Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving Recap

For our first Thanksgiving spent together we were able
to spend the night at home and attend the Thanksgiving morning
breakfast and testimony service. 

One of my favorite things about holiday dinners with my family is setting the table.
This year I was disappointed to find that my mom had done it without me...
However she did a wonderful job as usual, creating such a lovely cozy atmosphere.

Loved seeing this name tag around our Thanksgiving table... :)

My sister, Brooke was home from Ohio and it was so good to see her.

Lauren and her 'friend', Matt, who I think is getting more used to my crazy fun family. ;)

Can you say, "Yum"? :)

My mom made a killer apple pie; drooling on my keyboard as I type...;)

The family isn't quite complete without our furry feline, Midas. 

 Clean up time! 

Let the games begin... 

 It was also good to see one of my best friends, Tabitha for a few hours

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bridal Showers

Okay so I know this is way late, as we have almost been married a month, but
I wanted to share some pictures from both of my bridal showers.

The first one was hosted by my wonderful mother-in-law at my new 
church in Bourbonnais, IL.

The ladies of the church were very gracious and generous.   I had
a wonderful time and received so many lovelies for our apartment.

My lovely mother and I, who just days before this shower was diagnosed with cancer.
Doesn't her smile come from within?
I  love her dearly and respect her even more so after seeing her battle cancer
and endure radiation the last couple of months.

My second shower was at my home church and was hosted by another strong lady
who is battling cancer.  She did an absolutely wonderful job and added so 
many extra lovely touches making it very special. 

I was completely surprised to see my sister Brooke, who drove 7 hours from Ohio to attend
my shower.  Having her there meant so very much to me.

Even Liz was able to attend my shower via Skype!  :)

So thankful to have two church families, God has truly blessed me!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

 We are so excited to spend our very first Thanksgiving together!
We hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family and 
remember to thank the Lord for all the blessings he has bestowed.
This year we are thankful that He brought our lives together and 
are so thrilled to start our new journey together as husband and wife.
We also are grateful for our families and parents; 
God truly has blessed us with a goodly heritage and
 we wouldn't be anything without them.
Happy Thanksgiving from the McDonnell family! :)


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy 83rd Grandpa!

It has been such a blessing growing up with Richard Eddy as my Grandpa for all of my 23 years.  He has always been an encouragement to me and a great example of a Godly, manly, wise and gracious man.  Happy Birthday Grandpa, we love you!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Two weeks (and a few days :)


It has been just over two weeks now that Nicole and I have been married and what a blessed time it has been!  I wake up every day excited about living another day with this wonderful lady and creating memories that will last a lifetime.  God has blessed us in so many ways and I am thankful for His hand in our lives.

We will keep the pictures trickling in from the wedding, slowly but surely. :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wedding Preview

 We are just starting our happily ever after and excited to share 
some of our wedding pictures with you.
Thank you to Britton & Erika Felber who did a 
fantastic job capturing these images for us.

We will be back soon with some more pictures and details about our wedding
and the events leading up to it!

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