the wedding, then homeward bound

Well, our time in North America is drawing to a close. In just over an hour, Dale’s Dad drives us about 80 Km NW to Cleveland Airport for the long trip home. We’ve been blessed to have experienced so many trips over the past 30 years to Fenstermaker Rd, Ohio.

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It doesn’t ‘ make it any easier leaving, though. We’ve had 12 days here with Dad and of course his great friend (the cat) Tiger. They make great companions. I know Dale has loved catching up with her Dad.

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It’s been an expected every-morning treat enjoying breakfast at Millers Family Restaurant 10 minutes away in Garrettsville. Two eggs over-easy, freshly-prepared hash browns, sausage patties, toast and bottomless coffee has been nice. Thanks Dad.

Yesterday was the wedding – Mark Pitts to Dale’s niece, Maria Bajzek – at a lovely reception centre in western Pennysylvania: Chapel Valley Estate. Beautifully manicured gardens and grounds.

I used an adapted version of the Uniting Church’s marriage service and was pleased to receive some nicely – affirming comments along the lines of the ceremony being longer (a plus) compared to the short-and-sweet services some had experienced. Dale offered a reading from 1 Corinthians 13; so nice for us to both be involved.

Both Maria and Mark looked fantastic and both glowed!

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The reception went well – under a gazebo, with the food served buffet-style. The only downer was that it was quite cool – everyone had their coats & jackets on, that’s for sure. Interestingly all the speeches and the bridal waltz were all completed before we ate. Overall, a privilege to be involved!!

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20130923-122053.jpg The reception had something a bit quirky – Mark & Maria are “ultimate frisbee” players – that’s how they met. Close on half the guests came from various ‘ultimate’ teams they’ve been part of. During the reception, each armed with frisbee, they gathered out in the open to toss up a frisbee.

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Nice sunset as we drove home.

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To the airport in 30 minutes. Two hour flight to Minneapolis – St Paul, three hour layover, 4 hour flight to Los Angeles, two & a half hours there, before 11.55 pm flight to Brisbane. We get in 7 pm Wednesday.

Thanks for reading … & God bless.

David

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