Monday, October 22, 2007

Harvest Party!

The night before the party, my friend Grace had just arrived, and we were sitting up late chatting when we heard rain. Oh no! I was afraid of it continuing the next morning, but I just decided to pray about it. I prayed that if it was better in God's plan for it to rain and my guests not to come, that we would all not be too disappointed about it.

When I got up Friday morning, it was a bit cloudy and too early to tell what the weather would do - but I walked out to put a bill in the mailbox before we got going for the day and looked up between the trees to see a faint rainbow! It was so beautiful and I felt like God put that there for me to remind me of His promise! I did not take this as a "sign" that it would not rain and our day would be perfect, but as a reminder that He is in control and I can rest in that. And, as a sweet comfort that He knows about me. Knows my name, knows my hopes and dreams, and knows my heart. I felt personally known by God at that moment. After taking it in for a moment, I ran into the house to get my camera, but the rainbow was gone by the time I got back. That's ok - the picture in my mind and heart are enough for me!

As we continued to prepare, it was touch and go - wondering if it would rain or not! In the end, the rain held off and we all had a great time! Here are some pictures from the morning:

Please take one of the popcorn favors!

Emily with her decorated pumpkin!

Emily and Brianna in the pumpkin patch!

Trying the sack race!

My friend, Grace, brought me these cute pumpkins that she made - aren't they the perfect welcome to the Harvest Party?!

Trying the 3-legged race!

Bean Bag Toss

Decorating Cupcakes

Bobbing for Apples

The Thankful Tree!

One of my favorite "thankful leaves" - thankful for a giraffe!

13 comments:

carrie said...

Monica,

I loved reading about your party. The pictures are fabulous. Looks like everyone had a great time, and I'm so *thankful* it didn't rain. (Did you draw a rainbow on your thankful leaf?!)

Those pumpkins Grace made are darling--hope you've had a wonderful visit.

Mary Ann said...

Looks like such fun! Are those pumpkins made with a roll of tp? We saw some(that looked like Grace's) in the mountains last weekend that were. They were so cute!

Liisa said...

What fun! I am so gla dthe rain held of so you could enjoy the party!
Blessings,
Liisa

Liisa said...

Oops it looks like I may be a little sleepy this morning. I appologize for the spelling errors!

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

What a great reminder that God is in control and if we live with the knowledge that He knows what is best for us everything will work out!

Your party looks like a huge success! Love the picture of Emily and Brianna holding hands. Too cute! The "pumpkins" from Grace are adorable.

Thanks for sharing!

Christi said...

This party looks like so much fun!

I'm so glad everything went well and that you had a beautiful day!

Anonymous said...

Dear Monica -- so happy to see these photos -- looks like a great time was had by all! :)

I especially loved the part about God encouraging you with His rainbow -- it reminded me of your childhood love of rainbows!

Cute pumpkins from Grace! :)

Love you, Mom

Amy said...

Oh my goodness, Monica! You outdid yourself this year and I love the pictures from your event. I am totally showing up next year :) It looked like so much fun!

Can you ask your friend how she made those pumpkins? I would LOVE to make some of these (if they aren't too difficult)

Everything was just beautiful and the giraffe thankful card was the cutest! Great job!!

Katy said...

how fun!!! Love all the pics! Looks like everyone had a great time! :)

2boysmama said...

I love that--looks like so much fun!

Kids love to have a little rain now and then anyway! =)

You inspired me last year tohave a harvest party, but this year I passed, being 8months pregnant. (and not to mention that you can guarantee rain around here, so it would be inside)

Trina said...

Looks like ya'll had so much fun! So happy the weather was good. Wish we could have been there.
Blessings,
Trina

Joy@Joy in the Journey said...

Oh how fun! It looks like you all had a wonderful time! And, as for the giraffe, my animal loving son, Britton would certainly write the same thing!! :)
Blessings,
Joy

Anonymous said...

Monica Dear:

I am SO blessed by your blog & the pictures you share with all of us. I always shed a tear or two when I see pics of Emily & Rachel, as they are SO precious. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us via your blog.
How very special that God gave you a rainbow on this day to remind you of His love and care.
Your Harvest Party looks so neat...and I'm sure everyone had a GREAT time.
BLESSINGS & lOVE, Grandma