Wednesday, February 6, 2008

This Is Going To Be An Eventful Weekend!!

Well, I’m ready for an eventful weekend!! Tomorrow is the official kickoff to the whirlwind of events!!

Tomorrow, I will be getting a manicure and pedicure (a RARE treat that I am really looking forward to!) in preparation for the events of this weekend. Friday, I will be getting my hair trimmed and specially done up and then, my husband and I will be taking our kids to spend the weekend with their grandparents while we have a special weekend away!! (Thank you God!! A break!! LOL)

We are dressing up in formal wear and going to the “Renew Your Vows Banquet” at the Marquis Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel which is sponsored by a local Christian radio station. We will be having dinner and renewing our vows amongst many other couples. We will also have our picture taken and be enjoying a private concert by Natalie Grant. We have been looking forward to this for WEEKS!! It’s something that we have personally needed for a long time because as you may know, marriage is hard work!! We have had a lot of ups and downs and this event will be a great boost to our relationship. It will also be especially nice to create some new memories because a lot of things about our original wedding day was stressful and less than ideal; one of those things being the fact that I was overweight and felt like a cow!! Now that I have lost 45 pounds (and falling!) I am ready to look like a princess and have a new beginning!! We had originally planned on renewing our vows (and including our children in the ceremony) when we hit our ten year anniversary in 2011 - which we still will!. However, we felt this would be a great thing to do in the meantime. ;)

But the festivities don’t stop there!! Saturday morning, Mitch and I will be going to a special pro-life legislative forum meeting. Mark Souder will be there; as well as many other political representatives. I am looking forward to that; as well as to some other special things connected with that that I can’t currently disclose right now (but I hope to in the future!). If you would, please be in prayer for a certain “unnamed request.” ;)

Then, after that, I will be meeting with some of my weight-loss friends from one of my sparkpeople.com groups!! I am really looking forward to meeting them!! It will be the first time any of us have gotten together!!

And, of course, that Saturday is also another day for voting in the primaries if you are in one of the states that is doing so. If you are in Kansas, Louisiana, or Washington, PLEASE be sure to get out and vote (and vote for Mike Huckabee!!).

But wait!! I’m not done yet!! LOL Oh my gosh, you’re thinking, “there’s MORE??!!” Oh yes, there’s MORE!! LOL On SUNDAY, I will have to get up early to go to the store, Torrid, at the mall in order to get ready for the fashion show that I was chosen to model in. I have NEVER done this before, and I am very excited!! The store is also sending all its models to a very upscale salon to get their hair and make-up done and I am really excited about that!! You don’t get an expensive treat like that (and for FREE!) every day!!

So, later that evening, I will be modeling in that fashion show and whichever model gets the most votes for “top model” will get an audition with the modeling scouts. So, I have several people that will be showing up and giving me some votes; but winning or not winning doesn’t make much of a difference to me. I’m just thrilled to participate and that I was chosen to do so! The fact that I even came across this was purely accidental (or maybe God planned it for a reason that I am not yet aware of - who knows!!). I just happened to be at the store the day they were interviewing for it and thought “sure, why not?” So, out of 40-50 girls, I was one of the 15 chosen to participate. I was especially delighted because when I was being interviewed, I was very upfront about my faith and that I dress modestly and tastefully and that God’s love is what makes me beautiful inside and out. I said that every woman is a beautiful and wonderful created child of God. So, I am especially proud to be a beautiful God-created woman modeling true beauty for all to see!! I hope that all will see the light of Christ in my eyes; which is what brings a radiant smile to my face, joy to my heart, and ignites my confidence. I pray that I gracefully embody the concept that no matter what size you are - big or small - you are beautiful and God loves you!! You don’t have to be a stick figure to be beautiful!!

So, considering the fact that I will be gone all weekend, I will not be online for a few days. So, you will get a weekend away from me as well. LOL Though, those closest to me have my cell-phone if they need me and want to call me (you know I’m always there for ya!!). Others of you, I will just get back to you when I get back online on Monday!! I will then update everyone on how everything went and share plenty of pictures and video clips. In fact, I have a personal video to share with you right now!! I got a new digital camera for Christmas - which also has a video function. So, in an effort to test it out, I made a short video of my daughter Gianna - my little diva!! LOL I hope you like it!! And, while you’re at it, check out the video of Gianna Jessen (whom we named our daughter after). I pray you will be blessed by her story!! See you later everyone!! God bless you all!!

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