My mom, dad and brother, as well as Jim, Jan and Michelle Watson arrived from Oregon a few days ago for Caleb and Haley's wedding here in Fort Collins, Colorado. It's just so much fun to have time to soak in the joy of this occasion with them.
The mornings at our hotel have been sweet here, talking, laughing and enjoying time together over coffee and breakfast.
My joy thermometer went WAY up when I stopped by Noodles and Company (a place Caleb and Haley love to frequent in downtown Chicago, which is why we chose it) to pay for the catering that they'll do tomorrow night for the rehearsal dinner.
Not only are they providing everything we need (right down to the plates, napkins and utensils!), but this sweet manager, Alicia, bought us lunch today just because we're choosing them as our caterer!
I'm telling you, this place does customer service the right way! If you're ever in Fort Collins, head over to 3519 South College Ave for a great meal served by very kind people.
Later in the day, my parents and brother, Mike, went and picked up Tyler and Lara from the Denver airport and brought them here. Another reason for my joy thermometer to be up high: seeing their darling faces!
Not only did they pick them up, but also Pavel. He's a friend of Caleb's from Frydek Mistek in Czech, just fifteen minutes from where we live. But he's also just finished his freshman year at Moody and is able to be here as the wedding photographer!
Thankfully I hadn't heard, until he arrived, that Pavel went to the wrong airport in Chicago this morning for his flight! I've got to give props to American Airlines who bent over backwards to help him and didn't make him go to O'Hare, but found him a flight out of Midway. He arrived just 30 minutes after Tyler and Lara. The joy thermometer is way up there over that one!
This evening more friends arrived and added much to our joy: Laurie Doden from Indiana, and Mel, Amy, Hannah and Hayley Ellenwood from Czech, Chicago and LA!!
Along with some of us who are already here for the wedding, we had such a great dinner out at one of the best fast food places I've ever eaten at: Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill. Serious joy at that restaurant!
My heart is bursting with joy at the depth and goodness of such precious relationships. I am so very thankful to these, and many more, who will be here to share in such an important family event in just two days now!