Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mom Gets Hitched

Well, my mom got married a few weeks ago on July 29. My mom has been widowed since the age of 46, when my dad died of pancreatic cancer in 1999. My mom's new husband, David, is a widower, as well. We actually lived in the same subdivision and went to church together when David's family lived in Missouri from 1994-2006. We knew their family well, and my parents were good friends with David and his wife, Linda. I never thought my mom would get married again, since it's been so long that she's been single and no one has snatched her up (not to mention the fact that she has me to care for), so this whole thing has taken me by surprise. 
The best part about the wedding was being with my sisters. My sister, Kristin, couldn't make it and we really missed her (and she missed us, too). I hope one of these days all seven of us Johnson girls can all be together again at the same time. (Especially since it's been 12 long years since the last time all seven of us were together.) David has five sons, and they were all able to make it for the wedding.
I was so happy that my mom's family could be there. My mom's parents are 95 and 88. Grandpa had colon cancer earlier this year, and I was afraid that it might prevent him and my grandma from coming, but they made it! 
My mom's brothers, Rick and Steve also made it. Mom's other brother, Scott, died in 1994, but I'm sure he was there in spirit.
Our bishop from church, Mark Bradley, performed the ceremony. He did a nice job, and I'm sure my dad and David's wife, Linda were both there and very happy for my mom and David. After the short ceremony, we had a small lunch reception. Party planning is definitely not my mom's strong suit, but fortunately our good friend Linda is good at that sort of thing. Linda volunteered to take charge of everything, and she did a great job.
Above is Linda (on the left) as well as a couple of our friends that offered to help. I think four or five of our friends helped Linda. My mom told Linda not to go overboard on the decorations, since she didn't really care about having the entire gym at the church all decked out. I think Linda did a beautiful job without it being too much.
We had various kinds of meat and cheese sandwiches on different kinds of rolls (my favorite were the pretzel buns), and then there were different things to put on the sandwiches. There was also pasta salad, chips, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead of one big wedding cake, my mom opted to make layer cakes herself. She made carrot cake, chocolate, red velvet, and yellow. My favorite was the chocolate. Really, how can you get any better than chocolate?!
Now that Mom and David are married, he is all moved in to our house. I must admit that I have mixed feelings about this. Of course, I want my mom to be happy, since she deserves this more than anyone, but going from a duo to a trio is still difficult for me. I mean, I know David from back in the day, but I didn't know him know him, if that makes sense, so having to live in the same house with someone that I don't know all that well or feel super comfortable with is just weird! I'm sure I will adjust to it, like I have adjusted and adapted to everything else that has come my way… especially if the Lord is on my side (and I know He is). 


Melissa said...

Wow Heather, what a big change! I'll be thinking of you guys as you make this adjustment. Best wishes to your mom. :)

Julie said...

Hi Heather,
Congrats to your Mum & David. x

I love the picture of you & your sisters. Just a tip, next time someone is missing someone could hold up a cardboard cut-out of that person, that way it would feel like they're there:)

Did you watch the eclipse yesterday? I watched most of it on Youtube but a got a bit bored, so watched the rest on the news later on. It looked amazing!

By the way, I would've had a hard time too if my Mum/Dad re-married. I don't deal with change very well & would've found it really hard.

As you say tho, Heavenly Father & The Saviour will help you.X

Lois Anderson said...

Glad to see the pictures.

Tina Ising said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures! I am so happy for your Mom and David! She is the most wonderful person I have ever met! I know it is an adjustment, Heather, but I am sure you will grow to love David. You have my number and my ear when you need to talk! ❤

LucĂ­a Pedrini said...

She looks very happy indeed! In fact, everyone looks filled with joy. It can and will be hard sometimes but it's more than understandable, this change will be for the better! Lots of kisses

Bonnie said...

Wow! I've been following your blog for a couple years and feel like I've gotten to know your mom a bit along with you. I'm so happy for her and for the lucky (handsome) guy. They look so beautiful and happy together. What fantastic news.

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