Saturday, August 11, 2012

Witnessing the Sacrament of Matrimony

Is there anything more joyous than being invited to the wedding of a dear family member or friend?  And being asked to witness the joining of two young people in the Sacrament of Matrimony?  To be one of the chosen few who are there as they officially begin their new life together?  (Baptisms rank right up there, of course.  And Holy Orders...well, the sacraments are all so very beautiful that each in its own way is indescribably special.)

But today, my husband and I, along with all five of our sons, a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, and three girlfriends--not to mention the whole extended Pearl family (other than the two who cannot be here due to their military obligations)--will be gathered together to celebrate the marriage of our niece.  Right now, the family homestead and the house next door, which is owned by my husband's older sister, have a total of 60 people and 7 dogs staying in them!  (Yes, 60 people and 7 dogs--you heard that right.)  To say things are hectic around here is the understatement of the century.

In spite of all the chaos, we are all filled with joy for our beloved niece and her wonderful husband-to-be.  Please keep them in your prayers on their special day!

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