Friday, June 22, 2012


Carrie and Mike's first dance was to this song by Jason Mraz. I thought the lyrics worked for this layout as well.

And in case you'd like to hear the song:


“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis

 I love C.S. Lewis for a number of reasons, but today, this quote is especially relevant. A couple of months ago I met a new friend at a GSO concert. She sings with a group that the joined the Chamber Choir for our spring concert, and will go with a number from our group on tour to Spain in the fall. (No, I will not be part of the tour group--as much as I would love to be there!)

Anyway, we connected somehow at one of the rehearsals. I heckled her; she returned the favor. All in good fun. It could have one of those situations where two people connect briefly, and then move on. We don't move in the same circles (except musically) and it's unlikely we would bump into each other at the grocery store. She is a transplant from Long Island; I am from California. I am fair and she is dark. I am always busy; she knows how to relax. In spite of our apparent differences, we had a good time together, sharing a dry sense of humor, a deep faith, and a love for music. Enough for a friendship? Certainly. Would we follow up after the concert? As it turns out, yes!

Today we shared lunch and more than two hours of sweet fellowship. We had plenty to talk about-both serious and silly. We determined that we are kindred spirits on many levels: faith, race, education, raising children...and any number of things. It was as Lewis said: "What? You too?" Great fun, great connectivity, and a new great friendship to nurture.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Composite Family Wedding Photo

Somehow we never managed to get the "perfect" photo of the family at Carrie's wedding. Soooo, with the magic of Photoshop Elements, four pictures become one family portrait!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Butterfly Kisses

Since first hearing this Bob Carlisle song n 1996, Brian loved singing it to and with Carrie. It has been their special thing her whole life. She always said it would be the song for the father-daughter dance at her wedding.

When she began to plan her wedding for real, she looked through other songs, but always came back to "Butterfly Kisses." So, she bought it, edited it, and had it ready for that once-in-a-lifetime moment.

 Unbeknownst to her, Brian set up a time with JP Pruett (thanks JP) at church to record the song himself. Only four or five people knew in advance about the change. Carrie has so carefully controlled every element of the wedding that she didn't even suspect any subterfuge. As the song began, Carrie joined her Daddy on the dance floor, fully expecting him to be a weeping mess. Then the vocals began. First startled, Carrie quickly realized the switch and, after pointing a finger at Dewey Harris (who had the idea to begin with), she slapped her Daddy's arm and continued to dance. She even sang along...for a moment. At the verse where the lyrics talk about the wedding day, Carrie teared up, and as her tears fell, everyone in the room began to follow suit.

Sweet, precious moment.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Shame on us for forgetting

Had I not been listening to talk radio this morning, I would have let today slip by without a thought to the veterans who saved the world on a June morning many years ago. Shame on me. And shame on schools who no longer emphasize the honor and integrity of our soldiers then and now. And shame on a media that fills the air waves with gossip, shock , and superficiality.

Shame on all of us.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Something Profound

With my firstborn off on her honeymoon, I should have something profound to say about marriage and life and the passage of time. I should. And perhaps I will. But not today. I do, however, have a picture of the elegant bride:

Happy happy girl.