A Very Special Thanksgiving Week

So, I have pneumonia.  Needless to say, crafting, cooking, decorating and all the fun Christmas stuff has been put on hold until I see the Dr. again on Friday.  I’m feeling a little better, so hopefully all will look good and we can go cut down our tree this weekend!  But meanwhile, I thought I would share kind of a personal post with you all………

This last Thanksgiving week was very special for my family.  We (Cottage Mama, Cottage Papa, Savannah Rose and Matilda Jane) flew down to Houston, Texas on November 19, 2010 to be there to celebrate my mom, Jane Harrison’s marriage to her new husband, Allen Michel on November 21, 2010.

My Mom is such an incredible woman.  Yes, she is my mother, but she is so much more than that to me – she is my ear to talk to, my sounding-board for all things, my shopping buddy, my inspiration, my role-model, and above all things she is truly my best friend.  I feel so fortunate to be blessed with such an incredible relationship with another woman in this world and even more blessed to have that with my mother.

My Mom met Allen at the most perfect time in her life.  My husband Brett and I had just gotten married and my younger brother, Ben, was heading off to college.  Mom was officially going to be an empty-nester.  But not more than two weeks later did Mr. Allen Michel walk into her life.  And we are all so glad he did!

Allen is a wonderful man, good through and through.  He is honest, loyal, loving, trust-worthy and a truly good soul.  You can tell this simply by his presence and the fact that he has so many close friends who love him.  He loves my girls as if they were his own and Savannah and Matilda adore him as well.

I wanted to share some pictures of the special time we had during our week down in Houston, Texas.  I took some pictures at the rehearsal, but we’ll have to wait for the professional wedding pictures at a later date.

The Wedding Rehearsal

Mom, Grandpa Bill, and my brother Ben

The soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Michel

Pure Joy

Daddy practicing with one of his flower girls (Matilda).  We gave them sweet and low packets to use as practice petals……..classy, I know.

Savannah took her flower girl duties very seriously.
But not too seriously!
Uncle Ben and his niece Matilda
Grandpa Bill Harrison
Next are some pictures taken at the wedding.  Some taken by me, some by my husband.  I’ll share the professional ones with you once we receive them, but here’s a little snippet.
The happy bride and groom after they first entered the reception.
Two of my Mom’s three sisters flew in from California and Colorado for the wedding.  Aunt Nancy and Aunt Susan were a giant help in keeping the stress level to a minimum.
Miss Matilda has been really into her binky the last couple weeks due to some serious teething.  This was definitely her main accessory with “The Party Dress” (dress pattern HERE).
The girls had me dancing up a storm!

Matilda was so proud to be standing on her own.  She just loves dancing and had to be like big sister Savannah!

And my dear husband, Brett, read the girls stories as the wedding celebration came to an end.
We continued our stay in Texas through Thanksgiving week.  We had lots of fun just relaxing and taking it easy.

The girls had a blast playing with the bubble machine that my Mom and Allen (aka Pepo) got for them!

The girls had so much fun doing “Build a Bear” for the first time.  Savannah chose a super-soft puppy dog that she named “Snoopy” and Matilda chose a classic teddy bear that we helped her name “Molly”.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at Mom and Allen’s house.  It was really fun to use the centerpieces and bouquets from the wedding in our Thanksgiving decorations.
All and all there was a lot of joy and A LOT of fun had during this special Thanksgiving week.  We are so blessed to have Allen join our family and wish he and my Mom a lifetime of happiness and love!

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  1. your mother looked like the happiest bride ever:) such sweet photos.

  2. You have such a beautiful family! Congrats to your mom! I loved seeing the Party Dress as a flower girl dress. I will likely be making another one for just such an occasion.

  3. Congrats to your mom! What a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving 🙂 Your girls’ dresses look so sweet too!

  4. I loved the picture of your mom laughing during the rehearsal =) She truely looked happy! And the picture with your Grandpa Bill…such a sweet expression as your mom kissed him! I am waiting for the day that I have the time to start and finish your party dress tutorial…the girls’ dresses looked beautiful! What were the little bulbish flowers that were paired with the white roses? Stunning!! Sniff Sniff…Houston is just 30 miles east of where I grew up =) now I am a 10 hour drive (and still in TEXAS!!) away from my family! Hope you get to feeling better so you can enjoy family time preparing for Christmas!

  5. I’m home with pneumonia too! Like you, I am starting to feel better, and hope to get to my Christmas stuff soon. I’ve been so jealous reading all the blogs and the neat Christmas stuff people are doing! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos of your family. Much love and happiness is wished for your Mom and her new husband.

  6. Get better soon! Last year three of my family out of 5 of us had pneumonia at this time–not fun!

    Great pictures as well. That is so great she got married soon after you all moved out. My mom just recently remarried and it’s so nice to feel like she’s getting taken care of!

  7. Love it!! Looks like you all had a great time! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos! I hope you feel better soon.

  8. Hi Linds, Looks like quite the celebration, congratulations and Best Wishes to the Bride & Groom, hope you feel better soon!

  9. What beautiful pictures…what a beautiful family! Your mom just looks radiant! Your daughters have her smile. Feel better…

  10. Pneumonia! Oh, I hope you feel better. And thanks for sharing all of your photos. What a wonderful trip! A wedding and Thanksgiving trip. What a wonderful memory you will all have. You looked beautiful at the wedding and I liked how you matched your color to the girls’ dresses! Your husband seems so sweet too. Feel better! (If misery loves company, I have been sick too!)

  11. P.S. I forgot to say, visit my blog if you get a chance over the next few days, I am having a giveaway!

  12. Your mom is beautiful – and you can tell how happy she is just by looking at the pictures! Congratulations on your family growing larger!