Weddings can bring up such emotions.
August has been a busy month for weddings. TF and I have been to three weddings receptions with one more next week. Last Saturday night, we went to a wedding reception for a beautiful young girl we have known since she was born. She is looked like an angel in a beautiful short sleeved wedding gown. The couple looked perfect together with smiles from ear to ear. They had the reception at a fancy place with a full sit down dinner. We saw many of our friends there and we had a great time visiting and celebrating with the family.
Last week we got a wedding invitation in the mail from a family we haven’t seen in a good while. I opened the invitation and looked at the picture of a beautiful young girl and I wondered, “Who is this?” I peeked at the invitation and noticed that the young girls name was Charlotte Andersen. I immediately started crying as a sudden thought just flooded my soul. When Charlotte was only three years old her dad died of Leukemia. They found out he had the illness in February of that year and he died by June or July. There were five children in that family starting with Alan, who was my son’s age all the way down to an 18 month old son. Charlotte was next to last at the age of three. The death was a terrible loss, not only to the family, but anyone that knew Tim. I really believe that he was loved by anyone he met. He and his wife, Jana, had a very strong love for each other. Our whole church family mourned his loss. Now all these years later, I open an envelope and can’t stop crying. A very profound thought came to my mind that Tim would be so proud of his baby girl who is now grown up and getting married. Actually, I am certain that he can see her now from his spot in heaven.
After Tim’s death, Jana and the children moved up to Utah to be near family. The years have flown by and we get older and children grow up. Life continues no matter what happens. We won’t be able to go to this wedding because it will be in Utah, but you can know, without a doubt, that our thoughts are with them at this time.
I like going to wedding because it is such a happy time for a young couple. They are just starting out in life together, not knowing where life will take them. I was reading Fred’s post about his 20th wedding anniversary with “The Missus” and it made me think about my own wedding 35 years ago. It’s been such a long time that I can’t remember not being married to TF. I am grateful that we have had a good life together and that we can look forward to many more years together. I love you my dear husband.