Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Keith and Lacey's Wedding

This weekend I could not have been more proud of being part of such a wonderful family and extended family.

The past 3months have truly shown our family values. We stick together, pushing each other when needed, and crying with each other just enough to get through.

With a wedding just 3 short months after the tragic death of my cousins Kyle and Kody, I knew it was going to be hard, but we were all determined to make this wedding a celebration, not a cry fest.

Keith and Lacey, not wanting to fill the empty space that was left by the loss of Kyle and Kody, opted to have the 2 grooms men seat the parents and grandparents, and the 4 bridesmaids simply walk down the aisle and take a seat in the second row. The flower girl and ring barrier were the only ones that stood by the bride and groom.

My handsome brother Jacob doing his groomsman job.

 At the reception, off in a corner, were two candles in the memory of our dear cousins.

I was doing well holding myself together until the Mother-Son dance. The song that was played was Garth Brook's The Dance. As I watched a mother dance with her only remaining son, and looked over to see my uncle, with tears in his eyes, I lost it. Roger had to leave early in order to get back for Sunday worship so I sat with the kids trying my best to catch the tears before anyone noticed. But the weeping was inevitable.

Once the dance was over the DJ put on the Black Eyed Peas' I've Got A Feeling. Slowly but surely my strong family made their way to the dance floor, we weren't going to let this beautiful day and this special occasion be a cry fest.
 Keith and Lacey were married, FINALLY!!  

With red eyes, and wet cheeks we started dancing. My uncle David even made his way to the middle of the circle to do little jig. The rest of the night was spent doing what we do best (besides work) partying!!!

I'm thankful to be part of a family that truly knows what it means to be FAMILY. We might be strong headed and kind of clan like in some ways, but that's what gets us through the hard stuff.

 Congratulations to Keith and Lacey!!   

A wonderful time was had by all, especially this little flower girl.

Thursday, June 6, 2013