My Daughter Elopes Today


Amber, 1 hour old, 1983

My daughter, Amber, elopes today.

How do I express how much this baby/girl/woman means to me? How I have loved her every moment of her life with the whole of my heart?

I remember the moment she was born, the unconditional love that flooded me with the certainty that I would cherish this tiny person for all my days. I remember looking ahead into her future, at the winding path she would follow, how I would be unable to protect her from the travails of love, from the valleys of life, from failure and disappointment, from loss and gray hair. It made me hold her closer.

We named Amber, after the stone of healing, altruism, and wisdom. The child of my heart has found her way, carving out a life as a loving mother and partner, a caring friend, sweet daughter, and unsurprisingly to me, as a healer.

At the young age of 32, she and her partner of nine years, Shawn, are tying the knot. Celebrations to follow.



Ambie and me

I love you,
Not only for who you are,
But for who I am
When I am with you.

Scan14 - CopyI love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.



I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things

Mother and daughter

Mother and daughter

That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.


Ambie and the Overlord

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song…

Author Unknown

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The renewed family 12/5/2015

145 thoughts on “My Daughter Elopes Today

  1. reocochran says:

    This may never reach you, (since I am terrible at looking at past post comments.) Busy woman that you are, too. . .
    But I had to respond to this gentle, love song you put together with photographs. I liked the ones with you included.

    Although anonymous authored, this quote was a treasured poem about Love, with your precious Amber, baby (“Overlord”) and cementing this with her 9 year (now 10 years) long partner deserves a much belated:
    Congratulations, Amber and family. ~ •°•°• ~

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  2. JM Hess says:

    Congrats and a moving tribute to you and your family!

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  3. Congratulations! They are entrusted to us but for a little while to give them their proper training in this life, to show them the way to go on their journey… and then they are gone, we hold on to the memories as they travel on, relying on what they have learned from us…Now you will have many more memories together and a new son-in law… What a happy time… May GOD bless you……

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    • What a beautiful statement. I remember thinking when my daughter was young that I had this sacred duty to prepare this human being for flight. So she has launched. 🙂 I would sit back on my laurels, but now the grandchildren are entering the picture! More fun ahead.

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  4. How lovely, and how blessed you both are for having each other.

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  5. Sue Vincent says:

    How beautiful, Diana. Congratulations!

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  6. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    I loved this.

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  7. Ann Fields says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful words.

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  8. Erik says:

    How wonderful for your family, and for Amber’s family. And how wonderful to be a writer – to have a means of expressing outwardly what the heart feels inwardly (or at least to touch the edges of it).

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  9. Any parent wants their kids to find their own path.
    Congratulations Amber, I wish you all the best!

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  10. A poignant post from a mothers heart. Beautiful!

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  11. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland and commented:
    This is so sweet, I loved it. Amber is obviously much loved. Congratulations to your family & my very best wishes for all your futures xxxx

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