Today, July 22, is their third wedding anniversary. It's hard to believe that much time has passed since I saw our lovely daughter smile her way down the aisle on her Daddy's arm.
I was so happy for her I couldn't help crying. She was such a beautiful bride and had waited so long for the right man. On that day three years ago, he was waiting for her -- at the front of the church. It was a beautiful wedding in every way.
So many people gifted them by sharing their God-given talents on that special day. Lovely little nosegays arranged by a dear friend hung on the end of pews ... an arch and columns loaned by a relative ... a wedding cake made by a friend ... a banquet table full of homemade cakes (!) that were the talk of the reception ... a photographer that's known our daughter since she was ten years old ... another friend who video-taped the ceremony as a gift... a group of ladies who love to serve, busily coordinating things in the church kitchen ... it was a lovely day all around.
"It's gone by so fast," she told me on the phone yesterday.
Life happens, and when you stop to notice, another week or month (or year!) has slipped past. Today, they celebrated their marriage and -- I suspect -- reminisced about the goodness of God in bringing them together. I'm sure they also did a rundown of the special events that have taken place in their lives -- one extra-special one the birth and joy of little Ethan! This Nana is guessing he gave them the only gift he could give (and a fitting one) on their special day -- bright eyes and happy smiles.
The photo above was taken a year after they married. I snapped it as they looked out over the bay, arms and hearts entwined. It seemed to depict something far grander than a couple looking over the bay. I dubbed it "We Look Forward." Together, as a couple, they would face the future and the many adventures it held for them.
A lot of water has lapped the shore since this was taken. They've moved twice and had a baby. Now they're starting a brand new year together as husband and wife -- still so much in love with one another. Happy Anniversary, kiddos! We love you and will be praying for health and happiness in the year ahead. We're so very thankful the Lord brought the two of you together. (And made you a threesome!)
Love, Mom and Dad