Merry Christmas, Everyone

I promised at least two more wedding blogs before the end of the year. My Q4 was very distracting, full of big surprises and changes for the
Bucks County Corporation.

All the while,  I just wanted to write about the wedding and
these two knuckleheads!

I mean Newlyweds!!

Allison and Hayden were asked to give blessings at the ceremony.

I give you Allison’s blessing today.

As a side note, she’s a hella dancer, as is her sister.

They got the moves.

Have I mentioned how proud I am of my kids?

O yeah, only one thousand times.

 Allison’s Blessing for Natalie and Lindsay’s Wedding Day

“For those of you who don’t know us, we are a family that takes
Christmas very seriously.

My father serves as choir director for a rowdy crew of sixty or so Christmas Eve carolers  – many of whom you find seated beside you – my mother decks out the house and just this year spent many afternoons creating tiny, glittered houses for her seasonal display of miniatures, we eat too much sticky toffee pudding, and wrap all of our presents in pillowcases.

So it is one of the many magical serendipities of their love story that Lindsay would fall hard for Natalie Rose, a woman born on Christmas Day.

At the first Christmas that Natalie Rose spent with our family, Natalie borrowed from the Fleetwood Mac anthem of their romance and made my sister a
perfect piece of embroidery that reads:

You Make Loving Fun.

Lindsay -You make everything fun.

You are yours before you are ever anyone else’s.

You love courageously and approach life with panache and a
deep and honest attention.

And it is possible that there is no truer thing that I could say up here today.
About my sister. About Natalie.

About how they love each other…You make loving fun.

Lindsay and Natalie Rose – You make loving fun.

You also make loving more epic. More generous. More serious.

More ridiculous.

It is filled with rainbows and rust.

Occasional calamities, tooth crushing, and frequent moments of grace.

I’m moved that neither one of you is being “given away”.

That Lindsay asked me and Hayden to stand here and give some sort of blessing that welcomed Natalie into the family, and celebrated the start of a more expanded definition and experience of our family.

It is a testament to how you love each other, but also how you love your family, your friends, this land.

That there is never less, but always more.

And so, my blessing for you is that you feel something akin to the words
of Raymond Carver:

And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?

I did.

And what did you want?

To call myself beloved, to feel myself.

Beloved on the earth.

Lindsay Cook. Natalie Rose Cook.

You are beloved oh-so-beloved on this earth.

Today and yesterday and all the days. “

A snap of the talented author, taking a break amongst the tablecloths the day
after the wedding.

Merry Christmas, everyone. Go forth and love.

Make it & Take It Highlights 2017

Without a doubt, the 2017 Make it & Take it  was the best ever!! Over 110 guests and 125 pies! I gotta give a shout out to long time oven master, Philip!  He slays!

We had lots of new faces and pie bakers this year. This guy.

Who later, turned into bossy Betty, jamming with the band, asking for the Beatles and “words with songs.” At one point he yelled, “it’s too slow!”  We all fell in love.

Of course, Ana and Dr. Ruth were there, bright and early, weaving pie dough, making masterpieces.

Can you believe this beauty?

Nalysia worked the front door with great aplomb, and a gorgeous smile. Love her to pieces!

Jade was amazing, and doesn’t she look Parisienne, here? Jaw dropping style, this one.

Did I mention? Elise, from We Adorn You, painted faces for a few hours.

I love when pie makers bring their Momma. All the feels.

This little guy has made at least 4 fudge pies in his lifetime. He told his Mom that night, that he wanted pie for dinner. She said okay, and gave him a piece on a separate plate. He said “no, if it’s for dinner , the pie needs to be on the dinner plate ( right next to the grilled cheese)”. In the end she agreed. PIE FOR DINNER!!

Did I mention?  Spiderman was in attendance!

It was a perfect day to make a pie.  Big shout out to Juli Frankel for these amazing snaps.  Wait, is that Rachel??  Making off with Ana’s pie??  PUT THE PIE DOWN, SISTER!!

And one more shout out to her, the sissy of all sissy’s. She helped me organize all the ingredients the day before, she made gluten free crusts and then, went to a concert that night! All I had to do was hang out with my favorite seven year old. Let the Holidays begin!