I Have a New Brother

This past weekend we welcomed a brother into our family. No, my mother and father didn't give it one final try for that boy they always dreamed of, but my older sister, Cynthia, got married to John-Paul.

Not only did we get to welcome JP into family, but we also add Chris, JP's son, to my ever expanding list of nieces and nephews. yippie!

I already love him so much.

Their wedding had everything all great weddings have, friends, family, food, Holy Spirit, wine, dancing, laughter, a photographer, flowers, cake, some special music, a few tears, a pastor and of course the bride and groom.

Except the extra-special beauty of it all was that it was planned in 4 days. Up you read that right. Invites went out to all family and friends via Facebook on Tuesday 1/11. The couple got hitched on 1/15. It. Can. Be. Done. My friends...not without almost killing the maid of honor, but it can be done.

However, that extra special beauty of fast planning and massive amounts of coordination pales in comparison of the OTHER beauty that this day brought. So much took place at that alter where two pairs of hands grasped each other as they placed rings on fingers, spoke eternal vows, and looked deep into each other eyes. The Holy Spirit came and consecrated their marriage. A new path of peace, redemption, joy, happiness, and love was laid before Cynthia and JP as they said I do. This marriage is bringing them into what will be a gorgeous life together as Mr. and Mrs. *ahem* Dr. Cahill.
I'm so blessed to have such a great relationship with both of them as family, but also some of my closest friends. I can't wait to see what our future holds. Carrying each other's babies. Bustling about on holidays. Drinking wine. Sharing meals. Knitting our hearts and paths together till we are old and gray.

Also, this summer my other two sisters are coming to live in Nashville! It's been FOREVER since we all lived in the same city, and who knows, this may be our last chance. I can't wait to see what's in store!


  1. tears.

    "A new path of peace, redemption, joy, happiness, and love was laid before Cynthia and JP as they said I do."


  2. 4 days! it looks gorgeous! kudos to everyone involved (and congrats on not dying in the process ;) She looks BEAUTIFUL.

  3. So fun, and congrats to everyone! :)
    I can't wait until my sister gets married. I think it'll be so surreal to be "on the other side" of the process but still so intimately involved.

  4. I really like these pictures and this rendition of the wedding. I love that it took place over 4 days. We have such a cool sister...

    And this summer will be all kinds of adventure, I'm sure.