Wanted to share some exciting news with everyone.
It is official, the “Mash” family will be celebrating a very Blessed and beyond happy, special day on Nov. 16th, 2013. My youngest son, Mark and my beautiful future daughter-in-law, Jess, have booked their wedding.
Even though, we have known for a while that Jess was the one who held our son’s heart and even though we were excited when Mark proposed on July 13th, now that we know the date, I am feeling so many emotions. Love, happy, excited, thankful, beaming, being so proud of both of them, lucky that I am getting a daughter that we truly love as our own. I am also recalling so many memories of the past 26 years. When did my baby, he is our youngest, grow up and become a man that both Steve and I are so proud of. We are truly blessed.
It seems like yesterday that Steve and I were on our way to the hospital to welcome our 2nd child into the world and to find out what “it” was. I can vividly remember, because we hadn’t agreed on a name. I was a few weeks early, and in between contractions trying to decide on a boy’s and girl’s name. Unfortunately, there were complications and I was rushed to the OR . As I was waking up from the anesthesia, the nurse said to me, “meet Mark James”. At first I was just so relieved that he was OK, that it was then that I realized “it” had been named by Steve. We had discussed the name Mark so I was fine with it. And the years that followed, I can honestly say were the happiest moments of my life. I was lucky to be a SAHM for both boys and enjoyed every minute of it. Even though, there were times that they, both Paul and Mark, almost pushed me over the edge lol.
Mark: You will always hold a special place in my heart of being my baby. And right now, my heart is overflowing with love and pride. Even though you had your moments like when you “painted like Daddy” your room with vaseline, when you accidentally gave your brother a concussion after hitting him with a golf club at the range, or like the day when you picked up “your” first car and within 15 min had an accident. I will always treasure those special days that were “ours” right before Christmas when you helped with our Christmas Eve feast, decorating the house, watching you build your 3D puzzles, always wanting to learn whatever crafts that I was working on, your compassion towards others, your sensitivity and caring, overcoming obstacles and graduating college Magna Cum Laude and so much more. I want to publicly thank you for Jess. I love you.
Jess: Welcome to the family, officially. We liked you the minute we met you when you were “friends” with Mark while in college. We were so happy when Mark told us that “it was official, you were a “couple”. As time went on, I could see that you had Mark’s heart and knew that you were the one. We always loved you for being you, but you will always hold a special place in my heart also. You make my son so happy and for that, I love you. I can hear it and see the special smile when he says your name and can see the love in his eyes. In my heart, you are much more than my future daughter-in-law, you are our daughter. I love you.
I am looking forward to this upcoming year. So exciting!!! My baby is getting married and I am getting a daughter. And how could I not include and say thank you for another special member of our family……….Baylee!!
This was a picture of her the first time that she was coming to visit from PA to RI. They will be here in a few weeks to attend a family wedding and I can’t wait to see the 3 of them.!! I love you!!