Thomas + Vanessa: The Couple

Awe…  What a BEAUTIFUL couple!   And the WONDERFUL part is, they’re both so beautiful on the inside, too!

Vanessa, we are THRILLED to have you join the family!!!

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Thomas + Vanessa:  The Ceremony

Thomas + Vanessa: The Ceremony

This past weekend, we flew up to Maine for Thomas + Vanessa’s wedding.  The wedding took place at Vanessa’s parents’ farm.   It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL + it was WONDERFUL to get to meet Vanessa’s family + friends.

Getting ready…

The Ceremony…

The Wedding Party + Families…

The Gerry’s (Vanessa’s family)…

The Reed’s (Thomas’ mom)…

and the Wrona’s   (Thomas’ dad.  Thanks to Grace for taking this photo of us.)…

The Reception…

Cooper had the honor of being the best man.  And with that, came the responsibility of giving the toast.  Cooper couldn’t remember ever hearing a best man’s toast at a wedding, so Jeff + I explained that there’s usually some humor + then also some sweet sentiments.  We shared with him the wonderful toast that Mr. Peterson, the best man in our wedding, gave.  Cooper, having only been 5 at the time, didn’t remember it, but it had been the best toast we had ever heard!

Last Saturday, when Cooper began giving his toast, THAT’S when I started to cry!  It was a PERFECT toast, filled with humor + tons of LOVE!  And it was spoken with such ease.

After the toast, as a TOTAL surprise to the bride + groom, Winston sang a song that he wrote for them.  :)

Houston also wanted to do something special for Thomas + Vanessa, just like his brothers did.  So on the plane ride to Maine, Houston drew a photo of the cute couple.  He colored it and we put it in a frame for them.  I didn’t get a great shot of him handing it to Thomas + Vanessa because Houston sprinted back to his seat so fast, but here’s the little guy with Winston…

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Thomas + Vanessa:  The Couple

I have lots more photos for those of you that are interested, but I thought I would just post these and leave the rest of the editing to my new daughter-in-law who LOVES to edit photos.  YAY!!!  We’ll be a great team!!!  :)

Besides, I have to get back to preparations!  In less than 2 weeks, we have a Blessing Service for Thomas + Vanessa here in Pinehurst, in our back yard.  So exciting!

Thomas + Vanessa!

I have a new daughter!!!

Yesterday,  Thomas married Vanessa on her parents’ farm in Maine.  It was BEAUTIFUL, THEY were BEAUTIFUL, and it was WONDERFUL to meet her family in person.

The lovely Mr. + Mrs. Wrona…

More photos coming hopefully in the next couple of days.  :)


Our family (ex Thomas since he was living in Missouri) was baptized in the Jordan, just like our Master, Jesus Christ.  Only instead of the Jordan River, it was the local Jordan Lake.  We all (except Houston) had already been water baptized through immersion at different times and at different churches before.  I had been baptized in the 5th grade, but like the rest of my family members, I don’t remember being taught that it was for repentance of sins, but rather that it was a public show of my wanting to follow Christ.

Last November (I’ll be talking much more about LAST NOVEMBER in future posts), my family decided to re-read the entire New Testament with the idea of “standing on” everything that the Scriptures say to do.  And in doing so, we realized that baptism is for repentance.  I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve been a “follower of Christ” nearly my whole life, and yet I never realized that.  So, we repented.  Some things you just want to make sure that you’ve done right.  :)

So starting with Jeff, we all baptized each other in the name of Jesus.  (Houston took this photo.)

Houston went last.  We also laid hands on Houston to receive the Holy Spirit, and although he has yet to speak in tongues, we are hopeful it will happen.

(THANKS for the photo, Cooper!)

Wes + Erica.

My family + I recently headed up to Indiana for a reception to celebrate the marriage of my niece, Erica, + her husband Wes.  They had a wonderful BBQ reception with lots of lawn games out on a beautiful farm.  There was a photographer hired to photograph, so I mostly had my camera in my purse, but I did take it out for a few shots, beginning with Erica’s sweet daughter, Ella…

It was a beautiful reception + it’s always so good to see family again!  :)

Eat at Joes. Cooper’s Lobster.

When my family takes a trip to North Myrtle Beach, we have a favorite dining spot…  Eat At Joes.
Here’s a peek at our recent trip.  Cooper tried his first lobster + loved it.


Lake Michigan + My Chicago Boys

My family + I were in Michigan last week for my niece’s wedding.  We decided to extend our trip + visit Lake Michigan.  We also decided to spend a few days in the big city of Chicago, Illinois.

These next 3 images are thanks to my new photographer friend, Jennifer Snead.  She was nearby on the beach with her family + offered to take some photos for us.  Jennifer, I will cherish these.  THANK YOU!!!

My Chicago Boys

Grammy + Grandpa, who live in Seattle, were also in Chicago so we met them for the day.

We started driving home to North Carolina on the 4th of July, but didn’t want to miss fireworks.  So around 9:00 PM, we hopped off the highway + found a firework show in Cambridge, Ohio.  It was wonderful!


God’s Not Dead.

The movie, God’s Not Dead, just opened in theaters this past Friday.  We went to see it up in Cary, along with several of our friends.  Wow!  The movie was so well done!

I’d highly recommend seeing this! :)

Baking Palmiers. Houston.

Houston loves to bake.  Here’s one of our favorite things to make…  palmiers.

Waiting for the palmiers to come out of the oven…

And as I was looking back through old photos today, I came across some of Houston baking when he was 4…

Awe…  Such a little cutie!!!  To see those images, click HERE.  (They were taken in our previous home.)

Jaleigh. Senior Photos.

Jaleigh’s mom, Amber, is super talented!  She designs kitchens.  Last year, when we bought this old home, we knew that the kitchen would need to be redone.  Amber’s design was brilliant + we LOVE it!  THANK YOU, Amber!!!  Well, for part of our trading of services, I photographed her daughter for her senior photos.

Due to the rain, much of our shoot was done indoors, but we headed outside when the raindrops would stop.  We even had the sun peek through for a few of these…

Amber, THANK YOU for all of your kitchen expertise!  We LOVE it!!!

And Jaleigh, I loved getting to know you better.  You are STUNNING!!!  And totally fun.  Congrats on being a senior!  :)

(You can see a couple more of Jaleigh’s photos by clicking HERE.)