bridal shower #1

Sooo much fun and excitement!! Lauren’s mom and I wanted simple and fun for all the guests, and I think we succeeded:))

great for the centerpieces and also for dessert!

pretty labels for the wine theme...door prizes

'eat, drink, and be married' labels with mini calla lilies

the guests of honor

lots of delightful presents...

....and more...

and more!

the guys hanging out during lunch...

beautiful bridesmaids and bride

handsome groomsmen and groom

me, with my wonderful sons and their awesome fiancees:)))

 

One shower down…two more to go this week and then, a little bit of ‘calm before the storm’ of wedding activity at the end of August!!! Major excitement here…can you tell??

 

Enjoying all the happy times…following my own advice ;)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C


Super Saturday #9

Hurray for Super Saturday #9…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

 

Here are three things that bring me happiness:

 

1) old boats…an antique boat show on Torch Lake


2) old friends…

3) more old friends….

friends from elementary school and 1st year of CMU

 

Have you discovered your happy place yet??? Keep on a-lookin’  :)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Up North #1

Michigan…summertime….upNorth!  UpNorth becomes one word for all of us living in our state:))  Anywhere north of the middle of the state qualifies as a destination for summertime fun, beauty, and escapes!

Beautiful, isn’t it?? I can’t control myself…photos galore every time I head UpNorth!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Woo Hoo!!!

Hurray! Hurray! Chad and Shannon got engaged last night!! On a beach on the west side of the state at sunset:))

Somehow this:

wound up on the beach for Shannon to find!

They are delightful people who belong together:)))

 

And that means I have two engaged sons at the same time!

Beautiful girls, inside and out!

At the end of next month, one will be married….

We’re growing a beautiful Finkbeiner family, aren’t we??

Super Saturday, Sunday, whole weekend….feeling blessed:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #8

Hurray for Super Saturday #8…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

 

Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:))

1) my 2 brothers and their lovely wives who visited Cocoa Beach recently…thank you for all you did while there: helping Mom, visiting Carl, shaping up both condos…love you both:

aren't they cute?

cute, too, aren't they?

2) the lyrics to the beautiful song often sung by Nat King Cole, “Unforgettable”…

Unforgettable, that’s what you are
Unforgettable though near or far
Like a song of love that clings to me
How the thought of you does things to me
Never before has someone been more

Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that’s how you’ll stay
That’s why, darling, it’s incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too

Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that’s how you’ll stay
That’s why, darling, it’s incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too

 

3) less than 50 days, and counting:)))))

woohoo!!

 

Every day is such a gift…happiness abounds, if you just look!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Pretty Bird

This beautiful bird…in the street….waiting for me to take a photo:)

A hawk??

We have a lovely, non-humid day…finally!! Lovin’ it:))

Enjoy your day!!

“Kind words are sweet to the ear – healing to the soul.”

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #7

Hurray for Super Saturday #6…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

Three happy things:

1)

shadows

 

Florida early morning sunshine

2)

Carl working hard at therapy

3)

a beautiful flower...in a restaurant

Have a lovely day, appreciating all the everyday beauties in your life:)))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Favorite People

Having a brother…yup:)))

A little older…

And now :)

Almost ready for another birthday, sweet brother…have fun in Florida…love you:)))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Wood ‘Art’

Since I love beautiful and inspiring quotations, having this artwork on my wall lets me be surrounded by great thoughts every day…

today you can embrace kindness...yes!

 

Stand up for justice….practice compassion…begin again

listen with your whole heart...

Be the change you wish to see in the world…and my favorite:

Love well!!!

 

Find the inspiration you need all around you!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C