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I love being a BRIDE

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It’s hard to believe that at age 70, I am planning a wedding. As Larry’s gift to me, he has given me free reign to choose what I want as far as decorating, songs, invitations, etc. He was happy to be included in the selection for the catering menu at our reception. We know where his heart is! I am grateful for this gift because it takes a lot of stress out of the equation.

I have to say, I love being a BRIDE. Some refer to me as a “blushing bride,” but I am not blushing because I am enjoying every moment of it and having fun. Right from the start, Larry and I both affirmed that everything would flow with peace, ease and grace because we know weddings can be very stressful and we work hard at avoiding stress in our lives.

I found the perfect wedding dress- the first one I tried on and it fit me to a tee. I feel like Cinderella with my new sparkly diamond sandals that I purchased at “If The Shoe Fits” shoe store. I was so excited that I took a picture of them and posted them on Face book. I had lots of comments and 100 likes. I was at a Beatles concert last night and several women who saw the post walked by me and said, “I love your shoes.” We girls like our shoes!

My Maid of Honor, Kati, and I created the wedding invitations and we just love them .It took several hours (and some swearing) before we finally got it right. We prayed, asked for help and didn’t give up. I showed the invitation to a friend and she said, “I will use this like a vision board for what I want to attract into my life.”

I am making the flower arrangements for the ceremony, reception and my bridal bouquet. Although I really want to do the flower arrangements, it is probably the most stressful part of it all because I have to decide what flowers I want. When I left the florist the other day and had made my decisions on what flowers I wanted, I felt like I was floating on air and full of joy. I know it will be beautiful and many of my girlfriends have offered to help.

“We make plans and God laughs.” This certainly holds true in what we just experienced with our wedding plans. As I shared in an earlier blog, we were getting married in a beautiful little Hawaiian church on Maui with a reception to follow at Cafe Ole at the Dunes. Invitations were done and ready to be sent out when I received an email from the minister, “Pat, I am so sorry but the church is no longer available for your wedding. The board just informed me that there was a prior event planned that involves all the churches in Hawaii coming to our church at that time. Can we do it another day?”

I would say that not having a church to get married in is a big change of plans! As I read the email to Larry, we looked at one another in shock and said, “O.K, now what?”

Within the first 5 minutes, God’s grace was evident as I started to do the EFT tapping that I mentioned in a blog a few weeks ago. It really works. I could feel my body relax and it felt like the tension was like a balloon that had been deflated. It was amazing that we both felt peaceful in the midst of what could have been a lot of drama.

In the past, we may have gone into a panic, felt angry and indignant that this happened to us. Instead, we accepted it and knew that it was going to work out for our highest good. We were being given an opportunity to trust and practice what we believe.

We discussed a few different options and called some other churches in the area, but to no avail. All of a sudden the idea came into my mind to get married in our beautiful home. Why not? We will turn our home into a sacred sanctuary filled with love, friends and beautiful flowers.

I can already see how this new arrangement is for our highest good and going to be much better. I felt kind of restricted as to what we could and couldn’t do with the ceremony in the church. Now we can do whatever we want and we also save a lot of money.

We found a Hawaiian minister to perform the ceremony and he is open to whatever we want to do.. (Www.rev.kimo) My daughter, Mary, will walk me down the aisle (in my living room) to the Alleluia song sung by the priest at a wedding on YouTube. I know there will not be a dry eye in the place, including the both of us.

Here is a poem that describes our journey


Wait for it.

A gentle Love,

A tender Love,

A passionate Love, with

big plans, an everyday

Love with quiet moments,

a Love born of trust and faith

“I have a Plan that will make all of Your Dreams Come True

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I am overwhelmed with gratitude and joy as I prepare to leave for my cruise to Mexico in two days and then on to live in Hawaii for 6 months. I truly am living my dream and everything has worked out perfectly, just as God promised.  In prayer this morning I came across something that God had led me to notice in a People’s magazine 5 years ago, and then I remembered.……….

I was in the middle of writing my book, Simply a Woman of Faith and was feeling discouraged.  I even wanted to give up on it because I felt so overwhelmed and inadequate. I went to bed sobbing and saying to God, “I can’t do it, you have chosen the wrong person.” The next morning when I went to work, I was straightening up the conference room and picked up the magazine on the table to throw it away, when the pages opened up to these words – “I have a plan that will make all of your dreams come true.”  I sat down and put my hands in my face and cried some more. I knew in my heart that Spirit was speaking to me.

Have you ever felt that desperate and wanted to give up on your dreams? I shudder to think my dream almost died inside of me because of my fear and that I didn’t believe in myself. Of course, those words from Spirit and my daily prayer of “showing up” gave me the courage to finish my book, leave my job of 20 years as a therapist, and now today, leave my home, family and friends to live my dream in Hawaii. I know it is God calling me there and I trust everything will unfold in peace, ease and grace. I believe that “you get what you expect” and I am expecting many doors to open to adventure, miracles and magic.

For the last month, I have been in the process of “letting go” on a daily basis, so the new can come into my life.  Even though I am very excited about the adventure ahead of me, and what God has planned, it has not been easy. The tears have flowed when I thought about leaving my home of 12 years because it has always been a healing, sacred sanctuary for me. Saying goodbye to family and friends has been difficult also. My new tenant, Carrie Ann, moved in on January 1 and we both feel so blessed and in awe because we know this has been a match made in heaven. I could not have chosen a more suitable spiritual (and neater) woman to rent my home while I am in Hawaii. Right before sending this out, I received an email from Pat in Maui welcoming me to my new home that she was getting ready for me to move in to. She wrote, “A new year, a new life and I look forward to your aloha moment in Maui.”  And so do I.

God has a plan that will make all of your dreams come true. Never give up on yourself, your dreams or God. You are not alone. It is God who has placed the desires of your heart inside of you. You have a gift for the world and God needs you to be His/Her instrument. Believe in yourself and the miracles that will find you. Be grateful and say Yes to receiving all that God has planned for you.
Aloha, Pat

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