For those of you who don't already know, I was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. I had surgery when I was 3 and received a pacemaker at that time. Other than a few pacemaker changes, I have had a pretty sweet life free of complications.
In 2004 I started thinking about having kids. The original plan was to adopt when I was ready, but my wonderful cardiologist told me that I was free to try to get pregnant. Only catch - the sooner the better.
So, our plans changed from possibly getting a house and getting married, to dreams of having a baby. This plan took its toll on our relationship and we ended up taking a 5 month break. We refer to this as the lost 5 months and we never want to speak of it.
Needless to say, after we reconfirmed our love and commitment we were blessed with Logan. After the pregnancy, my cardiologist gave us the all clear to have another baby. Well, this time we already had our sweetie little Logan, so there was much less pressure. We still planned for it to take 2 years, and of course, Lane came right away.
Why am I telling you all this?
Because I wanted to show you that we always knew that our children would be at our wedding.
It's not a traditional order, but we went kids, house and then marriage. Whatever ... having the children there made the day that much more special to me. I'm glad we got to share this commitment with them.
I think they both sensed that something very important was going on. Logan carried the ring pillow down the aisle very solemnly. The wedding party and Terry were up at the front. I walked in with my dad who was giving me away, and Logan with Lane in the stroller.
Logan got tired of holding the ring pillow, so he gave it to Uncle Cory. But he still sat down at the front and watched the ceremony without too much interruption. Lane sat quietly eying our guests and chewing on her stroller strap.
Paula the wedding commissioner was fabulous and included Logan and Lane in the ceremony. She announced that our love was already sealed and shown in our two children. :)
The kids were even there to witness the signing of our wedding certificate.
And we walked out as a complete family.
Of course, the kids were really just waiting for the cake!