Friday, February 25, 2011

Coming Together, Moving Apart

Today was a day of contrasts for sure.  After almost 2 wonderful weeks of Mom visiting us, I had to take her to the airport to go home this morning.  It was a little bit stressful as she had lost her driver's license sometime during her trip, so we weren't sure how it would go at the airport, but it was a piece of cake.  The airline had told her on the phone that she could use her social security or medicare card plus her bank card that has her picture on it, but until we actually got her through security, it was hard to relax. But as I said, it was no problem at all.  Mom insisted on using the "old lady" card in hopes they would cut her some slack, but she didn't need that.  Besides, a lost driver's license can happen to anyone, even really organized people (not that I am one of those...LOL!).  I am hoping she made it home safely, I will call her tomorrow to be sure, but I'm sure someone would have called me if there were any problems.

It was a rough drive home from the airport.  I hate parting from my mom.  The time we spend together is so peaceful, so nurturing, so glorious, that I never want it to come to an end.  We always say that it probably wouldn't be that way if we lived together all the time, but honestly, I'm not convinced of that - I think Mom and I could live side by side for years on end and be completely happy together.  Oh, how I wish circumstances would allow that to happen.  But it's not to be - for one thing, she has a very rich life in Oklahoma, and as much as she loves to come visit, she would not have the amazing network of loving and supportive friends she has there.

In some ways, I wish I had never moved away from Oklahoma, so that I would not have to be away from her.  But then so much about my life would be different, including the fact that I would not have my own amazing beautiful daughter.  I pray that the circumstances of life will allow Rachel and I to live in the same geographic area and that we don't have to live apart like Mom and I do.  I'll do pretty much whatever I can to make that happen.

When I got back from the airport, I had a chance to extend some unconditional love to Rachel, and I think that felt wonderful to both of us.  Life sucks sometimes, and we have to go through hard things, but it is so completely possible to get through those times and come out stronger on the other side.  That's what we did today.  I love my daughter dearly.

So, that's the "moving apart" part.

Now, coming together!  Today David and I attended the wedding of two of his co-workers from Medieval Times, a princess and a knight.  They have been together 10 years, and engaged for the last 3 years, so this was a wonderful day of celebration of their coming together.  The wedding was so special - it was outside beside a golf course, and the weather was spectacular, even at 4:30 pm...sunny, slightly breezy, just perfect.  The ceremony was so perfectly tailored for the two of them.  One thing they did that I had not seen before was the blending of sand.  There were 2 vessels containing sand of 2 different colors, then a larger vessel that was empty.  They poured the sand from each of their individual vessels into the empty one, which meant that now each one of them individually was merged into a "coming together" being which could never be divided back to the two separate beings that had existed before.  It was very beautiful and moving.  It was also a lot better than a unity candle would have been, seeing as how it was plenty breezy enough that a candle would never have stayed lit!

I got a chance to meet many of David's co-workers that I had never met before, and that was great.  We also got to visit with some friends that I already knew, mainly the other princesses who are near and dear to our hearts.  There were probably 75-100 people in attendance, a really great group - lots of knights and ex-knights, some really wild and crazy guys!

Dinner was very good - salad, potatoes, green beans, chicken and steak.  Then the party started!  The DJ was playing the perfect mix of music for the crowd.  The groom and his groomsmen, plus other knights, were all over the dance floor, showing off and being totally themselves.  I got a real kick out of watching them have so much fun.  And it was fun to watch the happy couple together.  Their love for each other shone brightly through it all.

As much fun as it was to watch everyone dance, it never got around to music that David and I wanted to dance to (not even the polka or the Time Warp, or even Disco Inferno!).  We were about to leave, but just as we were getting ready, they announced the cake-cutting, so we stayed to watch that and to partake of some delicious cake....MMMMMM!!!!!

Got home and had intended to work on some layouts - I have so many CT layouts to get done, but I ended up catching up on email and Facebook, and then just wanted to blog, so the layouts will have to wait until tomorrow - but I will work faithfully and steadily until I get them done.  I have a very few pictures of the wedding, but I'm even too comfy in my bed to download them from my camera - I'll post them next time hopefully.

So, I am behind on CT layouts, picture postings, Project 365 postings, my Adjective project for the Art Journal Caravan, not to mention housework....blech!  But I am ahead in love.  I love my husband so dearly, I love my family so much, and my living out loud mission is to try to bring as much joy to the people I love as I possibly can...and I think I did that today.  And the love was returned to me as well.  So even with the moving apart parts, the day was mostly about Coming Together.  I am deeply satisfied with that.

Peace and love to everyone!

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