Monday, November 28, 2011
On October 15th, our oldest son got married to his sweetheart. It was an exciting and bittersweet time for us. Letting go of our oldest child, but so proud to see him starting his life with his bride.
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm
my baby you'll be."
I can't believe how quickly 21 years have passed ~ and today is the day that you will marry your love. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing you home from the hospital ~ our firstborn. Or exclaiming over your first tooth, your first word, your first step. Just yesterday weren't we sitting at the ball field watching you play baseball? Or sending you off to driver's ed? Watching you graduate? Go off to your first college class?
We have watched you grow into such a fine young man. We are so proud of you and are so happy for you on this day. It's surely bittersweet, you will fly out of our little nest here to begin your own life with Ariel. The house will be different! Waiting up for you each night, I could always hear your truck as it came over the hill and turned into the driveway, and I would sigh a prayer of thanks that you made it home safely. Then I would hurry to meet you as you came in the door. How I will miss those quiet chats we had while the rest of the house was asleep.
What can I grab hold of ~ To slow the spinning of time? To slow the turning of the page? A sequel for us all. I have no doubt that it will be a wonderful sequel ~ and though I try to linger on the pages of this book, the time has come, the page has turned. I do my best to embrace it ~ and with much love and prayer, joy and tears, we are blessed to watch as your new story begins. As God has ordained it.
On this day and always, be the man that we know you are. Show your strength and your love and your humor. Continue to grow in Christ, never let go of your love of learning. Always rememmber how much you are loved ~ and we will always be here with an open door for you and your new bride. Love Ariel as Christ loved the church. And remember to cherish each moment, as they all go so quickly.
"Be strong in the Lord and, Never give up hope, You're going to do great things, I already know, God's got His hand on you so, Don't live life in fear, Forgive and forget, But don't forget why you're here, Take your time and pray, Thank God for each day, His love will find a way, These are the words I would say."
Love You Both! xo