dear monday valarie

21 Jun

i spent way too many hours in the car this weekend, driving through the traffic trap that is pigeon forge, tennessee. needless to say, i talked to myself enough.

today, instead, i’m talking to my dear friend, valarie, who tied the knot this weekend with her long-time beau.

my friend, the bride

you decided a long time ago who you would be.

gracious, kind, self-sacrificing.

regardless of surname or situation.

even on your day, as you exemplified the glowing bride, you cared for us.

we stood with you, in yellow heels and blushing cheeks, as you began this new part of your life.

my knees knocked as i watched you take your vows. i felt out of place. intruding on your private party. a whispering bridesmaid noticed: we forgot to let out your train. the audience missed out on all that lace and loveliness. not that they could have handled any more than you already radiated.

i soon realized, i had the best view in the house. i got to see his face as he took it all in . . . took you all in. i saw him as the man you’ve always loved. and i forgot about the details, the storm that threatened, the stress of the week . . . your gracious spirit seeped into every moment of the day.

i sometimes think a woman is measured by her grace under pressure, especially the pressure of that one day so many years in the making. you were capital g, Graceful, and i know it was true to character.

to valarie & nathan! *clink*

7 Responses to “dear monday valarie”

  1. Shawn Somerfield June 21, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    It was indeed a joy to share that day with both of you, too. Valarie, I got to Nathan but never to you, sadly. Thank you for including us in your beautiful, relaxed (for us!), and fun-filled, joyous day. You were one of the most beautiful brides ever and everything was perfect. We had such a great time watching all of you at the reception. Congratulations and blessings for a long, loving life together!

    Shawn Somerfield

  2. ashleynashville3 June 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    ah beautiful! I hope she reads this. So lovely!

  3. Samantha Monson June 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    You couldn’t have described it any better. Val is the best. You’re writing is starting to make me cry because it is sooo good!

    • dearabbyleigh June 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

      oh samantha, don’t cry. your smile is too much fun! thanks friend!

  4. Wendy Bryan June 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Beautiful! Your writing and of course…Valarie.

  5. Valarie June 28, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    One of the best gifts I have received…a beautiful friend with a gift of words! At the risk of sounding cheesy…this brought little drops of water to my eyes. Love you friend!

  6. gail July 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    I stood with Shawn and watched with love.

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