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I use the expression a lot that if something were inside of a fortune cookie, many would read it, share it, show it, put in on the mirror, tape it to a planner page, etc. I think you know what I mean. I am not trying to be sassy, but it seems that many would invest more time into what is in a fortune cookie over something that comes out of the Bible.
eeekkkkk...Am I being controversal?
If you know me, than you know that I am not BUT it sorta is true.
So how about it you cracked open a Fortune Cookie and read this:
“Anyone who is patient has great understanding, but anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is.”
It comes from Proverbs 14:29 and it is this weeks verse in Documented Faith. If you don't get my weekly blah, blah, blah, you can download the email here: http://conta.cc/29KfctW
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The Magnolia House is in McGregor, TX so we flew into Dallas, rented a car and headed the direction the navigation told us to. It took just under two hours but that was because it was Friday at 2:00pm and driving through Dallas was a bit congested. Once we got to the open road, we were on our way.
It is dang hot in Texas in June and the humidity made it even hotter so when we arrived at The Magnolia House and walked through the door, between the "Ohhhh mmyyy goshhhhh" of being there, the super cool air and the amazing smell of wood being intoxicating in the best possible way, I believe I said out loud, "I think this is what it is going to feel like when we get to Heaven!"
Dreamy is just not suffice.
Now granted, I am a huge fan of the show so I pretty much went silent after that and just took it all in but I am pretty sure that all of us at separate times but within the same 10 minute span said "OH! I remember that part when Chip held that up!" referring to the wooden corbel on the staircase. It is much bigger than how it looks in the photo. I wanted to take it home but thought that it would be obvious if it were gone, plus, that it stealing, duh.To the left of the photo above is a Magnolia House sign and within that same 10 minutes of being there, I took this selfie and posted it to Instagram.
We sat down for maybe 20 minutes and then with about one hour before The Silos closed (they close at 6:00) we jumped back into our sweet rental car and dashed toward downtown Waco and geeked out when we spotted the ALICO building. If you watch the show, you know what I am talking about...if you don't watch the show, WHY DON'T YOU? Anyway's we got there with about 40 minutes to spare and got this selfie on the way in:By the looks of the background in this photo, it didnt appear that there were too many people still there but we forgot about the tourbuses that were parked on the street and it was so hot outside that they were all inside.
Have you met me? I sorta shut down in places where there are too many people, becoming quickly overstimulated with lots to look at and being that we had traveled all day, starving and just dang hot, we did a quick lap (or two) around the store and headed back to our sweet rental car and went to go find food. We agreed not to return Saturday after the workshop because rumor has it that Saturdays are the most crazy and I told myself that on Monday it wouldnt be as crowded.
I bet people say that about Disneyland, too (I don't go there either)
We filled our bellys with traditional BBQ (we Californians do not know what real BBQ means) and got back to The Magnolia House right before the the dang tour bus we saw at The Silos got there.
We had already witnessed the constant stream of slow rolling cars with ladies hanging out the windows take photos and videos with their phones and people just "randomly" walking down the sidewalk as if to just "happen" to walk by, but a tour bus?? and let me tell you, it was a LOADED bus and everybody got out. I have to stop and say that there is a little black fence around the whole property so 99% of the people stay outside the fence, whew.
Now, my husband is a chatty social butterfly and apparently my brother in law is too because man, they were out there just chit chatting away with all the ladies..and their husbands..meanwhile I was almost peeing my skirt inside because I was a mix of giddy, overwhlemed, overstimulated and a tiny bit freaked out. I walked out on the porch for two seconds to get a photo of the chatty butterflies and then went back in and pulled the curtains.
Isn't that nutty??? Can you imagine being a Kardashian??? Anyways, all those sweet ladies and men were super nice and just excited to be there..so was I. Look at the lady in the backgrown waving at me!!! That is so funny! Anyways, I went back into the cool, clean, crisp, wood smelling, amazing home, put on my hoodie and jammie pants and pretty much smiled for the rest of the night..
we all did.
It was another one of those nights where I felt like I was a 9 or 10 years old on Christmas Eve and I couldnt wait to get to sleep so that I could wake up in the morning..I LOVE early morning quiet and coffee so the first thing I did after getting a cup of coffee was head right out the front door to get this shot:
and then walked down the sidewalk, out the little gate, turned around and got this shot stood there for a second in my jammie pants and hoodies, took it all in, realized it was already hot, and headed back in to sit and smile at the kitchen table. To be continued...
This is the second Part Four because the first Part Four was lost while I was typing even though I was sure to copy it, you know, just in case...except that when I went to paste my copy, it wasn't there.
Of course it wasn't. Anyways, here I am to continue sharing and I am sorry that some of you felt like I left you on a cliff as if it was like back in the 80's when the world wanted to know "Who shot JR!?!"
Okay, I had to go back and read a little to see where I had left off so I will rewind a little..
I only had been able to get two nights at The Magnolia House and with The Silos being closed on Sunday, our only time to go there would have been on Saturday anyways.
Here is what my "In A Perfect World" scenario brain was thinking...maybe if I asked for permission to have something there that was small and private and they said yes AND the Sunday night at The Magnolia House was available then mmmaaayyybbbeeee....
First I looked up to even see if Sunday night was open and went in with the thought that probably not because I had heard it through the grapevine that the ENTIRE 2016 year had booked in just two hours and I was already just flippin' lucky that I had gotten two nights.
Sorry that I said flippin lucky. I meant to say SUPER BLESSED.
Well, of course that Sunday was available, so I felt that was my lead to just ask. Long story short, I wrote out my WHY and WHAT and gave them a little "411" about me, prayed before I sent it and pressed the send button. The responses came back VERY QUICKLY because those darned Magnolia people are amazing with service (and that is the TRUTH)
"Probably not, but we will forward it on.."
I thought, "Well, it isn't a no" Then I got: "Thanks for your request, prooobbbaabbllly not, but....we will forward it on..." and again, I had the same "It isn't a no" thought and lastly, with a little of this, that and the other,
they said "okay"
I think all I said to my sister (she had happened to be here taking care of me that day) was "ohhhh myyyy goshhhh" and then I just starred at her. I had not told anyone besides John what I was thinking about so I had to explain it to her,.and yes, it was like I was in a dream.
Okay folks, long story short (and I hate saying that) is that I held a workshop while I was there and it was all that I had imagined minus the flowers in Mason jars and long flowwing tableclothes
I know that many are you are going to be disappointed because you were thinking that I was going to announce an upcoming workshop at The Magnolia House or maybe sad that you were not invited to the workshop I held but I had to respect the wishes of the owners and with all of that said and reading between the lines....
I believe that God has a plan for every single one of us and that means everything happens just the way it is supposed to. Staying aligned with my "Dreaming BIG Dreams" motto, I hope that sooner than later I will be able to tell you about something we are working on and that we will return to Waco sooner than later. In the meantime, I would like to ask for prayers that God will show up in a big honkin' miraculous way as I stay open to His plan and that I continue saying YES before I know what HIS plan is.
To be continued.....
So long story short. within a three week time period in January a simple outpatient procedure turned into a bigger inpatient surgery that typically takes about 6 weeks to recover from. Three weeks off of work and three weeks of slow moving and well, ya know the best and easiest way to explain things is to say when you see a commercial for a pharmaceutical and it takes 99% of the airtime to talk about the warnings and side effects for 1 -2 % of patients?
It was like one thing lead to another and it did.
I had to be still, be quiet, I had to rest, I needed to heal and most importantly, I had to be patient. I pride myself in being a good patient, but not so much when it comes to being patient. Being patient was easy for the first 10 days or so because I pretty much slept through them but 10 days turned into 10 more days which lead to 10 more days and so on and so on. I can look back now and see that the only way to get me to stop so that I could pay attention was apparently to have me completely stop, so that I could pay attention and learn to be patient.
So sorry to leave you hanging again but I am headed to the airport in 23 minutes and will continue this in a few days,..Maybe we are all learning to be patient. Speaking of patience, it is the word for July in Documented Faith and if you are not following along, consider going here. Here is a printable for you to Download Week28 and use in your planner, binder or whatever sort of system you are using to document you faith and life.
I will continue my story on Monday but wanted to jump in here because I have gotten so many comments, likes, followers, texts and emails in response to my Permission Granted Blog Mini Series.The positive response and "cliffhanger" feelings started to make me feel like I was misleading you about the whole thing.
SPOILER ALERT: No, I did not meet them BUT honestly, and this has been my thought from the very beginning (and the answer to every single person that has asked "Do you get to meet them???")
"I don't want to meet them, I want to know them"
That might sound sassy, but it is the truth. This is where I would drop the mic and walk away BUT I will tell you that we met, spent a lot of time with and now consider Rob & Marianne our friends. Ya know when we meet someone and ya just know you would be friends, yep this is what Rob & Marianne are. THEY are a gift to everyone who visits The Magnolia House whether you are inside the house or outside the gate. You will meet them later in my posts...
P.S.S THIS is how and WHY I document my faith.