The last two weeks have been incredibly busy. Most importantly, my youngest son, Jeremy, got married on October 4th and I'm very happy that I now have a wonderful new daughter-in-law, Rosa. I felt so honored that they wanted me to perform the ceremony. They were married at a park close to my home with family attending. We went through their vows a few times the evening before and I was confident that all would go well. Then shortly after beginning the ceremony, I unexpectedly was caught up in a rush of emotions as I looked at both of them. I'm not a person who is prone to crying, but I really had to work hard to fight back the tears, even stopping to few times to take a few deep breaths and regain my composure. Of course Jeremy and Rosa had to tease me afterward about almost crying, but looking at my baby and suddenly realizing that he was a man and was embarking on his new life with his wonderful bride caused so many emotions to surface. They are a wonderful couple and I know they are going to have a great life together.
I was really working hard not to cry.
They are so adorable together.
Their baby, Heinlein, who also got to attend the ceremony.
A cute picture by the huge poplar tree at the park.
They then celebrated their marriage at a reception that evening with family and friends. Because they both love Halloween, they decided on a Halloween theme for their wedding. I wasn't sure about this in the beginning, but it was all fun and everything turned out great. Because I used to make wedding cakes many years ago, they also asked me to do their cake. Of course they presented me with a real challenge with the cake they picked out, but in the end it turned out well and everyone seemed to like the orange buttercream icing they wanted. After getting them to the airport for their honeymoon trip to New Mexico (which they absolutely loved), it was right back to work for me.
The wedding cake
After a few days of rest, I then had to get ready to go to Charlotte for the NASCAR races. My aunt and uncle had invited me to come with them and to bring a friend. I brought my daughter-in-law Sonya (Tommy's son's wife) with me. My aunt and uncle had provided everything for us, including our hotel room for the weekend, the tickets, and dinner both evenings at the Speedway Club. They are so good to me and I truly appreciate all they do. We all had a good time at the races, but it seemed so strange going without Tommy. He was always the huge race fan and really the main reason I always went. I'll be meeting my aunt and uncle again in a couple of weeks for the race in Martinsville, Virginia. Even though I don't really like hot dogs, I guess I'll have to have one for Tommy as he loved their famous hot dogs at that track.
Rainbow over the track before the start of the race.
Nik Wallenda and his sister also performed before the race on Saturday.
We had great seats overlooking the track in the restaurant at the Speedway Club.
I'm enjoying the day off work today, but I really wish it wasn't raining outside as I'd rather be hiking. Oh well, this is a good time for me to get my house cleaned.
Hope everyone is having a great week!