Today I had the privilege of performing the marriage ceremony of John & Hayley at Rafferty’s Resort, Cams Wharf. Whilst the heavens opened earlier and forced the ceremony indoors, the views of the lake still made for the perfect backdrop.
John & Hayley say they found love when neither was looking nor expecting to find it and that they are both excited about what their future together holds. From their first date they have been best friends, sharing each other’s company, making a home together and with John’s four boys along with Hayley’s daughter and two sons – they have formed a family.
The children all participated in the ceremony, each family member pouring sand into a vessel that will be on display on their home. The eldest, very proudly read this poem.
A family is a place to cry, and laugh and vent frustrations
To ask for help, to tease and yell
To be touched and hugged and smiled at.
A family is people who care when you are sad
Who love you no matter what
Who share your triumphs and don’t expect you to be perfect
Just growing with honesty in your own direction.
A family is a circle where we learn to like ourselves
Where we learn to make good decisions
Where we learn to think before we do
Where we learn patience and table manners and respect for other people
A family is a place where we share ideas
Where we listen and are listened to –
Where we learn the rules of life to prepare us for the world.
The world is a place where anything can happen
And if we grow up in a loving family – we are ready for the world.