Yesterday was Heather and Chad's beautiful wedding. Heather is Norm's cousin but I've known her since she was about Asa's age so I've watched her grow up. It was a beautifully elegant, relaxed wedding. Asa and Valentina were the ring bearer and flower girl. I'm so damn proud of how my kids were! They were both very nervous and a little scared but they persevered and did such a great job!
Before the wedding. Heather was a gorgeous, relaxed, happy bride.
Valentina loves Chad and kept telling me how handsome he was. This was the first time Valentina saw Chad, just before the pictures started.
Me and my kids. Sissy is right there with us, the middle circle of my necklace. Her disc is flanked by Asa's and Valentina's so she and I will always be surrounded by our kids. The ceremony was down in a little clearing at Norm's parents house and the reception was just above that, where Trina and Josh got married only 23 months ago. It was unbelievably difficult as my mind kept wandering back to August 31, 2008 and how different our lives are now. I kept thinking how proud sissy would have been of Asa. I cried inside for my sister. I cried in private for Asa for he has lost. And most of all I cried because I kept having flashing thoughts of "I can't wait to show sissy these pictures" or "wait til sissy how cute Asa looks". I cried because I miss her so much.
Walking down the aisle. Asa was so protective and concerned about Valentina that he didn't watch where he was going. They were both so nervous but they did it! I showed Asa before the wedding the exact chair that I'd be sitting in while they walked down the aisle and told he could just look at me if he got scared. I barely made it as the wedding started quicker than I expected. I was still "backstage" with the wedding party when I realized that the seating of the mother's had already been done. I had to book it up a hill, across the driveway and down a steep embankment but come hell or highwater, I was going to be in that chair!
Asa took this picture of himself. I love it!
Valentina showing me how Bruce the shark from "Finding Nemo" acts.