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Beginning, Middle, End and New Beginning

We just completed a two week "Journey" in our lives. A "Journey" with a beginning, middle and end..... and a New Beginning! It's just another example of how life seems to travel in circles and cycles.

On the 5th of January, my 2nd daughter, Tiffany, announced she was getting married in two weeks, on January 19th which was the Anniversary of their meeting. That was "The Beginning." We had to find out colors, expectations for size, who was invited, invitations, favors, food, place, etc. It was several days before it really sunk in that she was going through with it and we needed to get busy and make plans. 

Enter...."The Middle." Ok, this is the harder part. Who is going to do what? Where? How much is it going to cost? When is enough, enough? How much is it going to cost? Who is going to do what? What's it going to cost??!! He He He. Here is where I would love to thank all the wonderful people who helped make The Wedding happen. First, I'd like to thank Erica Herrera and her family, who provided THE most beautiful estate you EVER saw for the reception. They also allowed us to use tables, chairs, BBQ's, sound systems, fabric tablecloths and ambience. Monica, the Justice of the Peace, who conducted a LOVELY wedding ceremony on the beach. Lisa and Steven Davis and Sabrina, who captured all the beautiful moments in photographs. Chris' parents, Steph and Dave and their friend Kathy Norris. They made the most beautiful cake, flower arrangements and BBQ you ever had! My daughter, Rebecca, who made cute little favors and helped so much with the set up and take down and timeline, making things happen as they should. Wes & Kristen who also helped set up and take down, tableware set ups, and acted as our brains when we forgot what we needed and were in a general fog. Thank you Lynnie for being there to "share the love", food and fun with us. I Love You! Janine and Tommy, I'm so glad you were able to make it. Can you BELIEVE we are at this point in our life??? To all of you who were able to attend... Thank you for being there with us. I hope you had a good time spending the day with Chris and Tiffany. And to Tiffany and Chris, I hope you have a beautiful life together and are as happy every day as you were on this special day. Congratulations!!

So now, we are at the end.... or is it the "New Beginning"? This two week "Journey" was one of the hardest, sweetest, most beautiful trips my husband and I have taken since our OWN wedding. Tiffany and Chris are just beginning their new life together, their "Journey". Life has cycled around again.... beginning, middle and endings. 

Weddings take me back to the day my husband and I said "I Do" nearly 34 years ago. Have I told you lately just how much I love you Honey?? I do, again and again I DO! Thank you for being my sweet spouse all these years. I love you more than the day we married!

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