Weddings–They Look Different From Here

This past weekend we went to a beautiful wedding. Gorgeous bride, handsome groom and amazing surroundings. This couple, whom we haven’t known terribly long, has made a huge impact on my kids. They love Corrie and Zack!  And I was thrilled to take them to a wedding that honored God in so many ways. It was fun to watch the kids get excited about every part of the wedding. Ruby was precious watching Corrie and Zack have their first dance. 

   
  

I found myself watching the parents just as much as watching the bride and groom. I suppose it is because my kids are half-grown, I don’t know. But I could have bawled my eyes out watching the pride that the mom had in her eyes as her beautiful daughter walked down the aisle. Don’t even get me started on seeing the dad give his daughter away at the end of the aisle. Help me, Lord!  Josh may not make it through that part. He will only be able to nod his head…don’t ask him to say anything!  Whew. Tough stuff. And the dad of the groom led the service and did an amazing job. I don’t know how he did it. Then, when the groom and his mom danced to “Unforgettable,” I, again, could have bawled my eyes out.

I’m really not sure what my parents thought on my wedding day. We didn’t talk about it, and I didn’t think about it. I was just so happy about getting married. But now, from my new perspective, weddings are filled with new beginnings, but also with many endings. Not the end of the relationship, of course, but the end of that relationship as it had been thus far. Good. Exciting. Hard. 

   
     

You could really tell that these parents and these kids have such strong, loving relationships. Such a sweet thing to witness!

And they knew how to have fun! Dancing and having a good time. 

   
  
Photo Booth Time!

   

 

What a fun evening. So glad we were there. 

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

I can look back to our wedding day 14 and a half years ago and remember it well. What a fun day! And it is crazy to think that in 14 more years our kids could be getting married, Lord-willing. I’m going to keep on enjoying these sweet days that turn into years. And I’m going to keep dating the love of my life since it is highly probable my kids will be leaving us eventually. Mack is the only one that still says he plans to live with us forever. His reasoning last week for staying home during college is “so you can pay for all my food.” Molly already has her wedding planned. Ruby is cautious about any talk of moving out…but she’s sure she will some day. Love these kids– they keep us laughing. 

  

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