Showering My Maids

This is a little different than my previous posts. I wanted to share all the nitty gritty details about my bridesmaid gifts because, honestly, I’m obsessed with them. In truth though, I would’ve never been able to do them without my fiancĂ©. He came in clutch.

I got some of my ideas off of Pinterest (obvi). But I knew that I wanted to put my own spin on them. I found these precious boxes at Michael’s with a magnetic clasp:
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Forgive me for not taking a photo of my actual boxes beforehand, but these are similar ones I bought for my flower girls. The only difference being that these are square and that my bridesmaids got circular ones.

I knew I really wanted to stain them a darker color so that if I decided to put their monogram or initial on top it would stand out more. I drug Lance to the nearest Home Depot and he helped me choose a stain and polyurethane protective coat for the shine. After asking him kindly, he graciously spent the next 2 days staining the outside. Then he finished the inside stain after I told him it just didn’t look complete with only the outside done. What would I do without him?!

I googled to find the perfect flower/leaf border I wanted on the lid. I drew it on with pencil before tracing it with a gold sharpie. I drew the initials on after deciding that one letter would probably look better than their whole monogram (especially since some are not married). I thought they turned out gorgeous.
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I knew that I wanted the invitation/request card to be the first thing they saw after opening up their personalized box so it didn’t take me long to come up with what I wanted to say after looking up a couple different wording options on Pinterest. What do you think?
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After looking at a few of my inspiration pieces I knew I wanted the box to include what their hair, dress and bouquets would look like on the day of. Here’s what I ended up going with:

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I ended up going back and adding our wedding hashtag to that first card.

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I added notes on the back of each card to explain it a little farther.
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Once all the details were added, I tied them up with rope that I got from the dollar section at Target.
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And of course, I threw in nail polish for good measure. My MOH got the same color as everyone else, as well as sparkles in the same shade. I added some paper grass confetti to fill in the boxes a bit (extra tidbit of info: stick with Sally Hansen polish to save $$).
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Once it all came together I tied the outside up and added some name tags.
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Pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

Materials List:
-boxes from Michael’s
-craft paper from Michael’s
-stain and polyurethane from Home Depot
-gold sharpie and black Papermate Flair pen
-paper grass and craft tape from Hobby Lobby
-leaf die cut was actually from my basement but you can buy these in several different shapes/sizes from your local craft store
-rope from Target dollar section

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Little Miss Busy Body

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Satan really knows how to get my attention, you know that? He really loves to keep my eyes off Christ and focused on whatever he can throw my way.

This has been a tough school year for me. I accepted a job as a Special Ed Para and had to learn that God wasn’t finished with me, and that no this wasn’t going to be my job forever, but it is my job for now. I had to have faith that even though I wanted to be married to Lance already I had to wait for God to prepare us for that next step. I thought to myself early on, “Wow, it’s going to be a slow year for me so I’ll just add more to my plate.” Boy was I wrong.

I felt like the Lord wanted me to be more involved in a Girl’s Ministry so I started an internship with the High School Minister at FBC Cumming. The County was offering endorsements to certified employees so I signed up to get my gifted endorsement. November rolled around and Lance gets down on one knee and suddenly I’m up to my ears in responsibilities and I can’t hardly breathe.

Satan knew that all of this was coming my way. He knew how to divert my attention towards him. He’s so frustrating. I’ve wanted so many times to stop my Gifted endorsement and finish next year, but who wants to be taking a class during their first year of marriage AND first year of teaching – um, no one. So here I am full-time employee of Forsyth County Schools, part-time employee of FBC HS Ministry, part-time wedding planner and student. That’s a mouthful. The truth is, Satan has taken my eye off the prize. He got my attention. Instead of having all that extra time to spend in my bible and read Christian books about building a stronger faith, now I barely have time to sleep. It’s exhausting.

This week I decided I was not going to get stressed. I am not going to focus on what Satan is throwing in my way. I am going to focus on God. In the midst of my full-time job, part-time internship, wedding planning and student studies I am going to give God the attention He deserves. You know what happened? Joy. Peace. Love.

God reminded me that He has never left my side. Even when I can’t feel Him, He’s there. He’s always there. He brought me joy throughout the day at work. He gave me peace about my crazy busy schedule. He reminded me just how much He loved me.

1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of chaos and confusion, but of peace..”

He has shown me time and time again just how wonderful of a Creator and King that He is. Remember this simple truth today. God is a God of peace and He loves you immeasurably.