It’s been a crazy year around here, to say the least. As much as I feel I’ve struggled over the last few months, I also know my family is my rock. So it’s always good for me to check in and remember what I’m thankful for instead of lamenting things that haven’t gone as planned.
First and foremost, I’m thankful for this guy.
We just celebrated 25 years of marriage a couple of weeks ago and I’m looking forward to many, many more. Unfortunately, we’re not always great about remembering to take pictures…even of big life events. So I think this is my last decent picture of him. And it’s of him and Kirsten in the Badlands on their trip across the country right after the wedding.
And, of course, I’m thankful for these fellas.
Josh toasting Griffin at Griffin’s wedding. My boys may not hang out as best buddies, but they love each other and I know they’ll always have each others backs. What more can a mom ask for?
Since most of my pics will be from the wedding, let’s give a shout out to my family as a whole.
We’ve been through a lot together and have only gotten stronger each year. Now we have the lovely Kirsten added to our clan and I don’t feel so outnumbered!
Of course after this shot, we have more family. Not everyone, of course. But a good bunch of them. These are the people who helped make the wedding happen. People who are there when I need them, even if it’s for a crazy request like using their backyard for a wedding!
I’m going to try to name them all. On the two very ends…Donnie and his lovely wife, Liz. They gave us their house and so much more for the nuptials. Not to mention making food and always being there for any event or crisis we may have. Now I’m going to do a weird right to left thing. Nathan, my nephew who was our photographer. He was doing an internship out of state but made sure to make it back for the weekend. My brother, Tony, holding my niece, Daisy. He made a crap load of pulled pork, homemade sauces, and much more. He and his wife (not pictured) are always ready to step up and help with anything. That’s my mother-in-law nestled between Tony and Herb…just days out of the hospital but still there for her grandson. Skip on over the people from the previous pic and you have my mom right next to me. I seriously do not have the time or space to sing her praises. She would cut off her own left arm (she’s a lefty) with a rusty nail file for me if I asked her to. She’s amazing. Just next to her, in the black tank and blue skirt, is my big sister. Gina is my hero and flew all the way from Arizona to be in Michigan to help me with the wedding. She missed her daughters first day of school and everything! Behind Gina is my father-in-law and his wife. They have done so much for us through the years, including building the cupcake tier for the wedding. But also doing various remodels in our house and coming over to fix the AC when Herb was out of state and it was in the 90s. And I can’t forget my little peanut in front. My niece Liz. She’s a helper for sure. She has a sweet disposition and is quick to give hugs. Whew! That was a lot, and it’s not even half of them!
Here’s a candid taken while we were waiting for the judge in the courthouse.
I’ve introduced you to all of these clowns but Charlie, on the far right. She’s Nathan’s girlfriend, but she’s been friends with Nathan, Josh, and Griffin for almost 10 years. She took some of the pictures on the wedding day as well as helping with setting up and more.
And finally, my favorite picture from the wedding day.
I am thankful my son found the woman who rounds him out. Someone to love him unconditionally and to support him through good times and bad.