Dreaming of Summer

Here are some more pictures of our time in Scotland and Erin’s 2 year photoshoot with our dear friends ThisPaperShip!  Also pictured is our adorable neice, Millie Grace, who was the intended purpose of our summer trip.  Erin loves her new little cousin very much, and it gave us such joy to see her interacting with Millie. We are very blessed to have such a great relationship with our family – not many families can understand how we all stay so close being so far away but again, that is just another bonus of the third culture lifestyle.


Now that we are back in Dallas, we are full steam ahead again in our respective day jobs.  I love Autumn so much and can’t wait until it arrives and the Holiday season can inch its way closer to us! I do miss all the activities that the summer here brings us, even though we are certainly keeping busy with Erin and work.  We have some fun things on the calendar coming up, and plenty of projects in our house to get underway, so we never find ourselves without something to do.

Our summer trip was so much fun. We got take Erin to Inverness, and we spent some time exploring Castle Urqhart and Loch Ness. Erin was very fascinated with the trebuchet, and her daddy happily explained it to her.
castle urquart






Here are some other snapshots taken at King’s Park in Stirling and Callendar House in Falkirk. King’s Park is a right of passage for all Stirling kids 🙂



And finally, some more of Princess Erin









Now back to the reality of work and our busy weekly schedule. Roll on Autumn and the Holidays!!


Doune Castle wedding recap

May 31, 2007 May 31, 2007

Living in Dallas, we get lots of questions about our Scottish wedding back in 2007.  I confess that I tend to downplay the fact that we got married in a castle, not because I don’t like our venue, but in TX it tends to imply a lifestyle that we simply do not have.  In Scotland, a castle wedding is no big deal, since there are so many to choose from!  Seriously, no-one back home blinks an eye if you mention you were married in a Castle.   I had to convince Clay that it was in actual fact, a very affordable choice.  We picked Doune Castle for several reasons.  It was a castle that my family often visited throughout my childhood, and since my church in Stirling meet in a rented facility, I didn’t have a church venue that would really work.  And of course, there is that movie….Monty Python and the Holy Grail (have you heard of it?? ;0) that was partly filmed there, so it pretty much sealed the deal for Clay. 

Our day was beyond perfect.  Even though it had rained all week, and even the morning of our wedding, by the appointed hour (2pm) it was glorious sunshine.  Granted, it was a little chilly (heh), but it’s Scotland, so when is it not a tad cold??  We were fortunate enough to have many of our American family there to celebrate with us, so that made it extra special. 

The room we got married in was the Great Hall.  We thought about using a smaller room, the Lord’s Hall which was furnished, but we went with the old stone room since it could hold more people and worked with what we had envisioned. 

Now, back in 2007, the ruffled wedding dress look was definately in – and I still love my dress to this day, even if it would never be in fashion now.  I also think I was one of the last people to have the Bridesmaids were all matching dresses (the past two weddings I’ve been in did not do that). Bridal Portrait[ The men in the wedding party wore kilts of course, in the Black Watch tartan which is beautiful (my family wear the Gordon tartan but this one of the details I let Clay be in charge of). 


Lord's Hall daddy and daughter

Every girl is a princess

Every girl is a princess

Erin’s two year portrait, taken at Cambuskenneth Abbey in Stirling, Scotland. The now ruined Augustinian monastery dates back to the 12th century, and was at one time one of the most important Abbeys in Scotland. James III of Scotland and Princess Margaret of Denmark are buried there. We loved having the chance to get Erin’s pictures in this beautiful setting and letting her run around to her heart’s content. Even though Erin is only 2, she is half Scottish and we take every opportunity to introduce her to her country’s heritage. She loves to explore and was very fascinated with “the tower!” pictured behind her.

Pictures taken by ThisPaperShip, 2013. Do not use without permission.