The New Family

First family hugging our girl breathless

First family

New family heading off

New Family


  1. Oh, this is so bittersweet…

    But where’s the New Family picture with Ben AND the rest of your family?

  2. We didn’t think to get that one when they were leaving, but the photographer did get it at the wedding!

  3. Ben was probably taking the picture, right?! I love the Huggy picture! so cute and happy!

  4. Oh, I love this and it makes me smile in happiness for them at the same time it makes me smile and feel that pang too. There’s that word again: bittersweet. I guess that’s really what real life is, isnt’ it?

  5. That’s beautiful. I’m sure this is such a bittersweet journey for Amanda. She’s lucky to have such a great mommy supporting her.

  6. I just wanted to say…….I’m looking at that picture of Amanda and Ben and have goosebumps………I’m just so excited for the two of them…….which is kinda weird since I don’t know you people……….but just wanted to tell you that! Have really enjoyed all the wedding details……..thank you for sharing!

  7. I loved seeing your beautiful family and then the new little family. You must be so proud of all of them, and especially your eldest, right now! I am sure things will be quieter in her new little place but she has plenty of years to fill up her house with a ‘joyful noise’ as you have done! Bless you all!

  8. Awww…..

  9. Mmm. They just radiate joy and contentment. Before you know it they will be rewarding all your hard work with sweet grandbabies to love.

  10. I do believe those are two of the most adorable photos I have ever seen in my life!!

  11. What a beautiful moment!


  12. I love this post. My kids are all still ages eight and under, but I get teary seeing the UHaul in the background.

    You should be proud.

  13. Congratulations Ben and Amanda!! And, Mary, it’s OK to miss her. She misses you, too. Hugs, Heather