A Planning Journal for Your Mother of the Bride Notes

IMG_3155Mother of the Bride, if you are new to this grand MOB adventure or just haven’t started using a planning journal yet, run out and buy one asap. After all, you have all kinds of notes you’ll need to jot down during the coming months.

As MOBs most of us buy nice planners for our bride-to-be daughters, but you need one as well, MOB. You will be researching and shopping for so many things, it will all become a jumble of confusion if you don’t write things down.

Since you need a planning journal, go ahead and treat yourself to a pretty one. Maybe you can find one in one of the colors of the wedding or you can just find one that looks super feminine or appeals to you for some other reason. Make it something that will feel like a little splurge. And choose one small enough to fit in your purse. Believe me, you’ll be using it on the go.

A planning journal will be your sanity saver for sure, MOB. It will help you keep track of everything from notes about where you and your sweet girl saw which bridal gown or cake or flowers to the prices for all these things. You can also keep a running list of expenses, due dates for deposits, and your ongoing to-do list. If you’re faithful to jot down anything and everything wedding related, this little planner will indeed become your lifeline.

So go on, MOB—have fun finding a planning journal just for you!

*You might also like to read Mother of the Bride Memory Boosters for Shopping and Mother of the Bride—Info Source for Gift-Givers.

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Adventure Wanted!

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I admitted this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago so I’ll admit it here, too—I’ve purchased two travel journals recently. But since our twin grandsons were born in January, my travels have consisted of making the nearly 6-hour trek to go see them as often as I can get away with it. So, my travel journals remain empty as of yet. After all, I have a grandparent’s journal for all things grandparenty!

Thoughts of adventure have been popping up with me lately, though. Last week I exhorted all of us to live life. Adventure fits right in with that mantra, doesn’t it? In January, I predicted that adventure awaited us all this year. And now, here it is pulling at my heart again.

In truth, it can be unusual or even difficult for people like me—creatures of habit—to break free from our regular routines and actually welcome adventure. So when adventure starts calling to our spirits, we need to pay attention. We need to be alert to what life may hold around the corner.

Let’s not forget that adventure can look different at different times and to different people. The past several years adventure for me has looked like vacationing in new places, like shown above in our trip to Yellowstone National Park. The past few months, however, my great adventure has looked an awful lot like two sweet baby boys. My life changed forever with their birth. Yes, I set sail on one of the best adventures of my life—being grandma to precious twin boys. I want to be available this first year of their lives to answer the grandma-we-need-you call to adventure. Their momma needs an extra set of hands fairly regularly, and I love lending my hands to the cause.

Even though my new grandmothering adventure is of prime importance to me right now, I want to be ready for new adventures. I want to start making entries in my travel journals. I want to see my world with fresh eyes. I want to be ready for what life may have around the corner. Yes, I want to live life.

Are you with me? Let’s hop out of the regular ruts of our lives. Let’s strain to see what God has in store!

“‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?’” Isaiah 43:19a

*What does adventure look like in your life right now? What great adventure would you like to pursue?

*Photo by my husband Don