Mother to Daughter on Her Wedding Day

Rachel and Donny Baldridge Wedding

October 8, 2011

To my precious Rachel,

Today is the most special day of your long lived life at twenty two. Today you will walk down the aisle, radiating beauty, leaning on your father’s strong arm, to meet the man you will take as the chosen love of your life. Today this man we have prayed for will take you as his wife, for better or worse. This specific God-ordained pairing of two young people claiming Jesus as their Savior, joining together to live for Christ the rest of their days. I don’t know about you, but it overwhelms me.

This life-altering day has been prayed for and given to God by your father and I. We didn’t know who we prayed for all these many years but God did. He knew the one who would love you with all his heart. The man who would take on the role of head of your family with certainty and a little fear. Someone who desires to uplift and encourage and love you as Christ loved the church.

I couldn’t be more proud of the young woman we give away today.
 

Head strong and confident.
Stubborn and feisty
Loving and giving
Sweet and sassy

You are my child.

My daughter.

The speck within me that has been loved and cherished since conception.

 

 

The one I fell in love with twenty two years ago.

 

 

The baby I drove around the neighborhood with, begging to go to sleep.

 
 
The toddler who clung to my leg and pleaded with me not to leave her.

 
 

The shy preschooler, afraid to talk in class.

 
 

The little angel at the Robinson’s Bible Study.

 
 

The homeschool student who labored with me over phonics.

 

 

The piano student who didn’t always like to practice.

 
 

The elementary school “mama” who loved all babies.

 
 
 

The sister who willingly embraced three adopted siblings.

 
 

The teenager with braces.

 
 

The young woman with the amazing long hair who chopped it off for

Locks of Love.

 

 

The beautiful princess going to prom.

 

 

The sassy, opinionated, confident woman.

 

 

The young lady with hopes and dreams.

 
 

My daughter with the”800-watt” smile that lights up the room.

 
 

Today you are the bride. The center of attention. Our beautiful joy and gift. You are never far from our thoughts and our hearts. Thank you for being my “practice” child. And for teaching me more than I could ever teach you. I love you, sweet girl.

 I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living

my baby you’ll be.

 
 

photo credit

Want to know more about my daughter’s beautiful wedding (accomplished for under $5000)? Read about how we decorated with pom poms, see their engagement photos and my daughter’s bridal portraits. We would be honored if you shared it with us!

Some of my favorite words for my children:

Mother’s Day  message for imperfect moms

An encouraging letter from my daughter to adoptive moms

Letter to my son on your wedding day

Letter to my daughter on your 16th birthday

 

Comments

  1. Hoping your day was 100% BLESSED!

    Love the pic of the BEAUTIFUL Bride.

    Can’t wait to hear all about it … and see more pics.

    :) :) :)

  2. So beautiful Marty! What a lovely young lady. The wedding pictures are beautiful. I’m so thrilled the day was as lovely as possible, full of God’s blessings and grace.
    Love,
    Cindy

  3. Congratulations! Your daughter is truly a Work. “I’ll love you forever” is GB’s favorite book for me to read to her. Beautiful post.

  4. That was so sweet. She is one lucky girl to have you as her mama!

  5. what a sweet post. Your daughter is gorgeous! Hope her day was all she dreamed it to be.

  6. Happy her day has come! She is just absolutely gorgeous! She should model that gown! :) Congratulations to her and your family welcoming a new “son”.

  7. What a beautiful bride, and blessed with a Momma that has the most gorgeous heart! Love you, Marty. Celebrating your sweet daughter’s journey with you, dear friend. (((hugs)))

  8. So beautifully said.

  9. ohmygoodness…what a beautiful testament to your daughter. Wow!!!!
    She looked just absolutely beyond gorgeous!

  10. Beautiful!!!! She is beautiful and so is the mother that raised her.

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