The last of our family has left and most of the wedding items in our home has been cleaned, delivered or eaten. It is over and to quote the line from the Father of the Bride, “It is funny how empty a house can get, isn’t it?”
The weekend was beyond words that I can use to describe. We all felt the Lord’s amazing presence all week, but especially on the day of Jason & Alycia’s wedding. The weather was so prefect for September – low 70’s, sunshine, blue skies with puffy, big white clouds and a little fall breeze. Thank you Lord for such a perfectly beautiful day….
Our family was surround by people who love us. How do I describe the love and support we all felt that weekend? Once again, there are no words to describe the feeling. My friend Merry who flew in from California to make all the delicious food with help from Kelly & Lauren, Ann and Megan who coordinated the entire day and kept us on schedule, Joe who smoked 30 lbs of pork (it was so good), Dawn who created the special cake, Stephanie who organized and Cindy and Micaela who managed the cookie table (a Western PA tradition) and Alycia’s good friend Tina and Ann (her Mom), who made the reception amazing. God has provided us with friends who travel across the United States to care for us. There are no words to express how thankful we are for all of these dear friends. We love each of you. Thank you Lord, for the love of our friends….
How does a Mother describe her emotions as she sees her oldest daughter get married? I have done this before (just last year) yet the emotions were as intense as before. All throughout the day, I would remember that little girl who graced our home with great joy and I was overwhelmed at the beautiful bride she was. I know I expressed this last year, but even after all the times I had seen Alycia in her wedding dress (picking it out and the fittings) – seeing her as a bride once again took my breath away. Thank you Lord, for allowing me to be the Mother of this beautiful bride.
And then there is Jason, this young man I have been praying for since I learned of my pregnancy with Alycia. The man, Alycia has waited for. How thankful I am for the Christian family that raised him and for his own commitment to Christ. I can see how they compliment and complete each other. I remember how many times I encouraged Alycia to wait for God’s choice and it brings me great joy to see Jason as the one God chose. Thank you Lord, for working in Jason’s life to prepare him to be Alycia’s husband….
Once again, I am thankful for my husband Bill and our marriage. As Jason and Alycia had their first dance, Bill and I shared a moment of thankfulness that God had kept us together. As we sat around the table with our daughters, son-in-law, grandson and my parents – we felt so blessed. One of my friends wrote this to me… “Sitting there at the wedding while Alycia was “dancing” with her groom I looked over at you and Bill and I think I almost cried. (ok I did
get misty) You were looking at each other with your foreheads together and from where I was sitting the sun was shining through the two of you and just as I looked over a tear dropped from your eye and the sun caught as it fell between you and it looked like a diamond dropped. It just reminded me of how you prayed and prayed for Alycia and there was the moment. so sweet. Just beyond you was Laryssa and the baby stroller holding your grandson, I just couldn’t think of anything I have seen more beautiful lately than your family. You already know how
blessed you are, but I just wanted to tell you that the complete moment was frozen in time there and it looked just like a little glimpse of heaven.”
Thank you Lord for gracing our family with love, especially Your Love. I am so thankful for the glimpse of heaven You provided at Jason & Alycia’s wedding in so many ways. It was a perfect day because of YOU.
The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
(more photos coming tomorrow…)