Sweet Baby Addy

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My nieces gave a baby shower for Dan and Jamie’s Sweet Baby Addy while we all were in California on Sunday January 15th. This day happened to also be Jamie’s birthday. We celebrated our newest Daughter in law and our sweet baby Addy on the way.

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Our niece Michelle hosted the shower at her home and had help from our nieces Debbee, Melissa, and Kristin. Michelle has a candle business called All Good Things Candles and she made candles for us all to take home as baby shower favors.

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Before the shower started it was good to get a photo of the Bayles with cousin Annie. Dear has one brother who has three daughters. Annie was able to be at the shower her mom Christina. Christina is catching up a bit with Dear in the next photo and with our daughter Katie.

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Our newest grandniece Ellie came to the shower with her daddy, our nephew Timothy.

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Before the shower began we got a photo of the guys heading off for a Shotgun adventure at a local gun range.

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Michelle’s yard and tables were set up with all the perfect touches for the shower. Jamie has decided on an elephant theme for Addy’s nursery.

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2017-01-15-addys-shower2My nieces and sisters made piroshky earlier in the week. Three different fillings meat, potato, and cabbage that we all enjoyed. My mother would be so proud! We had great salads on the side, too.

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The day of the shower was Jamie’s birthday. My nieces honored her day with a candle lit dessert that they tried to get to her before the wind blew out the candle. Just watching the effort to keep that candle lit was hilarious and fun!

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We enjoyed watching little Eleanor/Ellie blowing bubbles in her drink.

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We took a photo of each person and their gift with Jamie. The sun was shining but it was a very cold breezy day. It was nice to have the blankets to drape over our shoulders.

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This was one of my many gifts for this first granddaughter of ours.

addys-shower-087My sister Kathy made this elephant banner for our son Daniel when he was born and Jamie chose an elephant theme for our expected granddaughter so Dan’s elephants will be used for a pattern to make some new elephants for baby Addy and then they will use Dan’s elephants that my sister made in 1980/1981 on a mobile for Addy to enjoy.

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addys-shower-116Our daughters and nieces.

addys-shower-121The Bayles’ side of the family. It’s a treat to get together with our family for celebrations. Our nieces did a wonderful job of honoring Dan and Jamie and our first grandchild. Thank you Michelle, Debbee, Melissa and Kristin. And…thank you to my sisters Vera and Kathy for the baking day to make the Piroshky! Thankful for each one who made the drive out to Michelle and Ryan’s. Thank you to our nephew Ryan for the great adventure he planned for the guys while us gals showered Jamie and Addy.

15978086_10212028345449805_3603031649737570375_nNot only was Jamie’s birthday on Sunday but our son Dan’s and nephew Lenny’s birthday was on Monday. Then on Thursday our son Josh celebrated his birthday at Disneyland with his cousins. Birthdays galore! My adventures continue down here in Southern California. Today my sister Vera and I are taking our dear old pop to one of his favorite restaurants for lunch. Later this evening those sibs who can will gather at my sister Vera’s for a birthday celebration for our brother Tim. His birthday is the 22nd.  My feedly is not cooperating with me since I’m in a different domain so I’ll be catching up with you all when I get back to the Seattle area. For the record sunny southern California is having a bit of a identity crisis and acting more like Seattle with lots of rain and clouds. I’m listening to a constant heavy rainfall right now as I send this off to publish! I believe their drought might be officially over. Glad I got a good beach walk in yesterday…

The Greenhouse Reception

2017-01-14-joe-hannah1The party reception for Joseph and Hannah was held in a greenhouse on the Orchid Farm property. The greenhouse was transformed with many Turkish touches. Joseph and Hannah became interested in each other during Joe’s second semester in Istanbul as a leader and Hannah’s first semester in Istanbul as a student. I’m adding the long description of the course from Westmont College just to give you context into why Joe and Hannah embraced these Turkish touches on their marriage. (warning…photo overload in this post!)

During this semester you will live in Istanbul, aka Constantinople, a city that is of the past and of the future, of grace and grit, of culture and politics, of faith and skepticism. It is Eastern and Western, a modern megalopolis of 20 million people and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is both cultural capital of a developing Asian country and was chosen as Europe’s “city of culture” in 2010. Istanbul’s skyline is punctuated by medieval mosques and minarets while swish modern cafes and bars dominate its street life.

You will be encouraged to experience another culture from the inside, studying Turkish, navigating your way around the city and interacting with Turks on a daily basis. You will develop relationships with your neighbors and Turkish university students while also engaging with the city’s various minority and refugee communities.You will for a season become an urban person, and learn to be comfortable negotiating a foreign metropolitan landscape.

You will also experience what it means to live in community in a new way. Removed from familiar social, relational and religious support systems, all the while being confronted with some of the most challenging issues facing the world today, you will need to rely on each other.

2017-01-14-joe-hannahThere was assigned seating with place cards tied to a stalk of rosemary and sections of the long tables were assigned names of cities from around the United States and the World. You found your name under a city on the large board outside the greenhouse and then traveled about the tables to find your city and then find your name on the place card. We sat in the Seattle area next to Nuevo and Jerusalem. The head table and Joseph and Hannah’s spot was draped with a Turkish cloth below.

joe-hannah-272The most traditional, and most often consumed beverage in Turkey, Çay (black tea) is a staple upon which the Turkish societal system functions.

These traditional Turkish tea cups and saucers were chosen by Joe and Hannah for the wedding guests to enjoy tea in and then to take  home as a wedding favor. The card in the glass explained, “In Turkey, Çay (tea) is offered when entering a home, after a meal, and over conversations. We wanted to extend this symbol of hospitality to you as you share in our celebration!”

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joe-hannah-338Joseph and Hannah’s reception and wedding came about with many helping hands working together and now it was time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening with good food, very good encouragement and glorious acknowledgement on what God has done for them and all of us.

joe-hannah-010My brother Steve, nephew Levi, and brother Leonard.

joe-hannah-279Kelly (mother of the groom) and our son Dan.

joe-hannah-275My dear old pop managed to walk the quarter mile from the wedding ceremony to the reception area with his cane and we sat him down at his spot at the head of the table with a large mason jar of lemonade. What a trooper he was this day.

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joe-hannah-285Our niece Michelle with Jamie and Dan. (Dan is our second born son and Jamie is our DIL)

joe-hannah-283Our niece Debbee with Laura and Josh (Laura is our DIL and Josh is our first born son)

joe-hannah-286My brother (the father of the groom) and our niece Kristin.

joe-hannah-288Kelly, my brother Leonard and my sister Lana.

16114405_10211701285233576_5229568653594931705_nObligatory selfie of the cousins! (not my photo I nabbed it) Several of the photos following were taken by others.

15965559_10211701285353579_3120953096681907957_nNiece Melissa, Michelle and our DIL Laura.

joe-hannah-294My sisters Kathy and Vera with my dear old Pop.

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joe-hannah-358This Magnolia tree was such a beautiful backdrop for the celebration.

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16105611_10212017895668567_7573609330751825348_nMy dear old Pop and his descendants. The sisters are holding our tea glasses and saucers.

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joe-hannah-339My siblings with our Pop.

joe-hannah-353Dzeda, my pop, with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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16105856_10211701285713588_7074594332899156528_nPop saying his goodbyes to the bride, his newest granddaughter.

16106022_10211701286513608_2480623135349194194_nThe bride, groom with Josh and Laura.

joe-hannah-334The cake was gluten free and so delicious. After cake we took our leave and the party continued into the night. There were other desserts made by friends for the party, too. This next photo was taken by Joseph’s cousin Kyle Nessen who is an amazing photographer. It was a sparkling send off for the newlyweds!

15977708_10154924007857329_8473684698993926088_nMay this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

And I am our of words to describe what a glorious day this was from the weather to the location, the food, the dancing and all the beautiful thought out details. May God bless you both with many good years on this earth Joseph and Hannah!

 

The Wedding of Joseph and Hannah

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By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea. Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm is located in Goleta just north of Santa Barbara. It is a venue that can be rented for many different types of gatherings and it turned out perfect for a wedding.

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Our nephew Joseph married Hannah last Saturday the 14th of January. Joseph is the youngest of four brothers. My brother Steve and SIL Kelly are his parents.

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The majority of the guests rode a shuttle bus to the venue from a nearby elementary school. The walk to the wedding ceremony site was about a quarter mile from the reception area. After several days of rain and clouds in southern California Saturday’s weather was clear and warm with beautiful blue skies.

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Our Washington Family really enjoyed soaking up the sunshine since we left Seattle in 20 degree weather. Dan and Jamie’s home in eastern Washington varied from 8 below to 15 degrees before they flew south.

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Our dear old pop was so happy he could manage the trip and the time spent at the wedding. He got a special ride to the ceremony stage.

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Before the Processional there was a reading of “The Marriage” by Rumi.

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

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The procession began with Joseph walking to his parents and on to the platform.

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Now the attendants (all 28 of them) two by two made their way to the platform.

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Joe’s three brothers and their wives were part of the wedding party. Levi and Timothy with their wives in the upper photos and Caleb in the lower right photo. Caleb’s wife is in the lower left photo. Caleb was one of the best men so he is walking with one of the maid’s of honor. Two of Hannah’s sisters shared the maid of honor roll. Caleb and Joe’s best friend growing up shared the Best Man role.

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It was now time for the cutest flower girl there ever was! Eleanor is Joe’s first niece and belongs to Tim and Jessica. She is our grandniece.

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Here Comes the Bride! Hannah was escorted by her mother and father. When Hannah and Joe were hand in hand the families declared their support and the Officient asked everyone to refrain from taking photos. The Officient, Jim Wright led a semester in Istanbul from Westmont college that Joe was a part of as a student first and later as a leader.  I’ll write more about that in my post about the reception. A Prayer began the ceremony, O Come, Oh Come Emmanuel and For the Beauty of the Earth were the unique songs that were sung and scripture readings from Numbers 13. That’s not a typo for those of you who are familiar with the book of Numbers in the Old Testament. The personal Homily, vows, and exchanging of rings and declaration of marriage wrapped things up!

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Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bagdanov were introduced and the recessional signaled the time I could turn my camera on again.

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My brother’s family.

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Dzeda Bagdanov with Joe and Hannah.

16142708_10155070822573029_160087478280951245_nI didn’t take this photo and I’m not sure who to give credit to but it is a gorgeous shot!

I’ll be sharing the reception photos soon and all the unique details that Joseph and Hannah chose and why.

Congratulations Joseph and Hannah! Your wedding was a joy to attend and one that will not be forgotten!

Dear is home now and I’m still in California for another week. I’m staying with my sister Vera. She’s getting a new internet company on Friday with speedier connections so it should be easier for me to post. This post has taken me a very long time. Besides the beautiful wedding that will take another post or two my nieces had a baby shower for Jamie on Sunday which was so much fun. Our Addy was showered with love and gifts and delicious food. I have the beach house and beach time to share and now I’m getting in sister time and more time with my dear old pop. On Monday I’ll be attending a memorial service for a friend’s mother from the Russian Baptist church we were part of in the 60’s and 70’s. Dear says it’s raining in the Seattle area.

 

Jesus Bids Us Shine ~ Hymn

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Jesus Bids Us Shine

Jesus bids us shine with a clear, pure light,
Like a little candle burning in the night;
In this world of darkness, we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, first of all for Him;
Well He sees and knows it if our light is dim;
He looks down from heaven, sees us shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around
Many kinds of darkness in this world abound:
Sin, and want, and sorrow—we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, as we work for Him,
Bringing those that wander from the paths of sin;
He will ever help us, if we shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Words: Susan B. Warner, pub.1864
v. 4 by Anonymous/Unknown, pub.1899

Christine from Christine and Her Camera referenced this Children’s Hymn on my post about letting your light shine. I had never heard or sung this hymn and was happy to look it up and to share it today for my Sunday Hymn. Thank you Christine!

Off the Grid

blessings-003 These new areas in our stairwell that head up to our Master Suite warm my mom heart and I can focus on them as I walk up or down the stairs.

blessings-001I’ll be counting my blessings throughout the weekend and into next week.

We are going to be spending lots of time with all our kids and our extended family over the next several days so I’ll be far off my normal grid.

Hope you all have a good Friday and weekend. Here in the U.S.A. we have an extended weekend since Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our banks, post offices and schools will have Monday off. I hope to catch up with you all next week.