Wednesday, October 28, 2020

It's a Boo Hodgepodge

It is so good to be back on the Wednesday Hodgepodge after being on a long road trip.  Check out Joyce's blog HERE to see how others answer the following questions.

From this Side of the Pond

1. Boo, boo-hoo, make a boo-boo, boo(ze)...pick one and tell us how it relates to life lately. 

I guess the closest would be "Boo" since I'm watching Tucker's interview with Bobulinski about the Biden's involvement in unbelievable crimes against our country.  It sure gets scary to think that this sort of thing can happen and no one is held accountable.  Hopefully that won't be the case here.

2. Do you like the color orange? Would we find this color in your home? Your wardrobe? Peach-pumpkin-tangeringe...your favorite shade of the three listed? 

I love orange and yes, you will find it in my home and in my closet.  Pumpkin is my favorite shade.

3. October 28th is National Chocolate Day. What's the last chocolate something you tasted? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being out of this world delicious, how would you rate it? 

I happen to have just finished a glass of mixed chocolate and white almond milk.  That would be a 10!

4. Life is like a box of chocolates or so says Forrest Gump's mama. Would you agree? Aside from the pandemic fallout tell us one way this saying has played out in your life. 

I do agree that life is unpredictable and sure can be full of surprises; however, I believe in the One who holds my life in His hands.  He does have a good sense of humor as well, and some of these plans do come as big surprises.

The biggest surprise would be meeting my husband on a blind date 55+ years ago.  This was a good surprise and has only gotten better.

5. As October winds down tell us three things you loved about the month we're bidding adieu. 

My grandson's beautiful wedding that is featured in my previous blog post.

Traveling through 12 states in three weeks and enjoying every minute of it.

The anticipation of what November will bring beginning with another big birthday on the 1st.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

As soon as I can get all the pictures where I can find them again, I will post some highlights of our trip.

Monday, October 26, 2020

A Wedding in a Cornfield

Yes, we had a wedding and I am so excited to share a few of the wonderful pictures that highlight that amazing day.  Let me first give credit to the photographer who was able to capture so much more than a wedding.  She found the heart of all those involved in this special day.  Her lens caught those special expressions that tell the story.  The laughter, a look, tender moments that may only be a flicker, were saved forever.

Earlier this year I did a blog post on Jackson and McKenna's Fairy Tale Love Story, and you may enjoy looking back at this sweet account.  A Fairy Tale Love Story

Cat wrote the following on her post:

At 12 years old, would you have known it if you met the man God created for you? I know I definitely wouldn’t have. I mean I probably would have thought I did, but McKenna, she KNEW she was going to marry Jackson. She told her mom she was going to marry him one day, and she was right! Jackson was best friends with her older brother Matt, so he was always over and McKenna always had the biggest crush on him. It wasn’t until McKenna got enough courage to ask him to her sorority’s formal that his feelings started to shift to more than his friends little sister. From that night on they talked on a deeper, more meaningful and spiritual level and it clicked that the person they were both meant to be with was right in front of their faces for years.

And when Jackson asked McKenna to share his last name in December of 2019, she shouted yes, a yes that was 11 years in the making. Their family celebrated them in a big way and the planning began! And it was a beautifully planned on a perfect October day in Goshen. I loved all the natural greenery with the pop of burgundy. I am so excited to share this day with you! There’s nothing more beautiful than experiencing two people so in love that nothing else in the world matters but being next to each other.

The greatest credit for this wonderful day, goes to the parents of Jackson and McKenna who did everything within their power to give them the wedding of their dreams.  Nothing was left undone or to chance, and in McKenna's own words, "It was everything I could have imagined and more!"

The engraved tie tac was Jackson's gift from McKenna

The diamond bracelet McKenna is wearing was her gift from her groom.

Best friends since 8th grade

The bridesmaid's dresses were chosen by each one of them based on their own personality and preference.  I love that idea!

This one-of-a-kind setting was at the Meadowbrook Farm in Goshen, Indiana, in the middle of cornfields.

As a Christmas gift, Jackson and McKenna honored Dick by giving him a leather bound journal.  On the first page, they asked if he would do the honor of performing their wedding.  He used the book in the ceremony.

Don't you love the expressions on their faces in this Mother/Son Dance?

The groom's parents owned the dance floor

The following snapshots were taken by various family members.

This couple is still very much in love after 55 years

I love this sassy picture of Michelle and isn't her dress gorgeous.

The Mother-of-Pearl handled cake knife and server were mine that I was thrilled McKenna wanted to use.

And this sweet couple was the reason for this memorable and perfect day.