Romantic Surprises

We’ve been busy lately doing many things, one of which is trying to prepare my husbands little brothers old 1935 home for my daughter to rent.  Last Monday, August 19th we were doing just that.

My husband was in the garage working on something and I had just returned back out to my car to move it back into the driveway when I got a text on my phone.  Now…. I had left my phone in the car so I may have never realized I had received that text till much later in the day if I hadn’t been there at the right time.  Luckily…. I was there.

It was a text from my oldest son Jon’s girlfriend, Ali.  Now Jon and Ali have been together for the last 7 years.  Being the old fashioned kind of person I am…. I have always wished they would get married since they were living like they were anyway.  Call me a prude if you like, but I just don’t get today’s society.   I believe that if you love someone enough that you want to live with them, that you probably ought to make a commitment and get married.  But, that’s just me.

Anyway…. Jon and Ali have been together for the last 7 years or more and every once and a while over the last few years I would ask my son when they were going to get married.  He would just kind of smile and shrug it off.  For the last year or so, they have been planning this big trip to Europe.  Ali has always wanted to go to Europe, so they decided to plan the trip.  Perhaps Jon’s close call with health issues last summer had something to do with them working toward making that happen sooner rather than later.

3 weeks.  That’s a long trip and takes some maneuvering to work out when you work full time jobs.  Jon has been working for Apple the last several years and was able to work it out.   Ali works as a teacher at a private Montessori school, so this was a good time of year to do it since she wouldn’t miss too much of work.

Ali’s father and I have been kidding them the last month or two saying what a great Honeymoon Europe would be!  Again…. all we got was smiles and shrugs and ‘Yeah, it would’.

So when I got the text from Ali on the 19th telling me it was an important video from Hemsley, England, Please watch ASAP…. I of course immediately opened the video.  We had spoken to them on the phone through FaceTime a couple of times prior to the text so I figured they were just sending us a fun message via text.

Well…. ‘fun’ is an understatement!  As I watched the video unfold I started to scream…. and cry…..  Now remember, as I told you, my husband was working on something in the garage behind me while I was in the car in the LONG driveway of his brothers home.

This is the video I opened that caused all that excitement to spue forth from my mouth:

Of course I ran screaming to the garage with phone in hand saying to my husband….. “Jon and Ali are married!” about 10 times.   (I still cry every time I watch it!)  Now mind you…. the screaming and crying was all in happiness!  Though I feel bad that we weren’t there to be a part of it…. I think it’s terribly romantic and wonderfully clever of them to whisk off to Europe and get married!  As my husband calls it…. eloping.

They did an amazing job of keeping it from all of us!  None of us were the least bit suspicious.  While they had a couple of very close friends go with them on the first leg of the trip to be their witnesses (and from the looks of the video, marry them?) and capture it all on camera, no one else knew except a couple of people I understand had to know in order to make it happen smoothly.  But no one spilled the beans.

What an amazing surprise!  So, they really are spending their Honeymoon in Europe!  How clever of them!

Jon and Ali -- August 19, 2013
Jon and Ali — August 19, 2013

They will be back the end of this week and I’m looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing pictures and perhaps video of the whole thing.  I know we will be planning a celebration too.

It’s been an exciting week and I’m so grateful I can finally call Ali my daughter in law!  I guess I could have reacted differently and been very upset that we weren’t a part of it all….. but you know what?  It wouldn’t have done me any good and in all honesty….. I was so thrilled to have them married that it didn’t cross my mind to be upset!

As I’ve told my friends about the exciting news, I’ve ended by saying,  “One down, two to go.”

I am Grateful!  How are You?


I Think I Can…. I Think I Can!

Remember how when you were little you thought you were invincible?  At the very least you had invincible imaginary friends?  Children can spends hours of creative play, many without anyone else around.  They are just able to keep themselves entertained.

With a little encouragement... Kitty can do it! And so can our children!

I remember spending hours by myself playing with my Barbie dolls and acting out my life through them.  My Barbie was a singing star!  She was always on stage.  Funny….. that’s one of the things that I personally enjoy doing!  Did we as kids live out our fantasies?  Were they really just fantasies or something deep within us telling us things that we loved?  Hard to tell.

How much do we stifle our children’s creative abilities as they grow?  Though I realize that it’s important to stay focused on the task at hand while in school….  don’t we discourage our children from daydreaming?  Are we teaching them that to ‘dream’ is wrong?  Then as adults…. how hard is it for us to believe the concepts of the Law of Attraction when we were told as a child we shouldn’t daydream!   Where is the happy medium?

Well… hind sight is 20/20, isn’t it?  How I wish I had known things and done them differently for my own children.  Not that I’m saying I was a bad Mom…. but I don’t know that I encouraged them to go after their dreams.  How I wish I knew then what I know now.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time….. Today I had the opportunity to meet Valerie Ackley.  She is the author of the new book for children called, What Are You Thinking?  It’s just a short illustrated book trying to help kids understand the power of their minds.  What a good age to teach that!  Instead of telling them all the time, “You can’t do that!”…. let’s encourage them to believe they can!  Not in a ‘all I have to do is wish for it way’… but letting them know that they can get what ever their heart desires as long as they know there is ‘action’ involved in the process.

How darling is this book cover? The whole book is that way!

Valerie Ackley is the sister of Leslie Householder.  Leslie is the author ofthe Jack Rabbit Factor.  I did a post on Leslie and her book a while back.  While Valerie was taking a course from her sister, she had a big ‘Aha!’ moment where she realized how awesome it would be to teach the same concepts she was learning to her children.  Hence, the birth of the book, What Are You Thinking? began.  It began with a thought!  Which is what the whole Law of Attraction thing is about!  Thoughts become things!

I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Valerie today.  I had told myself that other day that I’m going to meet Leslie Householder someday (I’m friends with her on FB…so that’s a start!) and I also want to meet Leslie’s mentor Bob Proctor.  I think meeting Valerie today was a step in the right direction to manifesting those dreams!

Though I don’t have grandchildren around yet to try these concepts on…. I look forward to someday being able to help them realize their little dreams can come true when the right steps are followed.  And now I have Valerie’s book to help me do that!  Teach ’em while they are young!  For those of you with young ones…..  start it now!  Besides… the way I see it, it will only help build your belief that you can make YOUR dreams come true too!  We have to reprogram our subconscious minds as adults…. we might as well program the little ones correctly from the start!  Let them learn to be like the Little Engine Who Could!  I Think I Can….. I Think I Can….. I Know I Can!  I KNOW I Can!!

I am Grateful!  How are you?