On Saturday, we had a Pre-Wedding Work Day at our house. Several family members and a couple of friends came over and helped us tackle some of the big projects that required lots of hands.
My mom, mother-in-law, aunt and Meghan - ironing tablecloths in the garage.
I've been collecting these vintage tablecloths to use.
We can't get over the artistry and fine workmanship in these beautiful things!
My daughter, Lauren, stapled burlap to the barn walls.
Flash, although eager to "help," was jailed in a pen for the afternoon. Sorry, buddy.
My sister-in-law, Shawn, and her daughter, Annie, weeded and planted flowers.
Tom, his dad, and his uncle laid out the parking lines in the pasture.
Grayson and Robert (SIL) cleared branches, along with all the guys. Special thanks to my dad for bringing his chain saw!!
Chili and cornbread was the perfect meal to end the day.
It is amazing how "many hands make light work!" We got so much done and had FUN being together! After our chili and cornbread, we sat around a small campfire talking and laughing. Meghan and Nathan were here and it gave my relatives a chance to get to know Nathan better. He charmed us with his rendition of their love story. So sweet. :) It was an incredible day....one that will remain in our memories as a treasure.
It made me think we should do things like this more often....and not just wait for a special occasion. Times like these are what make life joyful and meaningful. Our hearts are overflowing from the gifts of time and effort from the people we love so much.....words can't even express our gratitude.
I will be taking a two week hiatus from the daily Small Things as we prepare for the wedding in two weeks. I am speaking at a women's retreat this weekend and will need some time to get ready for that as well. I hope to post photos of some of our projects between now and then....we'll see how that goes!!