I grew up in Wilson with my Aunt Linda, Uncle Jeff, and my cousins, Mary and Karen, living less than a mile away. We lived at each other’s houses, spent the night at our Maw Maw’s, went to the same school, and shared family vacations together at the beach. Aunt Linda made the best Sunday-after-church-roast, rice and gravy, broccoli casserole, and sweet tea that I can still taste today. Small town life with a blessed childhood all over the place!
As life has a way of dealing out sadness, Uncle Jeff had a major stroke and passed away shortly after I married in the 90’s. We have all remained close as adults, sharing and growing our families together all these years.
Aunt Linda met Mr. Joe at church a while back and decided he was a keeper. They were married last Saturday, June 18, at Mary’s house with a few close friends and family in attendance. Aunt Linda asked me to take some casual pictures of their joyous, precious day. No wedding day is typical, but let me help you understand why this wedding day was extra special!
Aunt Linda has faced, battled, and beat breast cancer THREE times. YES, three!! Add to that, one year ago Mr. Joe’s son was killed in the line of duty as a police officer in Shreveport. Then right after he buried his son, if that wasn’t enough tragedy, Mr. Joe was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He had surgery and recently completed treatments. Whew! Yet in all that they have suffered, I have never heard either of them complain. Both are full of grace and joy and trust, fully surrendered and enjoying every moment God gives them.
So for this wedding we all cried and smiled and hugged in celebration of two amazing people, Linda and Joe. My cousin Geoffrey, Aunt Linda’s grandson, officiated the ceremony. How precious is that?!! Congratulations Aunt Linda and Mr. Joe! You two are inspiring to all of us. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and many happy, healthy years to you!!