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Monday, October 13, 2008

Blue Monday/ Whole Lotta (Blue) Love

It's Monday again already. Ugh. The one good thing about Mondays though, is that in blogland, it's Blue Monday and time to share something blue! You can find more Blue Monday posts at Smiling Sally's blog.

This was just an incredibly beautiful weekend! You couldn't have asked for any better weather. Even though this is northern Ohio, it was sunny, the skies were clear, and the temp got up into the 80s! That's practically unheard of for mid-October!

This was the kind of weather that made me feel so happy and so blessed to live on this beautiful earth. I swear, its intoxicating! I sat on my deck and spent a good amount of time just gazing up at these incredible blue skies framed in the changing leaves of the trees in my yard. Just look at this!

This got me thinking about something else blue. No, not something to be blue about, but something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!
My daughter and her boyfriend are now officially engaged!
They have fallen upon some very rough times lately. This area is rife with layoffs and job losses. Both my daughter and her fiance have lost their jobs, in part to illness (on Tara's part) and just plain bad luck(on Mike's part) and a little bit of irresponsibility (on both's part). Thus there were no funds for a ring. Or even a wedding for that matter! Tara really wanted a ring, but would still have been willing to get married without one.

Well, last week was the final day of sales before the closing of our local K-Mart. Jewelry was 90% off. I looked in the case and WOW! I saw a beautiful ring! I called Mike and asked him if he wanted me to go ahead and get it. He said he wasn't able to pay me for it now, but I told him no problem, that he can pay me when he has the funds or can work it off. Just look what I got for $27! Ok, it's not a diamond, but its a gorgeous cubic zirconia and it is real gold. You can see the tag (and a bit of blue!) with the orginal price. Looks like lots of other people looked at it first. Must have been meant for me to buy it! Mike gave her the ring today and she is thrilled!.

Tara knew she could no longer afford the wedding dress that she had picked out this summer. She figured that maybe she could find a nice prom dress on sale to use as a wedding dress, but was having no luck. She browsed eBay and found this dress in her size. It was listed for only $75, brand new with the tags still attached! No one bid on it, so it came up for auction again. It was listed again with a starting bid of $75, or Buy It Now for $200. Keep in mind that this was a $425 dress!
I called her the morning that the auction ended to tell her that it ended and someone bought the dress. She was so disappointed when I told her it sold...until I told her that it sold to me!
It arrived in the mail on Tuesday! She saw it for the first time on Friday, and loves it! It will need taken in at the bodice. It's so generous there that it was even too big for my big melons! The little flowers look gold here, but they are actually a silvery white!

Speaking of silver, my daughter has chosen silver and ice blue as her colors! She still hopes for a December wedding, though Mike says they both need to be working because otherwise they really don't have money to be spending on a wedding. Well, the plans thus far are to have the wedding here with just family. There will be a potluck with everyone bringing food. Oh. My. Goodness. Am I nuts to have offered this! I am not Suzy Homemaker. I'm just not. I have a very lived in (read messy) house that I struggle to keep up with. But we can do this.

I was browsing the Dollar Tree this weekend, and found some decorations that would be in keeping with the theme of a Christmas wedding! There were lots of ornaments in silver and blue, so I snatched some up! Not sure how we will use them yet, perhaps to decorate the formal living room, or maybe to use as table decorations!

I love this blue and silver ribbon! And I love all the ornaments too!

Wish me luck over the next two months, especially for the kids. Tara starts a job waitressing tomorrow. Mike hasn't found anything yet, but is looking. They have lost their trailer and are living with one of his relatives, and they might lose the car. They really need a lot of prayers right now. In the midst of all this, you are probably wondering why I am wanting them to go ahead and get married. Well, they are living together already, and I would really like to see the sanctity of marriage on their union. I figure that at least they will be husband and wife through all of this. They've been together for over a year and are really in love with each other.

Besides, isn't getting an engagement ring AND a wedding dress for the grand total of $102 some kind of sign? Just kidding there.

Hope you all have a great Blue Monday!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful ornaments, I LOVE XMAS. Tara's wedding gown is so beautiful, you're a good Mom and a ring too? I will keep them in my prayers. It's so hard to find jobs in today's time. But, when you're young and in love,it all works out. It's we parents that have a meltdown,right? LOL


Justine said...

I'm so glad she was able to get a ring, even if it's not a real diamond. I'm sure Mike will make up for that in future years! And a nice simple wedding at your house will probably be great. Call in a cleaning crew! LOL! I love the silver and blue. It'll be gorgeous!!!!

How wonderful of you to be helping them out so much. You're such a good mommy!

Justine :o )

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Of course they should get married! For richer or poorer, right? That dress is beautiful.

Coloradolady said...

Great Blue Monday Post. Looks like lots is going on around there. Love all the blue, should be beautiful. I will keep them in my prayers. Times are hard. Have a good week.

Smilingsal said...

You are so right: if they are living together, they should be married. That dress is drop-dead gorgeous! When I married, we had no money, and my wedding ring was a PLAIN band for $7. Johnny did better years later, but hey, that ring was fine with me. Silver and blue are beautiful colors. Now, that young man's gotta get a job. Good work, Kady. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday!

Bridget said...

Good luck to Tara and Mike. What lucky finds on the ring and dress. You are such a sweetie to get the dress for her. Good luck to you too!

jeanne said...

Kady, i love your blue and the story you shared today. The ring, the gorgeous dress and the love you have for your daughter is so sweet. You can do this wedding. I did a small wedding just family and the dollar store helped me out so much. The colors were lavender and white. Silver and blue are wonderful colors. I went to a super WalMart to get the wedding cake and food. I was so pleased with everything and it was reasonable too. You go girl!


Stacey said...

What a lovely story. I am always rooting for happy endings! I do wedding planning here in Scotland... I wish I could help you! It would be such fun. I wish them, and you, all the best. :-) Stacey

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your daughters engagement. You have so much fun making all of your wedding plans. I love all of your pretty blue things. Happy Blue Monday!

nikkicrumpet said...

Wow that wedding dress is absolutely beautiful..and what a bargain! I'm glad she was able to get her ring too. Sounds like things are coming together for her. It's so nice that you're such a huge help. I hope things work out and they'll both find great jobs!

Beverly said...

What a sweet mother you are to both of them. And, this was a wonderful Blue Monday love story. I'll will say a prayer for all of you.

Shabby Kim said...

I can tell just from reading your lovely story just how much love you and your family have for each others. Your post today reaffirmed my belief that even when times are difficult, love always makes life better. Happy Blue Monday!!

Shelia said...

Hi Kady and Happy Blue Monday!! Your scenery is just breathtaking! Your daughter is beautiful and her fiance is so cute. I wish them the best. You're the best mother to help with the ring and that dress! It's gorgeous!! I'm sure you'll make everything look so wonderful. Now you know we're all going to help, don't you?? lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Lovely BLUEness!! Everything is so pretty!

Praying for the kids and adding them to our Come to Jesus and Pray post tomorrow!

Thanks for the visit and comments about my Dining Room and Doorway re-do!!!


Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Kady!

Thinking of you! Love your Blue Monday post! Have a wonderful week dear!


Tootsie said...

Love the christmas ornaments! have a great week girl. I am trying to get back into my blog this week. Bear with me! lol

Picket said...

Hey girl! Congrats to your sweet daughter and her boyfriend..that was fantastic that you got the ring and the wedding dress for that! A $10,000 wedding doesn't make a marriage any more beautiful or lasting than $20 to a Justice of the Peace...I am sure your daughter will always remember her sweet mama giving it her all just to make a way for her...thanks for coming by sweetie and have a great week!

imjacobsmom said...

I can't wait for the wedding posts! That ring was meant for her! And the sentiment behind it will not be forgotten. How sweet of you to buy that beautiful wedding dress for her and the decorations will be perfect! ~ Robyn

Neabear said...

Congrats on the news! I hope it all works out for you and for them too! Good luck with pulling everything together for the wedding!

Tricia said...

You've got a great start on some beautiful decorations for their special event. Congratulations.

Cathy said...

Hi Bonnie,

Great buys you got there!

My prayers are going out to your entire family that everything goes well with Tara and Mike. I just know their wedding is going to be stunning.

xo Cath

Deb said...

Hi Kady, you'll be amazed at how beautiful those decorations will look once you get everything put together. I had my son and his wifes reception in my partyroom and everything turn out wonderful. I may have photos somewhere. Congratulations to Mike and Tara!!!!

Rue said...

Hi Kady :)

Of course they should get married! It's all about love anyway :)

My advice to keep the cost down is to buy champagne and a cake and have an afternoon wedding. Oh and lots and lots of candles!! But whatever you do it will be wonderful because it's a wedding :)


Anonymous said...


Pink Slippers said...

Everything does seem to be coming together just perfect. Just press on for them, pray and contend for this union. It is a good thing even in hard times. All marriages have them. This time will just help them mature, become more responsible and grow them together for their time as hubby and wife. You are a good Mom.

An Enchanted Cottage said...

I love that you are looking at those bargains as a sign! I'm a big believer in signs! Beautiful ring and dress!!! And I'm sending lots of prayers and positive thoughts for them. If your daughter inherited your great personality, she's going to pull in some great tips for making her customers' dining experiences fun!! P.S. Loved the blue, blue skies you captured!!...Donna

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Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Kady your fall pics are beautiful! We had a few days like that this week too...not a cloud in the sky!

Congrats to the bride and groom to be! How exciting. The ring and dress are beautiful, and that's my kind of shopping!

Blue and silver will be gorgeous.

Shelia said...

Hi Kady!! I'm just checking on you. I'll bet you're out doing 'wedding things'. Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deb said...

Hi Kady! I'll try to keep it up but it has slowed my computer down a lot. I think I look and sound horrible too. Oh! Bo informed me there had been a death in Blogge'ville, go over there it's a great read. Deb

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Hey Kady!
Oh,Your daughter and future son inlaw make a beautiful couple! You are gonna make this a wedding day that will be extra special! The ribbon and balls are so pretty and the dress...OMGosh. I can only imagine the looks on their faces! Priceless I'm sure. This post just made me smile so big, that you could go ahead and get the ring and dress! I hope that they will both be able to find new jobs real soon. I will be praying for them too. I hope you have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Mommy you are the best! And thanks for everything. And thank you to all the ladies who are keeping us in your prayers. Mike and I really appericiate it. Love you Mom!
Tara Lyn :)