Our 2nd RI wedding

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By the time you receive this, we will be flying over the ocean to Rhode Island for our 2nd wedding/reception with our family and friends. My son, Tim, who has performed weddings in the past will be the officiate and renew our wedding vows of 2 months!!! Larry’s response was “I want to make sure it takes.” Here is a blessing for our wedding.


Please face each other and take each other’s hands so that you may see the gift that they are to you.

These are the hands of your best friend, strong and full of love for you. They are holding yours today as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as you you continue your future together.

These are the hands that will passionately love and cherish you through the years and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when you fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will give your strength when you need it, support and encouragement to pursue your dreams, and comfort you in difficult times.

Most importantly, always remember that these are God’s hands loving you.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness and love with just a touch.   

I am very excited to see my children, grandchildren, cousins and old friends and colleagues who will be joining us to celebrate our love. Larry’s brother and sister-in-law and 2 sons and his grandson will be with us too. The wedding/reception is at my daughter, Mary’s, farm. She is putting up a tent and lights and, of course, there will be dancing. Our children have never met so we are looking forward to them meeting one another.

We are also having our annual family reunion the next day, which is always a lot of fun. My son, Jimmy, and daughter-in-law, Lara, are expecting their second baby so we will be welcoming him into our family. Lara is due on July 20th and we are hoping our new grandson will make his entrance into the world early so we can meet him when we are there.

I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends and a family that is so loving and supportive. My son, Brian’s, significant other, Traci, has offered to make quite a bit of the food (she is a great cook) which is a huge help. Brian is picking up the plates, glasses and tablecloths that we rented for the day. Brian said, “Mom, don’t worry about anything, I will take care of it.” Friends are bringing appetizers and salads. Oh happy day!!!! Another wedding and reception. How much better does it get than this?

Traveling to Rhode Island with jet lag and being “on the go” for 2 weeks visiting friends and family can be challenging when you are used to a rather quiet life on Maui (and naps when we need them). Larry and I decided to make a list of how we envision the trip and what we will be practicing.

  • We will leave our “complain brain” at home
  • We will live in the moment – not the past or the future
  • We will accept whatever happens as being for our highest good
  • We will see everything as an opportunity, rather than a problem
  • We will stay open to the energy and light of love
  • We will practice an attitude of gratitude
  • We will not allow fear to come near and if it does, we will kick fear in the rear

I will not be writing for the next 2 weeks and I look forward to sharing with you our adventure in Rhode Island when we return. I trust that everything will flow with peace, ease and grace.


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