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Family and friends started arriving on Monday of Thanksgiving week, from destinations near and far -- Texas, New York, Missouri, Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan, Arizona, Florida, and of course, California. We kept hearing over and over -- "no way I was going to miss this!" Over at Mark's place, his mother Betty and Aunt Cecile cooked up a Thanksgiving Day feast -- turkey, cornbread stuffing, greens, roast beef, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, sweet potato and apple pies. Add my world famous Bernie's Gumbo to the mix and you can imagine why we felt like the turkey -- stuffed. On Friday, after a 5:00 p.m. rehearsal, we gathered at our friend Jacque's house for an informal rehearsal supper. As described in How We Met,  Jacque and her friend Bill introduced us to each other -- who better to be our Best Man and Maid of Honor? So we converged at Jacque's, and members of the Fling and Odom clan continued to meet and bond. Then, it was home to get ready for the big day!

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