Wednesday, March 19

Congratulations on your Marriage, Barry & Michelle

After being together 20 years today and raising two boys to the ages of 12 and 10, my daughter and her spouse got married today. They have been planning this unbeknownst to the family for over a year. They had planned to go to Las Vegas and get married this year on the date that they met. However, with Barry being out of work for over a month and Michelle's surgery and complications, they had to forego that plan.

Change to Plan B. Since we don't have a Justice of the Peace here in town, they planned to go out of town and get married. Due to Michelle's surgery, they had to forego Plan B.

Two weeks ago, Michelle phoned me and told me they were getting married today. She said they didn't want anything formal and that they'd found a Reverand who would come to the house. So, everything was put into motion.

Barry works long hours and commutes 1.5 hours each way. Michelle hasn't been able to drive. So, the boys decided they would buy Mom & Dad their wedding rings for a wedding present. Last week I took them out and they picked out two lovely matching wedding bands. They are plain gold with a small diamond chip in each. I thought they made a good choice. (Dagnabit, I forgot to get a photo of the rings.)

I offered to buy flowers, but the bride and groom to be didn't want flowers. So, I offered to buy them a cake. The bride chose her favorite kind of cake and hubby and I picked it up today on the way to the wedding.

The entire family arrived at 1pm and the Reverand arrived shortly thereafter. He was a very nice man and quite a character, so we had a bit of fun before the wedding began. The boys stood up with their Mom & Dad but of course couldn't sign the register because they are minors. So Barry's Mom and I had that honor.

Here are some photos of the lovely ceremony. Everyone was dressed very informal by request of the bride and groom.

Above is the wedding party and the Reverand. Notice everyone but the Reverand was in their stocking feet. Brandon had a very pained look on his face. I wonder what he was thinking?
The boys held the rings and here the Reverand is instructing Brandon to take it out of the box and lay it on the Bible.
The joining of hands on the Bible, over the rings and the blessings of the rings.
The taking of the vows.

The exchanging of the rings.

Jordan kissing the Bride.

The Bride and Groom and the announcement.
Cutting the cake.

The wedding was beautiful even though it was very informal. This is a really nice photo of Barry and Michelle. Jordan was nearby anxious to have a slice of the cake. See his hand.

We sat around talking for a while and then everyone went their way to do the things they needed to do. The boys came over about 5 pm and Mom and Dad went out for dinner. A very nice day for everyone involved. Today is Thankful Thursday. It is a day when we list the things we are thankful for. If you would like to participate, be sure to stop by Sting My Heart and pay Iris a visit. You can find out all the information there.

This week I have so much to be thankful for:

1. Barry & Michelle getting married. They've been together for 20 years and now, on the 20th anniversary of when they met, they have made their union lawful in the sight of God.

2. That Michelle's lab reports came back that the cyst she had removed is benign.

3. Michelle can finally start getting out a bit and drive her car. She is able to do more around the house, though she still is unable to lift anything heavy. She is happier now that all the infection is clear.

4. Thankful that my husband and I, Barry's parents and my mother were able to attend their wedding, which was a joyous occasion.

5. For sufficient food on our tables, warmth in our houses. There are many who aren't as fortunate.

6. For the struggles that God allows me to face in order to make me a stronger person and to rely on His voice.

7. For Meeko, our Alaskan Malamute who brings much happiness and laughter into our lives. He also provides us with walks everyday in all kinds of weather.

8. For the love of nature, which was taught to me by my parents. I have passed this down to my grandsons.

9. Feeling much better than I did last week. I have some of my energy back.

10. For Easter and Jesus dying on the cross and being risen that we may have eternal life with him in heaven.

What are you thankful for today? I would love you to leave a comment and let me know. ~Blessings, Mary~
PS. Cynthia at Walking On has posted that her daughter, Ladybug, has been found. Please continue to pray for this family.


  1. Congratulations to the happy couple, and many happy returns of the day!

    I'm glad Michelle is doing better and finally able to do a little more.

    I'm thankful for my salvation which was free to me, but cost Jesus everything.

    Have a great rest of your week, Mary. ;o)

    Love and hugs,


  2. Congratulations! The cake looks wonderful!

    :o) Sharon

  3. Congratulations to the entire happy family! Looks like a fun ceremony. I love the picture of everyone in their socks!

  4. Mary, Mary, Mary!!! What a lovely, and loving, post!!! I really enjoyed reading it all. It was so touching...I LOVE weddings. I'm very happy to have been part of this enjoyable, memorable day with you and your family. So, so sweet.

    May the couple be ever so happy with their family and love.

    Have a wonderful day.

  5. Girl I know you are so joyful about the union of your daughter and her husband. Congrats to all!

    Glad you are feeling better and are feeling rested.

    I love your TT list.

  6. I bet that the Father God was grinning from ear to ear..... He loves joining those together that no man can put asunder...... How much fun was your day!!!!!!!!! Love the cake......... a slice and a cup of coffe I would have shared with you..... Glad that your energy is back..... We finished the rent house yesterday... I have not posted much about it but we have been working on it since Sept...... Whew!!!!!!!!!!! it is on the market this morning!!!!! I am thankful!!!!!!!

  7. Congraulations to you all...Smiles

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  9. How beautiful, Mary!

    I wish many happy years for Michelle and Barry.

    Perhaps in a year or two they can go to Vegas to celebrate their anniversary...:)

    And the cake looks delicious!

  10. Good Morning Mary,
    "CONGRATULATION'S" to the Happy Couple. They both make a great couple. Our Wedding Anniversary is this coming Monday. We will be married for 13 years. The cake looks so good. Nothing is more better than a plain and simple wedding. I enjoyed your "THANKFUL THURSDAY" list. We all have so much to be "THANKFUL" for each and everyday. I did do a post very early this morning. Since the girls have been out for Spring Break this week, I have been staying up late and sleeping late. LOL. It's going to be rough come Monday morning. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours. I'm so glad that Michelle is doing so much better and that the cyst was benign. GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!!!!

    Love & Hugs,
    Karen H.

  11. Congratulations to the happy couple. The photos were wonderful. I think a simple ceremony with family around makes for such wonderful memories.

  12. Mary, wonderful news about Michelle and congrats to her and Barry. Almost looks like my wedding. I think their marriage will be Blessed beyond words.
    May your family's Easter be blessed. Hugs, Pat

  13. Congrats congrats and LOTS of LOVE

    The pictures are wonderful!!!!!
    many hugs to you..deena

  14. Hi there Mary. I came across your blog from Mercede's World. Nice wedding, congratulations to Barry & Michelle. 1st wedding I've seen without shoes on. The informal ness was nice. So much expense often goes into weddings these days & with the cost of living so high now, it can really add a financial burden to a newly wed couple. P.S. I thought the Ministers name was Reverend Notice, till I re-read it properly.
    Greetings from Tasmania
    Regards Tony :-)

  15. Congrats to michelle and barry, that is precious. I am glad that michelle is feeling much better, and you too. Such a beautiful cake, yummy. I love you my friend.

  16. Congratulations Michelle and Barry on your sweet looks like you all had a very relaxed and wonderful day...and to have it on the anniversary of the day they met made it very special...
    Have a blessed and happy Easter

  17. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for inviting me to the wedding! The pictures are great. I saw their stocking feet, then thought, "no, they just have white shoes on!" So cute! ;-)

    My good friend called me recently and told me her son was marrying his "mate" on the 20th anniversary of their first date, they did go to Las Vegas for the wedding. Must be the time for getting hitched!

    I enjoyed reading your list of things you are thankful for!


  18. Oh that's wonderful ! I had a very informal wedding, married outdoors by a Justice of the Peace (a friend from college) and the whole thing was planned in a week with a budget of about 200$, and we've been married over 15 years! What's important is the love and commitment. They look very happy! Congratulations!

  19. Mary,
    I know this was a blessing to you. Congratulations to Michele and her husband.
    We have 7 in our circle now. So I have taken the sticky down.
    Mama Bear

  20. Mary,

    So much good news - this has turned into a great day! First of all, I am thrilled to hear that Michelle's cyst is benign. I can only imagine the joy that news brought you and all the family.

    Michelle and Barry's wedding - cause for another celebration! What a lovely wedding! That is a very nice photo of Michelle and Barry cutting the cake. Jordan's hand easing toward the cake is precious!!

    I see that Brandon and Zach have something in common. Our "little" grandsons have grown taller than everyone in the family! LOL

    Happy Easter, my friend!
    Love & Hugs,

  21. Congratulations for the sweet couple! That looks like a happy family!
    You always have the neatest pictures Mary!
    I enjoyed my visit here this afternoon! I hope the weather will soon be good for you all!

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