Congratulations, Shani and John!

The recent wedding of my niece was wonderful on all counts! Of course, it is always great to spend time with my sisters, who are hands-down absolutely my best friends and who I do not get to see often enough.

And, in the days prior to and after the wedding, I noshed my way through my old hometown favorite foods, like an Em’s Original Torpedo, Murphy’s wings, Shaffer’s teaberry ice cream, Gibbles potato chips, AND topped all that off with my brother-in-law Ken’s fantastic grilled steak dinner, which made my taste buds and tummy extremely happy!

I got to visit with my extended family and I went to the cemetery to see Mom and Dad and Dennis. I did the covered bridges tour and visited Gravity Hill with Carrie and Pam (which will be written about in future blog posts).  And, we shopped at Boscov’s, a very cool department store where you always leave thinking you have found a bargain!

But, the highlight of this long weekend spent in western Pennsylvania, my whole purpose in being there, was for Shani and John’s wedding.

John and Shani May 29, 2010
(Photo copyrighted by Kelley P. Smallman Photography)


To Shani and John,

It was a lovely wedding and reception! Thank you for sharing your day and showing your guests a wonderful time! I watched the two of you laugh a lot together on your wedding day, and I thought to myself that YES, laughter is the secret to a long lasting loving relationship. And, so my wish for you both, on your journey through this life together, is that you always make each other laugh!

Oh, and in 20 years or so, when you have your Renewal of Vows Ceremony, be sure to invite me!