The Family

17 Mar

I have written many “about me” papers in my life- tons of classes, resumes, and applications require them. Every single paper I have written begins like this:
“I come from a very large, loving family.”

What does “large” mean in this instance? Over 30 aunts and uncles, and 40+ first cousins. I’ve heard of people having big families like this. Inevitably, however, these big families are not very close. That’s not the case with us. I see most of my family at least a couple times a year- and the rest of them every other year or so. I’m friends with all of them on Facebook (hey, that’s something!) and know what their lives are like, and what they sound like when they laugh.

This family- almost every single one of them- came forward for our wedding and provided immeasurable, perfect help. My cousin Carolyn spent hours preparing bags full of goodies for the kids to play with during the wedding. My grandma got our bobble heads for us and made amazing gourmet nuts for every single table to enjoy. Dozens of my cousins — from age 5 to 35 — helped by passing out programs, coordinating the rehearsal, singing, playing, bearing signs and checking coats.

My aunts spearheaded the decoration team, folding napkins, divvying up silverware, and placing table names. My uncles practiced and performed glorious music, and my Uncle Chris lovingly read for our ceremony.

Having a family like this is like living in a kick-ass house. It’s having a place to come home to, walls to rely on, a bed to sleep in, and a fantastic sound system to pump loud, singable music into your life. It’s a pool in the summer, a heater in the winter, books in the evening and orange juice in the morning.

Our wedding would have been half as big without our family. I mean that in a literal sense (over 120 people at the wedding were CLOSELY related to us), and in a metaphoric sense. The day was so much richer, deeper, more meaningful– literally BIGGER– because of the relatives who gave themselves to the creation and execution of it.

Thank you, zany family. We couldn’t have done it without you. We love you.

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3 Responses to “The Family”

  1. Jen March 18, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    So amazing…thanks for continuing to share about your wonderful day!

  2. Mary March 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks for making me cry AGAIN!

  3. Richard Roellke March 19, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    It was an honor to be a part of such a beautiful life changing event

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