You may now kiss the bride.
Monday, November 17, 2008

Jonathan and I hadn't watched our wedding video in forever, since it's on VHS and we haven't had a VCR in several years.

So a friend of ours, in possession of all sorts of techno-gadgets, copied our VHS recording to a DVD. Fun!

We watched some of it with the kids tonight.

When the preacher said "You may now kiss the bride," Dylan buried his head in his chest and proclaimed:

"I am never getting married. Not if I have to kiss someone."

Lauryn replied, "I am! I'm getting married! I am going to marry Daddy...yep...Daddy's going to marry ME!"

Ryan said, "No, he can't marry you Lauryn."

"Why not?"

"Because. He'll be way, way too old."

[insert my hysterical laughter here]

Then later when I was tucking Lauryn in bed, "Lauryn, what was the best part of your day?"

"Seeing you and Daddy wear your pretty dresses!"

He wore a tux. But I guess she doesn't yet have the vocabulary for that particular apparel. Made me smile.

She was pretty enthralled with the whole video. Already she's a little girl, dreaming her dreams...

...leading me to think of this poem my friend Lisa wrote and recited during the ceremony:

"Little Women" by Lisa Jean Clanton

Little women, dreaming our dreams
and planning our plans and such.
It hasn't turned out as we thought, it seems,
being changed by God's mighty touch.

All in the same year, we were merely fourteen
Searching for life, still dreaming up dreams
we all found His love, bowed our hearts in one place
And He's given us all a story of Grace.

You were our shining Starr of Bethlehem
For to the feet of our Savior you pointed
And from the beginning you've taught that surrender
means a servant - humble, bold and ANOINTED

we'll never forget those weary-eyed talks
of crushes and futures and all under the sun.
But who could have known or imagined the day
when you'd stand erect soul to soul with the one?

we all remember when he swept into your life
and so tenderly captured your heart.
And now we bear witness as he makes you his wife
And this cord of three strands shall not be torn apart.

Jonathan, man after God's own heart,
So faithful, strong, loyal and true,
offering living hope to all he comes near.
And life - precious, fresh and anew.

And today you've walked down that long-awaited aisle
and give each other that knowing smile.
For this is the day that the Lord has made when your hearts intertwine as one
And we love you and bless you and send you forth
In the name of God's Holy Son

Watching the video was a sweet walk down memory lane. Watching the reception...remembering old friends we haven't seen in years, and family members who are no longer with us...hearing that sweet poem from my best friend, both then and now.

It also made me want to get my rear-end to the gym. But that's another post entirely.

Blogger The Gobble's (Lanetta) had this to say:

aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh... I had forgot about Lisa writing that for you.. I remember you sharing it with me when we were supposed to be studying late one night... :-)
so sweet.. and how awesome!
Jonathan in a dress... now that made us all smile!!!

November 17, 2008 at 10:41 PM 

Blogger Catrina had this to say:

The best part of this post for me was that I could TOTALLY envision your hysterical laughter! It brings back a lot of memories from the Drama days.

November 17, 2008 at 11:00 PM 

Anonymous erika chapman had this to say:

What a cool poem! We watched our video for the first time in eight years the other day and it was such a neat trot down memory lane. I guess this means the rest of the family avoided the bug?

November 17, 2008 at 11:18 PM 

Blogger Cash Clan Japan had this to say:

Oh my GOSH! I haven't read that in so long!! It's pretty wild that, over 10 years later, our settings have changed (dramatically), and we've grown, but not that much has changed, you know? I mean, it has, and it's hasn't. You know what I mean.

November 17, 2008 at 11:23 PM 

Blogger Vanessa had this to say:

Such a great poem. I can relate to getting my butt back in the gym - back in the spring some friends and I decided to have a wedding party (just girls). We all put our dresses on, watched our videos, exchanged date night gifts and had cake. It was a blast but a few of our dresses had to be pinned on - so sad!

November 18, 2008 at 8:50 AM 

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