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March 19, 2018

OK, maybe not but….

It is a wonderful time for us. Our daughter Annie is marrying a great guy and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Zach has become one of us! Not only has he joined up with a mostly female family but has done it with grace.

We are headed down to Austin Texas to create some great memories as a family. The wedding will be a simple ceremony by a Justice of the Peace but festivities will be going on all week with lots of family time to explore and spend time together. Zach’s family lives in Austin and we are excited to share this time with them.

As a mom, I have always fantasized what this time would be like when one of my three daughters married. I have been in the wedding business for a long time and consider myself an expert at pulling off the perfect day. When it came to planning Annie’s wedding, I was put to task to plan a whole different experience. At first, I was taken back by the details. They were not what I had envisioned and to be honest I was absolutely thril...

March 11, 2018

My Love Affair with Lavender     

It all started quite innocently. I had not planned on it. I wasn’t looking for it and yet there it was – an opportunity that although started out as a friendly working relationship suddenly, and without notice, turned into something I couldn’t live without.

The attraction was not immediate. I felt a slow growing affection towards this intoxicating element. Before I knew it, I was incorporating Lavender into my daily routine.  If I missed a day, I felt a longing. This new element in my life was exciting and I became addicted to its presence.  How could I incorporate this aroma without causing people around me to talk? To think I had become someone they thought they knew? I decided to be covert and introduce this new element slowly and gradually.

Lavender became a part of me. A part of my soul. If I went too long without its existence, I felt a longing – an absence.  I found new ways to keep Lavender in my life. Healthy ways. It has seeped in...

March 3, 2018

The wedding weekend was wonderful. The family that we hosted here were the best! From the very first meeting with Hope, the bride, to the moment she and her new husband Jason walked out the front door the day after the wedding was memorable. Getting to know Hope and her family history was the icing on the cake for us. Knowing that her grandparents were married here almost eighty years ago made this weekend magical. It was a VERY busy weekend for us and yet we enjoyed every minute. When it was all said and done, we felt tired but a bit sad that it was over. Getting to know this family was special and we will not forget them. They have set the bar VERY high as far as nice guests go! Thank you Hope and Jason for trusting us with your very important weekend. Here is a pic of the family posing on the same steps as Hope's Grandparents in 1939!

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