There are some moments in life that just sneak up on you and do something so unexpected. There is one moment that happened tonight. My big brother Tom took me and his wife & daughter out for a nice dinner in a quaint little town near their home. Over appetizers and small talk of differing childhood memories, he tells me something I never knew. Something I will always treasure. You should probably know a few things first. We are a family of 6 children, he the youngest of the boys and I'm the baby of all of us. He is also the only brother I have left. The other two have passed away too young. Anyway, when I was 10, our sister Sue was 12 and Tom was 15, we lived in the country for awhile with our mom. Our dad was busy doing "I'm not sure what". At that age in that generation the parents didn't make their private matters known to the younger children. They had to be 40 something :) Mom soon helped us get involved with horses and all of the fun things that came with it. Tonight Tom asked me if I knew how I got "Taffy", my first horse, and how Sue got "Smokey". I had never really thought about it so I told him that I assumed Mom bought them. I knew the second I said it that he had something to do with it. Tom said "I bought "Taffy" for you with my paper route money, and "Smokey" for Sue. Well, when your brother has kept that to himself till we are orphaned & in our 50's, I could hardly keep my composure. I really tried but the tears came anyway. Tom is a very private person and you never really know where you stand with him. But tonight I knew how much he has always loved me.
My Sacramento trip was filled with special times with my family. This post is about my nephew Ehren's wedding. They were married on the beach in South Lake Tahoe which is only about 1.5 hours from Sacramento. What a beautiful setting! Ehren told me, "it's my favorite place in the whole world".
The cake top was made by Ehren. It's him & Kristen as they were when they met at a costume party.
Pretty darn cute!
This is the one that gets me... Dancing with his mama.
This is a beautiful boy who is affected by Galactosemia. Have you heard of it? If you haven't please take a moment to read this information on the disorder. Please go to http://galactosemia.org/Understanding_Galactosemia.php
My dear friend just moved to Sacramento. Did I mention she's my sister-in-law?
She blessed me with a plane ticket to come for a visit which was mighty convenient since my nephew (My brother's son, the other side of the family) was getting married that weekend in South Lake Tahoe! 2 birds, one stone.
My brother lives just outside Sacramento. (That will be another post.) His wife, another sister-in-law, is another sweet friend of mine :) Sister-in-laws....they have the makin's of some pretty good friendship material.
I flew over early so Sis and I got some really good girl time in since her hubby was out of town.
My hubby didn't fly in till the weekend. He was able to get some good brother sister time in before the wedding.!
Kayaking, Chicken Festival-ing, shopping...
This one is for the family. The Jonovich Finger ;)