Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Wedding

I was married on Mother's Day.
Sunday, May 12th, 2000.

Before DIY weddings were vogue,
heck don't think the phrase had been coined yet.

On a hillside of wildflowers in San Dimas
we were married.

Me, in a pale yellow dress bought from a Jessica Mc Clintock outlet for 26 dollars.
Even wore matching pale yellow Keds with laces of tuille.

John was dressed in his Western Best, apropos as the ranch he kept his horse at was but 
a short jaunt down the road.

Afterward, we had a very cool Backyard BBQ reception.
It was a Potluck, two friends manned the BBQ's and grilled dogs and burgers.
The tables were covered with red/white checkered tablecloths with vintage coke bottles
at the centers. Tied off with raffia and filled with wildflowers.
Bales of hay conscientiously arranged had galvanized basins filled
with iced beer, water and soda.

It was simple, affordable and perfect.

I remember us talking about being married on Mother's Day, how romantic I remember it feeling.

It would have been 12 years tomorrow that we would have been married,
but we only got to halfway to our 4th year when John passed.

Not a day goes by I don't think of him, how could I not
when Emily is an absolute 50/50 blend of he and I. 
I can see as much of him in her as I can see myself.

Each year as Mother's Day approaches, I relive that day
and honor his memory.  It was a very happy day.

Our marriage was like most who marry a second time and have children
from a first marriage.  That usually is the biggest issue.
He and I definitely went rounds about my 3 sons, but it
always worked out and I am sure, would have even today had he lived.
We had so much respect for each other and were very good friends.

Though Life goes on and I have found Love again,
we never forget the ones who leave indelible marks on our souls
and change us and the trajectory of our lives forever.

I am thankful for what time we had and thankful for Mother, Nana,  my children and grandson,
thankful that life has given me such wonderful family and friends to share it with.

May each of you have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!


  1. Happy Mother's Day Lisa! What a lovely post.

  2. Your beautiful post made me tear up :)...I am glad you have Love in your life again, not to mention a beautiful family!
    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you to Lisa!

  3. Happy MOthers Day friend!! Another tear jerker post! Very Touching a big hug to you and miss Emily.

  4. Hi Lisa. What a beautiful post. Very touching indeed. ::hugs:: Happy Mother's Day to you. I'm happy that you have found some peace. Take care.

  5. Happy Mother's Day, Lisa. Beautiful post.
    xo, Amber

  6. Happy Mother's Day Lisa .. Such a wonderful Story ..I'm so glad that John lives on through Emily .. She's definitely daddy's girl !

    Hugs to you both ..and see you in a few weeks !


  7. Love you Lisa, such a wonderful tribute to your loved are so BLESSED with each and every one of your kids and a Mom and Nana too!!! You are an incredible MOM and I wish you a beautiful day XO

  8. Happy Mother's Day Lori! What a great tribute to John. I remember when he use to help you at Country Roads way back when. Thankfully John lives on in your little Emily! Have a wonderful Mother's Day and keep those warm, loving memories alive.

    Take care,

  9. Lisa I bought some brackets from you at vendor night and I would like to buy two more. They were the cute bangles for $25.00 that were gold and silver with beads dangling down. Let me know if you have any more. Thanks lori

  10. Thank you for sharing Lisa..
    Beautiful post and special memories:)

    Kay Ellen