Honored to be the Father of the Bride
"Honor should not be sought after, but is to be received in humility" ~Leland Best
This weekend, Friday afternoon to be exact, my eldest daughter is getting married to a respectable young man.
This wasn't the relationship that I chose for her, but it is one I received by grace. I never imagined that this relationship would blossom to what it has become, but I am all the more grateful for it evolving into what it is. Who would have known that two people who barely knew each other less than seven short years ago could create such a loving, caring bond with each other. But in my mind, and I hope her's also, they have done so.
You might think I'm speaking of the Bride and Groom, but you would be wrong. I'm speaking for the two of us. Trisha, you may not have come from the blood of my veins, but you surely have become a part of my soul. You have also become a part of what has helped me fill a void in my heart that developed after what I can honestly consider the loss of my own flesh and blood daughter. One who happens to now be 15 years of age, alive and well, but one I never get to hold, see or speak to anymore.
To hear your voice ring across the speaker of your mother's cell phone everyday reminds me of just how blessed I am to have you in my life. The responsibility of being there for you whenever you need a loving, caring father, will always rest firmly upon my shoulders and be indistinguishable from that of what any true "Daddy" would have for his god-given little girl.
I really am so happy also for the effort you have put forth, being the daughter you are to me and the woman and mother you have become for your fiance Adam and your daughter Rhen, and that's not to say that sparingly or just as lip service to the many who may read this. Whenever your mother and I are in public, you are more often than not spoken of as my own and always will be. Our relationship means the world to me.
I wish you and your growing family the best as you move along this journey as a wife and young mother and you can rest assured knowing that I will love you no matter what we as a family happen to encounter along the way...
No words can truly say how honored I am to be given the opportunity to walk you down the aisle on your very special day so that you may begin the next phase of your life.
"Thank You"... from the bottom of my heart.
Congratulations My Darling Trisha, I'm so very, very proud and Love You soooo much!