Insights into these Shoes' Soul

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Post-wedding Family Fun

IMG_1249IMG_1255Just because the wedding was over, doesn’t mean the party ended!  While Devon and Kristen were on their honeymoon (a Caribbean Cruise), we continued to enjoy the family that had gathered.  The day after the wedding, before everyone went their separate ways, we got together for a nice lunch at an ocean front restaurant.  Kristen’s family, Mom’s family, Dad’s family, my family…it was a bit surreal to have these different segments of our lives intersect at this one place.  Surreal but fun!



My youngest sister, Carrie, her husband Randy and their son, Silas (13 yrs. old), were able to come home with us.  This was their first visit to our home and to Florida, so we made sure they got the most out of their vacation!  We went airboating in the Everglades, saw alligator and got to hold one…even ATE alligator, went to the beach, the men went kayaking while Carrie and I enjoyed lunch at my favorite tea room, we toured the Edison/Ford estate, we shopped and made sure they got to eat plenty of seafood (well, ok, Carrie ate chicken, but the rest of us ate seafood!).  Silas got to eat frog legs and gator.  We decided that between the 2, the gator was the best.

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A typical day at the beach in the summer in Southwest Florida, sunshiny here and rain storms just over there.

It was another hectic but fun, special week of just enjoying one another and being together.  Hopefully they’ll be able to come again!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Did You Hear? Devon Got Married!

It is hard to wrap our minds around it, but it’s true.  Devon married Kristen Discavage on July 27, 2013.  It was a whirlwind week.  The festivities started with the bachelor party in Key Largo.  The guys and Dan spent 2 days in the keys hunting for “bugs”.  It was the lobster “mini-season”, which is basically a 2 day pre-season hunt for lobsters.  They call lobsters “bugs”.
And they're off!
Left to right:  Wes Vrooman, Kyle Vrooman, (roommates and fellow Haiti missionary kids), another childhood friend, Caleb Shoemaker (cousin and roommate), Devon and Dan.

42 bugs
They caught a total of 42 bugs, most of which was caught within 3 hours of the open of the season on the first day.

lobster dinner at the end of day one
They grilled one each and divided up the rest.  They had a blast and managed to not get sunburned.  That would have made for a bad start to a honeymoon!

Picking up the tuxes was a fun and a bit chaotic (all the guys, plus Dan and his dad who performed the ceremony were there at the same time and it was the smallest tux place I’ve ever seen) but lunch afterward was nice.
The wedding took place in Kristen’s home area of Deerfield Beach/Ft. Lauderdale in a beautiful country club. 
The girls, L to R, are Dawn, Rachel (Kristen’s roommate), Rachel (Kristen’s younger sister), Michelle (Kristen’s older sister) and Kristen.

The guys, L to R, Devon, the childhood friend, Wes, Caleb and Kyle.

Devon’s grandfather, Herb Shoemaker, performed the ceremony.

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The rehearsal dinner was held at a nearby sports cafĂ© that had a separate back room for special occasions. 
We had special frisbees made for each place setting.  Devon and Kristen met while playing Ultimate Frisbee – that’s the meaning of “The Ultimate Couple” on the frisbee.  The frisbee was used as a charger to hold the plastic plates, which worked great since ribs and the other food was heavy.  It turned out lovely and just the right setting to fit Devon and Kristen.

Devon shared how he asked Kristen to marry him at Christmas time…with the puppy, at a time Christmas tree and filmed with a go-pro camera tied into the tree.

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The next day - getting ready for the big event.
oops, you caught us!
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All the beauties!
Almost there



And then, before we knew it, it was time!
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Coming in to get seated

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A sampling of the after pics:
The wedding party
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It turned out to be a huge family reunion!  Debbie’s family came…
Dawn and all 4 Cosper girls:
L to R:  Debbie, Carrie, Dawn, Marti and Brandi

Shirley’s (Dan’s mom) family were all together…
L to R: Al and Sandy Fry, Herb and Shirley Shoemaker, Frank and Kay Fry

IMG_4949Dad’s brother and sister-in-law, Les and Pat Shoemaker, were able to come…

     The whole Shoemaker Clan!
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There was also a Haiti MK reunion…
L to R:  Dawn, Wes Vrooman, Kyle Vrooman, Devon, a childhood friend, Andrew Vrooman and Sophia Juene

IMG_1226On a hot summer day in south Florida, you can just imagine how hot and humid it was.  Dawn expressed it perfectly.

IMG_1236Here’s the Unity Cross that they used in their ceremony (instead of a candle or sand).  It’s really a cool thing to do at a wedding.  The outer cross represents the man, the inner cross represents the woman, they are put together and become one and held together by 3 pins representing the trinity.  Very special symbolism and something that they can keep for a long time.  (
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Where’s that garter belt?

Oh, there it is!

The bouquet throw, then the garter belt throw, then the lucky fella who caught the garter belt has the privilege of putting it on the leg of the gal who caught the bouquet.


Dancing the night away!
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Hard to believe, but it really did happen!!  Devon and Kristen are married!!
They live about 40 minutes south of us with their dog, Chloe.  Devon works with his business partner repairing high end furniture and Kristen works at Starbucks and is finishing her senior year at the local university.