Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
I wish that I could give you everything you could ever want, and guarantee you health, safety, and joy. But all that I can promise you is my love -- unconditional, complete, and forever. Happy Birthday to my little girl (yes, you will ALWAYS be my little girl).
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Yes, last Saturday night I attended Tiffany Kessel and Tom McCollum's wedding -- Wedding #3 of the Summer of 2011 (see two posts below). The wedding was changed to inside that day because of the heat, and it was so nice and cool in the building.
There was one bittersweet moment...
Sadly, Tiffany's Dad has been in the hospital off and on for the last few weeks, and Mike was in ICU the day of his daughter's wedding. Tyler and Jacob (Tiffany's brothers) walked her down the aisle and represented their Dad. It was sweet but sad. I don't think there was a dry eye in the whole place.
In spite of the circumstances, the wedding went on, and we celebrated! The decorations were lovely, the ceremony was sweet, the food and cake was delicious! And...it was sooooooooo much fun. They had an MC that incorporated so many fun things into the reception and dance. Can't remember when I've had so much fun at a wedding before.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Rich and Marsha went to Shasta High School together, and they reconnected at a reunion. Long story short, they started communicating, Marsha moved back to Redding from Alaska, and Rich finally bought a ring and proposed!
What a fun wedding! We were able to visit with people we had not seen for years, catch up with former North Valley Christian School kids, enjoy Pat Karch's singing and keyboard playing (which I miss), and witness the love and happiness of Rich and Marsha.
Here's a picture of Mr. Schneck with the kids who will be seniors this year at Redding Christian High School where Rich teaches:
And the last picture...it literally melted my heart to see Rich so happy! This was a cool picture that Lyle took with Hannah Williamson making a heart shape with her hands. LOVED IT!!!
Friday, August 5, 2011
Weddings are a celebration, pure and simple. It’s two people coming together, two families coming together, two lives coming together! There is no bittersweet in a wedding, only joy, laughter, and love. What’s better than that? Weddings are an opportunity to see two people profess their love to one another in a public setting. What anticipation there is waiting to see the dress, the decorations, the flowers, and the cake. I love EVERY little detail!
After being kind of out of the "wedding scene" for a few years, I am entering a new phase in my life -- my friends' children are now getting married. MORE WEDDINGS!! HURRAY!!
On June 4th, we attended Garrett Diehl's wedding at the Grover Ranch in Anderson. I met Garrett's mom, Carmen, when I was in 8th grade, and we have been good friends ever since. (I was in Jim and Carmen's wedding.)
I'm sure we will talk about this wedding for years to come because it was unlike any wedding I had ever been to before -- it was outside and pouring down rain!! Thank you very much, Mother Nature! :0( But, you would have never known by the bride and groom. They took the weather in stride and had a blast!!! I am sure they will "weather the storms of life" with that same upbeat attitude!
Carmen made this gluten-free wedding cake for her new daughter-in-law, Jen. The rest of us enjoyed cupcakes! And, yes, I ate three cupcakes from the cupcake tower (shhhhhhh, there were still plenty left over and they were yummy!).
Have you ever tried to eat dinner AND hold an umbrella at the same time? I'm here to tell you, it can be done!
Tomorrow...wedding #2 of the summer of 2011!