I’m feel like I am back in 1978 jamming in the car to Boston, Earth Wind and Fire and Chicago. But it’s 2009 and I’m on a road trip with my son Zane. My hands are drumming on the steering wheel as I maneuver the winding turns between Pullman to Liberty Lake. Zane grooves to the music with me. He likes these “old songs” as much as I did when I was his age.
“Hey bud. We need to make sure these songs are on your play list for the wedding reception.” I advise as I snap my fingers and sing “Shake your groove thing.”
“Got it covered. They are definitely on the list, Mom.” Zane joins me in the groovin‘. He’s an awesome dancer. I taught him everything he knows. Ha!
My family loves to dance. We’ll be shaking our groove thing in less than two weeks when Zane marries the love of his life – Kelsey. I am delighted to be adding a daughter to our testosterone filled house. Only they won’t be living in my house. That’s the purpose for the road trip.
I’m on my way to move Zane into the condo he will bring his bride to after their honeymoon. We left home at 5 am with a van loaded full of wedding gifts that were sent in advance, a bed, dresser and book shelf, snow tires, you name it. We picked up the keys and unloaded the van on a hot Sunday afternoon.
On the road again we drove to Pullman to pick up a couch and table donated to the happy couple from some college friends. Then we swung by his old apartment to pick up a heavy mirror. Thanks for your help Andrew. All of these things were heavy! We appreciate you.
Once we arrived at the condo again, Zane called his friend David. We were grateful for an extra pair of arms and some strong muscles. In ninety degree heat these young fraternity brothers used their youthful strength to help us get that heavy couch up three flights of stairs. The maneuver where we swung it out over the railing to make the hairpin turn scared the wits out of the neighbor observing us from her deck. But we did it.
With air conditioning turned on full blast, Zane opened the boxes of new beginnings and thoughtfully placed each item where he thought Kelsey would if she were here. She guided him on some things over the cell phone. Then he took photos and emailed them to her. She’s back home squealing with delight as she puts the finishing touches on the wedding planning.
How exciting to be starting new. Both college graduates, Zane and Kelsey have a full life ahead of them. They are truly precious and excited to begin married life in this nice third-story condo in the corner unit overlooking the hot tub and fitness center.
Zane and Kelsey should be commended for doing things right. They’ve been dating for four years. On June 12, 2009 they will marry in a beautiful ceremony with our large families looking on. They will say their vows before God and express their love and devotion to His will in their life. They have honored God in purity. June 13th will be the first morning they’ve ever awakened together in the same bed. I am so proud that they will begin their life the way God intended. Pure. Holy. Devoted to God.
I leave this place with very very mixed emotions today. His condo is set up and ready for him to carry Kelsey over the threshold after they return from their honeymoon. I am so proud of the man Zane has become. I love Kelsey and welcome her to our family.
But this also means that my oldest will be living across the state from us as he begins a new life with a new wife and a new job. However, I’m reminded that there is nothing new under the sun in God’s eyes. He’s been with them all throughout their lives and He will never leave them or forsake them. Besides, we set up the guest bedroom too, so we’ll be able to visit often enough.
As we drive away from this condo I pray. Lord, bless this union with Your wisdom and grace. Allow them to remain Holy in Your site. Keep them pure in everything they do. Show them how the plan You created for them is set in motion this day. Father, I’m so thankful for these two young people. I am truly blessed and I give You thanks. May all the Glory be Yours. In Jesus Name! AMEN.