The Powers in #Heaven – A Wedding Story

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My youngest brother’s daughter Natalie, got married this past Sunday. The wedding was held at a farmhouse about 45 minutes north of Toronto. The ceremony was to be held outside, and after, the big reception was held in a beautifully decorated barn.

 

During the prior week to the wedding, many of our family members were keeping a close eye on the weather predicted for that day. Rain was predicted as every day passed, as we remained hoping for a different turnout. The weather we’d been having for the past month has been hot and humid with hardly any rain. The humidity lingered in the thick air, begging to be released.

I kept praying that Sunday wouldn’t be the day the heavens would finally open up to rid us of the heat. Sunday morning I woke to sunshine, with a bit of cloud cover. I did my ‘sundance’ and asked my parents in heaven to please hold back the rain for Natalie and Sam’s wedding, if only for the ceremony.

 

As we drove up north, the sun turned to black clouds and it began to pour. By the time we arrived and exited the car, the rain had turned to drizzle, then it stopped as we proceeded to our seats in front of the Chupa (the covered arches, a symbol in the Jewish faith, where the bride and groom get married under). Suddenly, the winds picked up and the sky was getting dark again. The 80 plus degree temperature had dropped to what felt like 50 degrees. As neatly done hairdos were blowing, and us women dressed in sleeveless attire in anticipation of the heat and a non air-conditioned barn were shivering, I was feeling anxious and wishing the ceremony would start before those thick ominous clouds threatened a big storm. Some had commented it felt like we were suddenly transported to Kansas, The Wizard of Oz.

The music began to play – Love You For A Thousand Years,Β and the wedding party proceeded to walk down the aisle. As my brother and his beautiful wife came down the aisle, arms linked to their precious daughter, the sun forced its way through the clouds, and the temperature climbed back up to near 80 degrees. Throughout the half hour or so the ceremony lasted, the sun shone brightly, and some of us were even sweating. IΒ knew in those moments, my parents were looking down on us and had somehow intervened by holding off the rain and shining a brief time of sunshine down on their granddaughter’s wedding.

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My Mother

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My Dad

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Me and my brother (brides father)

Only moments after the ceremony, the temperature quickly dropped once again, and a light sprinkle fell from the sky. I truly believe my parents were there with us to watch their granddaughter marry as they held off the rain and left behind their joyful tears from heaven.

62 thoughts on “The Powers in #Heaven – A Wedding Story

    1. Thank you so much Sue. When we were younger, my brother and I were both blondes, my other brother and sister were always dark. I was so elated to steal my brother for a moment and have that photo taken. I was beaming with pride as I looked at him because he now looks just like my father, only with sandy blondish graying hair instead of darker brown. ❀

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    1. Thanks Marian. I was so full of pride that my family was together. And of course we always remember the lost loved ones in those moments. But I’ve always had a knowing about when spirits are around, and most often there are changes in weather patterns around me when they are, so I thought it was so special. ❀

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  1. What a beautiful post . . . Your parents are exquisite, Debby. I’ve no doubt they fully participated in the ceremony and reception. You are blessed to be part of such a wonderful family ❀

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    1. Thanks so much Sal. It was a magical day for our small family. We’re all friends with my sister-n-laws family, and she has a big one, 6 sisters, so it was double the fun. And yes, I could almost feel the presence of heaven above when that fleeting few moments broke for the ceremony, never to be seen again. The rest of the time was intermittent rain and got very cool outside. The powers that be. πŸ™‚ ❀ xo

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  2. What a special day and special post…heavenly love. Many congratulations to the happy couple.Hugs for you my lovely. ❀ Xx

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  3. Oh how lovely. They look a wonderful couple and I am so glad the weather stayed good for them.
    Your parents were a lovely looking couple and I bet they were so proud looking down from heaven.
    You and your brother looked so happy, seems like you had a wonderful day all round πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy. Now that isn’t good. The pics are fine on my blog. Sometimes when I resize them on my blog they come out sideways on other media sites. I have to find someone who knows how to alleviate that problem. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Shey. No, I didn’t know you were musically inclined? Now, that’s just too much talent, lol. I just love that song. Every time I hear it, it gives me goosebumps. ❀

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      1. Hee hee oh I have taught music for a long time. Set up my own wee biz to keep the bread and butter on the table. Used to teach music and rams to about 75 pupils a week. I don’t teach much these days since we moved areas but yeah. That song certainly gave me goosebumps that day cos the piano in the place only had 12 working keys. And I just thanked the man upstairs that I could play the bride up the aisle on them. I was also praying she’d get there before I hit the bit that was gonna need more keys. As for the rest? When they were signing the register? I had to bin everything I had brought and just make something up on the spot. Fortunately years of one to one teaching teaches you to do that.

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      2. Omg, that is hilarious Shey. Only 12 working keys??? They were lucky to have you playing with your quick thinking! But seriously, that is funny! It seems you and I are armed with the same ‘weapons’ my friend. πŸ™‚ xo

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  4. Beautiful story – even better that it’s true!
    Lovely pics, and now I see from the photo of your mother how Hollywood she looked – there’s a bit of the Farah Fawcett there, and the hair colour is just divine.
    So glad your family’s day worked out πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much Deb. I thought the tribute to my niece was a nice glance into a bit of my family for those who’ve read my books. Kind of like putting a face to the name. πŸ™‚

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    1. Lol, thanks Hugh. The wicked winds of the east threatened for a few moments, then the powers that be took over. And thank you for the beautiful compliments. ❀

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      1. Aw, thanks so much Hugh for you lovely compliment. And oh yes, I should have been a personal shopper, that was my calling, lol. I’d love to go shopping with you! <2 πŸ™‚

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  5. I am so pleased that the rain held off for the wedding .. It looked a wonderful gathering of family and friends and a magical wedding day.. Loved the Video share too.. What a happy day for sure.. You all look wonderful.. and I can see the resemblance of your parents in you too πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing such a special day with us Debby..
    Love and Hugs Sue xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Sue. I wanted to share my niece’s special day and remind others that loved ones have a mysterious way of making their presence known. So glad you were able to visit and watch. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  6. Your mom and dad must have been so happy to see their granddaughter’s marriage. And what a wonderful treat they had in store for the wedding day. Much happiness to all!

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  7. Congrats again Debby. (Yes, I’m at work, bwahahahaha 😈 )
    What a fun idea for their wedding; so creative. It sounds like it was really touch and go with the weather. It’s so lovely that it held out.
    Great pic of you and your brother. Mega hugs!

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      1. At least you’re spending it constructively, lol, and doing what you enjoy. Thanks for spending a break with me. πŸ™‚ And we have the same system here, only the breaks have been shortened drastically from the days when I worked in offices. ❀

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  8. I’m glad the weather held. We had an outside wedding planned in 1968, but the mid May fog was thick, cold, and finally wet. Downpour wet. We retreated to a small indoor space. Many friends told us rain was a wedding blessing. It worked for us.

    It’s amazing how much you look like your beautiful mother.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Elaine. It was almost eerie how many people came up to me at the wedding at told me I looked like my mother. I could write a book on the subject. . . oh but wait, I already did, lol.:)
      And yes it is said that if it rains on one’s wedding it is a blessing. It was also a blessing for the reprieve from rain during the ceremony, which I’m sure my parents had something to do with. ❀

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  9. how beautiful. What an amazing day, and I can’t believe your parent held the rain off. Which someone looking down could have done that on our wedding day!!! haha. never mind. She looked beautiful, and aren’t you just the spit of your dad ❀

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