Of course, she said yes.
We are embarking on a new stage of family life, when we include new members through marriage. What a great joy! Kara's parents' statements about Philip lift my heart and make me feel all those years of parenting were good work. Watching them both patiently make their way through years of dating and college and being apart all summer -- clearly this has increased their love and commitment. Anticipating all the years ahead of them is amazing to me. It rather puts my own marriage in its proper place -- no longer the youngest married ones in the extended family. The spotlight has shifted thankfully to a new generation of beautiful young people, trained up in love for God and understanding of their roles in marriage, the joys there, the sorrows there, the steady nurturing that marriage requires.
You know me. I could go on and on. Suffice it to say, our oldest child is marrying, and we are both thrilled. Welcome, Kara! God bless you both! May He give you all the strength you need to meet the challenges of marriage, so you may reap all its treasures as well. May your love for each other never flicker out. May your desire to serve each other grow stronger. And as Adams says, may you shepherd each other into heaven. There is no greater joy.