Friday, May 11, 2018

Honeymoon in Bisbee

Dave and I decided to go to Bisbee for our honeymoon.  I love Bisbee and I knew he would to as it is similar to Butte, where he grew up with the copper mining roots.

I asked our friends, Gloria and Craig, if we could rent "The Brothel" which is a little house on their property on Brewery Gulch.  Not only did they say yes, they gave us the use of it as a wedding gift.  They also included a gift certificate for my favorite restaurant, Cafe Roka.

We couldn't leave until Weds. morning as I had a board meeting on Tuesday night.  We got to Bisbee around 2:30 and unloaded everything.  

Dave opened up the refrigerator and here is what was waiting for us.




We were touched once again by their generosity and thoughtfulness at so many levels.




We walked down and had dinner at The Table, which is a very good.  Bisbee wasn't crowded on a Weds. evening which was nice. 

Thursday Dave wanted to go golfing.  I know nothing about golfing, but I went along as the cart driver.  He played 18 holes and I actually learned a lot about golf.  The course down here is in Naco which is right on the border.  Much of the course is also in the desert.  We saw coyotes, quail and roadrunners.  There were very few people out so we had it almost to ourselves.  Although it was warm, it was peaceful and the views are gorgeous.  Dave really liked it and said it was a tough course for the first time.



When we got back to the house, Dave took a shower and rested. I had made reservations for Cafe Roka. It is one of my absolute favorite restaurants anywhere.  When we got there, we were taken to a very private table as Gloria had called ahead.  They brought us starters as a "gift" and then we had the four courses.  I had gnocchi and Dave had an incredible filet.  The waitress was incredibly attentive to us.  They then brought us dessert.  Gloria and Craig had given us a gift certificate for it, which was way more than they should have done with everything else. I know Sally, the owner, and she was there so we were able to visit a bit.



We came back and opened the bottle of champagne and sat outside for a long time listening to music and watching the stars and just talking. It couldn't have been any nicer or more romantic. 

This morning I am sitting here writing on my blog and watching Dave fix my coffee and breakfast.  This is so hard for me to get used to as I have never had anyone treat me like this ever.  I love this man!

This evening we are headed for Douglas for a reception down there for the many wonderful people I value.  I want them to meet Dave.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Remembering our Parents

We asked Judy to say a few words about Dave's parents, my mom, Teresa and Johnny.  Here is what she said:

Today the start of a new chapter is being written to continue the stories  that started with those we are not with us but we are remembering and honoring.  Today,  Sheila and Dave will begin a new chapter.  The circle of life and memories will live on just as those we love are never really gone as long as their stories are told.


On behalf of Sheila and Dave, there are a few people who need to be remembered. We wouldn’t be here today without the incredible influence of  Sheila’s mom, Margaret Shannon and my mom,  her Aunt Teresa Scott and our  Uncle Johnny Scott and Dave’s parents, Pete and Dorothy Uggetti.  Although they are not with us physically today, they are with us in spirit.   I would like to thank these loved ones for helping to bring us to this wonderful day.  The love that is shared here today is because of their influence.  This gift will always be remembered and cherished.

Sheila and Dave are so thankful to all of you for being here today.   Each one of you have been important in their lives and they look forward to many more years of friendship, love and support.  

Judy added a little to what she had to say and I loved it.  Here is the video.

 








 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wally's Words

I have been blessed for many years with dear friends who mean the world to me.  This wedding was so amazing not just for the wonderful love that Dave has given me.  I have had so many people do so many things to help us with this beautiful occasion.

I have also been very fortunate to have some of the best mentors during my educational career ever.  Wally Delecki ranks up there with the absolute best.  In addition, we have become very good friends.  Both he and his wife, Nancy, are family to me.

They offered to have the "rehearsal dinner" party at their house on Friday evening.  It was awesome and the cousins were all there.   They have a boat and took several little trips with different family members around Val Vista Lakes.  I will be posting more pictures as I have the time.

I had asked Wally to say something at the wedding.  I wasn't specific because he is probably the best speaker ever.  When he got up to speak, he got a bit teary, as did I.  I have asked him for a copy which he is going to give me, but here is the video.   I love these two people and their families like my own!

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

You May Never Know........by Shane McCord

On Saturday, one of the highlights of the evening was a poem by our GPS superintendent, Shane McCord.  For many years, he has written poems to the staff of GPS that are touching and funny.  He had it framed for me and I just found it. Here is what he wrote and spoke at our wedding:

You May Never Know....

Today is a special day for our friends, Sheila and Dave.
They started down the avenue of friendship, a road to love is what they will pave.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Sheila for close to 25 years.
I have never seen her so joyous, her happiness brings me to tears.

And welcome to the family, we love our new friend Dave!
The Lord works in mysterious ways, but you are the best gift to Sheila God has ever gave!

This day will be remembered because its true love that brought us here today.
Friends and family will witness how you look at each other in that very special way. 

You may sit here and wonder why you love each other so.
Your heart knows the real reason, the rest of you may never know.

To my longtime friend, Sheila and my new friend...Uncle Dave.
May the luck of the Irish Bless you and your love always be true and brave.

Oh, and one last thing before I let this day go through
Dave..Sheila will not be moving to Montana, or I'll be coming after you!


Shane McCord
May 5, 2018







Monday, May 7, 2018

Chuck's Toast

I will be posting a lot more about all of the events over the last week when I have a few minutes.

One of the highlights of the weekend was having Chuck and Maura Uggetti stay with us.   Chuck is Dave's cousin and was the best man.  I absolutely love both of them and they are now FAMILY!

We had planned to do a toast, but somehow it didn't happen.  Chuck was going to say the following and I wanted to make sure we have it written somewhere because the words are awesome!

From Chuck:

For those of you that I have not had the pleasure of meeting, I am Dave's cousin, Chuck. I am honored to stand up for Dave, officially welcome Sheila into our family and offer this fine couple a toast to celebrate this special occasion.  

Many of you have just recently met Dave so I am here to vouch for his character.  Among the attributes that Dave shares with Sheila: he is a solid, loyal, and generous friend.  He has a wonderful sense of humor and can laugh at himself.  Of course he is Catholic and a Democrat which probably got him to first base.  He is also a lifelong educator and enjoys sports but he does take a back seat to  you, Sheila, when it comes to cussing and voicing his opinion. 

(Just kidding, although we have only known you for a short time, we feel like we have been friends forever.) 

We have witnessed firsthand Sheila and Dave's love and commitment to each other.  Kerri,Patrick and Cameron, along with all of Sheila's extended family and friends, we thank you for your hospitality and gracious welcoming of us.

We invite you to raise your glass in honor of Dave and Sheila:  May the loving and generous spirit that they possess continue along this journey we call life and bring them happiness and comfort throughout these years that they have pledged to share together.

An Italian Blessing:

May your life be like good wine
Tasty, sharp and clear
And like good wine...
May it improve with every passing year.
 Salute' 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

FUN FILLED DAYS!






Those of  you who know me, understand that I LOVE to have fun!  I can usually find fun in just about anything I have ever done.  I believe that is why I have always loved every job I have had--because I have found the "fun" in it.  

This doesn't mean that I don't take things seriously, because I do very much.  I have always been passionate about the work that I have done and the importance of that work.  But I have always found time to laugh.

On Wednesday, my retired administrator friends and I went on one of our three or four overnights each year.  These ladies "saved" me so much during some difficult times when I was in Douglas.   And we always have so much fun.  We plan way in advance as all of us  have busy lives.  I have missed the last two outings due to circumstances I couldn't control, but there was no way I was going to miss this one.  Unfortunately, my dear friend, Jill, lost her dad last week and she wasn't able to join us.  But she was there in spirit, as were we with her in spirit in Iowa. 

When we planned this several months ago, I had just started seeing Dave.  I would never have thought that this trip would have been a "bachelorette" party at it's finest.   They totally surprised me.  In between the laughter, I shed a lot of tears.  

They had many funny gifts for me and we laughed a lot.  However, the beautiful bracelets that they gave me will be worn by me often and at the wedding.   One was for our friendship, one was the bride, one was the Claddaugh and one a four leaf clover.

We had so much fun.   I think that they had as much fun as I did.  These women mean the world to me!




When I got home on Friday, we had a "couples" party so others could meet Dave.  It was a totally awesome time.  Lots of people came and it could not have been more fun.  I will write more when I can post some pictures from that evening.

What a whirlwind!!!
 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018--Dave Arrives for our Lifetime!

I have written much over the last few weeks about all of the different emotions I have felt because of having Dave in my life.

Yesterday, I went to a wonderful retirement breakfast for three incredible Instructional Assistants from Gilbert El.  It was absolutely heartwarming to be with so many people I worked with through the years and who I care for very deeply.  I shed a few tears.

I then picked up my car at Discount Tires--have had a nail in both back tires over the last few weeks--weird.

Went to Frys as I hadn't been to the grocery store in quite some time and needed a few necessary items!!!

When I got home, I actually took a nap.  That doesn't happen very often.  I have been going a little too much lately and it has caught up with me.

After I woke up, I had a few things to do around the house to get everything ready for Dave's arrival today.  

I all of a sudden realized that last night was truly my last night of this very long phase of my life--being single.  My friend, Carol, came to the rescue and we went out for a few drinks and a cheese crisp and some great conversation.

In 10 minutes, I leave for the airport to pick up Dave.  I can hardly wait to see him and know that we aren't going to be doing the back and forth that we have been doing since the first part of March.  I have missed him when we weren't together and the weeks have seemed long, as opposed to the weeks we have spent together.  They have gone way to quickly.

Today, the life that I knew will change forever.  While that scares me a bit, it makes me so happy at the same time!  Thirty-nine years of being single is a very long time.  It will take some adjustments--probably mostly on my part.  But I look forward to it at so many levels.

Today, this wonderful man will be here with me in Gilbert.  I am so blessed to have found a soulmate at this time in our lives.  Today begins a new journey sharing my life with someone that I love so much.  Today is a very good day!!