May 04, 2011

William, Katherine, the Aston, My Sweet Family and the Empty Chair.

Before too much times passes from the happenings of the Royal Wedding I wanted to be sure and recap our morning. Someday when my kids are reading through my blog that I slurp out into a blurb book I want them to remember the fun we had.

The preparations for the Royal Wedding started a couple days earlier when I made that trip to the British Shoppe for morning supplies. The night before the wedding I made two different types of scones, cream scones that could be topped with the clotted cream and lemon curd. Then I made up a batch of chocolate chip scones. I wish there were different names for clotted cream and lemon curd. Clotted cream is more like a buttery consistency of cream, and the lemon curd, well just imagine the middle of a lemon meringue pie and you have lemon curd. For such delicious tasting treats they have names that don't quite give them their due.
The morning for us started at 3:50am. I hopped right up, put the sausage rolls in the oven, started the coffee and pulling all the treats out of the fridge. All with Matt, Ann, Al and Meredith talking in the background. We watched the Royal Wedding on NBC...of course. Who better to share this event with than with my morning friends who come into my living room through the television each morning.
Rob was a great sport and woke up early with me, he enjoyed the crumpets, scones, sausage rolls and coffee watching the wedding with one eye and the football draft on the computer with the other. All the kids wanted to be woken up except Jack. Derek and Sophie both wanted to watch the wedding but had little interest in the beforehand programming, so once Katherine began her procession to the church I woke them up. I was excited to read via facebook that my next door neighbor, Sarah, who is from England was up and watching the wedding. Via facebook, I invited her over for brekky and the wedding, she shortly joined us and before we knew it we were watching it all happen.

The wedding was beautiful. William and Katherine were mesmerizing. The pomp and circumstance of it all was thoroughly enjoyable, then along came the Prince and Princess traveling from the reception to their hotel room in Prince Charles' Aston Martin. It was a great insert of personality to such a traditional day.
The scriptures the couple chose, along with the prayer they wrote together to have spoken in their wedding were so meaningful. I was blessed by the wedding, but also by the service that the wedding included. It was a beautiful day.

The best part was enjoying this event with my family. I told Sophie that when I was 12 I watched the Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana with my mom in the middle of the night, and now here she is at 12 years old and we are watching Diana's oldest son marry his true love. I am hopeful that this wedding with its very different beginnings will have a very different ending. Now, when will we get to see some heirs?

To my sweet family who rose to join in with me on this special day, it was not only a Royal Wedding, but the heart of the matter, it was a morning that celebrated one of my fondest memories with my mom as a little girl. It was as though my mum was right there with us all. Her chair might have been empty on this special morning, but she was there in my heart.

William and Kate's Prayer

God our Father, we thank

you for our families; for

the love that we share and

for the joy of our marriage.

In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on

what is real and important

in life and help us to be generous with our time

and love and energy.

Strengthened by our union, help us to serve and comfort those who suffer. We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.