Saturday, May 23, 2015

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

This weekend my oldest child is marrying.
This is the logo Philip and Kara designed for their wedding, a symbol of their union and love and commitment.
It's also the hymn we will all sing together today when they marry.
The sanctuary at Kara's church is very large and beautiful. I love the cross in the center of it all. We went yesterday morning to help set up and decorate.
Maid of honor Anna, and mother of the bride Julie, tying bows ~
One cluster went at the end of each row.

We also set up the fellowship hall for the reception.
I managed to snatch one photo of these two, they were so busy. I can't believe my baby boy is going to be a married man by the end of this day! His whole world is changing, and life it moving on. Generations are shifting and taking new places, and I'm right in the middle of that shift. It feels odd, but right, but strange and a bit wonderful.
I love her color choices for the wedding and the bright happiness of these tables.

Groom's sister and bride's brother, straightening lace ~
Each guest gets a bottle of bubbles to send off the departing couple!
Groomsmen, chilling out:
Jac and Peter
Bridesmaids and bride, all smiles:
Kim, Sarah, Kara, Anna
I'm glad there's a rehearsal so we don't mess anything up!
Kara processing with her daddy:
Girl cousins. There are lots and lots of girl cousins!
Julia, Patience, Anna
Adam with his mama. We are so happy she was able to come! She drove herself all the way from Nebraska in one day to be here.
The ring pillow:
Kara's daddy Stephen chats with Peter:

Practicing the walking-in:
After the rehearsal and the dinner at Avanti's Restaurant, some of us Robinson relations crashed at the hotel, especially these girls -- all cousins, all friends, all so precious. We spent many years raising them, training them, loving them. Now they're (mostly) grown, and we are so proud of them!
Anna, Kesse, Julia, Lorien, Kayren
Patience, Aleya, Hannah
Today is the big day! I may or may not get lots of photos today. I plan to get at least ONE photo of my four children together, if it kills me :) When will we all be together in one place again? I don't know. This family trip seems to be a series of unexpected reunions and brief moments of "we're all together!" and I want to hold it in my heart and not forget.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Biggest West Virginia Gathering in a While!

Tuesday was the day for the big get-together of Robinsons and Robinson-attachments in Renick at White Oak Farm. What a crowd! There were 35 of us. Not everybody could be there, but we had almost everyone!
The weather was perfection. May in West Virginia is breezy, sunny, lovely, flowery. The kids had a ball outside. We set up tables and chairs and ate in the fresh air.
My parents, who started it all:
We brought our puppies. Beau has enjoyed himself.
Adam, Jo Ann, William
We have a new generation of family now, and this made this particular time more precious than ever before.
Corran, Marshall
This front porch swing has seen the holding and loving of many a baby over the years.
Alynn, Faith, Beorn
This darling boy with his head of curls and amazing eye-lashes is 18 months old.
Ahhh -- the wonder of a new baby. All the lady-folks were mesmerized.
Baby Beorn
College kids, full of life and fun. Peter and Sam have been doing that kind of laid-back driving-round-the-country that only college boys can do, and having so much fun doing it.
Peter, Sam, Ben, Hannah
Menfolk hanging out:
Jonathan, Max
Julia saw I was taking a picture, and she put her head down in despair.
Julia, Patience
So many cousins, so many jokes, so many hugs, so many memories
Hannah, Adam, Aleya, Justice, Nathan, Julia
I've been watching these two grow up for many years, with a sense of wonder and thanks for the lovely young women they're becoming.
Hannah, Kesse
The shade trees out front have become a favorite place to sit.
Hannah, Courage, Alynn, Jo Ann and others
We set up the food line in the farm selling shed. We had hotdogs, barbeque, baked corn, baked beans, slaw, lemonade, and several fabulous desserts
My dear brother and his wonderful wife:
DeVona and Marshall
Here are the five girls, five of my very favorite humans on earth. I'm so very thankful for them all. I don't have any sisters, and they have truly filled this void in my heart. All those years ago, we were young, having babies, keeping in touch. Now we are sitting back and watching our kids do all those same things.
Alynn, MK, Faith, DeVona, Anne
Adam took a nap or two.
These two are adorable -- young, in love, perfect for each other, two little babies
Jonathan, Kyrie
The little bitty takes a grassy nap
Getting some lovin' from the great-aunt:
These two buddies had a grand time with swords and such in the farm yard.
Courage, Abraham
And some people climbed trees ~
Mother/Daughter time
Hannah, Anne
Lots of grass-sitting:
Liberty, Katie holding Beorn, Kyrie, Jonathan
Left-over chocolate cake is tempting.
Kesse, Patience
Even with a crowd of 35 to feed, Anne doesn't forget flowers on the table.
These two have formed a tight bond in the past two days!
Katie, Beorn
Max and Marshall took a walk out to the apple orchard for a chat.
Later in the afternoon some of us drove down to the Greenbrier River for a walk along the river trail, an old railroad bed.

My feet wore out on me, and I headed back to the car.
I found the strangest tree along the walk. Look at these leaves! Don't they look rather terrifying?
And as if that weren't enough fun, after the river trail we headed to Anne's daddy's farm for a little star-gazing. He has lovely views from some hills, with nice dark skies. What a view, eh?
We waited for the sunset. We saw Jupiter and Venus, but we wanted to see Mercury near the horizon just as the sliver of a 20-hour moon was appearing. But the clouds prevented it.
Anne ~
A fun day was enjoyed by everyone.
Hannah, Tom, Jonathan, Katie, Patience, Julia, Kesse
Goodnight from West Virginia.