Friday, October 24, 2014

The Post That’s Mostly Wedding Photos ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy, glorious Friday!! J




The highlight of the past week truly was my Mom’s wedding last Saturday. Mom seemed amazed most of the day that a woman of her age would find companionship again, and the atmosphere was fun and casual. The bride wore blue, the same color she wore in 1957 for her first wedding. J

Mr. & Mrs.

The service was held in the chapel of the mega-church where Mom and her new husband attend. The weather was cloudy before the service and rainy in between the service and the reception. It didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, though, and the candles seemed to twinkle extra in the gloom. Quite frankly, the lack of sunshine was probably best for the bride’s macular degeneration. J

Manning the guest book.



Usher.


Flower girl.

Ring bearers.
Weddings are a great time for a family photo.


The reception was held at the home of a friend from the church’s senior group. The home was warmly decorated in light wood and pumpkins, and the fireplace glowed cheerily. My brother took most of the photos from the reception. The only one I have is of Grandma teaching a granddaughter a piano duet.


 


On Monday, school continued on as usual, but we made time for a bit more outside play. Fall is our favorite season for that, since temperatures are cooler and you don’t turn into a puddle of perspiration. Autumnal colors brighten up the afternoon. Praying mantises and walking sticks abound.


On the blog this week…



Building our home this week…

We finally have a Certificate of Occupancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My husband now adds a check-mark to his life bucket list. J

There are still a ton of details inside, and we need dirt and grass seed outside. But the house is habitable! We’re praising the Lord for His faithfulness and His guidance through this entire process. I’m not done blogging about it, though…. J


Have a blessed weekend, friend!





How was your week?




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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

At Grandma’s Wedding ~ Twirly Tuesday

Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married….

Don’t you love that song? J

My mom got married on Saturday, and it was pretty casual as far as weddings go. The bride was 82yo and the groom was 72yo, so Mom went low on tradition and high on surprise that a match would be made late in life. Joviality abounded. And who knows? They could have twenty or more years together. J

All of the grandchildren played a part. My 14yo and {now} 13yo daughters manned the guest book. My 10yo son was an usher, along with his 10yo cousin. My 8yo daughter was a flower girl, along with her 7yo cousin. My 5yo and 3yo sons were ring bearers.

Mom’s only request was that everyone wear blue, her favorite color.

The clothing came together for five of the children fairly easily. But the 13yo had to start from scratch.

We started with a fine-gauge navy blue ¾-length sweater that I already owned. No skirt seemed appropriate, but a trip to the fabric store yielded a fine-wale corduroy with a mix of blues. Her current navy blue shoes were pinching the toes, but Kohl’s had a sale. After all that, it didn’t seem quite finished until she added an infinity scarf in a coordinating aqua color.


Voila!





What the 13yo wore ~

Blues corduroy skirt ~ basic tube skirt with ruffle and elastic waist made by me ~ sale fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics
Navy ¾ length sleeve sweater ~ Lands End originally, borrowed/handed down from me
Scarf ~ Wal-Mart
Navy flats ~ Kohl’s 50% off sale with additional 20% off J



Lilla Rose flexi ~ tails up in an extra-large Cameo Appearance flexi 













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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dear Dad {on the eve of my widowed mother’s wedding}

Dear Dad,

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly five years since we said our last goodbye. Had I known that Wednesday evening would be the last I’d ever see your lopsided smile and hear your deep voice tell me you love me, I would have lingered a little longer. We were late as it was and the children were getting antsy, but I would have defied the hospital visiting rules and hugged a little longer. According to the statistics for paraplegics, you had a good, long life. But I’ve never cared for statistics, and I wasn’t ready.


A lot has happened since then.

We’ve had another baby. A beautiful boy who is now three years old. We even gave him your name – my maiden name – as his middle name.

I started writing again. Stories of love and overcoming hardship and redemption. Writing your obituary is, in fact, what inspired me to get back to my college love. I miss having someone to talk about books and the law with.

We’ve built a house, one big enough for our large family, and we hope to move in soon. It’s weighed heavy on my mind more than once that we don’t need to build a ramp out front for your wheelchair.

And Mom’s getting married. Tomorrow.

I was shocked when she first brought him around, as I imagine so many other adult children of widowed parents are in the same circumstances. My 81yo mother with a boyfriend? “This is wrong,” my spirit cried out. “What about my father? Her husband of more than 52 years?” It wasn’t that long ago we celebrated your Golden Anniversary. When you passed away, Dad, I couldn’t believe that I was the only one who wanted a memorial service for you.

So tomorrow, I return to that same chapel. The last time I was there, your empty wheelchair stood on the platform with your photo propped in the seat. Tomorrow, my brother and I will walk Mom down the aisle to give her away to a man who is not our father. I’m human, so I have to admit that I’ve cried, grieving for you all over again.

And yet…. I can see that this is good for Mom. She’ll have a companion again. Someone to go out to eat with, to go to church with, to be there with her in the late night hours of loneliness.

Her macular degeneration has become much worse since you’ve been gone, Dad. She can’t drive now, and she can’t read labels at the grocery store. But her soon-to-be husband can. They’re good together.

Maybe some would accuse me of being overly emotional. I’ve been told I’m a sensitive person, whatever that means. So I’ll wrap this up and just say goodbye. Again. As I say hello to a stepfather tomorrow.

I love you, now and forever.

Your daughter,
Meghan




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