And now it's all over. What will I do with myself now?
It was a huge success. Almost everything went as I imagined. The tent and table settings were so beautiful - it looked like a wedding celebration. It was "first class" all the way!
There was much, much laughter and tears throughout the afternoon. Even Mattebella Vineyard owner, Mark Tobin, was in tears throughout the day. He kept popping in and out to capture the precious moments with his camera.
The Long Island weather was extraordinary! Blue sky with swirls of clouds painted here and there. Sunny and just cool enough to be perfectly comfortable.
Michael, Alece, and Andrew ran out into the parking lot to greet Joe as he got out of the car. He was shocked and confused at seeing Alece and Andrew. "What's going on?", was about all that Joe could muster to say. He told me later that he was shocked.
I do not have all the photos downloaded to my computer yet, but hopefully, by the next post they will be and I will share the party with you all - my precious blogging community.
But, for now, I want to share this:
Pam, from Writing Apples of Gold, sent me an e-card on Saturday that was straight from our Father's Heart. It was about God caring about every detail. It truly was a Word fitly spoken. The Scripture reference was James 5:11 from the Message Bible, which reads:
God cares right down to the last detail.I re-read the card and Pam's words (which could have been a card in themselves!) several times on Saturday during the long night. I could not sleep as my heart was getting anxious about all the details. But, Peace flooded my soul as I read the words.
I got up Sunday morning, and re-read the card, setting my heart like flint that God cared about me, Joe, and this birthday celebration right down to the last detail.
Every detail that I envisioned was in place except one. The company that supplied the tent and tables and chairs, was supposed to provide the garbage cans and garbage bag liners.
It wasn't until we were tearing down and cleaning up at the end, that I realized people had used the four huge garbage cans, but there was no liners in them. They company neglected to bring the garbage bags.
Seeing as the tent company wasn't going to be picking up the tent until Monday, all the garbage would be sitting out overnight providing a feast for the animals.
But, God cared right down to the last detail!
Howie, one of Joe's childhood friends, just happened to have huge, heavy-duty garbage bags in the trunk of his car. Seriously?! Wow!
Not only were there enough bags for the trash, but also to collect all the table linens that I had to return to the linen company.
Isn't God just so beyond our imaginations? He never, ever lets me down.
Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen! ~ Ephesians 3:20,21
Yes, to Him, Alone, be the glory
forever and ever.
Thank you, Pam, for being so sensitive to The Holy Spirit and acting upon His leading. With sincerity of heart, I thank you!
Because of Him and Unto Him,