Oh My!!! The Girls Visit, Joan Uyvari’s Wedding, My 50th Surprise Birthday Celebration, and Then The Dreaded Good-Byes
Last Monday 4/29 was one of the hardest days for me as a mother as I again sent both older girls back to their perspective homes. Honestly saying good-bye does not get any easier. I know many of you have little ones so this day seems eons away 🙂 as it did for me once upon a time. God was gracious in blessing Jon & I with precious Cayley as I enjoy being a mom and well it would be hard to have an empty nest.
The occasion for my girls visit was the wedding of their dear high school friend. However, as a family when opportunities present themselves to be together we cram in as much fun and celebrating as possible. For twelve short days we played hard and had lots of fun staying up late, eating, walking and talking.
Caryn arrived April 17th so for 4 days we eagerly visited her favorite Austin restaurants, walked around Town Lake, and soaked in as much sunshine as possible given this was her first winter experience in Detroit as she desperately desired sunshine. We dropped her off in Waco on the 22nd to be available to help Joan with last minute wedding details and setting up Joan & Jason’s new home. Then we had special time with Courtney and David, an incredible young man in tow, who arrived on the 23rd thus sending us out on an Austin sightseeing adventure of visiting our previous homes and many of Courtney’s favorite places to reminisce, a Town Lake walk, as well as visits to some of our favorite eateries (Amy’s, Chuy’s, Salty Sow, etc.) plus lots of talking and laughing as we became better acquainted with David.
Friday the 26th of April we drove to the destination wedding which was in Sulfur Springs, TX about 90 miles NE of Dallas in the middle of the country. Joan and Jason truly have an incredibly unique love story along with the most unusual dating experience as they dated for ten minutes and were engaged for almost twelve months while Joan was in Thailand finishing a masters program and Jason was working in Dallas. 363 days after meeting, Jason Huang and Joan Uyvari became husband and wife in the most God honoring wedding I have yet to attend. My entire family was part of their wedding. Jon and I did some of their pre-marital counseling, Caryn was a bridesmaid/ photographer, Courtney sang during communion, and Cayley carried an umbrellas saying, “here comes the bride,” who gracefully appeared on a horse. Read their story and view their engagement photos taken by Caryn here. The wedding took place outside on Joan’s father’s farm property set beside a picturesque pond followed by a reception in the barn. The weather forecast all week showed rain but so many interceded in prayer and it was the perfect day for an outdoor wedding – cool with cloud cover allowing the sun to occasionally peek through as if to smile upon the ceremony. The couple washed one another’s feet, worshipped God, and then they recited their vows to each other that they wrote. Those in attendance could sense the presence of the Holy Spirit in all the small details. I have some of the photos on my Facebook page album 1.
Sunday I was with my entire family 🙂 as we drove back to Austin together. As a mom I desired to use that time to get to know more about my girls and David so we played a game I made up where we each would ask a question that everyone answered. I now know everyone’s favorite candy bar, coffee drink, movies, life changing book, meal, travel destination, song, etc… As we spend time getting to know each other we can then be purposeful to better love one another. Spending time together is just one way I feel loved and thought of by my girls.
EVERYDAY IS A MOTHER’S DAY but wishing you a blessed day.
As if our weekend wasn’t busy and packed enough on Sunday evening Jon surprised me with an early birthday party/celebration as I turn 50 on May 30th. He knew that a party would not be exactly the same without our family being together and thus after driving home from Dallas he had many dear friends and my family surprise me to celebrate together. Thus Tuesday April 30th exactly one month from my actual birthday I had the blues because our house was extremely quite since the older girls were safely back home. I have so many memories of our time together to treasure and future dates on the calendar of reconnecting as a family as we set sail on a family cruise of the Baltic Sea where we will relish more time together creating new memories as everyday is a mother’s day for me.
Love & Blessings