The day before my brother’s wedding, the wedding party, and a few family members, assembled at the Von Hoffman House in Modera, North Dakota. This was a practice round for the ceremony that would take place the following afternoon, and with less than 24 hours until the big event, we were all anxiously excited to get things going. The weather was perfect, and the forecast was the same for the next day.
My cousin and her son, had flown up to Medora for the wedding, and they were sitting with Elijah and I as everyone practiced and got prepared for the following day. This is Charles (my cousin’s son) – he is my God-son.
Coincidently, his grandma is my God-mother! Nice little family circle we have going here. It had been a couple of years since I last saw Charles, so watching him run around (and push over ceremony chairs, haha) was such a bigger reminder of how the years are flying by! I had seen him briefly in South Africa in 2013, but before that the only time I had spent with him was when he was born in Salt Lake City. I watched this little man come into the world, and what an unforgettable experience that was! You can read about that here. Elijah is one and Charles is three, and sadly, when they see each other again, there will probably be another two years added to their ages.
Maxine and I took a couple of pictures of each other with our sons. Now that I look back on these pictures, I am sad that we took no pictures of the four of us, or even just of our two boys together. All I have is blurry phone pictures of them going absolutely nuts in the bath-time, splashing around and screaming!
After a couple of rounds of figuring out the order of processions, and where everyone would walk and stand, we all made our way over to the Rough Riders Hotel. This is where my brother works – he is the chef. Proud sister! All of the brothers, sisters, closest friends and many children that had made their way to Medora for the wedding, sat down together to enjoy dinner.
Source of image to the left
There was some swapping of gifts during dinner. Shauna gave Richard a bottle of his favorite cologne (that’s what he’s aiming at himself in the image – below right – excuse the duck-lips, he’s pretty excited!). Richard and Shauna gave Eli and I a couple of things, among them was the sweet personalized bookmark you see below.
I love it – Thank you Richard and Shauna!
There was still lots of setting up to do, so when our bellies were full, we walked to an adjacent block to set up for the reception. This is one heck of a small town, so you can literally walk everywhere you need to be!
Thankfully, I did get this sweet picture with both my son and god-son. That’s a keeper, for sure! Next time we are all together, I’ll have to remember to take more pictures. These were a busy few days with people coming and going, and all of the wedding preparations and celebrations. Although the time flew by way too quickly, I am grateful for these added memories with my family!