It all came out when I was looking for a wedding venue. I knew I wanted to have a very relaxing wedding day. I wanted a country feel. To be surrounded by the sounds of birds and tall grasses. When we settled on Bristow Manor, I emailed my bridesmaids, “This is where we’re getting married!” Little did I know that my Matron of Honor would receive two emails with the same link. One from me, and one from her mother. Her mom’s read, “This is where your great grandmother used to live.”
Clearly this was awesome. Suddenly a shot in the dark with a venue had turned into something so sweet and meaningful! I loved having so much history involved, and on accident! I even got to wear Vivi’s necklace, thanks to Riva’s mom [Vivi's grandaughter]. It was just awesome having all of this “coincidence” in the days leading up to my wedding.
Since finding all of this out, I’ve become very intrigued by Riva’s family history. My newest hobby, if you will. Here is one more snippet I’ve learned…. Because I’ve done a Billy Graham post in the past, I though this particular piece is pretty awesome…
The same article is quoted, along with a passage from Billy Graham: His Life and Influence by David Aikman.
So cheers to history, friends, stories, faith, and the beautiful tapestry our Creator is weaving together. I love ya, Riva! Thanks for being an awesome matron of honor, and a true best friend.