Final Wedding Highlights From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome back to the “Wedding Highlights.” If this is your first time joining us, you might want to go back to last Monday’s blog so you get the full scoop. If you’re returning, thanks for coming back and I hope you’ve enjoyed these personal highlights. There’s a lot to be said for being in the moment, so grab your coffee and come on in and share a few more moments with me.

When I finally stopped dancing, I was exhausted, but still so excited. We were there until the very end and so were they. I hugged them both good-bye and George and I headed to our hotel. I was so glad that we didn’t have to make the long drive back home. When we reached the truck, my stomach made this loud growling noise. I was famished! The yummy dinner we ate had been danced away, so we went up into our room, changed clothes and went to the lounge for something to eat and drink. We made it in the nick of time, too, because five more minutes, and they would have closed. Whew!

I love how weddings can bring family out of the woodwork! I was incredibly blessed because my youngest brother, his wife and daughter came, and then my brother who is one year younger than me flew out from Washington to attend. And, my stepson and stepdaughter were there as well. Good times.

On Wednesday, I went over to Dave & Pam’s so Jeff and Lauren could open their gifts. They had already opened their cards and were blown away by everyone’s generosity and financial support. Hopefully they’ll be able to get a place of their own soon. As I sat there basking in Ty-Ty and Dillan’s laughter, screaming, crying and playing, and watching Pam and Dave interact with all of them, I thought to myself, when they do get a place of their own, it’s going to be a quiet house and a tough transition. I know it’s going to be emotionally hard for both David and Pam. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like this perfect family without disagreements or tension, but I was deeply touched at how evident the love is and how much support David and Pam have given to both Jeff and Lauren. I will always be thankful to God for them never giving up on my son.

There was a very poignant moment that stands out among the others of that evening so I’d like to recapture it for you. I had just been there a few minutes, and Dillan and Ty-Ty were both so happy to see me – talk about a heart squeeze! – and I bent down and hugged and kissed them, then hugged Jeff, and then I hugged Lauren and said, “Hi, daughter!” Well, that didn’t sit too well with Dillan, a very, very intelligent five-year-old. Immediately that sent him running to Ma-Mo. I’m not sure if that’s how to spell it, and he said, “Ma-Mo, Nanna’s calling your daughter her daughter.” He was a bit stumped and slightly irritated, kind of like he was tattling on me.

Pam bent down and said, “That’s because she’s her daughter now too, Dillan.” I looked at him and I could tell that that wasn’t making a whole lot of sense. Then Jeff tried adding his two cents. “Dillan, I’m Ma-Mo’s son now, too,” and he reached over and hugged Pam.

Well, there were question marks all over his little face and in his eyes so I bent down and held my hands up facing each other and I said, “You know how Mommy and Daddy got married?” “Yeah,” he said. I held up my left hand and said, “Well,this is your family,” and I held up my other hand, “and then there’s my family,” and I brought them together and entwined them and said, “Now we’re one family, a big family.” That clicked! “Oh, okay,” he said.

So, through the good and the not-so-good, we are now family and as family we must support these two in prayer, remembering to MYOB (Mind your own business) unless invited into a situation or circumstance.

As friends of the bride and groom, will you please join me in remembering to lift them up in prayer for their new journey as husband and wife; that they would keep their seat belts of love fastened through all the twists and turns, the ups and downs that come in this life.

Thanks so much for joining me in this series and sharing the moments, and the joy. And FYI, we’ll be getting back to the final blogs in the “Faith and Finance” series soon!

Blessings                                                                                                     

Evinda

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