YOU KNOW YOUR SON IS MARRYING INTO A LARGE UTAH MORMON FAMILY WHEN:
- The first day you are there they fix breakfast, and cook four pounds of bacon and three dozen eggs. There are no leftovers. Most of the family isn’t there yet.
- They send someone out to buy milk and say “Just pick up four gallons, I’m short on refrigerator space.” There are two refrigerators. They pick up milk almost every day you are there.
- There is a funeral the day before the wedding and they fix food for both without breaking a sweat. Food keeps appearing from their kitchen, like the miracle of the loaves and fishes.
- No matter how often you run the dishwasher and hand wash dishes, the dishes are NEVER done.
- The silverware drawer looks like it could supply a ward dinner.
- There are 49 grandchildren in the family. The groom’s four children make 50-53, and 54-57 are on the way.
- If you are a kid, no matter how old you are there is someone your age to play with. Probably several someones – maybe even lots of someones.
- There aren’t enough beds, couches, or floors for everyone to sleep on, so some of the kids sleep outside on the hill. They think it is great fun.
- Twelve of the 16 children have served missions (two are still too young), and they have served on every continent except Antarctica.
- Everyone gets along, helps with the work, and is proud of the family.
- The sealing ceremony is for immediate family only and there are 60 people in the room – including the officiator, who is the bride’s uncle.
- You gather the immediate family on the steps of the temple for a photo and this is what you get (most of the grandchildren aren’t here because they stayed home – they couldn’t go in the temple):
The wedding went well, the bride was beautiful, the groom was happy, his kids are thrilled with their new extended family, the reception was wonderful – what can I say except I think everyone on both sides of the family is thoroughly pleased that Doug and Lolly found one another and are starting a life together. It really seems like a marriage made in heaven.
I want to blog more about our time out there, but tomorrow is another day.