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Weddings and Family

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Doug & Holly's wedding

Bride and Groom

 

This 4th of July marked by nephew’s wedding. We held the weeding at my mother’s home on the Toogoodoo river. The imminent threat of a hurricane made it a bit exciting at the last minute, but Arthur stayed away¬†from the SC coast and left us with a beautiful, but rather warm, day. The family dynamics of preparing for the event were¬†most interesting. Mom was concerned with all of the details since it was at her home. Months of yard preparation ensued, and I think she will totally enjoy it once all of the out of town guests flee the scene.

The activity in the few days prior to the wedding was like an anthill near a pile of cracker crumbs! Everyone was scurrying around. I was decorating cupcakes, the bride’s family was setting up tents and tables, the groom’s mother was posting signs, and we were all decorating the yard. Once the service began, everything went off without a hitch. Everything was beautiful and mostly calm!

The party after the 5 pm service was a 4th of July picnic. It lasted until 11 pm and included the priest throwing a cast net to show all of the out of state kids a bit of what lives in the river, fireworks, and finally a hot air Wish Lantern in memory of the bride’s mother. I think it took all of us a couple of weeks to unwind, but the memories will live on! Next wedding 12/13/14!

 

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Wedding Cake

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Beginning of Ceremony

 

 

Wedding Party

 

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Yard before wedding

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Holiday Fun, Less Stress

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Holiday Fun, Less Stress

As much as I enjoy technology, crafting, and decorating, when school begins each year, I find that it is difficult to spend time doing much in the way of personal projects. Then the holidays roll around and I find myself trying to make things for gifts, bake mounds of cookies, wrap presents, and lose myself in all of the whirlwind of activity. This year, I decided not to let the little things get to me, but to enjoy my family and friends to the fullest. I have done just that! Yes, I made a few gifts, wrapped even more, and I baked on Christmas Day when things actually settled down a bit. But the real joy was being with my sister and brother, my mom, my kids, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends celebrating the birth of baby Jesus. I reflected on all of this during church today as the minister spoke of Christmas pageants and the real meaning of Christmas. It lives in our hearts each and every day.

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