“It’s a girl,” the doctor announced; How exciting to hear our prayers had been answered! Yet, who knew the whirlwind adventure that would be ours when this little bundle of life was gifted to us, and a whole week early, not to mention it was Labor Day! God did, and He certainly had a well-designed plan in mind, even though we may have questioned it at times.
The pull for her independence was felt oh too soon. But then again it made us proud that she could keep up with her older brother, no matter the sport being tackled. And when she took a two-month Guatemalan college class credit, we learned more of trusting God’s well-designed plan. So, when she announced the desire to move to another town to become acquainted with a boy that she had connected with through several telephone calls, and had just recently met, what do you do? You help her pack of course!
This daughter of ours had already been living on her own. She was an adult and didn’t need our permission. And for the most part, she was a level-headed girl. Okay, I may be blotting out a memory or two of being locked out of her house one night and how she went about getting a key from her brother. That still causes anxiety! And then there are the Guatemalan stories . . . So, despite multiple examples of the contrary of her level-headedness, we entrusted her once again to the Lord’s safe keeping. That was early 2009, and by August her dad was walking her down the aisle!
August 1, 2009 a glorious day, despite being the day you are never prepared for, friends and family gathered for a stunning wedding celebration at a beautiful home situated on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, a perfect wedding spot. We had prayed for it not to rain or to be too hot for an afternoon, outdoor wedding. That day, our second born, but oldest daughter, our first child to get married, gave me a special gift that I will always cherish. I became a mother of the bride and a bridesmaid both for the first time in my life. The day was perfect except for big brother’s absence, who was unable to attend since he was in San Angelo, Texas at tech school training with the Air Force. Even so, our prayers for the outdoor wedding were answered as Our Heavenly Father blessed us with a picturesque afternoon. To God be the Glory great things He has done!
Happy 9th Anniversary, Carlie & Chad! We love you and are so very proud of your commitment to one another. God bless you with many more years.
This picture always makes me smile! It wasn’t planned and yet it captures each of us: Me (bridesmaid, far left), our daughter Carlie (bride), our daughter Jennifer (maid of honor), Chadwick Warren Lockey (groom), and my husband, Rodney (walked his daughter down the aisle AND performed the ceremony)!
This post was originally posted 08/01/2015, but revised 08/01/2018