Friday, December 14, 2012

A Tropical Wedding

Today is our last full day & night in Hawaii.  Our week is swiftly drawing to a close, but not the memories associated with sun, sand, surf and ~ best of all ~ our daughter's wedding.


Molly Diane was born to us on December 12th in 1970, the 2nd of 3 children.  From her earliest of days she was a child on a mission, one that insisted upon the charting of her own course.  She was and is smart, fun & funny, and full of life.  To say she is a joy is to admit to a poverty of words in describing her place in our hearts.

Seventeen years ago Molly married.  It was a hopeful union, and soon they were three.  Rylie, who turned 16 on December 12th (her mother's birthday AND wedding day), joined them.  But hopes soon turned to sorrow when Molly's husband found himself plagued with drug-related issues.  Still ... Molly waited while treatment programs & time seemed to be in her favor.  For nearly seven years she held out hope that one day the marriage would survive.  It did not.

Six years ago Tom Fisher came on the scene:  a man grieved over the loss of his own marriage; a man fathering two adorable daughters himself: Meagan & Ava.  Sparks flew.  From the git-go, Molly & Tom were smitten.

Terry & I watched closely as only parents/grandparents do in these matters.  Was he a good father to his daughters?  Would he respect our daughter and granddaughter?  Was he a noble man given to hard work?  On every count, and over a period of their years together we also found ourselves smitten with the man who'd captured Molly's heart, and ours.
 
This week Molly married her prince, while her father and I stood teary-eyed along with some 30+ family & friends who also traveled here to witness their marriage.  To a person ... all felt this was a marriage meant to be!

I've captured but a few pictures of my own since there's been a photographer in the mix.  Here are but a few ... 


Arriving on Maui - Terry & me, along with our "porter" Rylie



BEFORE:  Ava, Meagan, Rylie, Molly & Tom  
~ The promise of family


Rylie and her best friend, Chloe ~ Hawaiian style!


Where most of the wedding go-ers parked all week:  The Beach!


VIDEO ~ Daddy escorting his little girl ...


While the minister spoke of love & commitment, THEY only had eyes for each other.
 

Tom & the girls (Meagan, Ava, Rylie)
 
 Molly & the girls (Ava, Rylie, Meagan)
Ava and Meagan call her "MUMMY" ~ Sooooo sweet!
 


AFTER:  And then they were a family of five!


 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

We love you, Molly & Tom Fisher
Thank you for weaving such precious magic 
into the fabric of your family & ours!


12 ~ 12 ~ 12


11 comments:

Rebecca said...

Beautiful. Your hearts must be bursting :)

Renee Regnier said...

Just wonderful! May God richly bless!

Sonja said...

Tears... of joy for them as they become this beautiful family of 5. How precious!!

skoots1mom said...

great pics! bet you've had a great time and don't want to come home...safe travels!

Debbie said...

Oh what a BEAUTIFUL love story! I'm wearing a big smile over here! May God richly bless them all! HUGS

NanaNor's said...

How wonderful! What a beautiful wedding and family; may His Hand richly bless them. Enjoy the remaining time you have in Paradise.
Hugs, Noreen

Denise said...

Enjoyed this post.

Just a little something from Judy said...

We serve a God of "second chances", new starts and clean pages. What a beautiful expression this is of just that. Love seeing the pictures of your lovely family. Wishing them the very best!

Cheryl Barker said...

Love that last picture of the new family. So much love!

Merry Christmas, Kathleen!

elaineolsen@live.com said...

Thank you for sharing, Sassy. I know your heart is still smiling.

peace~elaine

Peggy said...

I am so happy for your family. What a joyous occasion. What fun! A wedding in Hawaii! Close to Christmas. I'm smiling just thinking about it. What could be better? Christmas blessings to all of you.