The reception was held up Provo canyon at Conrad's Ranch and was beautifully nestled up in the mountains. The food, family and fun atmosphere was perfect.Cara with her girl cousin closest to her age, Taylor. They always have fun together.Jordyn followed Amanda around the whole night. She said Amanda looked like a princess and kept reminding anyone who would listen that "Amanda is MY cousin!".The happy couple leaving under a bridge of sparklers. Congratulations Amanda & Beau!!
There's been very limited internet access for us and I'm SO tired tonight that I can't even think about true updates but I thought I'd throw it out there...
Aubrey and I have been friends for a long time. Her husband, Jon, was our home teacher for at least a year. The first time he came over Cara, who was still pretty young, decided to hit him in the head with an empty 2-liter bottle. Nice, I know. Can you believe he kept coming every month? Jon & Bryan worked together for a year in an accounting office here in Arlington. Our kids love and play with each other very easily. When I needed a babysitter quick I could always call Aubrey. When we wanted to get out of the house, they were always up for a game night. They moved to Ft. Worth two years ago and we don't see them nearly often enough but one easy way we kept in touch was through her parents.
Bob was the stake Sunday School President. Jody is the stake Relief Society President. When our stake got all crazily realigned in April, we were lucky enough to end up in their ward. The Vans had us over for dinner just last month. Sister Van is someone who can make the impossible look easy. She's a fabulous public speaker. She is service-driven and always has a smile, hug and a "How are you, sweetie?" for me. In a ward that we knew practically no one in, that was exactly what I needed.
Brother Van was a master teacher. He had a knack for making you look at things in a completely different way than you'd have ever thought of. One time (before the realignment) he was teaching Gospel Doctrine (for his calling) in our ward. I'd read the assigned chapters ahead of time and was all prepared for what I thought the lesson would be... He turned it all around and asked how the temple related to the chapters. It was an "a-ha" moment for me.
By the number of people and cars at the church today you'd have thought it was Stake Conference. It was obvious to anyone there that Brother Van has touched many lives for good. I'm thankful that I got the chance to know and love him.
When things like this happen close to home it is always a good time for reflection and self-analysis. I've spent a lot of time thinking about my own parent's mortality as well as the things I can work on in my life to be more like Christ. Life is a blessing indeed.
Ernest Hemingway once bet ten dollars that he could sum up his life in six words. His words were-
For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.
Here are the rules of this tag: ☺
1. Write your own six word memoir.
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like.
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.
4. Tag five more blogs with links.
5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
My six word memoir:
Reading is my drug of choice.
It's true. Ask Bryan. The pile of books next to my bed is another testament. I must have a book to read at all times. I think, truthfully, it may be a little bit of escapism but that's okay with me. It can get really bad when it's a long-awaited book like each of the Harry Potter books were for me. When Breaking Dawn finally arrives (like my friend Suzy says), I'll put out a bowl of Cheese Puffs and my family is on their own until I've devoured the book!
Now I tag:
I thought they'd be really cute in a flower pot with the green foam covered in bright paper crinkles, and they were - last night... I'm relieved they fell apart at my house instead of on her desk today although I'm sure it would have been a funny sight to see.