So here it is…another Friday already! I can’t believe how fast time passes these days. Did you miss me last week?
Fabulous Friday is a look back at the week and at some of the moments that were blissfully surreal. That is exactly how I felt too this past week.
This past weekend, my daughter and son were home for my brother’s wedding on Sunday. It was so good to have my kiddos all under the same roof. There is a certain kind of peace that only a mom’s heart knows when we are all safe and sound in the same house.
I don’t think there are words to describe Sunday. My brother’s wedding was the most romantic, sweet, beautiful day that I can recall. Truly it was wedded bliss! During the wedding ceremony, the wind was blowing and you could hear the trees swooshing and swaying. The garden courtyard was full of blooms and smells that were divine. Butterflies fluttered to and fro. Wind chimes tinkered here and there. And when the clergy read the poem below my heart was filled with the ultimate fabulousness. I looked to my right, where my husband of 26 yrs. was holding my hand and to my left, at my mother and father who have been married 47 yrs. Behind me sat my sister and her husband of 25 yrs. And I thought to myself that almost 100 yrs. of commitment were present to witness these vows. My tears flowed freely as the “I do’s and I will” were said. I always feel full of love when the vows are exchanged but it was like God was whispering this time. Maybe it was the swishing of the trees or the trickle of the fountain…everywhere I looked I saw God. How magical is that?
~Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body…
Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me,
Who won’t hold them against me,
Who loves me when I’m unlikable,
Who sees the small child in me, and
Who looks for the divine potential of me…
Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold…
Because marriage means opportunity
To grow in love in friendship…
Because marriage is a discipline
To be added to a list of achievements…
Because marriages do not fail, people fail
When they enter into marriage
Expecting another to make them whole…
Because, knowing this,
I promise myself to take full responsibility
For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness
I create me,
I take half of the responsibility for my marriage
Together we create our marriage…
Because with this understanding
The possibilities are limitless. ~
By: Mari Nichols-Haining
The wedding also provided the chance to spend some time with my brother’s daughter, Avery. Avery is three years old and ALL girl. I had several moments with her that were just a delight to this mother’s soul. On Sunday morning, I was sitting on the patio blowing bubbles, while Avery chased them all over the yard. She had so much fun and oh, the joy when she would catch one! She would put her hands on the sides of her face and her mouth would make the perfect “O”. Conversations with a 3 yr. old can be quite enlightening too. I learned a lot about Avery this weekend…like her love of honey and biscuits, and her favorite song (Pop Goes My Heart), that pink and purple are her favorite colors and she likes to drink water with ice in it… but my favorite conversation was about her brown eyes.
Me: Avery, do you see that star in the sky?
Avery: Yes, I see it. I can see with my brown eyes in the dark.
Me: Oh, you can? Well, if you had blue eyes would you be able to see in the dark?
Avery: I don’t know! I don’t have them.
And there you have it…from the lips of a 3 yr. old…so simply and innocently said that you have to giggle.
I hope that you are noticing those moments that seem more like magic than anything else in your everyday activities. They are gifts from heaven. And it seems the more you notice them…the more you get. When I took Avery to Kaylee’s room to get her ready for bed, she walked right up to Kaylee’s dresser and said “I love your fairy!” I was so impressed that Kelly Rae Robert’s art also speaks to a 3 yr. old. I’m blowing some of my fairy dust your way…share your magical moments by leaving a comment. Happy Friday, Friends!