Sincerely, Me

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Funny story…I have this cousin.  Her name is Amanda.  And she is a professional bouquet catcher.  I don’t think she has been to a wedding without going home with the bride’s bouquet.  She’s fought, she’s clawed, she’s slapped, she’s torn dresses.  I’ve seen her on the floor, in the air, and everywhere in between.  Anything to get her hands on that bundle of flowers. 
Well Jordan decided in a moment of pure genius (and to save the lives of the other singletons) that she would just go ahead and give it directly to Amanda.  “She was going to catch it anyway.  Let’s not waste our time.”

Funny story…I have this cousin.  Her name is Amanda.  And she is a professional bouquet catcher.  I don’t think she has been to a wedding without going home with the bride’s bouquet.  She’s fought, she’s clawed, she’s slapped, she’s torn dresses.  I’ve seen her on the floor, in the air, and everywhere in between.  Anything to get her hands on that bundle of flowers.

Well Jordan decided in a moment of pure genius (and to save the lives of the other singletons) that she would just go ahead and give it directly to Amanda.  “She was going to catch it anyway.  Let’s not waste our time.”

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Jordan asked me to be her maid of honor and after feeling incredibly honored, I immediately thought, “Oh dear.  I have to give a speech.”  I HATE public speaking.  I’ve even been know to break out in hives.  But I put my big girl panties on, wrote straight from the heart and delivered a speech that brought grown men to tears.  And I meant every word of it.

Jordan, there is nothing in life I take quite as seriously as my role as your big sister. When our parents brought you home from the hospital, I was certain you belonged to me. Other than trying to sell you that one time for $50 in the front yard, it’s always been you and me kiddo.  From teaching you to walk to taking you to your first bar, I have always been so proud to have you by my side. You are my other half, my side kick, my #1 cheerleader and I am yours.

Today, on your wedding day, I cannot begin to express the abundance of joy in my heart. Jordy, my greatest wish for you has always been for you to find a man who not only loved you but really liked you.  And for you to feel the same.  I wanted to see you cared for, celebrated and adored…I wanted to see you happy.

I look at you and Matthew today and I am so grateful because I know you found where you belong.  You found love. You are starting a family and I am so excited for this next chapter in your life.  Matthew, I couldn’t ask for a better brother in law.  Your kindness and consideration for others amazes me and I am thrilled to welcome you into our family. From the moment we became friends in college I knew you were a special person. What I knew in my heart was affirmed when several weeks after my dad’s passing, I got a call from my roommate in Lafayette telling me that Matthew Cotten was in our backyard cutting our grass. Such a simple gesture that spoke a thousand words. You take care of people, Matthew, and Jordan is one lucky girl to have you in her life.

Now, I know I may not be the most qualified person to give marriage advice, but I like to think I have gained a bit of knowledge over the years. I did grow up with the greatest example of how wonderful marriage can be. I think I speak for Jordan and myself when I say there are no words for how much of a positive impact our parents’ relationship with each other has had on our lives.  From watching the way you loved one another, I’ve learned what it takes to have a happy and healthy marriage.

Jordan and Matthew, First and foremost, be loyal to one another. You are now a team. It’s you against the world. You will take turns being in the spotlight. You will share the ups and downs. Work constantly to help each other and through it all the team will endure.

Don’t criticize. You’ll get enough of that from others. Be each other’s biggest fan. Encourage one another. Show your pride in the amazing person you call your spouse.

Remain best friends. The next 40 or 50 years will be full of tough times, joyous occasions, and everything in between. Who better to go through it all than with your best friend?

Finally, Be the couple your kids will want to emulate later in life. Set the best example you can for them. They will learn how to love someone by watching you.

Let’s raise our glasses to Jordan and Matthew.  I love you both dearly and can’t wait to watch the rest of your lives unfold.  Congratulations!

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Big News!!!! My baby sister got married last weekend!  The wedding was planned in one month and I have to give it to my mama, she is a rock star.  The house was stunning.  Not a detail left out.  The flowers, the food, the weather, everything was perfection.  You could even feel my dad’s spirit with us.  I think my mom said it best when she said that my dad hung the moon for Jordan that night.  Literally.  It was gorgeous.

Jordan and her new hubby Matthew got married on the lake we grew up on, with the most beautiful sunset in the background.  It was an intimate ceremony and reception with 65 of their closest friends and family, and the cutest flower girls ever!  These two are so in love and it was so apparent that day.  They rarely took their eyes off one another.  The love all around was palpable.  I couldn’t be happier for this wonderful couple and wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

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Smiles and tears when I opened my mailbox today.  My G.  My good best friend.  Recently Gennie decided to join the peace corp.  She’s serving two years in Malawi.  I’m thrilled for her. Scared for her. And incredibly proud of her.  She’s my warrior friend.  I look up to her and admire her strength and determination.  She does what her heart desires and is so so brave.  
God, keep my Gennie friend safe during this adventure of a lifetime.  And maybe help me get to Malawi to visit her:)

Smiles and tears when I opened my mailbox today.  My G.  My good best friend.  Recently Gennie decided to join the peace corp.  She’s serving two years in Malawi.  I’m thrilled for her. Scared for her. And incredibly proud of her.  She’s my warrior friend.  I look up to her and admire her strength and determination.  She does what her heart desires and is so so brave. 

God, keep my Gennie friend safe during this adventure of a lifetime.  And maybe help me get to Malawi to visit her:)

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My wildly talented Goddaughter, Vivienne. Enjoy!

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This view makes working after 5 much more enjoyable.  (at Corpus Christi Yacht Club)

This view makes working after 5 much more enjoyable. (at Corpus Christi Yacht Club)