She Said Yes

We are delighted to announce that our daughter, Mimi, is engaged to be married to her love, Andrew!  The wedding is planned for July 17th. 

We have already had a flurry of wedding planning activity and have lots to do in the next five months.  Mimi found her dress on her first shopping trip, in the first store, and I must say it is completely stunning.

The prettiest church in town has been rented (our church meets in a gym), and the reception will be in our backyard.  We have been telling all of the guys, Andrew included, that this will be the summer of yard work.  We hope to finally put in the patio we have wanted for ten years.

I’ll have more to share about planning the wedding over the next few months.

For now the thought that keeps coming to me is that the wedding is not a performance, it is the celebration of our daughter’s marriage to the young man she loves.  We are inviting the people who love them and love us to celebrate with us.  This should be a warm and wonderful day, not a stress-filled event designed to make an impression.  We want the wedding and reception to bring glory to God, not to ourselves.   As we make decisions, the question we want to keep in mind is, “Does this make Jesus look good?”, not “Does this make us look good?”

A new phase of our lives is about to begin – thanks be to God.

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

24 Comments

  1. Sophie
    March 2, 2010

    Congratulations, what a beautiful couple they are. May the Lord bless them as they begin their journey. I love how you say that this is not a performance but a celebration of their love and how this joyous event should glorify God. We go to so many weddings that are so over the top, I can't even imagine the small fortune some people pay, it's great that you are so grounded and keep it all in perspective

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  2. Donna
    March 1, 2010

    Congratulations!!! While we are recovering from our two weddings at Yellowstone and Glacier, you will be celebrating yours!!

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  3. Julie
    March 1, 2010

    Congratulations!!! To the happy couple and to you! You have such a great perspective. I wish I had thought that way back in the day.

    Can't wait to hear all about the wedding plans and to see it all come together.

    God bless.

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  4. Lori Glasscock
    March 1, 2010

    Can't wait for July! See you then. 🙂

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  5. heather Antoine
    March 1, 2010

    Congratulations Mimi and Andrew!!!!

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  6. jen
    March 2, 2010

    Love those pictures! What fun!
    Congrats to you and the happy couple!

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  7. Emily
    March 2, 2010

    I am so happy for you and your family- and look forward to all the details! It is an exciting new chapter isn't it? Being a mom-in-law! 🙂

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  8. Cat & Mark
    March 1, 2010

    yay! So exciting!

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  9. Kelly
    March 2, 2010

    Wonderful news! Congrats to all of you, especially Andrew and Mimi!!!

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  10. Shonni
    March 1, 2010

    Congratulations to you all! And what cute pictures!

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  11. Sandie
    March 2, 2010

    Congratulations to Mimi and Andrew, and of course the Mother and Father of the bride! You are going to have some pretty cute looking grandchildren from such a beautiful looking couple. Im sure they are just as gorgeous on the inside! Best wishes for a lovely wedding. XX

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  12. Eileen
    March 2, 2010

    Congratulations! What a lovely and unique ring. Gorgeous!

    Our oldest daughter is only 13, but I really do think of backyard receptions when I'm making yard plans. The dogwood trees I'll be planting on the hill this year will be a perfect backdrop for the receiving line.

    Hey, it takes time to grow a tree. I need to plan ahead!

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  13. DeeDee
    March 2, 2010

    Congratulations!!!!

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  14. TD04
    March 2, 2010

    Congratulations! Isn't your other daughter engaged too? Enjoy the planning!!

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  15. Kathrin
    March 2, 2010

    That is wonderful! They look so happy and cute together.

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  16. Filled With Praise
    March 2, 2010

    Congratulations! They are a beautiful couple.
    Many blessings,
    Amy

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  17. Coffeemom
    March 2, 2010

    Wow! Big news indeed! I'm so not ready for all that. But it's right around the corner I guess. I hope to do it w as much grace and joy as you Its a great blessing: marriage. I wish them all the best. And you too mom!!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 2, 2010

      Michele, I hope to do it with grace and joy too… This will be a growing experience for me!

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  18. Becky
    March 3, 2010

    Congratulations, congratulations!!! They make a darling couple. Best wishes in all your wedding preparations!

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  19. Laurel
    March 3, 2010

    Blessings to the young couple!

    We have started wedding plans with 2 of our sons … but both of those engagements were called off by the young ladies. So sad! Now, we have 3 other Big Kids that believe they may have found "the ONE". But, sadly, this mama is having a hard time getting too excited. I'm much more fearful for their tender hearts than I was before.

    I know that you, too, have experienced the mama's heartache of a broken engagement, so I hope that you can see much HOPE in this relationship (and not compare to the last).

    I LOVE your attitude going in to it. What a testimony I am sure your family will be, as you walk this journey with FAITH and GRACE. Your family WILL bring honor to HIM through this celebration of love.

    I'll be watching closely … because once we start actually having weddings, we could easily have 6 in 4 or 5 years. Yikes! Hopefully, then, I'll have a year or two to catch my breath before the 2nd set of 6 kids starts walking down the aisle.

    Hey … young son is moving to Spokane next month (will be at Eastern Wa. Univ.). I'll let you know if/when we can swing down your way. Young son will be living with family friends … so there is room for our family to go visit.

    mama of a dozen plus

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  20. Andrea H.
    March 4, 2010

    First off, huge congrats to your beautiful MK and her future groom. What a beautiful couple. Duh, I should have know to look at your blog first instead of waiting for Danica to come home looking at her facebook. I had no idea you had this huge makeover of your website… Amazing

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  21. Wendy
    March 4, 2010

    How exciting! I love your perspective on the wedding being to making God look good, not your own selves pulling off a spectacular event. I pray I remember that in 20-some years!
    And neither here nor there…my oldest son's name is Andrew, and his birthday is July 17th! We'll be thinking of you all at his 8th birthday party! 🙂

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  22. PastormacsAnn
    March 5, 2010

    Congratulations to your lovely daughter and her soon-to-be husband. May their day be wonderful for all of you.

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  23. ann
    March 6, 2010

    You always inspire me with your outlook. you are so right on what a wedding should be. congrats!

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