one year, two months and 9 days ago i got a phone call from amy. “your son proposed!!” words i had never expected to hear, but words that caused a bit of squealing, bouncing and waving of kermit arms. kyle and amy had been together for so many years that she already felt like a daughter to me, and they seemed quite happy in their current life together that marriage was never an issue for me. but…oh my, my heart grew 10 sizes that evening, so ready to embrace them as husband and wife.
i remember the night kyle came home telling me he had met the most beautiful girl in the world, nearly giddy telling me about her beautiful hair, her eyes, how much fun she was to be with. and then i met her. she came to a bonfire and timidly came inside to ask if she could please have a glass of water. i turned to jeff saying “this one is special…she’s a keeper”. and she is.
the wedding was held in my parents back yard. a simple, enchanting, intimate setting with only grandparents, parents and siblings sharing in the moment. i was there early to set up chairs and pots of coleus that amy, her mother and i had planted and nurtured. kyle arrived with a smile that lit up the day and never wavered. that smile was on his face the entire day. my heart…oh my heart…is there any feeling better than knowing that your child is truly, deeply happy?
the ceremony was officiated by amy’s brother (as amy has done for his wedding 2 years earlier) and was so personal…so heartfelt, and their fur baby, ellie, was ring bearer. but my favorite moment of the entire day was when, after exchanging vows and becoming mr. and mrs., kyle and amy stepped to the dinner bell and rang it in celebration. it hadn’t been rung in years, but it pealed out in joy. champagne flutes were raised in the comfort of air conditioning (did i mention it was in the 90s???) and the newlyweds were off for photos and a bit of rest before the reception that evening.
the reception was at denison university, in a quaint stone lodge. the patio had seating under a tent, open air, as well as some under a small grouping of trees. friday was spent with the entire family joining together to decorate the space and we turned it into a magical place filled with light, candles, ferns and some of the 200 yards (!!) of bunting i made for the day. bluegrass was played, dinner served, volleyball enjoyed and joy abounded. i was honored when kyle and amy asked me to bake some of the cakes that were offered, as well as a special smaller one for their table, displayed on the vintage cake plate they had gifted me earlier. it was a day of true celebration…no anxiety, no worries, just exactly perfect for kyle and amy.
so now they begin married life. i wish them many, many more happy years together, filled with love and adventure, don’t forget adventure! my son now has a whole other family to love and support him, and i have a new daughter-in-law to cherish. my heart is full.