Sunday, July 19, 2009

Buddies and babies

We had a really good time this weekend with Jack's buddies, and contrary to what I may have led you to believe in this post, I really do enjoy weddings (especially if they're Jack's college buddies' weddings since we don't get to see these guys much).

During the ceremony, the officiant gave a great message about marriage, which served as a nice reminder for how I should be acting in my own marriage. And as I listened to the inspiring prose from 1 Corinthians 13, I was thinking one thing.

The lace on her veil is flipped up. It's going to be like that in all the pictures.

I know. I should have been thinking about Kyle and Michelle and their new life together. I should have been applying the message to my own marriage and reflecting on whether I have been a submissive and loving wife lately.

Come on, maid of honor! Fix it!

I'll bet you never thought I had shallow thoughts like that, did you?

Nope. Not me!

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This wedding had a very different dynamic to it. Since the last wedding 9 months ago, seven couples from the group have had babies. Seven! (Also, it's possible that up to three of them were conceived during our wedding weekend. You. Are. Welcome.) Five new ones (and seven kids total) came down for this one.

They were all adorable and fun to look at, but it really changed the dynamic of the group, and fast. The group's kid-count went from five to twelve this year. The size and focus of the group changed so quickly that it was almost hard to recognize it (though these guys can still pick up right where they left off - they are family).

Moms were holding squirming babies and dads were scrambling to grab pacifiers, bottles, and blankets. Vocal octaves were raised and baby talk was used. Spit up was attended to and cries soothed.

It was different.

As sad as it was to see everyone cut the evening short to get their cranky kids to bed rather than tell the same corps stories over and over late until the night, it was kind of interesting to see the transition. It's pretty foreign to us, since we're still in the "stay up late" and "go wherever we want whenever we want" stage, but it was interesting none the less.

I have no doubt that these moms and dads are and will be fabulous parents, and I love the thought of all these kids growing up together (and later, ours too!), hopefully growing as close to one another as their parents are.

It's nice to be a part of this group. Even if they are growing up.

5 comments:

Tricia =) said...

Awww LOVE IT! I feel the same way about B-Co weddings. They are events I truly look forward to!

Jessica Latshaw said...

okay, flipped-up-lace-occupying-your-thoughts-during-poignant-moment: hilarious.

Wendy said...

Oh Mandy, I was equally as concerned about her veil. It was all I could do to not try to get the attention of the maid of honor. Aren't things like that the maid of honor's duty? I know it wasn't a huge thing, but for some reason I too was severely distracted by it. I'm glad I wasn't the only one.

Mandy and Jack said...

Hehehe Thanks, ladies!

I'm so glad to hear that, Wendy! I wanted to do that same thing (getting the attention of the MOH). I suppose it probably would have been much more distracting for me to run down the aisle, arms flailing, screaming "fix it! fix it!" Just a guess.

Jessi said...

Hey,
Thanks for the book recommendations....I now have a list of several to check out.
I've got a group of five girlfriends I grew up with and four of them just had babies this year (three this month). We haven't been able to get together since all the babies but I'm sure it will change things in our group. Not in a bad way...but I'm sure it'll be different.
The wedding veil thing is so funny. I'm sure I would've been thinking the same thing!
Blessings.