Before and After

And she’s married. My darling daughter is now married to my wonderful son-in-law . What a full month this has been. What a life this is. I have much to be thankful for as 2013 draws to a close. Perhaps it is best displayed in pictures of the before and after party. The pictures of the during party were done by our dear friend, Mackenzie, at RollinsCole and those will follow. I know they will be beautiful.

A few weeks before:

In the midst of the ice storm that shut down the city of Dallas for four days, my entire family met at home depot so that my dad could buy us all Christmas trees for Christmas:

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When we got that thing home, it was a frozen, solid chunk of pine ice. It sat in our living room for hours, slowly thawing out and the branches began to drop, one by one…

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But it eventually thawed into a beautiful tree…

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A few days after that, my dad had his orders regularized with our church and he was ordained to the diaconate in a special ceremony:

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Then, we had a full-out music fest on Christmas day at my parents’ house, ending with Chris performing the song he had just worked up with my brothers, to be sung during Callie and Jeremy’s first dance two days later:

Then, the wedding. The beautiful wedding in front of a packed house at our church, with friends who came from near and far to be a part of this special day. Then, the party. The dancing may or may not have gotten a little crazy. We won’t know for sure until we see the pictures. But my sore muscles are giving me a hint as to what the answer might be. Then, the after-party at our house the next day. I’m so thankful we got to spend this day with old friends and family who came from far away. And I’m so thankful that the weather was absolutely amazing and that almost the entire day was spent outside. And I’m so thankful that nobody went to the emergency room after trying Donald’s slackline. I’m just so thankful for everything.

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My grandma was really good at Ladder Golf

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My nephew was really good at the slackline

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Jasmine was really good at looking beautiful

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And no after party is complete without a good high-kick competition. We all felt like we did pretty good, but these pictures show a clear winner…

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My sister-in-law is the high-kicking queen.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. See you in 2014.

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  1. #1 by Sue Windrick on December 30, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    I love your family. I just love your family.

  2. #2 by Mom on December 31, 2013 - 12:11 pm

    I cry through the event, then I cry through the blog about the event. My mom says that’s what old people do, cry. So by golly, I’m going to enjoy my share of tears of joy over this family and lovely bunch of people.

  3. #3 by Jackie on February 6, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    I miss you guys.

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