Friday, November 11, 2016

A Long and Blessed Month

What a whirlwind this past month has been for our family!  We celebrated a wedding, moved into our new home and have been preparing for our son to move to Montana!

Our Precious Daughter married her Handsome Beau October 15th in a beautiful wedding!  I didn't take any pictures but had several others who did and shared.  Here are just a few from that wonderful weekend.  

The rehearsal and dinner on the wedding eve was so enjoyable!
Dad practices escorting the bride down the aisle.
Our table at the rehearsal included the bride and groom, the groom's mother and her friend, the bride's grandmother and her parents (us!)

The chapel was a gorgeous intimate setting with a huge pipe organ behind the altar.  J built this six foot cross to set on the altar and our daughter decorated it with a spray of flowers.
Our niece, serving as the wedding coordinator, took these pictures through the brick latticework.  Wasn't it a lovely wedding?!

After a honeymoon to San Francisco and the Napa Valley, the happy couple has moved into their new home a few miles down the road!  

Right after the wedding, Favorite Son was offered and accepted an agriculture sales position in the Northwest.  He will be working in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana.  We are so happy for him, as this is a great opportunity for him and he loves this area of the country.  It's been a little hard on me, though, because he will be living so far away.  (Moms will be moms!)  

At this same time, we started moving into our new home!  It's been a bit emotional as we divide up our belongings.  I thought I had purged a lot of my things but oh my, I still have too much stuff!  The kids are taking a some things, including their special memories and I'm continuing to make decisions on what to keep but I am making progress.  We still haven't sold our first home but do have an interested party, if they can sell their home.  This has been a blessing so that I'm not having to rush moving.

We plan to head out to Montana next week to get Favorite Son settled before Thanksgiving.  (He is planning to come home for Christmas!!)  Then I'll give the old house a good cleaning and hopefully hear some positive news before the end of the year.  

Here are a couple of photos of my kitchen.  I just love it!!
I'll be adding a white subway tile back splash soon.  The dining area is on the opposite end of the room.  You can see a dining chair in the lower right corner.  

The first weekend we were living here, Fav Son had two fraternity brothers stop by for a visit and we dined outside on the grilling porch.  We didn't have all of our furniture set up yet but we made do.  Precious Daughter and our new son-in-love were there, as well. 

We've enjoyed some unseasonably warm November evenings lately here in Missouri and have taken the opportunity to sit by our new outdoor fireplace.  It's been so enjoyable to sit out by the fire in the evenings after hectic days.  I'm so glad J added this particular item to his new-house wish list!
I hope to have some more pictures of our new home soon. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 


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Magpie's Mumblings said...

Such a happy-looking bride and groom - congratulations to everyone. And your kitchen is amazing!!! As is your outdoor fireplace. I feel for you with your son moving so far away. Our youngest is clear across the country and I miss him every day. He's happy out there and that's all that counts, but that doesn't mean my heart doesn't ache.

Silver in AZ said...

What a very special time in all of your lives! Congrats all the way around!

Kim said...

The wedding in the chapel looks so lovely. It is always hard on mums when their 'children' move away. Sounds as if your son has the dream job. Your kitchen is beautiful and what an excellent idea to put an open fireplace outside....genius!!

Catherine said...

What a busy few months for you. The wedding looks absolutely beautiful with such a radiant bride. You must have been feeling so many emotions as she stood at the altar.
What a great job you've made of the house too, I'm sure you will be so happy there. We have now been in our new house 10 months and have mostly finished the renovations and redecoration. It is such a relief to finish and we can now look forward to Christmas here.
I'm sure your son will visit as often as can too. They have to fly sometime!

Creations By Cindy said...

I love the wedding pictures . So happy for your daughter and new soninlove . Happy moving fir your son too . You are so right , so many things going on for you but all great things . I love your kitchen ! Hugs and blessings , Cindy

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh wow, such a lovely wedding/

Your kitchen is totally amazing. I love. So many cabinets and the white and gray are lovely. I really like the dark counter on the island too. So pretty.

barbara woods said...

Beautiful but don't over do!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your days must be full with so much going on lately! The wedding sounds absolutely lovely and isn't it nice that your son will be able to make it home for Christmas. As for your new kitchen, wow! It is gorgeous! Good Luck preparing for the big move.


Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Wow, your kitchen is stunning. I know you must be thrilled to have it. The wedding is beautiful, as are the couple. Lovely photo of the couple and chapel. How exciting, a new life together. I know how you feel about your son moving so far. it is great he can spend Christmas with you. Have a great week.

Mary K. said...

Zenda congratulations on your daughter's wedding and on your son's new job. And of course on moving into the big house. Good things come in three and you have been blessed.

Keri said...

Congratulations on your daughter's marriage, your son's new job and your new home ready to be moved into. So many blessings!!

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

What a beautiful wedding and your new home looks wonderful! I love your kitchen.

Kathryn Griffin said...

Zenda, what a beautiful post! Congratulations on your daughter's wedding, and your kitchen is stunning! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the Showcase. . Have a lovely Thanksgiving. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh you have had an eventful time Zenda! Congrats to your daughter and to your son as well. Love your new home! I'm so excited for you!

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

Such an exciting time with you and your family, and really big changes coming all at once. Your home is stunning!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Somehow I missed this post Zenda! Your daughter looked lovely! You really have had a lot going on! I hope your home sells soon and you can have that chapter behind you.