A Wedding

My “other” daughter got married over the weekend.

A long time ago, on the day we moved into our current home, we found a young girl sitting on our doorstep.

I admit, I was a little surprised to find her there.

She sat, patiently, expectantly, looking at me.

“You have a little girl for me?  A friend?” she half-asked, and half-stated.

Surprised, I answered, “Yes, I do.”

At the time, I had no idea this spirited, adorable, little girl would come to own a huge part of my heart.

As the years passed, she often lived at our house as much as she did at her own.

She is a little older than my daughter.

They each had school friends of their own.

But, they also – always – had each other.

The two girls are very different in many ways,

But they both share a love for life and the kindest of hearts.

(Oh, and VERY active imaginations!)

Several years later, when I arrived home from the hospital where I had my youngest son.

Again, I found a visitor patiently waiting for me.

“You brought the baby home?” she asked.

In seconds, she had him in her arms.

Every single day when she got home from school, she came over to “play with the baby.”

He grew up with an extra sister, a built in playmate, and his very first friend.

My “Little Lins” got married on Saturday.

I cried more than her real mom, who I also adore.

Lins 1 @ SHaggerty 2013 W-1

She made a beautiful bride.

My heart is bursting with joy, nostalgia, and hope for her future.

Congratulations Lindsay!

15 Responses to “A Wedding”

  1. Judi

    What a lovely story! It sounds a bit like me and my best friend, who I met when I moved in across the street from her house when we were 3 years old. We are also very different in many ways, and had different sets of friends, but have always been inseparable and closer than sisters. My second Mama, Peggy, is such a blessing.

  2. Lindsay

    Well now I am crying for the millionth time this week. So sweet Suzanne, I love you and your family so much. Thank you for being there on Saturday and capturing amazing moments, as usual.

  3. Missy

    Saw the photo on FB and just thought what a beautiful couple!

  4. Susie aka the real mom

    Suzanne,
    This is so sweet. I remember vividly looking over the side wall and hoping so much that you guys would buy…. You said you would have to eat Mac n cheese for a few years if you did. The rest is history and precious memories. Thanks for the pictures and the tribute to my baby. And, yes, you did cry harder than me!!!

    • Suzanne

      You guys were the best neighbors anyone could ever hope for.
      I know I cried more than you – I was an emotional mess!
      (We did live on Mac N Cheese for quite awhile after buying this house!)
      : )

  5. Diane

    Congratulations to the bride and groom and both moms of the bride. What a gorgeous girl and a beautiful story. xox

    • Suzanne

      Love that … “both moms of the bride.”
      : )

  6. amyz5

    I saw this photo on Facebook this morning and it made me smile. This is such a moment captured. This should be their official wedding photo for it speaks volumes about the life they will have together. Congrats to you ‘other mom’. And thanks for sharing such a lovely story.

    • Susie aka the real mom

      My thoughts exactly…. Did you see the one of my husband and Lindsay? Totally captured THAT moment, too.

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