But I called up her real good girlfriend, Cheryl to see where her head was - we didn't want to stress her out but we wanted to do something. Deneen is the best. She has great energy, is real and it genuinely pleased for other folks when they accomplish anything. If I tell Deneen, someone I knew bought a new house. She doesn't just say that's nice. Nope, she wants pictures and goes around telling folks how nice, Cel's friend's house is - who does that.
After talking, Cheryl and I decided we would take those things off her plate. I called Deneen and told her we wanted to host the reception and the honeymoon. It wasn't too difficult, Deneen's known me for years and trusts me - period. I mean trusts me ... if I told Deneen I was going to open a Starbucks on the moon, her reply would be 'Will it take gift cards?' I mean she believes in me like nobody else. So, I wasn't really worried about her but I was concerned about her fiance. I had met the gentleman on several occasions but he didn't really know know me. He too had great energy and made that girl happier than I've ever seen her. So, I thought long and hard about the medium in which I would contact him. Texting seemed to impersonal - but email was easy. I fire off this well-crafted email - anticipating any concerns as I wanted him to be comfortable. This is his response:
"It is truly a blessing for Deneen to have such precious friends like you. I thank you for all that you are planning to contribute and I am 100% in favor of whatever your hearts' desire is in regards to you being a blessing to us with hosting and/or the honeymoon. I am also especially thankful for the talents that God has placed in you. Words cannot express how I greatly appreciate you sharing your talents and blessings with us.
In closing, you have my carte blanche approval, for anything you plan for me or Deneen, of course. Do you need to consult with me? Never. I am always available and willing to help you plot or plan any surprises for her."WHAT? In this day and age of Bridezillas, Deneen was not. In this day when folks are consumed with information - they weren't. Here I was ready, poised -- engaged for convincing him who were were -- how we rolled and he took it completely off the table. I was done. This guy who didn't know me trusted me not because of anything he had seen me do - he trusted me simply because Deneen did. Deneen didn't even know where she was going on her honeymoon until she checked in at the airport. Who does that? It was so fabulous. So on Day 7 of 40 days of gratefulness, I'm grateful that John and Deneen Price trusted me enough to plan their special day and I love 'em both because of it. #40daysofgratefulness #beblessed