I spent a very happy Christmas with my family in Radford, Virginia, which was followed by my granddaughter Sarah’s wedding on December 28. Sarah is the first of my grandchildren to get married, and it was a beautiful, private ceremony with just Sarah’s immediate family (my daughter Mary and her family) and me present. When we got back to the house, we found that Sarah’s sister Kate had decorated my whole living room and dining room for a wedding party with the help of her cousins. The decorations and the food were perfect for our Italian-American-Jordanian wedding, and we all think that Kate should start a new career in party planning.
Sarah’s husband is Maher Ali, but we call him A.J. His family is very close, too, and they have welcomed Sarah into their family. My daughter Becky gave the first toast, which I thought was wonderful:
“I would like to make the first toast to the newly married couple, Sarah Rebecca Donnelly and Maher Maged Qassem Theeb Salem Soloman Ali Al-Jahawsheh Bani Saker. So, first, on the part of our whole family, I want to say to Maher that we welcome you with open arms. To the couple, my wish to you is that you always are to one another the most important people in your lives. I wish that you laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live; that the two of you together are stronger and better than you ever would be apart; and just a quote to think about, ‘Love is like an earthquake: unpredictable, a little scary, but when the hard part is over you realize how very lucky you are.’”
Sarah & A.J. were greeted with a party when they returned to my house.
Sarah’s sister Kate put together this wonderful “donut cake.”
Sarah’s Uncle Roberto (Becky’s husband) made a delicious tiramisu.
The happy couple—a picture is worth a thousand words.
Sarah is the first of my second generation of babies to get married.
Photo booth-style picture time with my grandchildren. Top, L. to R.: Picco, Sarah, me, Sean, Amanda, & Diana. Bottom, L. to R.: Chiara, Michela, Kristina, Kate, & Sofia.
It was so good to have the house full of young people for Christmas and the wedding.
We all thank God for our health and the joy that family brings and pray for peace in the New Year. May our government officials be conscientious and make the right decisions.
Happy New Year!
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