An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. ~Author Unknown
When I look back on what we were doing one year ago last week, all I can do is wonder how on earth did we do it all? It was a real game of musical chairs with people coming and going, airport runs, moving from house to hotel, parties and luncheons, picking up this and that, going to appointments, day after day. Whew!
For instance, this was the list of things to do on the day prior to the wedding:
- Becky arrives 7:51am (IAH) on continental 1677. Melissa pick up?
- Bridesmaids luncheon at Briar Club. 11:00 am. Betty drive Mom/Betty. Carol drive Shannon, Molly, Brittney, Melissa, Carol. Bring hostess gifts and pots!
- Joyce L. arrives 12:50 (IAH) delta 1675. Kat to pick up?
- Pick up programs from Speedy
- Order sandwich tray from Pete’s.
- Joyce S. 1:45
- Sarah arrives 2:30 at Hobby. Shannon or Kat pick up?
- Shannon/Kat pack overnight bag for Sat.
- Lucas to kennel?
- Rehearsal 5:30. Bring programs, checks for musicians/officiants, maps to Mary’s house and rehearsal “bouquets”
- Rehearsal dinner 7:00 – ?
- Bring guest book, pen, video display to Mary’s
Whew was right! But then came the wedding day, and yes, it, too, was a busy one, starting with a brunch, followed by beauty appointments for all the wedding party women, with a mad dash to the church to get ready, photographed and then… the most magical ceremony with gorgeous music and a wonderful blend of the two faith traditions.
After that, we had such fun at the reception, dancing into the night. Everything was perfect, and we all rejoiced. Read what I wrote about it a year ago:
Then came a honeymoon to Scotland, followed by a move to Lexington, law school and “life”.
Fast forward to this year:
It took us almost ten months to narrow down the choices of wedding photos for our respective photo albums. We were overwhelmed by the thousands of wonderful photos from which to choose. But both albums came out great, and we’ll enjoy looking at them over and over again.
The last little mother of the bride lesson I learned came not long ago as I was clearing out “stuff”. I found a box with leftover wedding invitations and reply cards/envelopes. Of course I kept some for the “archives”, but the rest I recycled. Oops, I had stuck stamps on many of the envelopes, anticipating that we’d need them. Well, that was a waste! Note to other MOB’s: Stick the stamps on last.
And finally, there was the silly tradition concerning the top of the wedding cake. How was I going to get it to Virginia for them to eat on their first anniversary?
Well, we solved that problem by having Shannon come home for a quick visit this past week, while Kat has been working in Washington DC. Recalling the whirlwind of last year, we really enjoyed the leisurely pace of this one! As she returned to Lexington on Friday, she hand carried that piece of cake through security and tucked it under the seat. It arrived safely and was duly nibbled on their first anniversary,
I’ll admit that I felt a little bittersweet as Shannon headed back to Virginia this time. Why? I guess it’s because having her home and staying upstairs felt kind of like the olden days when she was living at home. But that will never be the case again! I know it’s a good thing; it’s the way life is intended to be.
What a blessing that both she and Kat are healthy, happy and working hard towards a bright future… That’s enough to make any mother grateful and proud! Happy Anniversary to you “oldyweds”; we love you very much!