A few years ago I found this verse that was a strong and reassuring promise:
"THIS I KNOW, THAT GOD IS FOR ME; THE LORD IS FOR ME AMONG THOSE WHO HELP ME."
Once again this past summer I found myself clinging to those words and appreciating those friendships as I was in a state of anxiety over many house guests, my daughter's wedding, my mother's failing health and my dad's grieving.
Honestly, so many people volunteered to help in so many ways that I can't think of my summer joys without thinking of the helpers who made things work out. I would like to show you some pictures of them--of course, I don't have a snapshot of everyone who said a kind word or encouraged me, so I can't acknowledge them all.
Ginny vacuumed my house.
Diane brought food, cake, flowers
Ginny took me for a margarita and talk
Betty and Dave loaned their vacant house for overflow guests
Sandy offered to bring meals in
Kay sent dinner over one evening
Lisa addressed all the invitations
Emily redid the guest lists and address changes daily
Pam G, Kris, and Emily hosted showers (and all made handmade invitations)
Amanda polished silver
Ginny and Rick and Diane and Jim spent the day cooking the rehearsal dinner with Arthur and Francoise
Alisha and Ashley ran innumerable errands for everything and everyone (they took the week off to be available)
Bekah, Amanda, and Emily stamped and licked and sealed and mailed the invitations from Bridal Veil, Oregon!
Ron worked in the yard for 2 weeks on the sprinkler system and other "Honey Do's"
Steve rewired our basement for guestrooms.
Eleanor did the wedding flowers
John fixed a car for bride and groom to use for 8 weeks
Mike did dishes secretly at night.
Diane weeded .
Sandy offered to organize meals.
Amanda made strawberry tarts-yum!
My kids said, "How are you doin', Mom?"
My brother took me on a convertible ride.
Patti and Mike invited us all out for a barbecue.
John and Emily loaned us a bed.
Dave, Don, Drenda, Nick, John, John and Em helped us scrape and paint the house
Diane kept weeding the flowerbeds
Lisa and Evan coordinated reception food and did the shopping
Wheaton roommates fixed reception food
Aimee made the bride's earrings
Rachel helped with sewing project.
Craig drove his Model A getaway car.
Maxime ironed (Don't tell he knows how.)
Two songs buzzed round and round in my head. One was Tevye to Golda: "Do you love me?" and Golda's response, "Do I love you? When our daughter's getting married and there's trouble in the town, you're upset ...go inside, go lie down..."
and the other was "Oh, I get along with a little help from my friends, with a little help from my FRIENDS!"
And I do, and I thank the Lord for using them as His hands and feet in my life.