Monday, April 28, 2014

A Wedding.

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present...gratefully."
-Maya Angelou

This past weekend we were witnesses to two people making the ultimate promise to one another in front of an intimate gathering of their closest loved ones. They carefully chose each detail of their special day and allowed us to share in the beauty of it. A beautifully ornate old building served as the venue for the ceremony. A quirky pastor lead the service. The bride and groom exchanged a handful of kisses before the pronouncement of husband and wife. Afterwards we celebrated with a buffet of food, full glasses to cheers with, and dancing to a live band.

My boys didn't quite grasp the reason we were partying was because Grandpa Dave just got remarried. They simply enjoyed the excuse to play with their cousins and cut loose on the dance floor. And cut loose they did. Until far past their bedtime when the last remnants of the sparkling cider were wearing off and signs of the long day were creeping in. We said our good-byes and more congratulations were doled out. Then we ran through the rain to our car and scooted home. A full day. Full hearts. An extended family rooted in second chances.

{This photo is by my sister-in-law, Katie}

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