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Saturday Morning Market

Need a simple activity that helps you slow down while promoting small, local businesses? Try checking out a local Farmers’ Market. The one in Greenville, SC, is right on Main Street between Washington Street and Court Street on Saturday mornings from 8AM till NOON.

It has everything from coffee and classic Southern breakfast items to fresh breads and pastas,  handmade candles to local photography and art, all-natural meats, seafood, and tons of local, fresh produce. It’s a chance to meet new people, be active, and get some fresh air. Plus it’s a great little community and culture that everyone should experience on a regular basis!

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Event Planning: An Historic Wedding and Outdoor Reception

Below are pictures from the latest wedding that I did flowers for and coordinated the reception. This one was so much fun to put together. You’ll see why soon. The wedding was at White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, followed by a beautiful reception on the green at the Woodburn Historic House in Pendleton.

Here Comes the Bride! Maria and her proud papa! (picture courtesy of David Golla on Facebook)

Church decorations – arrangements along the choir loft railing

More decor – willow and twisted branches were grown by the groom’s grandmother and added special meaning to the day’s arrangements

I now pronounce you husband and wife!

I always ask if there’s anything sentimental, just between the bride and groom, that they would like added to their flowers for the day. I was given love letters between Jon and Abigail Adams and an excerpt of Jane Eyre. So, I ironed words from the letters and classic novel onto the ribbon for the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere. The bout also had a paper leaf with burned edges with the words, “My dearest friend…” (their term of endearment for one another). They loved it!

The bride had white hydrangeas and white roses in her bouquet, while the bridesmaids had clustered, green hydrangeas bouquets.

Getting pelted with birdseed, coming out of the church (picture courtesy of Maria Golla via Facebook – original source unknown)

The Happy Couple at the Woodburn Historic House, Pendleton, SC (picture courtesy of Pete Hansen via Facebook)

The venue from another angle. Tent shown was filled with round tables for guests to eat at and relax.

Advice Cards Table

Centerpieces were an eclectic gathering of antiques, books, and flowers, along with the branches from the groom’s grandmother’s garden.

I loved this antique silver basket.

I found an antique looking bike at a local consignment shop that fit perfectly.

Miniature cordial glasses from a local antique shop added a delicate touch.

The tossing bouquet was a miniature of the bride’s, and the groom tossed a handkerchief instead of a garter – the original (and much classier) tradition.

A special note from the bride and groom was tied to the tossing bouquet and handkerchief.

The first dance (during which the groom surprised his bride by telling her their honeymoon would be in Paris!). Note the silk peony pinned in her hair (that was fun to make as well). (Picture courtesy of Debbie McNeely via Facebook)

Cake by Barb Illsley. Cupcakes by Nora Loach Collogan.

More of the venue: a little barn behind the house

More of the venue: an adorable herb garden, next to the barn and other buildings.

Closeup of the Bridal Bouquet

Parents of the Bride: corsage and boutonniere

Grandparents: rose and hydrangea corsage, hypericum berry boutonniere

The Bridal Party on the Balcony (picture courtesy of Lauren Hansen via Facebook)

Ups and Downs of Selling a Home

Our house has been on the market for nearly a year now. We had one offer back in February, but the buyers weren’t pre-approved and were asking a little lower than we could go. At the end of August, our contract with our realtor was ending, and we were planning on taking the house off the market for a couple of months until trying again in January or February. However, on the last day of our contract we got a call for a showing. We had hardly any interest all summer, so we said, “Sure. Why not?!” We extended our contract for a week to give that showing a chance to respond. But they were just starting the house hunting process.

Then, on the last day of the extended contract, we got another call for a new potential buyer. The husband came and looked at our house on Wednesday; he said that he had looked at over 200 homes and ours was one of two homes he was going to have his wife look at it. She came and looked on Sunday and really liked it. Their realtor said we were at the top of their list. We were really excited because we have an opportunity to house-sit for a couple that’s working out of town (and only pay utilities)! We thought, “This will be great when Bryan goes back to school for nursing! We might even be able to save a bit and pay for his education without a loan!”

Then they decided to look at a few more homes, “just to make sure.” Talk about nerve-racking. We prayed and prayed, and asked others to pray. They looked at several more homes and we were still #1, (inner sigh of relief) but (inner gasp) there was one more home they wanted to look at it and couldn’t see until Thursday. So, they looked at that home and ours one more time on Thursday night. They spent an hour and a half at our home on the THIRD showing, and we thought for sure we would have an offer in the morning.

We waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, at noon, our realtor called. He had just gotten off the phone with the other realtor, and after ALL that, they chose the OTHER house! Needless to say, I was disappointed.

At the same time, I know that we serve a sovereign God who is in complete control. I’m not sure why He allowed us to get our hopes up, or even have this couple be interested if they weren’t going to buy it, but He did. So, now we have to decide if we go ahead and take it off the market for a while, if we leave it on the market, or if we switch tracks and try the For Sale By Owner path.

Meanwhile, if you know anyone looking for an adorable 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in a quite neighborhood in Taylors, SC, with great neighbors, send them our way! Currently listed at $125,900. It’s Move-in-Ready, at a great location, dining room, den, new carpet, fresh paint, newer roof, newer heat pump, great floor plan, low maintenance, approximately 1550 sq. ft., plus rocking chair front porch, screened in back porch, fenced yard, 0.3 acre corner lot, cul de sac! Make us an offer!

Ready to Go, Willing to Stay

God has been so good to us! We’ve had a very busy few weeks couple of months, but even through some difficulties, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Lord has been teaching us so many things through church, teaching the names of God to our fourth grade Sunday School class with Dave & Rachel, various discussions and times of prayer, and personal study. I’ve been reading a really good book recently, called Turn Away Wrath by Rand Hummel. It’s a simple layout and easy to follow with practical illustrations with good use of scripture references to backup the key concepts.

Bryan’s job here is changing gears in a fast way and we’re not sure how much longer he’ll be with the company. So, we’re looking for a job for him, either here or wherever God has for us. We’ll see what the Lord does. Either way, we have to be ready. If he’s unable to find a job for a while, we have some reserves and no debt, but I’d like to keep our savings growing and I’m not sure we’d be able to remain status quo without his income contribution. So, we’re being flexible and getting ready for change (which can sometimes be a little scary).

We’ve been able to sell one of our cars. This was a great story: we actually sold it to a couple in our church who needed a second vehicle. We put it up on FB and the blog late on Friday night, got a call Saturday, and signed the car over on Sunday, with cash in our pockets. Praise the Lord! The hope is to sell the other one too and buy one vehicle, like a small SUV, wagon, or truck, that would be good for hauling stuff, if and when the need arises.

I also started a new side business selling JuicePlus+ (check out the JuicePlus page on this blog for more details). I’ve done a lot of research on it (and so have lots of medical journals and doctors). It’s a great product! I thought that the more I researched, the more I’d be disinterested and become more and more skeptical, but the opposite is true. I love that it’s made from whole foods (17 fruits, vegetables, and grains)! I love that it’s organic (tested twice to ensure there’s no pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.)! I love that it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee each day (about $1.39 per adult per day, and you can get a free children’s subscription with every adult’s)! And I love that it fits with my lifestyle (still wanting to be a personal trainer and stay-at-home mom some day in the future)! Oh, yeah, and I’m still training two PT clients (they’re so much fun!).

We’re also downsizing. We’re selling a bunch of excess furniture, accessories, etc. (Check out the For Sale! page on this blog.) And we spruced up the house with new carpet, fresh paint, and decluttering. The new carpet has made significant improvements; it was a TON of work though. We saved a bunch of money by tearing out the old carpet and removing the toilet so they could lay linoleum in the bathroom. And we moved the furniture ourselves for an additional savings. And the house is officially a wallpaper-free zone! If the next house we want to buy has wallpaper in  more than one room, I’m pretty sure it will be a deal breaker for me! Way too much time and effort to remove it!

We made a long weekend vacation to Colorado over Labor Day weekend to see friends and visit their church. Redeemer Bible is a church plant from our church here, Heritage Bible Church. Heritage does Shepherding Groups every other Wednesday night. It’s a chance to be involved in a small group and get to know each other in a more intimate and caring setting. We usually meet in homes and sip coffee or tea as we share what we’re learning and pray for one another. Over the last three years, God has moved in the hearts of about 75% of the small group we were involved in to move out of Greenville and help other churches. Some moved to Atlanta and Michigan, others are moving to Ohio, some are praying about other church plants in DC and NYC, and many have already moved to Brighton, Colorado. Our trip to Colorado was wonderful! We brought along some of our best friends, and really enjoyed ourselves. And who doesn’t love Colorado?! We spent a good long vacation there last October and helped the pastor and his family get settled into their new home. It’s our dream to be able to be out there.

So after all that, last night we met with our realtor and the house will be going on the market today! Again, we’ll see what God does. In the meantime, we are ready to go yet willing to stay.

One thing that’s unique with our situation is that we have an amazing realtor (Mark Hoagland of Keller Williams Realty) that I’ve known for years (back from my Ohio days) who now goes to the same church as we do. After he took pictures of the house, we sat down to a delicious dinner. We finished the evening with hot tea and signing documents. Check out the menu:

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 Sweet & Spicy Chicken (I used the sweet & spicy rub I’ve talked about so much and baked the chicken for 40 minutes in a 400F oven), Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Cauliflower (chopped up half a head of cauliflower, sprinkled it with 1 tsp. of minced garlic and 1/3 block of fresh parm and baked at 450F for 30 minutes), Fresh Salad (prepared by the realtor and his wife, it included fresh lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, sunflower seeds, and a balsamic vinagrette), and Whole Wheat Pitas (served with butter, fresh mint, feta cheese and sliced radishes).

The MLS# is 1211903 (click on the number for the listing and pictures of the house). In the meantime, we ask you to pray with us for direction and God’s timing. Thanks so much! Ready to go, willing to stay, and enjoying the journey along the way!

~Melissa

Great Website for Greenville, SC

Looking for a place to eat, local attractions, activities, recreation, or special events, check out this website. It’s absolutely amazing!

http://greenvillecvb.com/