Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blessed to Have Family and Friends... :)

Hi! :D The coolest thing happened recently. One of my brothers called me and said that he and dad wanted to buy a plane ticket for me and ship me to Utah, then meet me there, and the three of us would attend a wedding and spend the weekend together. Rock on! I feel so incredibly blessed to have family who LOVE me, enough to go out of their way to do such sweet things for me! Thanks a million, Dad and Ben!!!! :D

By the way, I wish I could tell you how gorgeous the wedding was (not to mention the bride. ;) The decorations and theme were of fall, and absolutely, simply beautiful (of course, I'm partial to fall :). The bride was beautiful, and I was super happy to find that the groom seems to be a nice guy who I think the bride will be very happy with.

By the way, in case you're wondering why my dad and brother and I all went to the same wedding (despite the fact that we haven't lived in the same area for over 22 years), it is because the bride is someone we all really love. Her name is Shawna, and she and her family have been adopted family to our family for many, many years. In fact, she and her brother Jason (the oldest 2 of their bunch of 5 kids) were my very best friends growing up (perhaps Ben's too, now that I think about it) and I love them like I love my blood brothers and sisters. Their younger siblings are great, too; it has been fun getting to see them a little now and then through the years.

I am so thankful that I got to go on this trip. I had so much fun bouncing around hugging and visiting family members who I have only seldom seen for so many years. Mom #2 made my day by telling me she loved me, that she always will, and that "some people were just born into the wrong families." Dad #2 told me he loved me, and even gave me a kiss on the cheek! :o :D (Had he been born a few years later than he had, maybe I would have married him. ;) JK... I also got to meet his new wife, Patsy... great lady; I'm very happy for them both! It was a very cool bonus to discover that Jason was throwing a party at his house the night of the wedding, and have dad #2 insist that we come... (I LOVE  that man!).

I feel incredibly blessed to have such wonderful family and friends (especially the friends who come to your mind when you think of family)! :D

PS. Miles had the camera with him on a trip he was on at the same time - so I had no camera with me to take photos with - thus... sorry no photos! I may have to ask Jason for some of the photos he took. I had an unusual moment of camera shyness - and stood there like a dead fish without poise (an experience which was sadly not unusual for the first many years of my life). I also really over did it in the area of  "casual dress." :o I don't know though... Jason is an amazing photographer. :) I wonder if he somehow, managed to get a good one of me??  I'll at least snag a photo of the bride and groom from him.

Here's to friends and family! :D

PS. My dad is here in my home, visiting with me and my family now, so more to come once the visiting is done! ;)

Corine :D


  1. What a perfect weekend! I'm so happy you could have that experience and spend some time with your family and close friends. I'm sure it was just what you needed to rejuvinate you and give you a re-charge to keep moving! I need a weekend like that BAD! :) Soon... very soon. I hope.

    I'm glad you made it home safely, had a great time, and that your dad came back with you for a visit! The fun continues!

  2. I'm glad you got to go! What a blessing.

  3. Oh, it sounds wonderful!! I am so glad that you were able to go. I hope that it gave you many, many wonderful memories. I too need a weekend like that!! I can't wait for Time out......

  4. Oh yeah! Sorry we missed each other -- you probably wouldn't have gotten a good impression of me though. I've been a BASKET case with my house in remodeling! Why do I need a kitchen to feel normal?

  5. Thanks Ginger! :D It was a very good trip... I'm really glad I went and AM definitely rejuvenated! :D
    Speaking of rejuvenation... I have an idea. Why don't we figure out a time and place to meet and have a vacation together? It doesn't have to be super soon. But let's keep our minds churning for ideas; what do you think?

    Thanks Christina! It really was a blessing.

    Thanks Patty Ann. :D I don't know when it will be, but I'm already looking forward to the next family/friend visit! When and where are you going to Time Out? I still want to join you if possible!!!!!

    Laura, I really am sorry we missed each other, too! No worries... another opportunity will come, or we can create one! ;)
    Corine :D

  6. Well, the Bride is still very happy that you were able to come... and owes your Dad and Ben a very big THANK YOU for enabling you to come. It was wonderful getting to see you guys, even if we didn't have a lot of time together. I am glad that you were able to go to Jason's party and spend a little more time with the family.

    And yes, the Groom really is a very sweet man who makes me very, very happy. We're coming to Spokane next fall to go through the temple (beginning of November I think...we're working it around Patsy's family reunion/celebrate the holidays early plans) you and Miles are most certainly and warmly invited to attend.

    I love you sis!

  7. Hi Shawna "Gregg" :D (Don't you just love that? "Gregg" LOL :D) I'm so happy for you and Richard.

    And, did I read that right? "Spokane?" Sweet! Even if it were far away, you know I would be there... :)I can hardly wait for the next reunion! :D

    Love you sis!

    Corine :D

  8. It was so awesome to get to meet you in person! It seems like someone took a picture of us - do I remember that right? Let me know if you get a hold of it somehow. Glad you had safe travels home!


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