Friday, April 1, 2016

Sean and Lindy's Wedding

They did it!  After almost seven years of dating, countless setbacks, and lots of heartaches and happiness along the way, these two officially became Mr. and Mrs. Sean Barcellona on March 12, 2016!

I get teary eyed when I think about how happy I am for them.  If ever there was a couple that deserved to have the perfect wedding weekend, it is them.  And they did.  The weekend couldn't have been any more beautiful.  God truly blessed us with the most AMAZING weather and everything was as good as it possibly could have been.

We had family and friends who came in from all over the world (Mark made it back from Jordan the day before!) to celebrate with them.  The Friday before the wedding, Steve's mom and all my sisters-in-law hosted a sweet bridesmaid's luncheon that was so nice.  The food was delicious and it was fun just to get to visit with everyone and get ready for all the events of the weekend.  Lindy appreciated it so much.

Then Friday night, we had the rehearsal dinner at Dilworth Grille.  We invited all of the out of town family to join us, along with lots of friends, and it was such a sweet night.  There were stories and poems and toasts and words of advice.  There were a few tears and lots of laughs and I know Sean and Lindy felt very loved and encouraged to hear how much they meant to everyone and how much everyone wished them all the best.

Saturday was probably one of the prettiest spring days I have seen in a long time.  The sun was shining and it was the perfect temperature.  It was the kind of day that you wanted to go outside and just stay there!  I know God shines His love down on us every day, but this day in particular seemed like He had created it just for them.

The wedding was held at The Dairy Barn.  It is an old, rustic barn that has been renovated.  Upstairs is an area where you can hold the wedding, and then downstairs is the reception area.  It opens up to a beautiful porch with rolling hills behind it.  Big beautiful trees stand on the property and there are horses and cows grazing nearby.  It is very picturesque.

We spent the day getting pampered and getting our hair and makeup done.  It was a fun day together.

All of Lindy's bridesmaids looked so pretty...

My dad did the service, which was so meaningful and special.  He has been doing pre-marital counseling with Sean and Lindy for the past eight weeks, so he knows them and their story very well.  He was able to make their service personal and unique just to them.  Plus...what a special memory to know that your grandfather married you!

The reception was so much fun.  We were able to spread out onto the porch because the night was so gorgeous.  Steve spoke, my brother Blake had everyone stand and hold hands while he prayed over Sean and Lindy, and then we danced the night away with family and friends and just had the best time!

I know every wedding is special and all couples deserve a lifetime of happiness together, but I am just so thankful to God that he has brought these two through some pretty tough storms over the past few years and that they are finally a married couple....ready to start a brand new happy chapter in life.

 And God has blessed them in amazing ways even since they have been married.  They had an awesome honeymoon in Cancun....

and then came home to so many gifts and blessings it is hard to count.

I wish I had a video of Lindy and Sean's first dance.  They danced to Hold On by Michael Buble and it was the ideal song for them.  It's a new day and new chapter.  God has brought them through so much and He has so much happiness in store for them.

Didn't they always say we were the lucky ones?
I guess that we were once
Babe, we were once
But luck will leave you 'cause
It is a faithless friend
And in the end when life has got you down
You've got someone here that you can wrap your arms around

There's a thousand ways for things to fall apart
But it's no one's fault
No it's not my fault
Maybe all the plans we made might not work out
But I have no doubt even though it's hard to see
I've got faith in us and I believe in you and me
So hold on to me tight
Hold on to me tonight
We are stronger here together
Than we could ever be alone
So hold on to me
Don't you ever let me go 
Congratulations Sean and Lindy.  We love you so much!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Baby Henry and A Snow Day

We have had an eventful week here at our house.  Last Sunday morning around 5:30 am, we got a call from Ashley that she was in labor and on her way to the hospital.  The whole previous week, John was gone to Finland, so every night either Lindy or I went over to her house to help her bathe the kids and get them ready for bed.  She was so afraid she was going to have her baby while John was out of town.  Then, on Saturday morning, Will woke up with a stomach bug.  So that was our next prayer...that no one else would get it!  So, when Ashley called on Sunday morning, I was so happy because the timing was perfect.  John was home, Will was better, and now Baby Henry could make his appearance!

This little angel was born around 10:15 in the morning.  Henry James Scott.  He weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 inches long.

He arrived on January 17, 2016.  It was such a happy day.  We woke up to a beautiful snowfall and the Panthers won their first playoff against the Seattle Seahawks.  Ashley did so well and we were so glad John was back and able to be there.

Later in the day, all of us went up to the hospital to meet him.

I can't believe Ashley and John have FOUR kids now!  It brings back so many memories of me when I had all my four under the age of four.  It is a never-ending, exhausting job to be a full-time mommy, but I would not change one single thing about it.  I loved every minute of it.  And Ashley was made to be a mommy.  She is already handling everything with grace and ease.

David, Caroline, and Will were all so excited to meet Baby Henry when he got home.  They have all been so sweet and gentle with him.  They love him already.

It was also Spirit Week at school this week.  Each day the kids had a theme to dress up like (Disney Day, Decades Day, Career Day, etc.)  Plus we found out on Thursday that there was a possibility of snow the next day.  So you can imagine how wound up everyone was!  Haha!  It was one of those crazy teacher weeks, but we made it through.

And we DID get our snow day!

It was really more ice than snow, but school was cancelled and we had the best day just staying in our pajamas all day.  I made Laurie's Mississippi Roast and baked brownies.  We watched House of Cards and I watched several episodes of my new favorite, Call The Midwife.  Does anyone else watch this??  It's so good!

We had a fire going and stayed cozy all day.  And Steve and I even got to go sledding.  We have been sledding together since we were in high school, and we still have fun doing it! :)

Tomorrow the Panthers are playing in their second playoff game.  If they win, they will go to the SUPERBOWL!!  Charlotte is SO PUMPED and excited!!  Lindy and Sean got tickets to the game and Steve and I are planning on getting something good to eat & cheering from home.

So that's our January so far!  It has been full of fun and excitement.  I'm hoping tomorrow will be another awesome day!