Sunday, December 23, 2007

What Lies Ahead

I have a list that is a mile long, and have been faithfully checking things off to get ready for both Christmas and the wedding that will take place the week after Christmas. It is a very exciting time. Sometimes I stay so busy, I do not have time to feel really sentimental. However, the other day, I was thinking about the actual wedding and all that the ceremony will mean. My daughter will no longer share our last name, she will no longer reside with us and she will no longer be looking to us for the same kind of advice that she has through her 22 years. As I was thinking on those things, a vision popped into my head and I pictured her and Alan at the end of the aisle ready to walk into the sanctuary. The man I love walking my baby girl down the aisle to start her new life. The same little girl that he fell head over heels in love with the first time he met her (he wasn't present for the birth because he was away in the Navy). The same man that that little girl would wait to see after he came in from being away on the Navy ship for weeks at a time. The same little girl who carried a picture of her Daddy around with her for 6 months while he was away. The same Daddy who coached her softball team and helped her with her homework. It was overwhelming as I thought about this and I have to admit that I am not quite sure how I will deal with that moment emotionally. I know when the time comes, God will give me the grace to deal with things, but wow, it sure is a big moment in life.

14 comments:

Gudl said...

The circle of life....

I wish you a Merry Christmas and God's blessings for the time ahead.

Shelly said...

Awwww.... I think I'm gonna cry!!! Better get it done with now BEFORE the wedding day - wouldn't be good for the photographer to be crying her eyes out. hahaha!!

Martha said...

I refused to think about all of that too much before Beth and Adam got married, just kept putting it out of my mind. It all hit me a few weeks later and then I cried. I missed her terribly. Maybe the fect that Ashleigh has been away at college will help you adjust...maybe.

gmj said...

Merry Christmas!!

joeks said...

Merry Christmas!

Christine said...

Marriage is a serious thing. Your feelings are natural!

Merry Christmas!

Gardener Greg said...

Sounds like me and my daughter. Now three grandkids later we are closer than ever. :)

Merry Christmas!!

Kim said...

You never know when things will hit you. It could be the night before, it could be the actual event or like Martha said, it may be a few weeks later.

Just have some tissues handy at all times. You can tuck them up your sleeve so you're prepared.

Happy wedding and good luck on all the preparations.

Kim S in SC said...

What sweet, sweet memories! And that day will be another one in the making! Excuse me while I go grab the tissues! Thank you for sharing those moments with us in your post!
Kim

Rachel said...

Just think, pretty soon there will be new grandchildren to enjoy!!

Kim S in SC said...

Just checking in to see how you are holding up. Hope the wedding goes well, I think it is this weekend. Anyway, enjoy the day!
In Him,
kim

gmj said...

I am getting excited now... Pictures oh boy pictures... Don't for get your tissues!!

Martha said...

Tissues! Hey, Beth! Did you pack the tissues?

Martha said...

The wedding was beautiful!