Monday, October 20, 2008

Happy ever after.........

They are now man and wife! The wedding was breathtakingly beautiful! You could see and feel their love for each other. It was absolutely wonderful. Mackenzie was so very handsome and Brittany was stunningly beautiful. Everything went perfect! You could feel the presence of the Lord. The love and support of all the families and friends was palpable.It was amazing! It was like a dream!

I have so many things to share, so I decided that I would start with the events that led up to the wedding and then show pictures of the wedding itself towards the end of the week. All I have is snap shots, so I might wait until we get the professional pictures back to show the actual ceremony.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and well wishes! I have been so emotional. I really didn't expect to be. I am so happy for my son and his Brittany. I tear up when I think about the ceremony and how beautiful it was. I tear up when I think about the look on his face when Brittany came down the isle. He had tears in his eyes and the look of love was indescribable. I tear up because I am so proud! Then I tear up because I am having random memories of my little boy running around our home, hugging me, playing, riding his bike, doing all the funny things he did.

Can I please ask you to pray for me and my silly emotions! I don't want to get sad. I purposely planned a little get away day with my sweet husband today. We are taking a little road trip for a romantic lunch and then we are heading to Portland for my youngest son's football game. I am not sad about the wedding and their marriage, I am absolutely so happy about this union and my new daughter!!! I just know myself too well and that I have a tendency to get sad when big events are over. I have gotten sad after things are over my whole life, like my own wedding, when the kids started kindergarten, Christmas, the end of summer, graduations, etc. I don't want to do this, I want to bask in the afterglow of all the wonderful memories. I also want to celebrate that I now have a marvelous new daughter! I think as a mother, it is just another step in the empty nest process and I just pray that my emotions won't get the better of me!!!

"The bride, a princess, waits within her chamber, dressed in a gown woven with gold. In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king. Accompanied by her bridesmaids. What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the King's palace! Psalm 45:13

With much love, Sharon

30 comments:

Carol said...

Dear Sharon,
You sound just like me! I still get sad & emotional after events such as Christmas, but I'm getting better as I get older. I was a basket case after my son got married 3 years ago. He moved out of our house the morning of his wedding. I lost it when his bedroom furniture was loaded into the pickup! He had lived at home his whole life, even during his college years. You will make it. As you know prayer & reading the word will comfort.
Hugs, Carol

gail said...

oh, Sharon- I will pray for you- I can relate to how you must be feeling . I always feel sad when things are over too- and always have. It has been very emotional time for you and your family- you have been so busy with preparations and now that the wedding has taken place - things are more 'still'. Your emotions aren't silly! You feel what you feel and God made your emotions- He will help you! You are in my prayers . Enjoy your day with your husband! Remember you are such an encouragement to people you haven't and probably never will meet. God bless you!

Jocelyn said...

Sharon,
The wedding was beautiful and enchanting. We had a great time!
I teared up duting hte Mother/Son dance as I know that will be me someday too! I just hope and pray that my new DIL will be as amazing as Brittany!
Your emotions are real, process them and don't feel bad about having them, it's what makes us Mom's!

luvmy4sons said...

I don't think you are alone. Big events are bitter sweet. My kids often ask me, "Mom why is Christmas sort of sad?" It is a big event. We recognize how quickly life events pass by and change. The picture was lovely. My heart feels for you and this HUGE change in your life. I tear up just reading your post. May our God surround your heart with His peace aqnd joy. May He keep your eyes ever looking into His face and at the joyful aspects of this new change in your life.

Amy said...

I have been thinking of you this weekend. I am no where near having a son get married, but I know of those emotions. I teared up just celebrating our youngest son's first birthday and how there will be no more 1st birthdays in this house...according to our plans. I guess that could change. But as a mother, all of these milestones are very bitter sweet. I think you and your husband getting away will be nice. I will be praying for you during this new chapter of your life.

I can't wait to see more pictures of the newlyweds!

Mrs.Ruiz said...

Dont feel like you are alone and the only person who gets emotional. I think we all do. It's hard letting go I'm sure. I will pray for God to keep your thoughts joyful. I think a little crying is okay:) PS. They looked beautiful, cant wait to see more

lady jane said...

I haven't walked your path - yet - so I quietly observe. I'll gladly lift you up in prayer. <><

Thank you for sharing a bit about the wedding beauty. Brittany's expression in the picture is one of devoted and thrilling love.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

They look beautiful together.

I'll pray for you and your emotions.

((((Sharon))))

Rosemary said...

Aw sharon, its natural to feel that way! Your baby is starting a new chapter in his life. But look at the fabulous prize you get, a wonderful daughter in law! I'm really happy for you :) rosemary

nannykim said...

wow--it is so awesome to have them married and to be blessed with the beauty of a Christian marriage.

I think it is the way emotions often are---when you have a mountain top experience you come down off of the mountain. I don't think we could stand being high all of the time. Just keep a thankful heart and pray for His grace. You have so much to look foward to as you seeing the blessings of their marriage unfold!

Hope you have a nice quiet day with your hubby.

littleladyboutique said...

Congratulations to the New Bride & Groom! What a blessing to have a daughter added to your wonderful family. :):):) I'll be praying for you. Looking forward to hearing about your beautiful memories and seeing wonderful pictures. Blessings, Stephanie

Kathi said...

Sharon, I'm so very happy for Mackenzie and Brittany and for all of you. Your feelings are so natural and normal. I think I will feel that way too. You have been and are such a good mother and have raised your boys right and to love and serve the Lord. I'm so in awe of you and the great job you both have done in raising your boys. God has blessed you and answered so many prayers you've prayed over them.

I hope you will feel really good this week. Your emotional state is natural and you are going through the stages of letting go. I commend you for your honesty and for your sincere love for your boys. I love you and I'm so happy you stopped by. I loved seeing you today. Love, Kathi

Lille meg said...

Beautiful! Both the picture and the post!
I am quite sure they are happy, and so are you, their parents.
Congratulations!
Beautiful vers from the psalms, too! Lucky couple!
I wish them the best, God's blessings!

A Romantic Porch said...

Sharon, I have tears in my eyes, because I relate to what you are saying eventhough I haven't gone throught it "yet". I know it is coming. I pray for my sons and their future wives also. I'm so happy you see a wonderful answer to prayer. I think I would encourage you to acknowledge your emotions just like you are and then grow from the experiences.

I'm so happy for your children's new life ahead.

Elena said...

That is so wonderful that everything went well. What a joy to have all your friends and family share such a lovely celebration in your life. Your feelings are normal. I know with my mom, it was the first one to be married was the most emotional. It's just because you love them so much. Take Care and God bless you! Elena

Stephanie said...

They look beautiful ! I bet your so happy for them.... take some time and relax now :)

Willa said...

Sharon,

You were so right to have a get away with your hubby today. No matter how happy you are for your son and new daughter in love, it is an emotional letdown afterward. Your emotions have been running so high with all the events and then knowing that an era has closed with your son and a wonderful new one is just beginning makes us feel a little weepy.

I remember feeling so weepy the weeks prior to and after our oldest son's wedding.

Your emotions will pass as the new wonder of seeing your son and daughter in love knit together such a God ordained family. You are so blessed to see that happen.

Sooner or later you will see this happen with all of your sons - I know not too soon now. Let it come slowly, but I know them having such a great Godly example in you will show all your sons what they
want in a Godly wife. They will pick someone who is pretty close to you, Sharon.

Anyway, I just wanted to write this to tell you have I have felt the same way after big events, too. Do you ever feel sad when school begins and the summer of having your kids at home is done?

Just read the Word and pray - talk to some other moms in the same boat as you.

I'll be praying for you.

Willa

Jan Parrish said...

What I experienced at that time was very similar. The sadness is the changes that are taking place. Naturally, you are happy and love your new DIL, but even good change is hard. Kenzie is complete. You are mostly done raising him at this point.

When Bethany got married and Tim got married 6 months later, I went through a real time of evaluating my life and goals. It was good for me. Those who hadn't been through it didn't understand what I was experiencing.

This last Christmas was not the same either. It was good but some things had to change to accommodate the other families. Transition time once again.

Then another change took place when Beth got pregnant. Everyone told me if would be difficult until the first grand baby came.

Your boys are spaced apart enough that when your youngest leaves, the grand kids will already have arrived or will be just around the corner. It helps. So the worst of it is probably now. It's OK to be sad for a while and let yourself transition for about a year. Give the new couple space, but not so much that they think you don[t care. Tough balance. This is Mom's time to grow up. The Dad's experience it a little differently.

Hang in there. You're doing great. Planning a trip with your DH was a wonderful idea. I'm here if you need a shoulder.

Oh, and congratulations. :)

Sondra said...

You nearly made me tear up just reading about it. I know it must be so hard on you. So happy and overjoyed, yet a little saddened. It will be so wonderful to have a daughter in the family now. I am excited for you! I have learned a lot from you about praying for that special girl to come into the lives of your sons. I have been praying those same things now. You are such an inspirational woman.

jen said...

I totally relate. It is a hard thing to articulate but I too feel that way after a big event-most recently my sisters wedding. I felt like crying after-not sure why-because it was over? I was like that after my high school graduation, and many other big life evnts. It was all good mind you, but emotional.

I think it is normal. I will say a little prayer for you. Good idea to get away!

Take care and congrats and enjoy these times-

Jennifer

Linda said...

Sharon the wedding sounds so beautiful and the picture says it all.
I understand how you are feeling...I think everyone with a tender heart feels this way....this is another page in your wonderful book of life and you have so much more to write. Hugs, Linda

Brenda said...

Sharon I am so happy for the two.I am a real cry baby and weddings hit me hard.I will be praying.
I ask you to pray for Chancey and Emily. When I got back from my moms I got the news and my heart is just broke. They just had their one year and I thought it would be forever.I just ask God to help!
Thanks, Brenda

Amy Ellen said...

What a lovely picture. You and your family are so blessed. Congrats on the wedding.
Hugs
Amy

Mimi Lenox said...

Congratulations to the happy couple!

This week we are memeing the movement to get it rolling along for November 6th.
You've been tagged by the Queen of Memes!
The Peace Meme

Sunflower Farm said...

When it comes to our children we are entitled to be emotional. I have been on a roller coaster since the summer with my oldest son. He graduated this last school year. I was better with my oldest daughter (she is still home)Will it get easier? maybe but I am sure that is why God made mom's. We have an incredible amount of love for our children.Be Strong

Mrs. Rabe said...

Sharon,

What a precious time in your lives!

I think you are doing fine - your emotions will follow your choices and of course you are choosing love and happiness!

I nearly sobbed at my nephews wedding - I surprised myself! I was so happy and proud of them!

A true marriage is joy to the whole family!

~~Deby said...

I have been there and can still feel that sense of *let down* after things too...
I was mother of the____ 3 times within 18 months....oh it was rough..BUT...BUT...
now on the other side we love our empty nest....it gets better and better when you are married to your best friend and have the Lord.
Deby

Kelly said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Oh Sharon, this is fantastic news! I'm praying for a beautiful start to their marriage - as I know that they are already experiencing. :o) The wedding looks gorgeous, as well as all of the lead-up to it.

I also know how you feel about major events and sadness...I've always been the same way! That's a great idea to have planned a special getaway with your husband. Good consolation! I love memories...if only we could step back into 'em. :o)

Simply Heart And Home said...

Sharon,

I will say a prayer for you. I'm late in posting (it's been a trying week). Bless your heart. I'm like that too. I was emotional and exhausted after my daughter's wedding.

Gina

Kelly said...

Oh Sharon! I knew there would be alot to catch up on when I finally returned here to blogland.....
First of all ...congratulations.....and you know I think when the time comes I am going to have the same type of emotions......its like...you are happy for sure, and proud and thankful you have raised such a great boy.....and now you have a daughter to love....but I can imagine it is hard to adjust to them just not being a hallway or bedroom away. Today I overheard my 6 year old daughter ask her brother who is 13.....* Brandon do you have to move out when you get married?????* yeh I know ....that is THE last thing on my son's mind.....he was probably thinking well yeh if I can take my guitar hero game with me, lol.....then I hear her scream to me....MOM, is he gonna move out when he gets married cause I am never moving out......of course this is all coming from this little person who is 6. But for that moment, I thought to myself.....he is my first born....it was him and I for 7 years before he had a little sister......how in this world would I live under a roof that he was not under also.....and I felt sick.....sick in my gut. It was just unimaginable to me......But then I had to think....both of us will do so much more growing from now until then, I will be doing lots of praying.....for strength and probably courage......
So for me to have a thought like that....that odd feeling in your stomach, I can get where you are coming from. Bless those two in their marriage, and I will say a couple prayers for you too dear friend. You are such a great lady, and a great Mom, you have taught us all a ton!

Love ya lots!

kelly

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