This weekend my dear friend Jinda got married at a lovely farm outside of Birmingham. Tim, the boys, and I enjoyed a mini-holiday, with two relaxing evenings in the country, a morning swim in the hotel pool, and even a canoe ride on a pond. It was a wonderful time of friendship and celebration. Here are a few pictures of our time:
On Saturday we visited Tim's grandfather, James Horton (aka "Big Dad"), who lives in Birmingham. He is an inspiring man. At 95 years old, he still reads THREE novels a week.
Jinda and Andrew got married on a beautiful farm with a charming cabin that reminded us of "The Shack." (Have you read it yet?) The grounds were equally charming with a pond, pasture, and this lovely garden. Seth took the above picture of us.
The four amigos: Seth (nearly 10), Jack (7), Reed (7), and Will (11). It's been a true blessing to watch our boys develop friendships with Jinda's sons and daughter. When we are together, these four disappear into their own world. (Notice Jack clinging to the blue box - it holds the rings.)
With the beautiful bride, Jinda. We met thirteen years ago when we worked at the same company in Birmingham, and thankfully our friendship has continued despite our move back to Tennessee nine years ago.
At the reception Tim took me out to canoe on the pond. Thankfully I was a quick study because we were soon giving all of the children canoe rides. I'm happy to report that we did not capsize once and all of the children and their fancy wedding clothes stayed dry.