Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wilmington Wedding

This weekend we had a wedding in Wilmington, NC. We were there to view the vows of John's sister Rebecca and (now) husband David. It was a wonderful weekend and we were able to spend time with John's family that came from Pennsylvania. John and I got there late Thursday night and then woke up early to visit and so that I could go have a mani/pedi with the bride to be, maid of honor, and mother of the bride. Next we went to the church to check out the set up and then back to the hotel to get ready. The family headed to the rehearsal and then to the Henretta II for the dinner riverboat cruise. Afterwards Rebecca, Jennifer (the maid of Honor) and I went out for a drink and then to pick up something from David's parent's house. We actually ended up running into David, one of his groomsmen and his wife while we were out. I will spare you the details of the entire night - I am sure Rebecca and Jennifer remember in great detail the events that happened on the way back to the hotel - ha!

Saturday morning we got up and I started getting ready - I had to be at the church at around 1:30 and I was doing my own hair. Rebekah and I headed to the church in order to help Rebecca get ready and for pictures. The wedding started at 3:30 and then we had a church reception. After the reception we headed to the beach to visit and spend time with John's family and then headed back to the hotel. Sunday morning we got up, had lunch with Brad and Rebekah, said goodbye to everyone and then headed back home.

Monday, August 17, 2009

House news

Here are pictures of our house from the past two weeks. The floors are complete, except for the trimming needs to be painted. Tonight we saw that the electricity was on - yay! Light fixtures are up, doorknobs are in, and it's almost move in time! Less than one month to go!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Welcoming a Hero

Below are pictures from Captain Matthew Freeman's homecoming. The streets were filled for miles - with friends and strangers alike in respect for this brave man.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The South

In the previous blog I mentioned about my dear friend Matt who was shot in Afghanistan. He was on top of a building directing an air strike and then shot. Matt volunteered to go on top of that building. In the south we live and breath around food. When someone is celebrating or grieving food is brought. We converse in the kitchen around food and munch while solving the problems of the world. So, I made an Oreo pie to take to Matt's family. I love this pie. My sister used to be the one to make it at all holiday functions and now it is passed to me to make at the functions. I would much rather make a dessert than anything else. So, in case you are wondering about this nasty delight - wonder no more:

28 Oreos, 1 stick margarine, 1 small box instant vanilla pudding, 1 small box instant chocolate pudding, 3 cups milk, 8 ounces softened cream cheese, 2 - 8 ounces cool whip, 1 cup confectioners sugar

Spread Oreos in pan and mash with round cup or dish.
Melt margarine and pour over cookies.
Mix 1 cup of confectioners sugar, with cream cheese and 8 ounces of cool whip; spread on cookies.

Mix chocolate and vanilla pudding with milk until creamy; spread on top of cream cheese.

Take the other 8 ounces of cool whip and spread on top.

Sprinkle Oreo crumbs on top, enjoy and keep refrigerated!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Heaven's Gain...

Today I came home from work and was greeted with, "I have some bad news" from my mom. A childhood friend of mine - a friend I have known pretty much my whole life, one that I haven't had real contact with in years, was shot in hostile fire in Afghanistan. You never know the true extent to the war that is going on at the other end of the world until it's someone you know - someone you have grown up with and never knew a life without knowing that person. Were Matt and I close? No, we were just friends - not call and chat it up friends, but friends by way of growing up in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Growing up in a church together where everyone spends time together. I knew his family, his mom was my 8th grade teacher. Matt's life had a huge impact on all that he knew - and so has his death. Thank you Matt, for being a friend to us all. Thank you Matt, for risking your life so that we may live ours freely. Thank you Matt, thank you.

Below are pictures I grabbed from his facebook...

His Fiancee - Theresa

His mom and 2 sisters

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