Posts tagged #Pisgah Hill

What If-ville BEWARE!

What a weekend!  From Thursday to Saturday I put in almost 45 hours.  We did a fabulous wedding in Troy, Alabama.  It was gorgeous!  We met some new, awesome vendors and walked away with a happy couple and parents!  I will definitely post pics and stories soon!  But today, it's all about HIM.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a scripture from one of my daily devotionals out of "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.  It was Proverbs 16:9.  But when I read it, it was verse 7 that caught my ATTENTION!

7 When God approves of your life,
    even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.

Far better to be right and poor
    than to be wrong and rich.

We plan the way we want to live,
    but only God makes us able to live it.

Oh, I LOVE IT!!!!  It's so awesome!  How stinking amazing is verse 7?!  What a promise!  When God is on our side NOTHING can stop us!  It's like Romans 8:31-32, "What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?  If God is for us, who can ever be against us?  Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?".

OMG!  WHAT A REMINDER!  Want to hear something even cooler?  This devotion was on June 18th (last Tuesday).  And little did I know, but God was preparing me for a situation.  This weekend I got a call about a little negativity towards me and The Barn at Pisgah Hill.  I have to admit on most occasions it would have sent me straight into "what if-ville".  What if this happens or what if this happens or what about this or this or this.  But not this time.  I simply said "You know what?  It doesn't matter."  The person I was talking to knew EXACTLY what I meant and simply said, "I know".  You see, I KNOW God has had his hand in this barn from DAY 1.  From the location of the land (295 feet from our house), to the crazy low price on the property, to the easy financing, to the tremendous support and help by family and friends.  Still not convinced, how about the fact that the hubs had almost 3 weeks off because he was between jobs right at the exact moment they were planning on starting construction?  SO, my point is God's favor is there!  It's smothered in IT!  ;)  And if this is true, do I really think he's going to stop now?  Of course not!  Do I think it will sit empty?  Absolutely not!  Why?  Because when God approves of my life, even my enemies will end up shaking my hand!   

Please don't mistake this as me bragging on myself.  This is me claiming what God's word says and how awesome it is to skip the worrying about the what if's and letting HIM handle all of it!   When our mind starts to wander in that direction, STOP and think about these verses.  He gave up His only Son for us (Romans 8:32), do we actually think He can't handle our problems, our issues, our finances, our families, our addictions, our schedules, our hopes, our dreams?  SERIOUSLY?  I have used it a million times but it always seems to fit, "Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalms 37:4)  I told someone recently "God knows my heart and He knows theirs.  I'm going to let Him handle it".  AHHHHHHH!  It's so relaxing, so refreshing!  I don't have to lay awake in bed at night thinking about it and stressing over it.  I can put it in His lap and save my "laying in bed at night" for coming up with more big fat dreams.  ;)  

 

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It's Happening!

Kelly, Mr. Frank, and Jared

Kelly, Mr. Frank, and Jared

On my way to work Wednesday evening (I work once a week as a nurse), I drove to the land to tell KC bye.  THIS is what I saw.  The FIRST pole being raised.  I was ecstatic and mad at the same time.  I jumped out of my truck and yelled "I can't believe y'all are going to start this knowing I have to go work tonight".  They knew I was "jokingly" mad.  They all grinned.  Mr. Frank looked at me with that smirk of his, and said "you just wait until you get home tomorrow".  It was SO hard for me to get back in my vehicle and drive to Montgomery and miss it all!  

When I got off of work Thursday morning, I had a few errands to run.  Although I had been awake for almost 30 hours straight when I got home, I couldn't lay my head down until I got another look at their progress.

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WOW!  In that short time, one pole had turned into a whole wall.  They had also raised 3 of the 6 large poles that will hold the half ton trusses.  I was in awe of the size of it all.  Word on the street is that by Sunday evening this 52 x 60 rustic barn will be framed.  I cannot wait and of course I will post pictures for those of you who can't see it in person! 

Y'all pray with me for God to give strength and safety to all of these awesome men helping make this big fat dream come to life! 

ISAIAH 40:28-31 (MSG)

28Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

When Lacy May and John Andrews set their wedding date of April 28, 2012, Lacy gave us 3 words; water, vintage, and fried okra.  I knew the spot.....Pisgah Hill.  It was the perfect setting.  I remember taking them over to see it for the first time.  I couldn't help but be nervous!  Would she like it?  Would she see what I see....the possibilities?  But, the second we turned in the driveway and headed toward the pond Lacy made her all familiar noise "ooohhhhhh" and I immediately knew this would be our first wedding on the land! 

Our house is 300 feet away from Pisgah Hill so it was a great spot for the bridal party to get ready.  This is one of the many AMAZING shots by Wes Roberts.

Our house is 300 feet away from Pisgah Hill so it was a great spot for the bridal party to get ready.  This is one of the many AMAZING shots by Wes Roberts.

Lacy arrived at the ceremony in style in this gorgeous antique car.  Thank you Mr. Sanders.

Lacy arrived at the ceremony in style in this gorgeous antique car.  Thank you Mr. Sanders.

Guests first glance at gorgeous blooms was this lilac filled birdcage at the sign in table.

Guests first glance at gorgeous blooms was this lilac filled birdcage at the sign in table.

The nuptials took place in nature's cathedral complete with antique doors that opened for all to gaze upon the ceremony, the sunset, and their reflections in the nearby pond.  

Don't ask KK about these wreaths!  I don't remember what the "tiff" was about...all I remember is eyes were cut and their may have been snarls!  LOL!

Don't ask KK about these wreaths!  I don't remember what the "tiff" was about...all I remember is eyes were cut and their may have been snarls!  LOL!

OH the lighting in this picture!

OH the lighting in this picture!

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In order for guests to get to the reception, we knew many would have to walk around the pond dam.  It was important to us for it to be an enjoyment rather than a chore.  SO, what'd we do?  We got creative with it!  We created 10 frames with letters and pictures from friends and family of the couple.  While sipping lemonade, guests strolled across the memory adorned trail to the tented reception area.  

The reception was “vintage-ly” fabulous; from the antiques, to the lace linens, to the fried okra and cornbread by Red's Little School House.  

Loved the arrangements we did in antique silver punch bowls.

Loved the arrangements we did in antique silver punch bowls.

We HAD to have lounge areas with antique furntiure!  We found this set for a BARGAIN and it was probably our favorite!

We HAD to have lounge areas with antique furntiure!  We found this set for a BARGAIN and it was probably our favorite!

Pancake Bar

Pancake Bar

Krispy Kreme and Milk

Krispy Kreme and Milk

Oreos and Mini Pecan Pies

Oreos and Mini Pecan Pies

It's all in the DETAILS!

The custom made bar front.

The custom made bar front.

Kraft bags with beautiful stamped scripture for guests to take home a treat.

Kraft bags with beautiful stamped scripture for guests to take home a treat.

Gorgeous centerpieces in antique silver tea sets.

Gorgeous centerpieces in antique silver tea sets.

Look at that garden rose!

Look at that garden rose!

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Happy anniversary to our great friends John and Lacy!  We were thrilled at how beautiful it all turned out 1 year ago today.  Not only did we come away with beautiful pictures and memories we made some amazing friends!   Below is the video clip by The Bearded Man Film Company.

 

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Comical Encounters

Written Thursday April 18, 2013 

Have you ever had a comical encounter with God?  I totally believe He has a sense of humor.....I mean we are created in his image, right?!  Well, today I had one of those moments!  To understand it, I'll need to rewind 24 hours.  The hubs and I were laying in bed talking about our day.  I was "happily complaining" about everything I had done this week and what was to come over the next 48 hours.   In the middle of our conversation, Kelly asked me "have you blogged lately"?  OK, TIME OUT.....BIG score for him for paying attention to my rambling AND even bigger brownie points for being involved enough to think about my blog.  I looked over at him and said "NO and I have no clue what I am going to blog about!".  I was almost aggravated that with all I had to do I was going to add 1.) a blog post and just as hard 2.) coming up with something to blog about to the list (my goal is blog every 7-10 days).  I don't want to be too "bragadocious" (but it really drives home the point)....this week we have met with 6 brides and have had 4 new inquiries.  In less than a month, we have gone from praying for business to thinking at what point do you stop taking on new business (hence the happy complaining).  It has brought me to tears on several occasions in the last few weeks just thinking about it what has transpired.  With all this being said, I was driving home today thinking about each and every wedding we have coming up over the next 13 months.....so many emotions....excitement, anticipation, joy, fear, thankfulness, and then BAM it hits me!  It was if God said, "Are you kidding me?  All of this going on, all of these blessings and you don't know what to blog about!  Really?".  I just started laughing.....literally laughing out loud.  It was so true.  To go from "why aren't I booking any weddings" to "I may need to hire someone to help me keep up with all of this".  AND to think I didn't know what to blog about?!  I'm not sure if I was laughing with God or laughing at myself.  This verse immediately came to mind "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." Malachi 3:10 (NIV) 

Some very, wise women asked me recently to name 5 things I am thankful for.....my first response was "His favor".  I think I will add "comical encounters with Him" to that list.  ;)

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