What a crazy weekend I had. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I was planning to go to Lucketts this past Saturday for their Spring Market. I didn’t have a babysitter for the weekend so my little one and I were planning to go together. Unexpectedly she came home early from preschool on Friday morning complaining of an earache. She got lots of rest on Friday and Saturday morning she said she felt great and was excited to go on our Lucketts adventure. Bright and (extremely) early, we got loaded up in the car and were on our way.
All was well and we were half way to Lucketts (at this point we’re over an hour from home) when unexpectedly she began throwing up. Bless her heart, she was such a trooper, she wasn’t even sure what was happening to her (this has only happened once before – a couple of years ago – so it was like the first time). She had the most surprised look on her face afterwards and simply said, “Momma, my tummy feels bad”… Needless to say, after doing a quick side of the road cleanup, I turned the car around and zoomed home as quickly and safely as I could.
She rested for a couple of hours and then was back to her old self. We decided to take a stroll in our neighborhood (me walking while pulling her around in a little red wagon) and enjoy the fresh air and scope out the yard sales that were happening. I was of course disappointed at not getting to go to Lucketts but I was praying continually for God to help me keep a “good attitude” about my changed plans. And you know what? It turned out to be a great weekend, just not the one I expected.
I ended up securing a house as a location for an upcoming photo shoot during our yard-sale walk, and later I was even able to go to a local antique mall and found the most beautiful set of blue & white dishes for a great deal!! I’ve long been looking for my own set of blue and white china… I like the traditional Willow Ware pattern and have a couple of plates in that pattern, but being the complete Anglophile that I am, I adore the sweet florals that dance about in so many of the English china patterns – and this is no exception! The patter is called “Tonquin” by Royal Staffordshire and I now have an entire set of service for eight, plus a platter, vegetable bowl, and a few other pieces too!!
I also stumbled upon a sweet vintage lace cloth and this charming antique crystal sconce that I scooped up for, prepare yourself, $10! I am obsessed with antique crystal chandeliers and sconces and am constantly trolling craigslist and ebay in search of them. I dream of having them in every room of my house… I have a long ways to go but I’m enjoying the “hunt”. This will need to be rewired but oh-my-goodness, I love it!
I had a shopping list of items I was looking for at Lucketts which included blue and white china, lace, and crystal lighting. And you know what? I found all three right here and I feel like I “passed” an important attitude test in the process which ultimately is WAY more important than the shopping trip would have ever been. And I’m so grateful that God is teaching me to honor him and let Him lead me – even when I don’t have a clue where we’re going! Please let me just say, that I’m not writing any of this to brag – at all – my hope is that this encourages you because I know that all of us have our plans interrupted (all the time!) and this weekend was a breakthrough for me in this area.
I’m keeping my little one home from school because she’s still battling a runny nose that looks suspiciously like the start of a sinus infection so I’m going to run to make some chicken soup. I hope you are having a wonderful Monday morning. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
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