Saturday, October 25, 2014

Anna and Joseph's Wedding June 14th Part 1

The beautiful bride.  Or, as we affectionately called her, Bridezilla.  There was about 45 minutes where she absolutely lost all common sense.  Then she saw Joseph and became her sweet self again.
Sisters
Me and my two older daughters.
3 generations.
Ellie, Me, Anna, Grandma, Emily and Emma
2 of the 3 flowergirls

Nana and Anna

Big brother Zack watching over Emma



One last hug from Dad.

Thoughts

Paul was the first of our children to get married.  It was hard to imagine that our little boy was now grown up and getting ready to be the leader in his own household.  Because we were the "Parents of the Groom", we were not all that involved in the wedding planning, but tried to help our wherever we could.  They were getting married in Covington, Georgia, where all Courtney's family were from.  We were thankful it was only a little over an hour away from where we lived.

The week leading up to the wedding was C.R.A.Z.Y.  Several months earlier, Anna talked her dad and brother into running a marathon the week before Paul's wedding.  This wasn't just any marathon- it was a mountain marathon.  Add that to the fact that none of these three had ever run a marathon and you can see how crazy it was that they even attempted this a week before the wedding.  Paul Jr. made it about 10 miles before his knee (which he had injured at work) gave out.  Anna and her dad finished the entire thing and Anna finished in about 5 hours.  They then headed home for hot baths and bed.

This was on Saturday.  Sunday was church and then Monday, we went into super wedding mode.  My parents were arriving on Thursday, so we also went into super house cleaning mode.  Paul Jr. had a few last minute things to do and was in and out all week.  Zack arrived on Tuesday evening.  I remember that evening very well.  I was so thrilled to have all 7 of my children home.  We all sat on the porch and talked and laughed as we ate ice cream with nutty fagan (what else??).  I remember thinking how strange it was that these days were numbered.  4 to be exact before Paul left to begin a family of his own and then a few weeks later, Anna.  As a mother with young children, the time that you children begin leaving home seems so far into the future, and now, here it was, staring me in the face.

Friday evening was the rehearsal.  The groom's parents traditionally provide the rehearsal dinner and thankfully, Paul Sr. took care of everything.  My energy was fading quickly.  The rehearsal went well.  I suprised myself by tearing up several times that evening.  I guess I had talked myself into believing that Paul's wedding would not be that emotional for me since Paul had already left home to go to college.  I was very wrong.  As I looked at him standing up there, it was unreal that so much time had passed. 

The day of the wedding came.  It was beautiful weather, just very hot.  I was thankful it was an indoor wedding.  We arrived around 11:30 so the other kids could get ready and then get pictures.  Paul Jr. was flustered.  It was almost comical because he normally doesn't get flustered.  But he calmed down after a while.  It was a chore trying to keep Emma clean after she had her beautiful dress on.  All 3 of my young children looked so cute. 

Finally, it was wedding time.  What a beautiful wedding.  Courtney was just glowing as she came down the aisle.  I was glad I had a front row seat and could see Paul's reaction when he first saw her.  He lit up.  Everything went off without a hitch.  (Although, at one point Emma did almost light her dress on fire from the candle, but thankfully, she didn't!)  The reception was nice, the cupcakes were amazing and everyone seemed to have a good time.

It was a good day.  I was proud of my son, proud of the girl he chose to marry.  We didn't really know Courtney.  We had met her and saw her a handful of times, but didn't really know her.  But we knew our son.  And if he said she was everything he had always wanted in a wife, we knew she would make him a great wife.  And in the months that have passed, we have gotten to know her, and we have not been disappointed in the least.  She is a wonderful girl and exactly what Paul Jr. needed.  We are so thankful for her, and so thankful that they live only minutes away from us.

It was a good day. :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Paul and Courtney's Wedding May 24th

 The groom's cake made by Angie.  (No, it's not a dog, it's a Star Wars character.
 Emma's beautiful hair, also done by Angie.
 Sisters

 Parents and grandparents wedding picture.


 Emma and dad
 Emma swears she married daddy at Paul's wedding because of this kiss.

 Grandma and grandsons
 Our family before Courtney, Joseph and Jackson.
 Not sure why I'm making that face...
 7 of my 8 children.
 Brothers
 The first family
 The second family

 I'm sure he was wishing he was out of those clothes and running outside.
 Emma and Poppy
 Father and son

 Waiting on his bride
 Here she comes!








 The family


 Grandparents

 My parents and all of their grandchildren (minus Jackson)
 I'm fairly certain I was telling her to stay clean.  She needed that dress for one more wedding.

 The toast.

 Nephews Jake and Josh, niece Amy and sister in law Julie
 My nephew Josh and niece Amy
 It was the best toast ever.
 Awww.
 My brother Jon and my nephew Joshua.
And they are off!