I had a hankering for some wedding last night and I "forced" Chad to watch our wedding video. We didn't pay for a videographer so it wasn't some spectacular multi camera event. It is just our friend Carter standing in the corner behind the altar. I popped in the video (we desperately need to transfer it to DVD) and sat down to relive one of the happiest days of my life.
As soon as it started and I saw all the people who love me and Chad in the pews I started to cry. It was eight years ago that we got married and so many things have happened to those dear dear people. Some of them are happy...they got married, had babies, grandbabies, etc. Seeing Bethany Ottley sitting with Seth Arganbright was so fun to see as they are now married and have a baby girl, Piper. To see Jon Colyer dancing with Claire Ottley..his soon to be sister-in-law made Chad and I laugh. But what struck me the most was all the horrible life events that have happened over the last eight years. Grandpa Miller died of cancer. Jim Breining died of cancer. Dan Bote died from a heart attack. Marilee Bote died from a broken heart just 2 weeks later. Lanny and Mary Caligiuri (my second set of parents) got divorced. Gary and Peggy Forster got divorced. I am sure there are others that I don't even know about. There were so many lost relationships. Gerry and Nancy Halterman were so good to me and I love them so much but haven't seem them in years. Ryan Halterman was my best friend for years and we have lost contact. There was so much mourning as I watched the video. Mourning the loss of life, love, and friendship.