July 4, 2017

Independence Day 2017




I will never win any awards for blogging, for many reasons, one of which is that I am way too inconsistent! In fact, it's been a few years since I even published a 4th of July post, you can revisit that here!
We have a lot to catch up on...
and I promise to do that but today I want to wish you a very happy 
4th of July
from Quarters One!


This is our fifth, 
and final (yes, I said it!!) 
Independence Day on this beautiful post.  While I haven't always appreciated it like I should I will always be grateful to have been here.


More to come!

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 
Thomas Jefferson

Freedom is never given; it is won. 
A. Philip Randolph

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. 
Herbert Hoover

The best road to progress is freedom's road. 
John F. Kennedy



The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage. 
Thucydides

With Gratitude,
Shand 

March 3, 2017

Mother of the Bride's Post Wedding Musings


Last weekend we celebrated our beautiful daughter's marriage to the man of her dreams.  
We've been working and planning for well over a year and today it's just a memory.
I am definitely going to share the event with you when our photos are ready but today, as I sit alone and reflect on the events of the  weekend, I want to share some reflections...

 *The day went way too fast...far faster than expected...it was hard to stop and take it all in.

*I didn't spend near as much time with everyone as I wish I could have.

*I can't remember how all the details turned out, I know everything was perfect, but I just can't remember. 
I'm so thankful we had a videographer AND a photographer to capture the memories.

*I have cried...a lot...in the days following the wedding.  Whether it's from unpacking, organizing gifts, cleaning a wedding dress that had its share of fun...or just amazing, random memories flooding my head and heart...
I have cried a lot.

*I miss our wedding planner! 

 *I will wish I could relive every minute.


*I wish we had gone on a little vacation just Bill and I after the wedding. I wouldn't have had to fall back into real life so fast.  It would have given me something to look forward to and been a good way to reflect on the amazing journey we shared with our daughter and our new son-in-law.



My mom happened to capture this moment, and no matter what my reflections are, when I see pure happiness on my child's lovely face I know that it was all perfect.

With Gratitude, Shand 

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