In search of

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Finally bit the bullet and went to look for a minivan. I found one online last night that I am absolutely in love with. We have agreed to buy it and I go back with the girls tomorrow to pick it up. We are trading John’s Hyundai in for the Dodge Caravan and he will be taking my VW Beetle. So excited! I love this thing!!

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the fair

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July 12, 2004 Today was a great day. Took the girls to the Hingham Police Fair today, it was absolutely amazing! I can’t believe how many things they had going on at once, I have *never* been to a town safety fair like that. I was a little bummed that we had to leave when we did because they were going to fill the field with foam for the kids but Rachel’s friend Max had a birthday party. Rachel had a fantastic day! Debbie, Sean and Samantha came over for the first time tonight and we had pizza, I really enjoyed their company. I can’t wait to see them married and fully settled, they seem like a great family. Exhausted. John had three clients today (on his day off) and missed a good chunk of todays fun but it was all worth it. When I first met him nearly 3 years ago he was a very nice guy. In these last three years he has truly transformed to a very good MAN.

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Didn’t do much today. I (Kate) slept for nearly four hours during the day today to try and recover from my Gallbladder surgery on Friday. Bummed that I didn’t make it to New Hampshire to hang out with Shawna, Lisa, Tanya and co but apparently John pulled rank and said I wasn’t well enough to go.

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Our Wedding Ceremony

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Introduction to the Ceremony

Greetings Friends and Family
We are gathered here today
Before God
And in the face of this company,
To join together John and Kathryn in holy matrimony;
It is not to be
Entered into unadvisedly,
Or lightly,
But reverently and soberly.
Into this Holy Estate,
These two persons present
Come now to be joined.
If any one can show just cause
Why they may not be lawfully
Joined together, let them
Speak now or forever hold their peace.

I require, and charge you both,
That if either of you know any
Impediment, why you may not
Be lawfully joined together in
matrimony, you confess it now.

Please welcome Kathryns Grandmother in a Bible Reading
Wedding Prayer :: 1 Corinthians 13 4-7

“Love is patient, Love is kind
No eyes of envy, true love is blind
Love is humble, it knows no pride
No selfish motives hidden inside
Love is gentle, makes no demands
Despite all wrong, true love still stands
Love is holy, love is pure
It lasts forever, it will endure

Love is loyal, believes the best
It loves the truth, love stands the test
Love is GOD sent in His Son
Love forgives all we have done

In this world where hatred seems to grow
True love goes against the flow
And becomes so hard to show

In this world where push turns into shove
We have strength to rise above
Through the power of His love
Lord, we need to know the power of Your love

Wedding Ceremony

This is the day you have chosen to become husband and wife.
We are here, not only to witness your commitment to each other,
but also to wish you every happiness in your future life together.
Within its framework of commitment, and loyalty,
marriage enables the establishment of a home,
where through trust,—– patience and respect,
the love and affection which you have for each other
may develop into a deep and lasting relationship.
We, who are witnessing your marriage,
hope that despite the stresses inevitable in any life,
your Love, Respect for each other,
your trust and understanding of each other will increase
your contentment and heighten your joy in living.

Please welcome Bill Blais for an Irish Blessing.

Irish Wedding Blessing
May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow
May the soft winds freshen your spirit
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again my friend
May God hold you in the hollow (palm) of his hand

May God be with you and bless you
May you see your children’s children
May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in Blessings
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward

But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the joys of today
Be those of tomorrow.

The Vows

Will you please, as an expression that your hearts are joined together in love, now join your hands.

Johns Personalized Vow

John: Kate,
I choose you, and Rachel, to be my family.
I promise to honour & respect you, and to provide for you to the best of my ability.
I promise to make our home a haven where trust, love, kindness, and laughter are abundant.
I make these promises to you, lovingly, and freely, and vow to honour them all the days of my life.

John, do you take Kathryn to be your lawfully wedded wife, to live together in marriage. Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health And forsaking all others, be faithful only to her. So long as you both shall live?

John: I do

Kates Personalized Vow

Kate: John
I cannot promise to always be rational.
I cannot promise to always be strong.
I cannot promise to be faultless.
I cannot promise to always be the same.
I cannot promise not to hurt your feelings sometimes.

I promise to share my thoughts with you.
I promise to be supportive of you.
I promise to be honest with you.
I promise to help you achieve your goals.
I promise to understand you.
I promise to love you

Kathryn, do you take John to be your lawfully wedded husband, to live together in marriage. Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health And forsaking all others, be faithful only to him. So long as you both shall live?

Kathryn: I do

Exchange of the Rings

These rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of the vows you have taken.

John: Kate, with this ring, I thee wed. Take it and wear it as a symbol of all we shall share.

Kathryn: John, with this ring, I thee wed. Take it and wear it as a symbol of all we shall share.

Declaration of Marriage

Forasmuch as John and Kathryn have pledged to each other their fidelity, lifelong commitment, and love in the sight of God and their friends and family, I therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Massachusetts, pronounce them to be husband and wife.

Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.

John, You may now kiss your bride!

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8 days

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You have been alive for 8 amazing days. This morning, I began the day with a walk from our house to Granny and Granddads new house on N. Truro street. You weren’t that thrilled with the walk and had me hold you with on hand and push the stroller with the other. Quite tiresome, but worth it. Your Father had the night off tonight and we ended up cleaning the house, again! There is an amazing phenomenon at Straights Pond – about 20 pairs of swans have joined forces and have decided to call him pond home for the time being. It’s both amazing and beautiful, just like you. I often think of the swans when I look at you. What is not so wonderful, yet amazing is that you (in 8 days) have trained yourself to sleep all day and stay awake for most of the night. Somewhat of an infant induced insomnia/exhaustion has set in. I have always been an insomniac, but once I fall asleep I am a heavy sleeper. I love my sleep, but I love you more. Your tiny fingers are just like mine, only smaller.

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You’re here!

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Rachel! You have arrived. At 9:48am you entered the world at 6lbs, 3oz and 20 inches long. Dr. Iannessa wasn’t there to play catch but Dr. Mackey sure was. He did a great job…. a little uncomfortable because I had never met him before and he is young/attractive. I know they say when it comes down to it and you’re delivering a child… that modesty goes out the window. That was not the case. :) Some forceps and a couple of stitches later you entered the world with a cry. It was the MOST AMAZING FEELING OF MY LIFE!!!! I still can’t get over that I am now holding the little person who was in me, kicking me. I have just watched you for the last 2 days, mesmerized!!! Just to watch you move and kick – I felt that! You are precious. I hope one day you have your own child and you get to experience this. XOXOXOXO

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Autum notes

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Did you know that I don’t like to write with black ink? I have put off writing important things (including this journal) due to my lack of a non-black pen around. I have to go sit for Thomas (4) in a few hours. He is very well behaved but I am not looking forward to it. I never look forward to it. Too many things to do, you know? You have become extremely vocal as of last night. The sounds you come up with are absolutely beautiful!!! It made the 4am wakeup call more lovely. You love your 11pm feedings… cereal, maybe bananas and some formula. You re a consistent “through the night” sleeper. Back from baby-sitting…. Not sure if I could handle having two children, that was a lot of work. I definitely would have a hard time working from home if there were two of you. You are really teething and in so much pain. I am just glad that you’re alive and that you can feel the pain. It has been really started to cool down this week, I love this weather. You’re wearing a onesie and a full jumpsuit in your crib with a comforter covering you. All of the kids are back in school, the tourists have gone home…. the soda is cold and business is great. What could be better? Tonya being healthy. If I could make one change, I would restore the health of your thoughtful, loving, strong, beautiful, intelligent, and rugged Aunt. It makes me sad that there are so many “bad” people in this world and that Tonya is so “good” but has Unknown Primary Cancer that is in several parts of her body. I pray everyday that she beats it. If you are anything like her when you grow up, you will intensely love animals.

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Happy Birthday!

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It’s raining out. I love this time of year. Every year around my birthday it cools down and the rainy season rolls on in…. followed by the cool, crisp air of autumn apple picking, pumpkin carving, and Halloween. Then it gets colder.. hot chocolate, Christmas Trees, Presents, Parties….. The cusp of Autumn is upon us. Great time for clean slates and new beginnings… new school year, new pencils. Lots of stuff I love about this time of year. So exciting. I wonder what time of year will be your favorite. Well Miss Rachel, I am heading to bed. This *22* year old needs her sleep. :-)

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Almost my bday

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Well, it’s about 30 minutes until my first Birthday as a Mum. I love you. This year will be a very frugal birthday, but I have you and that is all that matters. You’re sitting across from me fast asleep. How sweet you are, I love you dear, sweet, baby Rachel. I only hope that you realize that I make every decision based upon your best interests. By the way… while I think about this… no more peeing on my hands. That was gross. You’re awake! Ja’nelle still hasn’t had the baby and I think they still don’t have a name. Just wanted to let you know how much I love you and thank you for sharing my birthday with me.

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3 Months!!

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Today is your 3 month Birthday!!! You now smile ALL the time and can recognize me, your Father and Grandparents. You LOVE eating cereal, banana and are still in size one diapers. I haven’t given you a bathtub since the day your cord fell off, you really enjoy coming into the shower with me. Last week we went to see Toni, Paul and Adam. You enjoyed interacting with Adam, he is a handsome baby. At 2 months you weighed 10.5lbs. You have got to be 2lbs heavier than that now. I have a TON of size 1 diapers, Toni gave me a bunch as Adam has already grown into size 2′s. You have a mild rash on your girl part so I am changing you a ton. Ja’nelle is due today, they still haven’t chosen a name for him…. they are considering Ryan and Tyler. Right now you are swinging in your baby swing and are as happy as can be. Adrian, Linda, Sarah and Haley are all living up the street until they find a house. Tonya is having radiation on her brain to try and get rid of the cancer. Clive just got a new job and will hopefully be moving with the animals and Tonya to New England. I am having a barbecue next weekend for all of the women I met on Parentsplace. That is all I really have to say for now. I regret that I don’t write more often…. I’ve just been busy and occupied. I love you.

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