Wishing you a wonderful year Sarah!
Welcome to a rather non-sneaky sneak peak of our family’s annual Family Camp weekend! This place is also called “Austin Land of Dreams” because its located near the small farming town of Austin MB – or otherwise known as the wilderness. haha 🙂
Here we gather with no electricity, running water, hauling in camping trailers (if the dirt road allows), sleeping in tents, cuddled in cabins, playing non-stop with cousins for over 100 hours, hauling dead trees, building a bonfire on steroids, quading through the mud, no make up faces, dirt everywhere, meals made over the fire, the list goes on!… its a highlight every year, and it never gets old!
My grandparents own the 160 acres of land just for the family to use and have been adding cabins to a part of the land we call Oak Ridge for a few summers now – things are constantly changing and my grandparents, especially grandpa have put hours upon hours into prepping and mowing the area for all of us to use. This year I counted 87 of us… (11 were unable to make it). I just realized how close to 100 we are. Woah! I just so happen to be the oldest grandchild and help mess up the distinction between the generations…:)
This year was extra special because we still had our grandparents here with us. It was a rough year in the family with coming very very close to loosing both of them so we were all full of praise and thanks to our God for being merciful and blessing us with them for a while longer. What a treasure this time was!
Sooo…. is posting over 200 pictures ridiculous? haha
After an incredibly hot and muggy day, the camp was awaken by the loudest brightest craziest thunder storm I have experienced in a long time… all the tenters were rescued by truck and put into the cabins and trailers for warmth and shelter and while all this was going on, little Rowen slept through the whole thing without making a peep… then once everyone was snuggled in and asleep she decided it was time to wake up every hour… :/
While the big people made the big bonfire, the little ones build little bonfires! They were so proud of their work and so excited to light them on fire!
Until next time!
If you missed the first part you can see it HERE!
I LOVED the decor for the reception! Samantha’s mom took the time to thrift and scavenge for all the one-of-a-kind candle sticks and vases and grew many different kinds of succulents. As party favors, all the guests were able to take the table pieces home! Loved that idea! She did such an amazing job!
The ceremony was unlike any I have ever been to. Abby, Samantha’s sister chose to be the minister instead of being the maid-of-honor and she did a phenomenal job. She definitely had to choke back the tears, but lets face it, most of us did. Then when Samantha and Trever said their vows to Taylor everyone cried again. Gosh, it was so sweet!
And lastly, the reception! So fun!! (I was seriously missing my awesome hubby/dance-partner =D)
Venue – Blackwell Hotel // Hair – The Hairdresser // Flowers – Hansen’s Floral // DJ – Complete Music Video // Caterer – Satay // Rentals – Event Rentals Spokane // Deserts – Pastry and More // Violinests – Terry & Gerald Fairchild // Bridal gown – Anthropology Bridal // Make up – Laura // Decor – DYI (by mother of the bride)
Happy Monday Friends!
This family is all kinds of beautiful! I had the pleasure of being in their home two years ago helping mama out when the twins were little, oh how they’ve grown! I’ve learned so much from Bethal as a mom and I treasure the time I got to spend with them. They live far away now but I love the moments were we get to catch up:) Enjoy!