Last night my baby sister married the man of her dreams. It was straight out of a fairy tale. Well except for the part that the sister of the bride cried…all day long! 🙂 I want to blog more about all the fun we had at the Hicks/Matthews wedding weekend extravaganza but I’m completely wiped out. Instead, I wanted share my Matron of honor speech since it pretty much sums up how I felt about this union :
Jenny and I are just 16 months apart. I can’t remember life without her. In fact, some of my fondest memories revolve around backyard mud pies and playing teacher. We had all those typical little girl conversations about marrying our prince and riding off into the sunset. And as is the case for all of those types of dreams the prince is always a little fuzzy and you just can’t quite make out his face. Standing here tonight, looking at these two, I can assure you Jenny has found her prince. And as it turns out he has a pretty nice face after all!
I think this quote sums up my relationship with my baby sister- ” She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion,someone who knows you are smiling , even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child” Jenny, I’m thankful you are all those things for me and more!
I’ve always been “the crier”. She picks on me literally once a week for crying. Today, I’m not crying because I’m sad. I’m crying because I’m overflowing with happiness at the woman my baby sister has become. She is gorgeous, and witty. She is honest, and hard-working. She just graduated with her second degree, landed her dream job, and today she married her best friend. I’m a proud big sister!
I remember meeting Bryant for the first time when he came with Jenny to my son, Dawson’s 1st birthday party. I remember thinking how perfectly he meshed with our family. Well, that and this boy can eat! But seriously, it was just like he had been in our family forever. And what was increasingly apparent as I got to know him was how much he adores my sister. I asked him what he loved most about Jenny and he responded, “I love that she always things of me first and would do anything for me. She is the most thoughtful person I know.” And then he threw in…”It doesn’t hurt that she’s a 10!”
As for Jenny, the love she has for Bryant is apparent every single time she talks about him. She gushes. It’s really cute. It makes my heart smile to know the love that these two have for one another. I also asked Jenny what she loved most about Bryant and she responded, “He’s my best friend, an incredible listener, and he knows how to cook a pretty mean taco.”
My advice to you today as you begin this marriage is to me the only advice I know to give. Don’t just keep Christ in the center. Just as you’ve done at the ceremony intertwine Him into the very fabric of your marriage. He is the only way to happiness together and He will continue to grow and flourish your relationship beyond what even seems imaginable. When things seem tough (and at some point they will) always remember “The joy of the Lord is your strength” – Nehemiah 8:10 and He will provide all your needs.
Jenny, I love you so much and nothing makes me happier to know that today you’ve found your forever happiness. This very moment, seeing you in that dress, with that smile, and your very best friend by your side is something I’ve waited for my entire life. I cannot wait to watch you journey into this new chapter of your life.
Bryant, Thank you for loving my sister with your whole heart. Thank you for being her prince and for bringing her all the happiness in the world. I am so excited to welcome you into our family and look forward to having you as a brother.
I love your both more than words can express and wish you happiness that lasts an eternity. It now gives me immense pleasure to invite you all to stand and raise your glasses in a toast to the new Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Hicks. May your love be like the wind, strong enough to move the clouds, soft enough to never hurt but always and never-ending. Cheers.
And yes…It did go on and on and on… : ) This was the only chance I will ever get to give this speech and I had to squish it all in. More wedding fun posts to come soon. Now…a nap!