The Giving

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Who gives this woman to be wed?

Her mother and I.

We gave her dawn.

We gave her grace.

We stamped our image

On her face.

We gave her books,

And through the years

We calmed her early

Childhood fears.

We gave her faith.

We gave her prayer.

She walked our road.

She climbed our stairs.

And now in solemn truth

We do declare,

We can not give.

We only share.

– Max Ellison

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And like that its over.. A very lovely day.. The weather was perfect. Especially considering the blizzard-like weather the day before. One of my favorite memories will be taking pictures at Silver Lake Mill and “faking” a snowball fight.. Which lasted as “fake” for about 2 throws and suddenly the battle exploded.. And I could hear the photographer’s wife pleading with us.. “Okay, you can stop now.. We have enough pictures.. Ok, please stop..” And other than the fact that Emily got nailed by a snowball on her arm and it bruised-it was all innocent fun.. And I’m pretty sure the bride’s team won.. 🙂

And we didn’t dissolve into tears, but a little.. And I guess that’s understandable.. What a special time..

So anyhow, Thanks for patiently enduring all the wedding posts.. I’m really excited to move on to other things.. 🙂 Blessings to you, Kendra

Bonus Pics:


Strawberry Spinach Salad served at Julia’s wedding

6oz fresh baby spinach

3 cups spring mix (assorted salad greens)

1 cup cucumber slices, quartered

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup strawberries, quartered

1 cup almond crunch:

1 1/2 cup slivered almonds toasted in 2 Tbsp butter until brown, then add 1 pkg Chicken flavored Ramen noodles seasoned slightly with seasoning package

Poppy Seed Dressing:

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 cup red wine vinegar

1/8 cup water

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

3/8 cup canola oil

1 tsp poppy seed

1/4 cup raspberry vinaigrette

In blender combine sugar, vinegar, water, mayo, salt, and pepper.  While processing gradually add canola oil in a steady stream. Blend until thick in creamy. Slowly add vinaigrette and blend. Add poppy seeds

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Decorations.. We borrowed milk cans from different of the families.. I thought it was appropriate to have milk cans that the 4 granddad’s, and 1 great granddad used at the wedding of 2 dairy farmers..

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Whoever penned “Many hands make work light” must have been involved in a wedding.. Bless you to all who help with set up and clean up.. Pretty sure we couldn’t have done it without you.. The last pic is the afternoon of rehearsal.. Trying to unearth the church’s parking lot..


The Horst girls and Father #rehearsal


Photo Fun.. Thanks Kervin and Erma for doing a great job!

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Dear William and Keturah, Please come again to help with chores and entertain us- soon.. Oh and remember to bring your parents.. 😉

4 thoughts on “The Giving

    • I thought about giving a shout out to Elaine as I posted that.. 🙂 I did like her idea, but thought while it was fresh on my mine.. I thoroughly enjoyed Sat eve.. So good to see you and yours..:)

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