The historic Minikahda Club knew it was opening its doors this day to a stellar couple. First of all, I am a HUGE fan of these two. Family is center for Mary and Austin. Their families have already become part of mine as Mary's grandma was the administrative manager for years for my father. On Austin's side, we would be bonding in Steamboat for another family wedding. Families couldn't get any more fun than these! There were so many special moments and exchanges that gave me permanent goose bumps.
This journey has been nothing short of a miracle. I know that I will never fully understand the sacrifices families of the armed forces make day in and day out. I do know for Sandy and Casey, their life the past year has not been what they had planned. Blessed to be alive, Casey took a bullet to the face in service overseas to our Country. His jaw was wired shut for months as he healed with Sandy by his side. Adding to the difficulty, Casey laid his military buddy and best friend to rest; his 4-year old son walked in his place.