BONUS BLOG: Wedding Day Part 2:
as seen through the eyes of
"The Mother of the Groom"
I'm not really sure how to even begin this blog,
tears are rolling down my face as I look at all the pictures on my phone
of my precious son's wedding day!
I have always told Brent that he was the first thing I ever TRULY loved,
and the one who showed me what genuine, UNCONDITIONAL love looked like.
So....as I scroll through these images,
I am filled with such a mixture of joy and pride
knowing that my once "baby boy" has turned into an incredible man.
Anyone who knows our family....
knows that we ALL worship the ground Brent walks on.
His sister even talked about it in her nuptial speech.
There has never been a single time that Brent has walked in my door
that we didn't STOP what we were doing and run to him.....
saying BUBBA's home.
Brook teased Deanna that we set her up for failure
because we've told him everything he did was WONDERFUL........
Well I can tell you that one of the most WONDERFUL things he did :
was to pick Deanna as his FOREVER.
There is not a more thoughtful, kind girl in the world!
She literally went to every length to make HER Wedding Day special for ALL of us! WOW... she thought of every detail.....
from personalized hangers, to hair/makeup robes,
to our own monogrammed champaign glasses!
I started at 7:30 a.m. having coffee with one of my dearest friends in the world.
Carla and I sat on the patio of the hotel
(where she gave me final tips on cherishing this day and each moment of it)...
what wonderful advice I truly treasured and would love to pass on to each of you
who haven't yet had the privilege of being a part of your son's Wedding DaY!
ENJOY every single moment of it.... it's gone in an instant!
We started hair and makeup at 10 a.m. with the most talented people
that Deanna and her mother (Christi) hired to make US all feel special and beautiful.
It was such an honor to have someone "get you all fixed up"....
I've never had that before and was so grateful
sweet Deanna and her parents thought of US as she planned HER special day.
We popped champaign and toasted
to hold dearly to each and every memory we were making together on this day.
I can tell you there was not a single face without a SMILE
and laughter filled our suite.
WOW, WOW, WOW!
As we prepared to go downstairs for pictures... my heart began to race....
THIS WAS IT!
I giggled as I began to think of the areas of my BRAIN at work. haha
I could almost feel the endorphins flooding my system with JOY and excitement.
Endorphins are our bodies own natural narcotic, and I felt so "geeky"
1. knowing this silly piece of trivia, and 2. wanting to tell everyone about it.
PS... you will be happy to know I DID NOT share this info. ha
The girls went 1st....
It was soooooo much fun to watch young and beautiful in action.
AND what an true blessing to see how much each of these girls
(including my own sweet baby girl) genuinely loved Deanna
and how proud they were to be a part of the day she'd planned for over a year!
There is just not enough "MUSHY" to explain how happy these 2 families are with the choice our children have made in a spouse. Deanna's mother is such an incredible, kind woman who not only teaches NEXT DOOR to Brent every single school day, but who has graciously loved him as her own for over 3 years. I truly, truly couldn't ask for more.
Next came the BOYS....
Lost my phone during this phase of the day...
but I can tell you these were some handsome, hilarious fellas...
someone needs to invent a phone holder to hang around my neck...
DARN I missed some good pictures.
I have never been more proud in one single day, than I was on JUNE 9, 2018.
Everyone I love was in the same room celebrating the same moment,
and, as I looked at these 2 incredible boys, who I brought into this world
I had to fight back the tears.
THEN... as I watched my precious Brooklyn walk down that aisle,
and saw sweet little Brady standing with his Brother....
the bubbles began to burst from my face.
What an HONOR it is to be these children's mother.
What a JOY it is to share their lives with this world.
What a treasure to witness the BLESSING of love my son shared
as he read his own vows to sweet Deanna for everyone in that room!
My cup runneth over with gladness at the site of such incredible love!
As I close this post with my last tearful truth...
I am so thankful to understand the neuroscience of GRATITUDE,
because it helped me cherish (like never before)
these precious WEDDING moments that will never come again.
I wish for every mother of a SON to feel the joy
of having been a part of raising a boy
who grows up to be a once-in-a-lifetime MAN!
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!