Wonderful Busy Days



I had really intended to write a blog post this past Monday…and when that day passed I thought sure Tuesday would produce a piece of writing….nope. Then came Wednesday and now it is Thursday and time to actually sit down and get this done!

My only excuse for taking this long is that last week was really busy due to son #2 getting married Saturday night. It is also due to the fact that my husband declared Monday to be a day of “sloth”. (You have no idea how I enjoyed that day of sloth!!)

I confess we “slothed” like the best of them. Other than returning tuxes and a roaster we did absolutely nothing……and it was wonderful.

Last week we kind of hit the ground running. Tuesday was spent retrieving the cupcakes that I had baked a few weeks earlier and stored in a large walk in freezer that a friend offered. (She is a gem!) I also went to the grocery store to get those last minute groceries that I needed to have for the rehearsal supper Friday night.

Wednesday, with help, 400 cupcakes were decorated and stored in 11 tubs. Of course we had to sample the various frostings that were used and also the extra cupcakes that we ended up with. We had 5 varieties: Lemon Gluten Free, Red Velvet, White Almond Raspberry Filled and some unfilled, Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. No one became ill and they were declared a success.


Thursday was spent delivering cupcakes and several rustic crates for decoration, to the event center. We also loaded our pickup with chairs, a gas grill, paper products, condiments and so on to take to a brand new shed on the home place of the bride’s sister. (This was in preparation for the rehearsal supper).  Time was also spent setting up and a bit of decorating was done there.

I found out later that our new daughter–in-law had texted our son, her groom, commenting on our loaded pickup…..yes….we resembled a cross between hoarders and the Beverly Hillbillies minus grandma sitting on a rocking chair on the top. In our defense it was a 40 minute trip one way from our house to our destination, and we wanted to make that trip count……we have become master packers!

The Friday schedule included decorating the church and the event center. Then it was 20180713_141636.jpgtime to get our nails done. It was a lot of fun spending time with the bride, bridesmaids, flowergirls, personal attendants and the moms. I then headed back home to get the baked potatoes in the oven for the rehearsal supper, pack the food and get ready for rehearsal and the supper to follow. I am eternally grateful for siblings who came and helped us as we hosted the supper. They grilled, set out food and kept things running smoothly.

Saturday dawned cooler and clear…..a perfect day for a wedding. Hair appointments were first thing in the morning, then helping with the children (all the nieces and nephews of the bride and groom) who would be ring bearers and flower girls. Photos were taken and before we knew it; it was time for the main event….the wedding and reception that followed.


It was a sweet time of gathering and celebrating. There was so much packed into that week that we are still processing all the details. It would seem that it would be hard to take it all in, but we found if we took an hour at a time we really had time to enjoy every part of the week.

I will be posting more and reflecting on that oh so sweet time……once I do a bit more “slothing” and get those thoughts in order.

(Oh….I also need to let you know that I did not take many of these photos. They were taken by various people who attended….I was much too busy being mom of the groom!)

“For some reason when you are busy…
you are never long enough where you are…
and never arrive soon enough at where you need to be.”

35 thoughts on “Wonderful Busy Days

  1. oneta hayes says:

    Sloth away. It will probably be three or four days before you are caught; then prepare to be volunteer for your friend’s cousin’s son’s wedding. They will have heard what a good job you have done and everybody needs a experienced adviser! 😀

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  2. Margy says:

    I love to hear the stories of these hands-on ‘old style’ weddings. A lot of work, to be sure, but so personal and real for everyone. Congratulations to all! ‘Sloth on’ Chicken Grandma!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My husband loves to tell people we have more time than money lol……he is right but time was pretty precious also that last week. I followed my lists to make sure I did not forget anything.
      We prepared the food for our other two sons’ rehearsal suppers also. And I made their sheet cakes/cupcakes…..it is just something I wanted to do to help out.


      • Margy says:

        I know what you mean by time and lack of money! I made the bridesmaids dresses for the first daughter’s wedding, and the bride’s dress for the second daughter’s wedding. When the third daughter’s wedding rolled around, we were living overseas – my only contribution for that wedding was to be in attendance!

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  3. lindasschaub says:

    It is permissible to “sloth” until you recover. Your list of to-dos and things you got done beforehand was overwhelming. The cupcakes looked great Faye. It’s always a good idea to taste them to ensure they are okay – every type of frosting. It’s a great stress-reliever.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It was overwhelming…..at times. I just tried to follow my day to day lists so I would have everything covered that needed doing on our part.
      Yes….frosting and cupcakes do wonders to relieve stress…as well as time spent with sisters and a niece who helped decorate them.

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  4. susieshy45 says:

    Congratulations to the newly married couple! May they have plenty of happy days in their lives and togetherness for eternity. How much of love you and the daughter-in-law’s family lavished on them and I am so glad about the church wedding.
    So many cupcakes !
    Did you all cook the wedding food too ?

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  5. kindergartenknowledge says:

    I absolutely loved reading about your busy wedding week! I don’t know how you were able to get everything completed and still be “mom of the groom”! I think that you might be the ultimate wonder woman! The cupcakes look and sound delicious…so many varieties. I also enjoyed seeing the picture of your son and new daughter-in-law…such a beautiful couple!

    Once again…let me apologize for being a “not very dependable” friend. Even though we know each other across many miles…you are very important to me. I simply was not ready to start writing again. I am trying, trying to get started back. I miss you lots and lots!

    Mike and I have been thinking about you this evening…because of the tornadoes in Iowa. Did you have dangerous weather near your farm? And what about your family in the city? Prayers being sent for Iowa…the pictures on the national news showed severe damage.

    Love you lots,

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am so glad to hear from you Pat! Please don’t apologize….good friends can be silent a long time And then pick up where they left off.
      The wedding was so good busy but good!
      We did not have bad weather and our kids did not either. The city of Pella was hit hard. That is south and east of our kids. They did have lots of rain a few weeks ago but they are in a part of the city not affected.
      How have you been…and Mike? And how is it being a grandma 😀😀😀😀


  6. ruthsoaper says:

    Sometimes it is amazing the things we can accomplish when we need to. You deserve some slothing time.
    I love the Beverly Hillbillies especially Granny.
    Congratulations to the newlyweds. Wishing them a lifetime of love and happiness. ♥

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