A Wedding and a Funeral

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Life has been so busy lately.  I'm barely keeping up with things for my own blog.  I still have my posts appearing on Daily Dish Magazine, but need to spend some time getting posts together for you all here.  On Friday we had our daughter's wedding.  It was the most beautiful day ever.

When Olivia and Tyler started looking around for a venue, they wanted something rustic...nothing fancy as that's not their style.  I suggested a barn and we found the most beautiful barn to host our daughter's wedding.  The Heritage Barn at MemoryTown in Mt. Pocono, PA.  When we went to visit the barn last August, they were just starting renovations.  The owner told us to "use our imaginations." And we did.  We fell in love with the rafters and the whole property surrounding the barn.  We all knew this is where the reception would take place for our little sweet pea.  

Here's a photo of the inside of the barn.  You can see our son dancing with the bride...

As we were celebrating the wedding we knew my brother's wife, Beth, was not doing well.  Beth suffered a brain aneurysm two weeks before and even though she had a few good days right before the wedding, Friday was not good.   We received word that she suffered a massive stroke Friday morning.  Beth passed away Saturday. 

Here's Beth enjoying one of her favorite places...
(Photo courtesy The Crepes of Wrath)

My brother and his wife Beth...

And one with the whole family, including Beth's mother...

My two nieces were in the wedding...

What started out as a lovely, exciting day ended with such sadness. My heart is aching for my brother and for my nieces, Mackenzie, Gracie and of course my nephew, Ian.  I don't understand why this had to happen. I can't see the whole picture yet.  But I do know I will continue to put my trust and hope in the Lord, even though my heart is breaking right now.
"Though He slay me, I will hope in Him." Job 13:15


  1. Such heartbreak...talk about the highs and lows, yet He was right there with you. Much comfort to your brother and his children and all the family and much joy to the beautiful bride and groom. Your faith-filled declaration warms my heart...

  2. so sorry for this loss.....such a beautiful lady. I know you all will have an emptiness for some time. Prayers for your Brother and his family....as well as the ex-tended family. :(
    A perfect venue for a beautiful wedding....always nice to see couples as they begin their journey together...

  3. Hi Lois,
    So very sorry to hear about Beth, she was certainly a beautiful and very sweet looking lady..........will be praying for all of the family involved. Isaiah 57:1 is a verse that has helped me many times with things like this..........it's an incite I never had before the Lord gave it to me.........and altho it doesn't take all
    the pain and loss away it does help.

    Olivia looked beautiful and the venue was really neat..........sure hope you will show us some pics of
    the wedding in due time.

    Again, so sorry for your loss..........and for your brother and his family.
    Love and Blessings, Nellie

  4. Dear Lois, Congratulations on your daughters wedding.
    I am sorry for your the loss of your sister-in-law. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. xoxo Catherine

  5. So sorry for your great loss
    Sending best wishes to your daughter and son in law!

  6. I am so truly sorry, Lois! I was praying for your sister-in-law, but missed this as I was traveling and I too have been neglecting my blog due to home life. What a terrible thing to happen, and I cannot imagine the grief your family is dealing with now. Congratulations to your daughter, and I will keep your family in my prayers. xx

  7. Some times things just are. Your families loss is so sad, but good that you all were able to keep moving forward. Life goes on...

  8. I'm so sorry to hear of your family's troubles. Thank you for sharing. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.