Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diana's Wedding Video by David Perry Films

Our daughter's special day captured in a uniquely beautiful way:

Formal Introduction by Mr. David Perry:

Last year I took my family on a LDS church history tour. While touring the Peter Whitmer Home near Palmyra, NY I met two sister missionaries. I had just filmed in the Sacred Grove the door before and showed them that clip on my iPhone and they started following my work.Fast forward 11 months and I'm filming Sister Johnson's wedding! Even more interesting is that Judson (Elder Stoddard) was a missionary in the same mission at the same time. It's really amazing how when we follow God, He leads us to wonderful places :).


Friday, October 3, 2014

Her Mother's Wedding Dress

We were going through some boxes in the garage
one day last summer
and she opened one that held my 1982 wedding dress.
It wasn't "preserved" either.
It wasn't neatly folded like a treasure.
It was just. there.
In the box. 

"Oh Mom! Can I? Can I try it on?"

                                                               "Uh. Yeah...Sure?"

"Mom! It fits! Oh I love it! It's just what I've been looking for!"

"Are you sure?"

"Haven't you paid attention to all the pins I've been pinning? It's exactly the style I want. Can I wear it? Is that alright?"

"Yes, of course. We'll have to get it cleaned. And altered. Just a bit. But yes, I'd love for one of my daughters to wear my wedding dress. What an honor. Thank you, Nana."

"Mom. Mom, of all the girls, I'm the one most likely to wear your dress, right? Right?"

"Yes. Yes you are."

Annie Sloan Painted Kitchen Cabinets & Other Talents:

I'm using every talent I have lately.
Or so it seems.
I can honestly say that nothing is "hidden under a bushel"
where any effort or hint of a talent I might possess
is not being exercised at this season of my life.

One of my talents is painting.
I have partnered up with a great gal, Susan,
and we're painting kitchens!

Here's some pics:
BEFORE: pickled white cabinets

AFTER: Annie Sloan Pure White on Cabinets, Graphite on Island, Primer Red on Pantry Door:
 Same Kitchen, Different View:

Different Kitchen:
(Sorry! no Befores Taken)

Annie Sloan Old Ochre w/ Dark Wax and Polyacrylic on cabinets
Graphite w/ Dark Wax on island & Beadboard:

We are working on three more kitchens starting next week.

OK so the use of my other Talent:

Floral design:
I've been making florals for friends. They buy the stems (with a little tip: thrillers, fillers and spillers), I put 'em together:

I am currently taking an online course in floral design, so I can really learn the basics!

Another Talent:
I hand-lettered a bazillion wedding invitations for a sweet couple in July.
And again this past week for my Nana's wedding.
That is two weeks from tomorrow.
My fingers are nubs at this point.

And of course, I'm still staging homes during the week too.

Oh and Mr. Wonderful now serves as an Ordinance Worker in the Denver Temple.
I go along with him and serve as a Temple Hostess (with the Mostest)...
best 6 hours of my week. My very busy week.

I pray for help and Heavenly Father sends me more opportunities to work.
And I'm grateful that I have these little talents that bless my life and others.
That's what I was telling my girls the other day--
that talents are given to us to bless our lives by binding us to others
when we express them, exercise them, use them up!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Final Engagements for Nana & Jud

Last weekend, we got up early to meet the sun rising...
it was 46o and wet...
but WOW! we got some pretty neat photos.
Let the wild rumpus begin!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An Engagement Story: Are We Going to Heaven?

Diana met Jud while serving in the New York Rochester Mission:

This is the one and only picture from the mission, where they were at the same event: a sealing in the Palmyra Temple. Nana reports that Jud did not even speak to her that day;
come to find out since then, he was very well aware of her, 
and because of that, he avoided talking to her altogether.
She is in the yellow sweater, he is to her left...the tall ginger.

 Diana came home from NY in December, and the two of them began writing. and writing. and writing.  He fulfilled his mission and returned home (SLC) from NY on July 2nd....and was out here in Colorado by the 8th.
That was an interesting week. He stayed at our Bishop's house--who lives around the corner from us--and we got to know him a little bit.  About the 3rd day he was here, he asked Kent and I out for "ice cream"--during which he stated his intentions: to marry our daughter.  We smiled and said, "That's nice, let's get to know you better."
So, they have done the long-distance dating thing between Utah and Colorado:

 At his Mission Homecoming in SLC, Utah
 This pic was either taken in Utah or Colorado...I'm not sure.
 Hanging out with other NYRMers in UT
 Camping with our family in Colorado

 A session at the Draper Temple

 At the Conference Center (UT) with a Sr. couple that served in their mission
 At the Denver Temple with folks from their mission who happened to be in Denver that day too.

The actual engagement day just one month later 8/8/14:
This is a sweet story: Jud chose the place to propose to Nana based on her love of a little jogging path near our house that she calls her piece of "heaven".  We have spent many many days around this little preserve and pond over the years.
Nana had told Jud about it, and even taken him there on his visit to Colorado.  So he made up his mind that's where he'd ask her to marry him.
He told us his plan and we all did a little bit to help. There used to be a bench on the side of the pond, but it had been vandalized. SO Joseph built a new bench, and I painted it, then stenciled a special phrase that Nana & Jud had been using in their weekly letters...which began with, "I love you more than....(fill in the blank).
Dara's part was to take a bouquet of fall flowers to the site and a guitar there early that morning, leaving it beside the bench and leave.
Knowing how private we all are, we knew that Diana would not want an audience for this special moment, so we all waited in anticipation.
Jud had taken Nana to run an errand ( I can't remember where), to get her out of the house that early morning, so we could do our stuff secretly.
Jud reported back that once he turned down the road that led to the designated place, Nana asked, "Are we going to heaven?"
Once there, Jud played a song he'd written for her and asked her to marry him.
Then they came back home to share the news and asked if we'd follow them back to heaven to take some pictures.  

 In Utah, at another NYRMer's Homecoming
One of their Engagement pictures taken in Utah

And here we are, just weeks away from the wedding.
Has it been unbelievably fast?  YES. A Thousand times, YES.
Are we ready for this? I have no idea...lol.  But the Wedding Train is moving forward and we are on it!
Nana is a simple girl and is making this super easy though.
We are heading over to the West side of the Rockies for the marriage at the Salt Lake Temple,
on October 18th.
They'll have a backyard reception there that day and then a week later, we're hosting an Open House for them here.

And that's it for now.
She is wearing my wedding dress--it had been in a box for 32 years, she found it and asked if I'd mind if she tried it on--it fit nearly perfectly, and we've had it cleaned and some lovely alterations that will make it "hers".  She has also chosen to use my bridal wedding ring set I wore many years ago. It was vintage when I got it, and in perfect condition.  A sentimental young woman.

Kent expressed to Judson our great love for Diana. She is a treasure. And he is one blessed man to have captured her heart.

Sunday, August 10, 2014