Today I want to take a moment to thank my mom for all that she has done for me over the years. There is a story called I’ll Love You Forever by Roger Knapp that my mom used to always read to me as a child. The story follows a mother and her child as they go through the trials of every age, late nights with her infant, the extremely active play years, the rebellious teenage years, the distant adult years, and finally her old age years. Throughout the story no matter what is going on, the mother would sneak into the room at night and sing this song to him until she got too old to do it and it became his song to sing to her. This book has never fails to bring tears and really epitomizes my mother’s love. So today, in honor of upcoming Mother’s Day, although she is still very able to sing it to me, I feel that it is my turn to say it to my mom.
I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my Mommy you’ll be.
These photos are taken by Rebecca Keeling from the morning of our wedding. It was so important to me that I be able to include my mom in several different ways in our wedding. My mom made my veil, sewing on lace that she’d picked up in Europe. She got ready with all of us and she and my Mother in Law performed a special candle lighting. Each was walked down the aisle with a candle representing myself and my future husband. Then during the ceremony we took our individual candles and lit the unity candle together. It was a lovely way to include the women who raised us. As a thank you we presented each of them with a single white calla lily from the bouquet at the front while a bible verse was read. It was a touching ceremony that I am so glad we included!
I also want to say how grateful I am for my grandmother. I do not get to see her nearly as often as I would like. It has been far too long since I was able to visit and I miss her all of the time. She is one of the most kind, caring people that I have ever met. I am so happy to have a grandmother like her. Happy Mother’s Day Ma!