Saturday, February 25, 2017

Joshua & Tabitha's Wedding~The Ceremony

It's with great joy that I share these pictures with you...the pictures from my son's wedding. It was a wonderful day and I'm so thankful for the many blessings the Lord has bestowed upon our family!

I am also so thankful that my talented friend, Vonda Murdock, and her family were able to be there for the celebration.  Besides being a wonderful friend, she is an amazing photographer!  You can view more of her work at Following Splendor Images.

My girls arrived early to get ready first and have pictures done.  Beth and Brenna were two of the bridesmaids and Callie was the flower girl.  She was so excited to be with the big girls and was so excited to wear a pretty dress!

Then, Patrick and I arrived with our 3 boys.  Groom included.  He was quite nervous!  And ready to see his bride.  He complained a little wondering about who came up with the idea that the groom couldn't see his bride until she walked down the aisle.  He didn't care much for that tradition at that moment.

The church began to fill up with our family and friends.  It was so good to see so many faces of people we love.  We truly are blessed!
First the Great Grandparents, then the Grandparents were seated.

Then, it was time for the parents.  Josh wanted to be the one to seat me.  I was honored.  And so happy.  Until we got to the front.  And he hugged me and I hugged him and told him how much I loved him and how proud I was of him.  Oh, so many emotions!

As the doors opened and the bridesmaids came out, I was so proud of all of them.  They were all the picture of sweet beauty.

As you can see inside, the lights were gorgeous inside the church.  It was originally planned for the wedding to be outside, but as the day approached, the forecast was for rain.  It was true, there was a light drizzle most of the evening.  It made the evening even more breathtakingly beautiful!  The Fisher family decorated amazingly!

3 of the bridesmaids.  Brenna, Elisabeth, and Tricia, the maid of honor, who is Tabitha's sister.

Callie came out dropping many flower petals.  She did a great job and looked so sweet.

Micah was the ring bearer.  So adorable!

And Silas was the Herald of the Bride.  He had everyone chuckling when they read his sign!

As we waited for the end of the song for the bridesmaids, you could see Tabitha and her Dad enter into the lobby.  She looked stunning!  I looked at my Josh.  He had tears in his eyes.  What a sweet moment.

As Tabitha came in, she was so happy!  We all were!

 Josh and his best man Noah.  Josh and Noah have been friends ever since they were little.  I am so thankful for their friendship.  As there was much waiting to be done before the wedding while pictures were being taken, Noah was the type of friend to be there for Josh,  to have fun, and help those slow moving moments pass.  So thankful for him!

It was Patrick's job to give the opening prayer.  It was quite emotional as he shared that ever since Josh was born he had been praying for the lady Joshua would one day take as his wife.  He prayed she would love the Lord and serve Him with her life.  He prayed she would love Joshua and together they would be complete.  He said that today God has answered that prayer.

After a beautiful ceremony, it was time for the kiss.  Such a sweet moment.

Proud parents, for sure!
And proud Grandparents, too!

It was a wonderful ceremony!  What a great wedding!

Next post I'll share some of the beautiful portraits!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Koreshan State Park

 We really are blessed to have both sides of our family living in the same city!  It's great to spend time with everybody!  We decided to take Denise to Koreshan State Park!  I hadn't been there since I was a kid, so it was fun to see it again and show the kids around.  And Denise is so fun and easy going to be with.  It was a great day!

For some reason, I thought Koreshans were indians.  I was wrong.  The story behind the cult of Dr. Teed is very sad.  This was their land and it was eventually given to the state of Florida.  I took this opportunity to remind my kiddos that the Bible really does have all the answers and God's Promises are true!!

 The park is absolutely beautiful!  We loved all the trees and plants.  The grounds are very well kept and have nice paths to walk around on.

 There are many historical buildings to explore, it was quite interesting!

 The park is right on the Estero river.  Of course, there are alligators in there!  Welcome to south Florida!

 We also saw people kayaking on the Estero river and there is a canoe rental place close by.

 The bamboo is huge!  We went on a breezy day.  I love hearing the sounds of bamboo.  It's God's windchimes!
Another beautiful park!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sweet Memories

We made many sweet memories on our trip to Fort Myers. Here's just a few:

My Dad has given Callie flowers ever since she was little.  She saw her Grandpa through the window, coming home on Valentine's Day with a huge bouquet of Red Roses.  Callie said, "Grandpa brought me flowers!!"  My Mom was thinking, "It is Valentine's Day, they could be for me!"  And my Dad entered the house, not knowing he could hurt a girls feelings.  But, which one? ;o) 

 He sweetly gave the flowers to my Mom with a kiss.  Then, my Mom whispered, "I think Callie thought they were for her!"  He stepped onto the porch and brought out the 2nd bouquet he picked up for his littlest granddaughter.  He had both of their faces lighting up.  Have I mentioned how amazing my Dad is? ;o)

My Mam-maw with 4 of her granddaughters.

Aunt Robin, AKA Mama Michigan

Mom with her 4

Dad with his 4

4 generations

Micah and Callie have been asking a lot of questions about their Grandma June.  I have a picture on my wall of Callie and my Grandma when Callie was a baby.  But, of course, Callie doesn't really remember her.  And my Micah wasn't born when she went to heaven.  They asked if we could go see where she is buried.  I was able to show them the spot where we put hers and my Grandpa's bodies to rest.  I was happy to show Micah Reuben, the spot where my Grandpa's name, Reuben, is on the tombstone.
Many sweet memories.  It goes so fast!