Nearly fifteen years ago on my wedding day, my dad and I stood behind the doors to my childhood church’s sanctuary. Just before the pastor’s wife opened the doors for our grand entrance, Dad raced into the nursery for a tissue. He wiped his eyes, and chuckled as he asked, “Does my hair look ok?” (My dad is bald.) We walked down the aisle, arm-in-arm, a happy mess. Dad surprised me that day by writing up a precious handout, about the size of a business card, that he gave to all of our guests as they walked into the church that day.
It’s my privilege to tell the story “Dad’s Handout” in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Here Comes the Bride. This story is extra special, for a variety of reasons – 1) My dad is quite amazing and it’s a joy to honor him this way, 2) In a few weeks Kedron and I will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, 3) This is the first story I’ve had published!
I’ve read a number of stories in the book, and they made me laugh and cry and want to attend a wedding! If you know anyone who is getting married, this book would make a wonderful engagement, shower, or wedding gift. Or if you just love wedding stories, it’s a great read. (Or if you’d just like a piece of my little history…) The book is available now on Amazon and at your local bookstores.
Also, I’ve re-created the handout that my dad made for my wedding, it is available for download either in Word format or as a PDF here. If you know someone who is getting married, please feel free to pass this little handout along!
In honor of my first publication, and 15 years of marriage, I’m giving away two copies of the book here on my blog! PLUS! I’m holding an extra give away for new friends on Facebook. To be eligible for the contest on Facebook, press the like button that appears in the right hand column of my website, or visit my page here.
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