As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Thursday, May 2, 2019

Kati's Bridal Shower


Can it really be May 1st 2nd? Wedding month?!

Life is happening much faster than I can blog . . . and Kati's bridal shower happened weeks ago . . . but I thought I'd share some glimpses of her special day with you. 

(Thanks to our dear friend Frances for capturing many of these moments with her lens!) 


photo by Frances

photo by Frances


Kati's has chosen her sisters to be her bridal party. Older sister Kristin is her Matron of Honor, younger sister Bekah is Maid of Honor, and sister-in-law Sarah is her bridesmaid.

Sarah, Kati, Bekah, Kristin
photo by Frances


Those girls did a beautiful job of honoring Kati! 

Kristin organized the gathering and planned the program,
photo by Frances

Sarah was in charge of refreshments, 

and Bekah did the decorations.
photo by Frances

Family and friends gathered to celebrate!




photo by Frances


Kristin had planned two fun games! 

The first was "Would She Rather" where guests had to guess whether Kati would choose cat or dog, live in the country or live in the city, Mexican or Chinese, wear jeans or a cute skirt, etc. 

(Andrew was not at the shower, but he had given his answers to Kristin when he was visiting the week before. He got ALL of the questions right!)
photo by Frances

In the other game, we had to identify spices by their smells. (If you think that was easy, guess again!)
photo by Frances


Kristin had asked two women to share an encouraging Scripture with Kati.

This was so meaningful!

Gammy (my mom) shared some thoughts and read from the book of Ephesians.
photo by Frances

Paula, Kati's Sunday School teacher, shared encouragement from I Samuel.
photo by Frances



We sang the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." 

Oh my goodness. So powerful to hear the voices of family and friends lifted in praise to our good Father who is always faithful! It was beautiful! (If only I could share the beauty, but there was technological difficulty and it was not recorded. I so wish it had been!)
photo by Frances

photo by Frances


Then Kati was showered with many lovely gifts and so much love!

The flower girls (Kati's nieces Alaine and Macie, and Andrew's cousin Tabitha) served as Gift Fairies, handing Kati her pretty packages to open.
photo by Frances

photo by Frances

Are you surprised that the couple received an octopus or two? 🐙🐙🤣
photo by Frances


The one guy at the bridal shower had to take a little nap. 💙
photo by Frances

Kati with her flower girls
photo by Frances

Kati and Gammy
photo by Frances

Three generations of women
photo by Frances

Kati with her nieces: Eve, Nora, Alaine, Maddie, and Macie
photo by Frances


It was a beautiful day of rejoicing and celebrating God's good gifts! 

photo by Frances

30 comments:

  1. This looks like such a lovely shower: from the games and devotions to the food and decorations...just beautiful! The gifts looked very special too. Katie, you seem to be glowing! Congratulations and best wishes!!

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    1. Kati IS glowing! She is so happy!

      Thank you for your kind words, Denise!

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  2. We don't really have Bridal showers here, so it was lovely to see Kati's.

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    1. I did not know that, Barbara! Glad you enjoyed Kati's! :)

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  3. What a wonderful time you all had! Loved reading about/seeing all the special touches. What a good idea to play the game guessing about Kati's preferences. We did something similar with my husband's retirement/birthday party. I think I saw the wedding date--coming right up! Will be thinking of you. Sorry I bothered you with an email question. Just ignore it!

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    1. Thank you, Dotsie . . . it was a wonderful time! And, yes, the wedding day will be here soon!

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  4. I see a lot of love went into the planning of that beautiful shower for Katie! With all the support from family and friends, surely Katie and Andrew will be off to a wonderful beginning of marriage. Blessings to all of you as the day gets closer.

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    1. Thank you, Martha Ellen! Kati and Andrew are blessed to have the love and support of so many!

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  5. Such a lovely gathering of beautiful gals and one adorable little guy. Frances did a wonderful job and whoever captured the photos of each of your girls...fabulous!

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    1. Frances took that photo too, and I love it! It was a wonderful day!

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  6. Beautiful! So enjoyed the peek into this special celebration for Katie.

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    1. Thanks for sharing it with us, Brenda!

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  7. Wonderful in every way! Love the gift fairies. Everything looked so beautiful. These are such happy days - enjoy each moment and try not to get overwhelmed. Hugs.

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    1. Rosella, thank you for your kind words and your good advice! We are doing our best to enjoy the moments!

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  8. Oh it does look like a wonderful celebration of love and all good things. She was showered well and I'm glad you were off the hook for taking lots of photos. 15 days!! Praying right now for a beautiful ceremony and that joy would crown the day!

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    1. It was a huge blessing that our friend took so many wonderful photos. I had begun taking pics myself, but when I saw that Frances had brought her camera . . . well, as you said, I was off the hook!

      Thank you for those prayers, friend!

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  9. I love bridal showers...and Katie is just beaming! What a fun party that had to be...and the food looks FANTASTIC! Although your photos always capture great moments and expressions, good for you for hiring another great photographer so YOU didn't miss a moment of the fun! How exciting for everyone! Hugs & blessings!

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    1. It was so much fun! And, yes, Kati was beaming! It was certainly a red-letter day for her.

      Can you believe that our friend was not hired, but volunteered to take the photos?! She wanted to practice with the new flash that she is using for the wedding pictures! What a wonderful gift!

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  10. All so lovely! What a beautiful bride she will be!

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    1. Thank you, Kate! I agree that she will be a beautiful bride! (Mother's bias, maybe . . . but I do think so!)

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  11. What a lovely shower. My smile kept growing as I read this post. Blessings to Katie and Andrew.

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  12. Wonderful!!! Beautiful!!! So excited for you all <3!!!!!! May the LORD bless you in the final days of prep!!! SO happy for KnA!!!!!~tammy

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    1. Tammy! Thanks for being excited with us and sharing our joy!!

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