Wow, what a week. My youngest sister Lisa is the last of the twelve of us siblings to get married. The ceremony today was beautiful, and it was great to see neighbors and friends I remember when I was a kid stop by at the reception tonight.
I love Lisa to pieces. She's so gregarious and optimistic and trusting and kind. Her new husband Spencer is a lucky guy, and from what I can tell, the two of them are perfect for each other.
And Maryanne's always had an extra-special place in my heart, and has followed Jeri and me around a bit (living in Incline Village and Washington State near us). And having the double pleasure of seeing Maryanne and Cameron married earlier this week made it a great time to be with family. Maryanne already has a great family with her three boys, but Cameron is such a great guy, and he seems to genuinely love her kids, I know he's going to become an important part of all of our lives.
Weddings are always a perfect time to reflect on the importance of family, commitments, and traditions. Though we live pretty far from most of my extended family, we all remain pretty close emotionally. And on top of that, I have the most amazing wife and awesome kids, and we're developing our own strong bonds, and meaningful traditions--I like that.
In hearing vows exchanged and advice given to the newlyweds, I'm reminded of what a great wife I have, and what she means to me. I'm reminded that I could be a better husband and father, and I'm reminded about the importance of commitment to each other. And mostly, I'm reminded what a lucky guy I am, to have so many people near and far that love me and support me in so many ways.
I took a bunch of pictures to memorialize the events of the past week (my wife couldn't make it to the weddings, so I mobloged the whole thing). Check em out if you're so inclined.