And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

Sorry for the absence these past couple of days.  I had a conference I was attending in Kansas City and had very little time to do much more than that and keep up with some projects .  I hope I don’t sound too feminine on this blog post  this morning, but I chose the opening quote above because of all the things going on in my personal life right now.  I hope to make clear by the end of this post why it is that I chose it.

Last Saturday, I had the distinct honor of witnessing one of my daughter’s most cherished friends and a women I love as a daughter get married.  It has a surprising little twitch though.  A few years back, Mary lost her father, a man I admired and had become close too, to cancer.  Mary at times since then, as strong a woman as she is, had periods where she struggled and at times came to Sarah and I for advice or just looking for people where she could just talk to and let her blow off some steam.  As I said, Sarah and I love Mary as if she were one of our own and so, in Mary’s subtle little way, repaid us last Saturday night.  When it came time for the Father/Daughter dance, she asked me to dance with her.  It was a great honor for me to stand in for John and a memory I will cherish the rest of my life.

This weekend we will celebrate the union of Megan Bauer and Richard Dorhauer.  Richard is my fourth oldest, my second son and now fourth child to be married.  The memories started last night with the rehearsal dinner.  Both families met at STMM for the walk-thru of the wedding (Saturday, 1 PM) and after that, we had a nice meal at Syberg’s.  We of course already knew Megan’s parents and her sister, but it was nice to meet her extended family.  I can’t say that anything out of the ordinary happened last night, but there is plenty of beauty in the ordinary.  A good meal with good people; sharing stories of the past and just enjoying the company of all the people there.  Again, memories that can  and will be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Prior to the rehearsal, a few of us met at Riverside Golf Course to carry on another family tradition.  There is nothing the speaks more highly of the sacred bond of matrimony than a good round of golf.  I played at Riverside on the day of my wedding; my oldest son hosted  a round of golf at Riverside for his wedding and now Richard hosted at Riverside in honor his wedding nuptials.  Richard and two of his friends from Fontbonne made up one threesome and Tony, my Uncle – Fr. Bob Dorhauer and I made up the second threesome.  I recorded a 56 on the front nine – horrible, horrible golf; I did make a recovery on the back nine to record a 42.  It was good enough to come back and beat my Uncle by two strokes, but Richard – on his day (and wearing high tops because he forgot his golf shoes) – killed my by recording his best day and score ever on a golf course with an 82.  Heck we enjoyed this so much, we are going to play another 9 this morning at Ballwin.

I have so much to look forward to over the next few days.  I have my family coming in town (one is still in St. Louis).  We are all still very close to each other and any time spent with them is always looked forward to and cherished.  So thanks to Janice’ and Brett, Diane (and her husband Jeff who can’t come because of recent surgery on his neck), Jim and Bitzy, Joe and Laura, Jay and Cheri, John and Margaret.  Say a prayer for their safe travels this weekend.  I will say a prayer in thanks that they are here.  John and Mimi, you will be thought of and spoken about this weekend.  Know that I will miss you not being here and love you both deeply.  Jeff – heal up brother – I want another ride in your little motor boat next summer.

So I, like Mary, will look back at all that is going on over these next few days, reflecting on them in my heart.  Stay tuned for tomorrow I will talk a little bit more about Megan and Richard.

Do something great for our Lord today – take some quiet time and look at all the life around you; reflect on that in your heart.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

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