White Lace and Promises

Photo Credit: JD Hancock  (Creative Commons Flickr)

Photo Credit: JD Hancock (Creative Commons Flickr)

My first album as a teen, and I almost wore it out.

Remember this? My first “real” LP album (I was twelve), and I almost wore it out. In 1970, We’ve Only Just Begun was every 7th grade girl’s favorite song.

“White lace and promises
A kiss for luck and we’re on our way
We’ve only just begun…”

Robin’s daughter (who is also Gayle’s niece) is getting married today, and we’re celebrating. Even from a distance I’ve come to love Melanie and Dylan, and it’s exciting to see them begin a new life together. We have spent the week praying not only for Robin’s stamina, but also for the weather. Scattered thunderstorms are a problem for a lovely garden reception. From what I can see on weather.com’s hourly report, the rain should hold off just long enough.

We also love weddings because we’re authors. Hey, a wedding marks the ending of the Romance novel, right? Courtship drama is resolved, separate residences are done away with, and dependence on parents is over, well…or so the couple thinks. With a happy sigh and promises of Happily Ever After ringing in our ears, we devour the final page. (I probably should have ended my third Mercy’s Embrace book with the wedding. Ah well. Someday, another book?)

Melanie's beautiful dress

Just posted by Robin, Melanie’s beautiful wedding gown

“So much of life ahead
We’ll find a place where there’s room to grow
And yes, we’ve just begun…”

Where the Romance novel ends, Women’s Lit begins. That after-the-honeymoon stuff. The struggle between expectations and how real life plays out. Adjusting to jobs (long hours and stress) and a new residence (which might be less than ideal) and in-laws and family dynamics. Learning that oh-so-delicate dance of compromise and selflessness. In other words, the stuff of life and growth.

Melanie and Dylan Thompson

Melanie and Dylan Thompson. “So much of life ahead…”

Here’s an article about Dylan and what the future holds for the new Mr and Mrs Thompson. A new job and a new life in the San Francisco Bay area. Exciting times, exciting challenges. They’ve only just begun.

Article: For Dylan Thompson, wedding and honeymoon come first, then 49ers training camp

The wedding party, wow!  Ten bridesmaids and groomsmen. A smiling happy day for all.

The wedding party, wow! Ten bridesmaids and groomsmen, and those sweet junior bridesmaids and ring bearer. A smiling, happy day for all.


7 thoughts on “White Lace and Promises

  1. J "Joy" Dawn King

    Oh, sigh!!! Such a beautiful bride. Even though we’ve not met, any happy bride makes a mother teary and I am no exception. Congratulations to the Thompson and Helm families.

    What a wonderfully written post, Laura. Well done!

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    1. Laura Hile Post author

      Robin and her daughter are master planners, yet gracious and flexible when things don’t go as expected, and the wedding was no exception. Robin and her sister Gayle (both of whom are teachers like me) have earned a good long rest.

      I suspect that Melanie’s marriage left a little hole in Robin’s heart and daily routines. For the past two years she has been living in the apartment above Robin’s garage. Such a pleasure to have adult children independent, yet close at hand. San Jose, California, is a long way from South Carolina. Ah, but a nine-hour drive from where I live!


    1. Laura Hile Post author

      They will be happy, and you will miss them always. That’s the way with adult children, and you were so wise to set aside lesser tasks to spend time with Mel while she was living so close by. I hope Mandy and Charlie are able to stay a little longer. What fun, to enjoy your sweet granddaughter without the added pressure of teaching.

      Or writing. No writing while they are with you. After that, we’re cracking the whip, right? 🙂


      1. Robin Helm

        Mandy and Charlie will leave July 8th. I suppose the whip-cracking can begin then. My mind is gradually slowing down and stopping the mad spinning of the past couple of months.

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