Somewhere over the rainbow – Way up high – Are the dreams that you dreamed of – Once in a lullaby
Through the years, I watched my Kansas niece, Mikole, grow up and mature. It seemed like one moment she was a little girl in Kansas and in the next moment, she is a California gal, and it’s her wedding day. I don’t know if the pounding in my heart is for Mikole, or my Sister Deena.
I recalled the moments of bittersweet emotion I went through when my son got married. He was mine and I loved hanging out with him. I wondered, the moment he got married, how it would change the dynamics of our relationship. I thought about my sister Deena and the feelings she must be juggling at the marriage of her only child.
Someday I’ll wish upon a star – Wake up where the clouds are far behind me – Where trouble melts like lemon drops – High above the chimney top – That’s where you’ll find me
I pondered the lifetime moments of happiness, travels and sorrows Dee and Mikole shared. This is the big moment for my sister. A Mother’s prayer is answered for her child. Her soul mate walks into her life. The one she can come home to, and cuddle up with after a long day at work. The number one person that will always be there for her.
I learned in my life that this is the moment Mom’s need to step back and let our children blossom into the person they were meant to be. And with the person they were meant to be with. All we can do now is pray for them. There was no better moment in my life then my sons wedding day, and I gained a daughter. For Deena the moment came on Mikole’s wedding day, when she gained a son.
I am a little sad when I think about all of life’s moments that flew by, and I was only around Mikole once or twice a year. There were fun moments when the cousins piled in our van and we drove to Arizona to spend Christmas with Deena’s family and Mom and Dad.
Other special moments were Thanksgiving Dinners, Mikoles’ High School Graduation and a trip to Maine. Considering all the moments we have shared, this is the icing on the cake. I have never seen Mikole truly happy, like on her wedding day. Destination – Crystal Cove State Beach, California.
Well I see skies of blue – And I see clouds of white – And the brightness of day – I like the dark – And I think to myself – What a wonderful world
After the Marriage Ceremony our evening was full of moments. In the background you heard the sound of the lone guitarist quietly serenading us. There was the moment Mikole and Derek cut their cake and had their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Horner. Then the moment they suddenly ran towards the ocean, as the sun was setting to get a picture of that sunset kiss.
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky – Are also on the faces of people passing by – I see friends shaking hands Saying, “How do you do?” – They’re really saying, I…I love you
What a memorable moment it was with Derek and Mikole. Being with all the people that loved them, surrounding and embracing them on the Beach Cottage deck. Everyone together in one place enjoying food, music, dancing and drinks.
I wanted to sit there for hours watching the sun set and the waves break and rise, never standing still. I wanted this moment to last forever. I was hypnotized by the tide coming closer, as I focused on a sand castle. I wondered why it wasn’t crumbling with the waves splashing over it? When I shared that moment with Jody, she pointed out that it was a rock.
How appropriate to have this rugged rock on the beach – in the center of this celebration. I thought of their marriage vows, pledging their lives to each other and Christ as the rock in their lives. I cherished the moment they combined the three shades of teal sand into one. Blending the lives of Mikole, Derek and Christ together. It was beautiful and I was comforted to know they had the rock in their lives.
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow – They’ll learn much more than we’ll know – And I think to myself – What a wonderful world
As the evening came to an end, my heart was overjoyed with love for my niece. I was so proud of Mikole. She handled their wedding day well. It was her moment to shine, and shine she did! She has come so far in life. I was glad I did not miss the moment she pledged her life to her one true love.
Life is full of special moments-we need to pause so we don’t miss them. My prayer for Derek and Mikole, is that they will have a lifetime of special moments!
Well I see trees of green and red roses – I’ll watch them bloom for me and you – And I think to myself – What a wonderful world.
Lyrics for Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole