Friday, July 20, 2012

The View from Johanna's Camera Lens

Today's guest post is by Miss Johanna Shaw.






Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sam's Girl

 Here's Sam hangin' out with his new girlfriend.  
She's very quiet but seems really nice.  We haven't met her parents yet but I'm sure they're good people.  They haven't been together long, but Sam is so happy.  Well, he did say she's a little controlling, but...

Wait.

I mean...I'm sure he didn't mean it as a criticism.  He needs a little stricture...I mean structure in his life.  No, really...

Oh, dear.

Well, girls, Sam seems to be single again.  Anyone interested?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sam's Birthday


In the rush of things this spring, I never did post pictures of Sam's 6th birthday!  We didn't do a lot for him this year, but he did get some pretty cool presents.



Getting some help with reading cards.

Showing Daddy his cool new book of Lego stickers and activities.

Sam is growing so fast and we love him so much!  We thank God for his sunny personality, great laugh, and constant curiosity.  He is a blessing to our family!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wedding of the Year

Nine days ago (but who's counting?), our family participated in the Wedding of the Year.

Or, really, the Wedding of the Decade.

My sister was the beautiful bride.  Isn't she beautiful?

She married Sean Donaldson, who promises fair to be a good brother-in-law.

Oh, and a good husband for Katie.

The day was clear and sunny, warm but not too hot, and everyone looked his best.


Ten-year-old Johanna and her cousin, Maggie, were the Jr. Bridesmaids and looked so pretty.

Sam and his cousin, Ian, were ring-bearers.  So handsome in their little tuxedos.  Sam was especially taken with his shiny black shoes and used his napkin at the reception to polish them!

John, William and Micah were ushers.  We found black suits for them and they wore ties and pocket squares to match those in tuxedos.  Will had the honor of escorting his grandmother, the mother of the bride, to her seat.

I was the matron of honor.  I was thrilled to be given the job - not thrilled with the elderly sounding "matron" - but thrilled with the honor.

The picture is rather dark, just taken on my little camera, but it gives you an idea of how we looked.

Now that the honeymooners are home, I can start pestering them for the professional pictures!

The happy (ridiculously happy, glowing with in-loveness) couple, honeymooned in Nova Scotia and will resume residence in the Pittsburgh area.

The flowers were absolutely gorgeous.  Reminiscent of an English country garden.  This is Katie's bouquet, above.  The florist guessed that she had probably found the last four peonies in the state!  And they really perfected the bouquet.

So, when the wedding festivities and family time were closing, we packed up again and headed to Ohio to see John's parents for a couple of days.  We arrived home in Minnesota tired and happy to be home, but so thankful for a great trip and a wonderful wedding.