My Name is Sarah

MY NAME IS SARAH. I am a quilt designer and the sewcial director of Sarah's Sewcial Lounge. I also have a business called Down Right Charming. I sell my quilts mostly on etsy and I make pillowcases to donate to patients in the hospital in memory of my friend Kristen Kirton. I am a young adult living with Down syndrome. I hope you enjoy reading about my life journey.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Felicidades Christy & Abel

This is a special edition. Last night I went to a wedding celebration.  It was for Christy and Abel.  They live in Managua, Nicaragua and got married there two weeks ago. Then they flew to Cleveland where Christy grew up so all her Ohio family and friends could celebrate.  My family got invited because Christy is Julie's sister. And Julie is going to be my sister when she marries TJ next year!!

As soon as my mom and I got to the Mayfield Club my brother was waiting for us at the door.  He told me he liked my dress.

I was seeing a lot of people I already knew.

Then I saw Christy and Abel.  They looked so happy.  I was not so happy about the camera flash.

Time for a picture with my mom.  Our dresses coordinate. I picked them out when we went to Macy's.  That is what was in the bags I was carrying last week.  The little bell is chiming which means it is time to find our seat for dinner.

I found my name.  Look I have a gold star.  I am a star.

It is time for a toast to the bride and groom.  I am sitting next to Grandpa Lafferty.  He is very nice to me and he is funny sometimes.

Time to drink.  They tried to give me champagne but I said, "No thank you."  So my mom poured me some water instead.

It is time for the pastor to say a few words. I liked what he said. That God loves all his children and there are no exceptions.  He also said that weddings bring family together.  I really like that.

While we were waiting for dinner, Julie was taking some pictures. I can't wait to see them.  She is a good photographer.

My dad was sitting next to Mr. Lafferty.  That is Christy and Julie's dad.

Oh look, a picture of TJ and Julie.  Everyone is really excited about their wedding next year.  They were cheering for them.  I was proud that TJ is my brother.

We took a little break after the salad to take a family picture.

And then we took one with the lady friends.  That is what my Grandma calls Julie and Jessica.

I got to meet some more relatives.  They were happy to see me because they saw me on television a few months ago when I was the Fox 8 Hometown Hero. 

Haaaa, look at this.  TJ is entertaining the little kids.  They think he is funny.

Ahhh this is such a good picture of us.

The little girls wanted to hang out with Julie and me.  I liked that.

Then I saw my dad, so I had to give him a hug.  He is talking to another Lafferty guy. I am getting confused there are so many Lafferty men.

Look it is Jimmy.  Do you remember him?  He was my escort in our Senior Prom Fashion show.

Come on Dad. Christy and Abel are going to dance. I do not want to miss it.

They are dancing the Salsa!! They are really good.  Do you want to see?

Then it was time for everybody to dance.  I watched for a little bit and then Matt and Jessica asked me if I wanted to dance.  So I did...

This is Susie. She was teaching me some dance moves.  But then I got so tired, so I had to tell TJ, I was going to sit down.

Matt came out to sit with me. I have the best brothers in the whole world.

Jessica sat down and then Matt said he had his two favorite girls with him.  He's smooth like that.  A real ladies man. But, I was starting to gasp for air.

Good thing my mom came prepared.  She pulled out my puffer, a little bag and a wash cloth, just in case.  Jessica and Matt were a little sad for me, so they stayed with me.

Until Matt spotted my parents kissing and so he got up and took their picture.

I do not think I have ever seen my Mom and Dad so happy.  They were really having a good time.  I think they were so excited to be here and to see how much everyone in Julie's family loves TJ and me... 

...and Matt.  This is Grandma Lafferty.  She loved Matt so much she pinched his cheek:)

It was just about time for me to go home, but first I had to get a picture with Amanda and Kyle.  Amanda Severn is Julie's good friend and she is going to be a bridesmaid just like me.  She is studying to be a dentist. Her boyfriend is Kyle.  He has a sister with Down syndrome just like me.  Her name is Sarah too.  We were in early intervention together a really long time ago.  The teacher called her Sarah Brewer and me Sarah Ely.  We might go to a movie together. All six of us. You know, Sarah, Sarah, Amanda and Kyle and TJ and Julie.

It is time for me to go, so I am waiting for the valet to get my car.  This was a really fun night.  I can't wait until next June 15th, when TJ and Julie get married and I get to see all these people again!! And next time I am going to stay until the very end.  I missed the Ohio State send off. And you know how much I love the Buckeyes. Darn.  But good thing my mom stayed and had some video to show me...


Kim said...

What a fantastic time! You looked so pretty. And you're quite a dancer!

JaybirdNWA said...

I enjoyed reading this as I do all your posts. Your life seems full of adventure and fun. Sounds like you have a really neat family.

JaybirdNWA said...

Sounds like you had a great time and have a wonderful, loving family. And you are right about God loving us all. I hope you have a great week.

Sabrina said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures and videos Sarah! What a wonderful celebration, and what a great family you have. Congratulations to Christy and Abel!

Rochelle said...

What a fabulous wedding! Getting so excited for TJ & Julie's!
You all looked beautiful!

Shelly Turpin said...

What a fun night!

Tiffanee said...

I have tears of joy seeing that my sweet Isabella who is only four can have a full and prosperous life. I live in Costa Rica having come here seven years ago on a mission trip. I love seeing you drink water from a champagne glass Sarah. You are a girl after my own heart. Your love and abundance radiates in each post you write. Your dress is beautiful. Please tell your mum I love her purple ruffle dress. Did you pick that out too? Much love to you and your family and especially the bride and groom.

kate spain said...

Sarah, how fun to read all about this wonderful wedding celebration! You sure did look beautiful and i loved how your dress coordinated with your Mom's dress. That made me smile. So did seeing your whole family together. Looks like you had fun on the dance have all the moves! Hope you are enjoying the summer. Lots of love, kate

stevenjared0853 said...

Wow! Aren’t these parties just amazing? I love get togethers like this. The last time my relatives and friends were together was at my wedding. It was in one of the venues in Chicago and everybody came before that. I can relate so much to this post. It was liking meeting everybody after ages. I had a really good time at pre-wedding parties.