Ruthie. Beautiful Ruthie. Today she shined brighter than I have ever seen before. Getting ready, I was taken back to the school formals, pirate day, and photo shoots where we would cram around the same giant bathroom mirror and apply makeup and help each other tame our crazy heads of hair. Today, a group of her best friends crammed into the same room to get prepared for a big event once more, but today we all did it for Ruthie. It was her day and rather than just being a fun, witty, nerdy little redhead, she was the star. I wish I could put in to words the overwhelming gladness I felt all day as I watched this dear friend love and be loved by so many people. Most importantly, I was incredibly thankful that the girl we once nicknamed “heartbreaker” has been pursued and loved by a faithful man who loves God more than he loves her.
Men are what their mothers made them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Ruth was waiting in a tent while all the guests arrived for the wedding… as the music started and the grandparents and bridal party made their way down the aisle, her excitement compelled her to peek out the tent. Jeremy kept his eyes closed as Ruth walked from the tent down to the start of the aisle, waiting for a nudge at his elbow to let him know she was about to start her walk toward him. I honestly don’t know how he had the self control not to open them even just for a second. That shows character right there! 🙂 Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Benner!!