Monday, October 17, 2016

Wedding highlights n stuff...a month later....

Natalie, the family photographic genius, did such an amazing job capturing precious moments on September 17, 2016. Can't wait to see the rest.
I must add here, also, these pics uploaded sadly out of order again and I'm too pooped to try to re-adjust them.

Levi, enduring some allergy testing, three days before the wedding.
His spinal surgery will take place next Monday, Oct 24th and we covet your prayers.
I know it'll be good and that it's totally and completely in the Lord's powerful hands but my heart is struggling.
We are totally at peace with this latest development.
I love how out of order these pics are. cracking me up.

some candids before the ceremony



My younger bro caught this tear jerking moment...My sister is a tender hearted dame. And I love it so much. She said this was when Will seated me. I admittedly cried too...

One of my favorites.
Still so strange to think that we have a married kid. It's wonderful, oddly cool and all together amazing.

So, we "bumped" into the newlyweds while on a "business" trip to OH.
So much love.

The Greenhills and Ochoas...from my dad's side of the tree.

Jill, in a Laurie & Becky sammich

E and Mel, the Sunday after the festivities. again, forgive the out of orderliness.

Taylor mom's side!

After Rehearsal dinner, we all trekked down at the canal...Will and Joy had given everyone in their party these cool baseball tees that had their wedding hashtag as well as wedding date and on the back it said Young '94 (since Will and Joy are both 1994 babies, exactly two months apart in age)
Ian popped into this one!

The morning of the wedding...this is the tent that was supposed to be put up on Friday...oy.  Thanking the Lord that the weather did eventually clear up. and the humidity and mosquitoes came with that improvement in weather....

Joy and the bridesmaids, prayer. 

My MI cousins and my sissy. So glad to have such good family support. Loved seeing our relatives.

Parent's Prayer, led by Joy's Dad.
The evening ended with an amazing time of worship....led by Michael Johnson and Melanie. It was such a beautiful way to end the day...Will n Joy even went up for a song. 

so happy for you two.
We love you both so much!
sorry for the late update! To say that our lives have been whirlwinds would be an understatement....

I have so much I'd like to update and I'll do my best so here goes.

-Today, David, Levi and I were up before 7:00 am to head to Ortho Indy for Levi's pre-operative appointment...If you know us, you know that we don't do 7:00 am, let alone, say...9:00 am. If I struggle tonight, this is why. I'm a night owl. and not even doing that so well these days....Levi did really well enduring three vials of blood being removed from his arm...As mentioned above, his surgical procedure, to place a rod in the top part of his 67 degree curved spine, will take place next Monday, 10/24/16. Dr. Schwartz, L's surgeon, is incredible.

-Admittedly, it has been more than a little weird to not have Will and Joy around all the time. or even often...or occasionally. I get it...they are newlyweds...getting to know each other and adapting to their new lives together. All good and necessary. But my momma heart misses them both badly and the times we all shared together. I'll get used to it.


hug your babies k? they really do grow up too fast.

Their wedding, as showcased above, was such a blast and such a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ at work in their lives and the lives of all involved. God is SO good. So thankful to have been a witness to it and to the endurance that Joy's parents showed in pulling off such a beautiful celebration. They are from NC so they were doing it all 12 hours away from their home. Loved every tiring, stressful, sweaty moment of it.

-In light of L's upcoming surgery, and his birthday, the week after, all of us are planning to take him to a Drury in Cincy to celebrate him a little bit before hand. He's such an interesting guy...soft, tender, unique...can't help but lift up prayer every time I get to worrying about his procedure and subsequent healing time....

-Ethan is savoring his role as lead big sibling and doing it with pizazz and a firm hand. He and Mel have taken it upon themselves to become the "school board" around here. They have made a list of guidelines and checklists that the two youngers and I complete daily. I appreciate and need the accountability on so many levels.

-Molly is maybe going to sleep in her own room tonight. fingers crossed.

I'm at the end of all the updating I'm going to do this evening. Knowing me, I won't be back till November so I apologize ahead of time....Check us out on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates. I know you're dying to know...

admit it....

I kid.

Hugs and prayers to you, loved ones.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

some highlights and current events....

A few weeks ago, we all ventured down to the Light festival on the canal in Indy. It was hotter than the blazes and there were 10 million people there. Mel was also spending the night with these lovelies. You're a gem, Melanie!

At the Beech Grove shop before hand. We met even more people downtown. Impressive crowd!

Singing Ohhhhh Happiness....Love this adorable, growing too quickly little niece of mine. Nora. 

Snapchat. Need I say more. Mel was snapping funny pics of me in various filters. sheesh.
Do I amuse you? Am I a clown to you?

Got my hair cut and darkened. Can't have the MOG looking all washed out....nope. I'm digging the sunflowers coming outta my head.

So glad I get to live on this earth with these people. So blessed. So emotional.

Lost the baby weight, finally, after 22 years, and now I'm "losing" my baby. So very thankful for this guy, his openness to the Lord and his good taste in girls. He and Joy have many wonderful and exciting years ahead of them. He was my first lil buddy. Miss you already....

The following pics were taken Sunday, 9.4.16 at David's parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary party. Pretty fantastic and quite a milestone. Thanking the Lord for their commitment to each other and to Him.
Beautiful bride

The venue was very unique and spacious! Harrison Park Golf House or something along those lines. Here we have Levi, Aunt Sherry and Uncle John.

The table of all of Carl and Judy's familial very cool!

Natalie is the one who put the whole 50th event together. She did an amazing job and it was all so beautiful and sentimental. Good work, kid! 

Joy and Willow

David represented Carl and Judy's first batch of kids (David, Matt, Amy and Aaron) with a speech. Nathan represented the second batch, though my pic didn't turn out. 

Aaron and Mack...Anna was close by (that's her arm). He is the cutest little thing!

The guestbook idea was fabulous. You get your tiny Instax pic taken and then you stick it on a  scrapbook page with sparkly washi tape and write your sentiments. Very personal, very cool, and Joy and Will will be implementing this same idea at their wedding so get your sentiments together and figure out your pose ahead of time! ;)

The gaggle of single kids..I still need to get a pic of Will and Joy's pic.

Will and Mel got to sing "Overtaken"
David and His former boss from back when I met him in 1992, Larry Whitman. What a couple of guys!!
Ten days, folks.

Just ten days. Will's already moving his stuff out...a natural progression but still bittersweet all the same. I am sincerely so excited for the upcoming festivities and the future of these two precious kids. So honored to have them in my life. Shoot, so honored to have 'em all in my life.

So, I feel like I'm dwelling on the past a little bit...I guess that's totally normal for the mom. I'm also trying to be very present, help when I can and keep my sanity with Levi and Molly (who live to aggravate me, it seems), keep the home fires burning and help out where I can with our family biz. But then I go upstairs to work on a flower girl basket or photo display and I see those baby faces, Joy's included (she was thee cutest little fuzz headed babe), and I crumble a little bit. Wasn't it just David and I planning our wedding, fighting our way thru and making our own family memories?? Just last month...I'm still only 22. Will's age to be. Joy's is this possible??

Ok, soak it up. savor the trying moments, soak up the sweet memories....they do fly by. That Jim Croce song is on repeat in my mind...If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to to save every day till eternity passes away, just to spend them with you. If I could make days last forever...if words could make wishes come true, I'd save every day like a treasure and then again, I would spend them with you...but there never seems to be enough time to do the things ya wanna do once you find 'em...I've looked around enough to know...that you're the one I wanna go thru time with....

such a poignant song. Kinda sad....Of course, we wouldn't want days to last forever..that'd get annoying....but I get his thoughts....and he's probably singing to a lady...not his kid...but the same principle applies....I love the people that I'm going thru time with. they ROCK! My kids, though typical at times, are some of the most amazing people that I know.

God is good.

He's just good.

and in 10 days, we get our JOY.

it's not lost on me.

He's in all the details, guys. our first "in-law" is named JOY. (yes, I know it's officially Joylily but follow me....) and if you've met her, you'd love her as much as we do. She's a beautiful and joyful addition to our group. On 9.17.16, I get my Joy kid.

shaking my head....

hope you are doing well....I'm going to go deal with my "little works in progress" and pray that they don't cause me to lose my sanity completely...

Hugs and love to all...
A picture of a picture....swell! David's Mom, Judy and Dad, Carl.

Mel and Willow, who is a total doll baby

thru the years!

Molly and Willow. Willow, apparently, is quite the photo accessory. I mean, Look at cute she is.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Three weeks from today....3.....weeks.

Oh just riding my horsey in my Winnie the Pooh (short) dress...not a care in the world.
Makes me wonder what kind of kid I was...I know where this pic was our dining room at 241 N. Anderson, Lake Orion, be a kid again...(this has nothing to do with this post, I just thought it was hilarious!)
Good rainy Saturday morning....

How are you?

doing well, I pray....

The rain is honestly so nice today. Especially because we actually might be able to chill out a bit today...not much, but some....I'll take it.

Somehow, over the course of yesterday, I managed to hurt my back. I do not know how but it's smack dab in the middle, radiating from my spine out, up by my ribs/lungs and it hurts to breathe. It should never hurt to breathe so I may die today, k?

Three weeks from today, Will and Joy will be married. We are all so excited!

It'd be fun to dissect how each member of this immediate group is handling this whole, new experience. Take the MOG (mother of the groom) for example...

She's been praying for this girl since the Groom was born. Maybe even before. (insert "Somewhere in the World" by Wayne Watson) That's a long time. The MOG is no spring chicken. So the adorable Bride comes along, sweeps us all off of our feet and we love her like our own (maybe a bit more, dunno ;) ) and they get exciting.

The reality of it all begins to sink 
beautiful it is and how exciting it is to imagine curly headed dark eyed 

grand-babes, and watching your kids experience the joy and travails that marriage brings.

But what it really means is that my first born son is ......

leaving our house, our home. Yeah, they'll be back for slumber parties and what not...but a new branch on our tree is springing forth....and Will will not be here all the time. :'( :'(

Such bittersweet moments for this MOG. I don't mean to make it about me either but since this is my blog and I can cry, rejoice, vent and what not here, I'm gonna do it. 

I am struggling with the aspect of Will not being here anymore. I'll get my living room back upstairs and I won't have to do his laundry anymore and make him coffee and and (insert "Watercolor Ponies" also by Wayne Watson. Songs I listened to when I met David and after...thinking of my future kids and such)

...We are passing the buck...why does it make me cry so? Isn't this what we raise them for? Yep...but it's still....hard. beautiful hard. I just needed to get these thoughts outta my fool head...Let it be known that David and I both are so excited for this transition coming to our family...we love Joy so much and all that good stuff...I just want the leaving part to be over cuz I know I'll be ok's just challenging.

Here's to you, my firstborn boy, the boy who made me a momma, the boy who was an only child for 16 months, the boy who has unfailingly held me accountable, showed me the strength of Christ, and hugged me when I was unhuggable, unloveable....I love you so much. I am honored to be your mom. Can't wait to see the adventure that the Lord takes you and Joy on...maybe let me come be a VIP, side stage at one of your shows, huh?
I dig you. You are a gift. 

So, there ya have blog may just become my best friend again here in the coming days...I feel that I can say more on here than on FB or Instagram. 

In other news, thanking the Lord for the opportunity to watch Him at work in each member of my family. From David all the way down to the smallest gal. We are such an unconventional family, it makes me giggle. Thankful for our fearless leader, who's only fearless because of the time spent in prayer, in God's Word and singing praise every chance he gets. To know David is to love him. He can come across aloof, intense, and occasionally clueless. but oh, the opposite is true. Please join me in praying for this guy...he faces challenges that normal people would run from. I thank my God for putting David into my life when He did...I always say that the Lord was taking such good care of me in August of 1992. That is the first time I can say I knew God was for me, not against me....(long story for another day, or not)....just want to put it out there, that I'm so glad I get to be that crazy man's wife.
Little blasts from the cool that I got to experience birthing my baby boy, on my bedroom floor, with that bearded wonder, David Young?? And then that baby? what an amazing baby to make me a momma. God's loving hands of mercy and comfort. Man alive....

Otherwise, all else is magnificent! I'll be back, promise!

Note: These pics are not in order or placed in this post for any other reason than, well, some of them have Will in them and I know my blog readers like picture books. Trying to keep the interest. Maybe, just maybe, someday, the pics will make sense again.
Thanks for letting me rattle on and weep and moan and stuff.