You blink and your kids are grown; ready to launch out on their own awesome journey. I stand at a distance and observe my son present his future wife to family and friends; smiling and chocking back a lump in my throat as I recognize the pride in his voice and the gleam in his eye.
This wedding shower of blessings was not without its challenges. I had arrived in the US only five days before after a 30-hour travel odyssey from Manila. Armed with a good case of jet lag, a suitcase of color-coordinated decorations and a prayer I launched into harried preparations, which would ultimately culminate in a Saturday afternoon wedding shower for my oldest child and his blushing soon-to-be bride.
Thank God for Sam’s Club and an awesome family! My prep week began with loaded buggies of food begging to be cut, mixed, bagged or displayed. Still, some of the best shower memories were made around Mema’s dining table as we all worked an assembly line of gift bags and salami sandwiches. Contagious laughter and inside family jokes flew freely and I captured them all to tuck away for future recollections.
After the “event” had passed and the floors had been vacuumed, we all sat around for the happy couple to open their cards and revel in the shower of blessings from loving friends and family. Then, we topped off the night by popping in a video of my wedding shower from three decades before, which provided more than a little entertainment for the millennial crew of grown kids and cousins.
While the clothing was different and the hairstyle was considerably more poofed, the scene was almost a Déjà vu moment, as if a distant echo of the day’s festivities. There it was…the same gleaming eyes and hopeful smiles of a young couple on the brink of a grand adventure and a shared journey with God at the helm.
There WAS a time when we were just THAT young…just THAT hopeful…and God skillfully guided us through every twist and turn.
Yep, they are going to be just fine! After all is said and done…hope, faith and a little youthful naiveté are the perfect recipe for a trove of life adventures best shared by two.
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Great story of 2 couples of different times but as you said the same. Thanks for sharing your stories and it brought back memories of our story. It is a very special time for your family and so glad that we have a little paragraph of time to add to your story. Looking forward to sharing that time with you and your family.
So blessed, Shellie, by all God is doing in the kids lives! Thank you for the beautiful pictures and also for the precious memory pix of you and Sam! God has been faithful and reflecting on your journey blesses me!! Enjoy!! Much love, Sheree
What a lovely family time for you all with the young happy couple just starting on their fab journey. You and hubby made a handsome couple back then 🙂 Wonderful to see God’s hand in it all. We are all looking forward to the wedding post.
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Congratulations to all of you. It looks like it was a wonderful shower. I also had a bridal shower last weekend and had many of the same thoughts about youthfulness and young love. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were that age, all wide eyed and optimistic for our future lives!
Thanks Michele. It really doesn’t seem that long ago.
I love weddings – and I hope you’re going to share the big day with us when it comes. You’re so right about them being all grown up before we know it – mine are both married and we have two granddaughters – I often get little flashbacks when I see a photo of the grandgirls doing something that their dad or aunty used to do – 30 years has just gone in a puff of smoke!
Beautiful shower and you did really well to pull it all together!
Yes, I always tell my kids that parents don’t just look at them and see their grown selves, we look at them and their whole childhood flashes through our minds.
How beautiful! Thanks for letting us share in your joy!
Awe…such a special time for your family! Congratulations!