Yes. Yes we do.
My cousin Carissa's wedding was charming, up in the mountains of Vermont.
The wedding was a perfect celebration of Carissa- it was fancy, cozy, sentimental, full of friends and family, good food, and so much fun.
The groom, Brian, was sobbing as he waited for Cari to walk down the aisle. I think we all fell in love with him then. (Or maybe it was when he stripped off his shirt at the reception?). He's a sweetie.
During the ceremony, they had a moment of silence to remember loved ones that had passed on but were most certainly there in spirit. I couldn't help but thank heaven that I was there, celebrating. Not just there for the moment of silence.
It is funny how often the past year echoes in my mind. I really, really could have missed all this. I love my family so much. (And even though I'm the crazy Mormon cousin with 20 kids, they love me too!) It was so good to see everyone- and so important to enjoy these moments together while we can!
It was fun to have my mom and my girls with me. I wish I had brought Todd and the older boys. I wish all my siblings and cousins could have come. They were missed.
My take home... Love, love, love my family. My family is very easy to love. We all love children, love to laugh, and cry like babies at weddings, funerals, and commercials.
Love my life. Love my eight. Love my husband. Mine is not a life a bling and bags. I wouldn't trade my mountain of kid shoes for one pair of fancier shoes. But, I think you can have bling and a still have a heart of gold. My family is proof. They are good, good beautiful people.
And, we seriously need to DANCE more. I want Todd to dress me up and take me dancing more. (You don't have to drink to have fun! We need to have more fun!). Life is meant to be enjoyed.
I kept laughing whenever anyone told me how great I look. They would say things like, "She has eight kids, doesn't she look great?" Or, "I can't believe how great you look considering all you've been through." The key to looking great is- keep the expectations low. Ha!!
Wishing these cute kids a VERY MERRY happily ever after!!