The greatest use of life is love. The greatest expression of love is time. And the greatest time to love is now
because you may not have that opportunity tomorrow. -Dennis Rainey, Family Life Today

Nicole’s Wedding Day Letter to Mom

Mom,

Where do I begin to share a lifetime of gratitude? Today is my wedding day! A day I have waited for all of my life. A day that you have prepared me for since the beginning.

You are my mother, my friend, my prayer partner, my comforter, my advisor, my confidante, and my nurturer. Ever since I came into this world, you have cared not only for my life here on earth, but also about my eternal life. You introduced me to Jesus, and He became my Savior. Because of you, I will spend eternity in heaven! I cannot think of a better gift than the gift of salvation. I will be forever grateful for the way you have raise me in the ways of the Lord and have led me to follow Him with all of my heart!

You are an outstanding Mom, and I cannot put into words how much you mean to me. Your love for me goes above and beyond what I could every ask for. You have raised me in a godly way, and I only hope to be as good a Mom as you are.

I am so grateful for you staying at home with all of us kids throughout our school years and beyond. Your influence has been extraordinary. I appreciate all of the time you invested into my life. Even before I realized it, you were praying for me. Prayers for everything from my health to school to career to a future husband. Only in heaven will you and I know the impact of those prayers in my life. You have given of yourself time and time again. You placed me before yourself even when I was not loveable. You have been a picture of Christ’s unconditional love.

All through school, I always counted on, and sometimes took for granted, the lunches you made for me. I knew that you cared when you would get up early to make sure I had a great lunch to take to school with me. And I remember the times you would pack an extra-special dessert or write a little note for me to find at school. I appreciate that daily sacrifice.

From the beginning, you allowed my creativity to flow. You encouraged me to play dress up, creating our own fairy tales between the sheets hanging from our poster beds. I always knew I could count on seeing your face in the crowd at my performances whether it was at home in our makeshift theatre or on stage under the bright lights in the many venues I have had the opportunity to perform. You have been there cheering me on since I can remember, and I know you will continue to cheer me on no matter what stage God sends me to next. I am so grateful for a Mom who supports me and understands the importance of being involved in my life.

Over the years, you have helped me grow and mature into the woman I am today. You have given me room to explore and experience things on my own. But, you have also cared enough to set up boundaries with my best interest in mind. You have provided me with more than I could ask for in a family.

I have cherished the many family memories we have shared together, especially the family vacations and the one-of-a-kind experiences. I am so thankful for our family dinners where we could all be together, share a delicious home-cooked meal, and talk about what was going on in our lives. Those dinners are one tradition I will certainly carry on in my own home.

There are so many things I want to thank you for, but here are just a few. Thank you for taking me to church and for praying with me to receive Jesus as my Savior. Thank you for caring for me when I was sick and in bed. Thank you for throwing me birthday parties year after year and for making the best cakes around. Thank you for praying for me. Thank you for bringing me flowers at my theatre shows. Thank you reading to me. Thank you for letting me cry and holding me until I was finished. Thank you for teaching me how to cook. Thank you for driving me all over the place. Thank you for teaching me the value of character. Thank you for offering your advice. Thank you for capturing all of our memories on film. Thank you for shopping with me for everything from prom dresses to swimsuits to jeans. Thank you for your discernment. Thank you for teaching me how to find a bargain. Thank you for watching Avonlea and Christy with me. Thank you for being my Mom.

When I first thought about moving back home for student teaching, I was anxious about how it would turn out. Now, I realize God had big plans for our lives. I would not trade the time at home with your for anything in the world. Our relationship is one of trust and friendship and a common bond in the Lord. I have seen such an amazing change in you since moving back home. I have seen you learn to love the way God loves us. Your example will be forever etched in my mind. I pray I can learn to love Anthony and my future family that way too.

Over these last ten months, I have thoroughly enjoyed planning the wedding with you by my side. I could not do it without you. You are valuable in this whole process. I will always cherish going ring shopping together, our first of many bridal fairs, wedding dress shopping, searching for ideas, cutting and curling ribbon, designing the invitations, cake testing, and bridal showers! I always imagined planning a wedding with you, and it has been a blessing! Thank you for your prayers and your support. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you for giving me the wedding of my dreams!

Now, here we are on my wedding day. I am leaving you today, yet you will always be close in my heart. You will always be my Mom. Now you are sending me into Anthony’s arms to start my own family. I am forever in debt to you for praying for my future husband. Your prayers have been answered, and I have the man God intended for me in Anthony. Thank you for loving him and accepting him as your own. I am so grateful for your blessing over our marriage. Today, I say goodbye, but

I will always love you!

Your daughter,
Nicole