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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Miracles & Adversity

So, in case you haven't heard or inferred it from my FB posts, I was blessed with an extremely unexpected surprise last week.  My dear friend Elise had been faithfully praying about a request I laid out during our women's retreat last spring.  We were challenged to look at Ephesians 3:20-21, and see what God had envisioned for us.


Now unto Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond anything that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

When it was my turn, I was asked, "What is 'way beyond your way beyond'?"  And my answer was something like, "Well, I would love to stay home full time with Miles.  But even beyond that?  I think it would be so much fun to teach a Zumba class."

After that dream had waxed and waned with the receipt and redesignation of our tax return, I stopped thinking about it really.  I tried to stay focused on the end of the school year, and the impending decision about staying home the next year.  And you know how that turned out!  Read about it here.)

All this to say:  Elise chose to obey God's lead and put it out to our church family to fund my Zumba certification.  She wrote a mass message to our friends on FB, and the response was overwhelming.  She said that in just over an hour, people had already contributed the amount - and then some!

So on Tuesday, September 11, at about 8:45PM, Elise came over with a present for me.

A super cute transparent pail that reads:
Beyond...


... the...

... way...

... beyond

On the top was the unmistakeable
Zumba insignia

Inside, I saw neon gifts, and three envelopes.

Inside the big envelope was a personalized card...

Along with an incredibly encouraging note
was the verses I quoted above:  Ephesians 3:20-21

And under then envelope was a printout of
the nearest registration date, as well as the 
exact amount I needed to register.

Needless to say, I was moved to tears, and beyond (way, way, way beyond!) grateful. I am so blessed to have such an amazing church family.  I love that they recognized my dream, and wanted to make it happen.  It is so humbling, and lovely to be on the receiving end of this process.  Saturday the 6th is going to kick my butt - it's a one-day certification that lasts from 9:30-6:30!!  Whew!

I truly appreciate all the support and encouragement - and I will definitely need your continued prayers as my family and I continue to move forward where God leads!!  Woo hoo!!!!

In Christ,



Sunday, September 2, 2012

I'm, Like, Totally Thirty!

Shermer High Junior Prom
c/o '82
a.k.a.
Marilyn's Truly Outrageous 30th
Starring: Jem, Filipina-Style

I had the greatest time at my 30th birthday party.  If I had had more time and resources, my invitations totally would've looked like NES games.  Still, FB and evite did more than enough to get my friends and fam in the house.  Miles spent the night at Nona's house, and Ema came over early to start setting up decorations.  Matthew, Austin, and Ben came a little while later to help hang up the stars.  James had already set up the dance floor lighting, and my hair was JemStar huge!

My style icons:
Jem & Laura Charles

Our Prom Banner,
a la Ema

The silver tinsel reflecting the pink and purple
make me want to say:
"Show time, Synergy!"

Heather & Clarissa,
Cutie Nerd & Workout Fiend

The Guys

"How does this look?"

Prom Pictures
Indy, Pop Art Come to Life, Lane, & Jem
(complete with giant rocker hair, styled by Indiana Jones!)

Cyndi, Lane Meyer, and Rick

Snacks!

"Dumb boys never ask us to dance!"

Jem & Olivia Newton-John

Wendy's delish endive appetizers!

Yanick's lovely cheese plate presentation

Brad's new wave punk

"Wokwokwokwokwokwok"
(Thank you Em!  They were perfect!)

Preppy Yanick

Rocker Hottie Sam & Jem

Look out for Richie on the dance floor!

Ogre, hip-hop street performing Summer, and I

Adrienne & Brian M.

Olivia Newton-John II & Miami Vice
cutting a rug!

"I will toss my cave girl at least 50 foots."

Tennis Pro, mark

Preppy Don's drink & Mark+Corndog

Workin' it out!

Michael Jackson's "Beat It"

Streamers, Rick's noose of choice

Soul Train Photobomb

The fog machine + pink & blue lights = dance magic

Polariod of Miami Vice Matthew

Polaroid of Kelly Kapow(Em)ski

One scene of the infamous "Basketball Dance"

Sunday Morning Breakfast

My pink highlight!!

I SO want to get the pink highlights done.  If I had the money, I would've done it the next week, but instead, I just kept the extensions in.  I am so thankful that my friends and fam blessed me with such a fun party.  It wouldn't have been the same without each person there.  We defs missed Matt Hoop, the Carrascos, Fash, Brian, Jon & Marie, Dan & Athena, Laura & Davs, my Cal buddies, my sister, and all my other cousins that couldn't attend!  

Still, it was the perfect way to go out of my 20s:  Throwing the raddest theme party ever, and dancing the night away!  It just makes me think of Miles' memory verse, James 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from above.