We went to Utah last week to mourn the passing of our dear friend Briana and to celebrate the new beginning for my brother Matt and his bride Sarah. It was an exhausting time with great sorrow and joy mixed in together so tightly.
Briana’s Memorial Service was beautiful. I was overwhelmed with grief, and also joy at seeing so many dear friends all in one place and time.
We tried to make the most of every moment with family and friends trying to celebrate the time we have together as a precious, precious gift.
The wedding was beautiful, and we got to see so many family members and friends.
I would like to note for the record that Neil bought me this lovely eggplant number at an antique store in Florida on his Spring Break trip to the Everglades. Purple, sequined/beaded, flapper-inspired dress. He knows me oh-so-well.
Neil got to drive his brother Peter’s 100% electric slug truck,
and hold baby Joel.
My Dad, Amy, Sophie & I took a trip to Burns Saddlery down in Salina, UT. We also went to Mom’s Cafe, the best/worst food in Utah.
We got an amazing cache of cowgirl loot.
And, my dad was, of course, in heaven. He managed to find the one cowboy hat he doesn’t already own. Part Zoro, part wild west.
We got some boots for Ashley with extra pointy toes. We were all in rodeo heaven, but Ashley being the only one of us who has actually ridden a bull in a rodeo (for 3.5 glorious seconds), had the most cowgirl credibility.
We even got some cowboy boots for baby Joel. But, alas, his calves were a little too much for these baby boots to handle, and I couldn’t quite get them to zip. Also note the hand-crocheted headband my sister Amy made. Pretty impressive.
Rolly, polly cowboy Joel-y.
To end the trip, we had an amazing potluck with friends.
The food was delicious, and the company was divine.
We are so grateful we have time left with all of these amazing people.