Thompson and Kendall’s wedding weekend

Below is the article for the Northside Sun:

Garraway and Moore wedding February 13th, 2021

Kendall Marie Garraway and John Thompson Cossar Moore were united in marriage on Saturday, February 13th at 2 o’clock in the afternoon at The Cathedral of St. Peter in Jackson, Mississippi. Father Aaron Williams officiated the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Frances Nelson, organist and Sonya Loper, soloist. 🎶 The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Greaves Garraway of Jackson, Mississippi. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick West Garraway of Jackson and the late Doctor Dominick Manuel Lago of New Orleans and Mrs. Madeline Marie Lago of New Orleans. 👰🏼‍♀️ The bridegroom is the son of Doctor and Mrs. James Love Moore, Junior of Jackson, Mississippi. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Love Moore of Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson Cossar of Madison. Groom🤵🏼

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a custom Britt Wood Designs LLC of Atlanta, Georgia white strapless gown with a low back silk Mikado bodice and an A-line skirt made of silk organza with a chapel train. She finished her ensemble with a royal cathedral veil made of silk tulle. Her bouquet was filled with queen annes lace, ranunculus, astilbe, stock and lily of the valley. The bouquet was complete with a family rosary, diamond and gold rings, blush pink silk ribbon and monogrammed double faced satin ribbon.

The bride’s Maid of Honor was her sister, Caroline Garraway and her Matron of Honor was Margaret Morgan McKemey. Bridesmaids were Frances Chase, Ali Corbin, Emily Dance, Marguerite Johnson, Sally Farrington Thompson, Katie Love Garraway Owen, Sara Anderson Tynes, Murray Miller, and Luci Moore. Honorary Bridesmaids were Chesley Wilson Crider, Emily Haberstroh, Margaret Harkness Morgan, Kendal Herring Peterman, Ginny Luckie Farmer, Mary Ellen Lewis, Alex Cockayne, Chandler Clarkson, Ann Marie Lyons and Hannah Farris Moore. Hastings Owen, cousin of the bride, was the flower girl. Bridesmaids wore different gowns in shades of white, cream, and ivory.

The bridegroom’s Best Man was his father, Jimmy Moore. Groomsmen were Sanford Moore, Harrison Moore, Douglas Haick, Wayland Swann, Costa Kell, Matthew Gude, Tripp McKemey, Whit Kendall, Christopher Schell and John Garraway.  Ushers were Cossar Morgan and Daniel Haas.  

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner fish fry for the wedding party and family at The Cedars in Jackson. Travelin’ Jane provided the entertainment. The bridal brunch on the day of the wedding was cherry blossom themed, paying homage to the newlyweds home, Washington, D.C.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception for wedding party and family at The Raymond on the historic square in Raymond, Mississippi. After the couple’s first dance to “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac, sung by Kate Teague, guests were entertained by the Patrick Harkins band. The three-tiered traditional bride’s cake featured a smooth cream cheese frosting. It was displayed on a large silver pedestal adorned with white roses and displayed under a floral wrapped industrial chandelier. The bridegroom’s cake was a five-tiered display of Manny Randazzo’s King Cake from New Orleans.

The newlyweds traveled to Antiqua for their wedding trip. The couple is at home in Washington, D.C. The bride and bridegroom both graduated from Jackson Preparatory and the University of Mississippi. Currently, the bride is a Legislative Assistant for Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and the bridegroom is a Professional Staff Member on the US Senate Appropriations Committee, Homeland Security Subcommittee.

Leaving for honeymoon ..getting on train to Nola

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is a popular natural landmark nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak on the west side of Colorado Springs. It is known for its massive red rocks sticking straight out of the ground – it was quite impressive!

Kissing Camels

No Climbers on the day we were there! It was very windy!

This is called Siamese twins.

Balancing Rock

Balanced Rock, poised above the park road at the Garden of the Gods, defies the laws of physics as it balances on a sloped ledge of sandstone. The famed boulder, appearing in publications around the world as one of the best examples of a balancing rock, is the most famous rock formation at the Garden of the Gods!

Pikes Peak—Summit

We made it to the Summit today! Yesterday it was only open to 11,000 feet and this afternoon they opened it to the TOP —14,115 feet! So we took off. It was a VERY EXTRA scary drive. It’s 19 miles total! I prayed, leaned into the middle of the car, held my breath, couldn’t talk, and prayed some more. My hands were sweating. My husband did a fabulous job ..but it was still one of the most scariest things we have ever done! I really can’t describe the roads and switchbacks. There was no railing, but it was icy and very windy. My favorite thing was the beautiful scenery. You could see for miles.

Here are some pictures that I took. I have more on my good camera, but these are iPhone pictures from mine and my husbands phone…

this is a view from the 13000 feet stop(mile marker 13)

I was a nervous wreck. It felt weird standing up. Almost like I was on a ride at the fair.

14,115 feet! We did it!

This is from the top right where we parked our car.

Just beautiful!

Cool and Windy! Notice construction crew behind us working on new observation deck and cog railway.

Mile Marker 18.. Usually big horn sheep are in this area.

We didn’t see Big Foot

Its $15 per person to drive up this scenic highway, and it is worth it!

Drive out West

We wanted to go visit our son in Colorado and also take a vacation. We were not wanting to fly on a plane so we decided to drive. It’s about a 20-ish hour drive from Mississippi. We first stopped in Dallas and stayed with a friend and ate dinner with some friends and had a great time. We got up early the next morning and left in a huge lightning storm before 6 AM and got to Colorado Springs by 6 PM. It was a long day in the car. We listened to the podcast called “Missing in Alaska” for most of the day. We stopped in Amarillo for lunch and ate at a wonderful healthy place called Eat Rite. That night we stayed at the Broadmoor and thoroughly enjoyed it. The next day we drove to Steamboat and stayed three days. They got 8 to 10 inches of snow while we were there and the temperature got down to -10. We stayed at the Inn at Steamboat – and loved it. It is quite small but a great place to stay. You get breakfast, hot tea, and cookies in the afternoon. They also have a washing machine that you can use.

We went to watch our son Harrison at work. They were doing pregnancy checks on over 200 cows at the ranch that day.

The next day we went with him to feed the cows and horses.

This is Panda, my Granddog. He is a wonderful ranch dog and loves telling the cows where to go!

After 3 days in Steamboat, we drove back to The Broadmoor for 3 more days. Then headed back to Mississippi. We listened to the Audiobook called “The last Plane in the Sky.” It was fascinating.

The Broadmoor

At the Italian restaurant

We ‘celebrated’ our anniversary… just a few months late!

Golf on the East Course at The Broadmoor

Beautiful MoonRise over Texas!

Highlands NC Girls Trip

Beautiful view from Highlands!

Highlands North Carolina is a quiet town in the mountains about two hours north of Atlanta. It is absolutely beautiful, very clean, and quaint town.

HIKING… We did some small and some long hikes. We loved WhiteSide Mtn. trail. Be sure to do the loop and not walk up and back on same trail. Beautiful views! It was one of the hardest but so worth the views!

My niece Meggie, me and my daughter Luci.

Dry Falls is easy hike to see a HUGE waterfall. The parking lot can be tricky but just wait your turn to get a spot. The wait is not long if the lot is full. It’s not really even a ‘hike’ just a bunch of stairs (with railing).

Sisters, daughters.

3 girl cousins

Glen Falls is a great walk with different views of a waterfall. It is 2 miles round trip. It is easy going down but coming up is hard! It is also muddy at the bottom due to the water falling.

Satulah Mountain Summit is a straight up a paved road hike. It’s just south of town. Once you get to the top, there is a culdesac and then you walk down this trail and it opens up to beautiful views! There is a rocky place to sit to look out and see 270 degrees! The peak is at 4543 ft. The trip down takes half the time than the trip up. It took my daughter and I about 45 minutes to go up and 20 minutes to go down. You can park behind the old Edwards Inn in their parking lot or on the side of the main street and just start walking. The houses are GORGEOUS!

Beautiful views

Highlands Nature Center is closed right now due to Covid but the Botanical Garden is open. It is behind the Center and has some wonderful walking trails and boardwalks. There are nearly 500 species of mosses,ferns, and wildflowers featured. It’s very shady. It’s across the street from The Highland Hiker. It is a store for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Great easy walking trail!~

EATING 🍽 …All the restaurants are socially distancing and so they’re at 50% capacity. Most every restaurant requires reservations. It was hard to get a reservation but we got into Wild Thyme Gourmet and thoroughly enjoyed it. My trout was delicious! We also loved 4118 Kitchen and Bar which is in a strip mall near the grocery store. It does not look like anything exciting from the outside or really the inside but the food is incredible! The Ugly Dog Pub was a perfect place for lunch outside. We went over to Cashiers for lunch for one day ate at Cornucopia . I highly recommend it!

The ice cream shop on Main Street is pricey but really yummy! Kilwins is the name of it. The Mountain Fresh Grocery was also great. My daughter, my niece, and my sister needed to do work on their computers so they went to the Mountain Fresh to get great WiFi and seating! My sister suggests their oatmeal.

We went to the Log Cabin restaurant the last night. My fish (tilefish) wasn’t the best but everyone else loved their food! Service was not their specialty.

SHOPPING … There are so many cute stores! Walking up and down Main Street was so fun! My favorite was a ladies only golf shop. It’s called Classic Linens and Luggage. Be sure to check out the sale room in the back. The Molly Grace was also darling. We got a few things in AnnaWear, too.

In Cashiers, the farmer market is very popular and Cornucopia a great place for a casual lunch! We loved The Robins Nest and Honey Bee for shopping.

Cashiers farmers mkt.

Cute granddaughters!

Sisters

Mom and daughters and granddaughters

Mom and Sisters!

Mom and granddaughters

Doing our best! Masks are required everywhere in NC!

Outside the Ugly Dog Pub

Steamboat/Snowmass 2020

We love to go out west! Especially in February.

For some reason the flights into Steamboat /Hayden are very inexpensive the week before Presidents Day.

We stayed in Steamboat at the Inn at Steamboat. It was cozy and quaint. I will definitely go back. We only skied one day. Lift tickets are extremely high .

Our favorite places to eat was Salt and Lime and Creekside Cafe.

I loved the local candy store called Fuzziwigs. and Skull Creek Greek for quick lunch.

Cool barn we stopped and took pic of
Horses with dogs hanging out
—panda and Jack
Panda
Just born
Harrison with Panda and Jack
View from Harrisons Barnominium
Rebel and Toast
Steamboat sking
Lunch after sking while skies were still blue.
Snowmass
Favorite restaurants in Snowmass are the Stewpot and IL Poggio and Fuel for coffee and smoothies. L’Hostaria in Aspen is delicious and always looks like famous people everywhere. The Aspen airport has so many jets that’s mind boggling.
I recommend Alux Spalon for pedicure.
Wildwood next to the Westin is old and run down but location is fabulous.
Snowy,windy,cold

Glacier 🏞 National Park

 

 

 

We love traveling and adventures! Glacier National Park is the most beautiful place! We have loving being in Montana with low temperatures and no humidity. GNP  is a wonderful place to spend a week or long weekend! I’ll share some of our favorite places.

The first day we went to Avalanche Lake and then St. Mary’s falls. Below are some of those pictures. Also we this was our first Flathead Cherry stand stop! 🍒

The second day we booked a Flyfishing trip out of Lake Stream outfitters in Whitefish. We met our guides( we had bought our fishing license online the night before)  and got ready to go. It was a beautiful river and we had more luck before lunch than after lunch. But the best part was seeing an eagle eating a fish and then another eagle try to go get another one. 🦅

The the next day we headed to Logan’s Pass. This parking lot fills up early.  It was rainy and cloudy but we forged ahead. We hiked the Garden Wall and the Highline Trial.

The next day we toured Proof Research in Kalispell.

And hiked Whitefish Mtn.  The boys rented mountain bikes. 🚵🏻‍♂️

The National Bison Refuge was the adventure the next day. We drove past Flathead Lake which was incredible .

Whitefish Farmers Market is incredible. It is on Tuesdays from 5-730.

We tried to go back to Hidden Lake or Highline  Trail but could not find a spot in the Logan pass parking lot. My son described it as a Games of the Thrones scene. But we went west and found the Gunsight Pass/Jackson Glacier overlook. We hiked Gunsight Pass. . It is a tough hike mainly for people backpacking there for a couple of nights. But we hiked down to the most beautiful waterfall/Creek area, had lunch and then hiked back out. It was a strenuous steep hike out but also beautiful.

Here are some of our delicious dinners. It was nice for my adult children to cook most nights. We did enjoy Tupelo Grille and Last Chair. The Sweet Peaks has delicious homemade ice cream.  Also Whitefish has a very active recovery community. There are many meetings and all times every Day! The Presbyterian Church has a room just for recovery! Most of the AA meetings were open.

I highly recommend Montana and GNP for a family vacation. Get bear spray, bear bells and walking sticks. We love traveling and exploring the 🇺🇸 USA!  We have so much to be proud of and a lot of Gods creation to see!

 

A long weekend in Washington, D.C.

One of my husband and I’s favorite place to visit is Washington D.C. I loved there during college and went back after college .  We lived there again  when my husband was in his fellowship training and one of our sons was born at Georgetown,  my sister and her family live there, my son and nieces live there, and this summer my daughter is there interning!

Each time that I get to go DC I like learn or see something new! This time was the Renwick Gallery.

I had heard of it before but never had the chance to go. On Saturday morning, my son picked us up and we headed there. We got there before it opened, so we walked around the White House waiting for it to open.

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Selfie at the WH

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320 mirrored stainless steel rods that are LED LIGHTS in grand stairway.

Cool hanging glass that lights up differently each time.

The coffee mugs were made for veterans.

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David’s Best Temple. A glowing sanctuary..every tiny piece of carved wood is where people have written personal notes.

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Michael Sherrill sculpture

As well as seeing new things, I love to go back and visit some of my favorite museums. One of them is is the National Portrait Gallery – I could spend all day in there!

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Elvis

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Michelle Obama

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John F. Kennedy

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Barack Obama

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George W. Bush

My daughter is interning in a Mississippi Congressman’s office and she gave us a lovely US Capitol tour! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

My 2 children, who both work on the Hill.

Jefferson Davis, Mississippi

Appropriations committee room in the Capitol

One of my husband’s favorite places in D.C. is the sculpture of Albert Einstein, which is next to the National Academy of the Sciences. He makes sure that each time we visit D.C., we make a stop.

Of course, one of our favorite things to do is go to wonderful restaurants! From The Tombs to the Tune Inn to Rasika to The Plume at the Jefferson to Succotash and to Central and Rosa Mexicano — they were all delicious!

Seared tuna

Sisters

The Jefferson

Rosa Mexicana

Tune Inn Capitol Hill

Succotash


But the BEST place we ate was Rasika!
It is an Indian restaurant that was one block from our hotel .. the crispy spinach was unreal!913B52B5-8FE1-49DA-9922-2149772368E1We enjoyed our long weekend in D.C. and can’t wait to go back soon!What is your favorite place to visit/eat in D.C.? I am open to any and all recommendations!

Another trip to the Tomato Festival 🍅🍅🍅🍅 2019

Every year in Crystal Springs, they host an annual Tomato Festival. Many politicians, delicious food venders, and tons of antique cars everywhere you turned! We enjoyed walking around and taking it all in. We bought tomatoes and pork skins. We got to meet the Tomato Festival Queen and saw the Tomato decorations all over town. We went inside the beautiful Kitchen home, ate some Tomato cookies, and saw all their decorations.

We learn something new each year we go, so this year we got there early to be sure that we got to get some tomatoes🍅

2 of my friends went really early to do the 5K. It was HOT, but they survived! 🏃🏼‍♂️🏃🏼‍♂️ The weather was nice and the festival was in full swing around 10 when we arrived.

Crystal Springs seems vibrant with the landscaping and downtown area looking great!

This year we took a tour of the sawmill and the beautiful farms outside of town. Of course we stopped off at Arva Lees to see all her rooster collections and her decorated tree.

Tomato Festival Queen

Tomato shaped cookies.

Eula Mae

The Pyron’s

The Abrahams

FarmGirlFlowers for our 30th anniversary

58148178689__23f50809-3b91-4b84-84fc-40761262d7b1It has been an amazing 30th wedding anniversary year. We celebrated in March in Hawaii with a 10 day trip!

Our oldest son got married and that brought back so many memories.  I had the best time looking through our wedding album before his wedding. His wedding reception was at the same venue where ours was and they left in the same getaway car 🚙. It was a special time!!

Then on our actual day June 3rd I got the best surprise in the USPS mail!

My husband had heard of FarmGirl Flowers from Brene Brown. He went online and ordered them! What a great thing! They came wrapped in a super cool burlap bag.  They even put a candle and some nuts in the box.

They lasted almost 2 weeks! The peonies were stunning!

It was a gift that I’ll never forget!