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T-10 Days and Counting…A Mother/Daughter Dance

sarah, daughter, bride-to-be, bride, bridal shower, lynne st. jamesMy daughter has asked me to help her pick a song for us to dance to at her wedding.  It’s a relatively new thing I think – a Mother/Daughter dance.  While I’m really looking forward to the dance, trying to pick one song is very difficult. So where do I start with the song?  “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” has sort of become the “theme song” for the three dudettes as my two daughters and I have called ourselves, and I’m sure the three of us will dance to that at some point during the reception.  But I need to find THE one special song.

I’ve been listening to different songs on YouTube and I’ve been searching on Google for suggestions.  There are some really good ones out there, but there’s a problem.  They all make me cry!  Everyone of them brings back memories of my little girl and all we’ve been through up to this point in her life.  It wasn’t always easy but then whose life is?

Anyway here are some of the options we’re thinking about. If you have others or comments about any of these, please share!  WARNING: You will need a box of tissues.



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T-12 Days and Counting…

It’s about a week and a half until the wedding and we’re getting down to the wire. The last thing on my list was to break in the wedding shoes.

As “Mother of the Bride” finding an outfit and shoes was a traumatic event. I hate shopping, really, really hate shopping! I know, I’m like the anti-woman. But I digress.  I began the hunt for a suitable frock several months ago. I learned my lesson about waiting at the time of my other daughter’s wedding.

I was lucky, I found a beautiful dark blue gown with some silver beading at Nordstroms on-line.  I know right?!  I’ve never shopped there before and I was pleasantly surprised. I placed the order and waited with bated breath to see if it would fit.  It arrived after two days, I threw open the box,  pulled it out and it was perfect. Okay it needed to be hemmed, no biggie, in my reality everything gets hemmed.

Or… I could get a pair of six inch heels?  That’s what my daughters would do.  I almost did it. I was tempted.  Everyone looks better in heels right?  Until you fall and break your neck!  But the great shoe search was fruitless.  I couldn’t find anything I liked, not with a six inch heel or a two inch heel. Nothing that would go with the dress and not assist in my death. After listening to my tale of woe, my daughter, the shoe maven, suggested .

wedding, shoes, daughter, bride, mother of the bride, dancing, celebrate, special, formal, lynne st. james, twice bitten and bewitchedAfter searching through what seemed like millions of pairs of shoes, I found these shoes by J. Renee.  They are a pewter colored fabric and look great with the dress. Even better, they are just high enough that I didn’t have to get the gown hemmed, but not so high that I should be able to walk around in them.  The shoe gods were smiling down on me for sure.

So everything is good, right?  Well sort of, I still have to break the shoes in so I don’t break something.

I’m pretty fond of my neck, and well being alive in general, so I’ve been wearing these around the house for the past few days. I’m sure it’s a sight to see too. I wonder what the neighbors think when I go to the mailbox in my shorts, t-shirt and these heels.  🙂

I have to say, I’m grateful to Jackie, the shoe maven, for pointing me towards Zappos, and I’m very happy that they are actually comfortable as well as beautiful.  Maybe I won’t have to take them off after the cocktail hour. Yay!I’d love to hear any comments you have about your wedding/pre-wedding experiences!


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T-29 Days and Counting…

daughters, golden retriever, dog, girl, children, daughter, love, family, happiness, lynne st. james My youngest daughter is getting married in October. It’s an exciting time in all of our lives. Just about three years ago my oldest daughter tied the knot, and I’m still trying to figure out when they grew up? Where has the time gone? barbie dolls, barbie, daughters, play, dolls, girls, children, fun, dress up, singing, happiness, lynne st. jamesYesterday they were just little bitty girls running around playing dress up, with Barbie dolls, and putting on shows for me singing selections from the Spice Girls and the movie, Titanic.

wedding, shoes, bouquet, bridal bouquet, weddings, elegant, formal, daughters, love, marriage, forever, lynne st. jamesBoth of the girls did most of their own wedding planning. I’ve loved helping where I could, but they are both out of state so it made that a little difficult at times. They have very different styles and their weddings helped to showcase their individuality. daughters, children, girl, daughter, child, love, grown-up, growing up, fun, sisters, love, lynne st. jamesMy oldest – she had a fairy princess wedding, lots of sparkles, elegance and sophistication. My youngest – her favorite holiday is Halloween, and that will be her theme. The invites even went out with “costumes encouraged.”

dance, tap, ballet, daughters, sisters, girls, girl, costumes, dress up, little girls, prescious, love, recital, lynne st. jamesAfter going through all the planning and shopping – the “say yes to the dress,” bridal shower planning and execution, and assorted other tasks that needed to be done, there is one thing that has become very apparent. It doesn’t matter how big or small a wedding is, the stress will be almost overwhelming to the bride!

I thank God that both of my daughters are starting out their married lives with men who are kind, supportive and loving. If it hadn’t been for their support throughout I’m sure each of them would have had meltdowns or maybe just eloped! Hmm that sure would have been cheaper, but I digress…

wedding, wedding cake, bride, daughter, love, special, nighttime, formal wedding, elegant, lynne st. jamesNow that we are getting down to the wire, only twenty-nine days to go, there are lots of little things still on the list. One of the biggest will be the seating chart – I think that has to be every bride’s nightmare! But she’ll get through it and I’ll help where I can, even if it’s only virtually.

sisters, daughters, sister, love, happiness, children, child, little girls, prescious, lynne st. jamesI know she can’t wait for the day which will pass by in a blur. Thankfully we always have pictures to help remind us of all the special moments. Me, well as much as I’m looking forward to her special day, I’m already a bit teary-eyed at the prospect. I don’t have little girls anymore, only adult daughters – but they have both made me so proud.

Do you have any wedding woes or fun things to share? Any hints or tricks to help with the stress? Wonderful things that you did to make your wedding memorable?


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