Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My gift from the bride

I love it when a gift is given with care and thoughtfulness, and my gift from the bride this past weekend really hit the nail on the head. She and I are close, and we emailed quite a bit about everyone else's gift - she wanted to make sure that she picked something that would be meaningful to each of her bridesmaids, and she did just that. She put together a scrapbook of old photos, letters, ticket stubs, etc., for her maid of honor. For another, she made a lamp filled with shells from their trips to the beach, and for another, she bought a boxed set of a movie adaptation of a favorite childhood book.

For my gift, she tracked down my online wishlist (she never asked for it directly, so she's a pretty smart cookie) and picked several stitching pieces that I really wanted, but never managed to purchase for myself. I love that two of the charts she picked are for ornaments - I am ridiculously sentimental when it comes to Christmas ornaments, and every ornament on our tree has special meaning to us. Now when I stitch these up, they will forever remind me of Kerri and Mark's wedding.

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She also included a package of bobbins that I use for winding threads, and some Thread Heaven. I was so touched that she'd take the time to track down my list and find items that would have special meaning to me. All she really knows about stitching is that I do it - she's not a stitcher herself.

Of course, now this probably means I should a) put down the computer and do a little stitching, and b) finish up the piece I stitched in honor of my cousin's wedding!

Monday, August 22, 2011

What I did this weekend...

This past weekend, my beautiful cousin Kerri was married in our hometown, and I was deeply honored to be part of her day as a bridesmaid. When I first started dating her cousin (who is now my husband), she was just a little girl, only 10 years old and this weekend, she was a lovely bride.

I will never forget the first time I met her and the rest of the extended family. It was at a family dinner, and as she and her parents were getting ready to leave, she walked up to me, gave me a HUGE hug and said, "When you marry my cousin, I am going to be a bridesmaid." At that point, I wasn't even thinking marriage, but I said, "You got it!" and hugged her back. I guess she was pretty perceptive, because even though it took 12 years, she walked down the aisle as a bridesmaid on the day I married her cousin.

When she got engaged herself, she called me at almost midnight, soon after it happened. I had no idea why she was calling so late, and I thought something had happened. When she yelled, "I AM GETTING MARRIED!" into the phone, I was so incredibly happy for her and just thrilled when she asked me to be a bridesmaid. Soon thereafter, I was able to call her and tell her about a little project WE were working on for her wedding - but had to wait a few weeks to let her know if it would be a ring bearer or a flower girl. More happy screaming and tears followed, as did the ringbearer.

I am not much for sharing photos of myself because I *do not* take a good picture. I just don't. But when I saw this posted by a very good friend of mine, I was so thrilled. It's such a beautiful picture and it's definitely going up on our Family wall. This is outside the church, just after the ceremony, and yes, this is the ring bearer in question. He's not quite two yet, so it was a little touch and go to get him to cooperate, but I have to say I was more than a little choked up when I saw him. My little baby isn't a baby, but he's the absolute light of my life (along with his dad).

The wedding was just perfect, the weather was awesome, and we were able to welcome Nick's favorite cousin to the family (Nick just adores Kerri's new husband). My wish for them is a long and happy marriage filled with love and togetherness. There will be good days and bad, but together, they can do anything.