Inspirational stories come from the writers heart and soul. God put His "heart" in you. He didn't just create you. He invested Himself in you. You are the inspirational story that emerged from the heart and soul of the Father. Who you are is a person worth knowing well.

Jill Palmer (I think) :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

God's Faithfulness

As all of you know I went wedding dress shopping on Saturday, I had gone online to check out David's Bridal dress selection and found 4 dresses that I loved and wanted to try on. My number one favorite was $649.00, now I know that it doesn't seem like much expecally if you watch "Say Yes to the Dress." However for us and our very tight budget it was quite a bit. My loving fiance was of course very encouraging and told me that if when I tried it on I was still in love that he wanted me to buy it. So the night before we left for Fort Collins I was lying in bed not able to sleep because I was so excited and I started praying.

I thanked God for His continual faithfulness and blessings as we are planning the wedding and how He has seriously given us amazing deals on a lot of the stuff needed for the wedding. As I was laying there I prayed that God would find me the perfect dress, that I wouldn't feel fat and ugly, and that it would be less than the $600.00 dollars we had budgeted.

On the way to Fort Collins I told my friend Tami what I was praying for and right there as we where driving she also prayed out loud for the same things. When we got to the store and where introduced to Aubrey (my consultant) she asked if I had look on line at any dresses that I wanted to try on and of course I pulled out my organized notebook and showed her just what I was looking at!! :)

The first dress that I tried on was my #1 favorite from online, and to my surprise I hated it on me. It made me look like I was a straight line, it was uncomfortable and not flattering on my body type. And in the back of my mind I was thanking Jesus for it!! :) Then we tried on my second favorite dress (it was not the exact one that I wanted because they don't carry it in the store but it was one similar, the only thing that was different was the top.) Once I walked out in the dress I fell in love with the bottom but what not so much in love with this certain top, so Aubrey suggested we try on different gowns that have the top I wanted. We continued trying on all the beautiful fancy dresses and I just couldn't get that second dress out of my head. At which point I told Kristin I really like the second dress but the exact one I want they don't have in the store. Kristin being the amazing friend she is said why don't we try this, and this, and this. So we tried all of the things she suggested and wa la, it was exactly what I had envisioned.

After it was all said and done I looked at the price and it was $200.00 less then our budget. But that is just the beginning, :) once we got up to the counter to check out Aubrey said this must be your lucky day because this dress is part of our spring sale and its this much less. After everything was rang up I spent less than the $600.00 we had budgeted on everything that I need to go with the wedding dress besides the shoes and alterations. CAN I GET A YIPPPPEEEE JESUS!!! :)

Another stop we had to make was to Ross because Tami needed to get a nice professional top, she has been asked to speak in front of a bunch a big shots in a week or so and she really didn't have anything. As we got in the car and where leaving Davids Bridal I said to her "now its your turn to go shopping." All at once she started crying and said "Jinny I only have $16.50 to spend and I don't know if that will get me what I am looking for." Right then and there we stopped and I prayed for her just like she did for me. I told her that God had the perfect top picked out for her to get and that it was going to be at the right price.

We arrived at Ross and parted ways for a few minutes so that I could go and look for some wedding decorations. After I was done looking I met up with Tami and she had found the cutest top that looked totally like her. She then informed me that it was a two piece dress suit but she couldn't find the bottoms anywhere. I told her that they would probably take down the price since we couldn't find it. She went and tried it on and it was just perfect and you could see her light up. When we got up to the check stand she told the lady all about it and asked if she could reduce the price to $10.00 (originally it was marked at $29.99). The lady behind the desk took out this piece of paper and looked at it for a few seconds and then said to Tami, I can give it to you for ...... $7.99. You should have seen the looks on our faces!! We both wanted to jump up and down and scream we where so excited.

That day God reminded me that He cares about even our smallest desires and hears every single prayer we say!! :) What a faithful and loving God we serve!!! YIPPPPEEEE JESUS!!! :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pretty Dress Shopping and Smelly Arm Pits LOL!!!

This past Saturday I got to go shopping for my pretty dress. I had a blast and was so grateful that I had my friends there to help as well as an amazing Consultant who made the day!!! :) I even got to see my friend Kristin and she was there when I picked the "dress of my dreams" as David's Bridal would call it!! :) Plus a little added bonus was we got to visit our sweet caffeine friend STARBUCKS (which we don't have in Scottsbluff)!!!
(Aubrey my amazing Consultant)


There was one funny story that I had to share with everyone!!! First off before my friend got to my house to pick me up I realized that I didn't shave my arm pits so I ran back into the bathroom and had to dry shave so that I didn't have any stubs while I was trying on dresses!!! :)

Then once we where at David's Bridal I got into the amazing undergarments that they have (with Kristin's help of course) and the pretty dress trying on began. :) After about 4 dresses my arm pits started sweating really bad, and the crazy thing was that, the only thing that was sweating was my arms pits. So of course I informed the girls that I was sweating and that I was worried I was going to get B.O. I lifted up both of my arms and told Marriah (who is 10) that the reason she came with us was to be my personal arm pit fan lol!!! We all had a great giggle at that and I went back in to try on another dress. After about 2 or 3 more I started to smell myself and it was not a pleasant smell, I asked Tami if she would run and get me some deodorant and baby wipes. (We where still laughing because of course I was smelling my arm pits in public and Tami couldn't believe it hehehe) Tami being that sweet friend she is said yes and ran across the street to get me some good smelling stuff. While she was gone Aubrey (my consultant) came back with another dress and back we went into the dressing room to get the new dress on!!! :) Now if you know me you know that once I am comfortable with you I am not shy... So I proceeded to tell Aubrey that I was sorry if she smelled my B.O. and that I was working on fixing the problem!!! :) She then informed me that she couldn't smell a thing and told me about other women she has worked with that where pouring sweat through the whole fitting (like they where working out or something)!!! Which made me not feel so bad.
(This is one of the dresses I tried on but NOT the one I picked that one is a secret for the wedding day) :)

Soon after Tami came back and saved the day with a powder fresh bar and some unscented baby wipes. :) I then fixed my little problem and felt much better. :) Once I had picked out the "dress of my dreams" and I was checking out Aubrey said that she would always remember me as her powder fresh bride. :) Needless to say my pretty dress shopping was nothing less then entertaining and I am sure that Aubrey, Tami, Marriah, Kristin, and I will remember it forever!! :)
(My new powder fresh bar!!! :))
(After all the trying on Me and the Amazing Aubrey)
By the way I hate this picture of myself but I still thought I would share it!! :)
(Tami with her hand clappers as they announced over the loud speaker that I had found the "dress of my dreams")
(Marriah with her clappers, it was so much fun having her there)
(And just to brag about my man for a minute he bought me these flowers yesterday just because and had them sent to my office :)) Oh how I love that man!! ;)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I Said Yes!!!

So it has been over a month since I got engaged and I am finally getting around to blogging about this very special mile stone in my life!!! On February 19th the man of my dreams asked me to marry him. Now to my knowledge he wasn't home since right now he is a truck driver. I didn't expect him home till the following weekend and I just thought that I was going out to dinner with a friend. She had told me to get all dressed up and that she would pick me up at 6 pm. I thought it was a little random but I was excited for a night out on the town. I even got a cute new top with a gift certificate I got from one of my kids for Christmas. I still had about 20 minutes before my friend was suppose to be at my house when I heard a knock on the door. I scrambled to get my shirt on because I was standing in the bathroom getting ready in pants and a bra. The tag would not come off of the new shirt that I just got so I sat and fiddled with it for a few more seconds when I heard a knock at the door again. I threw on the shirt tag and all and ran to the door to see my prince standing there. :) Now mind you I still thought I had 20 minutes to get ready so half of my hair was pinned on the top of my head because I was in the processes of straightening my hair. :) (Thankfully my man loves me no matter what I look like) :) I had a hint that something was coming so I quickly finished getting ready and we headed out for the evening that he had planned.

As we where leaving my house he asked if I had my keys to the church because he needed to stop by and get something that a guy had left him. He proceeded to tell me that he needed to go before dinner because he was leaving early the next morning and he didn't want us to forget about it after dinner. (I totally believed him) lol

We got to the church and I stayed in the foyer while he ran up to the stage to get what he needed! It was taking longer than I thought so I walked up the stairs to see if he needed help when I saw a huge bouquet of flowers at the front of the stage. I walked up and he got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him. To which of course I replied yes!!! :)
(This picture was taken at my house the next day)

After wards we went to this very cute restaurant that is in an old fashioned house. They had the lights turned down low and candles lite on every table. It was super cute, quite, and romantic. We sat and talked as we ate dinner and he explained to me why he had picked the church. He said that first of all he wanted it to be a symbol of God being the foundation of our relationship and marriage and that he knew how important church has been to me my whole life. How sweet is that!!! :) We had a wonderful evening together and come to find out he was home for the whole weekend!!! :)

I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with him and to see what all God has for our future together. In just a sort 6 months from tomorrow I will be Mrs. Williamson and I couldn't be happier!! :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thankful Thursdays!!

I haven't done this is a while and I really need to get back into it. I think when we remind ourselves of all that God is doing and what we are thankful for it helps us out of the funks that we might be in and to be honest right now I am in one of the funks!!!

I am thankful for....

Friends who love me and encourage me to be the best that I can be!!

Kale Robert Palmer
(Happy 7th Birthday Bubba) words can never fully express the place that you hold in my heart. I love you!!

Coffee with creamer
(although it is not near as good as Starbucks and I have really been wanting a starbucks coffee today)

Clothes and shoes

My amazing boyfriend who makes me laugh, loves me for me, makes me feel comfortable to be myself, encourages me to be better, laughs at my stupid jokes, and tells me how much I mean to him on a daily basis.

Having a Target where I live
(and let me just tell you, I visit at least once a week) :)

Yummy lotion to put on my hands and feet :)

Hand sanitizer

Teddy Bears and Flowers

Friends who let me do laundry at their house
(so I don't have to go to the laundry mat by myself)

Sweet little presents from the kids I minister to on a weekly basis

That I can go and volunteer in a 2nd grade classroom at one of the public schools on a weekly basis

To Do lists :)


Lip chap

New Underwear
(I need to start a new collection of undies because most of mine have holes in them and are falling apart. On top of I have not bought new underwear in at least 2 years lol until yesterday that is!! :)

(seriously I don't know what people did before skype and now you can even do it on your phone)


Oh how I feel so much better already!! :) Thank you Jesus for reminding me how blessed I truly am and how much you love me!! What are you thankful for???

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kid's Say the Funniest Things!!!

Before I tell you think cute/funny story let me give you a little background first...

In Kidz Church over the past 13 weeks we have been learning about all the parables is the bible, and it has been a lot of fun and the kids are really enjoying it.

So last Sunday after church one of the mom's was talking to her son and asked what he learned about in class. To which he replied "if your friend asks for your jacket you should give him your shirt as well." As he was saying this the mom could tell he wasn't quite sure what that meant. Then out of the blue her 4 year old says to his brother "if you do that they would see your boobies." Oh my goodness this just killed me!! :)

Now to clear things up we did learn about The Good Samaritan but we do not teach the kids about boobies lol!!!

Kids will say the funniest things!! :) Out of the mouths of babes!!!