This past weekend my brother got married. So for those of you keeping track at home, I've watched my sister and brother both get married within the last two months (or 45 days if I'm being accurate). I love the people that they've both married. They both seem to understand our family, and they didn't even run away screaming. Instead they've jumped right into the fray and bring sharp wit. My brother-in-law treats my sister with so much respect and adoration. He loves to have a good time and brings out the fun in her. My new sister-in-law keeps my brother focused and gives him purpose. They are both just what my sister and brother need. They both accentuate and foster positive attributes that they already possess, and they fill in the gaps on the things where they need work. Basically both these newlywed couples bring out the absolute best in one another.
To me that means they get "it". They already understand that husband is his wife's biggest advocate. A wife supports her husband and pushes him to be the best man he can be. They don't love each other in spite of their differences, they love each other because of those differences. A family needs the foundation of a loving relationship, and that starts with the parents. Children need to see relationships that work, and their parents will always be the best example for them (or at least the most prevalent). In that regard my brother and sister knocked it out of the park.
They're going to be great examples for their children because they so obviously love the people that they've married. But it goes beyond that. Their children are also going to see that we should seek out someone that makes us better. They'll know that a spouse (or significant other for those that don't believe in the whole marriage thing) should not only love you but also challenge you. He or she should make you laugh every day because what is life without laughter? You should constantly be reminded of how wonderful life is because you found that someone. They'll know that you should never be afraid or ashamed of your love. These are examples you give to your children, and I can tell that this will never be an issue for my sister and brother.
I'm glad to welcome the newest members of our family. I welcome cousins for my little ones to play with and grow up together (no pressure). I love that our family continues to grow. I grew up with one brother and two sisters. I now have three brothers and four sisters.
I've got to tell you, I love weddings. I can be my normal sappy self. Good food. Seeing family and friends. Usually drinking a little too much and staying up way too late. And dancing. Lots and lots of dancing. So much dancing that the drinking is more about replenishing fluids and less about getting drunk. There is no doubt in my mind that the people at The Men's Warehouse hate when I'm renting a tux. Not because it will be returned on late. More because I'm going to sweat from all the dancing. It's really a shame at the end of the night when it's time for the goodbye hugs because I wouldn't want to come near me. But I just can't help myself. I love to dance and have a good time that much