1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Squirrel home? Looks like the ones in Florida trees.

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Lemons Into Lemonade

If you think transforming life’s lemons into lemonade is an inspiring feat,

imagine converting an abandoned wedding reception into a joyous—and charitable—celebration.


Photo by CrayonMonkey via Flickr

That’s exactly what Carol and Bill Fowler of Atlanta managed to accomplish last month, after their daughter’s wedding was cancelled six weeks shy of the meticulously planned ceremony.

“My husband actually prayed about it,” Carol Fowler recalls. “The next morning he woke, I was in the process of canceling the venue, letting them know that we had no use for it, and he said, ‘No, we’re going to call Hosea Feed the Hungry and have them round up people from the shelters.'”

The Fowlers’ children had volunteered with Hosea Feed the Hungry, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that works to bolster families in need, so they knew it was just the place to turn for assistance.

Carol was crazy about the idea. After all, she says, “We were going to spend this money anyway!”

When the couple called Hosea Feed the Hungry, proposing an elaborate party for local homeless families, the organization was skeptical.

“At first I thought it was a prank call. I thought somebody was joking with us,” admits Elizabeth Omilami, Hosea’s chief executive officer.

But the Fowlers and Omilami wasted no time gathering a guest list of 200 people, most of them women with children, for an afternoon meal at Villa Christina, an upscale local restaurant.

Omilami arranged bus transport from three area shelters to the restaurant, where attendees were treated to fabulous food and lots of kid-friendly entertainment courtesy of a clown, juggler, and face painter.


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The whole Fowler family attended the celebration as well. “The feeling was one you cannot explain, to see the faces and hear their thank yous,” Carol commented. “[Our daughter] was also very delighted to see and know that others had an opportunity to enjoy something, rather than just allow it to go to waste.”


Photo courtesy of Hosea Feed the Hungry via Here and Now

Julie Bilecky, sales and marketing director of Villa Christina, said, “Carol and Bill did a phenomenal job of giving back to the community. It could have been difficult situation, but everyone worked together to make it a different kind of party. It was fabulous.”

The event, which has become known as “The First Annual Fowler Family Celebration of Love,” was such a sweet success that the Fowlers hope to hold a similar affair year after year.

Carol credits divine intervention for the advent of a new Atlanta tradition. “We feel that this is something that God would like us to do because obviously, we did not set out to do this.”


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    It makes me proud to live in the South when the wonderful southern hospitality shines through! This turn around event was such a wonderful gift to 200 people who needed it most! Imagine the smiles and laughter that filled the room. It is inspiring!

  2. Nancy says:

    What special people! How wonderful to think off others at what could have been a heartbreaking time. It is so easy to reach out, but somehow we hesitate to do so. Kudos all around!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Viewing these beautiful photos are the best way to start a day!

  2. Karlyne says:

    I’m loving these landscapes!

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gonna get married and we’re …

g-o-i-n’ to the c-h-a-p-e-l of love … 1098128_633220253364567_777224052_n

Ah, wedded bliss … or should I say wedding bliss?


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The moment so many young women dream of—gorgeous groom, perfect setting … oh, and the DRESS, the dress, the dress …


Photo by David Ball via Wikimedia Commons

Hold that thought.

What if …

the dress could be even more dreamy?



Marcelia Muehlke has made it so.

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  1. Terry Steinmetz says:

    What a wonderful, caring & exciting adventure & idea. I’m thinking of the women that get to help others as they help themselves & I applaud them.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    All beautiful brides here & lovely wedding gowns. I’m all for buying & wearing natural~untreated (no chemical coatings please) clothing. Many of the best things in life are easily found in Nature.

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    With so much negative in the news today, this posting is the the most uplifting thing I have heard all week!!! I would recommend this site to anyone wanting to get married these days. What could possibly be a happier way to prepare for a life together?

  4. Eileen says:

    This is a thing of exquisite beauty on every level! I have been married for 39 years now, but never had a wedding dress. We were too poor @ the time. But now I would buy an anniversary dress from them in a heartbeat, if they make something as beautiful & suitable for a woman of 59 years!

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