With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 5/31/09 - 6/7/09

Friday, June 5, 2009

Double Wedding, Double Anniversary, Double Joy!

Seven years ago...
(Jamie & Jill in the back yard prior to leaving for the church)
One couple is cautious, planning, deliberate... one couple more spontaneous. One couple chooses a date in June and begins planning, thoughtful about schooling and schedules. One couple says, "yeah, we think we are going to marry in August."

Two marriages in two months??? Mother-of-the-Bride(s) is struck with an idea... just an idea.
One young man is excited, the other is pensive... tentative (understandably, as most don't expect to share their wedding day). More pondering the idea.

It's a go! Now, to plan a day that celebrates the union of husband and wife before God, family and friends... one that allows for the spotlight to shine on each couple individually... and yet encompasses the precious closeness shared by sisters that not only entered the world together but have a bond that enables them to relate to each other in ways singletons can not imagine.
It was all of that plus so much more...
(Beautiful Brides)
(Our Four Daughters)
(Jill, Mom & Jamie) (One VERY proud Dad) (Waiting Grooms)

(a loving kiss)

(Mr. & Mrs. Joshua and Jamie & Mr. & Mrs. Brad and Jill)

(a family picture)
(The Wedding Parties)
From this day forward...

Happy Happily Everafter you guys. You can't imagine what a tremendous blessing all four of you are to us. We love you and are so proud of you!
Mom and Dad
The music playing is called Freedon by Michael W. Smith. It was what the couples selected as the Bridal march as their Dad walked them down the isle to their waiting Beloved.

Oh, did I mention Josh also has an identical twin :)

I have no greater joy than to hear my children are walking in the truth.3 John 1:4
Photo's by Photo Loft Photography, Medford NJ

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pretty Pink Afghan with Roses in Tunisian/Afghan Stitch

Growing up, my very best friend lived right next-door. My family moved into our new house when my mom came home from the hospital after giving birth to me, so we were friends from infancy. She is less than a year younger than me and was a grade behind in school, but we were always together. Her dear mom enjoyed crocheting and made many beautiful items. One day she told me to pick out an afghan from one of her pattern books and she would make it for me. I am guessing I was about 10 years old.
This is the very pretty result of her kindness.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Three Bean Salad and Cracked Pepper Bread

A favorite summer side dish of mine is this Three Bean Salad recipe. It goes well with burgers, sandwiches and chicken. I could eat it anytime. Often requested for 4th of July cookouts and barbecues. And, so quick and easy to make!


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