Several years ago, in church one morning with my parents, my mom spotted this lovely lady below – Pat. She didn’t know exactly how, and we hadn’t met to our knowledge before, but my mom was SURE she was related to her grandmother! After church we went to introduce ourselves to Pat and her husband Charlie Coleman, and turns out, Pat is our Mamaw’s first cousin!! Small world! My Mamaw and Papaw (Vera and W.C. Rhoden) are technically my great grandparents, but finished raising my mom after her mom passed away. Pat and Charlie Coleman have been in Abilene for several years and it has been so sweet having such wonderful people in town. Pat’s buttermilk pies are pretty famous in the Williams / Nieland home!
A few weeks back, Pat’s daughter Polly asked me to photograph their family for Charlie’s 90th Birthday Party! It was an absolute joy to do so. About an hour before the party, we did a family session to have updated photos of Pat and Charlie, their children, grandchildren, and one GREAT grandson! And aren’t Pat and Charlie just the cutest ever!? After family photos wrapped, I got to hang around at capture the guests at the party. Not only did I get to meet the Coleman’s family and friends – I ended up meeting a few relatives as well! Mike Schuler, The Piano Man, provided the background music and most of the ladies in the family took care of the gorgeous spread of food! Family came in from literally all over the WORLD for this party, and it was just a testament to how wonderful of a man Charlie is and how many lives he and Pat have impacted.
I could go on more and more about how much I love the Coleman’s, but without any further ado, enjoy the images!