On Saturday, June 26, a very special friend of mine* got married. We drove from one side of Missouri to the other and back again in one day to be there, and it was so worth it to see Katie and Craig get married!
I finished nursing Andrew shortly before the processional began, and didn't want to go in in the midst of it, so I waited in the back, watching through the big windows and taking pictures of the wedding party.
The beautiful bride with my adorable nieces, Abigail and Chloe, who were her flower girls. My sis-in-love Beka was her matron of honor, but I somehow missed getting a picture of her.
Katie's dad, Dan, died five years ago after a battle with cancer. Before her brother Mike walked her down the aisle, the song "Daddy's Hands" was played as a tribute to Dan.(that's our nephew Isaiah on the other side of Katie, and Beka's dad in the background)
Ethan (Eric & Beka's oldest) played Cannon in D for the processional, and did a terrific job. Instead of the two times through he planned, he played it over and over, about six times, as there were some hold ups in the back. He handled it like a professional, and I was so proud of him!
One of the things Katie and I share is a love for the color purple, and purple abounded at her wedding. It was gorgeous, and I wish I had taken more and better pictures.
The guys entertained themselves during the reception. I'm guessing Katie didn't guess that her pretty sparklies would be used for battle strategy, but boys will be boys!
Davey and Josiah
Ethan and Barak
Jonathan figuring out a math formula
^When I was in eighth grade, I found myself rather lonely and without any close friends at our small Christian school. I starting praying for the Father to bring me a friend. It seemed rather daring to pray such a thing. But in the middle of the school year, along came Karla (Katie for her initials K.T). Nervous about switching schools, especially in the middle of the year, she was praying that God would have a friend ready for her. And He graciously brought us together!
We shared many years of laughter and tears (mostly laughter), and I often think of Katie when I think of answered prayer. Over the years and miles, we haven't done a good job of staying in touch, but she will always be precious to me.