January 17, 2011

Grams & Jim

The beautiful bride on her big day!

Over the summer, grandma went down to the lake at her retirement community and asked a nice gentleman if she could fish next to him.  He tells everyone that's how she picked him up though she insists she was just looking to do some fishing.  I don't know if Grandma caught any fish that day, but she certainly hooked herself a man! 

After hearing rumblings of this man, I had to go pay Grandma a visit and meet him myself.  I remember that he grabbed her hand in the elevator on the way to lunch, and she was glowing like a little school girl. 

"Is he your boyfriend, Grandma?" I whispered when I had her alone for a moment.  The answer was obvious, but I wanted to hear it from the horse's mouth.

"Well, I guess so.  I've never really called him that, but I guess that's what he is," she replied with a coy smile.  
And her handsome groom.
And the rest, as they say, is history.  The two have been inseparable since.   

For a couple months, they've been talking about making their relationship official.  Ever the gentleman, Jim believed this to be a necessary step before he could move into her apartment.  Anything less would be inappropriate (dontcha just love old-fashioned values?).  Marriages and commitment ceremonies were discussed and the couple weighed their options.

Two weeks ago, Mom got a call that Grams and Jim had decided that they were going to go ahead with their commitment ceremony (an idea they've been toying with for a couple months now)... in six days.  
What a lovely couple!

Anyone who's ever planned a wedding before can imagine the stress level that hit my mother in that moment, but I have to give her a ton of credit because she pulled it off.  She even got Grams a new dress and shoes - and she is not an easy person to shop for.  Mom definitely deserves a gold medal for this one!   

Last weekend, our family (including my Aunt Linda and Uncle George who drove in from New Jersey)gathered to watch them exchange vows and celebrate their love.  It was the cutest thing I've ever seen! 

Congratulations, Grandma and Jim!  I'm so glad you've found each other and wish you many years of happiness together!

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