Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Joy and Sorrow

Hubby's sister passed away peacefully last week in hospice. He flew out and just got back today. I stayed behind because I had to travel to my mother's wedding yesterday on Valentine's day and just got back today myself.

Took Little Guy with me.

Since somebody had to take care of the dogs and the house, Big Kid, Kitty and the Aspiring Adult all stayed here together to keep an eye on things and each other. ((sigh)) At least they didn't burn the house down. More on that another time.

We arrived on Sunday, and Mom was a basket case. LOL She's anal retentive on a good day and this just about blew her sockets. She had to go over every detail again and again and my job was to assist her and keep her calm.

I helped her get ready on the big day---and surprise! At 78, my mom had gotten her ears pierced! I had to put her earrings in because she was so nervous her hands were shaking.

It was a lovely service---just Beau, Mom, their kids and grandkids. It was held in the chapel of the church we've gone to since we were children. I was the matron of honor and Beau's son was the best man.

Both of my brothers walked Mom down the aisle---that's when I started bawling. ;-) She looked so beautiful!

Beau lost it during the vows part. He was so emotional and sobbed a bit. Which of course set off his son and daughters. Not a dry eye in the house! When my mom was saying her vows, "I promise to love, honor and cherish" Beau jumped in with, "What happened to obey?" LOL

At the end, after they were pronounced man and wife (and kissed), Beau's son and I helped them down from the dais, one on each side (didn't want anybody to break a hip).

The pastor introduced them with their married name to the congregation, and before anybody could start clapping, Little Guy jumped up from the front row, shouted "Group Hug!!" and almost knocked them down! snarf

It really was a very very special day.

18 comments:

KWombles said...

Lovely! I'm glad your mom's wedding went so well. It sounds like it was beautiful.

I'm sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Joy and sorrow...so sorry for your Husbands loss and also so happy for your Mom. ((Group hug))

debra said...

To everything there is a season...
xo

Sarah said...

How wonderful for your mother. I know when my mother remarried, I was just so happy she would have someone to spend her evenings/days/mornings with.
And to your husband and his sister's family - may their memories ease their sorrow.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How joyful for your mother!
I'm sorry about your husband's sister. A painful thing to lose a loved one.
Life gives us such extremes.

Stinkypaw said...

Aaaw that's sweet! Happy it went well & please pass on my condolences to your husband.

Brenda said...

Beautiful, and now I'm teary.

I'm so sorry about your sister-in-law, so sad. (((hugs)))

Bonnie said...

Mixing the sweet with the bitter...Congrats to your mom, condolences to your husband.

And for some humor (because life throws crazy shit at us), when you said Big Kid, Kitty and Aspiring Adult watched the house, all I could envision was the party scene from Risky Business...

Chris H said...

Very sad about your SIL... and Awwwww about the wedding!

Selma said...

I am also really sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law.

But what good news about your mother. That is very romantic. I wish she and her new hubby much happiness.

From Tracie said...

So very sweet. I'm glad that your mother's wedding went well.

And I'm sorry for your loss.

Joy and Sorrow indeed.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Aww, Attila, it sounds like a perfect wedding. I wish your mom and Beau all the happiness their hearts can hold.

Belssings to your sister-in-law. I am sorry for your loss.

xo jj

Queen-Size funny bone said...

as goes the cycle of life. beginnings and endings. hugs

Jennifer Jayhawk said...

Sweet and Salty!

I'm so sorry for your husband's loss of his sister. That is brutal.

Very cool that your Mom is in love and enjoying life.

cubedog said...

:giggle: "Group Hug"...best way I;ve ever heard of for finishing off a wedding!

digibirder said...

Sad to hear about your loss, but glad to hear your mother's wedding day went well.

Valerie Marie said...

All my best wishes for your Mom and Beau. ((hubby))

Katie :o) said...

Wow... I got behind on blog checking... so much going on for you. I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law. What a huge and sudden blow. Congrats to your mom, though! What a fun wedding! Hang in there :o) As always, I love the humor you find in so many situations!