Other than the fact that I get to marry my best friend in less than three months, there are a lot of things to be thankful for at a wedding. One of those being that our love is bringing two families together. Being 13 hours away from my own family, life has been known to get lonely a time or two. Even with technology that allows me to call and video home, nothing compares to having your loved ones nearby.
I cannot thank Isaac's family enough. They have welcomed me with open arms, and they've shown me (and continue to show) so much support these last two-and-a-half years. My first summer out here, Isaac's mom (Nancy) allowed me to move in with her; my first deer, Isaac's oldest brother (Kevin) saved me from having to gut! His other brother (Ben) and dad (Pat) even showed up for my confirmation into the Catholic Church – driving from East River and North Dakota to be there.
The more the merrier, you can never have enough family love and support. For those of you who know me, I am a huge fan of family. Family means so much to me, and I don't mean just blood relatives. Some of the people in my life growing up have wormed their ways into my heart - you know who you are! Family is there for you time and time again. They stand by you, laugh with you, cry with you. In less than three months, my family will be growing as Isaac and I stand in front of them all and say, "I do," and I couldn't be more excited.
Have you ever thought about your wedding like that? It shouldn't be two separate sides at the church. You're coming together as one, and so should your family! It makes things so much easier down the road for holidays and family gatherings too.
To my Mom and Nancy,
Thank you so much for sharing in the excitement as we plan for the big day coming up, and thank you for laughing together and sharing me. I know it can be tough sometimes, especially for you mom, not always being here and all, but I couldn't be happier. I love you both!