I felt like it was a wild idea to even think about having a workshop at The Magnolia House but hey, that is how God works. He is one wild and crazy guy and gives us these ideas (light bulb moments) to put into motion that is, if we listen.
I thought dreamed about the possibility the entire way home from our family trip to the mountains (where I had revealed the surprise to my family) totally visualizing the day similar to a 5 page spread that you would see in a summer issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Long farm tables draped with canvas and muslin cloths, big white and cream umbrellas covering what areas were not already shaded by big trees, mason jars overflowing with white and cream flowers, coordinating colors of paint brushes filling more mason jars of clear water, galvanized buckets full of ice and more mason jars ready to be filled with tea and lemonade. There, a small group of us would gather and we would all sit, create, laugh, smile, eat, create more, take pictures of our new friends...pretty much creative bliss. Can you see it??? I KNOW, me too!!! BUT, really, I was daydreaming about the details and not the WHY.
I found myself trying to figure out HOW I could have a workshop there, I mean, I could not just open it up to everyone because
- I knew that everyone and their brother, mother, neighbor, cousin, Pediatrician's office nurse and mailman's sister would want to come and I wouldn't want to be responsible for that.
- The reservations were registered in my name and I was the responsible party and geez louise, I mean I know that I don't have crazy people in my creative tribe, but ya just never know...so I couldn't do that.
- Really, I could not do anything until I asked, and before I asked, I decided to check my registration/rental agreement.
It said something to the effect of "no special events can be held without permission or prior consent"
That was also about the time that I realized it would not work out anyways because we were going to get into Dallas late on Friday afternoon, drive to McGregor (which is about and hour 1/2 away) and then we were leaving on Sunday. The Magnolia Market and Silos are CLOSED on Sunday so even if I was able to have a workshop, I would have had to hold it on Saturday which would have meant that we would have had NO TIME for anything else and well, this was an Anniversary trip so I stopped thinking about it for a while.
Here is what I am really good at, and yes I am totally bragging!!!! I really am a simple person but I over complicate it. Sometimes in a positive way, and sometimes, not. That is where I got my self proclaimed title "Simply Complicated." I overthink and overstimulate my brain VERY QUICKLY. I clog it up with too much junk thinking about this, that and the other, over thinking, trying to create perfect scenarios, daydreaming about 1001 ways to use Mason jars and what things could be like and completely forget to clear the clutter, pile up the junk and allow any space for God to speak into me so that I can HEAR IT.
Dang it, again.
All of the above was happening as I thought I was recuperating from a fairly simple out-patient procedure when really, I was headed into something completely different than my plan.
That's because it is not my plan, it is HIS and I was going to need to be REALLY QUIET to be able to see it, hear it and understand it....so that I could do it.
To be continued...