I was in Tennessee over this past weekend for a couple of big family events. On Friday and Saturday Martha and I were front and center at the wedding rehearsal & wedding of our nephew Ritchie Beard. He’s a class act young man and he married very well. We’re really happy for Ritchie and Ashleigh.
I was their wedding minster and Martha actually “directed” the wedding, or, as she says, “I put on my bossypants and told everybody where to stand and when to walk.” The wedding and reception were held at a Civil War era mansion (it was actually used by both sides during the war) called Rippavilla and it was a terrific evening.
And then on Sunday my side of the family all gathered around my Mom to celebrate her 90th birthday! She loved it all and was so appreciative of the many family members and friends who stopped by to wish her well and celebrate this milestone. If I do say so myself, my Mom has lived a life of depth and not just length. She is solid gold. Hats off to my sister Carolyn who took care of every little detail and made it all happen.
Here are some photos of the party weekend: