A Beautiful Wedding
|Melissa & Gabe, with Mitch officiating|
The day finally arrived and last Saturday my oldest son Gabe and his beautiful bride Melissa were married. It was an exhausting and a crazy day but well worth all the effort. The skies threatened rain for awhile and it did rain all around us but not on us thankfully. It was a pleasant 80 something, much better than the 104 on the prior Wednesday.
|My handsome boys, Mitch and gabe|
|The beautiful bride, Melissa|
Days like these are such a reminder of what wonderful family and friends we have, without them this wedding would not have been the success it was. My brothers and their families pitched in to haul, decorate, cook, and clean. My friends Trudy, Mary, and Julie helped prepare and serve food. A special thanks to my brother Larry who did more dishes than any man should have to. Pulling together we had a beautiful venue and a beautiful ceremony.
|Gabe and his groomsmen|
|Melissa and her grandfather|
|Melissa and Grandfather|
|Lighting the unity candle|
|Married at last|
|Janie & John. Celebrate!|
|Gabe and his buddies|
My son Mitch officiated the service and he did a marvelous job. He already has another wedding lined up to do on NewYears Eve. It was amazing to see my two sons looking so handsome and so grown up. I’m not ashamed to say there were a few tears. The years go by so quickly and too soon my babies have become men.
We now are preparing to travel once again and John and I are oh so ready. The plan is to head out on Sunday morning toward South Dakota and the Black Hills. We may a stop at our “hometown” of Madison to do a few things and probably one more overnight stop on our way to Custer State Park. We have reservations at Custer for a week and good thing because I recently found out that we are there during the Sturgis motorcycle rally. That wasn’t the best planning but John will enjoy seeing all the cool bikes. We hear they are all over the Black Hills during that time not just in Sturgis. After Custer we will be headed to the NW with stops in Livingston MT, Missoula MT and Spokane WA for Labor Day weekend. Our plan originally was to go to Bellingham WA to visit John’s brother but found out he won’t be there until the end of September. He commutes to Prudhoe Bay AK and so has a very different schedule. That opened the schedule up and allowed us to attend the RV-Dreams rally in Harrisburg OR and I think we may get to spend a few days at Crater Lake and see our friends Terry and Lu.
Now that we are set to travel again I will have more to blog about. It is so hard to write when you are staying put doing the same old, same old. I really admire blogs like Rick who find interesting things to blog about on an almost daily basis.
I hope you enjoy the photos from the wedding.