Every girl dreams of her wedding day when she is little I think...or at least I know that I had. I had planned that my dad and I would dance to Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" after he had given me away to the man of my dreams. Well I met the man of my dreams and had my fairy tale wedding, minus one very important part...my dad. When I was in 8th grade, my dad passed away very suddenly and my whole little family was left in just complete shock. I won't go into the whole story but loosing him meant loosing parts of my dreams...him walking me down the isle, dancing with him to that song, him being a grandfather to my children... so many dreams just gone in an instant.
Meet my Dad...well us a long time ago! :)
Did I have a fear of who would walk me down the isle? Yes. Did I try to plan a destination wedding to help ease the pain... sure did. But as I got older, I began to understand and realize that although my dad wouldn't be there in person, he would be there and that I was lucky to have other men in my life who had stepped in and up to help me, my family, and my heart heal.
On our wedding day, my sweet baby brother who is 16 and literally the best kid ever, walked me down the isle and gave me away to the man of my dreams. When the preacher asked him "Who gives this bride away"...like a champ Dave said "My mom, my sister, and I do" and then handed me off. It was so special to me and just was perfect because it was him, mom, and Dee that were handing me over to Michael.
There is nothing like having a baby brother who you just adore.
Photo credit: So Shay
This song, and her voice...my goodness her voice, just reminded me of everything that my family and friends have done for me all my life, but especially over the past 10 years since we lost my dad. They have all loved me, taken care of me, made me smile, gotten on to me, and encouraged me to be the best person I can be. I feel so lucky to have all of them and now have extended family that I know would do the same.
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.