“With this ring I thee wed, with all my worldly goods and my hearts most faithful affection; I thee endow in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost”
I took my place behind the double doors arm in arm with my dad fighting tears and trying to catch my breath. The soft music began to play; I took a deep breath as the double doors in the back of the church opened. I saw my groom’s tear stained face crack a smile and for a moment time froze, and I took my first step toward my future.
As I walked down the aisle, I didn’t notice the decorations, I didn’t notice if the bridal party was in their exact places from rehearsal the night before, and if Landon’s navy blue suit blended well with the groomsmen’s black suits. I didn’t notice if someone didn’t make it, and I didn’t notice it the photographer was snapping photos. I forgot about the days leading up to this very moment. Because when the doors opened, I only saw one thing, Home.
I saw my former home in the face of the man walking next to me. The man who’s black hair is beginning to turn gray; the man who raised me, and supported my every dream for so many years. Then I looked ahead and saw my new home in the face of my groom; the young man with a twinkle in his eye, the man whose arms I would dwell in for the rest of my days here on earth. I then looked over to the little boy who finds home in me. His whole world was getting ready to change, and his prayer was being answered, “Lord please give me a daddy.” He was going from “oh it’s just me and my mom” to a family made whole.
That afternoon my groom became a husband and a daddy all at once, but he didn’t have to. He could have said no. He could have looked at Landon and said that’s too much, but he didn’t. Instead he embraced me and looked past my mistakes, and my failures. We were never too much for him and he knew that if he got me, he would get Landon. He fell in love with me and fell in love with my son, and as we said our vows we didn’t just become husband and wife, the three of us became a family. Our home has been made whole.