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Green trees, cool water, a gentle breeze...the perfect place to sit at the feet of the Master and learn. Jesus taught so often on the shoreline, and He's still speaking today.

This is where I share the lessons He teaches me, often during the time I spend on the shores of a local lake. I don't have all the answers...and some days I don't have any. But I go here when I need to draw near to Him in a tangible way. Come with me...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Time to Plan a Wedding

Is this the little girl I carried, is this the little boy at play?  I don't remember growing older, when did they?  Those are the opening lines to the song "Sunrise, Sunset" from "Fiddler on the Roof"...and that is my reality today.
My little girl got engaged last April.  It was exciting, but still a bit nebulous because no date was set.  Until today.  It's no longer "my daughter's engaged"... it's "my daughter's getting married, October 4th, 2013."  Now it's really real.  Now the planning begins in earnest.  But first, let me reminisce...

She's always been early.  It started when she arrived two weeks before her due date, and 26 years later, she's always the first to arrive at work, losing patience with the ones she has to wait on to gain access.

She's always been a bit of a daredevil.  I remember her in a baby swing, throwing her little feet out to force herself higher - the legs of the swing would sometimes lift off the ground.  I thought then, this kid is going to love amusement park rides...and in fact, the higher and faster the roller coaster, the better she likes 'em. She's a little heavy-footed on the gas pedal too!

She's always - well almost always - been a Fashionista.  It started with her first tap costume - a 'bo peep' like number that she pranced around in long after the recital...and now she's a visual merchandiser for a well-known, world-wide clothing chain.  Of course, there was a year or two in there when goth clothing was her thing.  Not the makeup, hair or piercings, but oh how I remember those horrible baggy pants with tons of zippers.  It's hard to believe that same child who once proclaimed "I hate dresses - I'm going to wear a suit at my wedding!" now wants to say "yes to the dress" - and desires one of the laciest 'vintage' wedding gowns I've ever seen.

And she's always been creative.  When she was about 4, I took her for her regular check up.  The doctor asked her to draw a picture of herself.  When she was done, he was amazed.  "Incredible detail for a child her age" he marveled.  "She's drawn buttons on the clothes, laces on the shoes, and barrettes in her hair."  When she was about 7 and her brother was 3, she wanted him to play school.  He whined "mom, I don't WANT to learn my letters and numbers again!"  Jackie thought a moment and  played on her brother's interest of ocean creatures.  "I know...we'll play 'sea school' she announced..."I'll be Mrs. Octopus, and you can be a whale!"  Now that's creative - my son bought into it 'hook, line and sinker'.  Ultimately, she graduated from college with a degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in photography.  Some of her work can be seen on her photography Facebook page...J.C. Photography

I'm proud of my daughter and the woman she's become.  She's hard-working, thoughtful, giving and loving.  She's chosen a man who loves and cares for her and takes care of her...and occasionally indulges her penchant for stuffed animals since their apartment complex frowns on having REAL polar bears and tigers live on the premises.  And now, she's getting married.  October 4, 2013.  We have a date.  Let the official planning begin!

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful ... and touching! I loved reading your trip down memory lane, and the lovely tribute to your daughter. Can't wait to hear more about the wedding plans as they progress!

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    1. Thank you! I'll certainly be writing more on this subject that's near and dear to my heart!

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  2. Omigosh!! What a fabulous post this is!!! Thank you, Toni, for allowing us all to have a little peek into Jackie's life. From all of our heart-to-hearts, I know so much about you -- not so much about your beautiful daughter. I'm so happy and excited for her -- and for you, too!! I'm looking forward to hearing more about the wedding plans, too.

    That Bo Peep picture -- SO adorable! And look at you, girl, with those cool rockin' specs of yours. Love it! :)

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    1. Ah those glasses...my cousin says the smirk on Jackie's face in that pic is because she's laughing at my specs lol. Thanks for the compliment on her behalf - she is beautiful :) inside and out!

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  3. They grow up so quickly. Thankfully, I have a few years before I face gaining a daughter or son-in-law. But a post like this reminds me to treasure the time I have with them. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's true Bryan, blink and you'll miss the time. Wish I had been a journaler back then to capture more of those special moments on the page. The memory gets faulty sometimes. Thanks for visiting the blog!

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  4. MAZEL TOV! YOU SHOULD ONLY SHEP NACHAS!

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    1. Thanks Tidbits - from your mouth to God's ear!

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  5. yea for all of you!! congrats and good luck!!! My oldest daughter got married in Sept...i definitely gained a son!!!!

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