A small event. Taking place in the corner of a library. Simple dress. Simple vows. Low key.
Insert eye roll and long suffering sigh.
Low key? Didn’t happen. Rather than a quiet corner in a library, we should have erected a big top. Instead of holding bouquets, lion tamer chairs. Instead of a nice timed walk down the aisle, we should have exited a clown car.
It was perfectly imperfect.
I came down the aisle with my father and three hyped up little girls ran around my legs and tugged on my arms. He waited for me next the preacher as the youngest boy broke free and instigated a game of tag with my 6 year old.
We shared vows passing Gracie back and forth until someone finally came and got her from my arms so he could put a ring on my finger.
As soon as he began reciting the vows and placing the ring on my finger. My 4yo snatched my arm and began pulling me back. Screaming. She wanted the ring. Someone finally got her and took her to the hall so we could finish the vows.
I hardly heard either of us say the “I do” over the sounds of giggling, squealing and other general kid noises.
I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
It was perfect in that quiet library. A wedding “by the books.”
We began with the quote in the previous post, plus the paragraph I had written for the ceremony. We said vows to all 8 children. Promising to nurture, guide and love them as our own. Finished with our vows. Somehow in all the chaos, we got it finished.
A family is begun. Blended. Mixed to perfection.
Thank you to all of you who have expressed your delight along with me, your well wishes and kind comments. We are beginning the New Year as a new family. 2 adults. 8 children. I can truly say “Eight is Enough!” We went to the extent of having him altered along with his suit! We are thrilled with the prospect of each other and parenting all these children. I can’t wait to share all of our adventures (clown car, lion tamer chairs and all) with you!