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My son’s wedding day was beautiful in every way. Two vibrant young people said “I do” at an altar; surrounded by family and friends…one, a boy I’ve poured love into for the past 23 years and the other, a lovely girl who’s charm and sheer cuteness has stolen our hearts.

 

My Son's Wedding - What I Will Remember

 

The newly-married couple smiled
and laughed,
and danced,
and kissed,
and smiled some more…while those of us who love them basked in the blessing of their union and in the optimism and hope of young love. And ultimately, that’s what we’ll remember most.

 

But, that’s not all I’ll remember.
I’ll also remember the caravan of cars that left Greenville, South Carolina, well before the crack of dawn to make the long day’s trip to Springfield, Missouri. The hugfest that ensued as all of the cousins folded themselves out of the car.

 

The day just wouldn’t have been the same without all the “girl” cousins there to watch their only boy get married.
My Son's Wedding - What I Will Remember

 

I’ll remember my brother-in-law who took his precious days off to spend the week with us. I’ll remember how my sister-in-love missed most of the reception to make sure things were done in the kitchen. I’ll remember catching a glimpse of my life-long friend keeping the appetizers replenished, only to find out later that she spent the whole reception washing up serving dishes.

 

My Son's Wedding - friends and family helping for the weddingMy Son's Wedding - friends and family helping at the wedding
I’ll remember…
…the pride of watching the oldest cousin direct the whole affair with calm confidence and a smile,
…the row of proud grandparents (and a proud grand-aunt) dabbing wet eyes,
…my glowing baby girl gazing at her brother with sparkling eyes; knowing she was gaining a sister,
…God holding back the rain just in time because His timing is always perfect.

 

My Son's Wedding - the whole family

 

My Son's Wedding - my boy

 

My Son's Wedding - with Jay's sister
Oh, and there was the rehearsal dinner prepared by the loving hands of missionary aunts and uncles who have been our second family throughout our years in Asia…born not of blood, but out of years of love and shared experiences.
A sincere thanks and gratitude rises in my heart…I am blessed to have a loving family and loyal friends.

 

My Son's Wedding - aunt and cousins

 

My Son's Wedding - joyful day

 

My son’s wedding was beautiful and they both basked in their special day. And our precious friends and family? They were all there for them, and I know…they were all there for me. Because, in the end, that’s what family does…and I’ll remember it all.

4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

Romans 12: 5-6 – The Message

 

~ Shellie

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14 Comments

  1. Shellie, what a lovely wedding! With the emphasis on the important things, with everyone there who should be there, family and friends, rather than 350 of the couple’s and parents’ business associates and social obligations and people to impress! #BloggersPitStop

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Jean, I totally agree! Weddings are special family moments best shared by those we love. Thanks for stopping by.

      Shellie

  2. Cheryl says:

    Your son’s wedding day looks like it was completely surrounded by people who love each other. It’s so nice to see the whole family celebrating the coming together of two young people. And it’s so nice to see traditions continuing – it’s all too often that young people choose not to be married. Congratulations to your son and his beautiful wife. You have a very beautiful family. 🙂

  3. Everyone loves a beautiful wedding. Thanks for sharing this wonderful day with us. We want to feature it in our next Blogger’s Pit Stop.
    Kathleen

  4. Jannis says:

    The nicest thing I noticed was, they did everything right!! They became good friends first, they were evenly yoked, they loved God and courted each other for four years. Yes, the wedding was oh so beautiful!!! Love Mimi

  5. Michele says:

    What a lovely day and a beautiful tribute. Your writing will always be a testament to your special memories of the day. I related well to the comments about the cousins. My daughter got married in Mexico in December and one of my favorite memories was watching all the cousins laugh and swim and enjoy each other’s company once again. They were close growing up, but adulthood has separated them and now busy with young families they rarely see each other. It was a special reunion for them. I love the picture of your son and his cousins. Such joy!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Michele,

      They love each other so much! It’s great when there is a family celebration that brings them all together.

  6. nylse says:

    I love this post; it brought back fond memories of my daughter’s wedding 2 years ago. I love love because it brings out the best in us.

    Stopping by from the blog pit stop linkup

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      You are so right!!! I was so impressed and moved by the love of my family and friends.

  7. How lovely Shellie – there’s nothing like a child’s wedding to bring out the joy is there? They both look so happy and I can tell that your new DIL is going to be a wonderful addition to your family. Congrats to you all – and you made a very attractive MOTG xx

  8. Shellie, what a beautiful wedding, a handsome son and a beautiful new daughter-in-law!! Congratulations to you and your family!!
    May they have a beautiful life together!!
    The pictures are wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing on #omhgww this week!

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