I’ve made a terrible mistake.
Two of the many cherished gifts we received on our wedding day –
One, the framed lyrics of the song my dad had written and shared with everyone.
Two, the speech given by one of my favourite people in the world, tucked away behind a framed photo of my favourite place in the world.
As we are packing away our life, turning our cozy townhouse home into an uncomfortable sea of boxes, I came across a wedding speech that I had written, tucked away in one of my drawers.
I had the opportunity to say my piece at the wedding reception of my sister-in-law two summers ago, and did not have enough forethought to leave a copy with her.
Thankfully, and regretfully – I’d like to make up for this mistake by sharing it with her now… and with the anniversary of their wedding coming up quickly, we can almost pretend that I did this on purpose.
“For those of you unfamiliar with me, I have the pleasure of being Tiffany’s sister-in-law.
I haven’t had the opportunity to get to know Justin as much as I would like, but I think we can both agree on one thing – we’ve hit the ‘in-law’ lottery, marrying into one of the most amazing families.
Tiffany and I have a unique connection. I think it’s safe to say we know how we feel about each other without having to say anything at all.
After the birth of our daughter, Tiff was the first to visit us in the hospital. Seeing my daughter in her arms, I witnessed for myself, just how fiercely she loves others.
After the birth of her son, I jumped at the opportunity to spend the night with them in the hospital. That night, I witnessed a strength in her I had never seen in anyone before.
When my family made the decision to move across the country 3 years ago, I thought that that would be all I would be of witness to, I would be giving it all up.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
I’ve been able to witness her falling in love.
She was visiting us in Calgary when she told us, ‘about a boy’. We spent the entire trip hanging onto her every word about this mystery man whom she felt destined to spend her life with.
I watched her marry her best friend.
Thanks to modern technology, we had a front row seat as this man we had never had the opportunity to meet made a vow to commit himself to her, promising to take care of her and her little boy – ‘…however that would mean.’
Over the last few days, I’ve gotten to watch them as a couple.
I’ve gotten to see this strong woman, finally not have to be so strong all of the time. And that woman, who loves so fiercely, I’m getting to see her BE loved just as fiercely in return.
I’m getting to watch their family grow – with the anticipation of a healthy baby ‘Hammy’ arriving in October.
And, best of all, I get to stand in front of all of you, and celebrate – them.
May God bless you and keep you always.”
It’s hard to remember your family before Charlotte joined the ranks. Even more, in your two “short” years of marriage, you have endured so much more than any one of us could have anticipated. That strength in you is being put to the test, and your family’s unfailing faith leaves so much to be admired.
Happy almost-anniversary lovebirds! It has been an absolute joy watching your story unfold. Thanks for letting us tag along for the ride!
And now… back to packing.