This past weekend, I was treated to an absolutely beautiful bridal shower hosted by my gorgeous family of hostesses Mary Joy McAtee, Lorraine Darensbourg, Phil Fontenot, Celeste Barbre, Sheila Honore, Krystal Jones, Mary Jean Tucker, Jill Thomas, and Maria Peguese. I even received a surprise visit from my Aunt Mona (Jones) all the way from the ATL!! Of course, we received lots of great gifts, but that was by far the least important part to me.
You see, I was raised to really fall in love with people who treat you right and keep your best interest at heart. Well-rounded good people are hard to come by and even harder to keep around. Friends quickly turn into family and “people I’ve known for years” become aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins. I am such an emotional person, it does not take much to pull my heartstrings, but I must say I was extremely overwhelmed with gratitude from the love and support I received! Everyone there was so special to me; they each know personal things about me that I have shared with them in private, asked them to keep my secrets, and in return told me things that make me who I am today. As you know, I am not having a traditional wedding here in the states and this event solidified that my family truly cares for me and supports my new endeavor as a wife-to-be. If time (and my liver) allotted, I would’ve LOVED to sit and have some champagne with you all to talk about how much I love you. Your presence made the day perfect and unforgettable.
There were many more people who weren’t there for this event that I still feel the same way about- you are all close to my heart in some way or another.
I raise my glass to all who have shaped me to be the girl that Eli has so gracefully fell in love with: to my oldest childhood friends, to high school homies; to nursing school bests and pseudo-aunts; to forever-faux-husbands and the OKC family; to those who were there in spirit… T H A N K Y O U. Your blessings have been received and we are truly humbled.