“it took me a very long time not to view sympathy, grief, doubt, the ability to be moved by tears by love and happiness and sadness and music - as weak, despicable traits. He taught me that the ability to grieve deeply also meant that a person had the capacity to love deeply, laugh deeply, live deeply -- and that this was a capacity to be cherished.”
[i will probably be reminiscing while austin and i are dining on our antique white plates! with our matching silverware! and glassware! and all the adult, married couple things we have received from the ones we love so dearly and who have been so very gracious to us.]
it was so very special for me to have three of my best friends [and bridesmaids!] there with me. it was so special to see my cousin's beautiful faces and childhood loves [circa 5th grade!], and family friend faces i haven't seen in so many years! there were a couple of speeches, a couple of introductions and thank you's made as we sat down for the yummiest of lunches. and hearing these sweet words!! i [happily!] cried quite a bit. but if you know us, and oo those lovely people sure do, they are pretty used to it! my sister wrote the cutest, sweetest speech. and because my mom is one of the most creative people i know [especially with her words] she wrote a bit of a poem - and it was perfect.
so thank you soooo much faith and carter, some of our dearest and oldest family friends, for the bestest of showers. and to my amazing family and friends and bridesmaids, you made that day so special. i felt really, really, loved. and that is something i cherish so much more than i could ever really put into words.