I'm so glad I've gotten more serious about blogging. These memories are documented right here! It will be very special for them to read years down the road.
Colby and Sarah went to school together from Kindergarten all the way to graduation without ever dating!!! I even worked for Sarah's mom as a preschool teacher at Kids World when Colby was 6 years old! Who would have thought back in 1996 Colby & Sarah attending elementary school & after school daycare that they would be getting married in 2011?
Colby & Sarah are made for one another. They are alike in so many ways but then are totally different in other ways. I think they balance one another out. They have the common love for simplicity, the outdoors, & one another.
Colby has always been called our nature boy ever since he was old enough to walk! He did not want to be cooped up inside with his Moma that's for sure! He's loved tractors and four wheelers his whole entire life. It's very fitting that Sarah and her bridesmaids are going to ride to the ceremony in a flatbed trailer sitting on bales of hay that is being pulled by a Ford tractor. This is just not any tractor either. This happens to be a Ford tractor that burned down in my parents barn several years back. Colby & Grandpa Eastman restored the tractor fully. Actually it looks even better than before it got burned! So it's very special that Colby & Sarah share a bond with loving all things country.
Sarah actually lived at the end of our dirt road from the time Colby was 1 year old & up until Colby & Sarah's was in 6th grade. Yes, just a little ironic!!
I'm praying for good weather especially since the wedding will be held outside. They are getting married at Otter Springs .Their reception will be held in the lodge at the springs. It's very rustic & even has a stone fireplace that is huge! I have no doubt it will be a beautiful wedding. :) We are hosting the rehearsal dinner at Otter too so we will have access to the lodge. We are having Akins Barbque cater the food which will consist of sliced pork, smoked chickens, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, rolls & sweet tea. It should be good ole' country food. I'm going to order a cake from Publix.
I can't wait to write about the wedding and post photos! They have hired a photographer, but I will be taking photos too of all the special little things which will be everything. I promise I am going to enjoy the ceremony and not get hung up on taking photos. I tell myself that is why they hired a photographer. ;)
Note to Colby: I love you more than you'll ever know. I'm so proud of the young man you have become. I am proud of you because you are you. You are such a hard worker and just love giving it all you have. I know you are going to make Sarah a great husband. That I have no doubt whats so ever. Just remember to always go the extra mile and that will help both of you in so many ways. Always say your sorry. Never go to bed angry or at least try not too and if you do talk about it asap. You never know when your words will be the last as we are not guaranteed another breath. Take time for just the two of you. Enjoy this time together before you have children. For this time you will not get back. Just because you get married don't stop writing notes to Sarah. Every woman loves a hand written note. Take time to thank her. Don't just expect things. Help her, love her and make her feel special each and every day. It's the little things in life that are the most treasured.
I'm so excited for you and Sarah as y'all start this magnificent journey as husband and wife! I love you both very much. I hope y'all have a wonderful time on your honeymoon. It's such a very special time. Y'all take plenty of pics because after the honeymoon all you will have left is your memory & photos!
Always remember to put God first. Please read and study each & every word. Our salvation depends on what God says we must do. I love you so much Colby & only want the very best for you!
Note to Sarah: I'm so glad to finally get a daughter - you. I must say years ago I just knew I would have a daughter and maybe one son. Honestly when I was pregnant with Colby & then with Brandon I just knew they were girls! Even after the sonogram & the dr. telling me I was carrying a boy I really deep down thought they would be wrong. I really thought up until the doctor announced I had given birth to a little boy that by some chance they would say, " we made a mistake, it's a little girl!" That is how bad I've wanted a daughter. I knew we could only afford to have two children if I were to continue to be a stay at home Mom, so I accepted the fact that I wasn't to have a daughter. It wasn't until years later that the thought crossed my mind that one day when Colby & Brandon get married I would then have two daughters!! So that day has come that I finally will get my daughter - you. It's going to be so much fun having a daughter to buy for and care for. I love you now but know that in years to come that love is only going to grow. :) I don't have any doubt that you will make Colby a great wife. I'm always just a phone call away or a 25 minute ride away if you need anything. :) A lot of what I wrote Colby above can apply to you too. :) Just remember I love you.
It goes to show you that God always knows whats best for us because I realize now I was meant to have two sons. Now our lives will be taking a new road. Our family is growing which is an absolute blessing. :)
I thought I'd share some photos of Colby & Sarah throughout their dating:
I really can't wait to see the photos from Colby & Sarah's wedding. I know they will turn out beautiful. I also can't wait to write / blog / document about their wedding day. I want it to be just perfect for them. :)