corn, steamed clams & etc. We had people arrive dressed as Betsy Ross, people come with their kids & etc. Imagine their surprise when we announce we had gotten married that morning! I threw my bouquet out of the 2nd story bathroom window. Now, 30 years later, they STILL talk about that wedding.

The plans for your daughter's wedding sound lovely and meaningful. I can't imagine a better start for their journey together!

MiaKatia said...

F&J are wonderful neighbors. They are always so fun to visit with when we are in town. How great to have good neighbors.

Hey that saves you just enough to get the new iPhone ;)

I am quite certain that I would have loved the helicopter whisking me away just as much as I would love to be bump along on a tractor! Both sound so fun and beautiful.

Quilt Hollow said...

Enjoyed your post....time spent on computer for me these past weeks is rare as I'm still visiting in CA. No need to reply. Hugs Mary

Kristen said...

Great neighbors are the best, especially when there isn't family nearby.
Sounds like a beautiful reception!

Shawn said...

I once had a friend like that----I have lost touch with her----but she was really special to me....don't think that I will ever forget the things she did for me.

Tolentreasures said...

Good neighbors and friends that you can count on are the best!
congrats on the discount! I love a bargain. Best of luck on planning your daughter's wedding...we had four in five years, so glad that we have a break this year!

Devri said...

Sounds like a gorgeous reception! good neighbors are the best! And bad neighbors, are a headache! (I would know)
hey, go enter to win a IPOD Touch on my blog! hurry! hugs