Please welcome Julie as she debuts on my blog this week.
Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us.
July 21st was a day filled with many
moments. Moments are those little slices of life you want to tuck away for later. The moments
I will remember are close to my heart. Dad
hung up his dusty work clothes and worn out loafers and traded them in for a
suit and tie. One cannot truly
appreciate this unless you know him.
Dad does not get dressed up unless it is for a funeral or a
wedding. Thankfully this was for a
wedding. On this day, I realized my
nephew, or as I’ve called him for years, “little guy”, was no longer little. He is a handsome young man (who looks
stunning in a suit).
Nana created her own moment
when she proved she can still
play with all the kid toys and dance up a storm at another one of her
This was a day when two hearts, began
to beat as one, my cousin Charlene’s wedding.
All weddings are unique and special but I knew this was going to be a
fabulous day. Charlene was simply
radiant. The day was plucked straight
from a storybook, down to every last detail.
White tent overlooking the Newport water, old wooden farm tables with carefully
selected flowers, mantels decorated with family wedding photos throughout the years, right down to a surprise
song written and sung to Charlene by her “husband” (all men at the wedding are
now wondering how they can top that for their bride). Throughout this day and many days thereafter
I found myself reflecting on a recipe for a happy marriage. Maybe it is because two days after this
spectacular wedding was my seven year anniversary. Maybe it is because a wedding gets me
reminiscing about my own marriage. So
here goes Cha and Doc, if there exists a recipe for marriage, it’s staying real
and true. I once read, “a recipe is one
person’s take on one moment in
time”. Recipes are not rules, they are
suggestions, something that got written down.
They are ideas, experiences along this path of what we call life. Here is my recipe, remember moments , not days. Take the time to make memories together, even
if they are silly. Those are the ones
you remember the most. Always laugh with
each other (sometimes you’ll have to cry together too). Clearly, Doc has already started your journey
off by making a moment
that will soon not be forgotten; singing a song written just for his bride! Now that’s a moment
Throughout this day I t
ried to capture special moments
to freeze in time. There are many moments
I want to tuck away and keep forever. I want to remember the moment
Charlene appeared at the end of the aisle, looking absolutely exquisite. I want to remember my little girl dancing her heart out yet pausing to refresh a minute with her Papa.
I want to freeze the moment
“my little guy” actually stood with me and laughed as our picture was
I want to tuck away the beautiful sunset god sent down as a gift. The day was filled with blessings, some on the surface, the beautiful weather, the wonderful family (old and new); some blessings we have to dig a little deeper to see. These may be different for each of us.
Wishing Charlene and Andrew many moments on
this blessed journey called life.
“We are lucky, we’ve found love.
Now and forever it means the two of us.” ~Andrew Soucy