Friday, March 25, 2011

I think if I blog every day this week month, I just might get caught up on documenting life before everything fades into the abyss that tends to be my memory.  But that is overwhelming so I will just start with blogging today.

Back to the sweetest wedding ever.  The day Lorie and Justin and Kiah became an official family was more precious than you can imagine.  Kiah holds a very special place in our hearts since she and Lorie lived with Mom and Dad for the first 4 years of her life.  Eight years ago, when I  was overwhelmed with my newborn, Adam, and Caleb at16 months old, Lorie and Kiah came over to the house to hang out and help out almost everyday.  We are close to say the least and we have been praying for a man to come along to be Kiah's daddy since she was born. 

Early last fall, Justin took Kiah out for a day of riding horses and being on the farm together.  That evening he took her to dinner and he asked Kiah to adopt him.   She said, " Well not as a child, because you are an adult, but as a Dad." So very Kiah!

I will never forget as we were waiting to go into the church for the ceremony, seeing Justin and Kiah over beside the church as he gave her a special necklace.  There wasn't a dry eye in the churchyard after that. 

Look at how cool this old church was where the ceremony was held.

Here is Caleb before the wedding pouting about me making him tuck his shirt in.......but he looks so cute.

Our cousin, Grayson, did a great job taking the pictures that day. 

Look at  Adam's blond hair!

The Bartlett family "came to get down".  Where there is a dance floor, you will find us.

Annabelle still talks about how much fun she had dancing at the wedding. 
Pawpaw and Granny got out on the dance floor too.

The girls came up the aisle with these signs designed by our future Aunt Beth...  (uh-huh, that's number 3 coming up this August!)
Kiah dancing with her new Uncle Adam.

Lots of awesome cowboy boots. 
Daddy giving his last daughter away.
A few favorites..........

Justin has three sisters and a brother just like our family.
Dad made yet another heart-wrenching toast that brought tears to our eyes.  However, nothing compared to the video at the reception.  They did one of those videos that plays music and shows Lorie and Justin as babies and growing up. You know the ones that make you cry and laugh and smile, right?  Imagine us all sitting there teary-eyed as we see pictures of Lorie growing up and then all of the sudden there is one of her pregnant.    As the  pictures of Kiah getting older pop up on the video the tears start streaming.  Then there is a picture of Kiah at about 4 years old on Justin's shoulders.  And we are all sobbing.........happy  joyful tears...

They smeared each other with the cake.

Two of Lorie and Justin's friend's have a band that played at the reception.  They were so awesome....(dang, I need a better word.)  They played a bunch of southern rock and old time country songs.  I am pretty sure Dad and Aunt Carolyn were in heaven listening to them play.  (and they even let me come up and sing a little with them!)
Moma and Aunt Teresa
My lil' sis..........  I am so so so happy for you!!!!