Working It Out At Weddings With Blended Families, & Stepchildren…

Working It Out At Weddings With Blended Families, & Stepchildren...

When I married my husband years ago, my son who was a fifteen at the time, ruined all of the wedding photos that he was in.  A lot of people wonder why I don’t post my wedding photos but, we didn’t have a professional photographer and, my son was frowning in every photo. Viewing my … [Read more…]

Past Problems Will Stall Your Future Plans…The Truth About Moving Ahead

Past Problems Will Stall Your Future Plans...The Truth About Moving Ahead

Out of the blue a few days ago, I read a “time sensitive” email from Dr Phil. The header caught my attention while emailing back and forth to a TDCJ Beto Unit Bride who had hired a No Show Officiant (obviously not affiliated with Texas Twins Events or my Team).  Hiring the right Officiant, Coordinator … [Read more…]

Too Many Indians & Not Enough Chiefs? More Wild Cards, Weird Situations & Working It Out On Location…

Too Many Indians & Not Enough Chiefs? More Wild Cards, Weird Situations & Working It Out On Location...

Since I’m still home recovering from my hysterectomy Wednesday, my phone is a work tool to keep up with Leigh Ann, Robert, Stephanie and Cindy.  Answering my emails, a family that had traveled from Arizona a few years ago to meet me for their wedding are coming back to Texas for their sons wedding that … [Read more…]

“Don’t Ask For An Apple And Expect Me To Bake You A Pie.” More Cindyism Quotes & Shocking Surprises…

"Don't Ask For An Apple And Expect Me To Bake You A Pie." More Cindyism Quotes & Shocking Surprises...

Preparing for a long Sunday at WorthamWorld, I reviewed an updated Officiant Request through Gig Salad.  I sometimes wonder if people asking me to do something put more thought into what they are asking but, rather than guessing the answer, decided to reread the request prior to responding. My first scan of this email was … [Read more…]

What About Dad? Caring For Seniors Requires Compassion, Humor & Patience…

What About Dad? Caring For Seniors Requires Compassion, Humor & Patience...

Most children never consider the possibility of having to care for their parents as children. The reality of having an elderly parent struggling with health issues is a shocking surprise for a person you once viewed as strong and capable of handling anything on their own. Ten years ago, my husbands father who had been … [Read more…]

Practice Makes Perfect- Why Wedding Rehearsals Make Couples More Comfortable…

Practice Makes Perfect- Why Wedding Rehearsals Make Couples More Comfortable...

Friday afternoon, I loaded up my niece, Leigh Ann and her daughter Madyson into my SUV with Cindy and I to head to our Wedding Rehearsal at five. The Grooms had written their own vows which I always love because creative input makes ceremonies far more emotional.  It took a little bit of elbow grease … [Read more…]

On The Outside Looking In- Family Reunions, Mental Illness And Addiction. Genetics Or Bad Luck?

On The Outside Looking In- Family Reunions, Mental Illness And Addiction. Genetics Or Bad Luck?

For the past 16 years, my niece Stephaney Mahaney has gone on and off her medication for Bipolar One and Schizophrenia. Stephaney also self medicates with meth or marijuana.  Some of you may have lax opinions regarding marijuana being a safe drug but, addicts bounce from marijuana to other things. My mother did and my … [Read more…]

You Are What You Post-Social Media Can Make Or Break Your Reputation…

You Are What You Post-Social Media Can Make Or Break Your Reputation...

This morning I sent my son a text along with a photo of someone we both know that I was unfollowing in order to explain why having so and so on my timeline was coming to an end. Occasionally, folks get offended when they are blocked and unfollowed without really understanding why they are alienating … [Read more…]

The Meddling Mother In Law & My Sidekick Cindy Daniel- Twinning…

The Meddling Mother In Law & My Sidekick Cindy Daniel- Twinning...

Getting into our kids “business” is a regular occurence for The Pawning Planners because let’s face it we are fairly nosy and often opinionated regarding our kids, grandkids, cousins and even our clients on occasion.   Apparently, my sister and I are always “poking our noses” into our kids lives according to them but- we … [Read more…]