Becky is now MRS. Clarkson.


(the bride’s mother calls the couple Jecky) September 21, 2013

You can read below my speech I gave for the lovely couple and enjoy the beautiful details from the pictures below. Some are mine and others are from various people. :)

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The five of us all went to High School together. :) From left it is Laura G, me, Becky, Ronnie and Trevor-it was soooo good to see them and for them to come and celebrate Becky’s big day!

This is it. The big day. Becky & Judd are finally married. :) It has been my pleasure to be able to watch this couple grow together from near and far and to be able to stand with them today has also been a great honor.

I have known Becky since we both showed up to soccer practice a couple of weeks before 9th grade started. :) Myself being homeschooled the year before and Becky coming from a small Lutheran school we took the challenge of ‘surviving’ high school together. I will never forget all the prep work that went into attending a simple football game, ditching our dates at dances just so we could be with our friends, (I am very happy you didn’t ditch Judd, Becky) ::pause:: and all the long chats we had at your dining room table. I will forever be thankful for your friendship and all our memories together. Fast forward some years and Becky called to tell me that she met a ‘guy’, a guy that opened her car door for her, a guy that treated her like a Princess (spoiling her with gifts, outings and his undivided attention). I was so excited that she had found you, JUdd. Not just any tall guy but someone who really cherishes and loves my best friend. Not only were the things Becky had shared with me about you were impressive, but all of the times you put yourself through the excruciating weather of Minnesota to spend time with her family! And I knew you were the one and only guy for her when it was discovered that we share the same birthday! :) I believe you two are a perfect match for one another and will have a blissful marriage!

Please if you’d be so kind and join me in a toast,

Judd & Becky to your lifelong journey together ahead may it be filled with of lots of laughter, love, deep friendship and spontaneous adventure! To Judd & Becky!


*I truly do love these two*



Clarkson/Schneider Rehearsal

The day before Becky Gets Married!!!

A friend of mine from high school just got married this past weekend and I had the privilege of being one of her bridesmaids! She has lived in Jacksonville, Florida for just over 3 years and met her now husband here. It has been fun being here in Jacksonville to help with some of the last minute details and watching Becky and Judd’s (her husbands’ name) relationship grow. Knowing Becky for 12+ years I love her family dearly and after spending time with Judd’s family more recently I can definitely say they are both very blessed for the families they have married into and I am so very excited for them!

The wedding being in Florida and both of them loving the beach and all of its beautiful attributes the theme of the wedding and rehearsal dinner were both exquisite. Us girls started out Friday with getting our toes and nails done, a few of us from there went to help move the wedding decor to the resort, grabbed Becky’s fav fast food (taco bell)before she went on to pick up her wedding dress….the rest of the day flew by!

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For the rehearsal all of us bridesmaids and Becky wore Maxi dresses and we went through the run through at One Ocean were the ceremony & reception were both held on Saturday, from there we went to Judd’s parents house for the dinner. Below are some pictures of the decor, food, view at both the Clarkson home and One Ocean, along with pictures of Cordie and I, other family and friends apart of the evening and the live Jazz band that played all evening! The Clarkson’s had a local catering company come in- we had pork crusted in some sort of dry rub, amazing roasted potatoes, spicy corn and peppered snow peas! It was all so delicious.

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The goldfish in some of the centerpieces was such a cute idea and great entertainment for many of the tables!img_3648

Below is all of us bridesmaids, minus 1, the bride and her personal attendant. :)

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Family in Florida

Mi Familia

My parents have been road-tripping all over the US since the middle of July, they started in NYC, made a trip to VA then headed to Los Angeles via Denver, CO to see my fathers family and to attend one of the Denver Broncos (our family’s fav team) scrimmage games before the season started and short time in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Northern California….they spent a week in LA with my eldest brother and then headed to Austin, TX. (i am sure they could give a much better detail of their trip, of everyone they visited and all that they got to see) They drove directly from Austin, TX with my brother Bobby to relax with us for a few short days before making the trek back to MN and my brother went on to Puerto Rico to spend time with some friends of his. :) It’s crazy that we have all traveled so much this summer.

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We spent the majority of the 3+ days they were here at the beach & pool since the weather was absolutely perfect. :) To switch things up we went to a few different locations and my brother bought us a boogie board and skim-board for more ‘beach’ entertainment. Cordie and I being here just over a month have definately not spent as much time in the water as we did the past three days while my family was here… we are feeling the soreness of swimming in strong currents and attempting to ride the waves for hours and hours today. Which is great as it has poured for most of it!

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I realized once again that nothing really compares to one’s own family. And my family is thankfully relaxing to be around, make themselves at home with cooking meals and welcoming my own inexperienced cooking. The night they arrived I attempted my mothers (which was from her mom) ‘mexican’ rice and made pico de gallo, guacomole, black beans and steak ‘fajita’ style for some yummy tacos. Surprisingly, it all turned out wonderfully and the Mexican rice was very close to my moms. :) Also, while they were here we indulged in GATOR TAIL (I think I am the only one that really enjoyed the meat as it was somewhat tough) crab legs with hot butter, sheephead (type of fish), fried clam bellies, fresh mostly raw tuna, mahi mahi tacos, blackened flounder, scallops, fried cod, blackened shrimp in some yummy garlic grits… pure bliss. Enough seafood to last until we arrive in Spain in a couple of weeks. :)

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As you can see from the random pictures we had a lot of fun.


On one of the nights we went through many photos my parents had scanned at my grandparents in Austin, TX before they left. It was nice to look through photos from the 1920s and to learn more about my mom’s side of the family. My grandparents will forever be a couple that inspires me to be more and give to all people wholeheartedly. We thoroughly enjoyed having ‘half’ of the Osborns together for a few days. We love and appreciate the support, care, understanding, advice, love and of course the constant laughter that they share with Cordie and I. I as the first child to get married am also very thankful for how accepting and welcoming my family has been to Cordie. I am blessed.

Love you Dad, Mom, Michael, Bobby, Donald & Elizabeth. <3 the photo below represents the last time all 7 of us were together(2 Christmases ago). :)