Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Such an Honor

Attitude of Gratitude Award
This is an award for people who know how to make lemonade out of the lemons that life sometimes hands you. It is also an award for blogs that have a good Attitude and plenty of Gratitude. Your attitude is not determined by circumstances, but by how you respond to your circumstances. It’s how you react to events, not the events themselves, that determines your attitude.

When I started blogging in January I intended for it to be a blog for my business, Grand Occasions and offer tips and advice on weddings and events, but I quickly discovered many delightful ladies with the same interests as me, so my Grand Occasions turned into a personal blog and a place I come to relax, get inspired, pick up clever ideas and meet new friends. I have gotten to know some very special ladies and I'm looking forward to meeting many more. I've learned they are very patient and understanding friends and continue to visit even when I'm a little slow in publishing new posts.

I would like to introduce you to one of those friends, Sherri at Sharing with Sherri. I was deeply touched when she gave me my very first award this week. It's the Attitude of Gratitude Award! I feel so honored and excited to have been given such a special award. Now, she tells me I have to share what has given me that attitude of gratitude and to be honest, I'm not exactly sure I know except by the grace of God. I don't know if it's something that's been developed or if that's just the way the Lord made me. I was raised by parents that didn't take anything for granted and who expected us to be thankful for and take care of what we had and were given. If you didn't show appreciation or respect for whatever it was, it was taken away and sometimes given to someone else who was in need of it or who would appreciate it. We never felt like we were entitled to things as so many children and adults are today even thought looking back we had more than most. Our parents were older and worked hard for what they had and what was given to us. My mother died when I was 10 and my sister was only 5. Even thought that was very young I had a solid foundation and lot of determination. The Lord provided us with an abundance of godly women to give advice, make costumes, take us shopping, provide a bed or whatever else we were in need of at the time. We loved being with our Daddy and especially loved going to work with him (he owned a beauty salon), but there were just some things a daddy didn't know how to handle like a woman did. As Sherri said there were good times and bad times especially after our daddy re-married, but somehow by the Lord's grace I came out unscathed and ended up with a whole lot of knowledge about a whole lot of things. I think life is short and even though this world we live in is not what it was intended to be it's filled with amazing beauty and a lot to be enjoyed. I'm a people person. They interest me, they are all different, they all have their own unique story and I'll let you in on a little secret...none of them are perfect and every single one of them no matter where they come from, how much they have or don't have, has a problem or two. I am thankful for all of those godly self-less ladies the Lord put in my life and the times they shared with us that sometimes weren't convenient. If I could go back and change things I honestly don't know how much I would change. I've learned valuable lessons that I would otherwise never have learned. The trick is to put into practice what you've learned. Of course you always wonder what if, but remember this, nothing will ever happen in our lives that the Lord doesn't allow. He knows all about it even before it ever happens. He's promised to never leave or forsake us so take hold of His hand and enjoy the stroll. He'll do the leading so you can enjoy the scenery. He didn't promise us a life without lemons, in fact He's told us there would be lots of lemons and He's given us the recipe to make lemonade with them. So if you have bowl full, a bag full or maybe even a whole house full of lemons, start squeezing them and add plenty of sugar you will find that it's very refreshing!

Sherri is a brand new blogger as well, please stop by her blog for a visit and get to know her http://sharingwithsherri.blogspot.com/

Thank you Sherri for this very special award. I feel very honored and blessed to have met you!


  1. Hi, I've been visiting your blog and truly enjoy it. Thanks for wonderful ideas and sharing beautiful things. I would say this Attitude of Gratitude Award was bestowed upon just the right lady. Your post, from your heart, is beautiful and so very truly. Have a blessed day! Hugs, Crystal

  2. A hearty "Amen" my dear friend! You said it all so perfectly and so lovingly...no wonder you have so many friends. "You" deserve this award. You continue to be a blessing to me and many others by your kind, caring and enthusiastic ways about you. I felt so sad when I read the part about you loosing your mother at age 10. Thank you for sharing with us, for opening up your heart to us. A beautiful and meaningful post today. And, a very nice new header picture.

  3. After reading your story I feel like I know you so much better. But, it seems like you could be my sister. Us four girls were raised with the same values and beliefs. Our daddy raised us from the time I was 16. My younger sisters were 14, 11 and 9. I have been though a lot. But, god was always on my side. Even when I was making huge mistakes. I wouldn't change a thing in my past either. I do feel my mistakes have made me a better person.
    Have a beautiful day! Hugs, Terrie

  4. Just checking in on you, my dear busy friend. Hope you are having a good week!

  5. To my dear hard working friend...Happy Memorial Day! Please note that when I drop by and say "Hi", it is not to make you feel guilty for not blogging lately. I cannot even begin to imagine how busy an events planner and a wedding coordinator like you, would be this time of the year...along with a hundred other things, but I only stop be to let you know I am thinking of you and want you to know. Your friendship is a blessing to me even though I never met you in person.

  6. If I had only one wedding to plan, I probably would not blog for a year...I can't imagine having two. Don't worry, I would never give up on you and your blogging. I love looking at the wedding picture blog you have. You have an amazing gift!