A Heart Full of Love this Thanksgiving

A Heart Full of Love this Thanksgiving

Photo by Gallery Photography, they are really great! 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, as I’m sure you well know. I would imagine you are busy cooking or traveling today and are most likely not in the mood for another new recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up. 🙂 And so I’m not going to give you one! Instead, would you mind if I indulge a little and share with you all a wonderful thing that happened to my family recently? Ok then. Prepare yourself for a post about love, family and a whole lot of joy.

Last week the beautiful red-head pictured above (who happens to be my lovely sister) got married to the man of her dreams. Which means I got myself a brand new brother-in-law. And boy, is he great.


My Mom, my sister Alli and I gave the happy couple a wedding shower.


My daughter Anna made these cute decorations out of some construction paper, ribbon and the pages of a really old book. She’s a clever girl.


We hung them from the window. (You can just barely see Anna here, she refused to be in the picture fully…she likes a full face of makeup and a pretty hair do for that kind of thing…go figure!)


We served all kinds of delicious things. Almond Butter Sugar Cookies, Linda’s Fabulous Brownies, Turkey Cucumber Wedding Sandwiches, Alli’s fabulous Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pink Dressing Salad, Pepperoni Pasta Salad and Lime Slush.


From left to right, this is my Aunt Wendy, sister-in-law Melissa, my Mom, Jen The Bride To Be, my sister Alli and yours truly.


The happy couple was married last thursday, on a snowy day in The Salt Lake Temple. Beautiful, isn’t it!


Our family and several of Jen’s close friends.


My three oldest kids, and my brother Matt’s three oldest kids. How did these yahoos get so dang old! I can hardly stand it. Love them all to pieces.


My daughter Anna and MyHandsomeHusband.


Later that night there was a Wedding Dinner held at The Garden Place located at This Is The Place Heritage Park.


It was lovely!


My mom and her three daughters.


My girls and a few of their cousins.


The boys I love most in all of the whole wide world.


My parents, their 6 children (and spouses) and 17 grandchildren.


My own little family.


There was an awesome 10 piece band at the dinner. They were so good!


They played for my sisters and I to sing My Girl by The Temptations…only we changed the words to say “My Guy” since we were singing to a guy and all. Man it was fun. Shaking a hip with these ladies is one good time, I tell you. We had the moves like Jagger. At lease in our own minds. 🙂

It was a beautiful, wonderful day and we are so happy for Jen and her new husband (my new brother-in-law) Peter Derrek.


PS…there will be no new post on Friday, due to the holiday. See you back here on Monday morning for my December Menu Plan.


Post a comment!


  1. 1
    November 27, 2013 at 2:24 am

    You are all so beautiful and look filled with joy!
    Jamie, I love your dress – I’ve been looking for one just like it to wear to a wedding…could you let us know where you found it?

    • 2
      November 27, 2013 at 7:10 am

      I had to chuckle a bit about your sweet comment. I must have gone to 15 stores to find that dress (caused me a headache and a half!). I ended up finding it at Maceys. Good luck! Hope you find something you love. 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words.

  2. 3
    November 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

    What a beautiful wedding, and a beautiful family! What a great thing to celebrate at Thanksgiving!

    • 4
      February 8, 2014 at 1:37 am

      Dear 2KM and 2KJ,I actully feel sorry for them beaucse they fighted for us to live with no other naghty people.I can not beleive they fighted for austraila, america, new zealand and lots more.I like them.Kayla’s dads dad was in the army and he came back with lots of ingery.Best wishes,Georgia. :0

  3. 5
    Karla Martinez-Garci
    November 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Love it!!! Thanks for sharing all those beautiful pictures.

  4. 6
    November 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Everyone looks beautiful!
    What a gorgeous wedding!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. 7
    November 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Beautiful and special. Thanks for sharing it all, and may you be blessed with a wonderful Thanksgiving ! Denise

  6. 8
    November 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Loved all the pictures – you have a beautiful family (your own little, and the big). What a lovely post for Thanksgiving -it’s moments and memories like this that make us most thankful! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours – and congrats to your sister and new BIL.

  7. 9
    November 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Absolutely love this! Congrats and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. 10
    November 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    What a lovely family, you are blessed with happiness, congrat’s to your sister and thank you for sharing xo

  9. 11
    Brenda Lee
    November 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    What a lovely family! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂


  10. 12
    November 29, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Jamie: You have an amazing family! Thank you for sharing such a happy time with all of us! Happy Thanksgiving and “on to the Holiday Season” ( and it’s craziness!!)

  11. 13
    Kristine Smits
    November 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Lovely wedding!!

  12. 14
    November 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

    wonderful wedding! everyone looked so pretty (the bride especially!) great looking family…..

  13. 15
    michele mcdaniel
    December 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    The pictures are so cute. What a wonderful, big and happy family. God bless.

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