family and friends make it real

Event planner extraordinaire, Sara Hooton with her adoring soon to be a bride sister Meg.

Those smiles were pretty much permanent all weekend!

Dan, Kate, Meg and Theo clowning around before leaving for a friend’s wedding.


After the kids left for the wedding, Sara and I got down to business with Christie and Sheila.

Meggie's Bridal Shower

After Meggie finished opening her shower gifts, she shyly stood up and with tears in her eyes told her guests, ‘that being able to share her bridal shower with family and friends suddenly made everything very real.’ In that moment, I realized how much time I spend thinking about how I feel having her so far away and not enough time thinking about how she feels.



Meggie's Bridal Shower

The most wonderful surprise began last Wednesday when I received a note from Theo’s mom, Theresa, telling me she would be at the shower. She lives in British Columbia! She flew across Canada to surprise Meggie and Theo. Because the kids were at a wedding, she spent the afternoon and evening with me, Mom, my friend Heather who flew in from New York, and Christie and Sheila. It was wonderful. We waited until later that evening then crashed the wedding. Keep in mind, we live in a small town – I knew most of the people there. The looks on Meggie and Theo’s faces were worth a million dollars. And so were the smiles, tears and hugs.

The love that was poured into Meaghan’s shower by her sisters and my friends filled the day with joyous memories to last a lifetime!

Meggie is so right. Family and friends make it real!

Thanks for reading.

  • Jim Corrigan

    Fantastic pictures Michelle and congratulations on the upcoming wedding. You and Ralph are so blessed to have 3 beautiful girls including one very special one that love dearly and Daniel is kinda fond of!! We heard that Sarah is moving this way too, so Ann and I will help Sarah where we can when she is out here. Ann’s family all lives in the Bellville/Trenton area, so she won’t feel too lonely…Ann’s mom will certainly keep her well fed!!

    • Hi Jim! So nice to hear from you. Sara is delighted to know that she will have family near by…

  • Anonymous

    My dear sweet friend, It was a wonderful afternoon filled with fun, laughter, love and many surprises. I am so pleased I was part of this wonderful occasion. Peace, Love and Joy for Meg and Theo! Tra la la!

    • So lovely that you took time from your very busy life to be with us.

      Much love to you always!

  • Theresa Zunich

    Dear Michelle, What a beautiful afternoon, I am so happy to have shared this wonderful time with your friends and family. At this very special time in preparation for marriage it is the love and support of friends and family that mean so much! Meaghan and Theo are much loved by all! I am looking forward to the next celebration in November. Cancun here we come!
    Thank You so much for the lovely stay at the farm. I will be back!

    • Your visit was the icing on the cake! We loved having you with us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo

  • BEAUTIFUL DAY,wonderful celebration and the most lovely of all–the Bride to be–she is amazing.Love her so much–you must be so proud of your beautiful girls!xoxox

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