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Valentine’s Day & Singles

Valentine’s Day always makes me think of my single friends.
Our experience in marriage has been so fun and easy that I almost want to tell everyone, “Never ever marry until you are at least 35!” But, I see people that have great marriages and met in high school. If you wait till your older there are fertility issues and some people get set in their ways…I have fabulous friends that have never married. Friends that are seeking God’s will for their lives.I truly believe their obedience and desire to follow Christ has kept them from marrying the wrong person. It is far better to be single and wish you were married than married and wish you were single.
I look at marriages that are struggling or that have falling apart and I wonder,”If you are honest with yourself did you marry at a time when you thought it was time to get married? Or because you wanted a wedding or a baby or just something different in your life. Or because your parents or others were asking “Why aren’t you married?”
We have all made permanent decisions based on a temporary emotion and faced consequences. Why do you think the tattoo removal business is booming?
If you have a single friend, son or daughter please don’t add to their pressure because you want grandchildren or think it is time, or that they are picky…Marriage is the area you should be picky!
I suggest we change how things are done and we throw the big wedding like party with gifts when our girls graduate from college or graduate school! This is when they need these things to get started in life. Let them be the princess of that day because they have accomplished something. And go back to having punch in the church when you marry. No one is ever going to marry the wrong person for punch in the fellowship hall. I do believe some girls marry for the wedding. (I would grandfather in all my friends that graduated many years ago because I would not want them to miss being celebrated.)
All this rambling to say:
1. Let’s make our girls feel so loved, confident and secure alone that they would never choose a life with someone that made them feel anything less.
2. One woman’s frog could be another woman’s prince!

If you have a single friend or daughter please check out http://www.PrincessBubble.com

Happily Ever For 50 Years and Still Going Strong!

My in-laws just celebrated their 50th Aniversary. We all went to the beach for a week. If my husband and I make it to 50 years we will be 93 and 94! LOL! And this is our first marriage.

This was my first family trip with my new family and it was great. Of course, like any family we had the members that did not want to conform or participate in certain things. My husband and I are both the first born and pleasers. So, not only did we agree to wear what our mother-in-law wanted us to wear for the Christmas card picture-we also brought additional white shirts for family members we suspected would not bring what they were asked to wear.

The rebels not only did not bring what they were asked to bring they also refused to wear our back up options. And one member was not even present when picture time rolled around. It was refreshing to see that all families have their black sheep and what really matters is how you handle the rebels.

My mother-in-law was a sport about the whole thing. But, having lost a parent and knowing my parents will not celebrate their 50th (as well as being a pleaser) I wondered why others can’t conform for 5 minutes to make their mother or mother-in-law happy while celebrating their anniversary???

I am sure part of making it 50 years is learning to roll with the punches and that is the lesson I got out of our celebration week. We can’t control others-even when it’s our party!

I am thankful to be a part of such a great family (rebels and all) and hope to celebrate 50 years with my prince!

Happily Ever After and Congratulations!

Happy Anniversary!

Yesterday was my first wedding anniversary. We had a fun day at the beach with my family followed by drinks on top of Ocean Lodge with a view of the ocean. Then the guys grilled steaks and we ate more of the one year old wedding cake which I can not believe was still good. That alone is just crazy to me.

Our first year of marriage was surprisingly easy for a first marriage for  a pair of 40 somethings. We had bumps in the road like the stress of buying and remodeling a house while surviving a miscarriage and 2 out patient surgeries and a 4 month legislative session. Recently, we went to a marriage seminar at the church we attend when in Atlanta and not only were we the oldest ones there! But, we realized we did not have many of the issues the leaders were discussing because we lived the message of Princess Bubble and we had had complete lives before we married and knew who we were going into the marriage. I would not suggest for other women to wait as long as I did to marry; but I found someone worth the wait and there are positives to being an older bride. If you have not read my book, Princess Bubble, the message is that true happiness is not found in a prince but in helping others, loving God, liking who you are already. The conference we attended spent a lot of time trying to heal or correct the issues couples had when they entered the marriage expecting their spouse to make their lives perfect or rescue them.

I spent so much time trying to empower girls and share with them the message of Princess Bubble and knew the message was important for women to also remember…But, then I got caught up in all that was happening in my own life and put the message aside for a while. Now I am reminded of the importance and how every woman and girl needs to be encouraged to remember how special they are and how we need to take responsibility of our own happiness and not expect someone else or something else to make them happy.

So girls-remind your girlfriends, teach your daughters, and tell yourself that happiness is attainable for all of us start your own happily ever after today! Today I start on year two of my marriage and love my prince but plan to live happily ever after with him instead of because of him.

http://www.PrincessBubble.com

Princess Bubble

Princess Bubble
http://marcellahawkinsno.blogspot.com/2009/04/princess-bubble.html

As a mother of a six-year-old miss, I chance myself in a invariant conflict ( already! ) with the “ idealised ” female. In point of fact, I conceive the indoctrination of lassie gets at birth, but it hits hardest between the ages of 3-7 when they are literally plunged in the “ princess civilization ”. So, when I saw the book Princess Bubble by Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb, it was as if the clouds splitted and ray of light interrupted through.

Princess Bubble, according to the writer ‘s site is a character who is “ a well-employed, globe-trotting, good-friend, good-date, helpful-neighbor princess who is confounded by the traditional fairy story message that connote she must happen her “ prince ” before she can inhabit happily ever after. ‘ ”

Can you tell Eureka?!

I holded a opportunity to verbalise with Susan Johnston on the telephone about her book and she stated me her tale. Recently pursued first in her 40 ‘s, Johnston holds populated an exciting and fulfilling life as a individual woman. She bumped herself going increasingly disappointed in the conversations she was holding with lass, who consistently stated her that they desired to be princesses-and that it was a demand to happen a prince to be happy.

Johnston spoke to her friend Susan Webb ( who holds four immature nieces ) about the thought of making a character that is both a princess and a multidimensional woman. The two developed the character of Princess Bubble who Johnston draws as “ a better version of me. ”

“ She desires to assist others and do a difference in the creation. Being a princess is not merely sitting on a throne and holding a Crown. Lady diana frances spencer is retrieved more for assisting than being attend to. ”

Makes this mean that Princess Bubble is a ramp anti-man, anti-lipstick-wearing, coldhearted bitch? Not the least bit. “ There Holds cypher incorrect with desiring to be pretty and glamourous, ” Johnston stated. “ And wedlock is grand. But matrimony ca n’t BE the dreaming. Wedlock is a manner to SHARE your dreaming with person special. ”

Lassie take to experience confident to search new things; addition didactics and experience; traveling and see the existence. They necessitate to be whole and complete themselves before they determine to perpetrate to a lifelong relationship. Being a woman ( and every woman is a princess ) intends enquire interrogations like:

Make you experience like a victim? ( Every other fairy story princess is a victim of some variety. )
Are you waiting to be delivered?
Make you should be delivered to hold the fairy story?
What does you really happy?
Retail therapy does everyone happy for an jiffy. But what does you happy long after
Princess Bubble besides integrates an constituent of religion, something overlooked in nearly every princess narrative. While pent from a Christian position, girl from all faiths can gain from the illustration of this charming miss who bases her picks on her beliefs, not on the despairing demand to be loved and accepted.

Johnston and Webb financed the publication of this book on their ain because it incorporates a message that they verily believe inward. If you ‘d wish to aid a lassie discover more about muliebrity than being delivered and looking middling, purchase her a transcript of Princess Bubble and assist support this marvelous originative endeavor.

Princess Bubble is available at Virago, Barnes & Nobleman, and local retailers around the land.

http://www.PrincessBubble.com

Happy Valentine’s Day without a Prince?

Happy Valentine’s Day without a Prince?

Featured on The Today Show and CNN

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2008/08/11/intv.susan.johnston.cnn?iref=videosearch

New Release, Princess Bubble, Strikes Chord with America’s 51% SINGLE WOMEN WHO, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN U.S. HISTORY, OUTNUMBER MARRIED WOMEN

ATLANTA, February 11, 2009—This Valentine’s Day almost 90 million Americans will celebrate the romantic holiday single. Two successful prince-less princesses show the world that being a stuffy Old Maid does not have to be “in the cards” for single woman today! Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb offer girls of all ages updated version of the traditional fairy tale. No longer a “Damsel in Distress,” this princess travels the world, helps others, and finds “happily ever after” even before she finds her Prince!

With wisdom gleaned from their careers as single, globe-trotting flight attendant, first-time author Susan Johnston has crafted a modern-day book that celebrates singleness. A contemporary fairy tale for all ages, Princess Bubble was written to reduce the overwhelming sense of failure, self-doubt, and despair that some single women face.

“Knowing how low self-esteem and depression plague many single females, we wanted to spread the message that ‘happily ever after’ can occur even before Prince Charming arrives. . . or even if he never does,” said Johnston.

“We’re definitely not anti-Prince,” said Johnston (whose college nickname was “Bubble”). “We’re not anti-family or anti-marriage, if anything we’re anti-‘Damsel in Distress.’ Our message—the single life can also be a fairy tale. The End!”

Princess Bubble stars a princess who is confused by the traditional fairy tale messages that say she must find her “prince” before she can live “happily ever after.” Princess Bubble dons her “thinking crown” to research traditional fairy tales, interviews married girlfriends, and even takes counsel from her mother, who advises her to sign up at FindYourPrince.com. With a little help from her fairy godmother (this is still a fairy tale after all), Ms. Bubble discovers that “living happily ever after” is not about finding a prince. “True happiness,” the book reveals, “is found by loving God, being kind to others, and being comfortable with who you are already!”

27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl and Princess Bubble

The movie 27 Dresses starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Katherine Heigl post:

After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman (Heigl) wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister’s side as her sibling marries the man she’s secretly in love with.

O.K., I have only been in 17 weddings! But I was maid of honor 6 times and this movie’s concept cracks me up. My younger sister married a great guy; but I was never in love with him nor did I even know him till she brought him home. So, there are a few differences; but the concept is very familar.

I am sure Heigl’s character would love Princess Bubble! We have a page in the book where Princess Bubble is ask to be in another wedding and the page reads, “Princess Bubble, Princess Swan and many other princesses were asked to be bridesmaids in their (the engaged princesses) royal weddings. They (Bubble and Swan) purchased long, colorful bridesmaid’s dresses and dyed satin shoes they were told they would wear again.” I love that!

If you have older single friends and you are getting married-don’t force them to get out their to catch the bouquet! My mother has tried to force me out on the floor many, many times with only the flower girl. Why can’t she understand this is not fun for a 41 year old single standing next to a 6 year old with a group watching!

Be kind to your single friends. Not only do we make up 51% of the population of women;but married women can become single again in an instant. There are no gaurentees in life.

This movie looks really cute. Maybe I should pull out an old bridesmaid dress and wear it again ,as I was promised, to the theatre to see 27 dresses.

27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl and Princess Bubble

 After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman (Heigl) wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister’s side as her sibling marries the man she’s secretly in love with.  O.K., I have only been in 17 weddings! But I was maid of honor 6 times and this movie’s concept cracks me up.

My younger sister married a great guy; but I was never in love with him nor did I even know him till she brought him home. So, there are a few differences; but the concept is very familar. I am sure Heigl’s character would love Princess Bubble!

We have a page in the book where Princess Bubble is ask to be in another wedding and the page reads, “Princess Bubble, Princess Swan and many other princesses were asked to be bridesmaids in their (the engaged princesses) royal weddings. They (Bubble and Swan) purchased long, colorful bridesmaid’s dresses and dyed satin shoes they were told they would wear again.” I love that!

If you have older single friends and you are getting married-don’t force them to get out their to catch the bouquet! My mother has tried to force me out on the floor many, many times with only the flower girl. Why can’t she understand this is not fun for a 41 year old single standing next to a 6 year old with a group watching! Be kind to your single friends. Not only do we make up 51% of the population of women;but married women can become single again in an instant. There are no gaurentees in life.

This movie looks really cute. Maybe I should pull out an old bridesmaid dress and wear it again ,as I was promised, to the theatre to see 27 dresses.