A Wonderful Wedding Weekend

Really, it could NOT have been a lovelier weekend: My oldest son (Kayson) was married to a beautiful young lady (Whitney) in the St. George LDS Temple!

The best part of the weekend, I think, was that my father married them 🙂 Now I’m wishing I had taken a picture of my dad with them! What was I thinking? I’ll have to take one when they get home from their honeymoon. I am very grateful for the Sealing Ordinance that binds husband and wife together for eternity and for the peace and beauty found in the temple.

Angie Clayson took family photos outside in the GORGEOUS weather (one of the reasons they chose to be married in St. George) after the wedding and while this isn’t her photo (I’m sure it will be better than mine), I thought it was so cute:

Next, I have to give my wedding planners/sisters Mindi & Megan a.k.a. Frank (prounouced FRAHHNK) & Howard and my mom a HUGE thank you for the luncheon decorations and my brother-in-law Russ for the location. Mindi has an amazing talent for decorating (as does Megan, but she prefers to be the assistant while Mindi is directing) and I am grateful to be on the receiving end of their talents! They truly went above and beyond the call of duty to make it a lovely event on a SHOESTRING budget, unlike the Father of the Bride 2 clip in the above link 😀  I owe them tons of scrapbooking service. And FYI, I did put my Stampin’ Up! supplies and Big Shot to good use for some of the decor as you can see the silver glimmer paper monograms in the first photo 🙂

Isn’t it beautiful? The colors were Pool Party, White, Silver and Pewter. And can you see those cakes? My sister Megan made the white/strawberry one and the German Chocolate one, which guests RAVED was the best one they ever tasted. I want her to open a dessert cafe in southern Utah. She is that good.

Now why didn’t I take a picture with my sisters and mom?!!? Again, I’ll do that later and post it so you can see their beautiful faces.

Not to be left out, I must also thank my brother Ryan and SIL Alison, my in-laws Launa & Dixon, my best friend Kelli and my BIL Neal for running last minute errands, making/buying cakes, gathering canning jars, helping to clean up, serving and babysitting services! You all contributed to making it a perfect day!

After the ceremony, we just held a family luncheon (no formal reception was held) and here are the happily married couple cutting the wedding cake:

My heart is full from the beauty of the day and the service my family provided. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

We’ve Come So Far…

…but there’s still so far to go!! As explained in this post, our family has a goal to raise $1,000 for the Walk to Cure Diabetes for our son, Kayson and nephew, Greg (see their cute little picture in the right sidebar? Awww…don’t let their innocent faces fool you!)
The walk is THIS SATURDAY (September 26th) in Orem, UT and we are grateful to everyone who has donated so far: We are just over $400, which is almost half-way to our goal! The economy is rough, so we appreciate every donation of any amount. With diabetes spreading so quickly, you never know when this research may directly benefit you and your family, so if you feel inclined to skip a movie this weekend in exchange for donating to a fantastic cause, you can smile knowing that your donation will help get us all closer to a world free of diabetes!

To donate online, click here

Thank you (from the bottom of our pancreas)!

For Kayson

This goofy kid calls himself the “sexy diabetic”…not that I’d argue the point, since he’s beefed up quite a bit in the past year and is a total chick magnet:

Okay, so that’s really a duckling, but his personality attracts all sorts of lovely creatures 🙂

ANYHOO, we are nearing our annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and I’m asking for your help. Our goal is $1,000 and we haven’t raised one red cent! (I could make excuses, but they wouldn’t be any good…)

Living with diabetes sucks (pardon the French). Kayson spent a few days in Primary Children’s hospital in June getting “re-trained” because his blood sugars have been too high, too long. It scares me, but he’s a teenager and learning to assert his independence, which sometimes translates to “I don’t want to deal with this anymore”. Unfortunately, that’s not an option…YET. We are committed to finding a cure and have been active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for almost as long as Kayson has had Diabetes (7 years). But we can’t do it alone.

You don’t need to donate $100 (but you certainly could if you want to!), but if you have an extra $10, we could put it to good use: 90% of your donation goes DIRECTLY to research to find a cure for this disease.

To make it even easier, you can donate online! CLICK HERE to make a difference in Kayson’s life and every child who suffers from Juvenile Diabetes.

Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts…or in Kayson’s case, the bottom of his pancreas!