Tonight I write with such a grateful and fulfilled heart. Tonight our team participated in an Open House and the laughs and genuine conversations that are team exchanged tonight with one another are priceless and a small reminder of how blessed Sweet August Events is. Chris and I took this journey back in 2011...yes Chris took it with me, he has supported me through the rough and tough times and the many, many, many joyous times....and we have been abundantly blessed. Blessed by our relationships with our team, blessed by all the amazing support from our vendors and most importantly blessed by our AMAZING clients. I truly am appreciating it all tonight. This weekend we are so busy with two LARGE weddings and I am ridiculously proud of Janell and her growth. My wedding group is super special as well because I am marrying the 3rd sibling in this amazing family...yes we have done 3 of the 4 children weddings (can't wait for the 4th). We are truly blessed...our clients have trusted us with such a big day and we gain these amazing relationships that we never ever take for granted! I am so thankful, joyous and just appreciative of it ALL! Thank you Lord for always reminding me to be thankful!
Friday here in San Antonio was a dream...the weather was to die for...it finally felt like Fall! I was on kid duty and was summoned to pick up my kiddos at school. I left the office and headed down the gravel alley. Across the street in front of the gas station I could see a woman with all her belongings and a cute dog on a leash. As I was crossing the street she was getting up and trying to move the sweet puppy, but he too was loving this amazing weather and wanted to nap! I stopped on the sidewalk and waited for her to catch up with me. This dog was precious and this lady had the most amazing crystal blue eyes. I can't even tell you why I waited...did the weather make me extra social, was it her blue eyes that instantly told me a story or was it "Bandit" the cutest dog in the world who made me laugh by his sluggish ways. I asked her dogs name (Bandit) and then asked her name (Kim). I had a very sweet and honest conversation with her in the last 30 yards before my car. As we parted ways I told her I was going this way and she said "Thank You". Naturally I replied "Your Welcome" but there was definitely a tone of confusion behind my response. What was she thanking me for...I didn't give her any money or food...I only had words. Then Kim said this, "Thank you, Thank you for making me feel human." So I stood there fighting back every single ounce of tears because I obviously touched her. I did respond one last time and told her that she was more than human and that she was so loved by God and even me...then I told her I hope to see her around....and you know what, I really do. I really hope that Kim walks by office more often and allows me to show kindness and love in the best way I know how...just talking!!!! This blog post isn't about how I "did something awesome" or how "we must reach out to the needy" (even though we should)....it is really just a thought I had: We are meant for connection, we are meant for relationships, we are meant to Love one another when we are from two different worlds, speak different languages, have different point of views. It isn't hard...it just requires a smile and genuine conversation. Love one another and always be kind. Have a wonderful Saturday!
As many of you know, our blog post here at Sweet August don't just involve our Business. Why? Well, first answer to that is we are normal humans like everyone else and have a life outside of SAE and second, we believe that our outside lives influence everything we do within our company. This past weekend on the business side was super successful and we had Happy Clients at Gruene Estate. This past weekend on the personal side was a little different. Our little unit was forced to talk about some difficult situations and many, many tears were shed. I want to write this blog post to give encouragement to all you parents out there and to really drive home that God is capable of turning around all things that were meant for evil for good! (Genesis 50:20) Our little education community suffered a loss this past weekend and a great family suffered a tremendous loss. Tragically a young student took his life...no we do not know details but does that even matter...a life is gone. I personally struggled with so many emotions about this...sadness, confusion, fear and so much more sadness. My heart literally shattered into many pieces and I am just an outsider. I found myself paralyzed with a fear of could this happen to my children and then confusion of how, why, how, just how. My heart literally is still aching for these amazing parents because I do know them and I do know what their lives consist of...much love for Christ and much love for their kids. So with all these emotions I really have prayed for things and about things I have never prayed for and I am so thankful that God has kept reminding me that this terrible situation can be used to Glorify our Lord. So here we are to what I want to say in this blog post....
Parenting is not easy...it is very, very hard. Parenting is super scary...always questioning what is right or wrong. Parenting is not always knowing what is right for your kids. Parenting is constantly changing and pure navigation through life. Parenting is hand holding with your partner and with God. Parenting is not something to be judged. Parenting is different everyday. Parenting is letting go sometimes. Parenting is grace, mercy but also correcting and stern rearing. Parenting is my favorite thing one day and my least favorite the next. Parenting is not perfect. Imagine how our Heavenly Father feels about parenting us. He has loved us when we are wrong. He has corrected us when we are wrong. He has shown mercy in our times of failing. He has never judged us. He has consistently guided us. He has sheltered us. He has navigated with us when we are still trying to figure out our path. He has done it for all of us...how many people live in this world....now that is a job!
This family has suffered greatly...in my opinion, one of the greatest sufferings there is...to lose a child. But I am so encouraged by them. They are literally teaching me by example of how you depend on the Lord. How because of his parenting you are reminded on how to be a parent. How with a Heavenly Father you can be the best Earthly Father. How all negative situations can be turned around for the greater good with the Lord.
If you ever feel lost in this great title of "Parent" I just encourage you to pray. Pray for the direction and guidance and wisdom. We will not always be perfect but I promise the Lord will always be our comforter, our wisdom, our healer, our directional guidance when learning how to parent.
For the business application (if someone is needing this) I just say this...growing a company and learning to "parent" your employees is also hard. Here at SAE we do the same thing that we do at home. We lean unto God for that guidance in dealing with each other. Through him we are learning to be patient, to love and genuinely learning to GROW our staff in their talents and their gifts.
Last line...we truly have the greatest example of Parenting and I just speak encouragement to all my friends and family to explore that...thank you God for your everlasting LOVE!
There is nothing I love more than getting revelation from our Heavenly Father. I know this first line is very spiritual but hard to not speak the truth in what a lot of my "ooooh" moments are. I am often asked and often ask myself..."what makes your marriage or a marriage so good" or "how did you find success in Sweet August" (PS we are still searching for success everyday....we have never ARRIVED)? I always think about this question way harder and deeper than my general reply...with marriage you communicate, with Sweet August you just grind...these are typical answers but it is really deeper than that and not so surface. I am not always good everyday at either of these two things...actually some days I totally blow it but all and all I am consistent. Two weeks ago me and Chris went up to Ikea with the kids to get our office setup. I was so excited about what we bought I decided to break out into this loud and obnoxious prayer of thanksgiving on the way to Shake Shack. Ya'll if Ikea can make me happy only imagine real stuff...I genuinely get so excited for things! I began thanking God over and over for all the good things he has done for us and prayed with a grateful heart. It felt so good to just really thank him for everything he does for us. The next day in my quiet time of prayer I giggled and thought about how excited I was over Ikea...I mean GOD...lol and how I was grateful...I giggled and asked God "why do I love you so much?" Again, we can all answer this the surface way and say....for our salvation, for his goodness, for his mercy, for his grace but then God really began to speak to me. I heard one word so clear....Consistent. I love God so much because he is the only CONSTANT thing in my life. Because of his constant love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, joy, favor and the list can go on and on people...I am consistent in my Marriage and Sweet August Events. I love my hubby so much but we do not have a perfect marriage but I stay consistent to it because I know fruit will pour out of our relationship. I love Sweet August with all my heart and all our clients and we find little glimpses of success because we are consistent with our philosophy of client first and love them through all the stress. I am consistent because Jesus is CONSTANT in my life. He is truly the ONE that you find throughout my life that can do all things. He has never left my side and for that...I love my God so much! Consistency....key to much success. Consistency...something God gives CONSTANTLY.
Going to keep this one short and let the conversation speak for itself. Here is a small lead in. As a working mom, I often feel like my mom skills really are suffering. I battle with these thoughts that my kids will forever harbor negative feelings towards me because I work...BUT leave it to my Seve to rescue his mom from such thoughts.
Me: Seve you are so handsome. Do you know your handsome?
Seve: Yea I know (in his confident, cool voice).
Me: (laughing) Oh really, how do you know?
Seve: Mom, because you tell me all the time.
Pretty Simple...guess my job does get done.
Photo Credit: Archetype Studio Inc.
Yesterday (because I am writing so late) was definitely a Monday. Woke up sleepy, rain kept me from running as planned, one of my favorite coffee shops was super slow delivering my order (no I will not reveal who, read the title above people) and I just felt BLAH even though I accomplished "to do" items. The positives were: spending a lot of time with one of my favorite vendors and getting to laugh and cry while working, knocking off items for Stanley Wedding (she was so happy with everything and appreciative), organizing the Boyle Wedding with her texting thank you's and ending with a meeting for Borowski Wedding and her using phrases like "trust you", "thank you", "always feel better". So often in this industry we (vendors) sit around and chat about all the things going wrong with our clients but forget to shed light on the AMAZING times! For those who know me well, this next statement does not come as a surprise, I over analyze everything and literally process every moment in my life. Every word spoken to me or around me is never taken lightly. Now that doesn't mean I can not take jokes or walk around over sensitive, because again if you know me well, I can be wickedly sarcastic and hilarious (yes you guys that is something I say with MUCH confidence)....it just really means that words are very meaningful to me. As this very slow day was progressing and my analyzing began I really started hearing the words of appreciation and gratefulness...those things began to jump at me. Don't hear me saying...wedding vendors suck and we complain too much because a nice pity party and woe is me is sometimes just needed (needed really to remind us to slow down and capitalize on a 8hr day ONLY and not a 12hr day)....but instead hear me say...take a moment and reflect on how appreciated you are, how grateful your clients and vendors are for your hard work. Take the time to soak up the words of "thank you", "you calm my nerves", "can you help", "love, love, love it"! Perfect days don't exist fellow vendors and clients but I will constantly chase them until the bitter end, but in order to do that we must be appreciative and grateful for every moment in that DAY! Thank you God for always revealing your true, honest and oh so powerful word. PS...this is really meant for me...like an out of body experience where I am speaking to myself! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Over the past week we have taken some time to give Sweet August a long, overdue clean up. I am sure most of our followers are screaming...."thank goodness" or "it is about time". Well for me I am thinking...we are "right on time". A majority of the year we are on this crazy cycle of eat, work, work, work, sleep little, rehearsal, wedding, Sunday and then REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT. This summer we were so blessed to rest from that schedule and spend time with our kids, have a baby (Janell) and keep growing a baby (Reba). It gave me an opportunity to really work out where Sweet August was going and how we were going to get there. I believe God is my source for all things I do and I just love how right at the end of the summer he completed my plan. I am so glad you guys are here to join us on this trip and we are more than pumped to get Fall off to a great start and begin shaping our 2017!