Thursday, June 6, 2019

Seth and Maddie's Wedding - Life Lessons

Seth and Maddie's Wedding
The groom's side - LtoR, Brandon+Sarah, Bridgette+Bill, my brother Doug + Edie, Seth+Maddie, Kyle+Kayla. A beautiful crew I must say!

At a family wedding last week-end two very important life lessons were once again and wonderfully demonstrated.  The first one was sometimes life doesn’t go as planned, to have faith that it will work out in the end.  The second was try to live your life through the eyes of a child – embrace fun!

Last Saturday, it was a beautiful warm day and the forecast was perfect – balmy 70’s and no rain forecast.  A postcard event awaiting!    I texted my sister-in-law the same thoughts, saying so glad the weather had gotten the crazy rain storm out of the way on Thursday and Saturday looks like a gorgeous day for a wedding!  And as the four o’clock hour drew near, the guests were seated for the outdoor wedding ceremony amidst the backdrop of a beautiful barn in the countryside.  And within minutes the clouds rolled in, thunder exploded and huge raindrops started falling.  Everyone ran inside the barn, then in true celebration of the moment, we enjoyed an impromptu cocktail hour as we listened to the roar of the rainstorm which had then turned into a semi flash flood.  Ugh. 
Rod & I during the impromptu social hour

Jen, Rod & me

 After about a ½ hour the rain abated, water was swept out of the barn and we could see the storm passing through.  The sun came out, the chairs were wiped dry and the wedding went on as planned just an hour later. It was beautiful and it reminded me that once again when unexpected storms show up in your life, to take shelter, wait it out and know that it will pass and the sun shine once again.   

And after the wedding as I was walking around the grounds, I was dodging the multiple puddles when I noticed a toddler who was joyfully splashing in the water.  I smiled to myself and thought, this sweet little child didn’t see the mud and chaos of the storm, he saw the fun in the pure bliss of playing. Looking at life through the eyes of a child.  I need to do that more.
okay... so I couldn't pass up a chance to photo bomb Rod and my mom... I'll chalk it up to playing like a child!  lol
Isn’t it funny how simple little things will remind us to not take life so seriously and to trust that it will all turn out okay in the end?  And what a memorial event for Seth and Maddie - That they had the experience of their newly married life to trust that storms will come and go and that in the end it will all be okay. Plus a daily reminder to this gal....  to live in the moment, enjoy those around you and relish all the moments of your life. (like celebrating the high school graduation of nephew, Zach's - a full and joyous day!)

And with that, take care and thanks for stopping by. Feel free to drop me a word or two (  as I love to hear from you.  And as always, do share the blog post =)   And hopefully in the next day or so, I’ll have to share a new recipe I tried…. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles.  It is pure chocolate decadence, but I want to tweak the recipe a bit. =)  All my best, Gayle


  1. I love this! To add another layer to this, my father, Maddie’s grandpa, passed away just days before the wedding. I promised Maddie that he would be with us in spirit. When the sky opened up with a hail storm as soon as my mom was seated, we knew he was showing up right on time! Maddie looked up to the Heavens and said, “Oh Grandpa!”. She was so calm while we waited out the storm in the other building. When the storm passed, everything seemed new. The sky went from a white haze, to a crystal blue. The sun was shining on all of us, and we were counting our blessings. ��

    1. Oh my gosh, what a beautiful story. thank you for sharing.