My little sister just got married. It was her dream wedding. Growing up on a farm in southwest Kansas, our family did not give much thought to the ocean or the beach. While we often thought it would be a wonderful place to visit, there was no urgency to get there. Our family vacations led us to the mountains and what this rich land had to offer. My sister, however, developed a passion for the ocean. Once she got older, her trips drew her to the coast. When she met a fell in love with the man of her dreams (a fellow Kansan), the wedding planning began. She surprised us all when she told us she was getting married on Coronado Island. I am a traditionalist. Why not get married in the church in our home town? Why are we all traveling across the country to a beach? Let me tell you why - it was her dream. And if there is one thing my family has always done, it has supported dreams. My parents may not have always understood or agreed with our choices about the directions we have taken in life, but they have always supported them.So we all bought our plane tickets and began planning a wedding hundreds of miles away.
After much preparation, planning and phone calls, the day finally came. I knew this day would be special - my sister was getting married afterall. What I did not know, is just how perfect it would be. There was a small attendance - only the bride and groom's immediate family and closest friends were there - over half of which had a part in the wedding. The setting was simply stunning. The crashing of the ocean waves, the cool breeze in the air, the sun warming the sand beneath our feet. While we were not in a church, I believe we could not have gotten much closer to God. His presence was everywhere. As my Dad walked the bride down the steps, many beach goers stopped to observe this moment. It was a perfect day - a day of hopes and dreams - and I could not be happier for my sister and her new husband. I wish them the very best life has to offer. May their journey together be blessed with good health, happiness, and a lifetime of love.