As I look back on the wedding, I realize that I took snapshots but not with a camera. Sweet little things that happened in a blink but come back to me when I am sitting thinking. Like when my daughter arrived and my grandson got out of the car and I ran down the driveway to him and grabbed him and he begins telling me how much he has missed me.
Or the men building the dance floor and we girls with all of the children sitting in the yard watching. All of the people I love most, working together and then everyone having dinner together afterwards.
Or on Saturday morning as I was walking around trying to get photos while it was still quiet as the sun was coming over the mountain and my sister who had arrived late Friday night, came running to the me and we hugged and cried because we haven't seen each other since my Mom was sick. Having my sister here was one of the best memories, no matter how tired I was she would make me laugh, or she would cry with me when things just seemed so out of control.
My closest friend getting here and finding me, wearing a beautiful red hat. I think one of the things that is so special are the people who have been my friends through happiness, and tears and joy and pain and the bond is so strong and in those moments thankfulness just seems to wash over me.
One of my favorites snapshots was after the sound system was set up, Ron came in and wanted me to see it. We walked outside and he had his I Pod with him so he put it on and we have this song we both like. No one was around so he asked me to dance. So out in the yard under that tree with Greenback Boogie playing in the background, we danced together. We had our time alone, all of the work finished, all that we had done was accomplished. To dance and be with him was one of the best snap shots because after all we are the ones who started this whole thing.
Finally, after everyone was gone out of the room, and it was just me and Emilie. We stood and looked at each other. It was time for her to go with her Dad. She went out my bed room door to my son's waiting car and they drove around to the gate she was going to come through when the wedding started. She went through the door, to a new life. I turned and went through the other door into my life. Life changes that fast, as fast as walking through a doorway.
All of this would not have been possible without the talents of our kids and family. For me though, yesterday my lovely sweet Megan sent me a text telling me that they started reading the book of Ruth for school and she told me that I was her Naomi. I have always thought of her as my Ruth. What better gift can I ever have than that. This really is a wonderful life.
So just a few thoughts today, God gave me the Martha, Martha verse this morning so it is time to stop and try to be Mary today. I will be praying for the Midwest and no more tornadoes.
What precious snapshots.
Aww, that is so sweet you and dad got to dance. You snuck that in really well, I never saw! :) J's red hat really was amazing wasn't it! I should get a hat like that.
You really are my Naomi and I am so thankful for you, and I was thinking if something happened to Ben, I would still follow you around just like Ruth went with Naomi. :)
Dancing with your hubby - magical. I am new to your blog and have really enjoyed wedding prep. Thank you for allowing us to be part of it.
oh, bless you for sharing your blessings. heartfelt gratitude throughout.
I didn't know you danced! You must have been really sneaky. I have lovely snapshots, too. It was just the best. I can't wait to post some pictures.
I'm glad you're writing these down...now you won't ever forget them! It sounds like you all had a wonderful time!
This post made me cry. (in a good way)
Aww Kim, all your kid missed seeing you and Ron dance together. Sneaky? lol...
That is really sweet and magical. No one saw it, only the little fairies and they won't tell.
See... you even made Kim cry. Your Ron is so romantic.
I love reading your snapshots.
They were great and thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing your precious snapshots with us. I could see your day through your words.
Such a sweet post, I loved all your "snapshots. By writing them all down you will always be able to remember all those precious memories. I enjoyed following all your wedding preps
These are beautiful snapshots of the wedding, Kim! You have written them down for everyone to remember! Such a lovely time for everyone!
I smiled and blinked back tears through this whole post. What wonderful, sweet "moments" you shared. Loved that you and your hubby danced before it had even begun, after all your right, it was where it all started. Still looking forward to seeing the pictures.
Meg's comment made me cry. You are blessed!
Dancing in the field = AWESOME!
I'm so glad you are blissfully reflecting on the wonderful wedding weekend.
All I can say is that as I read your words, I have both goose bumps and big ole tears welled up in my eyes. Those mental snapshots will always stay tucked away to bring up whenever you need them. :)
the best images of all, our memories!!
when i close my eyes i can almost see it!!
Great post. I really enjoyed this one.
What a sweet, touching post. I am so glad that I stopped by this morning.
Many blessings to you and to your daughter as you start this next stage of life. :)
I was anxious to see you that Saturday morning so I was watching for you and when I saw you taking pictures I didn't hardly say anything I just took off running for our impromptu hug and cry. That was the sweetest most comforting hug and cry. I needed it so much. I love you. I loved being home so much.
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