October 2004: Celebrating Vanessa & Robert's Wedding (a glorious event!)

10-7-04 A MOST MAGNIFICENT WEEKEND BEGINS: Thursday evening, Vanessa's family arrives and gathers at Vanna & Robert's home to enjoy dinner, each other's company, and laughter!

10-8-04: Friday during the day, meeting and greeting outside our rooms at the beautiful and comfortable Brentwood Inn Motor Lodge
10-8-04: Friday evening, meeting up with Robert's family and enjoying dinner at a local restaurant

Grammy with 1 of her special grandsons, Joshie & his girl

Grammy with her 1st born grandchild, Miah & his girl

10-9-04: Saturday afternoon, we arrive at Leslie's house for the ceremony

Brad sharing moments with Robert's family

Inside, the caterers are making sure everything's set

Papa catches Robt & Vanessa just prior to the wedding

A sweet sharing among friends

Meanwhile, the guests continue to arrive

The front yard fills up

Vanessa's friends await the ceremony's beginning

And the bride and groom appear and the ceremony begins!

The minister, Rod, enjoys watching Robt & Vanessa

... as they enjoy a moment of levity during the ceremony

Back to the beautiful seriousness of the ceremony

And to the beautiful light side of the ceremony

The ceremony continues in the exquisite setting

Robert & Vanessa turn to hear Miah

The pride and love of parents

Jeremiah sings an amazingly beautiful love song he wrote

Miah composed the song just for his Mom & Robert's wedding; it was an absolutely beautiful moment for all of us

Robert and Vanessa recite their wedding vows

The minister says "I now pronounce you man and wife"

"You may kiss the bride"

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hickey turn to face a cheering crowd

Brad, Chrissy, Mom & Mel join the receiving line (above) as friends and family greet the happy couple (right)

Mom/Grammy greets them w/a heart full of joy

Brad comes through the line and greets his newest brother-in-law while his sister looks on with love and happiness

Christina greets her sister & new brother-in-law

Melanie greets her sister & new brother-in-law

Josha greets Robert with eyes full of love

Jeremiah greets his Mom & Robt while Gareth looks on

Friends & neighbors of Robt & Vanessa's from the ranch

Mom & Melanie with Vanessa & Robert

Vanna's family starts to line up for a group photo

And we continue to grow past the camera lens!

Papa moves back & gets us all in the picture!

The beautiful wedding cake

Vanessa & Robert cut the cake

Having fun feeding each other the first bite of cake!

The bride & groom dance their first dance as man & wife

A loving moment shared by 2 beautiful people

A happy & proud Mom dances with her son

A proud Mom gets asked to dance by her new "son"

Grammy & Miah dance while Josha dances with his Mom

Brad gets in on the dancing with his sisters

Boogying down!

"Hey, this is fun!"

Uncle Brad & Josha enjoy time together

Uncle Brad and Jeremiah enjoying each other's company

Robt & Vanna join in the fun

And Grammy does, also!

And finally, so does Papa!

Papa & Christina enjoying

Melanie enjoying a dance with a friend of Vanna & Robt's

Robert brings out the mike to let the singing fun begin as one of his production partners (in white) look on in delight

A friend of Vanessa & Robt's regals us all with his musical ability

Josha joins in the fun

Grammy & her special grandsons become a singing trio!

10-10-04: Sunday, we flew out for home, full of love and pride in our wonderful family, and looking forward to a family reunion in Florida in July of '05!

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I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
Oh excuse me please" was my reply.
He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."
We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.
But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My child stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
Move out of the way," I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken.

I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.
While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,
While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use,
but the children you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.
"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."
I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."

FAMILY: If we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

Mom/Grammy's nightly prayer: "God, please keep my children, grandchilden, Earl & I, and all our animals safe and healthy and close to one another. And keep me on the path of using my talent in my lifetime the way you think I ought to."

Sammy's teddy bear's prayer: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. May angels watch me through the night, until I see the morning light."


There is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out ALL OF IT, of course!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow." You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today. To realize the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade. To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the ! value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who missed the train. To realize the value of one second, ask a person who just avoided an accident. To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have, And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. Time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.

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