love is patient

There was a wedding this weekend.

It has been eight years in the making

But the bride and groom didn’t get that memo until about a year ago.

They may have even fought the inevitable for years and years.

But none of that matters anymore…

Because now, they are a happy couple…

Actually…now they are a united family.

Finally.

Oh…and Cort and I were there, of course.

It was a perfect day for the perfect event.

Congratulations, Chris, Sarah, and Jack.  You’ve always been a family.
But now you are whole.

(Also?  I am officially retiring from being a bridesmaid.  That TV show was right…Eight is Enough).

Yup, we were cliche…and it was AWESOME

Six years ago today….

bride

I got my hair done pretty, had my make-up professionally done, and heaved on a big white dress…

And met my best friend–soon to be my groom–at a beautiful white church.

mr. and Mrs. sluiter

We spoke words we had written to each other…

A wedding vow poem by Cortney Sluiter

With this ring I thee wed

For awhile now, these thoughts in my head

Trials, tribulations, these things I do not care

As long as you are near me, always standing there

Our parents support, strong, loving, sometimes scary

Even when we didn’t want it, although quite necessary

Brothers, Sisters, the family we gain

Watch out for the youngest he can be a pain

Friends made and shared, throughout the years

Sometimes laughter sometimes tears

Lazy afternoons, TV bowling, Sunday football

Whenever we needed to chat, all we did was call

We’ve been there for each other at the drop of a hat

Even when we were feeling stinky and fat

Large meals, full stomachs, food comas and such

I enjoy days like that, when we don’t do much

Single days, lonely nights are not much fun

That is all over, now that two become one.

Holding your hand, a kiss on the cheek

All of these things, everyday I still seek

Love, honor, cherish, a marriage consists of these

I take you as my wife, need I say please?

Soon the two of us will make our house a home

That is why I wrote this poem

I could go on, but I think I’m through

No one really wants to hear page two

But before I finish, I know one thing’s true

I Love you Katie*, I’m glad God made you.

(*this is the only time I have ever heard Cort call me “Katie” in our entire lives)

A wedding vow letter by Katie Riemersma

Cortney,

In the 10 or so years that we have been friends, we have already seen each other through quite a bit.  There have been wonderfully hilarious times, and some pretty rough patches, but through it all, our friendship has always seemed to grow.

Two summers ago, we chose to be “more than friends.”  I know we were both nervous that this would affect the great friendship we already had.  And it did.

Today, I get to become your wife: the highest level of friendship.  As your wife,

I promise to love and respect you through anything that life may deal us.
I promise to laugh and celebrate with you in the good times.
I promise to stand beside you and give support through the rough times.
I promise to share all that I have and all that I am to better our marriage.
I promise to cheer you up when you’re grumpy and to give you the space you need to be an individual.
I will listen to you when you need to talk.
I will trust you and believe in you.
I will work with you and with God to always put our marriage first.

I promise to always be your best friend and the one you can come to for anything as long as we both shall live.

We sealed the deal with many, many smootches.

garter belt search

we did all the cliche traditional things that happen at weddings…right down to FILM photography.

bouquet toss

and we had so very much fun.

dancing with my husband

we had no idea what was ahead of us.

and it didn’t matter.

that day?  really was the most fun I have ever had in my life.

and when things are hard?  I remember that I am so very lucky…

to have married my best friend.

I love you, Cortney.

Wacky Wednesday

Ok, so I usually try to do Wordless Wednesday, but my week has been all wacky so far.  Good things, weird things…just wacky.

Here is a brief rundown…

My brother got engaged!  Yay!  This is HUGE, people.  He and his fiance have a 5 and a half year old together.  This story is long, complicated and beautiful.  I will have to share this story with you, if they give me permission.

We had some VERY bizarre weather yesterday.  We woke up to tornado watches, storm and wind warnings, all out madness.  Many schools closed due to the watches; not ours.  We braved those wild winds and pursued education in spite of the crazy weather.  And in turn, we were rewarded with tornado sirens going off at the beginning of fourth hour driving us into the hallway to take cover.  For most of the hour.  Then, just as we were released back to class?  Four minutes later they re-issued the warning, forcing us back into the hallway into lunch.  To say yesterday was messed up is an understatement.

My son is addicted to Sesame Street.  More specifically he is addicted to sitting on my lap and watching song videos from Sesame Street on my computer.  If he sees me get anywhere NEAR my laptop, he whines and pulls at me until I put him on my lap and youtube his favorites.

In fact, this is the one he likes best.  I like it too because it helps me remember that I can make it through the hard stuff.  That’s right.  I get inspired by Sesame Street on the daily.  What of it?

Oh and also?  I am over at Not Super…Just Mom helping my girl Miranda wrap up and super long, tough month that she has dubbed Hellmonth.  I depart from my usual PG rating, so beware, but go read.  I don’t want to be lonely over there!

Here is hoping for a calmer second half to the week!

Wordless Wednesday

In honor of my little brother’s impending one year anniversary to his beautiful bride, today’s Wordless Wednesday is a little vintage Eddie and his cousin Jack…all suited up and waiting for wedding fun.

 
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