Saturday, April 27, 2013

Four More Days Until "I do"

From the moment our kids are born, we pray for them - for their hopes, dreams, health and of course, their faith. As parents, our kids look to us for direction and to walk in our shoes. There are times when I can honestly admit that I sure didn't want my girls to walk in my shoes because my shoes were dirty and less than I'd want for them to walk in.

Many nights, I lie awake, rocking my youngest who seemed to never sleep. I'd pray for her to be loved and cherished the way a mom's heart cherishes her. I would pray that she would eventually get potty trained, telling her that if she didn't "get it" one day, her husband would be the one to change her diapers.


Oh, and marriage....As she grew old enough to know a little of the concept of marriage as a three year old, her honest plea was, "I'm going to mawwy Stevie Wonder". Such certainty! Just as sure as she knew that her eyes were "bwack".

The day, in her teens, when she was 14, she brought over Orlando to watch movies and introduced him to me. Something about him, I instantly liked which eventually turned into a mom's love. Jokingly, I would say, "Oly is like a fixture in our home." But, he was more than that, he was a good friend to Jarani especially when her bottom fell out and my divorce happened. He brought me flowers on Mother's day, always giving me a hug and being there.

Even though they were "just friends", I saw the love and determination in Oly. His parents told me that when Oly was in kindergarten, he would cry out that all he wanted was to "get married". I hoped that one day, Jarani would see the deep love that Oly had for her and her alone.

Then, it happened. They fell in love. Their friendship turned into a beautiful, romantic love story. The very moment that he asked her to be his girlfriend, on May 1st was a day where Jarani smiled bigger than I've ever seen her smile.

And on May 1st, 4 days from now, they will say, "I do". A mom's heart always dreams that their children will find true love as they spread their wings and soar. This mommy's heart is bursting.

Four more days...I will stand by her side as she steps into a new beginning filled with wonder, of course, challenges but with the love that they share I know they will get through it with God's help.

I love you guys so very much!!!


22 comments:

Mari said...

I'm so happy for you, because I know how happy your Mom heart is! And I know that any guy that treats the mom that good, is going to be a great husband. They're a beautiful pair!
I'll be praying all goes well and that you feel great and enjoy every minute.
PS - guess what one of my captcha words is? Romantic! Isn't that cool?

Syrone said...
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Syrone said...

I am so proud!! To see how their friendship blossomed into love is just awesome. They are a beautiful couple. I pray that they will have a wonderful life together. It's so amazing that God brought them back together just as planned. Congrats Jare Bear and Oly!

Linda Myers said...

Lovely!

Stacy said...

What a beautiful, happy couple and what a lovely story. I pray for them the blessing of all the good things God has for them and a long happy life together. Congratulations to them and to all the family. :)

Shelly said...

Oh, Simone, what a beautiful story! They are a gorgeous couple, and I see how abundantly the Lord has answered your prayers. Many blessings to them and you!

Dawna said...

That's a lovely story!
Congratulations to them both, and hope you all enjoy every minute of their wonderful day

Formerly known as Frau said...

Wow that is a love that was meant to be! Congrats to the happy couple!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh I remember those days. How wonderful. I know you have given her such a wonderful base -s he will do awesome. Congrats! Best wishes - sandie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They are such a cute couple. What a sweet love story. I wish them happiness forever!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh. My. Gosh!!! How wonderful, absolutely wonderful, Simone. I'm thrilled for you all. This sounds like a match made in heaven.

Wishing the bride and groom-to-be all the happiness their hearts can hold.

xoxo jj

Lin said...

Oh, I love a happy love story! I wish them both a long life together--full of laughter, love, and a family of their own.

(I LOVE the new look on your blog!)

Taradharma said...

This story made my day and has restored my faith in true love. How wonderful -- what friends they must be. I love my SIL, so I know (maybe) what your heart is feeling, bursting with. Happiness and best wishes to all! (JJ sent me)

Jill said...

I love to hear stories like this! My husband and I met when I was 16 and I love him more every day! I wish them all the best of everything!

Blessings,
Jill

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Many blessings.....so happy for you

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

Congratulations to you and the wonderful couple.
They're a gorgeous couple!

Anita said...

I can tell that you "know" he is the man for your daughter! Congratulations to them and to you!

Thanks for including the pictures. Joy is written all over their faces. (Your daughter looks like a beautiful dancer.)

Sweet Tea said...

A real "Love Story"!
I love that.
Congrat's to the happy couple and I'll be watching for photos of the soon to be newlyweds.

Veronica Lee said...

Congrats to the beautiful couple! Blessings to them and you too, Simone!

Deidra Riggs said...

SUCH a beautiful story! WOW! Congratulations to them. And to you!

Terra said...

What a romantic story and what a joy for this couple to marry.

Annesphamily said...

Aw....so sweet! I love your writing here and I have missed visiting. The time goes by so quickly. What a precious gift your beautiful daughter has received. Congrats to them and I wish them a long and wonderful life together! Hugs Anne

 

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