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Out of the 5 weddings we were invited to this summer, we made it to 3. Each one was special, unique and one for the books! I wish all newly married or been married “forever” many years of love and laughter. 

The most recent wedding we attended introduced us to unforgettable “firsts.” The wedding ceremony was in an abandoned Cathelic church that was purchased and turned into an indoor skate park. Ramps were spaced throughout what used to have been the sanctuary. The chairs for the guests were set up in the bottom of a “pike” while the bride, groom and officiator stood at the top of a different ramp for the ceremony. The groom came down the aisle on a skateboard. The bride rolled down the aisle herself in her roller skates. Once they were pronounced husband and wife, they gave us a show of their talents on the ramps. I will have to say the bride out shined the groom with her skills! 🙂 Since the wedding was on Halloween, guests came to the wedding and reception in costume and Halloween candy were the centerpieces. The ceremony and reception were not in the best parts of a big city. (No worries, my 2 brother-in-laws were packing!! 🙂 ) 

And yet during the new, unfamiliar moments, we had familiar, blessed, loving moments. The union of two souls coming together as one. Family gathered around to share and support one another. Food, music, and dancing at the reception. My brother-in-law even took me for a spin around the dance floor! (I did my best to let him lead!) 

When experiencing or trying something new, our attitude can go one of two ways or maybe in both at the same time! It saddened me to see what once was a beautiful, holy place to worship God as a run down, beat up, graffiti covered space. Yet, I was invited to be a part of this special time in their lives, no matter the place. Halloween is not my thing. I could do without it and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings. Getting dressed up in a costume just doesn’t appeal to me. I have no quarrels with people that do. Just not something I enjoy. In costume or not, we had a good time, were able to spend time with family we love and adore that we don’t get to see on a regular basis. I’m pretty sure my great nephew didn’t sleep for days and had the worst stomach ache! But he had fun!! 

What could have been an event that I dreaded, became an event I looked forward to and will always cherish. Family, love and laughter. Doesn’t get much better than that! Yes, there were some tense moments. Yes, there were moments of sadness. Yet…. yet, there were moments of joy, fun, laughter and goofiness. And don’t forget about the dancing!

We can look at any event and focus on either the negative or the positive. I’m guilty of both. When I was leaning toward the bitter moments, someone around me would point out a sweet moment. And in return, I was able to point out a sweet moment when someone else noticed a bitter moment. We need each other to balance out the moments and hopefully allow the joyful moments to out shine them all. 

So, my friends, which do you have a tendency to lean towards; the bitter or the sweet? I hope it’s sweet. Let go over the bitter. It’s only eating you up on the inside. (I know, easier said than done!) I’m not saying to live in ignorance of the bitterness, just don’t let it take over your heart and mind. I know it’s there, but why not let some light shine through with the sweet moments. Why not acknowledge the sweet and allow it to seep deep down and bring light and a smile to your face. 

I love my family even deeper for giving me the chance to share this moment with them. It gave me new ways to pray and new things to be thankful for. 

Let go of the bitter and embrace the sweet. Life will be so much sweeter! 😉  😉

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.

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