We planned a small intimate wedding at my mama’s home. We invited immediate family and just a handful of friends who had helped to pray us through the last few months. It was a clear, sunny winter day. We were hoping we would be able to get to our cabin on top of the mountain before the snow began to fall!
The Southern Gentleman asked Elijah to be his best man while I asked Elijah to walk me “down the aisle”. All of his brothers are married now and I wanted Elijah to have that honor since he was the “last man standing” at home.
Each of my sons played a role in the wedding as did all of my daughters-in-law. My oldest son walked his Grandma in and read our Ketubah (wedding covenant) to everyone there. Another son wrapped us in his Tallit (which symbolized starting our life together wrapped in the Word) and another son was in charge of the wine glass that we would sip from (sealing our covenant) and that would ultimately be shattered (so no one else could ever participate in that covenant). Everyone also helped during our small reception after the ceremony. My grandson was the bearer of love letters for each of us!
I asked one of my daughters to be my matron of honor, cake cutter and photographer, I asked another one to sing the song that I walked down the aisle to – she was nervous but did such an amazing job – and she took pictures! And I asked my other daughter to sing the song that everyone else walked down the aisle to… and she played violin and keyboards! I have the most amazing, talented and giving daughters – my sons are very blessed to have married the women that they did!
All of the women in my family and a few close friends spent time praying over me before the ceremony – it meant so much to me! I was also able to have a private moment with each of my sons before the ceremony – to be able to thank them individually for all that they had done over the years to take care of their mama! It was such a sweet time!
The ceremony went off without a hitch! We shared some cake and sparkling cider and visited with everyone there. Then we said good-bye and headed for the mountains. It was a clear, cold day. When we got to the top of the mountain, the afternoon sun bathed the front porch of our cabin and it was warm enough to sit and enjoy the view of the amazing mountains that we faced – watching the play of the sunlight and clouds – it was a constantly changing picture of Abba’s creation and His glory!
During our week on top of the mountain (and no….we never came down!), we enjoyed mostly sunny days. We had one day of light rain, a day or two of beautiful snow, amazing stars at night, and the constant view of the mountains by day. We continued to study the Scriptures each day, enjoyed wonderful meals with little effort, kept the fireplaces going, sipped hot cocoa on the porch in the early morning, and enjoyed spending every moment together. It was a glorious week!
Then it was time to head back to reality…where the Southern Gentleman is now known as The Farmer! We began working on the many projects we had planned around our farm and enjoying life together!
You’ll be seeing many of those projects here in the future as I get back to blogging about farm life, cooking from scratch and, of course, using herbs and essential oils to keep us and all our critters healthy!