Kevin took Analisa out for a walk on the snowy back country roads, where their relationship began with long walks, and proposed. She said Yes! Sometime this year we will gain a Galbraith daughter-in-love! Such happiness and blessings for our family!
Forty days before the wedding, on the Feast of St. Louis de Montfort, we hosted a bridal shower for Monica. The feast day was especially appropriate. When Monica and Inshal began dating and discerning that their relationship might lead to marriage, they made the Marion consecration together.
Our friend, Jenny, offered her lovely home and her talented cooking. The weather cooperated to give us a perfect spring afternoon for family and friends to shower Monica with love and gifts for her newlywed home.
We made up the name 'Inshonica' to use for them as a couple. :)
Monica's future mother and sister-in-law meet Grandma while Aunt Shelagh greets Monica
As if our own family wedding to plan was not exciting enough, there has been an abundance of our friend's children's weddings to enjoy this summer! Here are a few pictures from Dominic and Emma's. It was a beautiful day!
It is what parents hope and pray for all their children's growing up years: a good Catholic spouse if their vocation is marriage. Inshal is a good Catholic man from a lovely and devout family. He called Kevin to ask for permission to date Monica and he called again to ask for our blessing before proposing.
He already knew he had our blessing, so we had no intention of icing him or giving him a hard time. It would be silly, and this is an important event.
Inshal texted to ask when might be a good time for him to call. But Kevin did not recognize Inshal's number and ignored the text for a couple of hours thinking it was a scam/spam. But the Holy Spirit nudged him and he texted to ask who it was. "Inshal." Then Kevin couldn't resist (Dads enjoy a little teasing LOL). He replied "Inshal who?" So we ended up icing him and giving him a hard time! We hope he forgives us by the time the grandchildren come along. :)
Monica did not know he was going to propose that evening. He took her to WCC's campus chapel on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
Congratulations and many blessings Monica and Inshal! We love you!
Pope Pius XII's collection of papal addresses to newlyweds are collected in one wonderful book, Dear Newlyweds. It is a treasure for all married couples seeking to live out their vocations as Catholic spouses and parents.
Here the Holy Father illustrates how interconnected are the two vocations of Priesthood and Matrimony, and that our children are the stones needed to build up the Church. Beautiful.
....two paternities which, among Christian people, create and seal through the Priesthood and through Matrimony the fathers of the spirit and supernatural life, and the fathers of the flesh and natural life; two sacraments instituted by Christ for His Church to guarantee and perpetuate through the centuries the generation and regeneration of the children of God.
Two sacraments, two paternities, two fathers - partners who complement each other in the education of offspring, the gift of God, hope of the family, of the Church, of earth and of heaven. Here is the supreme concept of Priesthood and Matrimony given us by the Church, seen by St. John as the Holy City, the new Jerusalem descending from heaven, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband (Rev.21:2). She rises, constructed through the centuries with living stones, baptized and sanctified souls, as the sacred liturgy sings, until that day at the end of time when she will ascend to unite herself to Christ in the joys of heaven's eternal nuptials.
And who are the laborers who toil together in this slow construction? Above all the successors of the Apostles, the Pope, the Bishops with their priests, who smooth, set in place and cement the stones according to the design of the Architect, designated as they are by the Holy Ghost to raise up the Church of God (Acts 20:28). But what could they accomplish if they did not have at their side other workers who hewed the stones, cut them and shaped them as the edifice required? And who are these workers? They are the husbands and wives who give the Church the living stones and tend them with care; they are you dear sons and daughters. Therefore, remember well that in the fatherhood and motherhood which face you, you must not be satisfied with your efforts at hewing and collecting the blocks of rough stones; in addition , you must trim them, prepare them, give them the form that will best permit them to fit into the structure. For this dual task God has instituted the sacrament of Matrimony.
(I know the 'largish' family shtick is wearing a little thin. :) I didn't actually plan to make it a series, it just evolved that way. I have a great affinity for large families and I am grateful, happy, and very busy with my eight. However, I know that in the large family world, eight is not really very large. So I am making fun of myself a little by calling us 'largish'.)
Large family fathers are heroic. They go to work with people that drive new cars, take jazzy vacations and go out to lunch every day. Large family fathers drive beaters or mini vans to work. Large family fathers take trips with their children, go on scout camp outs and sleep over night in an uncomfortable chair in the mother baby unit every two years while they hold their newly post-partum wife's hand over the bed rail. That's their exciting get-away. Large family fathers bring their little bag lunch, lovingly packed by their wife. The upside to the bag lunch is that often the co-workers will comment on how good the food looks or smells and wish they had someone who packed them that food. The downside is when the loving wife forgets to pack a lunch, they have to eat off the dollar menu at the fast food joint. Yuck.
Large family fathers come home at night exhausted and still help their children when they are stuck on physics or algebra. They are sports coaches and scout leaders. They pick up and drop off children at various functions. They go to the store for groceries so their wife does not have to load all the little ones in the van in snow and sleet. Or even just because she is tired.
Large family fathers still think they can set their personal things down somewhere and the things won't be disturbed. But they are broken in enough that they don't get upset when the things inevitably are disturbed. Large family fathers are used to looking around the yard for the tool they need. Large family fathers are used to finding a toy in their bed. Or a child. Sometimes both.
Large family fathers lead the family in prayer, even when the toddlers is making it hard. They take their children to confession often and make sure everyone gets out the door for Sunday Mass on time. They try to do these things with encouragement and civility but an occasional bellow is sometimes required. :) When dad bellows, or even commands quietly, the offenders straighten up quickly, it's rather miraculous.
We wives of these men are the most blessed women ever. We would be happy if our sons are like them and our daughters marry men like them. They are servant leaders, not only in their family but in their communities as well. Large family fathers are the salt of the earth. They give God the glory and keep themselves focused on the end goal... to help their family to salvation.