It's hard to believe just 1 week ago I was packing up everything
on my way to my first born's wedding.
Now... here I sit a full week later
still reveling in the joy of that incredible weekend.
It is so hard to put into words the gratitude I felt
as I watched all 3 of my precious children stand in front of me at the alter.
Never before have I had all 3 of them a part of the same monumental event.
Needless to say..... there were bubbles of joy running down my face.
Our weekend began
(with 2 days worth of help from of one of my dearest friends in all the world)
preparing the decor for the rehearsal dinner.
It was so cute and fun and filled our night with hugs and kisses..... literally!
Carla and I created pot/plant versions of the BRIDE and GROOM
as well as, the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
It made for a great dose of giggles and grins
and started off our spectacular night with a SMILE.
I walked into that night's rehearsal dinner.....
knowing this was officially the LAST day for these to be MY children...
Tomorrow I would have a Man for a Son, and a precious new daughter-in-law
to love and cherish. AND..... I can tell you with complete certainty that I entered that room with a buldging, beating, grateful heart for 3 lives that I treasure beyond words.
Never before have I witnessed 2 families
so incredibly joyful at the choice their child has made.
Brent and Deanna are both so deeply loved by the people in their lives
and each of us... cherished this union with boundless blessings.
As I watched the faces of Brent's siblings throughout the night....
I saw a sincere thankfulness that they were EACH witnessing
the genuine joy of their BROTHER.
And I know little Brady will forever remember every single moment of this journey.... from the once-in-a-lifetime proposal at Dallas Cowboy Stadium
seen all over the world on the Jumbotron and Youtube
(which Brady filmed on his little iPad to show his friends)
to the final pronouncing of Mr. and Mrs. Bollinger.
I know there is no one he looks up to more than his BIG brother,
and I couldn't ask for a better role model.
I can honestly say.... there is no greater joy in this lifetime
than knowing your children are truly HAPPY....
and I can say without hesitation that I know Brent Bollinger is!
Stay tuned TOMORROW for a BONUS BLOG
and the tearful truth from the actual WEDDING DAY!
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!