Dearly Beloved

I wanted to share a bit of happiness today: Last Saturday, August 3rd, my nephew and now brand new niece got married. Hooray!!πŸ‘°πŸ€΅ The ceremony took place outside and everything was absolutely gorgeous. The event went well except for the fact that the minister got the times mixed up (they are so busy and rightly so) and was late so we sat there wondering what the hold up was. The viola and violin players did a great job continuing to play as if nothing was askew. I saw one muscian mouth to the other “again” and they just kept on playing. At last, much to our relief, the minister finally arrived and the wedding went on smoothly.

As we entered the ceremony there were fans with our program printed on them and bug repellant. So very smart and helpful as it was very humid! It was wonderful being able to attend and take part in the celebration.

My niece has Celiac Disease so the reception was catered by Zoe’s Kitchen which made almost all the food gluten free. I tried falafel for the first time……it was ok. 😁 (A bit of beans and a tad awful.) πŸ˜‚ The gluten free ravioli was delectable. (My oldest daughter and I are still talking about how good it tasted.)

We had family fly in from California our native state. My parents are originally from San Francisco and had my brother there before my dad decided to move to Philadelphia and attend Seminary.

Here I am with my handsome nephew and darling new niece! Love, love, love them!!

They had popsicles at the reception provided by a vendor because of the heat which was an excellent idea!! My kids and my hubby and I sat inside where it was a bit cooler.

Here I am with my big brother! Love him tons, obviously.😍

My precious niece eating the yummy gluten free carrot cake she and her mom made. Can you see the sweetness in her angelic face? πŸ€—πŸ˜

Here are my four all cleaned up and polished. My heart nearly breaks as I look at my oldest two (on the right) because they’ve had to make up for all the times I’ve been unwell by running the household together. God is good though because they can cook and clean doing everything I do yet, I think even better! Xoxo

On the far left is my beautiful and cherished Mama. My beautiful Californian aunt “Auntie Jo” is on the right.

All the desserts were gluten free. I was naughty and had a chocolate chip cookie and four bites of cake. (I don’t eat much sugar because of blood sugar issues.) It was well worth it and I have no regrets. 🍰πŸ₯‚

This picture turned out so well! I was so busy capturing it so I forgot to throw the flowers but isn’t this just great?!

I’m so very thankful we could be a part of the happy couple’s wonderful day! They are truly a blessing in my life and in many others lives too. Both are the sweetest, kindest, and most compassionate souls ever and I’m oh so thankful for my adorable family.πŸ€—πŸ˜„

Much love,

Viv πŸ˜ƒ

Author: Viv

I'm a TBI warrior whose hope and strength comes from God.

56 thoughts on “Dearly Beloved”

    1. It was a delightful time Ryan. You would have done great there with the food. It was so yummy. Gluten free is coming a long ways and continues to get even better! Awww, you too!πŸ˜„

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  1. Absolutely beautiful! Wait, I take that back! AABBBBSSSOOLLLUUTTEEELLLY BEEEEEEAAAUUUUTTTUIIFFFUULL! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜Thanks for sharing your family with us. And by the way, you rocked that dress β€οΈπŸ€—

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        By the way, emailed WordPress about the comments section 🀨

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      2. Oh, yay, then it was a glitch. Okay, well, I will definitely comment. I haven’t checked my email but will after my nap.

        πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Loving the Hugs! We need hugs!!

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    1. You’re very welcome dearest Kranti! I thought of you because my niece’s grandparents are from India and they were so nice and loving too. They just loved on us all…..it’s great to have them in our family. πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  2. And the special shopping day you and your daughter payed off. You both look beautiful in your ‘special’ dresses. Lovely simple wedding and hopefully they will come back in style. People go way over board these days.

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    1. Thanks dearest! It was great not feeling like the country bumkins we are and being so pretty and the dresses will also serve for church too. Yes, the wedding was outside and simple. My niece’s mom makes homemade organic soaps for a living and gave them out as favors for every one who attended. It was perfect. Love ya!!πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ˜šπŸ˜š

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    1. Oh I know! It was very well planned along with the programs also serving as fans for the heat. It gave such a warming feeling to be a guest there! Awwwww, thanks……@me looking beautiful. I felt fat! LolπŸ˜‚

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      1. Yes although I’m single now, I know that marriage is a challenge. I admire those couples who are able to persevere and remain faithful to God and each other. πŸ’•

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      2. A huge challenge! I think it’s truly a God thing. I know it’s because of His grace that we can persevere but whew, it’s tough at times…..especially when there’s an illness. Much love Dawn and thank you for sharing……I’m sorry you’ve been through so much sadness. Hugs. Much love !! πŸ’–πŸ€—

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      3. I’m deeply sorry sweet Dawn. I have a close friend with four kids going through a painful divorce right now.😒 Hugs back and much love!πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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    1. Awwwww thanks so much Stu! The popsicles were so yummy and helped immensely with the heat.

      Goodness, me too. I think I’ve been so starved for the love I got from the family and enjoyed being with them all. πŸ˜„

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  3. Vivian, thank you for sharing your nephew’s wedding. Outdoor weddings are always filled with challenges: weather, size of the venue, and other details. I attended a beautiful outdoor wedding in early July, and it was a special day indeed.

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    1. You’re very welcome Richard! It certainly was lovely even though hot and humid. We had so many thunder storms just before the wedding I was hoping it could be pulled off and it went perfectly! Awwwww, how lovely. It’s a treat to enjoy the love and happiness such occasions bring.

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  4. WHATTTTT????? This has to be Gabe!!! How can he be old enough to get married??? Wow…do I feel old!!! I am beyond thrilled that you felt well enough to be able to attend and share the love and joy with your dear family. That ole’ Josh just gets more handsome as he ages (but don’t tell him that – his head will swell even more…or that grin will get even bigger). Gabe is also a handsome young man and just has a kindhearted smile and his sweet bride is adorable. And your mom…she looks fabulous and I know how special it was to have Aunt Jo there also. I cannot believe how much your children have grown. They are a great looking crew. You’re still the same beautiful Viv, that used to laugh & giggle with my sweet girl. Didn’t see any pics of your dad but I’m sure he was grinning from ear to ear. What a blessed day for all of you!!! So happy for everyone!!!

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    1. Thanks dear Angie πŸ€—πŸ˜š It was their oldest Jude who got married but still very young. His bride is the exact age I was when I married Mark and she shares my birthday which is awesome!😁😚 oh, haha, I won’t. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ He is handsome for sure. Yes, I did take pictures of my dad but they turned out a bit blurred. It was great being able to spend time with my family since I hadn’t seen them since Christmas due to my health.

      Much Love! Hugs! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’–

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