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Dedicated to My husband, Andrew
Submitted by Anonymous
When my now-husband, Andrew, and I got engaged in March '01, I already knew I wanted to get married the coming December. We talked about it and really had our hearts set on a tropical, yet Christmas-sy, Hawaiian destination wedding. My grandmother had never been to Hawaii, so we figured what a great way to get her there.
We talked it over with all of our family members, and they thought it was a wonderful idea also. I mean, who doesn't want to go to Hawaii, right? Unfortunately, as time passed by, life and reality hit us smack dab in the face!
My grandmother was in and out of the hospital for the next several months with strokes and heart problems, and my aunt passed away. It took quite a toll on the whole family, emotionally and financially. We decided to put away the dream of a Hawaiian destination wedding, and I was so upset. The wedding trip wasn't just about Andrew and me and our happiness; I really wanted to take my grandmother on her dream vacation, too!
Andrew and I did get married that December, and it was beautiful. We got married in our church in our hometown because we wanted to be surrounded by our family and friends, which was always the plan. But my grandmother made us promise that we would still go to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We did go and had the most romantic and wonderful honeymoon ever.
Now, we're coming up on our 5 year anniversary. Andrew and I just started talking about it and are thinking of going to Hawaii to celebrate it. We now have a 1-year-old daughter and would love to take her with us. We figure if we're going to make it a family trip, we might just see if the rest of the family wants to tag along. My grandmother still hasn't been to Hawaii, and we're thinkng...what a great 85th birthday present it would be for her!