Saturday, May 31, 2014

Gabriel and Sarahh Beth ... Wedding Day

Just a perfect day....

Might as well have fun waiting patiently for pictures to begin.  It is a wedding! The Colorado State campus in Fort Collins was a perfect setting for wedding pictures. We met there in anticipation of seeing the bride.

 The two Thruston MEN. Where did those years go?

Maybe they should call the bride?

 And now it's time for that first look... the anticipation is killing him. Sarahh walked a long path to her groom. We were all there watching, enjoying every single minute of this day.

 Here comes the bride!

And who says you can't kiss your bride before the ceremony? Such a sweet moment for two people in love. Makes a momma's heart smile.
Seriously. This man of mine is holding on to our girls hearts for awhile. Oh my, oh my. When that day comes for this to be their turn, he's gonna be a mess!

 It tried to rain a bit so out came an umbrella to protect the girls. Turned out to be darling for pictures.


They were jumping for joy! It's time to celebrate and sometimes these three just like me taking  jumping pictures with my fancy-smancy camera.

Cousins youngest to oldest.  They look like the Von Trapp Family Singers.

And every wedding has the infamous family pictures. Trying to decide where to stand. Should we smile? Look serious? Stand on our tip toes? Finally it's, "Just take it!"

photo credit: Britteny Borowski Photography
photo credit: Britteny Borowski Photography

Here she is! The blushing bride ready to meet her groom.

photo credit: Britteny Borowski Photography
photo credit: Britteny Borowski Photography

photo credit: Britteny Borowski Photography 

I could say so much about this day and maybe one day I will but the pictures say it all. This one, blurry and all, shouts out...... WE'RE MARRIED!!!!! 

Gabriel T and Sarahh Beth Thruston united in Holy Matrimony on this day, May 31st, 2014.

Congratulations you two. I love you both.

Couldn't leave without a silly moment picture...  Like I said, a perfect day.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Girl with the Red Shoes

My girl did it! Rebecca Joy has her Bachelors of Science in Equine Science and Business.  Two degrees, four years. She's the girl with that great sense of humor, dedication and determination even when the work load seemed endless, a will to finish, though it might have taken some late night runs to Wal-Mart for some chocolate, and the girl with THE best shoes on campus! That girl is my girl! 


The first part of the 2014 graduation celebration is a walk across the bridge that all the students  previously walked across in the opposite direction as freshman. This ceremony welcomed them to William Woods University and now is saying Good-bye, you did it! Now if I only knew why they carried ivy! When the Ivy Ceremony began, the students walked from the library across the front of the campus to the bridge where we were all waiting. I was standing with other parents, camera in hand and heard people around me saying," Look at those shoes! They're awesome. You can't miss that girl!" I zoomed my camera in to see who it was at the same time T bent over to me and said, "That's Bec." Should have known she'd have the best shoes on that day.

These two! Georgia and Becca found each other in their early years at WWU and are now life long friends.

I was thrilled that all my children could celebrate Becca's  big day. They have always been there for each other and this was no exception. It took some planning but they all made it. From Spain to Nashville to Colorado, they all made it.

My girl... where did the time go? This sweet girl who was always reading a book, or out at Russell Ranch all day riding horses, or playing street hockey outside with her sisters and brother is all grown up. A beautiful woman ready to face her next adventure.

Becca and her daddy. You can see the pride all over that smile!

We are so very excited T's folks came to graduation with us! What a blessing to watch your granddaughter walk the aisle to get her diploma. Wow!

I love this picture. Could be my favorite of the weekend. Here are two friends walking together into their future. Life is an adventure.. you gotta get out there and go for it! With God for you and beside you, the path may be curvy at times and even  quite bumpy. You will have challenges but also blessings along the way.  It won't be boring, that's for sure but this adventure called life is so worth it!

Even as the ceremony is beginning, Becca's joy and humor are alive and well!

Whoo HOOOO!!! It's official!

Time to celebrate with family and friends. This is Bec's first college roomie! We moved Becca in the freshman dorm and met Beth the same day.

This is Bec's college advisor. A friend really, for many of the girls on campus. When your campus is small, you lean on each other. The equine program students spent hours together. I do mean hours!

And there you have it. The girl with the red shoes on, making her mark on the world. My daughter. You go girl! 

What would a celebration be without cake. Let them eat cake!
I love you Rebecca Joy!
May you seek God's vision and plan just for you. May you take the path less travelled by and may it bring you a delightful life.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Date Night

One thing we have always valued is our date night. It is a small portion of our week that we devote just to each other. Now, it hasn't always been easy and we aren't always focused on each other but we do try.  This week was a spontaneous gift to each other. After realizing Lina had plans, we said. "Let's go!" Ok.. it was more like

"I have to go to the bike shop to get a part. How about we hit the brewery?"

"Yeah.. a movie too? " 

"Sure.. check out the times."

So it's not this Cinderella love language that matters. It's the intent of the heart. Our heart must be inclined towards our One and Only. They need to see it, hear it, and believe it. Sometimes that comes through words, sometimes through actions, and sometimes through just being there. Sometimes it's moving over closer in bed and cuddling for a few minutes before you go to sleep. For my man who loves riding, going to a bike shop with him speaks volumes!

And I am so excited about his new ride!

This brewery: Bristol Brewery is located in an old school house. How cool is this place? Way Cool! If you are ever in Colorado Springs, this is a Must Do!