February 18, 2006
Today’s the day. ‘Til death do us part starts soon.
After all the madness of the last few weeks, I’m rather at peace. Oh, every so often my stomach flips at the realization that this is my actual wedding day. I’m a bit keyed up and focusing is an issue. Yet at the same time there is serenity. After all, consider the man I’m marrying.
People often say, “Oh isn’t it wonderful that he’s so willing to take on your boys?”
Yet the other day he left me a note, thanking ME for bringing my boys into his life.
He is THAT man.
On our very first date he told me he loved me. I choked and said I couldn’t really say the same. He said he figured, he just wanted me to know. I looked at him and thought, this guy is either a crazed stalker or the love of my life.
He turns out not to be a crazed stalker.
The other day I told my mom,
“You know, there are lots of good and solid reasons for me to marry Clay. He’s responsible, dependable, he pays his bills and is kind and can beat me at Scrabble. He’s great with the boys, and they love him. There are lots of good and sane reasons to marry him.”
Then I whispered, “This is my secret,” and tears stung my eyes because it was so true. “My secret is that I’m not marrying him for any of the sensible reasons. I’m marrying him because I love him. Because I feel like I’ve come home, and I just want to be with him.”
So. That’s what I’m going to do.
Let me be the first to say it online on the official day ... Congratulations Kira, Clay, Tre, Max and Raphi! Thank you for sharing this with us and know that the internet loves and adores you and wishes you all the rainbows and butterflies and hearts and candy canes in the world :)
Posted by: Christine | February 18, 2006 at 08:35 AM
Congratulations, Kira. Sending many warm wishes your way on your wedding day.
Posted by: DebR | February 18, 2006 at 08:47 AM
Congratulations, and God bless you all!
Posted by: Becky | February 18, 2006 at 09:04 AM
*grins* Kira is getting married!!!! I am so excited for you. I wish I could be there to hug you and squeal with delight.
Posted by: Heather | February 18, 2006 at 09:09 AM
Praying for blessings for you, on your wedding day and in all the days following.
Posted by: Arwen | February 18, 2006 at 09:32 AM
Blessings to you, your family and your friends on this special day. Woo hoo for Kira!
Posted by: Sheri | February 18, 2006 at 09:38 AM
Heard from Mir...you're getting hitched, today!!
Enjoy the day and sending you all my best wishes for a long and wonderful life, together.
Posted by: Liz | February 18, 2006 at 09:42 AM
AWWW! You two are adorable! I wished you the best today on your previous entry, but I'll go ahead and do it again. Congratulations Kira and Clay! You have a great family. Tre, Max and Raphi have always had a wonderful mother, but now they have a father worthy of them! Best of Luck!
Posted by: Holly | February 18, 2006 at 09:48 AM
Congratulations Kira - for everything: knowing what's important, mostly. Your ability to find happiness gives me hope that all in the world is not hopeless and lost. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Posted by: wendy | February 18, 2006 at 10:47 AM
Oh...you just made me cry. Have a wonderful wedding, Kira!
Posted by: Aimee | February 18, 2006 at 10:56 AM
God Bless you and Clay. We will see you and your lovely husband today.
I had to tear up a little because I remember that first date. Well I remember you saying you were actually going on a date and his name was Clay. It was the day after our Blogmeet here. I remember telling you that he sounded like a special man and a keeper. Kind of funny how it all worked out.
God Bless. See you in about 2 hours!
Posted by: Hula Doula | February 18, 2006 at 12:05 PM
I am sitting here with a great big grin on my face, thinking about you getting married today. I am so happy for you. I hope you have a wonderful day - lots of vibes for supreme happiness are coming at you from my little corner of Ireland :-)
Posted by: Deb | February 18, 2006 at 12:49 PM
Blessings to you all as you embark on your new adventure: it sounds like it's getting off to a wonderful start!
Posted by: Aj | February 18, 2006 at 01:18 PM
wow! I can't believe you blogged on your wedding day! Have a magically splendid wedding, and I wish you all the best today and always!
Posted by: Suzanne | February 18, 2006 at 01:44 PM
May you have a lifetime of happiness together. You deserve it. You deserve to have a wonderful husband, and a wonderful dad for your boys. God Bless Clay for being "home" for you all.
Posted by: Mary Jo | February 18, 2006 at 01:46 PM
Congratulations, Kira and Clay and Boys!
May the love you feel today keep you warm and safe forever.
Posted by: kim | February 18, 2006 at 02:15 PM
Thinking 'bout you, this very very second.
"Love bears all things."
Posted by: Mir | February 18, 2006 at 02:18 PM
Delurking to say thank you for sharing your very special and wonderful journey to this moment. I wish you and your family all the joy and love that you need.
Posted by: zebby | February 18, 2006 at 03:17 PM
I've never been here before – just found you from the STL blog awards site.
I just had to take a moment to say, congratulations! It sounds like you found a wonderful man. I hope your wedding day is beautiful.
Posted by: Geekwif | February 18, 2006 at 03:46 PM
Ok, I've lurked, and lurked, and I can't stand it anymore. We've never met or spoken but you are often in my thoughts and prayers. I am so completely thrilled for you and your wonderful family today! May God bless you mightily in this new adventure! Love and joy and best wishes always.
Oh, and P.S....DETAILS!
Posted by: Amy-GO | February 18, 2006 at 03:56 PM
Kira, I am so happy for all of y'all for finding each other. Blessings on your family and on this very special day.
Posted by: Nic | February 18, 2006 at 04:28 PM
Blessings and best wishes to you and Clay and the boys. Congratulations!
Posted by: Tracy | February 18, 2006 at 05:10 PM
This day is only the beginning, isn't that exciting! All the best for your entire family!!
Posted by: Heather Cook | February 18, 2006 at 06:07 PM
Wow! I'm with Suzanne, can't believe you blogged on your wedding day. So cool about the note and your first date with Clay. Goodness. Bless you all!
Posted by: David | February 18, 2006 at 06:50 PM
Congratulations on your wedding day! I hope you all have a wonderful day. May you have a long and happy life together.
Posted by: Jensgalore | February 18, 2006 at 07:29 PM
From today and through eternity. God bless you and your family.
Would it kill ya to post one lil 'ol slightly outta focus picture? :)
Posted by: Kismet | February 19, 2006 at 12:11 AM
Let me join with the masses of comments above and congratulate you all on your new blended together family.
I'm thrilled for you all!
Posted by: Carmen | February 19, 2006 at 09:47 AM
Congratulations, honey. Couldn't have happened to a nicer and more deserving girl. Clay's lucky to have you, and may you both enjoy many happy years together.
Posted by: Toni | February 19, 2006 at 05:50 PM
Congratulations to you, to Clay, and to the boys! May your life continue to be blessed.
Posted by: Laura | February 19, 2006 at 07:04 PM
God's blessings to all of you! You're a family! We love you!
Posted by: el-e-e | February 20, 2006 at 06:09 AM
My most heartfelt congratulations to you, Kira
It's been a bumpy road at times but well worth it in the end.
Posted by: Christopher | February 20, 2006 at 07:28 AM
Congratulations to all of you. May you have a thousand years of happiness.
Posted by: libby | February 20, 2006 at 09:56 AM
Congratulations! All the happiness in the world to you, Clay and the boys!
Posted by: Penny | February 20, 2006 at 11:26 AM
Congratulations sweetie. Hope you had a great day, can't wait to hear all the details :)
Posted by: Kitty | February 21, 2006 at 07:19 AM
Oh I hope it all went smoothly and that you are happy and having a great time being married!
Posted by: mom on a wire | February 21, 2006 at 09:14 PM
Congrats! I hope it was everything you dreamed it would be. I can't wait to hear all about it! :)
Posted by: Carrie | February 22, 2006 at 11:49 AM
Congratulations to your new family!
Our 3rd anniversary is March 1st and the day before we were married my husband thanked me for combining our kids into one big happy family and it comes with a ready made daughter, whom he totally spoils. Between us we now have 5 kids! It is great fun.
Posted by: Shannon | February 22, 2006 at 12:29 PM
Congratulations to you! I can't wait to hear all about it!
Posted by: Rach | February 23, 2006 at 09:50 AM
For those that wonder....it was a beautiful wonderful wedding. It was one that you felt the love from not only the couple but from the people. It was pouring out the door.
She was a stunning beautiful bride. He was a handsome catch with a smile that only because he knew how lucky he was to have a gem like her!
Thank you for inviting us and letting us be a part of your celebration.
Posted by: Hula Doula | February 24, 2006 at 07:55 AM
Is it incredibly selfish of me to say "come back!" in a very Jack-&-Rose-Titanic sort of way?
Posted by: Heather Cook | February 24, 2006 at 09:28 AM
Congratulations, Kira, and to your boy and new hubby. I'm wishing you a future full of love and joy.
Posted by: Lisa | February 25, 2006 at 01:54 PM
That should have read "boys" not "boy"... :}
Posted by: Lisa | February 25, 2006 at 01:55 PM
Nine days later, and she's still honeymooning.
Posted by: laura | February 27, 2006 at 11:56 AM
All right already - smooch time over. Come back and update and share!!!
Posted by: Angela Giles Klocke | February 28, 2006 at 08:44 AM
Just a note in case anyone reads this far back on the comments - Kira and Clay are deep in remodeling and camping out in the middle of it, so she doesn't even have her laptop over there yet! In addition, she has been very sick for the last few days - don't know what, just a high fever and severe headache. She has been to a doc and is on very expensive antibiotics (the more they cost, the better they work, right?) and hopefully will be on the mend soon. She had begun working on a blog before she got sick, but is kind of unable to do that right now.
The wedding was great, and the reception was the funnest I have ever been to! But the details are hers to tell you. Thanks for all your love and messages.
Posted by: Amma D | March 02, 2006 at 09:04 AM
Get better soon, Kira! We miss you!
Posted by: Becky | March 02, 2006 at 09:28 AM
Seriously, this is about the 4th story I've heard of a new bride getting very ill shortly after. Scary! Get better, Kira!!!
Posted by: Angela Giles Klocke | March 03, 2006 at 06:50 AM
Oh my gosh! I was just about to tell you to come up for air, and tell us how wedded bliss is! So sorry you've been sick hon! Get well soon!
Posted by: Sheryl | March 05, 2006 at 08:16 AM
Hope your feeling better, Kira. Good luck with the remodel, how crazy! Can't wait to hear the details, I hope you will share pictures too!
Posted by: Mary Jo | March 05, 2006 at 07:32 PM
I know! I was getting ready to make some sarcastical remark, and now I feel like a heel. Get well soon. I'm sorry there are no antibiotics strong enough to make a remodel magically finish itself.
Posted by: laura | March 06, 2006 at 11:33 AM