Wednesday, August 14, 2013

family.


something beautiful happened last week.

when Ryan and i made our vows on the beach in Maui back in December, it was more than the union of two lives. it was a union between two families. and last Friday evening, Ryan and i witnessed this union come to life before our eyes.

my mom, aunt and uncle prepared a delicious spread of Filipino dishes. the house was clean and ready for guests. the aroma wafting from the kitchen was mouth-watering. and when Ryan's parents, brother and sister-in-law and niece walked in the door, the introductions and the hugs and the kisses and the laughter emerged and didn't stop the entire evening. the air was not only rich with the smell of food, but also with the conversations exchanged and the laughter that came out from the deepest of our bellies.

there was a moment where Ryan and i stepped back and pulled away from our families...and watched them interact and talk and laugh. we looked at each other with giant grins and Ryan said, it's cool to see them all together so happy, isn't it? and i couldn't agree more. seeing my aunt, uncle and cousins surrounded around my father-in-law as he shared one of his memorable stories and then mom, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law playing with my nieces together in another room...and then seeing Ryan's brother, my brother-in-law, and and sisters cracking up over something in the living room...the whole scene made me think, this is happiness. family is happiness.

and we can't stop thanking God for his goodness - one of them being the blessing of families that deeply love one another. Dad confirmed this in his speech at the reception: if you were to see our two families come together last Friday evening, you would have thought we had known each other for years. we are family.

this is happiness. family is happiness.

much love.
{happy wednesday, friend.}

p.s. two giveaway winners to announce! 

Kathleen Harper - Blowfish Shoes 
Sarah Strauss - Feral Watches

shoot me an email at muchloveilly at gmail dot com to claim your prize! congrats to Kathleen and Sarah - and Blowfish Shoes and Feral Watches, thank you both for fabulous giveaways! 

26 comments:

  1. YES! This is seriously one of the coolest feelings. Before Jeff and I got married, we had our parents and siblings over to dinner. At one point, he and I had the same exchange as you and your husband: Essentially, "How weird and awesome is this??"

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  2. Wow, absolutely beautiful! Y'all are so blessed to have such a loving and supportive family!

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    1. thanks, beth! you are so right. we feel very blessed!

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  3. Amen to that! The happiest moments have been with my family. Such a beautiful post. Got some butterflies in my stomach from it.

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    1. thanks, Tiffany! you are always so sweet to me. :)

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  4. That makes me SO HAPPY for you! I'm hoping Izzy can do the same thing with our families soon!

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    1. it's the most incredible thing. i hope you guys get the chance to experience it, too!

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  5. wow beautiful!! :) I am so glad that you can spend time with your family!

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  6. Aww, love this. We're back in Chicago now, but this summer we were in Croatia visiting all of my husband's family AND went to a family wedding (my side) in Italy. After the wedding everyone came back to Croatia with us. For the first time we had all of my family and all of his family together. Even without speaking the same language...we totally had this feeling.

    I love that you shared this moment. It really made me smile! xo

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    1. this gave me goosebumps. i love this so much! thanks for sharing, too!

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  7. You are so right! Watching Ben's stepdad embrace/dance to my dad's Indian music at our wedding was pretty amazing! ;)

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    1. haha, awesome! wish i could have seen that, too!

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  8. Cute!

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  9. Oh my goodness, so sweet! I'm so happy you guys got to celebrate with the two families!

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  10. Goodness, what a heart-warming post! I'm so happy for you two! But now you've left me also wondering what a Filipino dish is like~

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    1. aw, thank you, natalie! oooooh, there really is nothing like a good Filipino dish. it taste like home to me. :)

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    1. me, too, cousin! it is def one of my favorites from the week! we miss you and your family so much already. we're planning a visit very soon!

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    2. oh wow! didn't know it was already soon! so excited! :D

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  12. Aww..that is such a beautiful post, sweetie and the photo melts my heart! Cheers to family. Muah

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