Well, we figured out how to get some bluebonnet pictures of my little guy that actually reflected his super sweet, super happy personality! It just requires him to not actually be IN the bluebonnets... You win some, you lose some, I suppose! Now I just have to decide which one to put up on the mantle... Right now, they're all basically tied for first.
Today is our wedding day. Finally! After a bunch of craziness before our first wedding, and consequently not being married in the Catholic Church, and a thousand times (it felt like) this time that it wasn't going to happen before Easter, we're FINALLY going to be married in the Catholic Church. I started out seeing this as a pre-req for becoming Catholic-- just one more check in the box of the long list of paperwork I've had to fill out. The truth is, though, now that the day is here, I'm excited.
I'm excited to promise the rest of my life to my sweet husband again, like I do every morning when I wake up and continue to be his faithful and most-of-the-time-loving wife. I'm thrilled that our son will be there to witness his parents promising for better or worse, no matter what. I can't wait to promise the things that are different in the Catholic Church's vows, like being open to children and growing our family. It's something that I'd decided and agreed to 3 1/2 years ago, but there's just something about making it public, promising it in front of some of our dearest friends and, most importantly, God.
I won't be in a big white dress this time, but in some ways, I'm more excited not to be. This ceremony is purely about promising our lives to one another. No flowers, no cake, no fireworks. Just the two of us, our witnesses, Father, our sweet little boy, and some of our best friends. I LOVED my wedding day. It was absolutely beautiful and the time of my life. But I think that this version will be really good for our relationship, now that we have a baby and a house (or three) and a life together. Just a simple reminder of what we've promised each other every day for the last 3 1/2 years, and what we'll continue to do our best to live by for the next 86 1/2.
Dear Bloggy and IRL Friends and Family, I've responded to as many of the sweet comments as I can find from the posts about our sweet little baby. There are a few that had a ton of really wonderful advice that I just can't think about right now, and I want to publicly apologize. I WILL get there, but right now, I just need to not think about having another baby and focus on not being as sad. We'll figure out what's causing it later. I love you all more than you know for offering it, though, and I promise you, it's been read, and saved, and will be read again when I'm ready to start thinking about the next baby (fair warning, I'll probably be messaging you then!).
Dear Little Red Wagon, Thanks for some smiley baby bluebonnet pictures! We finally figured out a way to make him not hate it so much (and those will be posted next week for sure)!
Dear Ryan, I'm so ready to be home with you for longer than a month. I know we're headed BACK to Texas in a few weeks, but at least that'll be a quick trip, and then we'll be home for a while. I miss you like crazy and am so ready for some family time with all of my favorite boys.
Dear Grandma and Granddaddy Brown, Thank you for having us this week! Matthew loved getting to hang out with his grandparents. Playtime is the best, and I love seeing that little boy with you two. I never thought I'd see y'all as goofy or as smitten as you are, and it absolutely makes my job a thousand times easier.
Dear Moose and Chewie, Lots and lots and LOTS of play time for you this week, I promise! We might even break out the puppy pool. Y'all are going to get all the snuggling and ball chases you can handle. I love you, my sweet first babies!
Dear Tex-Mex, Starbucks, and BBQ, I'm so sorry I've neglected you this long. I promise, I'll get to all of you before I leave in the next 40+ hours!